Data Privacy

UK Privacy Watchdog Slams Police Facial Recognition Tools for Flaws

UK Privacy Watchdog Slams Police Facial Recognition Tools for Flaws

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said this week that UK police have to address concerns regarding their facial recognition systems which have been found to be “staggeringly inaccurate” Denham said the issue had become a “priority” for her office upon learning the results of an investigation of Big Brother Watch which revealed that the technology had incorrectly flagged 102 people as suspects and thousands of false alarms. The authorities however, defended their use of the system, saying that safeguards are in place and the system does improve over time. Source: BBC

UK Lawmakers: Facebook Failed to Fully Address Data Privacy, Fake News Questions

UK Lawmakers: Facebook Failed to Fully Address Data Privacy, Fake News Questions

A British parliamentary committee said last Tuesday that Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer was not able to fully answer the 39 questions on data privacy and fake news posed by lawmakers during last month’s hearing. Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said that it was disappointing that a company as big as Facebook would refuse to provide more detail and transparency on a number of points raised, citing in particular the company’s responses with regards to the involvement of Cambridge Analytica. A Facebook spokesperson however, refuted the statement and said that they had provided comprehensive answers […]

EFF Warns Against PGP, Reveals Vulnerabilities

EFF Warns Against PGP, Reveals Vulnerabilities

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently advised users to immediately disable or uninstall PGP upon discovering a number of vulnerabilities that could reveal the contents of email previously thought to be encrypted. EFF’s claims were supported by researchers who also said that there are currently no known fixes for the flaws and told users to instead consider using end-to-end secure channels, such as Signal. The foundation has also created guides for disabling PGP in Outlook using Thunderbird and Enigmail, Gpg4win, and Apple Mail with GPGTools. GnuPG however, tweeted that the EFF merely found mail clients which do not properly check […]

UP Professor to Challenge Facebook’s Refusal to Take Down Fake Account

UP Professor to Challenge Facebook’s Refusal to Take Down Fake Account

UP assistant professor Marikit Tara Alto Uychoco shared on Sunday revealed last Sunday that Facebook had dismissed her complaints about an impostor account which was created after he went on hiatus from the social network. The UP Diliman professor says that the fake account, which bore the name “UyChoco Alto Marikit Tara” may have been created to target her because of her stance against the Marcoses and the current administration. Uychoco said that Facebook refused to take down the account as it did not go against community standards.    Uychoco said that she will be visiting Facebook Philippines’ office in […]

Russia Blocks VPNs and Proxy Services Used for Telegram

Russia Blocks VPNs and Proxy Services Used for Telegram

Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor moved to block around 50 VPN and proxy services for providing access to Telegram which had also been blocked around last month. The list of banned services had not been officially revealed as the ban on Telegram itself is said to not be going according to plan. The government initially blocked Telegram’s known IP addresses, but the service then switched to new IPs. After this, Roskomnadzor attempted to ban nearly 20 million IP addresses belonging to Amazon and Google Cloud, but abandoned the plan after a number of unrelated services had suffered outages for almost 12 […]

Data Subject and Their Rights

Data Subject and Their Rights

The Data Privacy Act of 2012 was passed to extend protection to people and their data in this modern age. It provides a regime for regulating the processing and storage of particularly personal and sensitive information, given the new avenues of information exchange that have opened up and continue to open up in this era. This regulation is achieved through the recognition of rights accorded to data subjects and through the imposition of obligations upon entities that deal with the information of such data subjects. In order to understand how the Data Privacy Act provides protection—and more importantly, in order […]

Twitter Warns Users to Change Passwords Immediately

Twitter Warns Users to Change Passwords Immediately

In a blog post this week, Twitter admitted that a bug had compromised user passwords by storing them in plaintext and advised all user to immediately change their login details. The passwords had reportedly been exposed for several months, affecting a substantial number of users. However, the company assured that they are using a technology that masks the passwords created by users and no one in the company can see it. The company also said that they have fixed the issue and there seems to be no evidence of breach or misuse. Source: ZDNet

New Credit Card Rules Approved, Gives More Protections to Consumers

New Credit Card Rules Approved, Gives More Protections to Consumers

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said Friday that the Monetary Board had approved the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Credit Card Industry Law or Republic Act 10870. The law is expected to give more protection to credit cards holders while requiring greater transparency from issuers. In particular, the IRR will address concerns such as computing charges and fees, safeguards against unfair collection practices, immediate posting of payments, confidentiality of consumer data, and expeditious resolution of complaints and disputed transactions. The BSP also mentioned that the IRR will strengthen data privacy provisions and will protect customer information from […]

GDPR-themed Phishing Emails Seek Password, Credit Card Details

GDPR-themed Phishing Emails Seek Password, Credit Card Details

According to researchers at cybersecurity firm Redscan, criminals have been circulating GDPR-related phishing emails to obtain sensitive information from their victims. The scammers reportedly send emails, with some claiming to be from AirBnb, which ask their victims to click a link to accept a new privacy policy and enter information such as account credentials and payment information to comply with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is set to take effect on May 25. The researchers noted that while Airbnb is indeed sending messages to users about GDPR, they contain far more detail and do not […]

Australia’s Biometric Bills May Breach Human Rights

Australia’s Biometric Bills May Breach Human Rights

Addressing Australia’s Joint Intelligence and Security Committee this week, Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow said that the country’s identity-matching bills will have an unprecedented impact on Australians’ privacy and are likely to be in violation of human rights. Santow said that there are four main concerns with regards to the Identity-matching Services Bill 2018 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2018, which is Proportionality, autonomy, lack of democratic oversight, and the risk of fraud and other unintended consequences. The Commissioner added that protections have not been written into the bills. He further argued that the bills allow sharing […]

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