Google is exploring a health record tool for patients

Google is exploring a health record tool for patients

Wachter, having advised technology companies on their health efforts since the early 2000s, said he has witnessed a number of tech giants including Google try and fail to create new versions of the electronic health record (EHR).

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

A spokesperson for the Federal Trade Commission, who didn’t say if the consumer protection agency is examining how retail pharmacies are using data from Covid vaccinations, said companies could be investigated if they mislead customers about how their information is being used.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

If you schedule a Covid-19 vaccine appointment with major pharmacy chains such as Walgreens or CVS, your data may be used to bulk up those companies’ own significant marketing apparatuses, giving them a source of income even beyond what they’re paid for administering the vaccines and whatever you might decide to buy while you’re in the store to get one.

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Moreover, the experts say that at present, “vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission, so cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll-out of a digital passport is not currently justified.” However, they also recognize that as more data emerges, so the pressure on governments to issue vaccine passports will increase.

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

People returning to work following the long pandemic will find an array of tech-infused gadgetry to improve workplace safety but which could pose risks for long-term personal and medical privacy.

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Through the app employed in the study - published in Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies - researchers were able to identify which kind of personal information the app extracted and its privacy sensitivity according to users.

Facebook is 'schoolyard bully' in Australia news row, says UK media boss

Facebook is 'schoolyard bully' in Australia news row, says UK media boss

Faure Walker said: “Facebook’s actions in Australia demonstrate precisely why we need jurisdictions across the globe, including the UK, to coordinate to deliver robust regulation to create a truly level playing between the tech giants and news publishers.”.

Why Richard Branson gave 23andMe billions to go public

Why Richard Branson gave 23andMe billions to go public

Branson says he sees 23andMe as a company with “enormous growth potential.” No — home DNA kits weren’t some kind of “pandemic winner.” Rather, the once-booming DTC genetics industry has hit a lull in the past few years, as a result of growing concerns around privacy, accuracy and value.

2020: Palantir Posts $1.1B Revenue, $1.17B Loss

2020: Palantir Posts $1.1B Revenue, $1.17B Loss

The data mining and analytics company Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) has posted its first annual earnings as a public company for the year 2020, reporting $1.1 billion in revenue and a net loss of $1.17 billion.

Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch and wants to sell it to you starting next year in exchange for your health data

Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch and wants to sell it to you starting next year in exchange for your health data

Still, Facebook hopes its smartwatch will make it less dependent on Apple and Google, whose operating systems power most of the world’s mobile devices.

Don’t Make Parents Raise Kids in a World without Encryption

Don’t Make Parents Raise Kids in a World without Encryption

Governments and law enforcement agencies are trying to ban or weaken a critical tool for keeping our children safe online.Despite this, some governments, law enforcement agencies, and even some child protection agencies are trying take away the strongest digital tool we have as parents to keep children safe online.

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

The NHS, in particular, gave Palantir all kinds of data about patients, employees and members of the public — from contact information to details of gender, race, work, physical and mental health conditions, political and religious affiliation, and past criminal offences10.Prominent among the many privacy challenges citizens face in the wake of the pandemic are data deals that might consolidate widespread surveillance as a requirement to access primary services and opportunities.

U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans' DNA

U.S. intelligence officials say Chinese government is collecting Americans' DNA

One worry for Evanina and others is control over biodata that can lead to the complete control over health care: if a person's current or future medical condition is known through DNA and other data, the entity that knows it can gain a monopoly over the therapy or drugs to treat them.

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Mobile phone carrier Three is providing the aggregated movement data of its 2.4m Irish customers to the Department of Health and the CSO in order to monitor compliance with Covid-19 public health and movement restrictions.

Flo Case Shows Inadequate Data Privacy Protection in the USA

Flo Case Shows Inadequate Data Privacy Protection in the USA

TechCrunch posted about this case: The FTC has reached a settlement with Flo, a period and fertility tracking app with 100 million+ users, over allegations it shared users’ health data with third-party app analytics and marketing services like Facebook despite promising to keep users’ sensitive health data private.

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

The National Health Service has been working with Inrupt on a pilot project for the care of dementia patients that moves from development into the field this month.

Ransomware Gang Collects Data from Blood Testing Lab

Ransomware Gang Collects Data from Blood Testing Lab

Apex Laboratory, which provides blood work at home for patients in New York City, Long Island and South Florida, has been hit with a ransomware attack that also resulted in patient data being stolen.

In 2020, COVID-19 derailed the privacy debate in the U.S.

In 2020, COVID-19 derailed the privacy debate in the U.S.

Nine months into the crisis, Schwartz said, the "worst ideas" being deployed internationally have yet to take hold in the U.S. But that doesn't mean COVID-19 hasn't created a slew of smaller, but still insidious privacy setbacks for Americans who, in recent years, have become increasingly wary of all the intrusive ways that governments and private companies use their personal data.

A mountable toilet system for personalized health monitoring via the analysis of excreta

A mountable toilet system for personalized health monitoring via the analysis of excreta

Correlation between uroflowmetry, prostate volume, postvoid residue, and lower urinary tract symptoms as measured by the International Prostate Symptom Score.Random comparison of guaiac and immunochemical fecal occult blood tests for colorectal cancer in a screening population.

Big Tech’s latest moves raise health privacy fears

Big Tech’s latest moves raise health privacy fears

Concerns have also been raised about the privacy terms of the third-party apps that tech groups integrate into their home personal assistant devices and mobile phone interfaces, often to gather health-related data.

Chinese President Xi Jinping Pushes For Global Tracking System Using QR Codes

Chinese President Xi Jinping Pushes For Global Tracking System Using QR Codes

China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes.

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

In an open letter, ProPrivacy and other groups say that that many charity pages dealing with extremely sensitive issues such as mental health, debt, end-of-life care, and disability contained various trackers allowing advertisers to profile vulnerable users based on the topic of the page – for example, alcohol addiction or mental health issues.

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

At WIRED's request, Albright then broke down the dataset further to focus specifically on the 359 apps that handle contact tracing, exposure notification, screening, reporting, workplace monitoring, and COVID-19 information from public health authorities around the globe.

Abusive surveillance in the name of public health is a widespread problem around the world, new report says

Abusive surveillance in the name of public health is a widespread problem around the world, new report says

This shows that it is possible to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic without jettisoning privacy protections, although the report notes that even these decentralized, opt-in contact-tracing apps are not risk-free.

Low-flying helicopters over DC this weekend assessing radiation ahead of inauguration

Low-flying helicopters over DC this weekend assessing radiation ahead of inauguration

The flights are expected to conclude by Nov. 6) The agency’s nuclear emergency support team aircraft will measure naturally occurring background radiation as part of standard preparations to protect public health and safety on the day of the event, according to a news release.

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

If the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan did indeed start during the Military World Games, what are the odds that on that very same day a global pandemic exercise is co-organized by the World Economic Forum?

Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

Police forces will be able to access information about people “on a case-by-case” basis, so they can learn whether an individual has been told to self-isolate, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHCS) said.

French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU

French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU

CNIL points out that its conclusions apply not only to Microsoft hosting the Health Data Hub, but also to all the other kinds of French health data held on systems run by US companies.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

And as all of this unfolds, new research indicates that the governments around the world have exploited the pandemic to expand their domestic surveillance capabilities and curtail internet freedom and speech.

States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built -- here's why

States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built -- here's why

New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 alert apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states plus Guam which have published apps using technology from the Apple-Google partnership.