Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has announced today that she has launched a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. In response to a question from PL&B, she confirmed in open session at the ICO Conference in March, that the ICO was assessing the use of micro-targeting by the Leave Campaign in the EU referendum. Now the initial look at the role of Cambridge Analytica (CA) and partner companies abroad has broadened into this formal investigation into micro-targeting services.
Google’s DeepMind AI wing was given access to the personal medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients on an “inappropriate legal basis,” the UK’s top data protection adviser to the health service has said.
With the proliferation of so-called “fake news”, companies are starting to rely on third party organizations to perform a “fact checking” function in order to distinguish between legitimate news and fake news. The fake news epidemic gained traction in the recent US presidential election. We have previously written about the fake news problem, as well as the UK Government’s plan to tackle the issue.
The “live” surveillance of British web users’ internet communications has been proposed in a draft technical paper prepared by the government.If made law, such access would occur via the Investigatory Powers (IP) Act, which includes provisions for the removal of encryption on content.
European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, gave a speech at the ASSO DPO conference in Milan. In his speech he addressed necessity for everyone to prepare for new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Data Protection Officers (DPOs), national legislators and Data Protection Authorities, – and promised more guidance from EU Article 29 Working Party by the end of the year.
Source: EDPS addresses DPOs in Italy
South Wales Police is piloting facial recognition at one of Europe’s biggest sporting events despite significant criticism against the technology from fans.
Cameras will potentially be scanning the faces of an estimated 170,000 visitors. Cameras also will capture plus many more thousands of people in the Cardiff city center on UEFA Champions League match day.
Captured images will then be compared in real time to 500,000 custody images stored in the police information and records management system alerting police to any “persons of interest”.
On 19 April 2017, the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a report on cybersecurity breaches and how they affected UK companies in the last year.
According to the report in the past year 51% of all UK businesses that hold personal data on customers identified at least one cybersecurity breach.
The report also indicates that a many of UK companies have not implemented comprehensive cybersecurity policies or strong safeguards to protect against cyber attacks.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has identified an anomaly between the definition of profiling in the GDPR and how profiling is described in other parts of the Regulation. The ICO has published its findings in a new discussion paper (28-page / 390KB PDF).