Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago is doubling down on efforts to enforce its emergency coronavirus travel order, as officials will now be reviewing the social media posts of possible violators as the pandemic continues.

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.

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

“Our entire leadership team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Blackstone to further accelerate Ancestry’s global leadership in family history and consumer genomics, and to help us achieve our mission to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives,” Margo Georgiadis, Ancestry president and CEO, said in a statement.

Immunity passport

Immunity passport

Over the years, PI and our global network of partners have documented and challenged the growing push towards identity systems around the world - leading to some of the world’s largest biometric databases, as well as other technologies that can be used to track and profile individuals and communities.

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

“The reckless behaviour of this government in ignoring a vital and legally required safety step known as the data protection impact assessment (DPIA) has endangered public health,” said Jim Killock, the executive director of Open Rights Group (ORG).

Homeland Security fears widespread mask-wearing will break facial recognition software

Homeland Security fears widespread mask-wearing will break facial recognition software

Under the heading "Violent Adversaries Likely to Use Protective Masks to Evade Face Recognition Systems," the agency's bulletin warns that "violent extremists and other criminals who have historically maintained an interest in avoiding face recognition are likely to opportunistically seize upon public safety measures recommending the wearing of face masks to hinder the effectiveness of face recognition systems in public spaces by security partners.".

White House reportedly orders hospitals to bypass CDC during COVID-19 data collection

White House reportedly orders hospitals to bypass CDC during COVID-19 data collection

The Trump administration is now ordering hospitals to send coronavirus patient data to a database in Washington, DC as part of a new initiative that may bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a report from The New York Times published on Tuesday.

Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads

Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns about its proposed $2.1 billion acquisition, the U.S. tech company said late on Monday.

Unsecured Chinese companies leak users’ sensitive personal and business data

Unsecured Chinese companies leak users’ sensitive personal and business data

The Xiaoxintong database contains more than 340,000 records of:Mobile numbers, addresses and GPS locationsMobile numbers and names of users’ relatives and other “Guardians”Location tracks (including addresses and GPS coordinates)Hashed passwordsSOS records and SOS record locationsPersonal IDsMost of these (about 285,000) were for addresses, GPS coordinates and personal IDs. The second database (possibly from Shanghai Yanhua Smartech).

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.

Inside the NBA's plan to use smart technology and big data to keep players safe from coronavirus

Inside the NBA's plan to use smart technology and big data to keep players safe from coronavirus

According to the NBA's health and safety memo for the restart of the season, which was obtained by CNBC, residents will receive a "smart" ring, a Disney MagicBand, individual pulse oximeter and a smart thermometer to help monitor and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway contact tracing apps among most dangerous for privacy

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway contact tracing apps among most dangerous for privacy

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway have rolled out some of the most invasive COVID-19 contact tracing apps around the world, putting the privacy and security of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, an Amnesty International investigation reveals.

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

In May, a broad-based campaign group wrote to UK health secretary Matt Hancock calling for greater openness in the government's embrace of private-sector tech companies contracted to provide a data store and dashboards as part of the NHS response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Your boss wants you to take a Covid-19 test. There's software for that

Your boss wants you to take a Covid-19 test. There's software for that

As more employers reopen their offices, stores, and warehouses, a growing number of health tech companies are pitching smartphone apps and other tools to help them bring employees back to work safely in the Covid-19 era.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 29th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 29th, 2020

OpenSAFELY is a secure analytics platform that allows health information for COVID-19 analysis that allows the health information of millions of patients be shared without violating their privacy.Google Chrome version 83 includes new privacy and security updates as well as features delayed from version 82.

NHS will keep personal data of people with coronavirus for 20 years

NHS will keep personal data of people with coronavirus for 20 years

The NHS will keep personal data about people with coronavirus for 20 years as part of the test-and-trace programme, according to a privacy notice posted by Public Health England.

Everbridge CEO: We Can Play Critical Role in Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Everbridge CEO: We Can Play Critical Role in Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Everbridge's products are used by governments and companies to assess risks such as terrorism and cyber-attacks and determine which they need to worry about; locate assets, customers and others that could be harmed; provide automated "standard operating procedures" to manage and respond to problems; and analyze how past threats were handled to create a better response for the next ones that come along, according to the CEO.In response to Covid-19, Everbridge launched a coronavirus data feed, said Meredith.

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.

A flood of coronavirus apps are tracking us. Now it’s time to keep track of them.

A flood of coronavirus apps are tracking us. Now it’s time to keep track of them.

So to help monitor this fast-evolving situation, we’re gathering the information into a single place for the first time with our Covid Tracing Tracker —a database to capture details of every significant automated contact tracing effort around the world.

Google's Coronavirus Test Sites May Be Scooping Up People's Sensitive Information

Google's Coronavirus Test Sites May Be Scooping Up People's Sensitive Information

“What is concerning is that the state of California is partnering with these private companies, I think probably out of desperation, but there is very, very sensitive information that's at stake,” said Mary Stone Ross, an Oakland-based consumer privacy expert.

Banjo had a contract to collect coronavirus data from Intermountain Healthcare

Banjo had a contract to collect coronavirus data from Intermountain Healthcare

The coronavirus data Intermountain agreed to provide aligns with information requested or required by the federal government from all hospitals, Cowley said.

Twitter: we need a break.

Twitter: we need a break.

As Mastodon is designed to be a more privacy-conscious alternative to Twitter, the developers have very carefully mimicked certain aspects of Twitter’s UI/UX.Out of the vast selection of clients available, I am going to be using Tusky, and Pinafore on the web.

Cellphone monitoring is spreading with the coronavirus. So is an uneasy tolerance of surveillance.

Cellphone monitoring is spreading with the coronavirus. So is an uneasy tolerance of surveillance.

Because of the pandemic, surveillance is a "necessary evil," said Lee Yoon-young, a South Korean university student who was under strict, government-monitored quarantine after returning home from her studies overseas.

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.

Lawmakers warn coronavirus contact-tracing is ripe for abusive surveillance

Lawmakers warn coronavirus contact-tracing is ripe for abusive surveillance

The technology, which Google and Apple plan to launch in mid-May, enables people to have their phone track the Bluetooth signals emitted by the phones of every other person with whom they come in close contact.

U.S. lawmaker says any COVID-19 contact tracing tech should be voluntary and limited

U.S. lawmaker says any COVID-19 contact tracing tech should be voluntary and limited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat and online privacy advocate, said in a letter released Wednesday that any digital coronavirus contact tracing should be voluntary, transparent and collect only the information needed to identify who might be at risk of contracting the respiratory ailment that has killed more than 45,000 people in the United States.

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

When the Scripps Research scientists added aggregated Fitbit variables, such as resting heart rate and sleep data, into a model that included CDC’s surveillance data for flu-like illnesses from three weeks prior, they were able to significantly improve real-time predictions at the state level.

It's foolish to worry about privacy when data can help fight coronavirus

It's foolish to worry about privacy when data can help fight coronavirus

There are already efforts to use anonymous, real-time data from groups of participating phone users to monitor adherence to social distancing and stay-at-home policies, a critical insight to identify potential hotspots for future outbreaks.

Health minister now unsure if source code for COVID contact tracing app is safe to release

Health minister now unsure if source code for COVID contact tracing app is safe to release

Health minister Greg Hunt has put a question mark over whether a promise to release all source code for the federal government’s forthcoming COVID-19 contact tracing app is actually possible due to security concerns.

Shlonik ‘How Are You’ app monitors home quarantined people

Shlonik ‘How Are You’ app monitors home quarantined people

KUWAIT CITY, Apr 19: The Ministry of Health has launched a mobile application, called to monitor home quarantined people as the country starts a massive operation to repatriate citizens who were stranded abroad due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.