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Economic Times

On February 14, an official of the Telangana government’s information and public relations team tweeted a graphic with a picture of the state’s upcoming “command and control centre”, along with a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera. A translation of the Telugu text said thus: “In six months, the command and control building will be ready. One lakh cameras will be processed in under a minute. If you got out for work, by the time you are back 50 cameras can spot you. Every inch of the state will be under police radar. If a crime happens anywhere, there will be information immediately.”


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Venture Beat

Sweden’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) has slapped Google with a 75 million kronor ($8 million) fine for “failure to comply” with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after the internet giant reportedly failed to adequately remove search result links under right-to-be-forgotten requests. In a notable twist, the DPA also demanded that Google refrain from informing website operators their URLs will be de-indexed.


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One of the things that this Distill will cover regularly is fines to the Big Tech companies. Here Venture Beat reports on a measure from Sweden, including restrictions on Google notifying those affected.

Reuters

France’s competition watchdog on Monday fined iPhone maker Apple 1.1 billion euros ($ 1.23 billion), saying it was guilty of anti-competitive behavior towards its distribution and retail network


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The Hill

Critics are sounding the alarm over new rules introduced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week to give Americans more control over their health data.


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Financial Times ($)

Google is sharing users’ personal data between its services without acquiring specific consent to do so, thus flagrantly breaching fundamental principles of European data protection law, one of its smaller rivals has claimed.


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The leaked data includes details of former Indian central government officials


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Security Boulevard

An effective compliance program has a critical impact on an organization’s ability to operate with integrity, consistency, quality and maintain trust and credibility with organizational stakeholders including customers, partners, vendors, employees, and investors. It is also an important component of an effective risk management program.


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Mashable

Coronavirus pandemic has pushed many tech companies to impose travel and other restrictions on its employees. One of the measures being taken by the company is declaring work from home for its employees. Facebook, for instance, also announced recently that all its employees would be allotted work from home except contractors.


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RSIS

Singapore, with its trusted data and analytics hub ambitions, may have lessons to learn from the slew of recent moves by the US. Federal agencies made some of the country’s largest telecommunications and technology companies accountable for mismanagement of US citizens’ personal data.


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WSJ ($)

Geolocation and facial-recognition systems can locate vectors of infections, but they also gather highly personal data


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Many stories have a coronavirus angle, but particularly data privacy. Here the WSJ reports on efforts such as Palantir working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Clearview AI in talks over disease tracking.

MedCityNews

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the US went up by 45% today, driven mostly by the delay in testing and social distancing. Quarantine and testing have been shown to be effective measures at curbing the spread of novel coronavirus in China, all made possible by widespread biosurveillance and contact-tracing, practices now being undertaken by other countries. The US has yet to implement such measures and has no effective way to identify potential carriers.


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CNet

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.


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Global Voices

In 2010, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officially announced a new digital identification (ID) program for refugees. The new program, known as the Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS), was later introduced to dozens of countries — including Ethiopia — in 2017.


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MarTechSeries

My journey into data security and privacy began more than two decades ago, where I previously served as Chief Privacy Officer for Intuit, Inc. and the Hewlett-Packard Company. In fact, I was Hewlett-Packard’s first-ever CPO, where I led a global team that drove global privacy policy and standards covering over 150 countries.


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Reuters

MILAN/BERLIN – Mobile carriers are sharing data with the health authorities in Italy, Germany and Austria, helping to fight coronavirus by monitoring whether people are complying with curbs on movement while at the same time respecting Europe’s privacy laws.


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Forbes

As companies around the world deal with the COVID-19 crisis, dozens of trade organizations across multiple industries want California’s attorney general to delay enforcing the state’s new data privacy law until 2021.


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Venture Beat

When the 1970s and 1980s were colored by banking crises, regulators from around the world banded together to set international standards on how to manage financial risk. Those standards, now known as the Basel standards, define a common framework and taxonomy on how risk should be measured and managed. This led to the rise of professional financial risk managers, which was my first job. The largest professional risk associations, GARP and PRMIA, now have over 250,000 certified members combined, and there are many more professional risk managers out there who haven’t gone through those particular certifications.


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Bloomberg Law

When it comes to implantable devices in the workplace, one person’s high-tech utopia is another’s sign of the apocalypse.


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Forced microchipping may not yet be common practice, and some state legislators want to keep it that way. Here Bloomberg Law reports on a law in Indiana.

Fox Business

Google market shares increased “significantly” since Europe’s GDPR privacy law went into effect in May 2018, while other small and medium-sized firms have lost market share, a new paper shows.


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The Hill

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the National Broadband Plan. It was mandated by law with the bipartisan passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama. Congress vested the Federal Communications Commission to oversee the report, along with significant advice from the White House and a broad range of executive branch and regulatory agencies. The framework was developed so all Americans across the country have “access to broadband capability.”


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GCN

With much attention understandably focused on health care related to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, a new report has spotlighted the downstream effects the outbreak could have on various technologies.


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CX Tech

Chinese social media app TikTok has named a group of external technology and safety experts as the founding members of its content moderation committee, the latest move in an attempt to ease U.S. concerns over its data security and potential for blocking or deleting content at Beijing’s request.


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POLITICO

Streaming giant Netflix has agreed to lower the quality of its videos to help reduce internet congestion, the company said today. “Following the discussions between [Internal Market] Commissioner Thierry Breton and [Netflix CEO] Reed Hastings — and given the extraordinary challenges raised by the coronavirus — Netflix has decided to begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe for 30 days,” the company said in a statement


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The Financial Brand

U.S. financial institutions have been told for years that open banking is coming sooner or later. Bankers and credit union executives can be excused for regarding this with some trepidation.


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DNA India

With the digital revolution in India came the e-commerce sector, completely transforming the way consumers purchase items across all segments. This sector saw its fair share of ups and downs in the past decade, with lowest points in the form of policy changes regarding deep discounts and vendor monopoly, and the highest peak in the form of the government allowing FDI investments up to 100%.


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