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Apple hits out at campaign group’s ‘inaccurate’ privacy complaint

Apple has strongly denied claims from privacy campaigners that it has breached Europe’s ePrivacy directive through its Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA).

The non-profit campaign group Noyb said that the Apple operating system on iPhones creates IDFA without the user’s knowledge or consent, thereby breaching Europe’s Privacy Directive.

However a spokesperson for Apple, responding to the allegations, said: “The claims made against Apple in this complaint are factually inaccurate and we look forward to making that clear to privacy regulators should they examine the complaint. Apple does not access or use the IDFA on a user’s device for any purpose.

Source: Apple hits out at campaign group’s ‘inaccurate’ privacy complaint

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

The Department of Homeland Security is purchasing consumer cellphone data that allows authorities to track immigrants trying to cross the southern border, which privacy advocates say could lead to a vast “surveillance partnership” between the government and private corporations.

In an internal memo obtained by BuzzFeed News, the DHS’s top attorney, Chad Mizelle, outlined how ICE officials can look up locations and track cellphone data activity to make decisions on enforcement.

Mizelle also believes the agency can use the data without obtaining a warrant or violating the Fourth Amendment, which protects the public against unreasonable searches and seizures. That logic could lay the groundwork for the government to use the same data to track everyday Americans, raising red flags among privacy advocates.

Source: DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

Intrusive, omnipresent surveillance growing during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert warns

Widespread use of contact tracing technology to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has led to almost incessant and omnipresent surveillance in some parts of the world, a UN expert on privacy told the General Assembly today.

“This is a very disturbing trend; all-pervasive surveillance is no panacea for COVID-19,” Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, said as he delivered his annual report, which examines the privacy impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: OHCHR | Intrusive, omnipresent surveillance growing during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert warns

European Parliament’s COVID website overrun with US web trackers

The European Parliament’s coronavirus test management website is overrun with user tracking requests, some of which are attempting to siphon data to US-based firms at a time in which the future of transatlantic data flows is far from clear.

The website, which is run by EcoCare, a subsidiary of the United Arab Emirates firm Ecolog, requests permission to transfer the personal data of those using the platform – European Parliament staff members – to third party companies.

Those include Google and the US financial services platform Stripe, backed by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, chairman of data analytics firm Palantir. 

Source: EP’s COVID website overrun with US web trackers, MEP raises data concerns – EURACTIV.com

Hospitals And VA Clinics Use Facial Recognition And Palm Scanners To Track Patients

Massachusetts area hospitals and VA clinics have begun installing Xecan facial recognition cameras to identify and track patients.

According to Xecan, they have been providing ‘touchless clinic technology’ to hospitals and clinics for at least ten years. What makes Xecan so unique is using ‘immunocompromised cancer patients’ and COVID-19 together to justify using facial recognition in hospitals.

Source: Hospitals And VA Clinics Use ‘Xecan’ Facial Recognition And Palm Scanners To Track Patients | MassPrivateI

‘Love Contracts’ Go Mainstream as Employers Track Office Romance

While workplace dating policies have been commonplace for years, typically targeting relationships between managers and subordinates, many companies have been compelled to update them to take into account new state anti-harassment laws and remote work activity spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

Some companies are having workers sign “love contracts,” requiring employees to clue employers into when they are in (and potentially out of) love. They also might include real-world examples in the policies, demonstrating exactly at what point in a relationship workers have to flag their newfound romance for an employer. From an anti-harassment stand-point, the policies are in place for good reasons.

Source: ‘Love Contracts’ Go Mainstream as Employers Track Office Romance

Amazon Faces Allegations It Harvested Sensitive Voice Data

Amazon is being hit with a class-action suit alleging that the tech giant’s severs are storing biometric voice data from countless callers, in contravention of an Illinois privacy law.

The three plaintiffs behind the suit came into contact with Pindrop’s tech when they called the customer support line for John Hancock, a major life insurance provider, and were told that they were “no longer required” to use a PIN number to sign in, thanks to Pindrop’s ability to authenticate their calls based on sound alone.

Source: Amazon Faces Allegations It Harvested Sensitive Voice Data

IAB Europe’s ad tracking consent framework found to fail GDPR standard

A flagship framework for gathering Internet users’ consent for targeting with behavioral ads — which is designed by ad industry body, the IAB Europe — fails to meet the required legal standards of data protection, according to findings by its EU data supervisor.

The Belgian DPA’s investigation follows complaints against the use of personal data in the real-time bidding (RTB) component of programmatic advertising which contend that a system of high velocity personal data trading is inherently incompatible with data security requirements baked into EU law.

Source: IAB Europe’s ad tracking consent framework found to fail GDPR standard | TechCrunch

Google Analytics Gets A Major Privacy And Machine Learning-Focused Overhaul

Google is revamping Google Analytics for a world in which privacy plays center stage and identifiers are exiting stage left.

The new version of Google Analytics, released on Wednesday, was in beta for more than a year, and will now be the default experience for all users.

The updated product includes privacy controls to help publishers manage their data use, a beefed up data deletion tool and a consent mode API that makes it easier for customers to pass along consent information collected from their users.

Source: Google Analytics Gets A Major Privacy And Machine Learning-Focused Overhaul | AdExchanger

‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

California’s privacy law says businesses must respect universal opt-outs. Now the technology finally exists to put that to the test.

When the attorney general issued California Consumer Privacy Act, the technology for a global opt-out didn’t exist. As of today, it does. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the search engine and browser DuckDuckGo, announced the beta launch of a new global privacy control. The idea is to create a technical specification that qualifies as a universal opt-out under the CCPA, so that exercising rights under the law would flip from being hopelessly complex to extremely easy.

Source: ‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work | WIRED

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