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Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread

Use location data to fight coronavirus risks highlights the lack of safeguards for Americans’ personal data, academics and data scientists have warned.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has turned to data provided by the mobile advertising industry to analyse population movements in the midst of the pandemic.

Owing to a lack of systematic privacy protections in the US, data collected by advertising companies is often extremely detailed: companies with access to GPS location data, such as weather apps or some e-commerce sites, have been known to sell that data on for ad targeting purposes.

Source: Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread | Technology | The Guardian

Watchdog approves use of UK phone data to help fight coronavirus

The UK’s privacy watchdog has said the government can legally use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behaviour if it helps fight the spread of coronavirus.

It emerged last week that the government was in talks with UK mobile phone companies to potentially use anonymous location and usage data to create movement maps, with a 12- to 24-hour delay, to discover whether the public are abiding by lockdown rules.

Source: Watchdog approves use of UK phone data to help fight coronavirus | World news | The Guardian

Unidentified Database Exposes 200 Million Americans

The CyberNews research team uncovered an unsecured database owned by an unidentified party, comprising 800 gigabytes of personal user information.

The database in question was left on a publicly accessible server and contained more than 200 million detailed user records, putting an astonishing number of people at risk.

Source: Unidentified Database Exposes 200 Million Americans | CyberNews

Google Says It Doesn’t ‘Sell’ Your Data. Here’s How the Company Shares, Monetizes, and Exploits It.

Although big tech companies like Google keep the lights on by harvesting and monetizing your personal data, they can be quick to mince words and deny the strawman scenario of exchanging hard drives full of your data for a suitcase of money.

Google, the adtech oligarch, devourer of data, surveyor of souls, That Which Knows All That Is Known, has decided that it doesn’t sell data. So what is happening with all of that data, which Google says it’s not selling, but from which it makes tens of billions of dollars a year?

Read full article: Google Says It Doesn’t ‘Sell’ Your Data. Here’s How the Company Shares, Monetizes, and Exploits It. | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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

Brave files GDPR complaint against Google 

Brave has filed a GDPR complaint v Google for infringing the GDPR “purpose limitation” principle. Enforcement would be tantamount to a functional separation of Google’s business.

The purpose limitation principle requires that organizations must scrupulously ring fence data for specific purposes. These purposes must be made clear, and be very specific. However, Google’s purposes are so vaguely defined as to have no meaning or limit. The result is an internal data free-for-all that infringes the GDPR’s purpose limitation principle.

Source: Formal GDPR complaint against Google’s internal data free-for-all

Google launches Verily site for coronavirus tests, sparking health privacy concerns 

Service requires users to sign in with personal accounts, but Google promises limits to sharing data.

Critics have questioned the data collection policies of the Verily site, including the need to use a Google account to sign into the program. Data privacy advocates like Ana Milicevic, principal and co-founder of Sparrow Advisors, a digital consulting firm, said the coronavirus site could collect sensitive personal information that could later be used in ways participants never intended.

Source: Google launches Verily site for coronavirus tests, sparking health privacy concerns | Ad Age

Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

Law enforcement agencies may be able to access data on locked iPhones more often than they’re letting on, an analysis of hundreds of search warrants shows.

An analysis of more than 500 iPhone-related search warrants and cases shows that the situation is much more fluid than it would appear. Data shows that many law enforcement agencies, particularly ones at the federal level, are able to successfully extract data from even the most recent iPhones using digital forensics tools made by Grayshift and Cellebrite.

Source: Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

EU DPAs Issue Green and Red Lights for Processing Health Data During the COVID-19 Epidemic

As Europe is grappling with an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases, some European Data Protection Authorities issued public interest guidance on the limits of collecting, sharing and using personal data relating to health in these exceptional circumstances.

Particular areas of concern are related to the breadth of measures that employers can legally take to monitor the health of their employees, as well as the collection of health data by government agencies. Overall, regulators highlight that data protection law is by no means a barrier to public health, but advise organizations against “systematic and generalized” monitoring and collection of data related to health of their employees outside official requests and measures of public health authorities.

Source: EU DPAs Issue Green and Red Lights for Processing Health Data During the COVID-19 Epidemic

New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations

New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google on Thursday, saying the tech giant used its educational products to spy on the state’s children and families.

Google collected a trove of students’ personal information, including data on their physical locations, websites they visited, YouTube videos they watched and their voice recordings, Hector Balderas, New Mexico’s attorney general, said in a federal lawsuit.

 

Source: New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations – The New York Times

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