Another 500 million accounts have leaked online, and LinkedIn’s in the hot seat

Another 500 million accounts have leaked online, and LinkedIn’s in the hot seat

“No private member account data from LinkedIn was included” “We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale and have determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies,” reads LinkedIn’s statement.

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

On 6 October 2020, the EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), issued its judgments for three related cases: the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that mass data retention and collection practices for national security purposes undertaken by member states, must comply with EU law, and therefore have to be subjected to its privacy safeguards.

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft form content authenticity coalition

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft form content authenticity coalition

Member organisations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats, they said in a statement, to enable publishers, creators, and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio, and documents.

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.The new Europol Decryption Platform, funded by the European Commission, will allow us to further enhance our support for Member State investigations.

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

Member nations of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance—which includes the United States— along with Japan and India published a statement on Sunday calling on tech companies to allow law enforcement to gain backdoor access to communication that uses unbreakable end-to-end encryption.

It Just Got Harder for AI Companies to Import European Personal Data

It Just Got Harder for AI Companies to Import European Personal Data

Last week’s decision means that AI companies can no longer rely on the Privacy Shield program to import personal data from EEA member states to the U.S. There might be a way to make binding corporate rules work for intra-enterprise transfers to the U.S. But for the vast majority of U.S.-based AI companies, they will now need to use the Standard Contractual Clauses as a transfer mechanism.

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

The EU’s digital and competition chief has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, as the technology fails to meet the regulation’s requirement for consent.Vestager told reporters that the Commission will further investigate automated facial recognition before introducing legislation, allowing member states to make their own domestic decisions in the meantime.

EU2019: Which MEPs voted in favour of digital rights?

EU2019: Which MEPs voted in favour of digital rights?

It's more interesting to observe that 10 member states have no MEPs consistently voting for digital rights. Despite the clear public message, many MEPs consistently voted against digital rights. Despite the clear public message, many MEPs voted against digital rights.

UK is 'not a surveillance state' insists minister defending police face recog tech

UK is 'not a surveillance state' insists minister defending police face recog tech

“Biometric photos of members of the public wrongly identified as potential criminals are taken without their knowledge and stored on police databases for 30 days,” said Big Brother Watch in a statement. Police are also continuing to build giant databases full of biometrically scanned images of innocent people’s faces, Jones revealed, saying:.

EU member state websites laden with third-party cookies

EU member state websites laden with third-party cookies

A new report (PDF) reveals that the vast majority of EU member state websites are laden with third-party cookies that are not disclosed to visitors. Third-party service plugins and embeds are the main way in which trackers landed on government and public health sector websites according to the report.

Open Letter to EU Lawmakers Against Fingerprints in ID Cards

Open Letter to EU Lawmakers Against Fingerprints in ID Cards

The proposal relies entirely on the ICAO standard but fails to investigate its security and to take into account some key differences (although they are mentioned in the impact assessment): a citizen doesn’t carry their passport all the time, and are not obliged by law to do so, which is not true for ID cards in some Member States.

EU mulls cyber defense against US surveillance

EU mulls cyber defense against US surveillance

As a key component of its official cyber security strategy, the European Union has explicitly emphasized the importance of protecting basic rights as its member states and the private sector bolster defenses against digital attacks.

The 2018 Matrix Holiday Special!

The 2018 Matrix Holiday Special!

This ended up consuming a lot of time over the summer as we updated Synapse and the various matrix-*-sdks (and thus Riot) to only calculate and send details to the clients about members who are currently talking in a room, whereas previously we sent the entire state of the room to the client (even including users who had left).

Julia Reda – Where EU member states stand on upload filters and the “link tax”

Julia Reda – Where EU member states stand on upload filters and the “link tax”

By no means is the new mandatory teaching exception supposed to limit what is allowed under the existing optional exception for research and education.

Exclusive: In test case, U.S. fails to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls - sources

Exclusive: In test case, U.S. fails to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls - sources

Members of a joint federal and state task force probing the international criminal gang MS-13 had tried in August to hold Facebook in contempt of court for failing to carry out a wiretap order, Reuters reported last month.