Apr 302016
 April 30, 2016  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Kieran McCarthy reports:

Google has been given access to huge swatches of confidential patient information in the UK, raising fears yet again over how NHS managers view and handle data under their control.

In an agreement uncovered by the New Scientist, Google and its DeepMind artificial intelligence wing have been granted access to current and historic patient data at three London hospitals run by the Royal Free NHS Trust, covering 1.6 million individuals.

Read more on The Register.

Apr 302016
 April 30, 2016  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Online

Canadian privacy lawyer David Fraser has an OpEd in Globe and Mail about why any right to be forgotten (RTBF) law in Canada would not be a good idea. He writes, in part:

It is not surprising that the Privacy Commissioner wants to discuss whether our laws include or should include such a right. While it is an important discussion to have, the answer is very likely no: We cannot shoehorn such a right into our current privacy laws and any new laws would not withstand a Charter challenge. But even if the government were inclined to try, the European model should be off the table for a range of reasons.


If you cannot pass a law that requires a media outlet to remove content, you similarly cannot pass a law that prohibits a search engine from telling the public that it exists. Doing so would legally compel a search engine to lie to you when you are looking for content, and would be the same as prohibiting a librarian from telling you about a book that is still on the shelves.

Read more on Globe and Mail.


Apr 292016
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Cora Currier and Murtaza Hussain report:

Of the plans put forward by the federal government to identify and stop budding terrorists, among the least understood are the FBI’s “Shared Responsibility Committees.”

The idea of the committees is to enlist counselors, social workers, religious figures, and other community members to intervene with people the FBI thinks are in danger of radicalizing — the sort of alternative to prosecution and jail time many experts have been clamoring for. But civil liberties groups worry the committees could become just a ruse to expand the FBI’s network of informants, and the government has refused to provide details about the program.

The Intercept has obtained a letter addressed to potential committee members from the FBI, outlining how the process would work.

Read more on The Intercept.

Apr 292016
 April 29, 2016  Posted by  Laws

The Identity Theft Resolution Act, a bill authored by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa), has unanimously passed the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support.

The Identity Theft Resolution Act will dramatically reduce the time it takes for victims of identity theft to clear their name, end harassing phone calls, and remove negative credit reporting.

Read more on Lake County News.