Health Insurers Tap Data Brokers To Help Predict Costs

Without scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on public data about things like race, marital status, your TV consumption and even if you buy plus-size clothing. The companies are tracking your race, education level, TV habits, marital status, net worth. They’re collecting what you post on social media, whether you’re behind on your bills, what you order online. Then they feed this information into complicated computer algorithms that spit out predictions about how much your health care could cost them.

Source: Health Insurers Tap Data Brokers To Help Predict Costs : Shots – Health News : NPR

EU and Japan agreed to create the world’s largest area of safe data flows

On July 17 the EU and Japan successfully concluded their talks on reciprocal adequacy. They agreed to recognise each other’s data protection systems as ‘equivalent’, which will allow data to flow safely between the EU and Japan. Each side will now launch its relevant internal procedures for the adoption of its adequacy finding.

Source: European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – The European Union and Japan agreed to create the world’s largest area of safe data flows

Should we have any expectation of privacy in public spaces?

“I am sure that at some point we will have to do a more thorough legal examination of the implications of sharing people’s images without their consent. In many ways, we already have some sort of protection via human rights law, data protection, and a myriad of other disparate image and personality rights, but the truth is that if you are not a celebrity, recourse is hard to find.”

Read article: Should we have any expectation of privacy in public spaces?

Anatomy of a malicious script: how a website can take over your browser

What can a site do to you, or to your device, without your explicit consent? What happens when you visit a slightly “improper” site, or a “proper” site you visited includes some third-party script that hasn’t been thoroughly checked? Has it ever happened to you that your browser gets hijacked and innumerable pop-ups come up, and you seem to be unable to close them without quitting the browser altogether, or clicking 25 times on the “Back” button?  This article looks at what happens under the hood of a script that does exactly that.

Read full article: Anatomy of a malicious script: how a website can take over your browser | CSS-Tricks

Lithuania adopts new Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data

The Lithuanian Parliament finally passed the new Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data June 30. The adopted law came into effect July 16. The State Data Protection Inspectorate and the Office of the Inspector for Journalist Ethics — both tasked with supervision and enforcement of the Law and the GDPR in Lithuania — are obliged to adopt implementing orders until July 15.

Source: Lithuania adopts new Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data

‘Data is a fingerprint’: why you aren’t as anonymous as you think online

So-called ‘anonymous’ data can be easily used to identify everything from our medical records to purchase histories. By analysing a mobile phone database of the approximate locations (based on the nearest cell tower) of 1.5 million people over 15 months (with no other identifying information) it was possible to uniquely identify 95% of the people with just four data points of places and times. About 50% could be identified from just two points.

Source: ‘Data is a fingerprint’: why you aren’t as anonymous as you think online | World news | The Guardian

Civil Liberties MEPs back stronger rules for EU institutions

Civil Liberties MEPs approved the deal reached with Council on new rules to strengthen data protection in EU institutions, bodies and agencies. The new rules will cover EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies to ensure a strong and coherent framework for data processing. The aim of the update is to bring the rules in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as the proposed e-privacy rules.

Source: Data protection: Civil Liberties MEPs back stronger rules for EU institutions | News | European Parliament

US, EU must work together in wake of Facebook data breach

With investigations underway in both the U.S. and the EU following the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data breach, American and European legislators need to gain a clearer picture of what happened, learn the lessons and set out the way forward using all the tools at our disposal.

Read full article: US, EU must work together in wake of Facebook data breach | TheHill

Walmart’s Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns

Walmart just won a patent for audio surveillance technology that measures workers’ performance, and could even listen to their conversations with customers at checkout. While there’s no guarantee that Walmart will ever build this technology, the patent shows the company is thinking about using tech not just to facilitate deliveries or make its warehouses more efficient, but also to manage its workforce, which is the largest in the United States.

Source: Walmart’s Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns

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