OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

OpenSAFELY: more proof that tackling the coronavirus pandemic does not require privacy to be compromised

For example, Vint Cerf, widely recognized as one of the creators of the Internet, has recently written an article for the Indian site Medianama entitled “Internet Lessons from COVID19“, in which he warns: Variations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are propagating around the world with good intent although implementation has shown some unintended consequences, not least of which may be the ability to share health information that would assist in finding a vaccine against SARS-COV-2.

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).One expert said the ruling reflected the "position that the European Court has taken over many years".The case went to court after the woman refused to delete photographs of her grandchildren which she had posted on social media.

Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked

Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked

A privacy advocacy group called Noyb – European Center for Digital Rights has filed a legal complaint with the Austrian Data Protection Agency against Google under Europe’s GDPR law .

Axel Voss, in an Interview: anyone Who has the App, is the first to be allowed to return to the Restaurant

Axel Voss, in an Interview: anyone Who has the App, is the first to be allowed to return to the Restaurant

Would not be a pan-European App better?A pan-European App would have a great advantage: The citizens would identify more closely with the EU.Of course, privacy must be ensured, in the opinion of the European data protection supervisor, but this is also the case of Central systems.

German EPP delegation want special treatment for app users

German EPP delegation want special treatment for app users

MEPs belonging to Germany’s CDU/CSU outfit have published a wish list for a European digital response to the corona pandemic, featuring recommendations for the lifting of quarantine restrictions for people who install contact tracing apps.

Swiss pull out of European contact tracing App project

Swiss pull out of European contact tracing App project

(Keystone) Two Swiss technology institutes have distanced themselves from a European anti-coronavirus tracing App project, saying it is not respectful enough of personal privacy.The Federal Technology Institute Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich have been participating in the “Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing” project (PEPP-PT), which involves 130 organizations from eight countries.

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

Contact tracing apps must respect privacy or be removed: EU

The European Union has called on Apple to remove from the App Store contact tracing apps that don’t have appropriate privacy safeguards.

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

However, in February, the European Commission suddenly instructed employees to switch to the popular messaging app Signal due to growing security and data privacy concerns with WhatsApp. Numerous reports have emerged in recent years that WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption may not be sufficient to ensure the privacy of users' data or prevent hackers from using the app to install spyware on devices.

EU privacy watchdog calls for a pan-European smartphone app to track coronavirus

EU privacy watchdog calls for a pan-European smartphone app to track coronavirus

Faced with tens of thousands of coronavirus-related deaths, governments across the continent have launched, or plan to quickly launch smartphone tracking apps to trace people who came into contact with those infected and to monitor people under quarantine.

Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Telecoms across Europe are sharing phone location data with governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has stated that no privacy laws are being breached – as long as there are safeguards.A potential new norm that is not good for privacy: Telecoms sharing “anonymized” location data with governments.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

McLaws – a professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Australia, and a member of European, US and UK epidemiology and infection control bodies – told The Register tracking played a key role in nations that were able to flatten the exponential curve of COVID-19 cases – particularly Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

The European Commission has told its staff to switch to the encrypted Signal messaging app in a move that’s designed to increase the security of its communications.

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

If previous data-sharing arrangements are a guide, the new facial recognition network will likely be connected to similar databases in the U.S., creating what privacy researchers are calling a massive transatlantic consolidation of biometric data.

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The proposed plan, as released by the European Commission this week, names no names but still makes quite clear that the biggest US tech titans—especially Facebook and Google—would be squarely in the sights of any new legislation.

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Vast troves of data from how fast we drive our cars to how much time a robot needs to churn out products will open a new front in the battle for digital dominance, said Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s single market.

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

In November 2019, BEUC sent another letter to the DPC, noting: “One year after these complaints were filed, it has yet not been decided whether Google infringed the GDPR.” As Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC, said: Considering the scale of the problem, which affects millions of European consumers, this investigation should be a priority for the Irish data protection authority.

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

The European parliament has insisted it has no plans to introduce facial recognition technology after a leaked internal memo discussing its use in security provoked an outcry.

CERN Replacing Facebook Workplace With A Set Of Open-Source Software Alternatives

CERN Replacing Facebook Workplace With A Set Of Open-Source Software Alternatives

Now this European Organization for Nuclear Research is moving away from Facebook Workplace to instead make use of more open-source software packages.Pricing and privacy concerns move CERN to Mattermost, Discourse and other Open Source solutions.

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

BRUSSELS — The European Union has scrapped the possibility of a ban on facial recognition technology in public spaces, according to the latest proposals seen by Reuters.

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now gives Europeans the right to verify data held by individual companies, including marketing and advertising profiles.Companies can still protect their code and algorithms as business secrets, but in theory they can no longer hide personal data they generate about their users.

The US needs a national privacy law for personal data, Salesforce co-CEO says

The US needs a national privacy law for personal data, Salesforce co-CEO says

25, 2018.DAVOS, Switzerland — The United States needs to develop a national privacy law for personal data, in a similar fashion to what the European Union has done, the head of Salesforce said at a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Tuesday.

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo will soon be offered as an option for default search engine on Android devices across the EU.European regulators are forcing Google to present Android users with the option to choose their own default search engine.

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world’s most popular internet search engine remains in its sights despite record fines in recent years.

You have the right to be forgotten by Google - but only in Europe

You have the right to be forgotten by Google - but only in Europe

The right to be forgotten was enshrined by the same European court in 2014 when it ruled that people could ask search engines like Google to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from web results appearing under searches for their names.

Google prepares for landmark 'right to be forgotten' decision

Google prepares for landmark 'right to be forgotten' decision

The “right to be forgotten” was established in 2014 when the European Court of Justice said links to irrelevant and outdated material in Europe should be erased from searches on request.

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Other parties and experts have also pointed out that Austria would not have the unilateral right to protect cash through constitutional changes because it uses the euro, which is under the purview of the European Central Bank.

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

The mass surveillance conducted by European governments has on two occasions been struck down by the European Court of Justice.However Danish politicians and telco industry refuse to honor fundamental rights and continue to retain data illegally.You can download the current draft (in Danish) here (pdf).

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service."We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

E3 organization leaks data for over 2,000 journalists and analysts

E3 organization leaks data for over 2,000 journalists and analysts

If you attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show this year with a media badge, it’s possible that some of your sensitive data is now public.The ESA website was likely also accessible from Europe, and it contained info for European members of the press.

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