Nov 162018
 November 16, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance

Victoria Bell reports:

A tiny white cube that uses Artificial Intelligence to monitor the lives of elderly people who live alone could save thousands of lives, according to its creator.

The miiCube, a kind of ‘Amazon Echo for the elderly’, learns people’s routines and tracks their movements so it can alert the relevant authorities if something is wrong.

The device will also sense if there’s a break in routine, such as not getting up at the normal time or not following usual daily routines.

Creator Kelvin Summoogum – who set up miiCARE, the firm behind the gadget, in March – got the idea when his grandmother broke her hip at home.

Read more on Daily Mail.

via Joe Cadillic

Nov 162018
 November 16, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Non-U.S.

Kristof Van Quathem and Anna Oberschelp de Meneses of Covington & Burling write:

On November 9, 2018, the French Supervisory Authority for Data Protection (known as the “CNIL”) announced that it issued a formal warning (available here) ordering the company Vectaury to change its consent experience for customers and purge all data collected on the basis of invalid consent previously obtained.

Vectaury is an advertising network that buys online advertising space on behalf of its customers (advertisers).  The company also offers a software tool that advertisers can integrate into their apps to collect geolocation data and information on the device and browser of users.

Read more on Inside Privacy.

Nov 162018
 November 16, 2018  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Jessica Phelan reports:

Italy’s Data Protection Authority has advised against a reform proposed by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini that would replace the word ‘parents’ with ‘mother and father’ on children’s national ID cards.

The move to favour heterosexual parents was one of Salvini’s earliest pledges upon taking office earlier this year, following an election campaign in which he and his League party played to a socially conservative base.

Current application forms for the new electronic Italian ID cards for minors ask for the name of “parent 1” and “parent 2”, which on request can be added to the card itself, notably to make it easier for parents to travel abroad with their children using an ID card instead of a passport.


Nov 162018
 November 16, 2018  Posted by  Govt, Laws, Online, Surveillance

Tim Johnson reports:

Dozens of lawmakers in Congress are using tracking tools on their campaign websites to collect personal information about online visitors, including some legislators who have lambasted Facebook and other social media companies for employing similar methods.

The revelations underscore how critical internet tracking has become to politicians who seek information on voters in their districts to target them with advertising.

One senator removed tracking tools from his campaign website after his office was contacted by McClatchy, and another lawmaker pledged to put up a privacy alert about the tracking.

Many others did not respond to queries about their use.

Read more on McClatchyDC.