Roundup: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Rwanda, US and more

(Jul 1, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, discussions on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield are set to ramp up. Google is being accused of privacy violations with lawsuits in France and the U.S. A Massachusetts city joined San Francisco in banning government use of facial-recognition surveillance. Rwanda approved new cybersecurity and data protection measures in the African Union Convention. Concerns over the potential weakness of the California Consumer Privacy Act are rising. And the ... Read More

Global News Roundup — June 24–July 1, 2019

(Jul 1, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, discussions on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield are set to ramp up. Google is being accused of privacy violations with lawsuits in France and the U.S. A Massachusetts city joined San Francisco in banning government facial-recognition surveillance. Rwanda approved new cybersecurity and data protection measures in the African Union Convention. Concerns over the potential weakness of the California Consumer Privacy Act are rising. And the IAPP’s ... Read More

Safaricom data breach affects 11.5M customers

(Jun 26, 2019) Techweez reports a lawsuit was filed against Kenya-based Safaricom for allegedly violating customers' data privacy. The data breach affected 11.5 million customers and revealed personal information, including identity and passport numbers, gender, age and sports-betting history. The lawsuit claims affected customers used their Safaricom phone numbers to gamble on various betting platforms registered in Kenya. The plaintiff is requesting the telecommunications provider pay Kshs 10 million to each... Read More

The 'missing women' in data protection reporting

(Jun 13, 2019) Virtually everything we do these days is recorded digitally. Like this, share this, pay here — all these actions are stored as data, combined, analyzed and built into profiles whether we are aware of this or not. Some is data we supply, some is data collected about us, and some is data generated about us. In the midst of all this data, it can come as a surprise to learn there are gaps. A case in point is data on women, or rather, the absence of data about women. Caroline Criado-Perez in "Invisi... Read More

Kenya's new biometric ID card brings privacy concerns

(May 29, 2019) A new biometric identification card holding the personal information of all Kenyans above the age of 6 is stirring privacy issues among citizens, Al Jazeera reports. The Kenyan government said the Huduma Namba will consolidate personal information onto one digital platform, making it easier to access public services and protect national security. Privacy advocates claim that the card brings danger to citizens with a lack of proper data protection rules and safeguards in place. The glaring data p... Read More

Morocco, Tunisia sign on to Council of Europe's 'Convention 108' treaties

(May 28, 2019) The Council of Europe has announced that Morocco and Tunisia are the latest member states to join separate international treaties that provide individuals the right to have their personal data protected. Morocco is the 55th nation to join "Convention 108," more formally known as the Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. Tunisia is the 30th member state for "Convention 108+," which allows protection related to the basic processing of pe... Read More

Global News Roundup — May 20–28, 2019

(May 28, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the U.S. Congress continued hearings on topics related to privacy. Canada revealed its first steps to reforming national privacy and competition laws. Lithuania and Sweden each handed out EU General Data Protection Regulations fines, while Colombia doled out punishment for violations of its data protection laws. Singapore is giving its data breach notification guidelines an update in anticipation of its new data protection legislation. A... Read More

Index: Data transparency an issue for some telecos

(May 20, 2019) According to the 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index, several telecommunications companies around the world are still struggling to provide users with information about how their data is collected, who it’s shared with and why, Quartz Africa reports. One of the 24 companies evaluated in the report, South Africa–headquartered MTN Group has 22 markets in Africa and the Middle East, with more than 220 million subscribers. According to the index, MTN provides little informatio... Read More