Report: EU officials say US taking Privacy Shield seriously

(Oct 19, 2018) Euractiv reports on comments from EU officials stating that a delegation of senior U.S. officials in Brussels, including Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, indicates the "'seriousness by which the Americans are progressing' in their management of the deal." The comments come as the European Commission conducts its second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. In a tweet, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová‏ said Shield "is a commercial success" and that a European Com... Read More

Sidewalk Labs' phone location tool raises privacy concerns for smart-city project

(Oct 19, 2018) The Toronto Star reports on a tool Sidewalk Labs plans to sell to Illinois that it also plans to bring to its Sidewalk Toronto smart-city project. The tool, called Replica, maps out commuting patterns based on cellphone location data. Sidewalk Labs claims it de-identifies the information in order to protect user privacy, but Canadian privacy professionals are concerned about the use of Replica in the country. “This is precisely the type of technology that shows the unique power of citizen and se... Read More

Sidewalk Labs releases proposal on data concerns for Toronto smart-city project

(Oct 19, 2018) Sidewalk Labs has published a draft proposal on the ways it will handle data and privacy concerns with its Sidewalk Toronto smart-city project, The Canadian Press reports. Sidewalk Labs Head of Data Governance Alyssa Harvey Dawson writes in the proposal the company does not plan to own any data collected through the project. The Civic Data Trust will instead control the information and set the rules around its use. "The Civic Data Trust would be guided by a charter ensuring that urban data is co... Read More

Op-ed: Data localization laws in India could lead to more surveillance

(Oct 18, 2018) In an op-ed for BloombergQuint, Pranesh Prakash writes why data localization laws in India could lead to increased surveillance from the government and law enforcement. Prakash writes the benefits from data localization have not proven to be explicitly useful in countries that have enacted the rules, such as China, nor have their absence been harmful for countries that do not have any limits in place, such as the U.S. "Given this, the recent spate of data localisation policies and regulation can... Read More

Apple criticizes Australia's anti-encryption bill

(Oct 18, 2018) Apple has sent a seven-page letter to the Australian Parliament criticizing the country's anti-encryption bill, TechCrunch reports. The draft law, titled the Access and Assistance Bill, would require tech companies with locations in Australia to provide electronic information to aid in law enforcement investigations. Apple has joined Facebook and Google, as well as other countries, in voicing its concerns with the draft bill. “While we are pleased that some of the suggestions incorporated improv... Read More

Shanghai airport introduces fully automated facial-recognition kiosks

(Oct 18, 2018) Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport unveiled self-service kiosks fueled by facial-recognition technology for flight and baggage check-in, security clearance and boarding, The Province reports. The system is being touted as the first fully automated operation in China but has raised privacy concerns for some. Maya Wang, senior China researcher for Human Rights Watch, said, “Authorities are using biometric and artificial intelligence to record and track people for social control purposes,” add... Read More

Singapore’s updated national ID advisory guidelines: Progress and a glimpse into the future

(Oct 17, 2018) Singapore’s Data Protection Authority, the Personal Data Protection Commission, recently released its revised "Advisory Guidelines for National Registration Identification Card" and numbers following public consultation. Effective from Sept. 1, 2019, the advisory guidelines provide private organizations and individuals with the PDPC’s interpretation of the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act as it relates to the collection, use and disclosure of NRICs. The changes to the advisory guidelines ... Read More

Law enforcement robots begin patrolling New York neighborhoods

(Oct 17, 2018) CBSNewYork reports that law enforcement robots have started patrolling several neighborhoods in New York, as well as at LaGuardia Airport. Each robot contains five cameras, one of which uses thermal-imaging technology. The data gathered by the patrol is communicated to an internet-based portal accessed by local security and law enforcement. The robots can also observe pedestrians on sidewalks, record license-plate numbers, and detect cellphone serial numbers. Knightscope CEO William Santana Li s... Read More

Op-ed: How the internet will split in three

(Oct 16, 2018) The New York Times Editorial Board responds to recent comments made by Eric Schmidt, former Google chief executive and Alphabet chairman. Looking ahead in the next 10 to 15 years, Schmidt predicts the internet will split in two: one led by China; the other by the U.S. The board, however, says "he too quickly dismisses the European internet that is coalescing around the European Union's ever-heightening regulation of technology platforms." The column notes, "all three spheres — Europe, America an... Read More

Empresas telefónicas dan datos de usuarios a autoridades que no están facultadas para pedirlos, acusa ONG

(Oct 16, 2018) De acuerdo con una resolución de la Segunda Sala de la Suprema Corte, sólo la Procuraduría General de la República, las procuradurías y fiscalías estatales, la Policía Federal y el CISEN (Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional) están facultadas para solicitar a las empresas de telefonía datos de llamadas de usuarios. Sin embargo, entre 2016 y 2017, al recibir 46.110 solicitudes de datos por parte de autoridades no facultadas o indeterminadas, en 40.839 casos (88.6%) los datos fueron entreg... Read More