• Jul 3, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Privacy News Online,

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020

Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of July 3rd, 2020 Andrew Yang unveils Data Dividend Project to make tech companies pay for your personal information A new project started by Andrew Yang is floating the idea of making tech companies pay users for the personal information given up. Most of the time, we are giving … Continue reading “Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020”

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  • Jul 2, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

After exaggerated claims about their importance, here’s the reality of contact tracing apps

Back in February, this blog was one of the first to warn that the obvious technological response to the coronavirus – the use of contact tracing apps – raised important privacy questions. Since then, both the apps and their implications have been the subject of debate around the world. That’s particularly the case for the … Continue reading “After exaggerated claims about their importance, here’s the reality of contact tracing apps”

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  • Jun 25, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Top suppliers halt sales of facial recognition technology to the police – how much of a win is that really?

As this blog has noted, police forces around the world have been pushing for the routine deployment of real-time facial recognition technologies. It’s an attractive option for politicians. It offers the hope that more criminals will be arrested and convicted, and for a price that is constantly falling. As a result, it’s hard to win … Continue reading “Top suppliers halt sales of facial recognition technology to the police – how much of a win is that really?”

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  • Jun 12, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

When the home is no data protection haven: addressing privacy threats from intimate relationships

Privacy is one of the key concerns of people using digital technology. Of course, this blog has been warning about threats in this area for years, but it’s common now to read about data protection issues in many mainstream, non-technical titles. That increased awareness is welcome, but it is often quite superficial, and limited to … Continue reading “When the home is no data protection haven: addressing privacy threats from intimate relationships”

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  • Jun 12, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Privacy News Online,

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 12th, 2020

Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of JUNE 12th, 2020 To work together with law enforcement, Zoom won’t provide end-to-end encryption for free users Video conferencing company Zoom will not offer end-to-end encryption functionality for free users. Earlier this year, Zoom had falsely advertised that they were providing end-to-end encryption on all of their calls … Continue reading “Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 12th, 2020”

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  • Jun 5, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Privacy News Online,

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 5th, 2020

Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of JUNE 5th, 2020 House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history The much anticipated vote on H.R. 6172 The USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 has been postponed indefinitely after a brief appearance on the House schedule last Wednesday. The … Continue reading “Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 5th, 2020”

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  • Jun 5, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations

A couple of weeks ago, a post on this blog explained how the OpenSAFELY project allowed trusted analysts to run large-scale computation across live pseudonymized patient records inside the data centre of the electronic health records software company. At a time when the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, that’s a hugely important task, … Continue reading “Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations”

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Class action lawsuit against Google says internet giant tracks private internet use

Google is being sued for 5 billion USD in a class action lawsuit over the tracking of private internet activity. Boies Schiller Flexner LLP has filed a massive lawsuit against Google and Alphabet Inc. for tracking and storing private internet activity. The suit, Case No. 20-3664, was filed on behalf of plaintiffs Chasom Brown, Maria … Continue reading “Class action lawsuit against Google says internet giant tracks private internet use”

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New paper warns of Cambridge Analytica type privacy risks in G Suite Marketplace Apps

A new research paper presented at IEEE 41 calls attention to the fact that Google Suites App Marketplace – whose apps are able to tap into the powerful Google API to read contacts, emails, calendar, etc – allows unverified apps to ask for and oftentimes receive sensitive user data. The paper which is titled  “API … Continue reading “New paper warns of Cambridge Analytica type privacy risks in G Suite Marketplace Apps”

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Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for “deceptive and unfair practices used to obtain users’ location data.” Specifically, Google has been collecting location history in its Search and Maps app to tie to your Google account even if you have explicitly told Google that you want to opt out of storing your Location History. … Continue reading “Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data”

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  • May 23, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

In recent weeks, there has been an intense focus on the use of contact tracing apps as a way to emerge safely from the lockdowns that are in place around the world. A key question is whether to use a centralized or de-centralized architecture. After some division, the balance has firmly swung towards the latter, … Continue reading “OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised”

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  • May 6, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

Growing storm over UK’s coronavirus tracing app shows how not to do it

As this blog noted a couple of weeks ago, many governments around the world are looking to introduce coronavirus tracing apps to help take their countries out of lockdown. The hope is that such apps can be used by millions of people to pinpoint potential new cases of Covid-19 so that medical interventions can be … Continue reading “Growing storm over UK’s coronavirus tracing app shows how not to do it”

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  • May 1, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Is the GDPR failing? If it is, how can it be saved?

The coronavirus pandemic rightly dominates the headlines, including those of the privacy world, but in the background, life goes on. For example, companies operating in the EU are still subject to the GDPR, two years after it first came into operation. But as this blog noted a few months back, there are increasing fears that … Continue reading “Is the GDPR failing? If it is, how can it be saved?”

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  • Apr 23, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

What’s the best approach for building Bluetooth-based tracing apps as a way out of the pandemic lockdowns?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, governments around the world are desperately trying to find a way to ease current lockdowns without triggering massive new waves of infection by Covid-19. There is a wide consensus that one promising element of any plan is the use of tracing apps. As this blog wrote back in March, the … Continue reading “What’s the best approach for building Bluetooth-based tracing apps as a way out of the pandemic lockdowns?”

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  • Mar 19, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

As Covid-19 spreads around the globe, so does the idea of using smartphones to track everyone to help contact tracing

It seems extraordinary that it was only a month ago that this blog wrote about the new coronavirus, also called Covid-19. At that time, it was not yet clear whether it would turn into a full-blown pandemic. Now, there is no doubt on the matter. As that blog post reported, Covid-19 began in China, and … Continue reading “As Covid-19 spreads around the globe, so does the idea of using smartphones to track everyone to help contact tracing”

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