Jan 242020
 January 24, 2020  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

BBC reports:

The Metropolitan Police has announced it will use live facial recognition cameras operationally for the first time on London streets.

The cameras will be in use for five to six hours at a time, with bespoke lists of suspects wanted for serious and violent crimes drawn up each time.

Read more on BBC.

Jan 242020
 January 24, 2020  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Laws, Non-U.S., Online

Cameron Abbot and Max Evans of K&L Gates write:

Dating apps, for many young people, are a fact of life. Meeting someone these days in real-life rather than through a simple swipe right appears to have become the exception, belonging more to any number of 90s teen “romcoms” than it does to real life.

According to an article by Reuters however, in recent times such dating apps like Grindr and OkCupid have been the subject of a complaint by a Norwegian consumer group in relation to a breach of privacy rules as set out in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, implemented in 2018.

Read more on National Law Review.

Jan 242020
 January 24, 2020  Posted by  Featured News, Healthcare, Laws

Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, writes:

On one side are regulators hoping to foster easier exchange of health data, some patient advocates and some researchers and healthcare app developers.

On the other side are major health records firms such as Verona-based Epic, the American Medical Association, some healthcare systems, people worried about patient privacy and others concerned about intellectual property theft and cyberattacks.

The faceoff coming to a head in Washington, D.C., is over proposed federal rules, set to be finalized in early February, that would change how medical records are shared by creating an app-based marketplace around patient data.

Read more on Watertown Daily Times.

Jan 242020
 January 24, 2020  Posted by  Business

Donna Rosato confirms your fears about what the apps know… and share. According to Rosato, if you are using or have used this kind of app, then the app may have collected not only the dates on which you menstruated, but how often you engage in intercourse, if you are trying to have a baby, and whether you engage in unprotected sex, have experienced a miscarriage, or are approaching menopause.  Do you know where that data goes?  Do you care?  From the Consumer Reports report:

As Consumer Reports’ Digital Lab found in a recent examination of five popular period tracking apps—BabyCenter, Clue, Flo, My Calendar, and Ovia—this means even anonymous users like Feintuch have no guarantee that their information won’t be shared in some way with third parties for marketing and other purposes.

Having your personal health information disseminated in ways you’re unaware of could have serious repercussions, says Dena Mendelsohn, CR’s senior counsel on privacy and technology policy. It could, for instance, affect your ability to obtain life insurance and how much you pay for that coverage, increase the interest rate you’re charged on loans, and even leave you vulnerable to workplace discrimination. And because you usually don’t know who has your data, you may never know if you’ve experienced any of those harms.

Read more on Consumer Reports.