Jan 192020
 January 19, 2020  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

Kenza Bryan, Sian Griffiths and Jon Ungoed-Thomas report on an epic student data privacy FAIL:

Betting companies have been given access to an educational database containing names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students in one of the biggest breaches of government data.

They have used it to help increase the proportion of young people who gamble online. It contains details of children age 14 and above in state schools, private schools and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Read more on The Sunday Times.  There does not seem to be anything about this on the government’s Learning Records Service web site at this time.

Great thanks to a reader for sending this along.

Jan 192020
 January 19, 2020  Posted by  Misc

Laurence Scott writes:

Our relationship to privacy is inseparable from our idea of trust. If you trust someone, you may be more willing to divulge personal information to them. If you are highly protective of your privacy, you may seem to others to be distrustful.

This is a normal social dynamic. But it is being cynically manipulated by the “sharing” or “trust” economy — where we trade homes, cars or belongings through third-party administrators such as Airbnb — in ways that threaten our privacy.

Read more on the NY Times Privacy Project.

Jan 192020
 January 19, 2020  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance

Kashmir Hill reports:

Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos.

Then Mr. Ton-That — an Australian techie and onetime model — did something momentous: He invented a tool that could end your ability to walk down the street anonymously, and provided it to hundreds of law enforcement agencies, ranging from local cops in Florida to the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security.

Read more on the NY Times.

Jan 172020
 January 17, 2020  Posted by  Business, Healthcare, Laws

AP reports:

Florida lawmakers advanced a proposal Thursday that would bar life insurers from using information from commercially available genetic tests to deny policies or set premiums based on markers that might be discovered through DNA home kits.

The effort comes amid the booming popularity of heavily marketed genetic testing and the rising concerns from privacy groups and lawmakers.

Read more on Shelton Herald.