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(Jul 21, 2016) Greetings from Biarritz, France! The field of biometrics is becoming increasingly debated in the privacy space. Leaps and bounds have been achieved in the development of biometrics technology in recent years. One need look no further than to the smartphone, with its high-resolution cameras and ability to read fingerprints. Biometrics, in short, deliver more secure, easy-to-use solutions than the standard password, where some uniquely identifying feature — such as eyes, face, fingerprints or vo... Read More

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Will the UK soon stand alone on data retention?

(Jul 21, 2016) This week, Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe, senior advisor to the European Court of Justice, dealt new British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for increased surveillance powers a serious blow. In his formal opinion on cases Tele2 Sverige AB v. Post- och telestyrelsen (C-203/15) and C-698/15 Secretary of State v. Watson and Others on national data retention obligations in Sweden and the U.K., respectively, Øe said that while such obligations may be compatible with EU law, they must b... Read More

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David Davis removes name from data retention law challenge

(Jul 21, 2016) Conservative MP David Davis has taken his name off a legal challenge to Theresa May’s data privacy rules, POLITICO reports. Davis has been highly critical of May’s 2014 data retention law, requiring telecommunication companies to store data on customers for law enforcement investigations. While Davis has signed off on other challenges to the law, he recently removed his name from the case following the opinion of EU Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe. “As a government Cabinet Minister, Da... Read More

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ENISA launching smart car cybersecurity study

(Jul 21, 2016) The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security is launching a study on cybersecurity measures for smart cars. “The objective of this project is to establish a comprehensive list of cybersecurity policies, tools, standards, measures and provide recommendations to enhance the level of security of smart cars. The study focuses on the assets inside the cars as well as on data exchanges related to safety,” the organization said. ENISA is looking for car manufacturers, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to participate in the study, with a workshop scheduled for 10 Oct., to review the findings. Read More

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New UKAN anonymization framework beneficial to businesses

(Jul 21, 2016) Out-Law.com reports a new anonymization decision framework written by the U.K. Anonymisation Network and approved by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office will be good news for businesses, according to Pinsent Masons Data Protection Law Specialist Kathryn Wynn. The UKAN said the framework “gives more operational advice than the ICO’s anonymisation code of practice, whilst being less technical and forbidding than the statistics and computer science literature." Wynn said more guidance on a... Read More

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ICO suggests finding alternatives to cookie opt-in rules

(Jul 21, 2016) The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office wants EU policymakers to allow website operators and advertisers to explore options for placing cookies on websites without user consent, Out-Law.com reports. The ICO is making the move in response to a European Commission consultation on potential changes to the EU’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive. The agency believes the rules should be restructured and seeks “to achieve a proportionate balance between the legitimate interests of information society services and the privacy rights of individuals.” “There is a case for an exemption or an alternative basis for processing other than consent, particularly in cases where the privacy impact on the individual is minimal," the ICO said. Read More

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Op-ed: Closure of care.data detrimental to NHS, society

(Jul 21, 2016) In an op-ed for the Guardian, Roger Taylor states why the closure of care.data is detrimental to the National Health Service and society. Care.data was an NHS initiative to “create a national dataset of patient information that could be shared with researchers.” Taylor believes the idea of privacy rights trumping data sharing benefits needs to be challenged, and the potential misuse of care.data is a small risk compared to the creation of new genomic and biomedical data sets. “They will, literal... Read More

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Google’s DeepMind aiming to fix National Health Service data issues

(Jul 21, 2016) BBC News reports on Google’s controversial DeepMind artificial intelligence division, and why the tech giant is jumping into the U.K. health sphere. DeepMind has been involved in several projects in the U.K., including partnerships with London’s Royal Free Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital. DeepMind took on the projects in order to help the National Health Service solve its issues with sharing and storing data. DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman said the company is setting up a panel of nine i... Read More

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ICO recommending organizations install breach protocols before GDPR

(Jul 21, 2016) In order to properly prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation, the Information Commissioner’s Office is advising organizations to install internal security breach reporting protocols, V3 reports. The ICO made the recommendation in its breach notification advisory, instructing organizations to be compliant from the first day the GDPR is implemented. "You should make sure that your staff understands what constitutes a data breach, and that this is more than a loss of personal data," said... Read More

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Op-ed: Privacy vs. personal safety reignites after Nice attack

(Jul 21, 2016) In an op-ed for the Irish Independent, Adrian Weckler discusses the challenges of balancing privacy and personal safety after the latest terrorist attack in Nice, France. Weckler said France will struggle to silence calls for stronger encryption following the Bastille Day attack. “It has already labored to dampen internal parliamentary resolutions aimed at forcing technology firms to create so-called security 'back-doors' for French investigators,” said Weckler. “To date, it has managed to tempe... Read More

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