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UK Data Protection Index full report published

The Data Protection World Forum and The DPO Centre and jointly published the first UK DataProtection Index, a unique survey based on a panel of UK data protection and privacy professionals.

The main findings include:

  • Data protection profession calls for greater investment as privacy issues grow in importance
  • Impact of Brexit is a key concern as dataflows between the UK and rest of world become more complex
  • Most practitioners believe UK is ahead of other countries in how it manages data protection and privacy

Source: UK Data Protection Index full report published – PrivSec Report

US Govt. Releases Report on Privacy, Discrimination Risks of Facial Recognition

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a key report about privacy and discrimination risks posed by the commercial use of facial recognition.

The GAO completed the report in response to research showing the disparate impact the technology has on minorities, including a National institute of Science and Technology study which found that facial recognition systems misidentify Black women at disproportionately high rates.

Source: GAO Releases Report on Privacy, Discrimination Risks of Facial Recognition

Most US consumers want more control of data and don’t trust companies

More than half of US consumers want more control over their personal data – and a similar number don’t trust companies to use their data ethically, according to a KPMG survey.

Ninety-seven per cent flagged the importance of data privacy, with 87% feeling it was a human right, according to the survey of 1000 respondents.

Source: Most US consumers want more control of data and don’t trust companies

Citizens Are Increasingly Worried About How Companies Use Their Data

With data privacy important to almost every American, more than two-thirds of those surveyed say they don’t trust companies to ethically sell their data.

The survey of 1,000 respondents in the United States found that nearly every American (97%) considers data privacy to be an important issue, with 87% labeling digital privacy as a human right. Yet more than two-thirds of respondents do not trust companies to ethically sell their information, and more than half do not even trust companies to use their information in an ethical way.

Source: Citizens Are Increasingly Worried About How …

Most consumers do not trust big tech with their privacy

Social media and online shopping sites top the list of services consumers feel do not adequately protect their personal information.

The study, Privacy and Security in a Digital World: A Study of Consumers in the United States, found that, on a scale of 1 to 10, 86% of adults said they are “very concerned” about how Facebook and Google use their personal information.” A majority, 69%, said they are “very concerned” about their privacy when using devices such as smartwatches, smartphones, tracking devices, smart speakers, tablets, PCs, and Macs. A similar number, 66%, said they are “very concerned” when shopping online or using online services.

Source: Most consumers do not trust big tech with their privacy – TechRepublic

EU citizens raise concerns about online data misuse

More than one in two citizens of the European Union are concerned about the misuse of their online data by fraudsters and cybercriminals, a new EU study has found.

As part of a recent survey undertaken by the EU’s agency for fundamental rights published on Wednesday, an average of 55% of respondents said they are concerned that the information they share online and on social media, could be maliciously accessed.

Source: EU citizens raise concerns about online data misuse – EURACTIV.com

Academic Project Used Marketing Data to Monitor Russian Military Sites

Cellphone location data purchased from marketers enabled researchers at Mississippi State to track the movements of Russian generals. The data have major implications for national-security and law-enforcement agencies, too.

At one of the locations, the Nyonoksa Missile Test Site in northern Russia, the group identified 48 mobile devices present on Aug. 9, one day after a mysterious radiation spike there generated international headlines and widespread speculation that a Russian missile test had gone wrong.

Source: Academic Project Used Marketing Data to Monitor Russian Military Sites – WSJ

More than half of organisations subject to GDPR collect more data than the regulation permits

A Data Risk and Security report released by the security software company Netwrix has revealed that companies are failing to follow GDPR and security best practices.

The survey of just over a thousand respondents revealed that security professionals are often bypassing many of the six stages of the data lifecycle. While security issues are mitigated at some stages, many important stages are being overlooked, resulting in vulnerable systems.

Source: More than half of organisations subject to GDPR collect more data than the regulation permits, a study has found

Demographic report on protests shows how much info our phones give away

Data analytics company Mobilewalla released a report detailing the race, age and gender breakdowns of individuals who participated in protests in select cities during the weekend of May 29th.

Mobilewalla “observed” a total of 16,902 devices. What is especially disturbing is that protestors likely had no idea that the tech company was using location data harvested from their devices.

Source: Demographic report on protests shows how much info our phones give away | Engadget

How concerned are Europeans about their personal data online?

The Fundamental Rights Survey asked people about their views on sharing personal data as well as their awareness of EU data protection rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

As governments discuss using technology to stop the spread of COVID-19, many Europeans are unwilling to share data about themselves with public and private bodies.

Read more: How concerned are Europeans about their personal data online? | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

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