- The data breach in question refers to the mass disclosure of 10,000 officer’s and staff’s surnames, initials, locations and departments, See: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/aug/09/police-officers-in-northern-ireland-may-leave-force-or-move-after-data-breach-psni.
- The details were released as part of a freedom of information disclosure and were allegedly accessible for up to three hours.
- The head of policing is now facing questions about the process the police follow for checking information before making it public, amid warnings that terrorists could use the information to carry out attacks.
- Following the cyber-attack, the names and addresses of 40 million registered voters as far back as 2021 were accessible.
- The cyber-attack went undetected for a year and the public was not told for another 10 months.
- Experts warn that the hacked data could be used to target disinformation and manipulate future elections, see: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2023/aug/09/hacked-uk-electoral-commission-data-target-voter-disinformation-warn-expert.
- The US District Court for the Northern District of California is allowing for a lawsuit to move forward against Google’s alleged tracking of users when they are in ‘incognito mode’.
- The Court did so by ruling against a summary judgment that would have allowed Google to avoid trial.
- Using facial recognition tools from Clearview AI and other such providers, the Department has sought to uncover child exploitation online.
- This has required coordinated effort with UK authorities, Interpol’s Child Sexual Exploitation database and scanned child exploitation material from the department’s own investigations unit.
- The efforts have led to the identification of hundreds of children and abusers from recent to old crimes.
- Finland’s Data Protection Ombudsman has ordered that the parent companies of taxi service company ‘Yango’ temporarily halt transfers of customer data to Russia.
- This comes as a response to a new Russian law allowing for security services to obtain passenger data.
- The draft rules contain the security requirements for the deployment of facial recognition technology, including provisions for purpose limitation, necessity, required consent and prohibitions on where it can be installed.
- Biometric identification technology has become widespread in China, with local media reports from 2020 reporting that facial recognition technology was used to activate toilet roll dispensers in public toilets.
- Iraq’s Ministry of Communications has halted the use of Telegram, the cloud-based messaging app, over privacy concerns, citing dangers to national security and the privacy of citizens.
- The block took effect from the 6th of August.
- A VPN or similar circumvention tool is now the sole means for citizens of Iraq to access the popular app.