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Dominic Panakal

The Problem in the Solution

Attempting to protect people’s information, the EU made it more vulnerable. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is thought to provide the strongest set of data protection rules. After all, it was designed to modernize already tight laws protecting the personal information of individuals. In such […]

Hush — They’re Listening to Us

Apple and Google have suspended their practice of reviewing recordings from users interacting with their voice assistant programs. Did you know this was happening to begin with? These companies engaged in “grading,” a process where they review supposedly anonymized recordings of conversations people had with voice assistant programs […]

No Means No

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android applications (apps) gathering data from devices despite being explicitly denied permission. The study looked at more than 88,000 apps from the Google Play store and tracked data transfers post denial of permission. The 1,325 apps used […]

India Shakes International Data Market

After decades of free reign to gather and use personal data, Earth’s second largest internet using population may soon be imposing data privacy rules. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Telecom and IT minister, recently indicated that the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 (PDPB), will be “quickly” taken to Parliament […]

The Gotham Road Not Taken

Not long ago, there was a bold proposal being considered by the New York state legislature that arguably would have changed the landscape of data privacy. Instead, the state legislature is proceeding on a less transformative, but significant nonetheless proposal. In the 2018 elections, Democrats seized control of […]