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GDPR complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over coronavirus Test and Trace programme

Open Rights Group has instructed lawyers to lodge a complaint with the UK’s data watchdog over the rollout of the Test and Trace system because it says the system breaches the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The complaint to the ICO relates to the failure by the NHS and Public Health England (PHE), which runs the Test and Trace programme, to conduct a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA), which is required under the GDPR before processing of data in high-risk situations.

Source: Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR • The Register

CISA Releases New Cyber Essentials Toolkit

As a follow-up to the November 2019 release of Cyber Essentials, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the first in a series of six Cyber Essentials Toolkits.

This is a starting point for small businesses and government agencies to understand and address cybersecurity risk as they do other risks. CISA’s toolkits will provide greater detail, insight and resources on each of the Cyber Essentials’ six “Essential Elements” of a Culture of Cyber Readiness.

Source: CISA Releases New Cyber Essentials Toolkit | CISA

New Facial Recognition Tech Only Needs Your Eyes and Eyebrows

Facial recognition company Rank One has released a new form of facial recognition called periocular recognition, which can supposedly identify individuals by just their eyes and eyebrows.

Rank One says the new system uses an entirely different algorithm from its standard facial recognition system and is specifically meant for masked individuals.

Source: New Facial Recognition Tech Only Needs Your Eyes and Eyebrows

Glasses Equipped With Facial Recognition Are Coming

New York-based Vuzix is selling augmented reality headsets to identify suspects.

In February, Gizmodo reported that Vuzix was working with Clearview AI to bring its billion-person facial recognition to Vuzix’s AR glasses. (Clearview said at the time that the app was just a prototype.)

Vuzix also recently announced that it was working with a company called TensorMark to bring facial recognition to the company’s headsets. Vuzix is pitching its product as a solution not just for security, but also border patrol, first responders, retail, hospitality, and banking.

Facial recognition in an AR headset raises all the same issues as the technology when deployed in CCTV cameras, including privacy and accuracy. But the small form factor also begs new questions, like what shortcuts might have been taken to run facial recognition algorithms on smaller, weaker computing chips? Do matches get double-checked by anyone?

Source: Glasses Equipped With Facial Recognition Are Coming

UK’s COVID-19 tracing app launched before DPIA completion

It has emerged that the UK’s Coronavirus Test and Trace programme failed to complete a data protection impact assessment (DPIA) prior to its launch.

Rolled out on May 28, the NHS Test and Trace Service is said to help the UK return back to normal life after the pandemic by tracking down and isolating those who have been in contact with anybody who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Source: #Privacy: UK’s COVID-19 tracing app launched before DPIA completion

AI firm that worked with Vote Leave given new coronavirus contract

An artificial intelligence firm hired to work on the Vote Leave campaign may analyse social media data, utility bills and credit rating scores as part of a £400,000 contract to help the government deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

The company, Faculty, was awarded the contract by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last month. However the full details of its work for the government are unknown because the published version of the contract was partly redacted.

Source: AI firm that worked with Vote Leave given new coronavirus contract | Technology | The Guardian

Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

Google’s federated analytics techniques, which power features like Now Playing, could be used to analyze end user data without invading privacy.

It works by running local computations over a device’s data and making only the aggregated results — not the data from the particular device — available to authorized engineers.

Source: Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy | VentureBeat

EU privacy regulators investigate Apple’s handling of Siri snippets again

Apple is facing fresh questions from its lead data protection regulator in Europe following a public complaint by a former contractor who revealed last year that workers doing quality grading for Siri were routinely overhearing sensitive user data.

Responding to the latest Apple complaint from le Bonniec, the DPC’s deputy commissioner, Graham Doyle, told TechCrunch: “The DPC engaged with Apple on this issue when it first arose last summer and Apple has since made some changes. However, we have followed up again with Apple following the release of this public statement and await responses.”

Source: Apple’s handling of Siri snippets back in the frame after letter of complaint to EU privacy regulators | TechCrunch

Latvia to be one of first to use Apple and Google software for coronavirus contact-tracing apps

Latvia will be one of the first countries to use the software tool developed by US tech companies Apple and Google enabling nations to release coronavirus contact-tracing apps, representatives of the companies informed LETA.

The software tool will enable the development of mobile apps using a decentralized approach, which involves saving and analyzing the data of close-distance contacts in the user’s mobile devise. Apple and Google have granted access to their new software to 22 countries, including Latvia where a group of IT companies are working on the app Apturi COVID (Stop COVID). Latvia will thus become one of the first countries to use the new tool for combating the spread of the new coronavirus.

Source: Latvia to be one of first to use Apple and Google software for coronavirus contact-tracing apps :: The Baltic Course | Baltic States news & analytics

Qatar makes COVID-19 app mandatory, experts question efficiency

Starting late last week, citizens and residents have been required to have the Ehteraz contact-tracing app installed on mobile devices when leaving their homes, allowing the government to track if the user has been in touch with an infected person.

Not having the app installed could lead to a maximum fine of $55,000 or three years in prison.

But the announcement, days before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, led users to raise privacy concerns as the app requires access to files on the phone and permanent use of its GPS and Bluetooth for location tracking.

Source: Qatar makes COVID-19 app mandatory, experts question efficiency | Qatar News | Al Jazeera

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