The online abuse the England football team received after the Euro 2020 final has pushed people towards drastic measures to stop it happening again: giving social media companies their legal identification.
If the dataset was big enough, would individual records become anonymous by being “lost in the crowd”? Researchers discuss how there are limits to privacy in location datasets.
Canada’s privacy regulator is admitting the government’s contract tracing app can’t provide a 100% guarantee of anonymity. “True anonymity, technically speaking, would require the complete and permanent impossibility of reversing the data processes at play, which could reveal sources of personal information and so re-identify individuals,” says Vito Pilieci, spokesman for Canada Privacy Commissioner Daniel […]
Google’s federated analytics techniques, which power features like Now Playing, could be used to analyze end user data without invading privacy. It works by running local computations over a device’s data and making only the aggregated results — not the data from the particular device — available to authorized engineers. Source: Google’s federated analytics method […]
Last week, Google and Apple announced that they were working together to develop privacy-protecting technology that could enable COVID-19 contact-tracing apps. The proposed system is anonymous but vulnerable to trolls and spoofing. Building a data set of people who have been in the same room together—data that would likely be extremely valuable to both marketers […]
Technology firms are processing large volumes of confidential UK patient information in a data-mining operation that is part of the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to documents seen by the Guardian. While anonymised, confidential information in the Covid-19 datastore may include people’s gender, postcode, symptoms, the mechanism through which any prescription was dispatched […]
The nation’s largest financial data broker, Yodlee, holds extensive and supposedly anonymized banking and credit card transaction histories on millions of Americans. Internal documents, however, appear to indicate that Yodlee clients could potentially de-anonymize those records by simply downloading a giant text file and poking around in it for a while. That includes a unique […]
On February 10, 2020, Germany’s Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) launched its first public consultation procedure. The consultation invites comments on a position paper of the BfDI which addresses the anonymization of personal data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with a particular focus on the telecommunications sector (for example, […]
Corporations love to pretend that ‘anonymization’ of the data they collect protects consumers. Studies keep showing that’s not really true. When it was revealed that Avast is using its popular antivirus software to collect and sell user data, Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek first downplayed the scandal, assuring the public the collected data had been “anonymized”—or […]