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Watchdog approves use of UK phone data to help fight coronavirus

The UK’s privacy watchdog has said the government can legally use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behaviour if it helps fight the spread of coronavirus.

It emerged last week that the government was in talks with UK mobile phone companies to potentially use anonymous location and usage data to create movement maps, with a 12- to 24-hour delay, to discover whether the public are abiding by lockdown rules.

Source: Watchdog approves use of UK phone data to help fight coronavirus | World news | The Guardian

UK to pass Emergency bill: what’s in it?

The new bill giving ministers unprecedented powers is set to become law after clearing the House of Lords.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs the emergency legislation will allow “extraordinary measures” never seen in peace time in the UK. Mr Hancock has stressed that the powers in the bill would only be used “when strictly necessary” and would remain in force only for as long as required to respond to the crisis.

Read full article: Coronavirus: What’s in the emergency legislation? – BBC News

Halt public use of facial recognition tech, says UK’s equality watchdog

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says mass AFR surveillance is discriminatory and stifles free expression.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said the technology should be suspended until its impact has been independently scrutinised and laws governing its application improved.

Source: Halt public use of facial recognition tech, says equality watchdog | UK news | The Guardian

Scottish company hit with maximum fine for making nearly 200 million nuisance calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined CRDNN Limited with the maximum £500,000 fine for making more than 193 million automated nuisance calls.

Operating out of a Clydebank business park, CRDNN Limited was raided by the ICO in March 2018, with computer equipment and documents seized for further analysis of their nuisance call operation.

Source: Scottish company hit with maximum fine for making nearly 200 million nuisance calls | ICO

Cathay Pacific fined £500,000 for failing to secure its customers’ personal data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Cathay Pacific Airways Limited £500,000 for failing to protect the security of its customers’ personal data.

Between October 2014 and May 2018 Cathay Pacific’s computer systems lacked appropriate security measures which led to customers’ personal details being exposed, 111,578 of whom were from the UK, and approximately 9.4 million more worldwide.

Source: International airline fined £500,000 for failing to secure its customers’ personal data | ICO

UK Home Office breached GDPR 100 times

The UK Home Office has breached European data protection regulations at least 100 times in its handling of the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

IDs have been lost, documents misplaced, passports have gone missing, and applicant information has been disclosed to third parties without permission in some of the cases, according to a new report.

Source: UK Home Office breached GDPR 100 times through botched management of EU Settlement Scheme | ZDNet

Scotland Yard makes first arrest using live facial recognition technology

A woman arrested in Westminster, London yesterday has become the first to be apprehended by Metropolitan Police using its facial recognition technology.

The suspect was wanted in connection with a serious assault on an emergency worker.

Source: Met Police make first arrest using facial recognition technology | Daily Mail Online

London Police Just Turned On Facial Recognition In One Of The World’s Busiest Shopping Districts

Just across from the Microsoft store on London’s Regent Street, and just outside the entrance to the Oxford Circus tube station, cameras atop dark blue police vans are watching passersby.

The tech is fairly simple: Cameras scan faces and when one matches with one on their list of wanted criminal suspects, the police swoop in. But it’s more complex than that, with claims that the technology will often falsely identify people as criminals, especially when they’re not white.

Protesters say the tech is racist and destroys people’s privacy. Police say they’re trying to keep London safe.

Source: London Police Just Turned On Facial Recognition In One Of The World’s Busiest Shopping Districts

Google users in UK to lose EU data protection

Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead.

The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement.

Source: Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection – sources – Reuters

On data protection, the UK says it will go it alone. It probably won’t.

The Prime Minister listed data protection as an area that the UK could legislate on following Brexit – but diverging from European Union rules on privacy would only complicate things.

Currently, the UK’s data privacy legislation adheres closely to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the rules that were rolled out across all European Union member states in May 2018.

Not only would deciding to scrap GDPR go against what people are used to, it would also make it difficult for UK businesses to offer their services to Europe in future.

Source: On data protection, the UK says it will go it alone. It probably won’t. | ZDNet

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