My sexual assault case was dropped when I refused to give police my phone | Anonymous | Opinion | The Guardian

A few years ago I was violently sexually assaulted by a “friend” on a night out. It was a sustained and sadistic attack that in no way began with consent. I made the incredibly difficult decision to report it to the police because I needed to take power back. I wanted to look him in the eyes in court and watch him feel a fraction of the helplessness and humiliation that I felt that night. I wanted to tell him I had the power now, with the full weight of the law behind me. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as I expected.


Source: My sexual assault case was dropped when I refused to give police my phone | Anonymous | Opinion | The Guardian

Rio Tinto’s Plan to Use Drones to Monitor Workers’ Private Lives

A step too far.

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Max Opray reports for The Guardian:

Image result for rio tinto dronesIn the remote Australian outback, multinational companies are embarking on a secretive new kind of mining expedition.

Rio Tinto has long mined the Pilbara region of Western Australia for iron ore riches but now the company is seeking to extract a rather different kind of resource – its own employees, for data.

Thousands of Rio Tinto personnel live in company-run mining camps, spending not just work hours but leisure and home time in space controlled by their employer – which in this emerging era of smart infrastructure presents the opportunity to hoover up every detail of their lives.

Rio Tinto is no stranger to using technology to improve efficiency, having replaced human-operated vehicles with automated haul trucks and trains controlled out of a central operations centre in Perth.

The company is embarking on an attempt to manage its remaining human workers in the same way…

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NHS to scrap single database of patients’ medical details : The Guardian. – DWPExamination. scheme to close after Fiona Caldicott review calls for tougher measures to keep information confidential. The government’s scheme to store patients’ medical information in a single databa…

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Brexit and the Future of Data Protection – Anya Proops QC

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data_protection (1)So a week on from the Brexit referendum and it is clear that that there is no clear, carefully thought out strategy for extricating ourselves from the EU legal edifice. If you feel that this ‘make it up as we go along’ approach to the biggest legal and political challenge which our country has faced in decades is somewhat less than satisfactory, you will be pleased to learn you are not alone.

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G4S security guards handling personal details and making appointments for claimants!

The poor side of life

Well well well, they are at it again. G4S security guards are under the impression that they can handle claimants personal information. Of course they should not be doing this, as it breaches the data protection act, and neither should the DWP be allowing them to do so.
At Ashton under Lyne Jobcentre they seem to think that they can, and I suspect that this is the case in many more Jobcentres up and down the country. This security guard even felt it was his duty to make an appointment for a claimant, an appointment that didn’t exist. He did not tell the claimant that it wasn’t put on the system, so resulting in a wasted journey.
I will state again that G4S security guards are not allowed to do this. Only a designated employee of the DWP can do this. This breeches data protection laws. If they try this…

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EU privacy reform: who pays when the rules are broken?

Original post from Reuters


New European Union data protection rules expected to be agreed on Monday will allow citizens to sue companies that own data as well as those that process it on their behalf, for example cloud computing providers.

The new system is opposed by companies such as Germany‘s SAP SE, International Business Machines Corp, Cisco Systems Inc and Inc who say it will kill off Europe’s cloud computing industry, as well as introduce uncertainty in business to business relations.

EU officials say the issue has been the subject of fierce lobbying from companies, who warn it could hamper the creation of a unified market in digital services, a key plank of the European Commission’s agenda to boost economic growth in the 28-nation EU.

Under the current, 20-year-old system, cloud providers – companies offering remote storing and processing of data on servers – would classify as “processors” since they do not collect the data themselves. That means they are not held liable for using the data illegally unless they breach the contract with the company for whom they are processing – the data “controller.”

EU ministers will seek to reach an agreement on the data protection reform at a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, after which final negotiations with the European Parliament will start.

“One key issue is who pays if rules (are) broken,” said an EU diplomat.

Companies argue that the current system works well and makes it easier for consumers by giving them a single point of contact. For example, if a bank breaks data protection laws, it would make more sense for the person affected to sue the bank, rather than the companies to which it outsources its human resources functions.

“It is important that consumers and businesses understand who ultimately is responsible for processing their data,” said Liam Benham, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at IBM. “Now the EU’s draft Data Protection Regulation risks blurring these lines of responsibility, setting the stage for lengthy and costly legal disputes, which will be perplexing for consumers and businesses alike.”

Part of the reason for spreading responsibility across several players is that data is often collected by one company, stored by another and processed by a third.

Additionally, many cloud providers are large companies such as SAP, Cisco and Amazon. The Commission feared cloud companies would be able to impose unfair terms on small businesses who would then bear the brunt of the responsibility if something went wrong.

“If an SME finds it hard to find a processor that doesn’t want to comply with European contract terms, there is plenty of choice,” said Rene Summer, spokesman for the Coalition of European Organizations on Data Protection, which includes SAP, Nokia Oyj and Ericsson.

(Reporting by Julia Fioretti. Editing by Andre Grenon)  ………’