A panel discussion about location data, privacy and consent held at the Geovation office generated healthy debate about the rights of citizens and responsibilities of tech companies in relation to location data and privacy. ’Is privacy a privilege or a right?’ was one of the questions raised. Toni Sekinah reports.
Cathy O’Neil is the author of the seminal book Weapons of Math Destruction, a book detailing how algorithms can deliver and amplify negative outcomes to the most vulnerable people in society. In a presentation at Teradata Universe, she talked about the concept of an ethical matrix and how these could objectively assess the positive and negative impact of algorithms on their stakeholders.
The Open Data Institute is the non-profit organisation set up by Prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee to inspire people to be more innovative with data. At the ODI’s annual summit, the co-founders told Toni Sekinah why there should be a moratorium on online political advertising in the run-up the to the UK December general election and why data is not the new oil.
GDPR wasn’t the data apocalypse many anticipated, but it has changed how consumers view their data. For companies that respect this shift and learn how to orchestrate customer data effectively, there are rewards to be had, argues Tealium’s Lindsay McEwan.
High profile data breaches have put CISOs under the spotlight and emphasised the limitations of what conventional cyber-security can achieve. Alongside technology to prevent unauthorised access, you also need to be tracking where your data is ending up, as DQM GRC’s Peter Galdies explained to DataIQ.
The Financial Conduct Authority’s TechSprint brought together teams from all over the world to focus on how privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) can help financial institutions to share data. Simon McDougall of the ICO, who helped to judge the entries, feeds back on what he learned.
The current methods of governing artificial intelligence and autonomous systems are not sufficient to protect our connected devices from having their vulnerabilities exploited by hackers. Dr Bertie Müller points out some of the flaws in the systems that some of us use on a daily basis, and what might be a better way to mitigate them.
Unsurprisingly police forces are pleased and civil liberties organisations are displeased at the judgement passed down on the use of automated facial recognition technology by the police last month essentially saying that it is lawful.
A report by civil liberties organisation Liberty has warned of the dangers of “affording discriminatory policing practices a technological veneer of legitimacy.” The report authors audited police forces across the country for their use of predictive policing programs and made five recommendations for future use. Toni Sekinah reports.