Internet privacy

The First National Model Student Data Privacy Agreement Launches

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 9:00pm

By Tyler Park Protections for student data privacy took an important step forward this summer when the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC)released the first modelNational Data Privacy Agreement(NDPA) for school districts to use with their technology service providers.

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  • By Tyler Park Protections for student data privacy took an important step forward this summer when the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC)released the first modelNational Data Privacy Agreement(NDPA) for school districts to use with their technology service providers.
  • Ever since education technology (edtech) emerged as a key tool in classrooms, both schools and edtech companies have struggled to create data privacy agreements (DPAs) that adequately protect student data and meet both schools and providers needs.
  • DPAs provide crucial protections for student data by limiting its use and sharing.
  • A key challenge in that process is that US federal student privacy law and manystate laws require specific contractual clauses or protections.
  • Data Privacy Agreements: Challenges for Schools and Edtech Companies Schools and districts typically use hundreds of companies to provide services every school year.
  • The privacy protections that each company must implement can vary based on the type and sensitivity of student data they hold and how it is collected, used, or shared.
  • Each DPA might require different levels of sharing, control, and protections regarding student data.
  • And few districts can hire teams of technologists and lawyers to understand and negotiate student data privacy with each of their service providers.
  • Ongoing Revision and Stakeholder Participation The SDPCs NDPA contains terms that align with most US state and federal student privacy laws.

Telecommunications Network Operators: 1Q20 Market Review - Increase in Data Traffic and Higher Demand for VPN Capacity Could Offer Relief for Operators - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 9:43am

The "Telecommunications Network Operators: 1Q20 Market Review" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

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  • The "Telecommunications Network Operators: 1Q20 Market Review" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • This market review provides a comprehensive assessment of the global telecommunications industry based on financial results through January 2020 (1Q20).
  • After staging a mild recovery in 4Q19, the industry's top-line growth remained under pressure yet again in 1Q20.
  • Amid all the bad news, the increase in data traffic and higher demand for virtual private network (VPN) capacity could offer some relief for the operators.

Bulzi Selected for National COVID-19 Exposure Notification System

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 6:05pm

The United States Air Force (USAF) selected Bulzi through its AFWERX innovation program as a part of the 20.R cycle which was focused on identifying a broad range of potential COVID solutions.

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  • The United States Air Force (USAF) selected Bulzi through its AFWERX innovation program as a part of the 20.R cycle which was focused on identifying a broad range of potential COVID solutions.
  • Bulzi's proposed ENS solution is based on a privacy-preserving system co-developed by Apple and Google.
  • "The ability to rapidly isolate COVID-19 or other biological threats is critically important," said Brent McKay, Chief Executive Officer of Bulzi.
  • This SBIR project would overcome the current scale problems by allowing national reach rather than being limited to state-by-state solutions."

Special Work Arrangements 14 September 2020 and Resumption of Public Services from 15 September 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

Having regard to the latest situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest announcement made by the Government, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong has made the following updated work arrangements, while implementing targeted measures to reduce social contact and infection control measures: -

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  • Having regard to the latest situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest announcement made by the Government, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong has made the following updated work arrangements, while implementing targeted measures to reduce social contact and infection control measures: -
    Employees will continue to work on a roster basis to provide overall close-to-normal services on 14 September 2020;
    Counter services and meetings with members of the public on appointment or schedule basis will resume from 15 September 2020;
    Public talks, professional workshops and seminars will continue to be held using video conferencing as far as possible from 15 September 2020; and
    All other services, including media enquiries (90997517; ccd@pcpd.org.hk ), general enquiries, data breach notifications and complaints through hotline (28272827), fax (28777026) or email ( communications@pcpd.org.hk ; dbn@pcpd.org.hk and complaints@pcpd.org.hk ) and online services ( www.pcpd.org.hk ) will continue to be provided.

Enveil Releases New Infographic Highlighting the Business-Enabling Power of Privacy Enhancing Technologies

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 3:35pm

The term Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) has been around for decades and is now experiencing a renaissance as the global awareness, demand, and regulation for privacy increases.

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  • The term Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) has been around for decades and is now experiencing a renaissance as the global awareness, demand, and regulation for privacy increases.
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies can be used to enable a number of critical business functions while prioritizing the privacy and security of data assets, an increasingly important need amid the rise of global privacy regulations, said Dr. Ellison Anne Williams, Founder and CEO of Enveil.
  • There are a broad and varied range of business-enabling capabilities powered by Privacy Enhancing Technologies.
  • To download the infographic or learn more about how Enveil is delivering on the promise of this powerful category, please visit: https://www.enveil.com/privacyenhancingtechnologies
    About Enveil: Enveil is a pioneering data security company protecting Data in Use.

South Korea’s Airport Railroad Express Selects Juniper Networks’ AI-Driven Solutions to Build its All-IP Based Communications Network for Smarter and Safer Operations

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 1:00am

SEOUL, Korea, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced that Airport Railroad Express (AREX), a commuter railway connecting South Koreas international airports to its capital city, has selected Juniper Networks solutions for its upgrade to a modern all-IP based communications network.

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  • SEOUL, Korea, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced that Airport Railroad Express (AREX), a commuter railway connecting South Koreas international airports to its capital city, has selected Juniper Networks solutions for its upgrade to a modern all-IP based communications network.
  • AREX is South Koreas first domestic railway to feature an all-IP based communications network that integrates wired and wireless networks, enabling efficient network deployment as well as strengthened security and stability through MPLS VPN.
  • Throughout the duration of this project, they have helped us upgrade the railways communications network system without causing any operational disruptions during deployment.
  • Juniper Networks remains committed to helping customers such as AREX in their AI-driven enterprise journey and achieve their strategic goals in the most seamless way possible.

Verb Launches AI-Powered, Text-Based Service Accountability Partner and Life Coach In One

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 2:00pm

An AI accountability partner and life coach in one, Verb offers total anonymity and privacy without requiring an app, a wearable device or specialized equipment.

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  • An AI accountability partner and life coach in one, Verb offers total anonymity and privacy without requiring an app, a wearable device or specialized equipment.
  • Verb engages users from the convenience of their mobile phones, helping to maintain personal accountability and fitness by learning an individual's habits.
  • Accountability: Verb encourages daily check-ins with a coach to help track key health metrics and keep the user on track.
  • Verb is an affordable, SMS-based, AI accountability platform focused on helping individuals make sustainable changes that positively impact their life.

More Than Half of Americans Willing to Participate in Contact Tracing, but Have Major Privacy Concerns

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

However, when it comes to contact tracing apps created by states and technology providers, less than half of Americans (42%) are confident in the privacy of information captured.

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  • However, when it comes to contact tracing apps created by states and technology providers, less than half of Americans (42%) are confident in the privacy of information captured.
  • If given the ability to stop sharing and block access to individual data at any point in time, 61% of Americans would be more willing to share their medical records.
  • For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Shannon Kelley at skelley@chenpr.com .
  • At Virtru, we empower organizations to easily unlock the power of data while maintaining control, everywhere its stored and shared.

DGAP-News: windeln.de confirms data security incident

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 9:01am

Only customers who logged on to our website via the app or a browser between May 24th and June 23rd, 2020 are affected.

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  • Only customers who logged on to our website via the app or a browser between May 24th and June 23rd, 2020 are affected.
  • The server is used as a short-term cache, which automatically deletes the data no later than every four weeks.
  • IT security experts who are not part of our company had discovered the security gap.
  • "We very much regret this incident and apologize to all customers affected.

Five Top of Mind Data Protection Recommendations for Brain-Computer Interfaces

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 9:00pm

Key FPF-curated background resources policy & regulatory documents, academic papers, and technical analyses regarding brain-computer interfaces are available here.

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  • Key FPF-curated background resources policy & regulatory documents, academic papers, and technical analyses regarding brain-computer interfaces are available here.
  • Recently, Elon Musk livestreamed an update for Neuralinkhis startup centered around creating brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).
  • BCIs are an umbrella term for devices that detect, amplify, and translate brain activity into usable neuroinformation.
  • But it is clear that brain-computer interfaces are increasingly used by hospitals, schools, individuals, and others for a range of purposes.
  • It is equally clear that BCIs often use sensitive personal data and create data protection risks.
  • Below, we explain how BCI technologies work, how BCIs are used today, some of the technical challenges associated with implementing the technologies, and the data protection risks they can create.
  • // Some BCIs are invasive or semi-invasiveimplanted into a users brain or installed on the brain surfacelike Neuralink.
  • Invasive BCIs, which are installed directly into the wearers brain, are typically used in the medical context.
  • EEG is a common method for recording electrical activity, with electrodes placed on the scalp to measure neural activity.
  • This data could be used for a range of commercial purposes, from product improvement and personalization to behavioral advertising and profiling.
  • As a novel interface, BCIs raise important data protection questions that should be addressed throughout their development cycle.
  • Below, we put forward just a handful of the high-level recommendations that developers should adhere to when seeking to create inclusive, and privacy-centric, brain-computer interfaces.
  • As with other devices, there are considerable privacy risks when a BCI is always gathering data or can be turned on unintentionally.
  • (4) Focus on Data Quality Providers should strive to use the most accurate data collection processes and machine-learning tools available to ensure accuracy and precision.
  • Moving Forward // The Future of Privacy Forum is working with stakeholders to better analyze these issues and make recommendations regarding appropriate data protections for brain-computer interfaces.