Feb 232020
 February 23, 2020  Posted by  Surveillance

Jasun Tate  (@bitsdigits) has posted some advice on Twitter. If you’ve ever worried about being monitored in restrooms and the like, you might want to watch his short video clip, although to be honest, I’m not sure I’d be able to properly determine if a mirror really was two-way or not.

Feb 232020
 February 23, 2020  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Zach Campbell and Chris Jones report:

A police investigator in Spain is trying to solve a crime, but she only has an image of a suspect’s face, caught by a nearby security camera. European police have long had access to fingerprint and DNA databases throughout the 27 countries of the European Union and, in certain cases, the United States. But soon, that investigator may be able to also search a network of police face databases spanning the whole of Europe and the U.S.

According to leaked internal European Union documents, the EU could soon be creating a network of national police facial recognition databases.

Read more on The Intercept.

Feb 222020
 February 22, 2020  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S., Surveillance

CBC News reports:

Alberta’s privacy commissioner is taking part in a national investigation of facial recognition technology supplied by U.S. firm Clearview AI.

An announcement Friday states the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, along with the federal privacy commission, Quebec and British Columbia privacy commissioners, will jointly investigate the Canadian use of the technology.

Read more on Yahoo!.

Feb 222020
 February 22, 2020  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S.

Reuters reports:

Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness trackers company Fitbit could pose privacy risks, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) warned on Thursday, adding its voice to other critics of the deal.

Google announced the deal in November last year, as it seeks to compete with Apple and Samsung in the crowded market for fitness trackers and smart watches.

Fitbit, whose fitness trackers and other devices monitor users’ daily steps, calories burned and distance travelled, would give the U.S. tech giant access to a trove of health data gathered from Fitbit devices.

Read  more on The New York Times.

h/t, Joe Cadillic