“Like so many things in our profession, the answer to the question of whether aggregation is safe is ‘it depends’.”

“The challenge is that all these numerical forms of aggregation can be used to reconstruct the original data, something that has come to be known as the database reconstruction theorem. Generally speaking, the more statistics

“The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years.

Regulators want time to work out how to prevent the technology being abused. The technology allows faces captured on CCTV to be checked in real time against watch lists, often compiled

Research institutions should aim to have proper consent practices that maximize their ability to collect and use patient information.

“Most patients would donate their health data and biospecimens for biomedical research, but few are willing to share everything, and institutions’ current consent practices don’t accommodate this, a study found.”

“The findings indicate more research institutions

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced a completion deadline for their code that will translate General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements into design standards that protect children who access online services.

The code is being refined following a consultation period and will be made final on November 23, 2019.

The ICO stated that

“A loose coalition of privacy-minded digital rights groups and policymakers is crafting a strategy to rein in facial recognition technology in cities across the country. ”

“Three cities thus far have banned government use of the technology: San Francisco, Somerville, a suburb of Boston, and now Oakland. Using facial recognition bans in those cities as

A proposed New York City bill would make it illegal for cellphone companies and mobile app developers to share location data gathered while a customer’s mobile device is within the five boroughs.

The bill would restrict cellphone companies and mobile apps from sharing location data to situations where they were “providing a service explicitly requested”

“Whenever we make a call, go to work, search the web, pay with our credit card, we generate data. While de-identification might have worked in the past, it doesn’t really scale to the type of large-scale datasets being collected today.”

It turns out that ” four random points (i.e. time and location where a person

Canada has introduced a Digital Charter that will entail considerable changes to its privacy law, PIPEDA.

The principles are:

  1. Universal Access: equal opportunity to participate in the digital world and the tools to do so.
  2. Safety and Security: rely on the integrity, authenticity and security of services and feel safe online.
  3. Control and Consent: control