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UN Privacy Rapporteur releases Draft Legal Instrument on Government-led Surveillance and Privacy

On 10 January 2018 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, released the Draft Legal Instrument on Government-led Surveillance and Privacy. It aims at giving clear and detailed guidance for the area of government-led or organized surveillance using electronic means.

Read the Draft Legal Instrument here.

(Mis)conceptions About the Impact of Surveillance

Does surveillance impact behavior? Many remain skeptical while others believe any effects, if they are real, are only temporary or trivial. Government surveillance is back in the news thanks to the so-called “Nunes memo”, making this is a perfect time to examine new research on the impact of surveillance.

Source: (Mis)conceptions About the Impact of Surveillance

Your smartphone location can be tracked – even if you’ve turned off the GPS

Religiously turning off location services may not save you from having your smartphone tracked: a group of IEEE researchers have demonstrated it’s possible to track mobes even when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned off.

Source: Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you’ve turned off the GPS • The Register

Company to Link Clothes to a Blockchain

In a test due to begin this year, L.L. Bean plans to ship clothing with sewn-in sensors that send data to the public Ethereum blockchain platform. The retailer says the information, likely to include temperature, frequency of wear and number of washes, could provide insight into customer use whether new products live up to supplier promises.

Source: L.L. Bean To Link Boots, Coats to a Blockchain – CIO Journal. – WSJ

Chinese police are using facial recognition sunglasses to track citizens

China’s police have a new weapon in their surveillance arsenal: sunglasses with built-in facial recognition. According to reports from local media, the glasses are being tested at train stations in the “emerging megacity” of Zhengzhou, where they’ll be used to scan travelers during the upcoming Lunar New Year migration. This is a period of extremely busy holiday travel, often described as the largest human migration event on Earth, and police say the sunglasses have already been used to capture seven suspects wanted in major cases, as well as 26 individuals traveling under false identities.

Source: Chinese police are using facial recognition sunglasses to track citizens – The Verge

A Wristband to Track Workers’ Hand Movements?

The e-commerce giant Amazon has won two patents for a tracking technology that can nudge a human hand in the right direction — toward a warehouse bin, say.

Source: A Wristband to Track Workers’ Hand Movements? (Amazon Has Patents for It) – The New York Times

Italian DPA’s decision on digital signage “correctly balances parties’ interests”

The Italian data protection authority (‘the Garante’) announced, on 26 January 2018, that it had issued a decision on digital signage (also known as totems) installed in a train station and operated by Grandi Stazioni Retail s.p.a. The Garante found that the totems determine the presence of a human face, measure the time spent in front of the advertisement, record characteristics such as gender, age and distance from the totem, and analyse facial expressions.

Source: Italy: Garante’s decision on digital signage “correctly balances parties’ interests”

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