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Google Hit With New Privacy Suit Over Voice Recordings

A group of California residents has sued Google over allegations that the tech giant violates state law by recording their conversations without consent.

Their complaint comes several weeks after the Dutch radio broadcaster VRT reported Google Home smart speakers and Google Assistant were transmitting consumers’ conversations to Google, even when people hadn’t first given the “Hey, Google,” or “OK, Google,” commands.

Three Illinois residents alleged in a complaint filed in Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court that Google’s collection and retention of voiceprints violates a state biometric privacy law.

Source: Google Hit With New Privacy Suit Over Voice Recordings 07/30/2019

New rules for biometric EU identity and residence cards given final approval

The European Union’s Council has approved new rules for biometric fingerprint and photo security features of identity and residence cards, as proposed by the European Commission.

The biometric features of European ID cards will be stored on a contactless chip, making them similar in security to passports.

Source: New rules for biometric EU identity and residence cards given final approval | Biometric Update

The importance of consent and privacy when deploying voice biometrics

Whilst choice of voice biometrics for many companies operating large call-centres may the correct technological choice, its implementation doesn’t appear to have taken into account the data protection requirements that accompany biometrics in the relevant jurisdictions.

The GDPR is very specific about the use of biometrics and refers to it as an especially sensitive category of personal data that warrants extra protection.

Source: The importance of consent and privacy when deploying voice biometrics

Fingerprint case highlights importance of biometric policies and consent

An unfair dismissal case has highlighted the need for companies to update policies and procedures and to obtain full consent before using biometric data in the workplace.

The Fair Work Commission in Australia found that Superior Wood employee’s dismissal for refusing to use a fingerprint scanner was unfair because the company did not have a privacy policy in place; it didn’t obtain consent before collecting sensitive information, and it failed to issue a privacy collection notice.

Full article: Fingerprint case highlights importance of biometric policies and consent

The growing legal and regulatory implications of collecting biometric data

Although biometric technologies make the authentication experience easier, the actual collection and storage of the data is presenting new security risks.

In EU use of biometric data now is now regulated by General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the US, state regulators have reacted to these growing concerns around biometric data by enacting or proposing legislation. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the lower court rulings and ruled that Six Flags had violated BIPA. Massachusetts, New York, and Michigan all have privacy bills in development that have similar requirements to BIPA, and more states are likely to consider drafting laws governing the collection, usage, and storage of biometric data.

Full article: The growing legal and regulatory implications of collecting biometric data | ZDNet

New Privacy Fears About DNA Sleuthing

For the first time on record, the new forensic science of genetic genealogy has been used to identify a suspect in a case of violent assault. Cops in Utah had to obtain special permission to upload crime scene DNA to a website called GEDmatch, which had previously only allowed police to investigate homicides or rapes.

However, critics fear we’re on a slippery slope of genetic genealogy being used to investigate less serious crimes. “We’re right here on the precipice, sliding down,” one expert said.

Source: GEDmatch And Genetic Genealogy Helped Cops Charge A Utah Teen With Assault, Alarming Privacy Experts

EU pushes to link tracking databases

Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area.

The database — merging previously separate systems tracking migration, travel and crime — will grant officials access to a person’s verified identity with a single fingerprint scan.

Source: EU pushes to link tracking databases – POLITICO

Franch DPA Issues Standard Regulation For Biometric Systems In The Workplace

CNIL has adopted on 10 January 2019, further to a sectorial consultation with public bodies and private organisations, its first standard regulation that lays down legally binding rules applicable to data controllers subject to French Law, who use biometric systems to control access to premises, devices and applications at work.

The Regulation prescribes specific requirements for the processing, by a public or private employer, of biometric data to control accesses to work premises, to information systems or applications used in the context of business tasks entrusted to data subjects (i.e., employees, agents, interns and contractors).

Given the particular sensitivity of biometric data, the Regulation sets out stringent obligations to data controllers regarding the conditions of processing of such biometric data in the workplace.

Full article: France: The First Cnil Standard Regulation For Biometric Systems In The Workplace

CNIL Publishes Binding Rules on Processing Biometric Data as Workplace Access Control

On March 28, 2019, the French data protection authority (“CNIL”) published a “Model Regulation” addressing the use of biometric systems to control access to premises, devices and apps at work.

The Model Regulation lays down binding rules for data controllers who are subject to French data protection law and process employee biometric data for such purposes.

Source: CNIL Publishes Binding Rules on Processing Biometric Data as Workplace Access Control

Why companies want to mine the secrets in your voice

The voice is highly personal, hard to fake, and it contains surprising information about our mental health and behaviors.

The Israeli company uses real-time voice analysis during calls to evaluate whether someone is likely to default on a bank loan, buy a more expensive product, or be the best candidate for a job.

Full article: Why companies want to mine the secrets in your voice – The Verge

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