Dissent

Dec 082019
 
 December 8, 2019  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

The Local reports:

A parliamentary oversight committee has issued a strong criticism of Norway’s police security service PST for collecting large amounts of passenger data on flights taken in the country.

A potential leak of the information cannot be ruled out, according to the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Intelligence and Security Services (EOS).

“We cannot guarantee that no sensitive information has gone astray,” said Svein Grønnern, head of the EOS committee, told newspaper Aftenposten. The issue was initially reported by Dagens Næringsliv.

 

Read more on The Local (No).

Dec 082019
 
 December 8, 2019  Posted by  Business

Gordon Kelly writes:

Yesterday Apple was caught red handed and now the company has admitted that the settings in millions of iPhones are misleading users about their use of location data, and promised to fix it.

Update 12/7 – 9to5Mac has confirmed through carriers that iOS 13.3 will be released next week. It is expected to bring Apple’s promised fix for this problem as well as support for FIDO2 security keys and new parental controls for limiting Phone, Message and FaceTime usage based on contact and time.

Read more on Forbes.

Dec 082019
 
 December 8, 2019  Posted by  Business, Healthcare, Non-U.S.

Toby Helm reports:

Data about millions of NHS patients has been sold to US and other international pharmaceutical companies for research, the Observer has learned, raising new fears about America’s growing ambitions to access lucrative parts of the health service after Brexit.

US drugs giants, including Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly, have paid the Department of Health and Social Care, which holds data derived from GPs’ surgeries, for licences costing up to £330,000 each in return for anonymised data to be used for research.

Read more on The Guardian.

And yes, I am aware of reports about Russia being behind the leaking of these documents. But there is also an important question:  are the documents accurate/real? If they are, then Russia’s motives aside for now, we need to look at what the documents reveal.

Dec 072019
 
 December 7, 2019  Posted by  Laws, Youth & Schools

Julia Kadish and Liisa Thomas of SheppardMullin write:

January 1, 2020, organizations that employ individuals based in Illinois will need to keep in mind the Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act. This Act sets forth new requirements for video-recorded interviews using AI to analyze such recordings. The law is not limited to just Illinois residents. It applies to applicants for positions based in Illinois. While brief, and without any definitions, the Act requires three things before using AI technology in video interviews.

First, businesses using AI technology in this way must notify the applicant before the interview that AI may be used. Second, they must explain how the AI works and what “general types” of characteristics it uses to evaluate applicants.

Read more on Eye On Privacy.