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Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology

The program began in 2012 as a partnership between New Orleans Police and Palantir Technologies, a data-mining firm founded with seed money from the CIA’s venture capital firm. According to interviews and documents obtained by The Verge, the initiative was essentially a predictive policing program, similar to the “heat list” in Chicago that purports to predict which people are likely drivers or victims of violence.

Predictive policing technology has proven highly controversial wherever it is implemented, but in New Orleans, the program escaped public notice, partly because Palantir established it as a philanthropic relationship with the city through Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s signature NOLA For Life program. Thanks to its philanthropic status, as well as New Orleans’ “strong mayor” model of government, the agreement never passed through a public procurement process.

Source: Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology – The Verge

US Supreme Court weighs Microsoft privacy fight over data stored overseas

A major privacy rights fight between Microsoft and the Justice Department reaches the Supreme Court this week.

The nine justices will hear arguments on Tuesday in a case that pits the interests of tech companies and privacy advocates in safeguarding customer data against the demands of law enforcement in obtaining information crucial to criminal and counterterrorism investigations.

Source: US Supreme Court weighs Microsoft privacy fight over data stored overseas

French DPA takes pragmatic approach to GDPR enforcement

The French data protection authority (‘CNIL’) published, on 19 February 2018, a press release outlining its approach in terms of enforcing compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’) from 25 May 2018.

Source: France: CNIL takes ”very pragmatic approach” to GDPR enforcement

US Attorney General Sessions Announces New Cybersecurity Task Force

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of the Justice Department’s Cyber-Digital Task Force, which will canvass the many ways that the Department is combatting the global cyber threat, and will also identify how federal law enforcement can more effectively accomplish its mission in this vital and evolving area.

Source: Attorney General Sessions Announces New Cybersecurity Task Force | OPA | Department of Justice

UN Privacy Rapporteur releases Draft Legal Instrument on Government-led Surveillance and Privacy

On 10 January 2018 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, released the Draft Legal Instrument on Government-led Surveillance and Privacy. It aims at giving clear and detailed guidance for the area of government-led or organized surveillance using electronic means.

Read the Draft Legal Instrument here.

Digital rights groups call for government to back away from encryption crackdown

Australian digital rights organisations have called for the data retention scheme to be suspended and for the government to back away from any move to undermine the use of encryption.

Source: Digital rights groups call for government to back away from encryption crackdown – Computerworld

Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties

Independent Oversight, Privacy Protections Are Needed San Francisco, California—Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit, says an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report released today.

Source: Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties, Disproportionately Affects People of Color: EFF Report

Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list

The European Commission has suggested that law enforcement authorities could soon have restricted access to the WHOIS database that identifies website owners because the system is on a collision course with the EU’s strict new data protection law.

Source: Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list – EURACTIV.com

Tech Giants Back U.S. Bill Governing Cross-Border Data Searches

Microsoft Corp., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc. have thrown their support behind proposals in Congress to deal with cross-border data requests from law enforcement — even as the issue heads for review before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Source: Tech Giants Back U.S. Bill Governing Cross-Border Data Searches – Bloomberg

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