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Reflecting on APAC Data Protection and Cyber-security Highlights for 2019 (and what lies ahead!)

2019 saw continued growth and change in data protection and cyber-security across the Asia-Pacific. Following the implementation of the GDPR in May, 2018, many jurisdictions moved to review and strengthen existing data privacy and cyber-security laws.

In addition, 2019 saw regulators publishing findings in respect of some of the largest data incidents of 2018. We have set out below the key highlights of the year and what to look out for in 2020.

Full article: Reflecting on APAC Data Protection and Cyber-security Highlights for 2019 (and what lies ahead!)

‘Prepare for ICO to utilise its wider powers’: UK regulator issues warning to adtech

The UK’s data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has issued a warning to any adtech companies which have failed to “use the window of opportunity to engage and transform” their practices – it’s coming for them.

The ICO’s update on its investigation into the adtech sector reveals it focused on specific issues such as the treatment of “special category data” – like race, sexuality and health – as well as how secure data is as it’s passed through the supply chain and the thorny issue of Legitimate Interest.

Source: ‘Prepare for ICO to utilise its wider powers’: UK regulator issues warning to adtech | The Drum

EU to police digital assistants

European Union privacy watchdogs are gearing up to police digital assistants after revelations that Amazon.com Inc. workers listened in on people’s conversations with their Alexa digital assistants.

EU regulators are now working on a common approach on how to police the technology. But the move toward common guidelines for digital assistants means companies should avoid fines — for now.

Source: Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Spurs EU-Wide Privacy Safeguards – Bloomberg

EU considers ban of facial recognition for up to five years

The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years.

The European Commission wants time to work out how to prevent the technology being abused. Exceptions to the ban could be made for security projects as well as research and development.

 

Source: Facial recognition: EU considers ban of up to five years – BBC News

Why your palm could be safer than fingerprints or facial recognition?

Amazon and Apple both have patents for palm scanners and Chinese startups have already started using the tech in locks and vending machines.

Palm recognition systems work by identifying vein patterns and lines and creases on the hand’s surface, ideally using cameras and infrared to avoid contact. Compared with a face, palmprint is not privacy sensitive.

Source: Why your palm could be safer than fingerprints or facial recognition – Amazon and Apple both have patents for palm scanners and Chinese startups have already started using the tech in locks and vending machines | Abacus

Carrefour’s fingerprint payments to be investigated by Belgian privacy agency

The Belgian Data Protection Authority has stated that there is “a good chance” it will investigate Carrefour’s fingerprint payment system.

The supermarket chain announced on Tuesday that it will organise a pilot project allowing clients to pay for their groceries with their fingerprints in a store in the centre of Brussels. The clients will be able to pay by scanning their finger at the cash register, after which the money will disappear from their bank account.

Source: Carrefour’s fingerprint payments to be investigated by Belgian privacy agency

Google Chrome to drop third-party cookies by 2022

Chrome will replace third-party cookies with browser-based tools and techniques aimed at balancing personalization and privacy.

Google announced support for third-party cookies in its Chrome browser would be phased out “within two years.” The company seeks to replace them with a browser-based mechanism.

Google’s stated objective is to create “a secure environment for personalization that also protects user privacy.” Google says that for ad targeting it’s “exploring how to deliver ads to large groups of similar people without letting individually identifying data ever leave [the] browser.”

Source: Google Chrome: Third-party cookies will be gone by 2022 – MarTech Today

New EU Guidance Published on Cybersecurity and Medical Devices

New European medical device guidance will require manufacturers to carefully review cybersecurity and IT security requirements in relation to their devices and in their product literature.

This new guidance comes at the same time as a draft guidance on privacy by design has been published by the European Data Protection Board requiring product developers to implement privacy into the design of their products.

Source: New Guidance Published on Cybersecurity and Medical Devices

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data

A new report published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming.

Scrutinizing 10 popular apps in Google Play Store, such as Grindr, Clue, and Perfect365, the NCC report’s technical analysis reveals comprehensive tracking and profiling practices. Personal data is systematically collected and shared with dozens of third-party companies without users’ knowledge.

Source: Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

CES 2020: The hottest product is privacy

Several of the biggest tech companies attending CES, the closely watched trade show in Las Vegas this week, are putting a special emphasis on user privacy.

Google announced on Tuesday that it has added two new voice commands for people to better control their privacy when using its voice assistant. Facebook announced a new version of its “Privacy Checkup” tool with the goal of walking users through their key privacy settings. Ring, the home security and video doorbell company owned by Amazon, announced an update to its app.

Apple is also returning to CES this year for the first time since former CEO John Sculley debuted the Newton personal digital assistant in 1992. But the company isn’t at the show to unveil a new product. It’s coming to talk privacy.

Source: CES 2020: The hottest product is privacy – CNN

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