• May 23, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments,

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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  • Nov 7, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Social Media,

Google, Facebook and many others are coming for your health data: watch out for your privacy

Last week, Google announced that it would be buying Fitbit, valuing the 12-year-old company at $2.1 billion. Many have seen this as an attempt to boost Google’s position in the wearables sector. So far, the company’s Wear OS platform has made relatively little impact. The acquisition certainly improves Google’s position, but it is only part … Continue reading “Google, Facebook and many others are coming for your health data: watch out for your privacy”

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  • May 22, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments,

Detailed medical records of 61 million Italian citizens to be given to IBM for its “cognitive computing” system Watson

Last year, Italy’s prime minister at the time, Matteo Renzi, announced that IBM would invest $150 million dollars building a new research center in Milan for its Watson Health division, which applies “cognitive computing” techniques to healthcare. As usual, much was made of what was presented as a big win for Italy and its citizens, … Continue reading “Detailed medical records of 61 million Italian citizens to be given to IBM for its “cognitive computing” system Watson”

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