• Mar 27, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • Cybersecurity, General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

A telecommunications lobbying group, the GSMA, has confirmed that several telecom companies in Europe are providing mobile phone location data with the European Union as a way to track the spread of COVID-19. According to Reuters and other media sources, these are the telecommunications companies that are working with the European Union to provide “anonymized” … Continue reading “Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic”

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  • Nov 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • General Privacy News, Governments,

New Italian data retention laws forces ISPs to store phone usage and internet history for six years

Italian internet service providers (ISPs), and telecommunication companies are now forced to store the logs of your electronic communications data (telephone traffic data, electronic communications traffic data and data related to unsuccessful calls) for at least 6 years. Lexology poignantly calls this development in Italian law the “shadow of mass surveillance.” The Italian Senate has recently passed the final … Continue reading “New Italian data retention laws forces ISPs to store phone usage and internet history for six years”

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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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