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Microchip implants are threatening workers’ rights

Initially, the chips are being used in place of ID cards as a way of opening secure doors. But there’s good reason to think the use of implants could expand to more sinister purposes, giving employers much greater control over their workers and raising serious concerns over issues related to human dignity, ethics and health.

Full article: Microchip implants are threatening workers’ rights

6 mobile security threats you should take seriously in 2019

While it’s easy to focus on the sensational subject of malware, the truth is that mobile malware infections are incredibly uncommon in the real world — with your odds of being infected significantly less than your odds of being struck by lightning, according to one estimate.

However, the more realistic mobile security hazards lie in some easily overlooked areas, all of which are only expected to become more pressing in the coming year.

Full article: 6 mobile security threats you should take seriously in 2019 | CSO Online

European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google

The backlash over Big Tech’s collection of personal data offers new hope to a number of little-known search engines that promise to protect user privacy. Sites like Britain’s Mojeek , France’s Qwant , Unbubble in Germany and Swisscows don’t track user data, filter results or show “behavioral” ads.

These sites are growing amid the rollout of new European privacy regulations and numerous corporate data scandals, which have raised public awareness about the mountains of personal information companies stealthily gather and sell to advertisers.

Full article: European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google

MEPs call for business GDPR ‘guarantee’ on using blockchain

Businesses should not begin using blockchain technology to process personal data until they can “guarantee compliance” with EU data protection laws, a committee of MEPs has said.

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) said that businesses using blockchain must, in particular, be able to respect the rights of data subjects under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the rectification and erasure of their data.

Full article: MEPs call for business GDPR ‘guarantee’ on using blockchain

EU startup funding drops since GDPR

In a working paper published this week, Jian Jia and Liad Wagman of the Illinois Institute of Technology and Ginger Zhe Jin of the University of Maryland show that, relative to their U.S. counterparts, European technology firms have been receiving less venture funding since the GDPR’s rollout. There’s been a 17.6 percent reduction in weekly venture deals in the EU, and the amount raised in an average deal dropped 39.6 percent. Most of the damage was to newer startups, created less than three years ago.

Source: Facebook and Google Aren’t Hurt by GDPR, But Smaller Firms Are – Bloomberg

Algorithms can reduce discrimination, but only with proper data

If self-learning algorithms discriminate, it is not because there is an error in the algorithm, but because the data used to train the algorithm are “biased.”

It is only when you know which data subjects belong to vulnerable groups that bias in the data can be made transparent and algorithms trained properly. The taboo against collecting such data should, therefore, be broken, as this is the only way to eliminate future discrimination.

Full article: Algorithms can reduce discrimination, but only with proper data

Researchers create ‘master key’ fingerprints that can fool biometric databases

Researchers from New York University have created a set of master fingerprint keys that can be used to spoof biometric identification systems.

While the database of fingerprints used by the researchers had a chance of falsely matching with a random fingerprint one out of 1000 times, the master prints they generated had the power to falsely match one out of five times.

This is alarming because a growing number of devices, and large scale databases like India’s Aadhar, use digital fingerprinting to uniquely identify users – and could potentially be targeted with such ‘master key’ fingerprints by identity thieves.

Full article: Researchers create ‘master key’ fingerprints that can fool biometric databases

AI, IoT, and edge computing drive cybersecurity concerns for 2019

As companies adopt emerging technologies, the cyber risk landscape is set to grow larger in the new year, according to a Forcepoint report. 2018 saw many large-scale data breaches, but 2019 will shift to more widespread, integrated cybersecurity concerns. Industrial IoT disruption, phishing attacks, and edge computing present some of the largest areas of cybersecurity risks.

Full article: AI, IoT, and edge computing drive cybersecurity concerns for 2019 – TechRepublic

Private Blockchains Could Be Compatible with EU Privacy Rules

A joint study between Queen Mary University of London and the University of Cambridge concluded that, whilst challenging, it is theoretically possible for organizations to design blockchain applications that fully comply with recently implemented EU ‘General Data Protection Regulation’.

Due to innate aspects of blockchain technology, like the immutability and inability to retrospectively remove customer data recorded as such, the problems become obvious when it comes to creating a solution compatible with this European regulation.

Full article: Private Blockchains Could Be Compatible with EU Privacy Rules, Research Shows

It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price

We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.

Full article: It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price – Motherboard

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