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Politico
Kushner’s US surveillance program irks privacy experts

Kushner’s US surveillance program irks privacy experts

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s task force has reached out to a range of health technology companies about creating a national coronavirus surveillance system to give the government a near real-time view of where patients are seeking treatment and for what, and whether hospitals can accommodate them, ...
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Compliance Week
Marriott suffers data breach impacting 5.2 million individuals
/ data breach, Investigations

Marriott suffers data breach impacting 5.2 million individuals

Marriott International says a breach may have compromised the personal data of 5.2 million customers, the second significant data breach for the hotel chain in less than two years. A significant penalty under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after the first breach in November 2018 still ...
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The Guardian
UK's ICO OK with use of phone data for COVID-19
/ COVID-19, Privacy commentary, UK

UK’s ICO OK with use of phone data for COVID-19

The UK’s privacy watchdog has said the government can legally use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behaviour if it helps fight the spread of coronavirus. It emerged last week that the government was in talks with UK mobile phone companies to potentially use ...
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The New York Times
Privacy "plummets" with COVID-19 crisis

Privacy “plummets” with COVID-19 crisis

In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit card purchase records to help trace the recent movements of coronavirus patients and establish virus transmission chains. In Lombardy, Italy, the authorities are analyzing location data transmitted by citizens’ mobile phones to determine how ...
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The European Data Protection Board
EDPB issues statement on COVID-19
/ COVID-19, Privacy commentary

EDPB issues statement on COVID-19

Governments, public and private organisations throughout Europe are taking measures to contain and mitigate COVID-19. This can involve the processing of different types of personal data. Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), said: “Data protection rules (such as GDPR) do not hinder measures taken ...
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TechCrunch
Australian Facebook fine could add up to AUD$ 529 billion

Australian Facebook fine could add up to AUD$ 529 billion

Australia’s privacy watchdog is suing Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica data breach — which, back in 2018, became a global scandal that wiped billions off the tech giant’s share price yet only led to Facebook picking up a $5BN FTC fine. Should Australia prevail in its suit against ...
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Information Commissioner's Office (UK)
UK's ICO will be "reasonable and pragmatic" given COVID-19
/ COVID-19, Privacy commentary

UK’s ICO will be “reasonable and pragmatic” given COVID-19

We all share the same concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The need for public bodies and health practitioners to be able to communicate directly with people when dealing with this type of health emergency has never been greater. Data protection and electronic communication laws do ...
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NL Times
Dutch DPA reports 80% spike in complaints
/ Netherlands, Privacy commentary

Dutch DPA reports 80% spike in complaints

The number of complaints about a possible privacy violation sent to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) increased by a massive 79 percent to 27,800 last year. The majority of complaints involved a violation of the right to privacy - the right to inspect information about yourself, or ...
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