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It’s Time to Create a Reasonable Standard for Privacy and Data

it’s time to create a reasonable standard for privacy and data

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In a study commissioned by the IAB, a Harvard professor estimated that eliminating  access to consumer data would result in a cascade of protective responses by brands and agencies. The impact would consolidate and shrink the $110 billion digital marketing industry by an estimated $40 billion.
Concern over the banning of online data and targeting is already driving the marketplace into the hands of top internet platforms who are pulling access to third-party cookies and consolidating their consumers’ data for their own use behind walled gardens.
Consumers using these services are forced into a data for services value exchange. In turn, advertisers are being forced to spend only on these platforms in order to get access to data about qualified consumers.
Regulations should exist for the benefit of the people. After a long and somewhat contentious process, CCPA is a reality. The regulations have finally been released. Unlike the Fair Credit or HIPAA legislation that clearly identified harmful behaviors and the data risks involved, CCPA and other state actions seem to be less about identifying actual behaviors that are risky to the consumer, and more about controlling the influence of select platforms.
Innovations and strategic evolutionary decisions, like the move to walled …

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Samsung AltZLife adds privacy features on Galaxy A51/A71 – 9to5Google

samsung altzlife adds privacy features on galaxy a51/a71 – 9to5google

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Samsung has started to roll out an update to Galaxy A51 and A71 devices in India with a number of enhanced privacy features under the AltZLife branding.

The AltZLife update was announced in an official blog post, and should now be available to anyone with a Galaxy A51 or Galaxy A71 unit in India. It will add a number of options seen recently on the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series hardware. If you do get updated, you’ll be able to access the Single Take camera mode, enhanced Pro mode, Quick Share features plus Quick Switch. Quick Switch allows you to create a private instance of an application like the Gallery, which can be accessed by double-tapping the power button.
This added security with the AltZLife update ensures that your private data remains more secure, as it also requires authentication after the double-tap gesture has been used. Samsung notes that you will have to use a different activation method than your lockscreen PIN or pattern — enhancing the security factor.

When a user double clicks on the power button in normal mode, authentication is required before entering the private mode of the same app. This authentication is different from normal …

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Oloid Launches Privacy-Forward App for Wellness Attestation and Expands Workplace Safety and Security Platform

oloid launches privacy-forward app for wellness attestation and expands workplace safety and security platform

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Oloid Inc. today announced the general availability of its new software product, Oloid Certify, the latest addition to its workplace safety and security platform. The Certify App will enable organizations to administer wellness questionnaires to ensure contagion safety and data privacy at workplaces. The Oloid Certify product will seamlessly integrate with Oloid’s thermal scanning and contactless biometric technology which has been widely deployed for time clocking and access control applications with several large employers, including Fortune 500 companies.

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Employees/Visitors filling out wellness forms to generate QR code

Oloid Certify includes a responsive web application for the employees and visitors to fill out the symptoms questionnaire on their phones or computer without the need of downloading a mobile app. Once the questionnaire is filled out, Oloid Certify assesses the risk and generates a green or red QR code along with instructions. Depending on the risk assessment of the responses to the questions, a red QR code or a green QR code is generated. A red QR code is accompanied with instructions to take precautions and to contact the company representatives before entering the workplace.

Oloid Certify also includes a Mobile App for capturing data …

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UK Consumers Data Privacy is at Risk as Hospitality Reopens

uk consumers data privacy is at risk as hospitality reopens

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After coping for three months without customers or revenue, the hospitality sector was finally allowed to welcome punters back through its doors on the 4th of July Upon reopening, businesses have largely done a good job of putting protective measures in place to protect customers’ physical health. However, there’s another underlying threat that could cause these organisations real issues if not handled properly – that of data privacy. This should be a cause for serious concern, not only because poor privacy practices leave them susceptible to fines, but also because protecting people’s data is simply the right thing to do.Why pub guest lists could be catastrophic for the sectorSince pubs, restaurants, hotels and bars were given the “go-ahead” to re-open, they have had to collect personal information from guests, such as email addresses and phone numbers, to comply with track and trace rules. These ’guest registers’ were developed with the right intention – protecting the health of customers. However, they have fast become a controversial topic because customers are concerned about how their data is being handled. Data privacy is a fundamental right, just the same as health and safety, and consumers are more aware of this than ever. …

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Facial Recognition Start-Up Mounts a First Amendment Defense in Privacy Suits

facial recognition start-up mounts a first amendment defense in privacy suits

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Floyd Abrams, one of the most prominent First Amendment lawyers in the country, has a new client: the facial recognition company Clearview AI.Litigation against the start-up “has the potential of leading to a major decision about the interrelationship between privacy claims and First Amendment defenses in the 21st century,” Mr. Abrams said in a phone interview. He said the underlying legal questions could one day reach the Supreme Court.Clearview AI has scraped billions of photos from the internet, including from platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram, and sells access to the resulting database to law enforcement agencies. When an officer uploads a photo or a video image containing a person’s face, the app tries to match the likeness and provides other photos of that person that can be found online.After The New York Times revealed the existence of Clearview AI in January, lawsuits were filed against the company in Illinois, California, Virginia and New York, alleging violations of privacy laws and seeking class-action status. Most of the suits have been transferred to New York’s Southern District, under Judge Colleen McMahon. Mr. Abrams plans to file his notice to appear in those cases this week.The company …

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Fertile Ground For Civil Actions And Class Actions For Personal Information – Privacy – Canada

fertile ground for civil actions and class actions for personal information – privacy – canada

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Fertile Ground For Civil Actions And Class Actions For Personal Information

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Bulletin #8 | Special Series – Bill 64 & Act to modernize
legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal
information

Tabled before the National Assembly of Québec,
Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as
regards the protection of personal information amends the
rules of civil law by introducing a new cause of action against
persons keeping personal information and by providing a new
category of punitive damages applicable in case of infringement of
a right protected under the Act respecting the protection of
personal information in the private sector
(the “Private Sector Privacy Act”) and under
articles 35 to 40 of the Civil Code of Québec.

Proposed Measures

By adding a single section to the Private Sector Privacy Act,
Bill 64 has the potential to profoundly alter the liability
regime applicable to a breach of certain rights protected by the
Private Sector Privacy Act and the Civil Code of Québec. The
proposed section is reproduced below:

93.1. Unless the injury results from superior force, a person
carrying on an enterprise who keeps personal …

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Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 get AltZLife update with new privacy mode switch

galaxy a71, galaxy a51 get altzlife update with new privacy mode switch

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Smartphones have become even more important than ever in the past months but not everyone can still afford to get their own. Sometimes, people have to share their phones with others for one reason or another, especially with their kids or siblings, putting your personal and work files are at the mercy of whoever has physical control of the phone. Samsung is now rolling out a simple yet almost ingenious solution that lets you easily manage a double life on your phone with the simple double press of the power button.

Samsung India describes this new “AltZLife” feature as something designed for Gen Z users, hence the name, who want to hide some things on their phones but also hide the fact that they are hiding some things on their phones. Of course, that same feature could be used to protect confidential work files not just from your family but also from unauthorized persons should your phone fall into the wrong hands.
AltZLife builds upon two existing Samsung technologies that are already on almost all Galaxy phones, Knox and Secure Folder. In a nutshell, the new features simply make it convenient to switch back and forth between a normal mode …

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Senator Thomas J. Umberg: Landmark Privacy Proposal To Give Consumers Control Over Their Genetic Data Advances

senator thomas j. umberg: landmark privacy proposal to give consumers control over their genetic data advances

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(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) announced today that his measure, Senate Bill 980 (SB 980) – which would assure consumers that Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies will use their genetic data solely for the purposes to which they have consented — passed the California Assembly’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee yesterday. The bill’s surprising bipartisan approval came on the heels of an amendment debated and accepted in the Committee which closed the gap on differences between businesses operating in this arena and the consumer advocates seeking to protect a person’s individual data.

“At-home DNA tests have provided people with the ability to seek meaningful connections to long-lost families or their own cultural and religious histories. Most people have no idea that this data can then legally be shared with third parties or potentially used against them in a variety of ways” said Senator Umberg “Genetic testing companies have, to date, gone largely unregulated by either state or national governments. This has led to breaches of sensitive private biological information and a suggestion by even the United States Department of Defense that members of the nation’s military avoid the use of these products.”

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Culture Chronversations: Internet Privacy, TikTok and Netflix

culture chronversations: internet privacy, tiktok and netflix

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Welcome to Culture Chronversations! On this show we ask broad questions about topics we aren’t usually able to touch on in our standard reporting. To give you an idea of who works at the Chronicle and who we are, we’re rotating guests each week to ensure everyone gets a chance to speak.On today’s episode we’ll dive into the role technology plays in our lives, the value of our data and what that data even means.

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Orientation Data, Privacy Bills Advance to Appropriations

orientation data, privacy bills advance to appropriations

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They’re not out of the statehouse yet, but two pieces of proposed legislation that would impact orientation data collection and consumer privacy have made their way to the California State Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

Two pieces of state legislation with potential impact on orientation data collection and consumer privacy have taken an important step toward becoming law.
Senate Bill 932 by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, on the collection of sexual…

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