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EDPS launches ‘Privacy by Design’ contest for health apps

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced the launch of a contest to design mobile health (m-health) applications implementing “privacy by design and by default” principles.

The aim is to create best practices that may constitute a reference for privacy-friendly development of mobile apps and give users more control over their personal information. Participants are challenged to develop a useful and user-friendly m-health application at the forefront of the implementation of the data protection by design and by default principle, as required under the GDPR. The deadline for submissions is the end of June.

Source: EDPS launches ‘Privacy by Design’ contest for m-health apps – Telecompaper

Russian court blocks popular messaging app in privacy row

A Russian court on Friday ordered the blocking of a popular messaging app, Telegram, after it rejected to share its encryption data with authorities.

The Moscow court on Friday ruled in favor of the Russian communications watchdog, which had demanded that Telegram be blocked in Russia until it hands over the keys to its encryption.

Source: Russian court blocks popular messaging app in privacy row

HIPAA-like protocols a good idea for apps like Grindr

Grindr had been sharing user information with third-party app-testing companies, unleashing a wave of criticism against the gay dating app for potentially putting its users at risk of having information from their profiles, including HIV status, released more widely than they had intended or understood when they consented to using the app. The company has since ended the practice.

I don’t think the sharing of user information with app-testing companies poses a significant threat for abuse, even for information as sensitive and stigmatized as HIV status, but I do think there are necessary steps companies like Grindr can and should take to ensure user privacy and safety from abuse. Fortunately, the health care field has already set such a standard in the form of strict protocols from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Source: HIPAA-like protocols a good idea for apps like Grindr.

Grindr hit with privacy complaint in Europe over sharing user data

The Norwegian Consumer Council has filed a privacy complaint about Grindr, arguing it’s in breach of national and European data protection laws after it emerged the dating app has been sharing personal information about its users with third parties.

As we reported earlier, Norwegian research outfit SINTEF analyzed the app’s traffic and found that — if set — a user’s HIV status is included in packets sent to two app optimization firms, Apptimize and Localytics. This data was sent via an encrypted transmission. But users were not informed their HIV status was being shared.

Source: Grindr hit with privacy complaint in Europe over sharing user data | TechCrunch

Furor erupts around Indian PM Modi’s app over alleged data sharing

Allegations that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official mobile application was sending personal user data to a third party without their consent caused a furor on social media in India and drew criticism from the leader of the main opposition party on Sunday.

Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party denied here the allegations and said the data was being used only for analytics to offer all users the “most contextual content”.

Source: Furor erupts around Indian PM Modi’s app over alleged data sharing

Irish Firm, McCann FitzGerald, Taps Neota Logic for GDPR Application

Leading Irish law firm, McCann FitzGerald, has today launched a GDPR analysis tool that leverages Neota Logic’s ‘Intelligent Reasoning’ technology. The GDPR app, called ‘GDPR Gap Analysis’, will, says the firm, ‘enable organisations to quickly assess their own level of GDPR compliance and identify areas of major risk where they need to focus their compliance efforts’.

Source: Irish Firm, McCann FitzGerald, Taps Neota Logic for GDPR Application – Artificial Lawyer

Digital minister’s app lands on data watchdog’s radar after privacy cock-up

UK digital minister Matt Hancock, who’s currently busy with legislative updates to the national data protection framework, including to bring it in line with the EU’s strict new privacy regime, nonetheless found time to launch an own-brand social networking app this week.

Source: Digital minister’s app lands on data watchdog’s radar after privacy cock-up | TechCrunch

Worried about Strava? It’s not the only app mapping our every move!

Giving away all manner of personal information is only a tap away on your phone settings, as the fitness tracking site’s blunder has shown It was a great PR move: in November fitness tracking company Strava launched an updated global heatmap that visualised all the location data that its users had been collectively broadcasting, revealing popular running spots around the world.

Source: Worried about Strava? It’s not the only app mapping our every move | Keza MacDonald

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