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On privacy impact assessment and leaking data of millions of users

Anonymizing location data is hard. If you absolutely need to do this, better consult someone knowledgable.

Privacy impact assessments should not conform to fixed templates. These should be strict, technical analyses.

Full article: On privacy impact assessment and leaking data of millions of users

Data Breaches Show it’s Time to Rethink Use of Social Security Numbers

The Social Security number — created in 1936 to track Americans’ social benefits — was never meant to be a form of identity verification. But that line disappeared in the mid-1970s, and the single identifier proved convenient when it came time for the U.S. to handle information using computers.

But we shouldn’t be using an unchangeable nine-digit code for verification. It’s a little like having a Facebook password that we can’t change even if we know somebody else has it.

Full article: Data Breaches Show it’s Time to Rethink Social Security Numbers | Time.com

Copyrights and Privacy: What is the Irrevocable License and is it Really a Privacy Concern?

Due to the strength of copyright protections, and harsh penalties against those who violate them, language of Terms and Conditions must be broad to comply with existing laws.

Unfortunately, this has the effect of making the language easy to misunderstand, especially for consumers who do not understand the variety of legal requirements that may apply.

Full article: COPYRIGHTS AND PRIVACY: What is the Irrevocable License and is it Really a Privacy Concern?

Publishers v. Privacy: Registration Is Coming

The introduction of ad blocking, browser-level advertising and browser-blocking of tracking and cookies should have heralded the beginning of more anonymous browsing.

Instead, these innovations may lead to more user registration and tracking, albeit in a potentially more consent-based manner. Publishers will soon be waging a greater battle with privacy to build a sustainable ad-supported business, writes, Ka Mo Lau, COO of Thunder Experience Cloud.

Full article: Publishers v. Privacy – Registration Is Coming | MarTech Advisor

FaceApp Reveals Huge Holes in Today’s Privacy Laws

Cameras are everywhere, and data brokers are vacuuming up information on individuals. But regulations have not kept pace.

Facial recognition is only the tip of the iceberg. License-plate readers, shopping beacons, and a whole suite of mobile trackers follow individuals both online and offline.

Facial recognition is only the tip of the iceberg. License-plate readers, shopping beacons, and a whole suite of mobile trackers follow individuals both online and offline.

Full article: FaceApp Reveals Huge Holes in Today’s Privacy Laws – The Atlantic

Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”—powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep-learning facial recognition system.

Policymakers and experts are now beginning to weigh how the government’s use of facial recognition should be regulated and constrained. A crackdown on how government agencies can use the technology needs to consider how companies do, too.

Full article: Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

Why Is America So Far Behind Europe on Digital Privacy?

Americans have been far too vulnerable for far too long when they venture online.

It’s taken more than a decade of shocking revelations — of data breaches
and other privacy abuses — to get to this moment, when there finally seems to be enough momentum to pass a federal law.

Full article: Opinion | Why Is America So Far Behind Europe on Digital Privacy? – The New York Times

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better?

Everyone knows that most consumers don’t read privacy policies because they’re too long and confusing. Right?

But maybe that’s the wrong way to think about it. Privacy policies are useless from a consumer perspective regardless of whether they’re long or short, said Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy at Consumer Reports.

Full article: Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon | AdExchanger

The importance of consent and privacy when deploying voice biometrics

Whilst choice of voice biometrics for many companies operating large call-centres may the correct technological choice, its implementation doesn’t appear to have taken into account the data protection requirements that accompany biometrics in the relevant jurisdictions.

The GDPR is very specific about the use of biometrics and refers to it as an especially sensitive category of personal data that warrants extra protection.

Source: The importance of consent and privacy when deploying voice biometrics

Data collection leads to discrimination and self-censorship

Widespread data collection practices lead to self-censorship and discrimination even though most users are not fully aware of how much their privacy is being infringed, a parliamentary committee has been warned.

On Wednesday, the human rights committee, beginning its inquiry into the right to privacy and the digital revolution, published evidence from privacy and data protection organisations including the Information Commissioner’s Office, Liberty and Privacy International.

Full article: Data collection leads to discrimination and self-censorship, MPs told | Technology | The Guardian

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