Apr 102021
 April 10, 2021  Posted by  Featured News

How national ID systems (vaccine passports) make social protection inaccessible to vulnerable populations:

UK Prime Minister: The world will “definitely” use ‘vaccination passports’

56 civil rights groups ask the European Commission to ban mass facial recognition surveillance:

EU police spy on 70,000 Encrochat encrypted phones:

France- Data Protection Authority to start checking cookie policy compliance:

UK- Mom horrified after neighbor’s porn plays through daughter’s bluetooth night light:

Facial Recognition Company Genetec Announces Their New “Genetec Record Fusion Service”
“The new Record Fusion Service feature offers a simple, fast path to integrate third-party data streams from private or partner record publishers, such as traffic, utilities, or weather feeds to name only a few. Users can define tailored record types and consume data from a variety of sources including KML, JSON, and CSV documents. Genetec Mobile, a unified app that enables users to access cameras, doors, and automatic license plate recognition units from their smartphones, now supports Genetec Mission Control.”
Sipelia Communications Management:

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Apr 102021
 April 10, 2021  Posted by  Non-U.S.

From the office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand, this recent decision and case note:

A man complained that his neighbour had installed a security camera aimed at the back gate of his property, which made him feel intimidated.

Section 27

The man’s complaint raised issues under section 27 of the Privacy Act 2020.

Section 27 provides that the information privacy principles do not apply to the collection of personal information where it is collected or held solely for the purposes of, or in connection with that person’s personal, family, or household affairs.

We found that section 27 applied here as there had been ongoing disputes between the man and his neighbour over parking and interactions with guests. Therefore, in our view, the information was collected in connection with the neighbour’s domestic affairs.

However, section 27 does not apply where the collection, use or disclosure of the information in question would be highly offensive to an ordinary, reasonable person. We considered that the collection of images in the man’s backyard did not reach the threshold of highly offensive.

Read more on privacy.org.nz


Apr 102021
 April 10, 2021  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

J. D. Tuccille writes:

Clearview AI carved out a market niche for itself as a provider of facial recognition tools for law enforcement agencies that find the technology challenging to implement on their own. The company’s plug-and-play surveillance capability entices government users with free trial periods and a database of billions of faces scraped without permission from social media. According to a new report, the technology has been used by more agencies than previously disclosed, sometimes without authorization. The report may not be complete, since many police departments belong to networks for sharing resources.

Read more on Reason.

Apr 102021
 April 10, 2021  Posted by  Breaches, U.S.

Leo Shane III reports:

A group of 50 House lawmakers is demanding immediate improvements to the Department of Veterans Affairs system for investigating sexual harassment complaints after a woman was stalked and intimidated by a call center employee who used his post to look up her personal information.

In a letter sent this week to VA Secretary Denis McDonough, the group — led by Assistant House Speaker Katherine Clark, D-Mass. — said they are “deeply concerned about the sexual harassment of women veterans and employees at the department” and urged immediate implementation of legislation recently passed by Congress mandating a centralized reporting system for all such complaints.

Read more on Military Times.