GDPR Radio – Episode 87

Hosted by Oliver Rear and David Holmes

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AI, Spyware And The 2nd Reading

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We use this time to ask crucial questions and find out what is going on in the world of data protection. During this week’s episode we discuss:

  • ●  NHS ransomware attack which appears to have affected specific systems, primarily involved in the delivery of 111.
  • ●  Bromford, Housing Association affected by ransomware
  • ●  Liverpool City Council breach, 10,000 letters regarding council tax rebate addressed to the wrong homes.
  • ●  What is the value of your data?
  • ●  Adtech firm Criteo hit with a proposed fine  
  • ●  ICO launches AI and Data Protection Toolkit 
  • ●  What your car knows about you
  • ●  Data Protection and Digital information Bill goes to 2nd reading 
  • ●  The difference between a DSAR and a request from the police or a solicitor.  

The most engaging part of this conversation was thanks to Oliver Rear our host who asked a question about surveillance capitalism. Would you rather pay a subscription to an organisation that provides a service where they don’t require or track your data to sell OR would you rather get the service for free with the knowledge that your data is being sold to third parties?

This brought us to our most controversial conversation on GDPR Radio to date *TRIGGER WARNING* 

In light of the Supreme Court’s latest decision relating to Roe v Wade, many privacy experts across the globe have expressed their concerns surrounding the use of data relating to abortions by tech companies.

Earlier this year Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was posed a question by an employee “how do you plan on protecting the data of users who are seeking abortion care?”, Zuckerberg replied by stating that Facebook is continuously pushing towards encrypted messaging that would ultimately help protect people in a scenario where there is a broad request for information.

Despite Zuckerberg’s statement, Nebraska’s local police department came knocking on facebook’s door before Roe vs Wade was officially overturned and asked for data on a teenage girl (17) who was suspected of seeking abortion care at week 20 of her pregnancy. The law in Nebraska states that any pregnancy after 20 weeks is illegal. Facebook handed over data from the subject’s direct messages which contained a conversation between the girl and her guardian who were discussing abortion pills.

The child in question is now being prosecuted and tried as an adult.

For us privacy professionals in the UK there’s something very unsettling about this whole case and leaves a lot of us wondering where the future of data privacy is heading.

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