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UK schools using facial recognition on students

Nine schools from Scotland’s North Ayrshire region were found to be using facial recognition technology to verify students’ payments at the school canteens. The officials claimed the technology reduces transaction times and is more secure than other forms of payment. However, the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is set to intervene and advise a "less intrusive" approach. Read More

Dental data breach exposes patient info

A data breach involving the North American Dental Management, a vendor of the Professional Dental Alliance (PDA), exposed the data of 170,000 individuals. Based on reports, the company experienced an email phishing attack between March 31 and April 1, 2021, exposing patient information, including name, phone number, email address, mailing address, dental information, Social Security number, etc. Read More

Mark Zuckerberg added lawsuit over the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been added to a lawsuit over the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal over his “personal involvement” in the decisions leading to the events. Originally filed in December 2018, the suit alleges that Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica to access the personal information of its users. Read More

Audible app removed from Apple store in China

Amazon’s Audible pulled out its app from the Apple store in China, citing “permit requirements” under the Chinese laws. Apps for reading and listening to the Quran and Bible have also been removed at the government’s request. The news comes days after LinkedIn had to shut down due to the challenging operating environment in the country. Read More

EDPB adopts guidelines on restrictions of data subject rights

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has adopted the final version of guidelines on restrictions of data subject rights under the GDPR’s Article 23(1). As per the EDPB, the guideline “provides a thorough analysis of the criteria to apply restrictions, the assessments that need to be observed, how data subjects can exercise their rights after the restrictions are lifted, and the consequences of infringements of Art. 23 GDPR.” Read More


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