An anonymised dataset is supposed to have had all personally identifiable information removed from it, while retaining a core of useful information for researchers to operate on without fear of invading privacy. For instance, a hospital may remove patients’ names, addresses and dates of birth from a set of health records in the hope researchers may be able to use the large sets of records to uncover hidden links between conditions. … [Read more...] about ‘Anonymised’ data can never be totally anonymous, says study
Paduragan points out that there are a number of ways that the city could have more successfully anonymised the data. The first is if they hadn't tried to be so smart: rather than going through the effort of hashing the data, if they had simply assigned random numbers to each licence plate, it would have been much more difficult to work backwards. New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission was asked for comment, but didn't respond by publication time. … [Read more...] about New York taxi details can be extracted from anonymised data, researchers say
Similarly, Jawbone has designed its system to require the explicit permission of the user before any data can be shared with a third party, said Andrew Rosenthal, Group Director for Wellness and Platform at Jawbone. And when new features are added, users are again asked to confirm whether they would like to share their data. In fact, Jawbone has frustrated several potential partners by refusing to set up programs that automatically feed data to insurance companies, Rosenthal said. … [Read more...] about Fitness trackers are popular among insurers and employers – but is your data safe?
Deema Freij, global privacy officer at Intralinks said: “If the EC and the US bodies do not take the opinion of the Article 29 working party seriously, Privacy Shield is more likely to be challenged in the higher European courts in the near future, especially if the Max Schrems case is anything to go by. Then we’re back to square one.” … [Read more...] about Data regulators reject EU-US Privacy Shield safe harbour deal
Marriott and Starwood merged two years ago. Starwood operates hotels under the names W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels, The Luxury Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton and Design Hotels. … [Read more...] about Marriott data breach hits 500 million guests