Dutch DPA examining auto industry's GDPR compliance

(Mar 26, 2020) The Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, announced it has begun an investigation into EU General Data Protection Regulation compliance of automobile manufacturers. The AP's examination will focus on whether manufacturers have violated the law with their work on connected vehicles. The goal is to have a report on the investigation done before the summer, but the AP admits the release may be delayed by the effects of COVID-19. (Original post is in Dutch.)Full Story... Read More

Study: Racial divide in speech-recognition systems  

(Mar 25, 2020) A study conducted by researchers at Stanford University found speech-recognition systems from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft misidentified 35% of words from black users, The New York Times reports. For white users, systems misidentified words approximately 19% of the time. The study indicated data used to train the systems may not be diverse enough. “The assumption is that all ethnic groups are well represented by these companies. But they are not,” Stanford Researcher John Rickford sa... Read More

Telehealth HIPAA waiver stirs privacy concerns

(Mar 20, 2020) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights waived Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties this week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those providing telehealth services view this as a welcomed reprieve as they work to treat and monitor quarantined patients more effectively. However, while this federal response to COVID-19 is innovative and understandable, several health data privacy questions remain. RedTail AI Ethics Journalist Kate Kaye... Read More

Study: TV privacy settings ‘don’t make it easy for consumers’

(Mar 12, 2020) Consumer Reports asked 16 volunteers to find their television’s privacy settings and said the users experienced complicated policies, confusing language and an urge to give up. Director of the Consumer Experience Program Charu Ahuja said platforms “don’t make it easy for consumers to find and understand the privacy policy” and don’t make it clear privacy settings can be changed.“People may assume that when they see a privacy policy, they don’t have a meaningful choice. And often they’re right,” ... Read More

Italian DPA publishes guide on smart assistants

(Mar 5, 2020) Italy's data protection authority, the Garante, has issued a fact sheet on how users can preserve privacy while using smart assistants. The DPA's guide aims to help users "try to make an informed and aware use of these tools, to adequately protect our personal data and those of all people who enter, voluntarily or not, in the field of action of digital assistants." Among the suggestions to limit smart assistant data collection are turning off the device while a user sleeps, deactivating non-esse... Read More

Op-ed: Concern for normalization of vehicle cameras

(Feb 28, 2020) In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Technology Columnist Geoffrey Fowler writes about his growing concern regarding how vehicles deploy interior and exterior cameras. Fowler explains how his car played witness to its own hit-and-run incident, which he writes makes him "scared" that society is not ready for such technology to "change the open road." Fowler adds open use of video, when it's eventually made available to more people, may signal "the end of the idea that cars are private spaces to p... Read More

EDPS details findings from AI workshop

(Feb 24, 2020) In a blog post, European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski discussed the challenges and opportunities presented to the EU by artificial intelligence and facial recognition. While detailing conversations at an EDPS-hosted AI workshop Feb. 13, Wiewiórowski said workshop participants concluded "the GDPR is technology neutral, contains broad, flexible and adaptable definitions and does not specifically address AI." Wiewiórowski added that supervisory authorities "need to fully apply a... Read More

A look at the Supreme Court of Georgia's ruling in Fourth Amendment air bag case

(Feb 18, 2020) On Oct. 21, 2019, the Supreme Court of Georgia answered the question of whether the Fourth Amendment protects a right to privacy in the air bag safety devices installed in vehicles. The court ruled law enforcement violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a driver after they downloaded data from the vehicle’s “Airbag Control Module” as they investigated him for reckless driving and two counts of homicide. In this piece for The Privacy Advisor, Global Cyber Risk Senior Principal Joel Schwarz, CIPP/... Read More

Updated privacy settings to allow Ring users to block data sharing

(Feb 18, 2020) New privacy settings to be rolled out by Ring will let users block the smart-home security company from sharing some of their data, CBS News reports. The change follows a study that found Ring shares users’ personal data — including names and email addresses, when the Ring doorbell app is in use, and device model numbers — with Facebook and other third parties without user consent. A company spokesperson said users will be able to opt out of those sharing agreements “where applicable.”Full Story... Read More

Committee on Standards in Public Life publishes report on AI

(Feb 13, 2020) A new report by the U.K. Committee on Standards in Public Life states regulators must adapt to the challenges presented by artificial intelligence and that with clear, enforceable safeguards and greater transparency, the public can have confidence in new technologies, a news release on Gov.UK states. Committee Chair Jonathan Evans said AI “will transform the way public sector organisations make decisions and deliver public services,” adding as the technology is fast-moving, “government and regul... Read More