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Inherently identifiable: Is it possible to anonymize health and genetic data?

Nearly 25 million people have taken an at-home DNA testing kit and shared that data with one of four ancestry and health databases.

With this proliferation of genetic testing and biometric data collection, there should be an increased scrutiny of the practices used to deidentify this data. Biometric data, namely genetic information and health records, is innately identifiable.

But can biometric data ever truly be anonymized, what are the methods of deidentification and best practices, and the current state of biometric data under the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

Full article: Inherently identifiable: Is it possible to anonymize health and genetic data?

As Apple stakes out an aggressive pro-privacy stance, Google occupies middle ground

The ad industry has been bracing for more privacy-focused upheaval in the coming months, from lawmakers and data regulators or from privacy-zealous browsers. As Google has put forward alternative plans for a privacy-focused and ad-funded web, it has also been asking the industry for feedback. This is a markedly different approach to Apple’s muscular stance of ultimate user privacy by default.

Google, as a predominantly ad-funded business with a lot more skin in the game, is revealing itself to be much more collaborative with the industry as it’s forming its approach. , Google has been exploring what restricted third-party cookie use in Chrome would look like by releasing industry research on how it would impact publisher revenue, laying out proposals for building a more private web, and using machine learning to manage ad frequency.

Full article: As Apple stakes out an aggressive pro-privacy stance, Google occupies middle ground – Digiday

Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said her office is conducting a number of investigations into the micro-targeting of individuals on large social media platforms as it raised issues of compliance with new General Data Protection Regulation rules.

Current investigations are open into the use of platforms, data brokers, and ad exchanges. Micro-targeting individuals with specific content has the potential of amplifying the harmful effects of disinformation. Commissioner hopes to conclude all investigations by next year.

Source: Data Protection Commissioner investigating micro-targeting on social media

Data and privacy could be competition concerns

The Justice Department’s top antitrust official warned tech giants on Friday that amassing vast quantities of consumers’ data could create competition concerns in the eyes of federal regulators, marking the U.S. government’s latest shot across the bow at Silicon Valley and its size.

Makan Delrahim, the chief of the department’s antitrust division, said people’s private information had become the lucrative “oil” for the digital age — and its misuse could threaten to harm consumers and corporate competitors.

While Delrahim did not mention any specific company by name, the comments could have vast implications at a moment when the agency is investigating tech giants including Google.

Source: DOJ issues new warning to big tech: Data and privacy could be competition concerns – The Washington Post

Data Protection Commission engaging with Revolut as a “matter of urgency”

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has said that it will be engaging with financial technology company Revolut as “a matter of urgency” over their new privacy policy and cookies policy changes Revolut announced this week.

Revolut’s new privacy policy means that users will have their data shared with social media and analytics companies for marketing purposes and also with credit bureaus, unless they actively opt-out.

Source: Data Protection Commission engaging with Revolut as a “matter of urgency” over privacy changes | JOE is the voice of Irish people at home and abroad

EU institution staff ‘unaware’ of Microsoft data misuse

Members of staff working across the EU institutions are “not aware” of the extent to which the US tech firm Microsoft collects and stores their data as part of the use of their products and services, the EU’s data protection watchdog has told.

The issue centres around the concern that the contractual terms under agreements for the provision of Microsoft products and services to the EU institutions could be in breach of EU data protection law.

Source: EU institution staff ‘unaware’ of Microsoft data misuse, EU data chief says – EURACTIV.com

Leaked documents show Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends

A cache of leaked Facebook documents of approximately 7,000 pages shows how the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip.

Taken together, they show how Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook users’ data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over the companies it partnered with. In some cases, Facebook would reward partners by giving them preferential access to certain types of user data while denying the same access to rival companies.

Source: Leaked documents show Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends

Apple is now presenting its privacy policy as if it were another product

Apple eleased a new privacy page that makes its privacy policy easier to read and understand. The new privacy page looks more like a product page than your standard screen of black and white text.

The new page brings in Apple’s design aesthetic, so it’s not just full of text. Most importantly, the update does make Apple’s privacy policies easier to read or skim. The policies themselves have not changed.

Source: Apple is now presenting its privacy policy as if it were another product | Engadget

Data for money: App facilitating data portability now under the EDPB’s scrutiny

A number of Italian retailers submitted to the Italian Data Protection Authority, the Garante, very similar complaints concerning massive data subject requests received from Italian startup Weople.

Weople exercised, on behalf of the individuals that subscribed to its services via a mobile app, the right to data portability in connection to the personal data collected by the retailers’ loyalty programs. The transfer of such data was to go directly to Weople.

Full article: Data for money: App facilitating data portability now under the EDPB’s scrutiny

Irish data protection commissioner set to issue decisions on Twitter and Whatsapp probes by end of year

The Irish data protection commissioner expects to issue decisions on investigations into Twitter and Whatsapp by the end of the year, a spokeswoman has said.

However, the effect of any sanction or fine, if issued, would not occur for “months” after that due to statutory examination processes.

Helen Dixon’s office concluded its investigation several weeks ago and is formulating draft decisions, possibly with the inclusion of a sanction, fine or regulatory order for Whatsapp and Twitter to change their own processes.

Source: Irish data protection commissioner set to issue decisions on Twitter and Whatsapp probes by end of year – Independent.ie

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