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London’s Met Police switches on live facial recognition, flying in face of human rights concerns

London’s Met Police switches on live facial recognition, flying in face of human rights concerns While EU lawmakers are mulling a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition to safeguard individuals’ rights, as part of risk-focused plan to regulate AI, London’s Met Police has today forged ahead with deploying the privacy […]

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UK watchdog sets out “age appropriate” design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe

UK watchdog sets out “age appropriate” design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe The UK’s data protection watchdog has today published a set of design standards for Internet services which are intended to help protect the privacy of children online. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been working on […]

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Mass surveillance for national security does conflict with EU privacy rights, court advisor suggests

Mass surveillance for national security does conflict with EU privacy rights, court advisor suggests Mass surveillance regimes in the UK, Belgium and France which require bulk collection of digital data for a national security purpose may be at least partially in breach of fundamental privacy rights of European Union citizens, per the […]

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Just because it’s legal, it doesn’t mean it’s right

Just because it’s legal, it doesn’t mean it’s right Polina Arsentyeva Contributor Share on Twitter Polina Arsentyeva, a former commercial litigator, is a data privacy attorney who counsels fintech and startup clients on how to innovate using data in a transparent and privacy-forward way. Companies often tout their compliance with industry standards […]

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More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court

More legal uncertainty for Privacy Shield ahead of crux ruling by Europe’s top court Facebook tried to block the referral but today an influential advisor to Europe’s top court has issued a legal opinion that could have major implications for the future of the EU-US Privacy Shield personal data transfer mechanism. It’s […]

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TikTok apologizes for removing viral video about abuses against Uighurs, blames a “human moderation error”

TikTok apologizes for removing viral video about abuses against Uighurs, blames a “human moderation error” TikTok has issued a public apology to a teenager who had her account suspended shortly after posting a video that asked viewers to research the persecution of Uighur people and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang. TikTok included […]

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Leaked Chinese government documents detail how tech is used to escalate the persecution of Uighurs

Leaked Chinese government documents detail how tech is used to escalate the persecution of Uighurs In less than two weeks, two major reports have been published that contain leaked Chinese government documents about the persecution of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China. Details include the extent to which technology enables mass […]

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Amnesty International latest to slam surveillance giants Facebook and Google as “incompatible” with human rights

Amnesty International latest to slam surveillance giants Facebook and Google as “incompatible” with human rights Human rights charity Amnesty International is the latest to call for reform of surveillance capitalism — blasting the business models of “surveillance giants” Facebook and Google in a new report which warns the pair’s market dominating platforms […]

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A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good

A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good A posthumous manifesto by Giovanni Buttarelli, who until his death this summer was Europe’s chief data protection regulator, seeks to join the dots of surveillance capitalism’s rapacious colonization of human spaces, via increasingly pervasive and intrusive mapping and modelling […]

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EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms

EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms The third annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer mechanism has once again been nodded through by Europe’s executive. This despite the EU parliament calling last year for the mechanism to be suspended. The European Commission also issued […]

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