Deidentification startup raises $13.5M in funding

(May 27, 2020) D-ID, an Israeli startup that deidentifies digital images, raised $13.5 million in a round of funding, TechCrunch reports. The technology comes as the government enhances the use of surveillance technologies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. D-ID’s co-founders said the need for anonymizing technologies "will continue to expand." "The convergence of increased surveillance and individual privacy protection places enterprises in a position where they must either anonymize their storage footage or ris... Read More

Pakistan reviewing draft data protection bill

(May 15, 2020) According to Hunton Andrews Kurth's Privacy & Information Security Law Blog, a draft data protection bill was recently introduced by Pakistan's Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication. The bill includes requirements for consent, legal basis for processing and notification of processing, along with outlining of data subject rights and breach notification obligations. Additionally, the bill mandates the creation of a data protection authority to oversee enforcement. Public con... Read More

Researcher finds open Israeli contact tracing database

(May 8, 2020) TechCrunch reports an Israeli contact tracing database hosted by NSO Group was unsecured and accessible without a password. Researchers discovered the open database, which was believed to contain "dummy data" during a six-week time period. The data included specific dates, times and the location of individuals. NSO has since pulled the database offline, claiming it was a test database and that its open access had nothing to do with a security lapse.Full Story... Read More

A look at the contact tracing apps from around the world

(May 5, 2020) As countries begin to lift lockdowns from COVID-19, they are relying on contact tracing apps to identify and break the transmission chain of the disease. While some Asian countries have implemented their contact tracing apps with strict surveillance measures, Europe and the U.S. are scrambling to build apps with privacy in mind. In this piece for The Privacy Advisor, Santa Clara University School of Law student Samantha Tsang, CIPP/US, looks at the contact tracing apps in development around the ... Read More

Striking the right balance: Government contact tracing powers and the right to privacy

(May 1, 2020) A first-of-its-kind judicial decision sets out the rules for lawful tracking in an epidemic outbreak situation. The Israeli Supreme Court strikes a balance between COVID-19-related contact tracing technology and the right to privacy in a landmark decision about the government’s limits of power and the rights to privacy and dignity. The Israeli government enforces the isolation of confirmed patients and people who came in close contact with them in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19... Read More

Israeli case tackles government contact tracing, right to privacy

(May 1, 2020) A first-of-its-kind judicial decision sets out the rules for lawful tracking in an epidemic outbreak situation. The Israeli Supreme Court strikes a balance between COVID-19-related contact tracing technology and the right to privacy in a landmark decision about the government’s limits of power and the rights to privacy and dignity. Or-Hof Law's Dan Or-Hof, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, and Rotem Perelman-Farhi break down the decision in this piece for Privacy Tracker.Full Story... Read More

Here are the contact tracing apps being deployed around the world

(Apr 28, 2020) As countries begin to lift lockdowns from COVID-19, they are relying on contact tracing apps to identify and break the transmission chain of the disease. While some Asian countries have implemented their contact tracing apps with strict surveillance measures, Europe and the U.S. are scrambling to build apps with privacy in mind. Countries are working with app developers and technology companies to develop contact tracing in hopes they can contain the transmission of COVID-19. While more privacy... Read More