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UK ICO Publishes New Data Sharing Code

On December 17, 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its Data Sharing Code of Practice following a public consultation which commenced in 2019.

The Code focuses mainly on data sharing among data controllers who are subject to the GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018. Due to the detailed way in which the Code covers data sharing in the context of the GDPR, it will also be of wider interest to data controllers in the EU and beyond – even after the end of the Brexit transition period.

Source: UK ICO Publishes New Data Sharing Code | Alston & Bird Privacy Blog

EU regulators draw up ‘hit list’ of tech giants to share data with small rivals

European Union regulators have reportedly drawn up a “hit list” of around 20 tech giants, potentially including Facebook, Apple and Google.

The internet platforms will be hit with tougher regulations than their smaller rivals under the new rules. They will be forced to share data with competitors and be more transparent on how they gather information. he list will be drawn up based on market share and number of users.

Source: EU regulators draw up ‘hit list’ of tech giants to share data with small rivals : CityAM

Facebook Threatens to Leave Europe Due to Proposed New Data-Sharing Regulations

Facebook has hit back at a proposed new regulation which would limit the sharing of European user data with the US-based company.

Earlier this month, the European Union privacy regulator sent a preliminary order to Facebook which called for it to suspend data transfers about its EU users back to the US. That would essentially force Facebook to keep EU user data in Europe, and implement new restrictions on data-sharing between nations.

And now Facebook has issued an official response, saying that, if such rules are implemented, it may be forced to stop operating both Facebook and Instagram in Europe entirely.

Source: Facebook Threatens to Leave Europe Due to Proposed New Data-Sharing Regulations | Social Media Today

Draft legislation would allow Australian personal data to be shared between government agencies

The Government wants to be able to share your personal information between its agencies. This is what you need to know about what data it plans to share and how.

The Data Availability and Transparency Bill would override the different laws and provisions covering data collected by government bodies. Instead, the National Data Commissioner would oversee a regime to allows data-sharing across the public sector, provided various protections are kept in place.

That would include the likes of Centrelink, the Australian Tax Office, the Department of Home Affairs Department and the Bureau of Statistics, as well as bodies such as the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. But it could also see public sector information shared with other “accredited” bodies, including universities, think-tanks, businesses and not-for-profit groups.

Source: Draft legislation proposed by Federal Government would allow your personal data to be shared between government agencies – ABC News

UK caves in to EU demand to share criminal suspects’ data

Council of the EU had warned UK could be excluded from crime-fighting system if it didn’t ‘review’ its data-sharing policy.

The British government plans to grant the EU access to data on British-based criminal suspects, after years of pressure from the bloc.

Security Minister James Brokenshire announced Monday that following a review of the policy of limiting data sharing via the so-called Prüm system of law enforcement, the U.K. government now intends to start exchanging suspects’ data held in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with EU countries.

Source: UK caves in to EU demand to share criminal suspects’ data – POLITICO

UK contracts grant Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

UK government has published the contracts it holds with private tech firms and the NHS for the creation of a COVID-19 data store, just days after campaigners fired legal shots over a lack of transparency.

The contracts describe how the arrangements between the NHS and Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and AI firms Faculty and Palantir (which subcontracts to AWS) will operate. The documents show the tech firms were set to build data models for commercial purposes from NHS training data before being challenged.

Source: UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data • The Register

Twitter Removes Privacy Option, and Shows Why We Need Strong Privacy Laws

Twitter greeted its users with a confusing notification this week. “The control you have over what information Twitter shares with its business partners has changed,” it said. The changes will “help Twitter continue operating as a free service,” it assured.

These changes affect users differently depending on whether they are subject to GDPR. Previously, anyone in the world could opt out of Twitter’s conversion tracking, and people in GDPR-compliant regions had to opt in. Now, people outside of Europe have lost that option. Instead, users in the U.S. and most of the rest of the world can only opt out of Twitter sharing data with Google and Facebook.

Source: Twitter Removes Privacy Option, and Shows Why We Need Strong Privacy Laws

Deutsche Telekom shares location data to fight Coronavirus

Deutsche Telekom wants to support the Robert Koch Institute in containing the coronavirus pandemic with cell phone data.

Therefore Deutsche Telekom provides RKI with customer data that can be used to track the movement of mobile phone users. For this purpose, the company is said to have already made part of its customer data accessible to the authority in an anonymous form.

Source: (7) How does the corona virus spread ?: RKI receives cell phone data from Deutsche Telekom – Wissen – Tagesspiegel

Smart doorbell company Ring may be surveilling users through its app

The “Ring for Android” app shares user data including names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers and sensor data with a number of third-party trackers, the investigation found. At least four analytics and marketing companies receive such information from customer devices.

Every time a customer opens the Ring app, it sends information to Facebook about the user, including the time zone, device model, language preferences, screen resolution, and a unique identifier, the report found.

It also sends information to the data company AppsFlyer. MixPanel, a business analytics firm, receives the most information, including users’ full names, email addresses, device information such as operating system (OS) version and model, whether Bluetooth is enabled, and the number of Ring devices installed.

Source: Smart doorbell company Ring may be surveilling users through its app | Technology | The Guardian

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data

A new report published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming.

Scrutinizing 10 popular apps in Google Play Store, such as Grindr, Clue, and Perfect365, the NCC report’s technical analysis reveals comprehensive tracking and profiling practices. Personal data is systematically collected and shared with dozens of third-party companies without users’ knowledge.

Source: Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

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