Privacy

3 Ways to Protect Data with Technology

Protecting data is a vital task in today’s digital world, and is a chief concern in everything from startup offices, to production warehouses, to hospital facilities. We trust an immense proportion of operations across all businesses and industries to digital systems, and as a result, it is of the upmost importance to protect those systems from harm. All too often though, we tend to rely on relatively simple and limited measures for that protection.

Labaton Edelson and Robbins Geller Represent Plaintiffs in Record $550 Million Settlement w/Facebook Over Breach of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

In what is the largest cash settlement ever resolving a privacy related lawsuit, a fund of $550 million will be established for a class of Illinois Facebook users who challenged Facebook’s alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Given that the settlement is on behalf of a class of consumers, it will be subject to and not effective until it is approved by the District Court presiding over the case.

SIA Leads Security Industry Toward Data Privacy Awareness, Action

The Security Industry Association (SIA) is marking Data Privacy Day on Monday by continuing its efforts to help its members understand and manage the critical issue of protecting consumer data. SIA has taken a leading position on privacy issues for many years, having released its original Privacy Framework in 2010. It has become even more active recently, starting with the 2017 creation of the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board.

Is Privacy Possible In The Digital Age?

Ahead of National Data Privacy Day, which is observed annually on 28th January, a poll carried out last year revealed a staggering 90% of people were “very concerned” about their internet privacy. Data privacy and the importance of safeguarding personal data, along with how companies are using blockchain technology to empower individuals to take control of their own data, are among the topics explored in the commentary.

Orchestra: The First Ever Digital Identity Management Platform Certified In Privacy By Design

Orchestra is now Privacy by Design certified by the Privacy by Design Centre for Excellence at Ryerson University (CA), the world’s leading authority in Data Privacy. This certification is a premiere in the Identity Management world as well as Travel & Border Control segments, with immediate effect since 4th April 2018, as a proof that Vision-Box highly prioritizes security and privacy of citizen information.

Paradise Asked To Cease Video Surveillance

The Town of Paradise has been asked to shut down all of its video surveillance cameras. It appears the town may have been peeking a little too far into the personal space of members of the public and of employees in certain areas, according to the province’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. Privacy commissioner files report on complaint that town collected personal information by video without authorization.

Dahua To Build Enhanced Personal Data Protection Ecosystem Along With TÜV Rheinland

Zhejiang Dahua Technology signed a strategic cooperation agreement with TÜV Rheinland (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a world leading third-party inspection, testing and certification company. TÜV Rheinland will provide a comprehensive solution that centers on IoT (Internet of Things) product privacy protection certification towards multiple Dahua products including IP cameras, network video recorders, software platforms, intelligent servers, etc. The cooperation aims to help Dahua Technology better cope with the upcoming implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a data privacy law drafted by the European Union as one “most stringent in history”, and will be implemented on May 25th, 2018.

Genetec Helps North American Security Directors Get Ready For GDPR At ISC West

Genetec is urging North American security directors to get ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While the initiative is led by the European Union, the territorial scope of the GDPR is global. As of May 25, 2018, any business that is collecting or storing personally identifiable information (PII) of EU citizens (including surveillance video, cardholder information and activities tracked by an access control system, and license plate numbers captured by an automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system) will be held accountable, regardless of where the organization is based.

Milestone Focuses On Performance And Privacy In New Software Release

Milestone Systems has released XProtect 2018 R1. Milestone is responding to the market’s rising demands for cost-effective video business solutions with this first VMS update this year. In this release, Milestone pioneers the use of multiple NVIDIA graphics cards on top of Intel GPU acceleration (Graphics Processing Unit) to achieve ultra-high performance. The XProtect Smart Client 2018 R1 and Smart Wall now support hardware acceleration, where system performance can be boosted just by adding a supported graphics card to take over the heavy lifting in decoding video, leaving room for the system to handle other tasks.

Genetec’s KiwiSecurity Privacy Protector Module Re-Certified ‘GDPR-Ready’ European Privacy Seal

Genetec announced that the KiwiVision Privacy Protector® from KiwiSecurity has been re-certified with the European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe). The European Privacy Seal is awarded to IT-based products that are compatible with European data protection laws and excel in privacy protection. -GDPR-Ready- KiwiVision Privacy Protector is the unified real-time video anonymization module in Genetec™ Security Center, the company’s comprehensive, open-architecture security platform that combines video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), communications, and analytics.

LEGAL: Use Of Cameras Installed In The Workplace For Monitoring Employees

Israel has set a baseline for ‘secret’ video surveillance in the workspace and has codified it. The unlawful use of surveillance cameras to monitor employees in the workplace exposes the employer to civilian (including employment related and tortious), administrative and criminal action. An employer must establish a specific and detailed policy with respect to the use of surveillance cameras and it must notify its employees of this policy. Such a policy is necessary for establishing that the employer has obtained the employees’ informed consent.

As Drones Become Norm In Police Work, A SoCal Police Department Explains Why It Bought In

Whether the intent is to find lost seniors suffering from dementia or support a manhunt for fleeing suspects, police in Chula Vista, California, (just east of San Diego) are turning to drones for quick aerial intelligence. Alongside the city’s fire department, the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) is investing in the technology as a way to maximize time spent by officers on tactical operations.

“Smart Cities,” Surveillance, And New Streetlights In San Jose: An EFF Response

The San Jose City Council is considering a proposal to install over 39,000 “smart streetlights.” A pilot program is already underway. These smart streetlights are not themselves a surveillance technology. But they have ports on top that, in the future, could accommodate surveillance technology, such as video cameras and microphones. EFF and our allies sent a letter to the San Jose City Council urging them to adopt an ordinance to ensure democratic control of all of that community’s surveillance technology decisions—including whether to plug spy cameras into the ports of smart streetlights.

New England Town Councilor Proposes Drones Watch For Crime; ACLU Objects

A city councilor wants to deploy drones to monitor high-crime neighborhoods and provide an extra measure of security at major community events – an idea that raises privacy concerns with the ACLU of Massachusetts. Brian K. Gomes’ proposal, which is not expected to be heard until next month or possibly January, calls for a meeting between the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods and Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro to discuss the use of drones. “I think it can be a crime fighter, undercover surveillance in neighborhoods across the city where we have problems,” Gomes said. “It’s another tool for the Police Department to fight crime.”

FAA Deputy Administrator Says Privacy, Preemption Are Two Biggest UAS Issues

Marke “Hoot” Gibson, the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, said two of the biggest issues facing the FAA related to unmanned aviation systems, or drones, are privacy and preemption. Gibson said the FAA is not in the business of dealing with privacy, but there is a long history of case law dealing with traditional aviation. “However, it has generally dealt with noise and airports —this is personal use— it comes right in your back yard,” he said, referring to unmanned aircraft.

Security Camera Registration Program Launched in Beaverton (Ore.)

Police in Beaverton (Ore.) have launched a security camera registration initiative here in an effort to fight crime, including acts of terrorism. “Surveillance video is huge,” Beaverton Police Officer Jeremy Shaw told KATU News about the potential for surveillance video to help solve crimes and find suspects. “I mean it puts those people at that […]

Will Auto Insurance Companies Utilize Questionable Baltimore Surveillance Tech?

As the Baltimore Police Department considers whether to continue using a private aerial surveillance program to fight crime, the man who owns the technology is looking to court other clients in private industry. Ross McNutt, president of Persistent Surveillance Systems, said he is considering marketing his company’s ability to collect aerial footage of the city to auto insurance companies, to help them determine which drivers are at fault in accidents and whether claims are valid.

How A Prison Drug Smuggling Case In Kansas Led To A Showdown Over Recordings Of Inmate-Attorney Talks

When attorneys said in court recently that phone calls between lawyers and inmates at Leavenworth Detention Center had been recorded and obtained by federal prosecutors, the development was just the latest revelation in what a United States public defender says was a systemic violation of constitutional rights.

Thorny Legal Issues Surrounding Body Cameras: From Privacy To Public Access

More and more law enforcement agencies across the country are outfitting their officers with body-worn video cameras and report better policing and public behavior as a result. But Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, a Washington, D.C. organization that helps improve policing through research and training, said “There’s more we don’t know about the impact of body worn cameras than what we do know.” From privacy, public access, to cost.

How Police Body Cameras Change Our Perception Of Right And Wrong

There was something about the sudden, near-universal praise for police body cameras that rubbed Seth Stoughton the wrong way. A law professor at the University of South Carolina who has spent his career studying the regulation of law enforcement, Stoughton saw the potential of equipping thousands upon thousands of American police officers with cameras recording […]