Weekly HRBDT News Circular – 20 July

Each week the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project prepares an overview of related news stories from the week. This summary contains news articles from 14 July – 20 July 2018.


Hackers ‘targeting US mid-term elections’ – BBC


Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says – BBC

Private firms cash in on over-stretched NHS – BBC

Privacy/Data protection

Cliff Richard and freedom of the press – The Guardian

Abuse inquiry fined £200,000 for email data breach – BBC

Venmo: how the payment app exposes our private lives – The Guardian

Royal Mail delivers fewer letters as new law reduces junk mail – The Guardian

EU agrees on data deal with Japan – Reuters


Google hit with €4.3bn Android fine from EU – BBC

Russian government: Telcoms face cost hike from new security law – Reuters

Egypt targets social media with new law – Reuters


The cameras that know if you’re happy – or a threat – BBC

This company is giving away face recognition software to K-12 schools – MIT Technology Review


Google’s latest AI experiment makes GIFs by watching you move – The Next Web

How location data is used to manipulate airfare and car rental prices – The Next Web

Data mining reveals fundamental pattern of human thinking – MIT Technology Review

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