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Join us online today at 16:30 for a discussion of contact tracing apps with professor of law, innovation & society @lilianedwards & renowned technology strategist @rachelcoldicutt.

The government’s plans for contact tracing and immunity passports should respect privacy, both at a technical level and backed by legal safeguards. This is essential for trust, writes @jim

From UCL lecturer Michael Veale:

“You wanted open source privacy-preserving Bluetooth contact tracing code? software development kits/calibration apps for iOS and Android, and backend server, now on GitHub. iOS/Android apps with nice interface to follow.

The UK government must explain its approach to mobile contact tracing

Mobile data and contact tracing is a hot topic, as the UK and EU develop projects to provide privacy-protecting means of understanding who is at risk of infection.

NHS Must Explain Role Of Surveillance Company

@jim said:

“Everybody’s goal must be to build trust the national response to COVID-19.

“Palantir have a poor reputation, as engaging in activities which threaten personal privacy and may lead to other human rights abuses.

“The NHS therefore needs to be extremely cautious and transparent.

“The last thing that we need as a nation at this time is for ill-thought out arrangements to generate a privacy backlash.”

Now is not the time.

The US government is pressing ahead with trade negotiations with the UK.

We ask the UK government to say, for now:


Joint letter with trade justice groups:

Do something practical to help your neighbours, who may have difficulties with their Internet access:

Make an open, secure guest network available to your neighbours from your router. Name it:

— so your neighbours know what it’s all about @eff #Coronavirus

In the Coronavirus crisis, privacy will be compromised—but our right to know must not be.

The UK Government urgently needs to open up on its plans to maintain public confidence.

The Covid-19 response travel and movement is going to be monitored through your mobile data: but is the government being open and transparent?

Government *must* get this right, explain what it is doing or it risks public trust and co-operation.

This story is leaking out via journalists and news stories.

The government must be proactive and explain what it does with data.

This is not optional; or the government will add to the crisis and make it harder to manage.

There is an objection that academics take too long and are behind the game. Maybe — but academic research has been critical to
@openrightsgroup's understanding of many issues and frankly is often *ahead* of the policy curve.

There's also a tendency to manipulate evidence from groups that have special interests (especially but exclusively commercial ones). This often has to be exposed and refuted through academic, robust evidence.

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"We have no reason to trust a Donald Trump government with information about UK citizens. The possibilities for abuse are enormous, from US immigration programmes through to attempts to politically and racially profile people for alleged extremist links.

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NEWS: Google Move endangers UK privacy

Moving UK users’ data to the USA makes bulk surveillance easier.

Jim Killock said:

“Moving people's personal information to the USA makes it easier for mass surveillance programmes to access it. There is nearly no privacy protection for non-US citizens.

Today is Data Protection Day

As the United Kingdom prepares to exit from the European Union, our privacy standards are at a crossroads.

The signs from Government are unclear: as the future trade agreement is likely to be loose, it would be open to Government to dilute data protection, to make it harder to enforce, or to lower fines.

It is more important than ever for the United Kingdom to commit to respecting the right to privacy.


What are tour favourite Dystopian board or card games?

I'm thinking of things like Paranoia or Illuminati of old, or more modern ones like Euphoria - Build a Better Dystopia … maybe also Coup (Resistance Universe).

Does Scythe fit into this?

In any case, what are your recommendations?

The UK's controversial porn block is making a comeback—says

Vendors pushing to get to market, whether the legislation is safe, or not.

“The problem is that, unless there is government legislation, or other publicly enforceable commitments to make things safe, you only have the word of a private company,”

#AgeVerification #privacy

Here is the bit of the CJEU Advocate General's opinion that will be worrying GCHQ and all:

This is *massive* … the CJEU's advocate general is saying that in their opinion GCHQ et al *cannot* engage in the bulk harvesting data from Internet cables, because of EU fundamental rights protecting privacy.

We have to wait for the actual judgment of course.

This might not be the final judgment of the court: national security is not an EU competence. But personal data is …

“It’s great to hear that Conservative MPs are learning about the virtues of Signal and secure private communications. Let’s hope they don’t also vote to make these tools insecure with legally mandated backdoors used by police and criminals alike.

“I guess Priti Patel must be quite confused and alarmed as her party votes with its feet for secure messaging platforms, while she’s campaigning to stop them from protecting these very same users.” #privacy #signal #whatsapp

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