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Microsoft CEO at Davos: Data privacy must be thought of as a human right

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Thursday that data privacy at an individual level needs to be thought of as a human right, and pointed to the European Union’s GDPR regulation as a model for the rest of the world.

Data privacy has to be protected and companies need to be “transparent” about it, he said, speaking during an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Full article: Microsoft CEO at Davos: Data privacy must be thought of as a human right

The Future of UK Data Protection

As with anything Brexit-related, the UK government is facing a dilemma in relation to data protection law.

Shall we follow the direction of travel of the past 25 years and opt for the continuity and certainty provided by the GDPR or shall we use the departure from the EU to make radical changes to the regulation of data uses and privacy?

Read full article: The Future of UK Data Protection

Reflecting on APAC Data Protection and Cyber-security Highlights for 2019 (and what lies ahead!)

2019 saw continued growth and change in data protection and cyber-security across the Asia-Pacific. Following the implementation of the GDPR in May, 2018, many jurisdictions moved to review and strengthen existing data privacy and cyber-security laws.

In addition, 2019 saw regulators publishing findings in respect of some of the largest data incidents of 2018. We have set out below the key highlights of the year and what to look out for in 2020.

Full article: Reflecting on APAC Data Protection and Cyber-security Highlights for 2019 (and what lies ahead!)

Ubiquitous Surveillance Cameras Are Changing Our Understanding of Human Behavior

Surveillance footage is providing new insights into how humans interact in public. But should scientists be able to see it?

Watchdogs like Tony Porter, the U.K.’s surveillance camera commissioner, warn that governments’ increasing ability to watch everything all the time will lead to both predictable and unforeseen invasions of privacy.

Full article: Ubiquitous Surveillance Cameras Are Changing Our Understanding of Human Behavior – VICE

What we’ve learned from California’s Consumer Privacy Act so far

Though CCPA went into force Jan.1, some of the law’s implications are already becoming clear.

First, privacy is not cheap. CCPA delegates rule-making authority (as well as enforcement) to the California Department of Justice.

The second lesson is that privacy laws are prolix. CCPA runs about 10,000 words. That virtually demands that businesses retain dedicated CCPA specialists to advise them — their own readings and the advice of non-specialist lawyers won’t cut it.

Finally, state heterogeneity in privacy law is now inevitable. Some states introduced their own clone-and-revise versions of CCPA in 2019, but none passed. A number of state legislatures will likely restart the CCPA clone-and-revise process in 2020.

Full article: What we’ve learned from California’s Consumer Privacy Act so far | TheHill

The 5 Biggest Cybersecurity Trends In 2020 Everyone Should Know About

More and more of our vital infrastructure is coming online and vulnerable to digital attacks, data breaches involving the leak of personal information are becoming more frequent and bigger, and there’s an increasing awareness of political interference and state-sanctioned cyberattacks.

Here’s what will be top of the agenda when it comes to cybersecurity over the coming year:

  1. Artificial intelligence (AI) will play an increasing role in both cyber-attack and defense
  2. Political and economic divisions between east and west lead to increased security threats
  3. Political interference increasingly common and increasingly sophisticated
  4. The cybersecurity skills gap continues to grow
  5. Vehicle hacking and data theft increases

Full article: The 5 Biggest Cybersecurity Trends In 2020 Everyone Should Know About

Will online privacy make a comeback in 2020?

Last year was a landmark for online privacy in many ways, with something of a consensus emerging that consumers deserve protection from the companies that sell their attention and behavior for profit.

The debate now is largely around how to regulate platforms, not whether it needs to happen. The consensus among key legislators acknowledges that privacy is not just of benefit to individuals but can be likened to public health; a level of protection afforded to each of us helps inoculate democratic societies from manipulation by vested and vicious interests.

Full article: Will online privacy make a comeback in 2020? | TechCrunch

Data privacy predictions for 2020: Six industry experts have their say

The issue of data privacy has risen dramatically over the past few years, from a fringe concept to a major regulatory concern, particularly with the creation of GDPR. But what predictions do experts have for data privacy in 2020?

Read predictions experts across technology made for 2020, from new regulations to emerging business practices shaping data privacy: Data privacy predictions for 2020: Six industry experts have their say

Fight against facial recognition hits wall across the West

The result is an impasse that has left tech companies largely in control of where and how to deploy facial recognition.

One big reason: Western governments are embracing this technology for their own use, valuing security and data collection over privacy and civil liberties.

Full article: Fight against facial recognition hits wall across the West – POLITICO

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