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We need debate on data-driven policing | Letters

The public has a right to know how data about them is being used, write Matthew A Jay and Prof Ruth GilbertWe thank West Midlands police’s ethics committee for giving serious attention to the potential for harm arising out of data-driven offending prediction models (Alert over risk of bias in tool to predict who will reoffend, 20 April).A wider public debate needs to be informed by research into how effectively the use of people’s data predicts and reduces criminality, who else experiences targe...
Tags: Police, UK news, Data protection, Technology, Crime, Human rights, Law


Facebook profits likely to fall after fake news and privacy scandals

Analysts predict first quarterly drop in earnings since 2015 on $3bn rise in turnover Facebook is this week expected to report a rare decline in profits after a string of privacy breaches and fake news scandals.With its founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg under pressure to clean up the social network, analysts predict the company’s net profit will drop to $4.7bn (£3.6bn) in the first quarter, from nearly $5bn a year ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US news, Data Protection


IT Grids had Aadhaar data from other states too, including 2 crore records from Punjab: Reports

The special investigation team (SIT) probing the IT Grids case has found that the company had Aadhaar records from “other southern states and a few states in north India” apart from 7.8 crore records from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, The Hindu reports. These included at least 2 crore records from... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Personal Data, Data Protection, Punjab, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy, UIDAI, Aadhaar leak, Aadhaar breach, Telugu Desam Party, Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR


UIDAI warns AP & Telangana of uploading land papers; Karnataka makes 5k students’ Aadhaar records public

The Unique Identity Authority of India’s (UIDAI) regional office in Hyderabad has asked the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments to stop uploading property documents to their revenue websites as they were being used to illegally access Aadhaar data, reported the Times of India. An unnamed... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Government, Ap, Property, Personal Data, Data Protection, Fingerprints, Hyderabad, Documents, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy


7.8 crore Aadhaar records on IT Grids’ database; CIDR possibly breached, Aadhaar data stored on AWS servers

7.8 crore Aadhaar records from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were found on the hard disks of IT Grids Pvt. Ltd, the firm which operates the Telugu Desam Party’s Sevamitra app. The Cyberabad police last week lodged a FIR against IT Grids’ management, based on a complaint filed by the UIDAI’s... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Personal Data, Data Protection, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy, UIDAI, Aadhaar leak, Aadhaar breach, Telugu Desam Party, Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR, Seva Mitra app


Russia Fines Facebook $47 Over Citizens' Data Privacy Dispute

Yes, you read that right! Russia has fined Facebook with 3,000 rubles, roughly $47, for not complying with the country's controversial Data Localization law. It's bizarre and unbelievable, but true. In December last year, Russian Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor sent notifications to Twitter and Facebook asking them to provide information about the location of servers that [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: Facebook, Russia, Tech, Cyber Security, Data Protection, Data Privacy, Data Security, Wang Wei, Roskomnadzor, Internet Privacy, Data Protection Law, Data Localization Law


Parenting club Bounty fined £400,000 for selling users' data

Company illegally shared 34.4m records with 39 companies, information commissioner findsThe parenting club Bounty has been fined £400,000 – one of the largest penalties possible – for sharing its data with marketing agencies without users’ permission.Bounty offers support and advice to new parents who sign up through its website and mobile app, or are directly recruited on maternity wards. Without securing consent from those parents, the company sold their information to data brokers including A...
Tags: Family, Technology, Life and style, UK News, Data and computer security, Data Protection, Parents and parenting, Information commissioner, Information Commissioner 's Office ICO, Acxiom Equifax


Amazon staff listen to customers' Alexa recordings, report says

Staff review audio in effort to help AI-powered voice assistant respond to commands When Amazon customers speak to Alexa, the company’s AI-powered voice assistant, they may be heard by more people than they expect, according to a report.Amazon employees around the world regularly listen to recordings from the company’s smart speakers as part of the development process for new services, Bloomberg News reports. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Privacy, Internet, World news, Data Protection, Alexa, Bloomberg News, Amazon Alexa, Artificial intelligence (AI


Home Office apologises for sharing EU citizens' email addresses

Victims of ‘administrative error’ say they are being treated as second-class citizensThe Home Office has apologised to hundreds of EU citizens who applied for settled status in the UK after it accidentally shared their details.The Home Office sent about 240 personal email addresses in an email, which could amount to a breach of the Data Protection Act. The department blamed the incident on an administrative error. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Technology, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Data Protection, Brexit, The Home Office


UK businesses using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity

Unions warn systems such as Isaak may increase pressure on workers and cause distrustDozens of UK business owners are using artificial intelligence to scrutinise staff behaviour minute-to-minute by harvesting data on who emails whom and when, who accesses and edits files and who meets whom and when.The actions of 130,000 people in the UK and abroad are being monitored in real-time by the Isaak system, which ranks staff members’ attributes. Continue reading...
Tags: Productivity, Business, UK, Technology, Privacy, World news, Work & careers, Computing, Data Protection, Isaak, Artificial intelligence (AI


Personal Data Left on Used Laptops

A recent experiment found all sorts of personal data left on used laptops and smartphones. This should come as no surprise. Simson Garfinkel performed the same experiment in 2003, with similar results. [Author: Bruce Schneier]
Tags: Data Protection, Data Loss, Computer Security, Bruce Schneier, Simson Garfinkel


Following a Trail of Digital Breadcrumbs – Are the 2019 Elections Truly Safe?

by Jaskirat Singh and Jagdeep S. Chhokar*. Crossposted from The Wire, with permission. – The front page of The Tribune on March 21, 2019, carried the following full-page advertisement: It promises people to help them “send only the best candidates to the parliament” and suggested that they... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Data Protection, Data Collection, Views, Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Jaskirat Singh, Voter rolls, Trail of Digital Breadcrumbs, Jagdeep, The Tribune


US disaster agency exposed private data of 2.3m hurricane and wildfire survivors

Report finds Fema unnecessarily shared personal information, including bank details, with outside contractorThe US disaster relief agency unnecessarily released sensitive identifiable data, including banking information, of 2.3m disaster survivors to an outside contractor, according to a report by theOffice of Inspector General.The survivors, who were affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the 2017 wildfires in California , had provided their information to the Federal Emerg...
Tags: US news, Privacy, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Hurricanes, US politics, Data protection, Technology


US disaster agency exposed data of 2.3m hurricane and wildfire survivors

Report finds Fema unnecessarily shared personal data, including bank details, with outside contractorThe US disaster relief agency unnecessarily released sensitive identifiable data, including banking information, of 2.3m disaster survivors to an outside contractor, according to a report by theOffice of Inspector General.The survivors, who were affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the 2017 wildfires in California , had provided their information to the Federal Emergency Ma...
Tags: US news, Privacy, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Hurricanes, US politics, Data protection, Technology


MySpace Reportedly Deleted Years of Music by Accident—and It Took People Months to Notice

MySpace, one of the first social networking sites that allowed bands to share their music directly with fans, reportedly lost years of songs during a server transfer last year. Tellingly, however, the world only seems to have taken notice this week.Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Data Protection, Myspace


Gearbest security lapse exposed millions of shopping orders

Gearbest, a Chinese online shopping giant, has exposed millions of user profiles and shopping orders, security researchers have found. Security researcher Noam Rotem found an Elasticsearch server leaking millions of records each week, including customer data, orders, and payment records. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to search the data. Gearbest ranks as one of the top 250 global websites, and serves top brands, including Asus, Huawei, Intel, and Lenovo. TechCrunch...
Tags: Security, Europe, Privacy, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption, Czech Republic, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Data Protection, Lenovo, Huawei, Shenzhen, Data Security, Database


Foreign investors oppose SEBI’s KYC norms, cite violation of other countries’ laws

Overseas fund managers such as Templeton, Fidelity, and Blackrock have opposed SEBI’s proposal to create a central database of personal information of all beneficial owners (BOs) of offshore funds, reports the Economic Times. The firms have said that the proposed database would violate laws... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Markets, Regulation, Personal Data, Data Protection, Blackrock, Economic Times, SEBI, KYC, KYC norms, Templeton Fidelity


India’s ecommerce policy is inconsistent and vague, stifles innovation – Nikhil Sud

By Nikhil Sud, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Albright Stonebridge Group India’s draft e-commerce policy, dated February 23, imposes various obligations including in connection with data. In several ways – five of which are discussed below – the policy’s data obligations risk discouraging... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Internet, India, Data, Policy, Regulation, Data Protection, MeitY, Data Localisation, Nikhil Sud


What Does Brexit Mean for Data Protection?

Kelly McMullon With less than a month to go until the UK is due to leave the EU (at 11pm GMT/12pm CET on 29 March 2019), there is still much uncertainty as to whether, and if so how, the UK will exit the EU (commonly dubbed “Brexit”). In light of this uncertainty we outline what will happen, and what should be considered, depending on how things play out especially given the important votes due to take place within the UK Parliament this week. What happens if there is a deal? Currently, as th...
Tags: Japan, UK, Law, Israel, Eu, European Union, Cybersecurity, United Kingdom, Data Protection, Norway, European Court Of Justice, Brexit, Ico, UK Parliament, Proskauer, General Data Protection Regulation


Cookie walls don’t comply with GDPR, says Dutch DPA

Cookie walls that demand a website visitor agrees to their Internet browsing being tracked for ad-targeting as the ‘price’ of entry to the site are not compliant with European data protection law, the Dutch data protection agency clarified yesterday. The DPA said it has received dozens of complaints from Internet users who had had their access to websites blocked after refusing to accept tracking cookies — so it has taken the step of publishing clear guidance on the issue. It also says it will b...
Tags: Google, Europe, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Tech, Data Protection, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Gdpr, Iab, DPA, General Data Protection Regulation, Ergo, Internet Advertising Bureau IAB, Data Protection Law, Cookie Consent


Beware of digital manipulation ahead of the EU elections | Eleonora Nestola

Personal information is being used to target voters – and the EU commission isn’t doing enough to build safeguardsOn 11 July last year the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)published its first report on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This is a date I will never forget, a date that substantially changed my vision of the current threats to our democratic society. It is a day that became a call to arms for me – and, for once, I had the understanding, the knowledge and the expertise to sup...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Technology, Privacy, Internet, Social Media, Eu, European Commission, Data and computer security, Data Protection, European elections, Electoral reform, Gdpr, Cambridge Analytica, UK Information Commissioner 's Office ICO, Eleonora Nestola


Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investmentFacebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.The documents, which have been seen by the Observer and Computer Weekly, reveal a secretive g...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, Eu, George Osborne, UK News, World news, Ireland, Data Protection, Enda Kenny, Sheryl Sandberg, Gdpr, Computer Weekly


India’s Draft Ecommerce Policy is really a Digital Economy Policy, impacts the whole ecosystem

Over the weekend, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade released India’s Draft Ecommerce Policy (pdf). The DPIIT has invited comments from stakeholders and the public, which can be sent to [email protected] till 9 March 2019. At this point, it is unclear if the... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Privacy, Government, India, Data, Policy, Regulation, Data Protection, Piracy, Safe Harbor, DIPP, Data Localisation


Facebook attacked over app that reveals period dates of its users

Sensitive data sent to social media giant from ‘at least 11’ platformsFacebook is battling fresh controversy on both sides of the Atlantic amid claims that it has been receiving highly personal data from third-party apps.The swirl of bad news around the company comes after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, was criticised for meeting the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, having refused to appear before an influential parliamentary committee in Westminster. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, UK News, Atlantic, Data Protection, Jeremy Wright, Westminster Continue


Even the IAB warned adtech risks EU privacy rules

A privacy complaint targeting the behavioral advertising industry has a new piece of evidence that shows the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) shedding doubt on whether it’s possible to obtain informed consent from web users for the programmatic ad industry’s real-time bidding (RTB) system to broadcast their personal data. The adtech industry functions by harvesting web users’ data, packaging individual identifiers and browsing data in bid requests that are systematically shared with third parti...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Digital Media, United Kingdom, Aol, Commission, Poland, European Commission, Data Protection


Glass houses: how much privacy can city-dwellers expect?

The recent court decision against the neighbours of Tate Modern in London belies a much wider problem – everyone is constantly being watchedAlexander McFadyen says that he and his family were “more or less constantly watched” while they were at home. They had to be “properly dressed” at all times, and even then they were often photographed or filmed, and sometimes spied on with binoculars. McFadyen set out to measure the problem. While working at the dining table, he counted 84 people taking pho...
Tags: London, Privacy, World news, Surveillance, Cities, Architecture, Data Protection, Tate Modern, McFadyen, Claire Fearn, Giles Fearn, Lindsay Urquhart


US health data in ‘closed’ groups: FB says it isn’t an ‘anon platform, users should know this’

US Congress Members would like to meet Facebook representatives over allegations that it misled users who discussed their medical conditions in “closed” groups, reports Gizmodo. These users believed that their discussions were private and anonymous. However, Facebook, told the users that they... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Mobile, Facebook, News, Privacy, Internet, US, Social Media, Data Protection, Privacy Breach, Congress Members


Updated: Indane says it ‘does not host Aadhaar and therefore no leak’ after 5.8M Aadhaar numbers exposed on site

Update on February 20: Indane denied the leak of any Aadhaar data, stating that its website did not host any Aadhaar numbers. The state-owned company pointed out that its software “captures only the Aadhaar number which is required for LPG subsidy transfer. No other details are captured by... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Data Breach, Data Protection, Aadhaar, UIDAI, Aadhaar breach, Indane


Indane Gas leaks Aadhaar nos, names and addresses of 5.8M customers online

Government owned gas company Indane – which has 90 million customers – leaked the Aadhaar data of 5.8 million customers’ on its dealer and distributor website. Security researcher Robert Baptiste, who goes by Elliot Alderson (fs0c131y) on Twitter, received a tip-off about the exposure... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, Government, Data Breach, Data Protection, Aadhaar, Elliot Alderson, UIDAI, Robert Baptiste, Aadhaar breach, Indane


18M Ixigo, 40M YouTube user records breached; 138M American citizens’ census data vulnerable

18 million Ixigo user records leaked in major data breach 18 million records from travel bookings site Ixigo and 40 million records from YouTube were breached, as part of a larger data breach affecting 127 million user records across 8 companies, reports ZDNet. A hacker who stole 620 million user... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, Youtube, Government, Data, Data Breach, Data Protection, Census, Privacy Breach, Zdnet, Ixigo