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Israel restricts COVID-19 phone tracking to ‘special cases’

Israel’s cabinet has limited COVID-19 phone tracking to ‘special cases’ where normal methods might not be enough.

Officials initially wanted to track the location of virtually every infected person with the technology, which was originally intended to fight terrorism. It theoretically helped Israel determine if people were isolating properly, and would help determine who might have been exposed. Privacy advocates quickly objected, though, and the Israeli parliament put a stop to it after determining that the drawbacks outweighed the benefits.

Source: Israel restricts COVID-19 phone tracking to ‘special cases’ | Engadget

Big privacy and data security concerns as India forces coronavirus tracing app on millions

Privacy and legal experts raise red flags as many are forced to download an app one politician calls a “sophisticated surveillance system.”

India’s government is trying to address privacy concerns raised by hackers, activists and political opposition parties over its coronavirus contact tracing app called Aarogya Setu.

But while the government insists the app is an important tool in its fight against coronavirus, it has raised concerns over personal privacy and other issues.

Full article: Big privacy and data security concerns as India forces coronavirus tracing app on millions – CBS News

No need to mourn the death of the third-party cookie

Amid the whirlwinds of the industry’s response, it’s become abundantly clear that the demise of the cookie is probably a good thing for everyone involved – audience members, publishers and even marketers.

The cookie’s demise has been written on the wall for some time. Many trends have been gradually diminishing the efficacy of the cookie. And, people generally dislike the feeling of someone tracking their every online move. Why not replace that tension with a better model? It’s time to turn to newer, better tools.

Full article: No need to mourn the death of the third-party cookie

Notorious Spyware Vendor Pushes COVID-19 Tracking Solution

A notorious spyware firm currently defending in a lawsuit on spying on WhatsApp users is marketing its COVID-19 tracking solution to governments around the world. But nevermind that, the notorious malware vendor is now selling a COVID-19 tracking app.

On October 29th, 2019, WhatsApp published a statement informing the users about a cyberattack the team stopped earlier in May 2019. In the statement, WhatsApp attributed the attack to NSO Group, an Israeli firm that sells spyware to governments and “authorized agencies” around the globe.

Source: Notorious Spyware Vendor Pushes COVID-19 Tracking Solution | forklog.media

Lawful Interception Market worth $8.8 billion by 2025

According to report “Lawful Interception Market″, lawful interception market size is projected to grow from USD 3.6 billion in 2020 to USD 8.8 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7% during the forecast period.

The major factors driving the growth of the lawful interception market include penetration of smart devices, increase in cyber-crimes, and counter terrorism initiatives adopted by government to curb potential terror attacks.

Source: Lawful Interception Market worth $8.8 billion by 2025 | Daily Article News

COVID-19 contact tracing apps being deployed around the world

As countries begin to lift lockdowns from COVID-19, they are relying on contact tracing apps to identify and break the transmission chain of the disease.

While some Asian countries have implemented their contact tracing apps with strict surveillance measures, Europe and the U.S. are scrambling to build apps with privacy in mind. Countries are working with app developers and technology companies to develop contact tracing in hopes they can contain the transmission of COVID-19.

Full article: Here are the contact tracing apps being deployed around the world

Germany switches sides in privacy contact tracing solution backing Apple and Google

Germany appears to have undertaken a volte-face in the approach it takes to combine privacy and contact tracing, supporting an approach which also has support from Apple and Google.

The race has been on to create a way that enables the tracing of people who have been in the close proximity of an individual who had tested positive for Covid-19, while preserving privacy. The solution lies with anonymity, using bluetooth connectivity with smart phones.

Source: Germany switches sides in privacy contact tracing solution backing Apple and Google

Coronavirus didn’t kill our privacy — it just exposed the corpse

In most countries only minor amendments of the laws sufficed to introduce Covid-19 surveillance, which normally would be an eye opener. It is the new normal, where privacy is no longer an issue or not even a “nuisance” for the power hungry.

The pandemic is an opportunity to mobilize the grassroots privacy effort and adapt to emergencies. If we don’t, tyrannies will act for the ‘greater good.’

Full article: Coronavirus didn’t kill our privacy — it just exposed the corpse

Android Users Battling Google Can’t Seek Intervention By Appeals Court

A group of Android users have lost another round in a privacy battle with Google over alleged location tracking.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California rejected the Android users’ request to immediately appeal his earlier ruling dismissing their claim that Google violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act.

Source: Android Users Battling Google Can’t Seek Intervention By Appeals Court 04/17/2020

EU publishes toolbox for coronavirus tracking apps

Contact tracing apps, if fully compliant with EU rules and well coordinated, can play a key role in all phases of crisis management, especially when time will be ripe to gradually lift social distancing measures.

Therefore EU have developed an EU toolbox for the use of mobile applications for contact tracing and warning in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The toolbox is accompanied by guidance on data protection for such mobile apps.

Source: Coronavirus: An EU approach for efficient contact tracing

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