Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports "Individual Covid-19 vaccination records are private health information and should not be shared by a mandate," DeSantis' executive order reads.

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

President Joe Biden's administration is working to establish a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, an administration official said last Sunday .The official said the White House is working with government agencies, tech companies and non-profit organizations to plan and coordinate the effort, which is likely weeks away from being finalized.

2020 was a ‘record-breaking’ year in US school hacks, security failures

2020 was a ‘record-breaking’ year in US school hacks, security failures

This disruption continues, and while the report acknowledges the "heroic" efforts of IT staff, the analysis also says that "school district responses to the COVID-19 pandemic also revealed significant gaps and critical failures in the resiliency and security of the K-12 educational technology ecosystem.".

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

If you schedule a Covid-19 vaccine appointment with major pharmacy chains such as Walgreens or CVS, your data may be used to bulk up those companies’ own significant marketing apparatuses, giving them a source of income even beyond what they’re paid for administering the vaccines and whatever you might decide to buy while you’re in the store to get one.

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program

The plan is to test the “Excelsior Pass,” which will use secure technology to confirm if a person has gotten vaccinated or has had a recent negative COVID-19 exam result, during events at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, Cuomo said in a statement.

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Moreover, the experts say that at present, “vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission, so cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll-out of a digital passport is not currently justified.” However, they also recognize that as more data emerges, so the pressure on governments to issue vaccine passports will increase.

Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

You’re posting a photo of your vaccination card on social media.When you post it to Facebook, Instagram, or to some other social media platform, you may be handing valuable information over to someone who could use it for identity theft.

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Mobile phone carrier Three is providing the aggregated movement data of its 2.4m Irish customers to the Department of Health and the CSO in order to monitor compliance with Covid-19 public health and movement restrictions.

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

In a report by Metro, unions warn that employers are taking advantage of Covid-19 restrictions to monitor remote workers covertly.According to TUC research, one in seven employees has seen surveillance increase since they started working from home.

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

The Singapore government has decided to use data gathered by its TraceTogether COVID-19-coronavirus contact-tracing app in criminal investigations.Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan by saying that Singapore’s Criminal Procedure Code means its Police can obtain any data for criminal investigations, including data gathered by TraceTogether.

Singapore COVID-19 contact-tracing data accessible to police

Singapore COVID-19 contact-tracing data accessible to police

Prestwick Airport, situated near the president’s Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire, is said to have been told to expect the arrival of a US military Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier often used by Mr Trump, on January 19 – the day before Mr Biden takes over.

In 2020, COVID-19 derailed the privacy debate in the U.S.

In 2020, COVID-19 derailed the privacy debate in the U.S.

Nine months into the crisis, Schwartz said, the "worst ideas" being deployed internationally have yet to take hold in the U.S. But that doesn't mean COVID-19 hasn't created a slew of smaller, but still insidious privacy setbacks for Americans who, in recent years, have become increasingly wary of all the intrusive ways that governments and private companies use their personal data.

As a result of Covid-19, virtual classrooms have become the norm for many: what are the privacy implications?

As a result of Covid-19, virtual classrooms have become the norm for many: what are the privacy implications?

Instead, universities should recognize that significant user issues tend to surface only after educators and students have used the platforms and create processes to collect those issues and have the software developers rapidly fix the problems.

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoWashington governor to require 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from UK, South Africa White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report Overnight Health Care: Congress to pass deal with 0 stimulus checks | House panel subpoenas for Azar, Redfield CDC documents | Fauci, Azar to receive COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday MORE (D) signed legislation Tuesday pausing the use of facial recognition technology at K-12 schools in the state for two years.

MSF: Moderna’s decision to not enforce COVID-19 vaccine patents during the pandemic isn’t enough

MSF: Moderna’s decision to not enforce COVID-19 vaccine patents during the pandemic isn’t enough

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 8, 2020— US-based pharmaceutical corporation Moderna's announcement today to not enforce patents on its COVID-19 vaccine throughout the duration of the pandemic will not ensure broad access for everyone who needs it, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

This Oregon city has a COVID-19 hotline for residents to report people not wearing masks

This Oregon city has a COVID-19 hotline for residents to report people not wearing masks

With a greater focus on enforcing mask wearing on the horizon, the city of Bend has a hotline residents can call about businesses not adhering to the statewide mask mandate.The number is 541-323-7155.Numbers of cases and hospitalizations are surging statewide, and Gov. Kate Brown instituted a freeze that starts Wednesday.

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

At WIRED's request, Albright then broke down the dataset further to focus specifically on the 359 apps that handle contact tracing, exposure notification, screening, reporting, workplace monitoring, and COVID-19 information from public health authorities around the globe.

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Khan began to suspect that it was his dark skin tone that rattled Examplify, a test proctoring platform adopted by New York state's law exams board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abusive surveillance in the name of public health is a widespread problem around the world, new report says

Abusive surveillance in the name of public health is a widespread problem around the world, new report says

This shows that it is possible to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic without jettisoning privacy protections, although the report notes that even these decentralized, opt-in contact-tracing apps are not risk-free.

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

If the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan did indeed start during the Military World Games, what are the odds that on that very same day a global pandemic exercise is co-organized by the World Economic Forum?

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

And as all of this unfolds, new research indicates that the governments around the world have exploited the pandemic to expand their domestic surveillance capabilities and curtail internet freedom and speech.

States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built -- here's why

States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built -- here's why

New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 alert apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states plus Guam which have published apps using technology from the Apple-Google partnership.

Ontario police used COVID-19 database illegally, civil rights groups find

Ontario police used COVID-19 database illegally, civil rights groups find

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) said in separate reports that many services used the database to look at COVID-19 test results for wide geographic areas and sometimes pulled up personal information unrelated to active calls.

In South Korea, Covid-19 Comes With Another Risk: Online Bullies

In South Korea, Covid-19 Comes With Another Risk: Online Bullies

Governments, including those of Italy, Israel and Singapore, have used cellphone data to track potentially infected people and their contacts.Other than China, South Korea is virtually the only country in the world whose government has the power to collect such data at will during an epidemic, according to Prof.

Time for proof - Covid-19 strengthens the case for digital ID cards

Time for proof - Covid-19 strengthens the case for digital ID cards

In countries without a system of secure digital identities, the closure of bricks-and-mortar government offices and the shift of public services online have caused havoc (see article).Its “Aadhaar” biometric system has created digital identities for 1.3bn people.

Apple and Google will alert you to COVID-19 contact

Apple and Google will alert you to COVID-19 contact

Apple and Google teamed up to develop push notifications that let iOS and Android users know if they might have been exposed to COVID-19.The companies announced the news on Tuesday and the effort is called Exposure Notifications Express.

Not All COVID-19 Tracking Apps Respect Privacy, But Some Pass the Test

Not All COVID-19 Tracking Apps Respect Privacy, But Some Pass the Test

Last week, Virginia launched a COVID-19-tracking app that allows users to discover if they've come into contact with people who have tested positive for the virus and to anonymously report their own status if they become infected.

COVID-19 contact tracing applications are privacy snares, Defcon

COVID-19 contact tracing applications are privacy snares, Defcon

COVID contact tracing apps boast the power of gathering personal data that exposes your activities, movements, and relationships.Experts believe governments must avoid this data-hungry mindset in contact tracing apps.

US claims two Chinese hackers targeted defense companies, dissidents, and coronavirus research

US claims two Chinese hackers targeted defense companies, dissidents, and coronavirus research

The US Justice Department has charged two alleged Chinese hackers with stealing trade secrets and other valuable data from companies worldwide, including firms working on COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.

Data Privacy In Times Of COVID-19

Data Privacy In Times Of COVID-19

If we look at countries like Taiwan, China and South Korea who were earliest adopters of technology we can say that while the tracing technology had not been able to completely control outbreak but it did surely help in reducing the time it took to map an infected person’s contacts and in some cases to even enforce quarantines.

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