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ICO publishes update report on adtech

For several months ICO has been reviewing how personal data is used in real time bidding (RTB) in programmatic advertising, engaging with key stakeholders directly to understand the views and concerns of those involved.

As a result of research, ICO published Update report into adtech and real time bidding which summarises findings so far. If you operate in the adtech space, it’s time to look at what you’re doing now, and to assess how you use personal data.

Source: Blog: ICO Adtech update report published following industry engagement | ICO

Google rolled out secure data sharing tool

Google has rolled out the open-source tool to help organizations work together with confidential data sets while raising the bar for privacy. Private Join and Compute helps solve problem of securely sharing sensitive data with other parties.

Using this cryptographic protocol, two parties can encrypt their identifiers and associated data, and then join them. They can then do certain types of calculations on the overlapping set of data to draw useful information from both datasets in aggregate. v

Source: Google Online Security Blog: Helping organizations do more without collecting more data

ICO admits its own cookie policy is non-compliant with GDPR

The Information Commissioners Office has admitted that its current consent notice relating to the use of cookies on devices failed “to meet the required GDPR standard”.

The issue relates to the automatic placing of cookies on a user’s mobile device when accessing the ICO’s website, which one complaint argued was in breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, which sits alongside GDPR.

Source: ICO admits its own cookie policy is non-compliant with GDPR | IT PRO

The Data Behind Internet of Things: Threats, Ethics, and Regulation

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows devices, such as cars, lights, video cameras, and personal assistants like Amazon Alexa, to use connectivity to exchange data – often personal and sensitive data.

This article explores how IoT data can be used to prosecute criminal action, to carry out criminal acts, and how regulation can help clean up this complex landscape.

Read article: The Data Behind Internet of Things: Threats, Ethics, and Regulation – DATAVERSITY

FRA publishes paper on Quality vital for data-driven artificial intelligence

Algorithms, used in machine learning and artificial intelligence, are responsible for analysing the data and making these decisions.

Therefore, a new European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) focus paper questions the quality of data behind automated decision-making and underlines the need to pay more attention to improving data quality in artificial intelligence.

Source: Quality vital for data-driven artificial intelligence | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology

A new tool launched by privacy activists offers to help travelers avoid increasingly invasive facial recognition technologies in airports.

Activist groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Credo on Wednesday unveiled a new website called AirlinePrivacy.com, which shows users what airlines use facial recognition to verify the identity of passengers before boarding. The site also helps customers to directly book flights with airlines that don’t use facial recognition technologies.

Source: New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology

Lithuanian DPA launches investigation into D-Link

In response to publicly available information, the Lithuanian data protection authority – State Data Protection Inspectorate – launched an self-initiated inquiry into the allegedly inappropriate processing of personal data by D-Link.

It is feared that D-Link equipment user passwords, browsing history or other information can be accessed by third countries’ servers through D-Link’s devices, allowing profiling and identification of consumers.

State Data Protection Inspectorate also noted that D-Link’s processing activity potentially amounts to a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) transparency principle.

Source: State Data Protection Inspectorate Launches D-Link Research | State Data Protection Inspectorate

Fingerprint case highlights importance of biometric policies and consent

An unfair dismissal case has highlighted the need for companies to update policies and procedures and to obtain full consent before using biometric data in the workplace.

The Fair Work Commission in Australia found that Superior Wood employee’s dismissal for refusing to use a fingerprint scanner was unfair because the company did not have a privacy policy in place; it didn’t obtain consent before collecting sensitive information, and it failed to issue a privacy collection notice.

Full article: Fingerprint case highlights importance of biometric policies and consent

Are users’ preferences about privacy relevant?

It is a well-documented fact that many users are willing to share information on social media and other platforms, also when it compromises their privacy.

People do not understand the risks nor the consequences of sharing information on the Internet. Design of privacy in human-computer interfaces therefore suffers from an inherent problem: We cannot base privacy-design on asking questions from users related to user-interfaces.

Full article: Are users’ preferences about privacy relevant? – UX Collective

ICO’s Interim Report on Explaining AI

On June 3, 2019, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), released an Interim Report on a collaboration project with The Alan Turing Institute called “Project ExplAIn.”

The purpose of this project, according to the ICO, is to develop “practical guidance” for organizations on complying with UK data protection law when using artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making systems; in particular, to explain the impact AI decisions may have on individuals.

Source: ICO’s Interim Report on Explaining AI

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