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The White House have released a [blueprint for an “AI bill of rights”](https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Blueprint-for-an-AI-Bill-of-Rights.pdf) (opens in new tab) that looks to increase the privacy and safety of American citizens who encounter automated systems.
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All companies collect data and personal data. They should respect privacy legislation (in the EU, the GDPR) and users’ rights. Notably, the processing of personal data should be according to the purposes of the information provided to clients. I think that Apple doesn’t expose to risks simply of misusing personal data.


European Commission defends its Irish data monitoring
The European Commission has defended its monitoring of data protection rules in Ireland. The Commission was replying to a request for more information from the EU Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly. She launched an investigation in February following a complaint to her office from Dr Johnny Ryan, a senior fellow at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. He had expressed concerns about the Commission's monitoring of Ireland's application of data protection rules.
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The Council today took an important step to ensure a safer online environment by approving the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA protects the digital space against the spread of illegal content and ensures the protection of users’ fundamental rights.
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New Research from Imperial College London has shown that Apple’s Implementation of a Widely Accepted Data Protection Model could leave Users to Privacy Attacks
The researchers discovered that by looking into how Apple used the local differential privacy (LDP) model, they could determine people’s favorite emoji skin tone and political inclinations. To improve apps and services, businesses gather behavioral data generated by users’ devices on a large scale. However, these records are fine-grained and contain sensitive information about specific people. LDP allows businesses like Apple and Microsoft to get user data without obtaining personally identifiable information. The current research, however, describes how emoji and website usage patterns obtained through LDP may be used to gather data on a person’s use of emoji skin tones and political affiliations. It was presented at the peer-reviewed USENIX Security Symposium. According to academics from Imperial College London, this goes against the promises made by LDP, and more has to be taken care of in order to safeguard the data of Apple consumers.
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Despite its promising future, the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision-making in healthcare services and medical research faces several legal and ethical hurdles. The European Union (EU) is tackling these issues with the existing legal framework and drafting new regulations, such as the proposed AI Act. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) partly regulates AI systems, with rules on processing personal data and protecting data subjects against solely automated decision-making. In healthcare services, (automated) decisions are made more frequently and rapidly. However, medical research focuses on innovation and efficacy, with less direct decisions on individuals. Therefore, the GDPR’s restrictions on solely automated decision-making apply mainly to healthcare services, and the rights of patients and research participants may significantly differ. The proposed AI Act introduced a risk-based approach to AI systems based on the principles of ethical AI. We analysed the complex connection between the GDPR and AI Act, highlighting the main issues and finding ways to harmonise the principles of data protection and ethical AI. The proposed AI Act may complement the GDPR in healthcare services and medical research. Although several years may pass before the AI Act comes into force, many of its goals will be realised before that.
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The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has submitted its draft decision on an enquiry into potential GDPR violations by tech giant Meta, the watchdog announced on Monday. The authority’s preliminary findings relate to an enquiry launched in April last year following a major leak of Facebook data that left 533 million users exposed. Several high-level EU officials, including Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, were among the victims of the leak. At the time, Facebook argued that it was not required to alert the DPC as the data contained in the leak had originated from a scraping incident that occurred before the introduction of the GDPR. Based on the information it had received from Facebook, the DPC said at the investigation’s opening that the authority had reason to believe that GDPR rules might have been broken, and therefore the inquiry would seek to determine whether the platform had fallen short of its obligations. The inquiry focused on the company’s compliance with Articles 25 (1) and (2) of the GDPR, which deal with “data protection by design and by default.”
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[As of today](https://www.engadget.com/us-and-uk-joint-data-access-agreement-goes-into-effect-on-october-3rd-124823831.html), a data-sharing pact between the US and the UK is in effect, [five years after it was first floated](https://www.engadget.com/2017-10-25-us-uk-share-tech-companies-data-both-governments.html). The two sides claim that the Data Access Agreement, which was authorized by the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data [(CLOUD) Act](https://www.engadget.com/2018-03-24-cloud-act-law.html) in the US, will help law enforcement to combat serious crimes in both countries. The Department of Justice called the initiative the first of its kind, adding that it would enable investigators "to gain better access to vital data" to fight serious crimes in a manner that's "consistent with privacy and civil liberties standards."
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Facebook parent Meta has [settled a lawsuit](https://about.fb.com/news/2020/10/taking-legal-action-against-data-scraping/) in the U.S. against two companies that had engaged in data scraping operations, which had seen them gathering data from Facebook and Instagram users for marketing intelligence purposes, according to the [original complaint filed in October 2020](https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/01/facebook-sues-two-companies-engaged-in-data-scraping-operations/). The companies named in the suit, Israeli-based BrandTotal Ltd. and Delaware-incorporated Unimania Inc., agreed to a permanent injunction banning them from scraping Facebook and Instagram data going forward or profiting from the data they had collected. They also agreed to pay a “significant financial sum” as part of their settlement, Meta says.
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No fewer than 500 stakeholders are to meet in Abuja on Tuesday for validation of the draft Nigeria Data Protection Bill, ahead of its transmission to the National Assembly. The Validation Meeting, scheduled to hold at Nigerian Airforce Conference Centre, Abuja, is convoked by the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau, with support from the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) project.
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The White House is expected to publish its long-awaited executive order on transatlantic data transfers next week, according to three officials with knowledge of the matter. The order is designed to address European concerns over surveillance practices in the United States and may be signed by President Joe Biden and then published as early as October 3, one of the officials said. As part of the upcoming announcement, the White House declaration is expected to work in conjunction with new U.S. Department of Justice regulations used to oversee American national security agencies, according to Peter Swire, a former Bill Clinton administration chief counselor for privacy and current professor at Georgia Tech, [whose work has formed part of the legal basis](https://europeanlawblog.eu/2022/02/16/eu-us-adequacy-negotiations-and-the-redress-challenge-how-to-create-an-independent-authority-with-effective-remedy-powers/) for the leading framework of the new Privacy Shield.
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An Indonesia data protection law that has been in development since 2016 includes some of the harshest penalties yet seen in national data privacy regulations, allowing for prison time for illegally obtaining or falsifying data along with large fines and the potential for asset forfeiture. Residents of Indonesia will also be granted a right to compensation for data breaches.
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... **Consumer protection in the digital age** Another big challenge we face in consumer protection is making sure the digital transition works for people. We are long past the point where digital is a ‘sector' of the economy. Today, digital is integrated in every sector of the economy. ... **The Artificial Intelligence Act** But something tells me that when we look back on this phase of history, the single most important thing we will have done - or not have done - is to deal with Artificial Intelligence. To be clear, the Commission is certainly not opposing Artificial Intelligence. Deploying AI in industrial and consumer applications promises huge benefits for consumers, in all kinds of ways. First, by making it easier for consumers' choices to be taken into account. By tailoring products and services to individual needs and wants. ... That is why the AI Act is so important. Like **GDPR**, it is another ‘first of its kind'. By moving early to set the ground rules for how AI can be used, in particular for ‘high-risk' applications, we have a window of opportunity. We can shape how applications are being developed in real time. And because of the weight and strength of our Single Market, it is very likely that this will set another ‘gold standard' internationally. Tomorrow, we complement the AI Act with updated liability rules for the digital age. These include a specific proposal on liability of AI systems. Our aim is to make it easier for consumers to claim compensation for damages caused by such systems.
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Civil society groups are urging the federal government to take up a model law that would govern the use of facial recognition technology in Australia, where legislative loopholes risk creating a "Wild West".
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Nigeria’s National Assembly says the Data Protection Bill will be passed into law within 30 days of receiving it from the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The Chairman Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cybercrime, Yakubu Useni, made the promise at a one-day sensitisation workshop on data protection organised for members of the national assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
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In 2015, Leicestershire Police scanned the faces of 90,000 individuals at a music festival in the UK and checked these images against a database of people suspected of crimes across Europe. This was the first known deployment of Live Facial Recognition (LFR) at an outdoor public event in the UK. In the years since, the surveillance technology has been [frequently used](https://bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/campaigns/stop-facial-recognition/) throughout the country with little government oversight and no electoral mandate.
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TikTok faces a £27 million fine ($29 million ... for the moment, at least) following a British government investigation that found the Chinese media giant may have breached UK data protection laws and failed to protect children's privacy.
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TikTok is facing a £27 million ($29 million) fine after the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) provisionally found that the company breached child data protection laws for a two-year period. The alleged law breach happened from May 2018 through July 2020, with the ICO noting that the company “may have” processed data of children under the age of 13 without parental consent. Additionally, it said the company may have “failed to provide proper information to its users in a concise, transparent and easily understood way” and “processed special category data, without legal grounds to do so.”
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. California will be the first state to mandate online businesses to prioritize children's safety by forbidding them from creating profiles of children or utilizing personal data in ways that could psychologically or physically harm children.
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Online age verification: a complex issue with significant privacy risks Verifying the age of an Internet user is hampered by the difficulty for the various technical stakeholders on the Internet to really know who is the person behind the computer or smartphone. This need to identify Internet users is, in fact, an issue for privacy and personal data protection, since knowledge of an individual's identity can then be linked to their online activity. Yet, this contains particularly sensitive, private information.
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Meta Platforms Inc. was sued for allegedly building a secret work-around to safeguards that Apple Inc. launched last year to protect iPhone users from having their internet activity tracked.
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Hi, thank you for writing us. At the moment, this community host content both in Italian and English. The contents in Italian are few in respect to those in English. Anyway, we will consider your proposal





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Thank you.
I am doing some tests, but it seems not to work.
I don’t know.