Mar 202018
 March 20, 2018  Non-U.S., Surveillance No Responses »

Yin Han reports:

China’s top lawmakers suggested eye recognition technology be added to the country’s national identity system, with pilot trials in the education and public security sectors.

Zhao Qisan and 28 deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) from Central China’s Henan Province suggested iris identification be combined with China’s social security card, identity card and passport, The Beijing News reported Saturday.

Read more on Global Times.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Mar 202018

I saw the announcement on Twitter last night:

New Privacy Bill introduced in Parliament!

You can read the proposed bill here, and read the Privacy Commissioner’s initial comments about it here. As a clue to what is to come, Commissioner Edwards writes:

I’ll be pointing to the report I made to the Government in 2016 in which I made six recommendations including a power to apply for fines of up to $1 million for organisations, and $100,000 for individuals who seriously breach their obligations. This would bring us into line with Australia, and would begin to approach the sanctions available to my counterparts in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the world.

We will also argue for the Law Commission’s recommendation to shift the privacy functions of the Director of Human Rights Proceedings into the Privacy Commissioner’s office in order to streamline the handling of privacy complaints.

Mar 192018

I had reported on this story in the past, and now there’s an update from DutchNews.nl:

Police say they are ‘satisfied’ with the response to a call for DNA samples to help them solve the murder of an 11-year-old boy in 1998, even though one in three people declined.

Altogether more than 21,000 men in Limburg were asked to submit their DNA during the last three weeks in and around Heerlen, Brunssum and Heibloem, making it the largest mass sampling exercise ever carried out in the Netherlands.

Read more on DutchNews.nl.

Mar 192018
 March 19, 2018  Non-U.S. No Responses »

Mei Heron reports:

National Party leader Simon Bridges maintains that a system error led to people who signed petitions then being emailed and asked for donations.

People who signed up to join two petitions – against scrapping flights to Kāpiti Airport and one to save the Lumsden Maternity Centre in Southland – also started receiving emails from National asking for money to fight the government.

Read more on Radio New Zealand and yeah, that would tick me off, too.

But it happens here, too. If I try to sign a petition, then I’m hammered with emails and stuff I do NOT want to receive. Why can’t I just sign a petition and then opt-in to mailings?