UIDAI tells high court data breach reports are incorrect

(Feb 14, 2019) Addressing a bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Prateek Jalan, the Unique Identification Authority of India denied reports regarding a security breach of Aadhaar data, The New Indian Express reports. The bench was hearing a plea seeking damages following an alleged Aadhaar data leak. The UIDAI said it has taken “all necessary safeguards” to protect the data and stated, “In the entire petition, there is not even a mention as to how the petitioner is aggrieved by the actions of the UIDA... Read More

Amendment to Kenya's ID law raises privacy concerns

(Feb 11, 2019) The Kenyan Parliament recently amended the country’s national ID law, requiring all citizens, immigrants and refugees to share their DNA, GPS coordinates and various biometric data before receiving identification documents, but it is unclear how the amendment would operate given the country’s constitutional right to privacy, Mozilla reports. Under the amendment, a National Integrated Identity Management System would consolidate the personal information in databases before generating a unique ide... Read More

Microsoft supports Washington state facial-recognition bill

(Feb 8, 2019) Microsoft announced it has backed a Washington state bill to regulate facial-recognition software, Bloomberg reports. The bill requires facial-recognition software to clearly explain what the technology does and for customers to be notified when they are analyzed by the solutions. Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said companies who create facial-recognition software should back the bill and added one of the key parts of the bill is to allow third parties to test the product... Read More

How should we regulate facial-recognition technology?

(Feb 7, 2019) How is the processing of facial data regulated, whether such data is collected by a government agency as in China or by a private entity like Apple or Facebook? And as facial-recognition technology use becomes more pervasive, what restrictions are appropriate in the future? VLP Law Group's Michael Whitener, CIPP/A, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, FIP, and Raquel Aragón take a closer look in the name of finding solutions in this article for The Privacy Advisor.Full Story... Read More

Advocacy groups ask lawmakers to reject border surveillance proposals

(Feb 6, 2019) In a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the Democratic leadership and the full membership of the House of Representatives, advocacy groups urged lawmakers to oppose the proposal for “Smart, Effective Border Security,” which, they write, calls for funding of “various invasive surveillance technologies that would intrude on the liberties of travelers, immigrants, and people who live near the border,” The Washington Post reports. The letter expresses concern with risk-based target... Read More

Parlamentarios brasileños visitan China para entender cómo funciona su sistema de reconocimiento facial

(Feb 5, 2019) El gobierno de China ha pagado un viaje a los parlamentarios brasileños, todos ellos del mismo partido del presidente, Jair Bolsonaro, con el objetivo de presentar el sistema de reconocimiento facial ampliamente implementado en todo el país. Con el objetivo de mejorar la seguridad pública, los parlamentarios esperan presentar este año un proyecto de ley que obligue a la implementación de cámaras inteligentes en lugares públicos. Según Patricia Peck, abogada especializada en derecho digital, "es ... Read More

How at-home DNA kits are opening up family secrets

(Feb 4, 2019) An in-depth piece by The Wall Street Journal looks at the rise of at-home DNA testing kits and the effect they can have on family secrets. Sales of the DNA kits "are soaring as people seek to learn more about their roots," the report states, but the genetic information can lead to the discovery of extramarital affairs, lost siblings and more. "Given the rapid growth of consumer genetic testing," the report states, "people can often be identified even if they don't take a test themselves." A pape... Read More

At-home DNA testing company grants FBI selected access to database

(Feb 1, 2019) BuzzFeed News reports that at-home DNA testing company Family Tree DNA is allowing the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to search its genealogy database to help solve violent crimes. Though the FBI cannot freely browse the genetic profiles, the access "would help law enforcement agencies solve violent crimes faster than ever," the company said. According to the report, Family Tree does not have a contract with the agency but "has agreed to test DNA samples and upload the profiles to its data... Read More

NHS to offer DNA sequencing in exchange for data sharing

(Jan 31, 2019) The National Health Service will begin offering patients an opportunity to have their DNA sequenced if they agree to share their information with Genomic England, The Innovation Enterprise reports. Genomic England, which is owned by the Department of Health, has raised its participant target to include 1 million whole genomes sequenced in the next five years. In exchange, those who consent will obtain a report that details susceptibility to genetic diseases. Some have raised concerns that adding... Read More

Perspectives: Privacy law and 'deepfakes'

(Jan 30, 2019) So-called "deepfake" technology is growing more sophisticated, getting the attention of some lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine. The concept of using artificial intelligence to superimpose a person's face onto another person's face will supercharge "fake news" and online misinformation, but it will also violate people's privacy. "Deepfakes raise questions of personal reputation and control over one's image on the one hand and freedom of expression on the other," writes former Wes... Read More