Singapore's PDPC publishes feedback on data portability, innovation provisions

(Jan 23, 2020) Singapore's Personal Data Protection Commission published the feedback it received from the public consultation it held on proposed data portability and data innovation provisions for the Personal Data Protection Act. The PDPC got feedback from 44 entities in various sectors. On the proposed data portability requirement, the majority of respondents "did not object to the proposal for the Data Portability Obligation to apply to organisations that are presently covered by the PDPA’s Data Protectio... Read More

Perspective: Digital innovation blurs risk management concepts

(Jan 22, 2020) There's a unique culture that surrounds innovation. It's an area of trial and error, which calls for a high degree of risk management. A standard global approach to risk management in innovation is the "three-lines-of-defense model," which calls for divided responsibilities. When it comes to digital innovation and new technologies, Tilburg University Professor and Morrison & Foerster Senior of Counsel Lokke Moerel believes the model "is not fit-for-purpose." In this piece for Privacy Perspec... Read More

Will NYT's facial-recognition story sway privacy debate?

(Jan 21, 2020) Over the weekend, The New York Times reported on a little-known company called Clearview AI. The startup has "devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app" that allows a user to "take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared." The app is now being used by more than 600 law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security. Its system includes a databa... Read More

Voice assistant users ask court to let privacy suit proceed

(Jan 21, 2020) U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California, is considering whether to allow a class-action lawsuit regarding user privacy with Google voice assistants to continue. According to court papers filed to Freeman, Google users "have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their confidential and private communications, particularly those that take place in the sanctity of one’s own home — a historically protected zone of privacy." The filing follows Google's motion to have the... Read More

EU regulators eyeing clampdown on digital assistants

(Jan 17, 2020) Bloomberg reports EU privacy regulators have their sights set on policing voice assistants following allegations of workers snooping on users. Luxembourg National Data Protection Commission President Tine Larsen has indicated regulators are working toward a unified approach to regulating big tech companies' voice assistant programs. "Because it’s a question of principle, the members of the (European Data Protection Board) should work out a common position in line with the consistency mechanism t... Read More

FTC workshop to explore pros and cons, ethics of voice-cloning tech

(Jan 17, 2020) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has released the agenda for a Jan. 28 workshop to be held in Washington on the benefits and potential misuses of voice-cloning technologies. FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra will provide opening remarks at “You Don’t Say: An FTC Workshop on Voice Cloning Technologies,” and University of Florida John and Mary Lou Dasburg Preeminence Chair in Engineering Patrick Traynor will give a keynote presentation on the state of voice-cloning technologies. There will also be th... Read More

Op-ed: A pitch for effective AI regulations

(Jan 14, 2020) In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's R. David Edelman writes the global approach to artificial intelligence should not be "as a truly singular technology," but rather "a tool, with innumerable uses." Edelman adds the White House's recently released AI guidance was "good news"; however, he opines "the federal government urgently needs to work on crafting substantive, tailored AI policies." Edelman call... Read More

Report: FAA isn't using data collected on drone integration

(Jan 14, 2020) A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the Federal Aviation Administration has five years of data on the use of drones that is not being shared with stakeholders or properly used by the agency, which has yet to develop a plan on how to use the data, Nextgov reports. The FAA collected data on 15,000 test flights at seven designated test sites from 2015 to 2018. The GAO said the data, focused on research areas like avoiding in-air collisions and safety requirements, is “suffici... Read More

White House releases guidance on AI and report on automated vehicles

(Jan 9, 2020) Acting U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought has issued a draft memo regarding guidance on how government agencies should approach the "Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence." The guidance seeks to support agencies' efforts to create "a robust innovation ecosystem" around AI while preserving values and principles, including privacy. The guidance also discusses the need for transparency as it relates to the collection, processing and ... Read More

Ring CEO stands behind work despite privacy issues

(Jan 9, 2020) GeekWire reports Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff stands by his company's work while advocating for continued resilience through recent privacy backlash. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Siminoff discussed "staying the course" despite consumer concerns about Ring's law enforcement partnership and recent reports of hacking. "If you look back, a lot of companies go through these cycles, and the ones that are great in the end are the ones that stay the course, do the right thing," Sim... Read More