Jun 262019
 June 26, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court, Featured News, Healthcare

Daisuke Wakabayashi reports:

When the University of Chicago Medical Center announced a partnership to share patient data with Google in 2017, the alliance was promoted as a way to unlock information trapped in electronic health records and improve predictive analysis in medicine.

On Wednesday, the University of Chicago, the medical center and Google were sued in a potential class-action lawsuit accusing the hospital of sharing hundreds of thousands of patients’ records with the technology giant without stripping identifiable date stamps or doctor’s notes.

Read more on The New York Times.

Jun 262019
 June 26, 2019  Posted by  Govt

Mark Young and Sam Jungyun Choi of Covington & Burling write:

On June 20, 2019, Keith Krach was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the Trump administration’s first permanent Privacy Shield Ombudsperson at the State Department.  The role of the Privacy Shield Ombudsperson is to act as an additional redress avenue for all EU data subjects whose data is transferred from the EU or Switzerland to the U.S. under the EU-U.S. and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, respectively.

Read more on Inside Privacy.

Jun 262019
 June 26, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court, Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S.

RFI reports:

A French consumer group said Wednesday it is suing tech company Google for illegally farming personal data in breach of EU data privacy laws.

The class action suit was filed to “end the insidious exploitation of users’ personal data, particularly those using Android devices with a Google account, and compensate them for up to 1,000 euros,” according to a statement released by UFC-Que Choisir group.

Read more on RFI.

Jun 252019
 June 25, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

By Jack Gillum and Jeff Kao of NPR.  Co-published with Wired. They recommend using headphones while reading this article:

Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren’t enough to set off a small microphone in the ceiling that was supposed to detect aggression.

A few days later, at the Staples Pathways Academy in Westport, Connecticut, junior Sami D’Anna inadvertently triggered the same device with a less spooky sound — a coughing fit from a lingering chest cold. As she hacked and rasped, a message popped up on its web interface: “StressedVoice detected.”

“There we go,” D’Anna said with amusement, looking at the screen. “There’s my coughs.”

The students were helping ProPublica test an aggression detector that’s used in hundreds of schools, health care facilities, banks, stores and prisons worldwide, including more than 100 in the U.S. Sound Intelligence, the Dutch company that makes the software for the device, plans to open an office this year in Chicago, where its chief executive will be based.

Read more on NPR.