Megvii accused of enabling mass surveillance for China

The mobile app, Megvii, has been identified to be providing biometrics technology to the Chinese government with the purpose of surveilling Muslim minority citizens. The mass surveillance app matches faces with photo identification and cross references the pictures on other documents. The app also documents ‘suspicious’ behaviours. The accumulated information determines whether Muslim minorities should […]

Statutory inquiry opened into US AI firm Quantcast International Limited

Quantcast International Limited is under investigation for breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In addition to the 17 multinational technology companies being investigated, the Irish Data Protection Commission have now opened an investigation into the American tech firm, which specialises in AI-driven real-time advertising. The Data Protection Commission released a statement about the […]

European Data Protection Supervisor receives leadership award

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has presented European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, with their annual IAPP Privacy Leadership Award.  Responding on Twitter Mr Buttarelli, who was not in attendance to receive his award said;  “Honoured to receive the 2019 Privacy Leadership Award from the IAPP Board. It reflects the success of the institution I […]

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner opens investigations into 17 multinational tech companies

Speaking at the US Senate hearing, Helen Dixon has opened more than 50 investigations, some of which are expected to conclude by the end of the summer. The 50 investigations include domestic companies, public sector bodies and tech giants. Out of the 17 multinational technology companies being investigated, eight of them involve Facebook, whilst others […]

“I have been completely and utterly screwed,” Gavin Williamson claims following sacking

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson denies leaking information from the National Security Council following an inquiry into the leak. An inquiry was called for after discussions between the National Security Council about the UK planning to allow Huawei limited access to help build the UK’s network leaked. A spokesperson from Downing Street reported that Theresa May […]

The Future Is Private

At Facebook’s annual developer conference F8 Mark Zuckerberg stood in front of a large screen in front of 5,000 developers and entrepreneurs’ that said “The Future is Private”  Forgive me for being sceptical but do we really believe that Facebook is going to lead the privacy revolution any more than we believe Donald Trump is […]

Half of US organisations won’t be prepared for CCPA

At the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit, OneTrust and the IAPP announced the results from research analysing California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) preparedness in advance of the regulation’s Jan. 1, 2020 compliance deadline. The IAPP and OneTrust, surveyed U.S. organisations spanning size and industry, and found that while reputation and consumer privacy are the biggest […]