Each week, GDPR:Report presents the top 5 headlines from the week’s news and upcoming events in the data protection industry. This week, Google prioritises privacy by building a privacy-focused hub in Munich, and Trump declares a state of a national cybersecurity emergency.
Your face tells a story
Photo storage app, Ever, has been found secretly using customers’ private snaps to train a commercial recognition system. What started as a cloud storage app in 2013, Ever photo storage app, swiftly converted its business to become a facial recognition software venture in 2017. However, the app failed to inform the millions of users of the change. It was discovered that the images of users were being utilised to instruct an algorithm to identify faces. To read the full story, click here.
Call me maybe? Maybe not…
A vulnerability in the messaging app has allowed hackers to install surveillance software on phones and other devices. In early May, it was discovered by WhatsApp’s security team, that attackers were able to install surveillance software on both iPhones and Android phones by ringing a target’s device. Even if the call was not picked up, the malicious software could immediately be installed, and often the call disappeared from the call logs. Read the full report here.
More facial failures
Police failures to properly test facial recognition technology could lead to black and minority ethnic people being falsely identified, campaigners say. The BBC says that three opportunities in the past five years have been missed to truly ascertain how effective facial recognition AI systems cope with ethnicity. Campaigners have come out in force against the problems the technology has experienced to date, with privacy rights group Big Brother Watch saying that the new techniques “must be dropped immediately.” Click here to read the article.
Ok, Google – Are you protecting my privacy now?
Google has revealed plans to open an engineering centre in Munich as part of the tech giant’s bid to take data privacy more seriously. The popular search engine says the new privacy-focused hub, to be built in Munich, should help the company strengthen its data protection credentials as the global demand for higher data privacy standards continues to grow. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai recently revealed that the Silicon Valley stalwart will be expanding its operations in the Bavarian capital. Mr Pichai also explained Google’s plans to double the size of its privacy engineer workforce there, with the total number of personnel set to exceed 200 by the end of this year. Read the full story here.
In case of emergency call Trump
Finally, such as the global cybersecurity threat facing the USA, President Trump has declared a state of national emergency. The head of state has said that the protection of the US nation’s computer networks from “foreign adversaries” is now a priority, although Trump has not yet given the name of any one company posing a threat. Most spectators will infer that Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei, is first at the forefront of president Trump’s mind, especially given the number of concerns raised in the international community over how Beijing could be using the Huawei products and technologies to conduct mass surveillance. Click here to read the full report.
Quote of the week:
“The Internet is a worldwide platform for sharing information. It is a community of common interests. No country is immune to such global challenges as cybercrime, hacking, and invasion of privacy.”
– Lu Wei
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