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DNA Tests on Separated Migrant Children Raise Privacy Issues

The Trump administration’s decision to use DNA testing to help reunite children separated from their parents at the Mexican border is sparking concerns among privacy advocates about how data will be used. Potential concerns include government surveillance of migrant families, or using the health information gleaned from DNA tests to deny access to services in the future. There are also concerns that DNA samples from children won’t be obtained with proper consent.

Source: DNA Tests on Separated Migrant Children Raise Privacy Issues – Bloomberg

EU Nations ‘Still Breaking The Law On Mass Surveillance’

Campaign groups, NGOs and academics have teamed up to file a series of complaints with the EU over bulk surveillance in several countries. They are calling for EU governments to stop requiring companies to store all communications data – a practice that’s been ruled unlawful by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) not just once but twice.

Blanket data retention requires phone and internet providers to retain the traffic data – numbers called, IP addresses, location data and identity – of all of their users for several months or years, depending on local national law. And despite rulings in 2014 and 2016 that this contravened European law, the practice still continues in more than a dozen EU countries.

Source: EU Nations ‘Still Breaking The Law On Mass Surveillance’

Poland regulates workplace monitoring

CCTV in the workplace under the Polish law Until recently, the matter of video surveillance in the workplace has not been explicitly regulated by Polish law. However, the new changes to the employment law dated May 10, 2018, address the issue of the use of video surveillance in the workplace.

Source: Poland regulates workplace monitoring

Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps

Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messages, tracking their locations and accessing photos on their phones, a court case in California alleges.

Source: Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps | Technology | The Guardian

Livestreaming police surveillance video sparks privacy, racial profiling concerns

Dozens of police surveillance cameras are now streaming live online for the public to monitor. The mayor wants people to call in tips based on what they see, but experts said that could lead to racial profiling.

Source: Livestreaming police surveillance video sparks privacy, racial profiling concerns – Philly

How Countries “Outsource” Electronic Surveillance And Threaten Privacy

Intelligence sharing partnerships are “completely shrouded in secrecy, making it impossible to know how much data is being shared.”

Depending on the countries’ specific intelligence sharing arrangements, most anything can be shared, says Edin Omanovic, Privacy International’s State Surveillance Programme Lead. The system’s trove includes information like raw internet and phone data, intelligence reports about individuals, watchlists, information about intelligence gathering techniques, information about encryption and decryption techniques, and more.

Source: How Countries “Outsource” Electronic Surveillance And Threaten Privacy

Report reveals dangerous lack of oversight of secret global surveillance networks

A major new report published today by Privacy International has identified alarming weaknesses in the oversight arrangements that are supposed to govern the sharing of intelligence between state intelligence agencies.

‘Secret Global Surveillance Networks: Intelligence Sharing Between Governments and the Need for Safeguards’ is based on an international collaborative investigation carried out by 40 NGOs in 42 countries.

Source: New Privacy International report reveals dangerous lack of oversight of secret global surveillance networks | Privacy International

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