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Privacy News: January 3

Looking back at 2022, a good book list, another Black man mistakenly arrested because of facial recognition tecnnology ... and more!

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Looking back at 2022, a good book list, another Black man mistakenly arrested because of facial recognition technology ... and more!

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2022 Year in Review

Cindy Cohn on Electronic Frontier Foundation (

As well as an overview of EFF's acomplishments in 2022, this post links out to more detailed analyses of various topcis – for example, Jennifer Pinsof's Reproductive Justice and Digital Rights, Hayley Tsukayama's Pushing for Strong Digital Rights in the States , and Alexis Hancock's A Year in Internet Surveillance and Resilience.  Good stuff!

The TOP 21 Books in Privacy & Data Protection That You Must Read ASAP

Luiza Jarovsky on The Privacy Whisperer (

A roundup from the author of the largest independent privacy newsletter. Most (although not all) of the books here would be on my recommended list as well – in fact we've talked about several of them, especially Ari Ezra Waldman's Industry Unbound: The Inside Story of Privacy, Data, and Corporate Power and Danielle Keats Citron's The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age.   I'd also add a few, for example Simone Browne's Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness and Oscar Gandy's classic The Panoptic Sort: A Political Economy of Personal Information.

Facial recognition tool led to mistaken arrest, lawyer says

ABC News on ABC News (

An attorney says Louisiana authorities’ use of facial recognition technology led to the mistaken-identity arrest of a Georgia man on a fugitive warrant.

"Randall Reid, 28, was jailed in late November in DeKalb County, Georgia, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported....

Reid is Black, and his arrest brings new attention to the use of a technology critics say results in a higher rate of misidentification of people of color than of white people."

And ...

Watching porn now requires age verification in La. because of new law

Chris Rosato on FOX 8 Local First (

A new law that was passed in Louisiana requires age verification for any website that contains 33.3% or more pornographic material.

Fellowship Opportunity: Democratizing the Datafied Society

datajustice on Data Justice Lab (

The Data Justice Lab is looking for fellows to collaborate with us on exploring how to democratize the datafied society. The fellowships can either be based at the Lab in Cardiff, UK, or be conduct…

7+1 tips on how to make the most out of your DSAR

on Privacy International (

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What’s in store for cybersecurity in 2023

Steven Stone, Rubrik on VentureBeat (

2023 is certain to be as action-packed a year in cybersecurity as 2022 was. Rubrik exec shares five predictions for the coming year.

China is helping Zimbabwe to build a surveillance state

The Economist on The Economist (

Oppressive regimes stick together

Impact of European Commission support for EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework and next steps

on Hogan Lovells Engage 5.7.7 (

On 13 December 2022, the European Commission (“EC”) published its draft adequacy decision for the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (“DPF”) that is intended to foster trans-Atlant...

GPC + GDPR: will it work?


Global Privacy Controls (GPC) represents a signal to opt out of data sharing. Will it work with GDPR?

Four more things we worked on in 2022

Arvind Narayanan on AI Snake Oil (

We had a busy 2022. Here are a few things we worked on but didn’t cover here.

Twitter in data-protection probe after ’400 million’ user details up for sale

Chris Vallance on BBC News (

Politicians and celebrities are said to be affected but the scale of the data breach is unverified.

VIDEO: UW professor explains new artificial intelligence chatbot

on KIRO 7 News Seattle (

New Year Brings New Privacy Laws to California Employers

Julia Y. Trankiem on The National Law Review (

The New Year usually means new laws for California employers.  This year, a new privacy law goes into effect with new mandates for employers to ensure that workers have more control over the coll

2023 New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Get “Whacked” By A State AG for Cybersecurity Compliance

Joseph J. Lazzarotti on The National Law Review (

It usually happens after a reported data breach. The organization experiencing the breach sends notifications to affected individuals, as well as federal and or state agencies where appropriate and pe

Top 10 Blog Posts for the Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security Report for 2022

Jason C. Gavejian on The National Law Review (

As the year comes to a close here are some of the highlights from the Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security Report with our Top 10 most popular posts of 2022.

Is it time for GDPR 2.0?

Nick Dedeke on Ars Technica (

EU rules preserve some privacy but can be better.

The LastPass disclosure of leaked password vaults is being torn apart by security experts

Mitchell Clark on The Verge (

“LastPass’s claim of ‘zero knowledge’ is a bald-faced lie.”

Privacy of 100,000 Crypto Traders Compromised As Trading Bot Firm Confirms Hack After Warning From Changpeng Zhao

Rhodilee Jean Dolor on The Daily Hodl (

Crypto trading bot 3Commas is confirming allegations that its platform has been compromised and user data was leaked.

Shopify in advertising push to fill void left by Apple privacy crackdown

Tim Bradshaw on

Canadian ecommerce group touts new tool that allows retailers to pool customer data and better target ads

US agencies 47 years behind with privacy law

Jim Nash on (

According to the Government Accountability Office, agencies are behind in equal measure in accepting digital ID for identity proofing and authentication.

Privacy matters! Hide WhatsApp messages with these tricks

HT TECH on HT Tech (

WhatsApp has some hidden tricks that will let you hide your messages. Check the step-by-step guide here.

Tech regulation: What to expect on privacy, antitrust issues in 2023

Yahoo Finance Video on Yahoo Finance (

Yahoo Finance tech editor Dan Howley breaks down the outlook for a tech crackdown in 2023 and how it could weigh on giants such as Meta, Alphabet, and Microsoft.

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