Demand strong legal safeguards for Contact Tracing

The NHSX is currently testing their digital contact tracing app in the Isle of Wight, and is set to release it nation-wide sometime soon. This application will keep record of our encounters by using the bluetooth sensors of our smartphones, allowing app users which have been exposed to infected persons to be notified. As a …

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Something is rotten in the Information Commissioner’s Office

The COVID-19 test and trace system immediately hit the news for its dubious privacy policy, as well as the lack of a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA). Not so long before, the NHSX published the DPIA of its Contact Tracing App, leaving us with many concerns and a lot to be desired. Finally, the world …

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Immigration Bill brings surveillance to EU migrants

The UK immigration regime is set for major changes, as the UK leaves the EU. The new Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill adopted by Parliament this week brings the end to free movement. This means EU citizens living in the UK will be subject to the system of immigration controls and enforcement …

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Open letter: NHSX App Safeguards For Marginalised Groups

Open letter to the UK government on the NHSX app safeguards for marginalised groups. Download the PDF here. Add your organisation as a co-signatory here. To: The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care The Home Secretary We are civil society organisations and privacy advocates writing to express concerns that the NHSX app being developed …

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ICO may have slowed down on AdTech, but we’re up and running

The ongoing coronavirus crisis may have pulled the brake on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) enforcement of your rights, but online advertising companies are doing just fine. Every time you visit a website, your personal information are merged with millions of bits and pieces of your past online activities, and used by thousands of perfect …

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Hostile environment may stop migrants from using NHSX tracker app

This week the Government confirmed that the NHSX app being developed as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic is using a centralised contact matching system. This means the app is more invasive in data collection than the alternative decentralised models such as the Apple/Google API and will store all data in a centralised system, rather …

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ORG Response to the European Commission Review of the GDPR

With this submission to the European Commission, we suggested changes to the mechanism which governs cross-border complaints, based on our experience with RTB complaints. 0. SUMMARY We first present the Civil Society Organisations which are submitting this input and the complaints we lodged, which allowed us to observe the functioning of the cooperation mechanisms provided …

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Demand NHSX spell out Covid-19 app privacy risks

The Government is trailing mobile “contact tracing” apps to track infections—but has failed to clearly explain how privacy risks will be minimised. The UK has chosen to do this by building an enormous centralised database that knows who meets whom. Other countries like Germany have chosen to preserve privacy by doing ‘proximity matching’ directly on …

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Check if your website is being blocked by filters

Our Blocked project aims to improve transparency about web blocking filters used by mobile phone companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Central to this is the Blocked tool, which lets you check to see if yours or any website is being blocked. We’ve used it to unblock thousands of wrongfully censored websites. It’s easy to …

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