Swedish DPA received 3,500 reported data breaches since GDPR

(May 21, 2019) The Swedish data protection authority, Datainspektionen, announced it has received 3,000 complaints and 3,500 reported data breaches since the EU General Data Protection Regulation went into effect, Telecompaper reports. In its first data integrity report, the DPA said the majority of the complaints involved video surveillance and direct marketing, while six out of ten reported breaches were due to "human agency." The agency found three out of four citizens are concerned about how their personal... Read More

Tech company's shareholders to vote on sale of facial-recognition software

(May 21, 2019) During its annual meeting in Seattle Wednesday, Amazon shareholders will issue a nonbinding vote on whether the tech company will continue to sell facial-recognition technology, The New York Times reports. A pair of proposals has been brought forth by shareholders. The first proposal requests the tech company stop sales of Rekognition to government agencies until Amazon's board determines it does not violate human rights. The second proposal calls for the tech company to issue an independent rep... Read More

Notes from the IAPP, May 17, 2019

(May 17, 2019) Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire! We’re finally coming out of a cold and wet weather pattern here in New England. I did not need a jacket on my way into work today, and if I squint just enough, I can convince myself the sun is peeking through the clouds. I hope your local weather has been more spring appropriate. Facial-recognition technology received a lot of attention this week. San Francisco banned it; Oakland, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts, are considering doing the sam... Read More

US House to hold hearing on facial recognition next week

(May 17, 2019) The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform has scheduled part one of the "Facial Recognition Technology" hearing for next Wednesday. The first session will discuss the impacts of facial-recognition tech on citizens' civil rights and liberties. The hearing is timely given the recent ban of facial recognition in San Francisco and other facial-recognition issues sprouting up around the country. The Verge reports the New York Police Department has several issues with the abuse of its facial-re... Read More

San Francisco's facial-recognition ban praised by Canadian privacy advocates

(May 17, 2019) Canadian privacy advocates praised San Francisco’s decision to ban the use of facial-recognition software by law enforcement, IT World Canada reports. Canadian Civil Liberties Association Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Project Director Brenda McPhail said she hopes more cities, including ones within the country, follow San Francisco’s lead. “This is the first time that I’m aware of that a major city in the world banned facial recognition technology,” Ryerson University Privacy by Design Ce... Read More

UK Supreme Court rules IPT subject to judicial review

(May 16, 2019) The U.K. Supreme Court ruled the Government Communications Headquarters’ Investigatory Powers Tribunal is subject to judicial review in the High Court, ZDNet reports. The IPT is responsible for security activities conducted by U.K. intelligence agencies, such as the GCHQ, MI5 and MI6. Back in 2014, Privacy International launched a case to challenge GCHQ’s ability to hack millions of devices. The IPT determined in 2016 the U.K. government had the right to issue warrants for the wide-scale hacking... Read More

Op-ed: Should facial-recognition tech be put on hold?

(May 16, 2019) This week, San Francisco voted to ban the government use of facial-recognition technologies, and at least three other major cities in the U.S. are considering similar bans, Gizmodo reports. Meanwhile, in an op-ed, New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo writes, “States, cities and the federal government should impose an immediate moratorium on facial recognition, especially its use by law-enforcement agencies.” Currently, there are few rules governing the use of facial-recognition technology. Man... Read More

San Francisco bans use of facial-recognition tech

(May 15, 2019) San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to ban the use of facial-recognition software by law enforcement, The New York Times reports. After the 8-1 vote, San Francisco became the first city to ban the technology in any form. City Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who sponsored the bill that led to the ban, said its approval sends a message to the rest of the country. “I think part of San Francisco being the real and perceived headquarters for all things tech also comes with a responsibility for its lo... Read More

Recent genetic genealogy law enforcement case sparks privacy concerns

(May 15, 2019) Police in Utah identified the assailant of a violent assault after uploading crime scene DNA to GEDmatch, a website used by people to research their family trees, BuzzFeed News reports. The site’s terms of service only allow the police to investigate homicides or sexual assaults. After requests to upload the DNA were declined, the police received special permission to upload the DNA, arguing the assailant would strike again. This action has sparked concerns that police may use these methods to i... Read More

San Francisco to ban use of facial-recognition software

(May 13, 2019) The Washington Post reports San Francisco is on the verge of prohibiting police and city government from using facial-recognition software. The ban is part of the "Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance," a bill designed to curtail agency surveillance throughout the city, but does not apply to people and companies that want to use the technology. “If facial recognition were added to body cameras or public-facing surveillance feeds, it would threaten the ability of people to go to a protest or hang o... Read More