Aug 202018
 August 20, 2018  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Online reports:

Amsterdam city council broke privacy rules when it analysed the Facebook connections of dozens of youth gang members, the NRC said at the weekend.

The council said it had hoped to identify ‘interesting types’ who had not yet been in the public eye and in so doing broke the law, the NRC said.

The paper earlier broke the story about the Facebook analyses but now says that documents obtained using freedom of information legislation show the city went too far.


Even reading the translation of the NRC report, I find myself somewhat confused as to what privacy laws were violated. It sounds like they were analyzing big data to find patterns, but I don’t see where they were using non-public data of any kind. So is it the case that the government cannot analyze publicly available profiles and data? If anyone would like to jump in with an analysis or explanation for those of us not expert in EU law, that would be great.

Aug 202018
 August 20, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic writes:

It has been a year, since I warned commuters that the TSA wanted to install full-body biometric scanners at train stations.

And just like last year, the MSM interviewed one person that is fine with losing their rights. Last year, I warned commuters that full-body scanners come equipped with watchlist software.

“Stay on constant lookout for known wolves and other watchlist individuals using proven facial recognition and human IQ. Integrated video camera provides positive ID for alarm resolution. Send notifications and alerts to mobile team or operations center.”

Why has the MSM refused to talk about watchlisting commuters?

Read more on MassPrivateI.

Aug 202018
 August 20, 2018  Posted by  Business, Laws, Online

Fiona Tapp reports:

Relationships, the saying goes, are hard. Many couples find their sex drives are mismatched over time, a problem that sex therapists often suggest fixing by working on communication. The Spinner, launched in April of this year, offers a different route to marital bliss — the online service encourages dissatisfied husbands to skip all that messy relationship effort and instead try to manipulate their wives on a subconscious level, in a way only possible in the age of the Internet.

For the bargain price of $29, husbands are sent an innocuous link that they, in turn, send via email or text message to their “target.” It can be accessed on a computer or mobile device and looks like any other hyperlink to an article, joke or video. Once she clicks on this link, a small piece of code is dropped on and then through browser cookies, she will be fed a slow drip of content chosen for her with the express motive of encouraging her to initiate sex.

Read more on RollingStone.  The story has raised some discussion about the differences in country’s laws, with some people tweeting that this might fracture a law or two in Canada, apart from any ethical criticisms, cf:

So what do you think?

Aug 172018
 August 17, 2018  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Rohan Pearce reports:

The government has appointed Angelene Falk as Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner.

Falk has been acting in the role since the departure in March of Timothy Pilgrim, who held the title of Australian Privacy Commissioner since 2010 and of Australian Information Commissioner since late 2016.

Falk’s three-year term began yesterday.

Read more on Computerworld.