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Australian government secretly releasing sensitive medical records to police

The Australian government is releasing highly sensitive medical records to police through a secret regime that experts say contains fundamentally flawed privacy protections.

The Department of Human Services fields large volumes of requests for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data from state and federal policing agencies each year.

Source: Australian government secretly releasing sensitive medical records to police

EU court adviser: data privacy laws should apply in national security cases

The European Court of Justice should uphold its 2016 decision that personal data cannot be seized and held indiscriminately by governments even on national security grounds, the court’s advocate general said in an opinion on Wednesday.

Reacting to four cases in France, Belgium and Britain in which governments called for greater powers to override data privacy, the advocate general, Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona, argued that EU law applies.

Source: EU court adviser: data privacy laws should apply in national security cases – Reuters

NSA Data Storage Poses Risk to Civil Liberties, Watchdog Says

An audit conducted by the National Security Agency inspector general raises questions about the intelligence agency’s data retention policies.

The National Security Agency collects and stores a gargantuan amount of signals intelligence data in various databases and its own cloud, but a December audit by its inspector general suggests the agency’s penchant for keeping some data too long could pose civil liberties concerns.

The audit defines SIGINT data as communications or electronics intelligence or foreign instrumentation intelligence collected pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Executive Order 12333.

Source: NSA Data Storage Poses Risk to Civil Liberties, Watchdog Says – Nextgov

Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

The European Asylum Support Office combed through social media to monitor refugee routes to Europe for three years. The agency sent weekly reports on its findings to member states, the EU Commission and institutions such as UNHCR and Interpol.

EASO lacks a legal basis for collecting personal data on social media, the EU’s data protection supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski said in a recent letter. He imposed a temporary ban on the project.

Source: Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

Bitcoin ransomware locks 10 years’ worth of government data in Argentina

Bitcoin-hungry hackers have attacked a data center in Argentina which houses local government files.

The size of the Bitcoin ransom is unknown, but reports suggest attackers asked for somewhere in between approximately $37,000 and $370,000 (0.5 and 50 BTC) in exchange for decrypting the files.

The center had already recovered 90 percent of the encrypted data. Decrypting the files will take at least 15 days, mostly due to the sheer size of the archive. Some 7,700 GB — approximately 10 years worth data — was originally compromised as a result of the attack.

Source: Bitcoin ransomware locks 10 years’ worth of government data in Argentina

Campaigners threaten UK parties with legal action over data processing

Open Rights Group issue urgent notice to Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems, representing three individuals.

A data rights group has threatened legal action against the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats over the parties’ use of personal data ahead of Thursday’s election.

Source: Campaigners threaten UK parties with legal action over data processing

Facebook warns EU regulators seeking data access about privacy, liability risks

Facebook warned European Union regulators on Monday against forcing tech giants to open their vast troves of data to rivals, saying such a move would carry privacy and liability risks.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has voiced concerns that tech industry heavyweights might leverage their power to block rivals and that regulators could have to force them to provide key data to competitors to prevent that.

Source: Facebook warns EU regulators seeking data access about privacy, liability risks – Reuters

EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is carrying out an investigation into the European Parliament’s use of a US-based political campaigning company to process personal data as part of its activities relating to the 2019 EU parliamentary election.

The EDPS is actively engaged in seeking solutions to the challenges of online manipulation in elections. Data protection plays a fundamental role in ensuring electoral integrity and must therefore be treated as a priority in the planning of any election campaign.

Source: EDPS investigates European Parliament’s 2019 election activities and takes enforcement actions | European Data Protection Supervisor

Quebec Will Force Uber to Share Trip Location Data

Privacy advocates are concerned that the new law can paint an unsettling picture of people’s movements in Quebec.​

A new law that regulates taxis and ridesharing apps in Quebec will require real-time geolocation data, including pick-up/drop-off points and route information, to be shared with municipal governments and approved third parties.

Source: Quebec Will Force Uber to Share Your Trip Location Data – VICE

What if our personal data is less the ‘new oil’ and more like uranium?

Organisations are blundering about with our personal information with little idea of how to handle it safely, or even what to do with it.

“Data as oil” has been the default metaphor to describe the way the capture, processing and repurposing of our personal information is changing the world. And like oil, it may get a little messy when some of the resource is compromised or someone drills in the wrong place but, hey, isn’t that the price of progress?

Full article: What if our personal data is less the ‘new oil’ and more like uranium? | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian

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