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IRS offers grants for software to trace privacy-focused cryptocurrency trades

Grants of up to $625,000 will be issued in exchange for cryptocurrency tracking technologies.

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is soliciting proposals from contractors that believe they can develop technologies able to shatter the privacy surrounding cryptocurrency transactions.

Prototypes and suggested methods to trace cryptocurrency transactions should including tracking capabilities for law enforcement, predictive analytics, and should have as little reliance on vendor-specific technologies as possible.

Source: IRS offers grants for software to trace privacy-focused cryptocurrency trades | ZDNet

Human error reveals personal data of 18,000 Welsh Covid-19 sufferers

Public Health Wales yesterday announced a data breach involving the personally identifiable data of 18,105 people resident in Wales who had received a positive test for Covid-19.

In a statement, the health body attributed the incident to “individual human error”, whereby the data was mistakenly uploaded to a public server on 30 August, remaining searchable for 20 hours before its removal on the morning of 31 August.

Source: Human error reveals personal data of 18,000 Welsh Covid-19 sufferers

Chinese tech firm compiles database on tens of thousands of British figures

Files on senior politicians and their families among those stored as part of worldwide intelligence collection operation.

A Chinese technology company has compiled a database on tens of thousands of British figures and their children and families for the use of the country’s intelligence agencies.

Source: Chinese tech firm compiles database on tens of thousands of British figures

YouTube faces legal battle over British children’s privacy

Google, YouTube’s parent company, is facing a landmark claim over the use of children’s data in the UK.

A claim lodged with the High Court against parent company Google accuses the firm of collecting children’s data without parental consent. Privacy expert Duncan McCann, who is bringing the action, argues this is a breach of UK and European (EU) law.

He told the BBC that the class action is the first in Europe brought against a technology firm on behalf of children. He says that estimated damages of more than £2bn are being sought for about five million British children as well as their parents or guardians.

Source: YouTube faces legal battle over British children’s privacy – BBC News

IBM pushes for US to limit facial recognition system exports

IBM has called for the US Department of Commerce to limit the export of facial recognition systems, particularly to countries that could potentially use it for mass surveillance, racial profiling, or other human rights violations.

In a letter [PDF] to the Commerce Department, IBM highlighted the need for tighter export controls for facial recognition technologies that employ for what it referred to as “1-to-many” matching.

Source: IBM pushes for US to limit facial recognition system exports | ZDNet

Council of Europe Suggests Convention 108+ as Schrems II Data Transfer Solution

“Convention 108+ (Convention 108 as amended by the protocol) is set to become the international standard on privacy and data protection in the digital age, and represents a viable tool to facilitate international data transfers while guaranteeing an appropriate level of protection for people globally,” say Alessandra Pierucci, Chair of the Committee of Convention 108 and Jean-Philippe Walter, Data Protection Commissioner of the Council of Europe.

“Being Party to the Convention 108+ could in the future also facilitate the case-by-case assessment that companies are required to do [following the Schrems II judgement] in the context of standard contractual clauses, regarding the essentially equivalent level of protection to be guaranteed”.

Source: Council of Europe Suggests Convention 108+ as Schrems II Data Transfer Solution

Oracle Enters Deal with TikTok to be “Trusted Tech Provider” to the U.S

Oracle, of the nation’s largest data brokers, has confirmed a deal with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to become a “trusted technology provider” to the U.S.

The U.S. government previously raised concerns about the protection of user data collected by the popular video sharing app, especially given the power of the Chinese government to obtain data from TikTok.

Source: Oracle Enters Deal with TikTok to be “Trusted Tech Provider” to the U.S

Privacy laws might prove to be a blessing in disguise for crypto

With government agencies getting more savvy at tracing blockchain transactions, laws like the EU’s GDPR may play a role.

The GDPR has led to changes that complement the ethos of crypto’s early days, as it has proved crucial for fighting the questionable data handling practices of public and private sector players alike. It has also done wonders to nurture a privacy culture even among people with no prior interest in protecting their information.

Regulators and blockchain and crypto users also have a common goal: to ensure that both cryptocurrencies and the technologies underlying them are used in a way that’s not deceptive in its promise. Which might just be what the long-awaited, wider adoption of digital currencies needs.

Full article: Privacy laws might prove to be a blessing in disguise for crypto

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica

Tech giant fails to convince court it doesn’t carry out business in Australia as privacy regulator accuses Facebook of breaches.

The Australian privacy regulator’s case accuses Facebook of serious and repeated breaches of privacy law, saying its actions left the data of about 311,127 Australian Facebook users exposed to being sold and “used for purposes including political profiling, well outside users’ expectations”.

Source: Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica | Technology | The Guardian

Revised, Washington State Privacy Legislation Moves Forward

The Washington Privacy Act is back and now includes provisions for handling personal data during a public health emergency such as a pandemic.

Its provisions are closer to the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) than the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Source: Revised, Washington State Privacy Legislation Moves Forward

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