Today’s online advertising not only seriously harms privacy, but is seriously broken in other ways; we need to fix it

Today’s online advertising not only seriously harms privacy, but is seriously broken in other ways; we need to fix it

For three and half years now, Privacy News Online has been warning about the huge, and largely ignored, danger of micro-targeted ads and real-time bidding (RTB).

Microsoft and OpenAI partner to propose digital transformation of export controls

Microsoft and OpenAI partner to propose digital transformation of export controls

For these reasons, restricting the problematic users and uses of these technologies is the more targeted and balanced of traditional export controls approaches, as it protects national security interests while preserving beneficial uses and tech leadership.

Threema Multi-Device: An Architectural Overview

Threema Multi-Device: An Architectural Overview

If, however, the multi-device protocol is required to meet Threema standards, things get complicated.In order to fulfill Threema’s requirements, a multi-device solution must, of course, provide full end-to-end encryption.

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The EDPS strongly encourages [European Union Institutions] to ensure that any new processing operations or new contracts with any service providers does not involve transfers of personal data to the United States.

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.

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

China’s cavalier approach to privacy has seen the country deploy drones, artificial intelligence, and security cameras to enforce quarantines and monitor public spaces.There are two main approaches to contact tracing apps, and both versions rely on anonymized IDs to record interactions with nearby devices, which allows for complete privacy.

California's Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is still ramping up but already there's a 2.0 version in the works

California's Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is still ramping up but already there's a 2.0 version in the works

For example, consumers who simply want to know what information the company has about them: If you don't have a program to respond to specific requests for information, you're going to be challenged by the new breed of regulations.

Amazon’s new smart shopping cart lets you check out without a cashier

Amazon’s new smart shopping cart lets you check out without a cashier

The Dash Cart links with your Amazon account and tracks the items you place inside The Dash Cart is coming first to Amazon’s grocery store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations

Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations

It gets across well the idea of how sending data in a particular form allows it to be useful in aggregate, but immune to further interrogation about each separate source: Let’s say that Rakshita wants to know how often her friends Emily and Zheng have listened to a particular song.

UK privacy advocates warn over COVID-19 contact tracing app

UK privacy advocates warn over COVID-19 contact tracing app

LONDON (Reuters) - Leading privacy advocates in Britain have urged the government to prevent a soon-to-be launched COVID-19 contact tracing app from turning into a form of state surveillance.Gould told the parliamentary committee he believed the British app would protect privacy even though it would build a centralised system.

Data protection advocates prevail: Germany builds a Covid-19 tracing app with decentralized storage.

Data protection advocates prevail: Germany builds a Covid-19 tracing app with decentralized storage.

On Wednesday last week, the German government published their plan to build a Covid-19 tracing app with a central storage of data at the Robert Koch-Institut - the German institution to manage public health and monitor the spread of the coronavirus.

I found a loophole to prevent those pesky cookie notices 👀

I found a loophole to prevent those pesky cookie notices 👀

I’ve spent months studying the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the Cookie Law and found a way to avoid having to ask you for any kind of permissions.Full screen cookie notices of course!Want to know why I don’t have a cookie notice on this site?

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.

Setting the Record Straight: PinePhone Misconceptions

Setting the Record Straight: PinePhone Misconceptions

Let’s start with the Allwinner A64 SoC, which is the brains of the PinePhone; it runs mainline Linux, uses mainline ATF and u-boot and there are open source drivers for all main SoC components.

What do you get if you put DNA and facial recognition together? Today, it’s China; tomorrow, maybe everywhere else

What do you get if you put DNA and facial recognition together? Today, it’s China; tomorrow, maybe everywhere else

A story in the New York Times means we don’t have to guess, because China is already doing it: Chinese scientists are trying to find a way to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s face.

How contextual targeting will replace cookies in the privacy age

How contextual targeting will replace cookies in the privacy age

Furthermore, while consumers might opt out of cookie-based targeting, a website with watch content can share insights with a brand about the type of customers visiting their site.Diving deeper into contextual targeting also enables a brand to measure consumer approaches to specific content.

Invisible Ink Could Reveal whether Kids Have Been Vaccinated

Invisible Ink Could Reveal whether Kids Have Been Vaccinated

“Especially in developing countries where medical records may not be as complete or as accessible, there can be value in having medical information directly associated with a person,” says Mark Prausnitz, a bioengineering professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the new study.

Google chief: I'd disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home

Google chief: I'd disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home

Do you accept reports about what happened with the Pixel tests help undermine confidence in Google and other big technology companies' use of facial recognition data?

Thread by @random - walker: "When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently since it hasn’t faced much public scrutiny […]"

Thread by @random - walker: "When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently since it hasn’t faced much public scrutiny […]"

Many of today's prominent computer scientists entered the field decades ago, inspired by the potential of digital technology to hold powerful institutions to account.The tech industry itself badly needs more accountability.The CS community has responded to ethical concerns by promoting a distinct field, algorithmic fairness.

Now is the time to defend the final haven for privacy: your brain

Now is the time to defend the final haven for privacy: your brain

Glyn Moody is a freelance journalist who writes and speaks about privacy, surveillance, digital rights, open source, copyright, patents and general policy issues involving digital technology.

MoviePass database exposes 161 million records

MoviePass database exposes 161 million records

“Because a database was left publicly accessible, reportedly for months, at least 58,000 records related to MoviePass customers are vulnerable to misuse and abuse at the hands of cybercriminals,” said Stephan Chenette, Co-Founder and CTO at AttackIQ.

The State of State Data Laws, Part 1: Data Breach Notification Laws

The State of State Data Laws, Part 1: Data Breach Notification Laws

Either way, data breach notification laws that require companies to tell customers when data have been exposed are intended to enable consumers to make choices about what to do when such events happen and protect themselves if their information was compromised.

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for patent filings from Google that used a smartphone camera to look at the expression of a user of that device in order to try to understand the emotions of that person better.

When AI-enhanced customer service is on the line, so is your privacy

When AI-enhanced customer service is on the line, so is your privacy

Another feature that a unified pool of messaging data makes possible is “sentiment analysis”, to provide human agents with the context they need to personalize future customer interactions.

What does GDPR mean for UX?

What does GDPR mean for UX?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) act came into effect in May last year — it’s a legal framework that sets out guidelines on how to collect and process personal information within the European Union.

Google is borrowing from Apple's privacy playbook

Google is borrowing from Apple's privacy playbook

Among the changes: Google is moving much of the machine learning that powers its assistant and other features from the cloud to the actual devices.

A Pod world: How you’d trade your data for services over a decentralized internet

A Pod world: How you’d trade your data for services over a decentralized internet

Late last year, open source startup Inrupt built an application based on the Solid standards that enables a more peer-to-peer internet with Personal Online Data Stores (Pods) for everyone.

How AI helps facial recognition really get to know your face

How AI helps facial recognition really get to know your face

To work well, facial recognition systems need images with well-illuminated, clear faces that give a neural network detailed, accurate data. Royal Caribbean Cruises has twice as many passengers as Northwell has patients, and more of them, too, will see facial recognition as the program expands, project leader Schneider said.

Privacy-Preserved Data Sharing for Evidence-Based Policy Decisions: A Demonstration Project Using Human Services Administrative Records for Evidence-Building Activities

Privacy-Preserved Data Sharing for Evidence-Based Policy Decisions: A Demonstration Project Using Human Services Administrative Records for Evidence-Building Activities

Three key issues motivated the launch of a domestic secure computation demonstration project using real government-collected data: Using new privacy-preserving approaches addresses pressing needs in society.

Axios AM Deep Dive

Axios AM Deep Dive

The grand bargain of the digital age, in which consumers have traded their data for free services, is coming apart. Be smart: Giving consumers more control of their data also means they'd have to take more responsibility for it and actively manage it, like managing financial accounts.