Oct 302018
 October 30, 2018  Posted by  Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Duan QianQian reports:

The Beijing Genomics Institute has denied any wrongdoing related to its collection of samples from over 100,000 pregnant women.

There is no leak of data related to these genetic resources that are stored in the China National GeneBank in Shenzhen, the genome sequencing center said in a reply letter yesterday to an inquiry from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

The Shenzhen-based center said on Oct. 10 it has collected the large quantity of samples for its Big Data Research on Genes from Millions of People, which caused public concern over these women’s privacy. Participants gave their consent to take part in the study, the lab added.

Read more on Yicai Global

Oct 292018
 October 29, 2018  Posted by  Court, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Sarah Blaskey reports:

A Coral Gables resident is suing the “City Beautiful” over a license plate reader system that law enforcement officials say captures data on almost every vehicle that enters or leaves the city. The plaintiff, Raul Mas Canosa, says the collection and retention of vehicle movement data by license plate readers is a violation of constitutional rights to privacy.

“It’s a huge dragnet. There’s no distinction between criminals and criminal suspects and the innocent residents and visitors to Coral Gables,” said Canosa, who has, on occasion, likened the system to ‘Big Brother,’ the villain from a fictional dystopia in George Orwell’s novel, “1984.”

Read more on Miami Herald.

Via Joe Cadillic

Oct 292018
 October 29, 2018  Posted by  Featured News, Healthcare, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Alexandra Thompson reports:

A hospital has become the first to issue all staff and patients with electronic ‘wristbands’ to track their movements through ‘big brother’ style technology.

In an NHS trial, the Countess of Chester Hospital, in Cheshire, has more than 4,000 infrared sensors above beds and doorways that read data chips on patients’ and staff’s wristbands to record where they are.

Findings reveal the time from a patient being discharged from the Cheshire hospital to their bed being ready for a new patient is less than two-and-a-half hours, down from approximately four hours as staff can automatically see when their bed becomes available.

The system, known as TeleTracking Technologies, also tells staff about patients’ specific needs and helps them move efficiently around the hospital.

Read more on Daily Mail.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Oct 292018
 October 29, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Online, U.S., Youth & Schools

Joseph Cox reports:

Remini, a smartphone app that launched in 2013, aims to provide parents and educators with a social network to follow a child’s progress throughout school and their early life, documenting important milestones and letting parents share images with their child’s school.

But Remini exposed these, and the personal information of its users to the internet writ large, thanks to an API that let anyone pull the data without any sort of authentication. The data included email addresses, phone numbers, and the documented moments of the children as well as their profile photos, according to a researcher who discovered the issue.

Remini has since taken the exposed API offline, but only after multiple complaints from a user as well as the researcher. The company confirmed the security issue to Motherboard.

Read more on Motherboard.

h/t, Joe Cadillic