Press review about Privacy - Personal Data

[TheIndependent] Facial recognition to be deployed by police across London, sparking human rights concerns

[TheIndependent] Facial recognition to be deployed by police across London, sparking human rights concerns

Millions of people face the prospect of being scanned by police facial recognition technology that has sparked human rights concerns.

The controversial software, which officers use to identify suspects, has been found to be “staggeringly inaccurate”, while campaigners have branded its use a violation of privacy. [...]

[NYTimes] What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook

[NYTimes] What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook

A review of hundreds of Facebook’s patent applications reveals that the company has considered tracking almost every aspect of its users’ lives: where you are, who you spend time with, whether you’re in a romantic relationship, which brands and politicians you’re talking about. The company has even attempted to patent a method for predicting when your friends will die.

[TheRegister] Dob in naughty data slurps to top EU court, privacy groups urge

[TheRegister] Dob in naughty data slurps to top EU court, privacy groups urge

More than 60 privacy groups and activists have demanded that member states still engaging in blanket data retention of communications info – despite it being ruled unlawful – are referred to the EU's top court.

[Euractiv] Nine countries unite against EU export controls on surveillance software

[Euractiv] Nine countries unite against EU export controls on surveillance software

An EU proposal to impose export controls on technology products that can be used as spyware is at risk of being delayed as a group of nine countries have pushed back against the overhaul. [...]

Nine countries, led by Sweden, have united against the proposal’s clampdown on exports of technology products that could be used to harm human rights.

[TheNewYorkTimes] In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You

[TheNewYorkTimes] In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You

Surveillance cameras monitored by the police have become a ubiquitous presence in many cities. In Newark, anyone with internet access is allowed to watch [...]

[Bloomberg] U.K. Assessing Evidence After Search at Cambridge Analytica

[Bloomberg] U.K. Assessing Evidence After Search at Cambridge Analytica

The U.K.’s privacy watchdog searched the offices of Cambridge Analytica amid allegations that information on millions of Facebook Inc.’s users was scooped up without their consent, widening a probe that cut the internet giant’s share price more than 10 percent this week. [...]

[Reuters] Dutch say 'no' in referendum on spy agency tapping powers

[Reuters] Dutch say 'no' in referendum on spy agency tapping powers

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch voters have narrowly rejected a law that would give spy agencies the power to carry out mass tapping of Internet traffic delivering a setback to Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government.

[TheRegister] Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

[TheRegister] Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

The UK government has secretly drawn up more details of its new bulk surveillance powers – awarding itself the ability to monitor Brits' live communications, and insert encryption backdoors by the backdoor.

[TheVerge] US Senate votes to let internet providers share your web browsing history without permission

[TheVerge] US Senate votes to let internet providers share your web browsing history without permission

The US Senate has voted to overturn consumer-friendly internet privacy rules that would have prevented internet providers from sharing your web browsing history without permission.