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U.S., EU Reach Preliminary Deal on Data Privacy

The U.S. and the European Union reached a preliminary deal to allow data about Europeans to be stored on U.S. soil, heading off a growing threat to thousands of companies' trans-Atlantic operations.

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The New Silent Majority: People Who Don't Tweet

The rising power and prominence of the nation's loudest, meanest voices obscures what most of us personally experience: Most people are sane and generous -- and too busy to tweet. It turns out, you're right. We dug into the data and found that, in fact, most Americans are friendly, donate time or money, and would help you shovel your snow. They are busy, normal and mostly silent. These aren't the people with big Twitter followings or cable-news contracts -- and they don't try to pick fights at school board meetings. So the people who get the clicks and the coverage distort our true reality.

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A nova maioria silenciosa: pessoas que não tuítam

O poder crescente e a proeminência das vozes mais altas e cruéis da nação ofusca aquilo que a maioria de nós experimenta pessoalmente: a maior parte das pessoas são sensatas e generosas - e muito ocupadas para tuitar. Aparentemente você está certo. Nós mergulhamos por entre os dados e descobrimos que, de fato, a maioria dos americanos é amigável, doa tempo ou dinheiro, e ajudaria você a retirar a neve da entrada da sua garagem. Essas pessoas são ocupadas, normais e silenciosas. Essas não são as pessoas com um grande número de seguidores no Twitter ou contratos com canais de TV a cabo - e elas não entram em brigas durante reuniões escolares. Então as pessoas que recebem os cliques e a cobertura distorcem nossa verdadeira realidade.

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Trump-Backed 'Truth Social' Tops Apple's App Store Charts

Truth Social, a new social media platform backed by former President Donald Trump, sat at the top of Apple's free apps download charts.

The platform unveiled a soft launch late Sunday, according to Reuters, with many users prompted to join a waitlist. Some who tried to sign up reported glitches when attempting to create an account, though such issues are common in early app releases. Truth Social has been delayed several times. The full launch was first planned for Feb. 21, but that date has been pushed back to March 31.

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WhatsApp Ordered To Help US Agents Spy On Chinese Phones

U.S. federal agencies have been using a 35-year-old American surveillance law to secretly track WhatsApp users with no explanation as to why and without knowing whom they are targeting. In Ohio, a just-unsealed government surveillance application reveals that in November 2021, DEA investigators demanded the Facebook-owned messaging company track seven users based in China and Macau. The application reveals the DEA didn't know the identities of any of the targets, but told WhatsApp to monitor the IP addresses and numbers with which the targeted users were communicating, as well as when and how they were using the app. Such surveillance is done using a technology known as a pen register and under the 1986 Pen Register Act, and doesn't seek any message content, which WhatsApp couldn't provide anyway, as it is end-to-end encrypted.

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If you’re getting health care in the U.S., chances are your providers are now trying to give you a better patient experience through a website called MyChart. This is supposed to be yours, as the first person singular pronoun My implies. Problem is, it’s TheirChart. And there are a lot of them.

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DeFi Gives Financial Privacy — Will Regulation Take It Away?

May the government restrict DeFi (decentralized finance) tools, and force people to use third-party intermediaries, precisely to take advantage of the extra surveillance power that the third-party doctrine would provide? This question has taken on added importance in the context of emerging web3 technologies, with implications for coders, customers, and entrepreneurs.

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FDA releases guidance for remotely acquiring data in clinical investigations

The draft report offers recommendations for stakeholders about using digital health hardware and software to gather information from remote trial participants - in other words: telehealth is increasingly accepted even in clinical trial.

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US and UK to Partner on Prize Challenges to Advance Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

The United States and the United Kingdom today announced plans to collaborate on bilateral innovation prize challenges focused on advancing privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs). This emerging group of technologies present an important opportunity to harness the power of data in a manner that protects privacy and intellectual property, enabling cross-border and cross-sector collaboration to solve shared challenges.
Announced during the Summit for Democracy, as part of a series of International Grand Challenges on Democracy-Affirming Technologies, the prize challenges will take place during the Summit’s “year of action,” accelerating work to overcome technical gaps and adoption challenges related to PETs. By bringing together top minds from both countries on building viable solutions, the prize challenges will aim to help mature and facilitate adoption of these promising technologies.

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Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Online

This publication from the US Homeland Security provides information for how individuals can be resilient to harmful or false narratives in the online space and effective when consuming and sharing information online. The resource provides definitions of the various types of misleading information, offers recommendations for approaching digital content, and lists further educational and programmatic resources.

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Americans Need a Bill of Rights for an AI-Powered World

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is developing principles to guard against powerful technologies—with input from the public.

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Own Your Health Data

As the future of our healthcare system moves towards electronic healthcare records, we need patient data ownership rights to protect patient care.

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Senate Democrats Call on FTC To Fix Data Privacy 'Crisis'

Senate Democrats are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to write new rules to protect consumer data privacy in a new letter to the agency authored on Monday.

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LAPD Officers Told To Collect Social Media Data on Every Civilian They Stop

Copies of the "field interview cards" that police complete when they question civilians reveal that LAPD officers are instructed to record a civilian's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media accounts, alongside basic biographical information. An internal memo further shows that the police chief, Michel Moore, told employees that it was critical to collect the data for use in "investigations, arrests, and prosecutions," and warned that supervisors would review cards to ensure they were complete.

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Lawsuits Accuse Siri, Alexa, and Google of Listening When They're Not Supposed To

On Thursday, a judge ruled that Apple will have to continue fighting a lawsuit brought by users in federal court in California, alleging that the company's voice assistant Siri has improperly recorded private conversations. He ruled that the plaintiffs, who are trying to make the suit a class action case, could continue pursuing claims that Siri turned on unprompted and recorded conversations that it shouldn't have and passed the data along to third parties, therefore violating user privacy. The case is one of several that have been brought against Apple, Google and Amazon that involve allegations of violation of privacy by voice assistants.

[Simple] The US finally has centralized medical data

Covid exposed the fragmented reality of US health records. Now an effort to bring together data from millions of patients starting to show results.

Os EUA finalmente centralizaram os dados médicos

A pandemia expôs a realidade fragmentada dos registros de saúde nos Estados Unidos. Agora o esforço para reunir dados de milhões de pacientes está começando a mostrar resultados.

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Golden Age of Surveillance

Police makes 112,000 data requests in 6 months: When U.S. law enforcement officials need to cast a wide net for information, they're increasingly turning to the vast digital ponds of personal data created by Big Tech companies via the devices and online services that have hooked billions of people around the world.

A Era de Ouro da vigilância

A polícia faz 112.000 pedidos de dados em 6 meses: oficiais dos EUA se dirigem de forma cada vez mais frequente aos grandes "reservatórios" digitais de dados criados pelas empresas de Big Tech quando precisam criar uma ampla rede em busca de informação. Esses reservatórios são criados através dos dispositivos e serviços online que atraem bilhões de pessoas ao redor do mundo.

Colorado aprova Lei de Privacidade

O Legislativo do estado americano do Colorado recentemente aprovou a "Colorado Privacy Act" (Lei de Privacidade do Colorado, "ColoPA"), se juntando a outros estados com legislações de privacidade abrangentes como a Virgínia e a Califórnia. A boa notícia é que, em termos gerais, a ColoPA geralmente não impõe novos termos que não sejam já abordados pela legislações dos outros estados citados.

[Intermediate] Colorado Passes Privacy Bill

The Colorado Legislature recently passed the Colorado Privacy Act (“ColoPA”), joining Virginia and California as states with comprehensive privacy legislation. The good news is that, in broad terms, ColoPA generally does not impose significant new requirements that aren’t addressed under the CCPA or VCDPA.

[Simple] Lawsuit Filed Over Contact Tracing Data Breach

A federal lawsuit has been filed against Pennsylvania and a vendor contracted by the state's Department of Health (DOH) over a data breach that exposed the personal health information (PHI) of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

96% dos usuários estadunidenses optam por desativar o rastreamento de aplicativos na atualização iOS 14.5, afirma pesquisa

Parece que nos Estados Unidos, pelo menos, desenvolvedores de apps e anunciantes que baseiam sua renda em anúncios direcionados em celulares estão vendo seus piores pesadelos se tornarem realidade: dados publicados essa semana em uma pesquisa sugerem que 96% dos usuários nos EUA optaram por desativar o rastreamento de aplicativos na nova atualização do iOS 14.5

Abertura de ação judicial devido ao vazamento de dados sobre rastreamento de contatos

Uma ação judicial federal foi aberta contra o Estado da Pensilvânia e uma empresa contratada por seu Departamento de Saúde devido a um vazamento de dados que expôs as informações pessoais de saúde (personal health information) de milhares de cidadãos.

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96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5, analytics find

It seems that in the United States, at least, app developers and advertisers who rely on targeted mobile advertising for revenue are seeing their worst fears realized: Analytics data published this week suggests that US users choose to opt out of tracking 96 percent of the time in the wake of iOS 14.5.

[Advanced] Data Is Power

If the United States does not shape new rules for the digital age, others will. China, for example, is promulgating its own techno-authoritarian model, recognizing that shaping the rules of digital power is a key component of geopolitical competition.

Os dados são poder

Se os Estados Unidos não moldarem novas regras para a era digital, outros países o farão. A China, por exemplo, está promulgando seu próprio modelo tecno-autoritário, pois reconhece que a definição das regras do poder digital é um componente chave da competição geopolítica.

A Casa Branca deixa a criação de "passaportes" de vacina sob responsabilidade do setor privado 

Andy Slavitt (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) afirmou durante uma reunião sobre o COVID-19 na Casa Branca: "[...] o governo aqui não está vendo como parte de seu papel a criação de um passaporte ou o armazenamento de dados dos cidadãos. Nós observamos esse processo como algo que o setor privado está fazendo e continuará fazendo. O que é importante para nós, e nós estamos conduzindo um processo interagencial para revisar esses detalhes, é que alguns critérios importantes sejam estabelecidos para essas credenciais" Mais notícias sobre a COVID-19 discutidas no Slack: Líderes mundiais fazem apelo por um tratado internacional pandêmico Dados de povos indígenas durante a COVID-19: do externo ao interno Estado de Nova York lança passaportes COVID-19 baseados na tecnologia de blockchain da IBM More corona news discussed on Slack:

[Simple] White House leaves vaccine "passports" to private sector

Andy Slavitt (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) said during a White House COVID-19 briefing: "[...] the government here is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of citizens. We view this as something that the private sector is doing and will do. What's important to us, and we're leading an interagency process right now to go through these details, are that some important criteria be met with these credentials."

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[Intermediate] Schrems II a summary – all you need to know

On 16 July 2020, the European Court of Justice issued the Schrems II judgement with significant implications for the use of US cloud services. Customers of US cloud service providers must now themselves verify the data protection laws of the recipient country, document its risk assessment and confer with its customers. This article will explain what the Schrems II judgement entails for your business.

Um sumário do Schrems II – tudo que você precisa saber

No dia 16 de julho, a Corte Europeia de Justiça abordou o julgamento do caso Schrems II com severas implicações pelo uso dos serviços da Nuvem estadunidense. Prestadores do serviço de Nuvem dos Estados Unidos devem verificar por si mesmos as leis de proteção de dados de seus respectivos países, documentando suas avaliações de risco e as conferindo com os seus clientes. Esse artigo irá explicar quais implicações do citado julgamento podem impactar o seu negócio.

O Plano de Ação sobre Monetização de dados da FDA (Administração de Alimentos e Drogas): o uso de dados para a saúde pública

A monetização de dados é o próximo passo para a Agência em sua abordagem com tecnologia e dados. Dessa forma, é de bom grado que anunciamos seu Plano de Monetização de Dados (

[Simple] FDA’s Data Modernization Action Plan: Putting Data to Work for Public Health

Data modernization is the next step in the agency’s overhaul of its approach to technology and data, and we are pleased today to announce the Data Modernization Action Plan.

[Simple] FDA’s Data Modernization Action Plan: Putting Data to Work for Public Health

Data modernization is the next step in the agency’s overhaul of its approach to technology and data, and we are pleased today to announce the Data Modernization Action Plan.

[Simple] FDA’s Data Modernization Action Plan: Putting Data to Work for Public Health

Data modernization is the next step in the agency’s overhaul of its approach to technology and data, and we are pleased today to announce the Data Modernization Action Plan.

[Simple] Data Privacy in the Crosshairs

But how do Americans feel about data privacy? According to Pew Research, they do not trust governments and companies to do the right thing with data. A 2019 survey found 81% of people feel they have very little or no control over data collected by companies, while 84% felt the same about government.

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They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

This article argues that de-anonymizing the data "gets easier by the day," warning this latest data set demonstrates "the looming threat to our liberties posed by a surveillance economy that monetizes the movements of the righteous and the wicked alike."

[Simples] Eles invadiram o Capitólio. Seus aplicativos os rastreavam.

Este artigo argumenta que desanimar os dados "fica mais fácil a cada dia", alertando que este último conjunto de dados demonstra "a ameaça iminente às nossas liberdades representada por uma economia de vigilância que monetiza os movimentos dos justos e dos perversos".

Reimagining the Social Security Number

The optional nine-digit social security number (SSN) is at the core of every American’s administrative identity — and it is also a major attack vector for most kinds of financial fraud.

Reimaginando o número da previdência social

O número opcional de previdência social (SSN) de nove dígitos está no cerne da identidade administrativa de cada americano - e também é um importante vetor de ataque para a maioria dos tipos de fraude financeira.

Health Data Sharing to Support Better Outcomes

This Special Publication outlines a number of potentially valuable policy changes and actions that will help drive toward effective, efficient, and ethical data sharing, including more compelling and widespread communication efforts to improve awareness, understanding, and participation in data sharing.

Compartilhamento de dados de saúde para oferecer melhores resultados

Esta Publicação Especial descreve uma série de mudanças de política potencialmente valiosas e ações que ajudarão a impulsionar o compartilhamento de dados ético, eficiente e eficaz, incluindo esforços de comunicação mais abrangentes e abrangentes para melhorar a conscientização, compreensão e participação no compartilhamento de dados.

O que o Vale do Silício pode esperar de Joe Biden?

O presidente eleito contratou Jessica Hertz, ex-conselheira geral associada do Facebook, e Cynthia Hogan, ex-vice-presidente da Apple para assuntos governamentais, para sua equipe de transição. Eric Schmidt, o ex-presidente-executivo do Google, foi um grande arrecadador de fundos e está sendo citado para liderar uma nova força-tarefa da indústria de tecnologia na Casa Branca.

What can Silicon Valley expect from Joe Biden?

The president-elect has hired both Jessica Hertz, former associate general counsel at Facebook, and Cynthia Hogan, former Apple vice-president for government affairs, to his transition team. Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive, has been a big fundraiser, and is being talked about to lead a new technology industry task force in the White House.

Como o aplicativo móvel da campanha Trump está coletando grandes quantidades de dados do eleitor

The New Yorker no aplicativo móvel para a campanha de reflexão de Donald Trump, que foi desenvolvida pelo corretora de anúncios e empresa de software Phunware, e como ele reúne dados de usuários de uma forma invasiva que lembra os métodos de Cambridge Analytica.

How the Trump Campaign’s Mobile App Is Collecting Huge Amounts of Voter Data

The New Yorker on the mobile app for Donald Trump’s reëlection campaign, which was developed by the ad broker and software company Phunware, and how it gathers users’ data in an invasive way reminiscent of the methods of Cambridge Analytica.

Portland aprova proibição inovadora de reconhecimento facial em lojas, bancos, restaurantes e muito mais

Em meio a protestos às vezes violentos e contraprotestos em torno da justiça racial, esta semana os legisladores de Portland, Oregon, aprovaram por unanimidade uma nova legislação para proibir o uso de tecnologia de reconhecimento facial, que alguns veem como uma vitória dos direitos civis e da justiça digital. A proibição abrange o uso da tecnologia tanto em locais de propriedade privada quanto por agências municipais. Outra história relata que a Amazon gastou US $ 24.000 para eliminar a proibição de reconhecimento facial de Portland.

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Portland Passes Groundbreaking Ban on Facial Recognition in Stores, Banks, Restaurants and More

Amid sometimes violent protests and counter-protests around racial justice, this week Portland, Oregon legislators unanimously passed groundbreaking new legislation to ban the use of facial recognition technology, which some see as a victory for civil rights and digital justice. The ban covers use of the technology in both privately owned places as well as by city agencies. Another story reports that Amazon spent $24.000 to kill Portland's facial recognition ban.

Irlanda pede que o Facebook pare de enviar dados do usuário para os EUA

Um regulador de privacidade da União Europeia enviou ao Facebook uma ordem preliminar para suspender as transferências de dados para os EUA sobre seus usuários da UE, informou o WSJ na quarta-feira, citando pessoas familiarizadas com o assunto. Um desafio operacional e legal para a empresa que poderia abrir um precedente para outras tecnologias gigantes.

Ireland To Order Facebook To Stop Sending User Data To US

A European Union privacy regulator has sent Facebook a preliminary order to suspend data transfers to the U.S. about its EU users, WSJ reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter, an operational and legal challenge for the company that could set a precedent for other tech giants.

Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the US

Las Vegas casinos, open for months now, are a likely hotbed for the spread of COVID-19. For many reasons, contact tracing has proved next to impossible as tourists return to homes across the U.S.

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In San Diego, ‘Smart’ Streetlights Spark Surveillance Reform

San Diego equipped 3200 of its street lights with cameras and sensors with no governance or oversight…. Smart Cities turned to Panopticon Cities…

CJEU invalidates “Privacy Shield” in US Surveillance case

The EU's Court of Justice has just invalidated the "Privacy Shield" data sharing system between the EU and the US, because of overreaching US surveillance.

CJEU invalida "Privacy Shield" no caso de vigilância nos EUA

O Tribunal de Justiça da UE acaba de invalidar o sistema de compartilhamento de dados "Privacy Shield" entre a UE e os EUA, devido à supervisão excessiva dos EUA.

Minnesota está usando tecnologia contact-tracing para rastrear manifestantes, à medida que os protestos aumentam

Os protestos de Minnesota continuam aumentando e inspirando manifestações semelhantes em todo o país, após a polícia matar um homem desarmado de Minneapolis nesta semana, chamado George Floyd. As autoridades de Minnesota dizem que estão usando o contact-tracing (rastreamento de contatos) para entender melhor quem são os manifestantes e de onde eles são.

Minnesota is now using contact tracing to track protestors

Minnesota officials say they’re using contact tracing to better understand who the protestors are and where they’re coming from.

HHS publishes final regs on info blocking, interoperability

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has finalized two long-awaited sets of rules that will govern how providers, payers and technology vendors must design their systems to give patients safe and secure access to their digital health data.

California’s new privacy law, explained

The California Consumer Privacy Act gives Californians some control over their data, but only if they know how to take advantage of it.

EU court boost for activist in Facebook data transfer fight

EU regulators must make more effort to stop tech companies from transferring data to countries with weaker data-protection standards, an advisor to the European Union’s top court said Thursday. It’s the latest in a lengthy and complex legal case involving an Austrian privacy campaigner and Facebook.

2020 Democrats on who controls your data — and who’s at fault when it’s mishandled

Your quick rundown to US politics and data rights: Presidential candidates agree that americans should have more control over their data than they do now.

I Took DNA Tests in the U.S. and China. The Results Concern Me

Privacy is big question, as governments seek access to DNA data.

We will find you: DNA search can home in on about 60% of white Americans

If you’re white, live in the United States, and a distant relative has uploaded their DNA to a public ancestry database, there’s a good chance an internet sleuth can identify you from a DNA sample you left somewhere.

Recommendations on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence by the Department of Defense

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) enduring challenge is to retain a technological and military advantage while upholding and promoting democratic values, working with our allies, and contributing to a stable, peaceful international community. DoD’s development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) reflects this challenge.
The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) recommends five AI ethics principles for adoption by DoD, which in shorthand are: responsible, equitable, traceable, reliable, and governable. These principles and a set of recommended actions in support of them are described in this document.

New Privacy Bill In The U.S. Will Now Jail CEOs Who Lie About User Data

US Senator Ron Wyden has come out with a radical new privacy bill that will prevent tech giants from selling and misusing data by holding them accountable.

Data Ownership in the US Elections

Andrew Yang (2020 US Presidential Candidate from the Democrats): Our data is ours - or it should be. At this point our data is more valuable than oil. If anyone benefits from our data it should be us. I would make data a property right that each of us shares.

Can You Put a Price on Your Personal Data?

A US senator wants to oblige big tech to declare to users how much they make with personal data.

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BOLT Grant Program

The Internet Society Foundation takes a futurist approach to support the development of innovative methods, technologies, and infrastructure that seek to enhance Internet connectivity and access. The Foundation aims to support teams of creatives, technologists, researchers, and social/cultural workers to design and build prototypes and pilots that will bring into reality innovative solutions to Internet connectivity particularly among communities where current technologies are unavailable or not readily accessible.

US vs Europe: Difference in City Data use?

I met the Communication Officer for UN Technology Innovation Lab Finland, Dorn Townsend, who is planning to write a story to New York Times and World Economic Forum and he asks: “... I’m trying to understand why North American cities use aggregated social data for city planning whereas it hasn’t caught on so much here, and was wondering if it’s because of the new digital privacy laws ... If you have any articles you'd recommend I’d be grateful.”