• Sep 21, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Opening the black boxes: algorithmic bias and the need for accountability

Here on Privacy News Online we’ve written a number of stories about the privacy implications of DNA. There’s an important case going through the Californian courts at the moment that involves DNA and privacy, but whose ramifications go far beyond those issues: “In this case, a defendant was linked to a series of rapes by … Continue reading “Opening the black boxes: algorithmic bias and the need for accountability”

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  • Aug 18, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Leak of proposed US law reveals plans for widespread use of multiple surveillance technologies at borders

Here on Privacy News Online, we often write about the impact on privacy of technologies such as facial recognition, iris scans, DNA databases, and drones. Individually, those powerful and rapidly-advancing technologies all pose different challenges to the protection of our privacy. Imagine how dangerous it would be if they were brought together in a complete, … Continue reading “Leak of proposed US law reveals plans for widespread use of multiple surveillance technologies at borders”

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  • Jul 6, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Privacy and population-wide whole-genome sequencing in the age of Google

Back in May, Privacy News Online noted that the legal basis of a data-sharing agreement between Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) was suspected to be “inappropriate”. That rather vague judgement has now been clarified, with a ruling from the UK’s independent body created to uphold information rights, the Information … Continue reading “Privacy and population-wide whole-genome sequencing in the age of Google”

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It’s coming: another call for everyone’s DNA to be collected and stored permanently

The head of the Hamburg Institute for Legal Medicine, Klaus Püschel, has called for the DNA of everybody in Germany – including tourists – to be collected and stored. As a story in the German news magazine Der Spiegel (Google Translate version) reported, Püschel wants this because: “Then we can clear up crimes much faster … Continue reading “It’s coming: another call for everyone’s DNA to be collected and stored permanently”

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Swedish politicians consider opening population’s medical-research DNA database for private insurance companies

Since 1975, Sweden has taken a DNA sample from all newborns for medical research purposes, and asked parents’ consent to do so for this research purpose. This means that over time, Sweden has built the world’s most comprehensive DNA database over everybody under 43 years of age. But now, politicians are considering opening up this … Continue reading “Swedish politicians consider opening population’s medical-research DNA database for private insurance companies”

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