Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

People returning to work following the long pandemic will find an array of tech-infused gadgetry to improve workplace safety but which could pose risks for long-term personal and medical privacy.

U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans' DNA

U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans' DNA

One worry for Evanina and others is control over biodata that can lead to the complete control over health care: if a person's current or future medical condition is known through DNA and other data, the entity that knows it can gain a monopoly over the therapy or drugs to treat them.

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).

Drones, fever goggles, arrests: millions in Asia face 'extreme' Covid surveillance

Drones, fever goggles, arrests: millions in Asia face 'extreme' Covid surveillance

Other countries named in the report include Pakistan – ranked fourth highest in the risk analysis – where a “secretive militant-tracking surveillance system is being used to monitor coronavirus patients”.“Countries like China and Cambodia don’t need a reason to up their surveillance but Covid has accelerated the pace at which these types of technology can be abused,” says Sofia Nazalya, a senior human rights analyst at Verisk Maplecroft.

YouTube faces £2.5BILLION legal battle for ‘breaching privacy of millions of British kids’

YouTube faces £2.5BILLION legal battle for ‘breaching privacy of millions of British kids’

He said: "It cannot be right that Google can take children’s private data without explicit permission and then sell it to advertisers to target children.The case will docus on children who watched YouTube since May 2018, when the Data Protection Act became law.

Apple and Google have launched coronavirus exposure notifications without an app

Apple and Google have launched coronavirus exposure notifications without an app

The news: Apple and Google have announced they’re expanding their coronavirus exposure warning system so health agencies can take part without needing to create a customized app.

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.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 19th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 19th, 2020

A report by the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC) examined 108 global COVID-19 tracing and tracking apps to examine data protection levels.Norway to stop Covid-19 track and trace app following warning from data protection watchdog.

Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

REUTERS/Mike Hutchings In South Africa, for example, after the government last month announced it would use telecom data to track the movements of citizens infected with COVID-19, a communications minister acknowledged concerns about loss of privacy.

Ontario Has Given Its Police Access To People's COVID-19 Test Data

Ontario Has Given Its Police Access To People's COVID-19 Test Data

In a letter sent to Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, which was cosigned by other advocacy organizations, the CCLA said it was concerned about the legality of the measures.

Is The Australian Government’s App COVIDSAFE, Safe for Me? This Person Says Most Likely.

Is The Australian Government’s App COVIDSAFE, Safe for Me? This Person Says Most Likely.

TL;DR — After a review of the application permissions, sign up form, and as well a PCAP Dump of the entire process and a review of the architecture.So for those not aware, during the sign-up process of COVIDSAFE you are asked a few questions.

Apple responds to senators’ privacy fears over COVID-19 screening tools

Apple responds to senators’ privacy fears over COVID-19 screening tools

HIPAA governs when a company can disclose data to a third party, and Apple says there aren’t any third parties involved in collecting the information, since “data are entered into the website and app directly by users.”.

Australian government plans to bring in mobile phone app to track people with coronavirus

Australian government plans to bring in mobile phone app to track people with coronavirus

Coalition wants to introduce app within fortnight as part of pandemic ‘road out’ strategy but PM says easing of restrictions still many weeks away.She said hospital admissions and deaths might increase even if new cases of Covid-19 continued to decrease in coming weeks.

NHS coronavirus app: memo discussed giving ministers power to 'de-anonymise' users

NHS coronavirus app: memo discussed giving ministers power to 'de-anonymise' users

A draft government memo explaining how the NHS contact-tracing app could stem the spread of the coronavirus said ministers might be given the ability to order “de-anonymisation” to identify people from their smartphones, the Guardian can reveal.

How to Protect Privacy When Aggregating Location Data to Fight COVID-19

How to Protect Privacy When Aggregating Location Data to Fight COVID-19

Ordinarily, users should have the choice of whether to opt-in to every new use of their data, but we recognize that obtaining consent to aggregate previously acquired location data to fight COVID-19 may be difficult with sufficient speed to address the public health need.

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Of course, such measures are effective tools to enforce a quarantine, and to prevent further spread of a deadly virus that is confirmed to have infected almost one million people, according to data from Worldometers.

Snowden warns government surveillance amid COVID-19 could be long lasting

Snowden warns government surveillance amid COVID-19 could be long lasting

During this pandemic, for example, governments might say they're worried about public health and could send an order to every fitness tracker to look at measures like pulse and heart rate, and then demand access to that kind of activity, he said.

Jennifer O'Connell: Covid-19 is normalising mass surveillance of citizens

Jennifer O'Connell: Covid-19 is normalising mass surveillance of citizens

Draconian new measures allowing the Minister for Health to detain people indefinitely or quarantine entire areas, passing through the Dáil on Thursday with virtually no resistance.

Rep. DelBene and other lawmakers voice privacy concerns over virus-tracking plans

Rep. DelBene and other lawmakers voice privacy concerns over virus-tracking plans

But they urged the White House to implement a set of procedures to protect individual privacy: The federal government should aggregate or minimize data to what public health experts identify as necessary.

Google and Facebook Should Not Give Your Location Data to the Government. Even to Stop Coronavirus

Google and Facebook Should Not Give Your Location Data to the Government. Even to Stop Coronavirus

We don't need the government tracking our location.The government wants to track your location to make sure you're not getting too close to other people.