Nov 292017
 November 29, 2017  Posted by  Business, Laws, Non-U.S., Online

Hermes Center reports:

On 8 November 2017, the Italian Parliament approved a Regulation on data retention that allows telecommunication operators to save telephone and internet data for up to six years.

The Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD) and EDRi observer member Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights published their statement criticising the lack of scrutiny and meaningful debate about the Regulation prior to its approval. They also stated that the measure is to the detriment of the privacy of citizens, and could have extremely serious consequences for all of us. The two organisations have been voicing concerns since July 2017, when the provision was inserted into a transposition law following a European Council Directive 2014/33/EU on the “safety of lifts”.

Read more on EDRi.

Nov 292017
 November 29, 2017  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Matt Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and General Counsel for the National Security Agency, writes:

A core national security law allowing the government to collect intelligence information—Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act—is set to expire at the end of the year. With the deadline looming, the debate in Congress over reauthorizing Section 702 now centers on a crucial issue:  the FBI’s ability to search for clues in its databases.

The focus on this issue is important.  There is a national security imperative for the FBI to review quickly and efficiently data that the government has lawfully collected when the Bureau opens an investigation or identifies a new suspect, especially someone who may have links to terrorism or espionage.  No one seriously questions this imperative.

Read more on Just Security.

Nov 292017
 November 29, 2017  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S.

John Leonard reports:

Privacy activist Max Schrems is setting up a non-profit organisation to help citizens take on the tech giants in court.

Schrems, whose complaint against Facebook’s practices of transferring European citizens’ personal data to the US led to the downfall of the Safe Harbour agreement, is seeking to take advantage of the strengthened enforcement mechanisms that are written into the EU GDPR data protection legislation, which allows non-profit organisations to defend individual’s privacy rights in the courts.

The new organisation is called NOYB (none of your business) and describes itself as a ‘European privacy enforcement organisation that enforces your rights in a systematic and effective way‘.

Read more on The Inquirer.

Nov 282017
 November 28, 2017  Posted by  Business

Jasper Hamill reports:

A British company has released the first pictures of a ‘smart condom’ which collects very intimate data about the sex life of anyone brave enough to wear it. The device is called the i.Con and can detect STIs as well as sending data about a sex session straight to the wearer’s smartphone. British Condoms said its ‘revolutionary wearable tech for the bedroom’ measures the number of calories burned during intercourse, the speed of a man’s thrusts, how long he lasts and even what positions are used.

Read more on Metro.

And I guess I should say thank you to the reader who sent in this item. Let’s see how long it takes before we get a report of a privacy or data security breach involving this latest entry into IoT.