US agency tells companies to be privacy aware in coronavirus fight

US privacy enforcement agency FTC has issued guidance to businesses so they can avoid falling foul of privacy regulations when developing products or services geared towards combatting the spread of Covid-19. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has urged companies to consider privacy and security matters during development, not after launch. “Although we will be flexible […]

Reporting to the Board: Making the Case for Data Privacy Investment

One of the joys and frustrations of working in data protection and privacy is the way the GDPR uses language. Controllers and processors must provide the ‘necessary’ resources and implement ‘appropriate’ organisational and technical measures. Words like that can seem unhelpfully subjective, so it’s important that Privacy Teams have the skills to explain what is ‘necessary’ and ‘appropriate’ – […]

#Privacy: US Judge approves $3.2 million settlement over biometric violations

US restaurant chain Corner Bakery Cafe has agreed a $3.2m class action settlement with former employees, over Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) violations.  The class action lawsuit, filed in 2019 in Cook County Circuit Court, claimed that the company violated BIPA when requiring its employees to use a biometric fingerprint timekeeping system without obtaining […]

Norway drop contact-tracing app after Amnesty privacy investigation

Norway has abandoned plans to introduce a contact-tracing app to combat coronavirus after Amnesty investigation revealed its live-tracking capabilities Amnesty International’s investigation into COVID-19 contact tracing apps across Europe, Middle East, and North Africa showed that Bahrain’s ‘BeAware Bahrain’, Norway’s ‘Smittestopp’ and Kuwait’s ‘Shlonik’ present the biggest threats to privacy due to their live-tracking capabilities. […]

Data Privacy Laws: Global View

Data privacy is the component of data security that is focused on the compliant handling of sensitive or personal data. It is inevitably interlinked with data security, as governments across the globe have set standards for how sensitive or personal data should be protected. But while many countries have already put regulations in place, organisations […]

#Privacy: Philippines privacy commission approves employee monitoring software

The Philippines National Privacy Commission (NPC) will now allow companies to install monitoring software in company-issued devices to monitor work-from-home employees.  The NPC clarified that the monitoring must adhere to the provisions of the Data Privacy Act (DPA), ensuring that the rights and freedom of staff remain protected.  The NPC adds that employers must notify […]

BUSTED: Five False Claims About Biometric Authentication

Biometrics authentication technology has been growing in popularity because it can securely authenticate customers without negatively impacting the user experience. Fingerprint and facial recognition technology have become cornerstones for authentication in the financial sector, mimicking the rise of mobile banking, but other forms of biometrics including voice and behavioral are also emerging as key technologies. […]