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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

This tech aims to prevent incidental facial captures from IoT devices

The internet of things is virtually everywhere. Billions of IoT devices are deployed to monitor people through CCTVs, capture police footage from a body cameras and to see what products people gravitate toward when they shop. As the IoT continues to become all-encompassing, those devices stand to gather plenty of images.

Full article: This tech aims to prevent incidental facial captures from IoT devices

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

Source: Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips | Technology | The Guardian

Researchers Defeat Most Powerful Ad Blockers

Perceptual ad blockers will come out on the losing side in the war against internet advertisers and expose users to a host of new attack vectors in the process, the researchers warned. According to new research an AI was able to defeat perceptual ad blockers.

Source: Researchers Defeat Most Powerful Ad Blockers, Declare a ‘New Arms Race’ – Motherboard

Predictions 2019: The Internet Of Things

Business stakeholders and CIOs in both B2B and B2C environments are planning and deploying IoT solutions to power digital transformation initiatives to revolutionize customer relationships, enhance operations, and differentiate products. IoT deployment momentum brings challenges. Firms must identify strategies and methods to secure, manage, and support the rapidly growing number of smart, connected IoT devices and solutions. Forrester has released its annual predictions for the internet of things in 2019.

Full summary: Predictions 2019: The Internet Of Things

CNIL issues guidaince on Blockchain and the GDPR

When a blockchain contains personal data, the GDPR is applicable. The architecture and characteristics specific to blockchains will, however, have consequences on how personal data is stored and processed. To address this matters, French data protection authority CNIL recently published guidelines “Blockchain and the GDPR: Solutions for a responsible use of the blockchain in the context of personal data“.

Source: Blockchain and the GDPR: Solutions for a responsible use of the blockchain in the context of personal data | CNIL

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