Blockchain could provide privacy-enhancing route for immunity passports

Immunity passports have many challenges including verification, standardisation between countries and counterfeiting, according to a panel discussion at the Last Thursday in Privacy online event on 25 June. Digital wallets that share the minimum information required to prove immunisation could be a possible solution to the verification problem, according to Jamile Hamideh, Chief Legal Officer […]

EDPB brings out register listing decisions

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published a new register containing decisions taken by national supervisory authorities (SAs) under the One-Stop-Shop (OSS) cooperation procedure within GDPR. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires supervisory authorities to cooperate on cases with a cross-border component to ensure consistent application of GDPR. Up until early […]

US tech firm fined for breaching children’s privacy law

California-based technology company Super Basic and its parent, Maple Media, have been ordered to pay $100,000 after an investigation by Washington state’s attorney general Bob Ferguson found the companies’ social media platform, ‘We Heart It’, broke the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The platform allowed children to create accounts, collected their personal information and […]

US widens case against Assange

A federal grand jury in the US has returned a second, superseding indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for his alleged role in exposing classified information. “The new indictment does not add additional counts to the prior 18-count superseding indictment returned against Assange in May 2019. It does, however, broaden the scope of the conspiracy […]

LTIP panel: Staff surveillance risks missing chance for new relationship

Organisations which use the coronavorus as the impetus for much greater surveillance of their employees may be missing an opportunity to create a “transformative relationship”, according to a panel at The Last Thursday in Privacy online event. The panel “How to minimise insider threats in cyber security during the current pandemic”, as part of LTIP […]

“Even if AI was rid of bias, do we want it?”, asks privacy experts

A push for algorithmic accountability and transparency is growing steadily in the era of Black Lives Matter, but privacy experts are asking an important question. Even if predictive technologies were no longer biased, do we want them? In this month’s Last Thursday in Privacy event, privacy experts discussed how negative characteristics of social life, such […]

AI is key weapon on both sides of the phishing war

The use of artificial intelligence to both cause and combat data breaches reflects that the crime is less about pure technology than it is about understanding human behaviour, according to Mariana Pereira, director of email security products at Darktrace. In a presentation at this month’s Last Thursday in Privacy, organised by the Data Protection World […]

Civil liberty groups raise privacy issues as UK’s hospitality industry prepares to reopen

Privacy campaigners have voiced concerns about how safely customers’ contact details will be stored after pubs, restaurants and hotels in England open again following the coronavirus lockdown. In announcing a 4 July reopening for the hospitality sector, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they would have to record clients’ contact details in case they are needed […]