EDPS addresses DPOs in Italy

European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, gave a speech at the ASSO DPO conference in Milan. In his speech he addressed necessity for everyone to prepare for new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Data Protection Officers (DPOs), national legislators and Data Protection Authorities, – and promised more guidance from EU Article 29 Working Party by the end of the year.

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Pokemon Go Defeats Lawsuit Over Privacy Policy

A judge has dismissed a consumer’s complaint alleging that the developer of Pokemon Go violated Florida’s consumer protection law. Complaint stated that Pokemon Go collected too many data of users thus engaging in deceptive and unfair trade practices prohibited by consumer protection law.

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Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Apps are using ad-tracking ultrasonic tones – audio signals that your phone can hear, but you can’t – build up a profile about you: what you’ve seen, where, and in some cases even the websites you’ve visited. While this technology is still in its early stages of development, it’s becoming popular.

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Encryption May Lower Fines Under New EU Privacy Regime

New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes with high fines – up to 20 million Euros or 4% of company’s global annual revenue – whatever is higher. Though, companies can lower the risk of massive fines by encrypting personal data. Also, companies that encrypt personal data will also be exempt from the GDPR’s new mandatory data breach notification provisions.

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You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

Ability to dissent and to do it anonymously was central to fight for independence and founding of the United States. However, latest facial recognition technology, used to fight crime, may eliminate people’s ability to be anonymous. It tracks our body, not devices we use, and is able to identify us from far away and without us knowing it.

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Big Data analytics in Europe – the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated

Some say that new EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is not fit for modern age of Big Data, artificial intelligence (“AI”) and machine learning. They assume that GDPR rules will kill Big Data in Europe.

While it is correct that GDPR will “level up” requirements, it won’t kill Big Data, AI or machine learning or make it illegal. GDPR will require business to about what they’re doing with data but will not prohibit from processing it.

Source: Big Data analytics in Europe – the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated

40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

Developer Stuart Colianni had built a a set of 40,000 facial images by scraping the Tinder dating service arguing that publicly available facial datasets are generally too small to be useful. Dataset with photos was published on Kaggle, but later deleted because of strong criticism.

Source: 40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

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