Every week we’ll be rounding up the latest news in privacy and other interesting articles.
One Wisconsin congressman’s response to a civilian has sparked outcry on social media. The townhall meeting attendee asked Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who voted to remove Obama’s privacy rules, about his decision to allow internet service providers (ISPs) access to data. He cited the lack of consumer choice in ISPs as his concern.
During a hearing on 11 April 2017, the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee discussed proposed changes to privacy rules. The proposed changes are meant to tackle the challenge of technological developments. This means that EU privacy rules should also apply to “new providers of communication services” i.e. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Gmail instead of solely traditional telecoms companies. This would mean that users would gain better control of their privacy settings, for example cookies.
Controversy arising from Uber’s tracking of users has driven a new feature in the app. Users in America will now be able to specify an intersection as an origin or destination. Uber can suggest intersections based on road addresses and users will not have to enter a specific address. The cross section identification will make protecting riders’ personal data hassle-free.
According to the New York Times, Apple nearly banned the Uber app from its app store in 2015, citing breach of privacy rules. The practice of identifying devices attached to accounts, “fingerprinting”, is banned by Apple. Uber claimed this code was to stop digital fraud and deter criminals from using stolen credit cards. However, it also came to light that Uber had “geofenced” Apple’s headquarters in California so they wouldn’t be tracked – allowing Uber to escape Apple’s notice for a short time. Travis Kalanick, Uber’s CEO, was warned in person by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.
Bloomberg Law’s Compliance Risk Benchmarks data has revealed that South Korea has the highest risk for data breach notification compliance. It takes the lead over 50 countries. This is due to the combination of a strict regulations, rigorous enforcement and potential for civil, criminal and financial risks. Also in the top five are Colombia, Mexico, France and Japan. The report includes analysis on higher risk countries as well as an in depth look at the top 5. The report can be found here.