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MEPs raise concerns on EU plans for police facial recognition database

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee have questioned EU plans to establish a bloc-wide facial recognition database for use by police authorities, citing the potential abuse of data as well as the likelihood of false positives.

As part of a planned extension of the EU’s 2008 Prum Decision, which allows for the exchange of DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration data, member states have proposed that police authorities be given powers that permit them to share facial images.

Source: MEPs raise concerns on EU plans for police facial recognition database – EURACTIV.com

Twitter Sued Over ‘Inadvertent’ Use Of Phone Numbers For Advertising

Twitter has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly drawing on users’ phone numbers to serve them with targeted ads.

Complaintant claims Twitter violated a Washington state law regarding the unlawful procurement of telephone numbers. Complaint comes almost one year after Twitter said it “inadvertently” allowed marketers to target people based on phone numbers and emails collected for security purposes.

Source: Twitter Sued Over ‘Inadvertent’ Use Of Phone Numbers For Advertising 09/23/2020

TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre

TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.

The company currently stores EU personal data at sites in the United States and Singapore, but has plans to construct a €420 million site in Ireland in 2021, as a means to allay some of the worries related to the transmission of personal data from the EU, to countries with less stringent data protection regimes.

Source: TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre – EURACTIV.com

Facebook Testing Implications of Privacy-Invading Tech By Invading People’s Privacy

Project Aria will send scores of Facebook workers into the world to record everything around them.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced a new project: the company would send out a hundred employees and contractors equipped with glasses that would record every piece of audio, visual, and spatial information possible in public and private spaces.

During its Facebook Connect livestream, the company dubbed this effort part of “Project Aria,” a new attempt to research augmented reality and help Facebook understand potential ethical or privacy-related problems with AR and AR glasses. It will also have the incidental benefit of freely extracting and analyzing staggering amounts of data to ostensibly train algorithms powering this future project.

Source: Facebook Testing Implications of Privacy-Invading Tech By Invading People’s Privacy

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

Cloud Industry Unites to Create Global Standard for Transfer of Personal Data following ‘Schrems II’ ruling

The creators of the data protection market standard for cloud, the EU Cloud Code of Conduct, announced work is underway on a proposed legal solution for the transfer of personal data outside the EU.

Once approved by data protection authorities, the solution could be an alternative to the recently annulled EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, previously relied on by thousands of businesses who now face disruption and uncertainty when transferring EU citizens’ data across the Atlantic.

Source: Cloud Industry Unites to Create Global Standard for Transfer of Personal Data following ‘Schrems II’ ruling: EU Cloud CoC

Data Privacy Increasingly a Focus of National Security Reviews

Oracle’s bid to partner with TikTok app may not be a standard-issue business deal, but it’s increasingly the sort of arrangement that undergoes a national security review.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that the Oracle bid would be reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a national security panel that is best known for reviewing outright foreign takeovers of U.S. companies.

The Oracle deal, by comparison, involves an arrangement with TikTok to move data on American users to Oracle’s cloud-computing infrastructure in the U.S. to prevent it from being shared with the Chinese government.

Source: Data Privacy Increasingly a Focus of National Security Reviews – WSJ

Chinese tech firm compiles database on tens of thousands of British figures

Files on senior politicians and their families among those stored as part of worldwide intelligence collection operation.

A Chinese technology company has compiled a database on tens of thousands of British figures and their children and families for the use of the country’s intelligence agencies.

Source: Chinese tech firm compiles database on tens of thousands of British figures

Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers

Facebook is appealing a preliminary order from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) that the social media company says would require it to stop data transfers between the US and the European Union.

The IDPC sent a preliminary order to Facebook last month directing the company to suspend data transfers to the US about EU users. The order is the first attempt by an EU regulator to enforce a ruling by the EU’s Court of Justice, which invalidated Privacy Shield, a data-sharing protocol that allowed American companies to transfer personal information about EU citizens to the US for processing.

Source: Facebook appealing order by Ireland’s privacy regulator that could halt EU-US data transfers – The Verge

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