The UK publishes standards for transparency in algorithms

The Cabinet Office’s Central Digital and Data Office has developed an algorithmic transparency standard for government departments and public sector bodies with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The standard will be piloted by several public sector organisations and further developed based on feedback. The move makes the UK one of the first countries in the world to develop a national algorithmic transparency standard, strengthening the UK’s position as a world leader in AI governance.

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Whatsapp revises it Privacy Policy for the EU

After receiving a fine for breaching GDPR under Article 5(1)(a), Article 12, Article 13, and Article 14, the messaging service has now changed its EU privacy policy. The new policy does not change how user data is handled but just provide additional details on how the information will be exchanged to the parent company Meta

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New India’s data protection law raises “Orwellian” concerns:

After three years since India has been waiting for its specific data protection regime, witnessing multiple extensions of its report on the PIPL draft, the Government seems now ready to table the Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament.

However, the Bill raises concerns for its lack of judicial oversight while empowering the Government to be exempt from the law on the grounds of sovereignty, public good and data security. The 2018 version had permitted judicial oversight, while the 2019 Bill relies entirely on members of the executive Government in the selection process for the Data Protection Authority. Concerns also regard the inclusion of non-personal data in the Bill and the data localization provisions.

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Panasonic suffers a data breach

The press release of the Japanese company reports that "its network was illegally accessed by a third party on November 11, 2021. As the result of an internal investigation, it was determined that some data on a file server had been accessed during the intrusion". It is not know yet if personal data of customers have been compromised. Authorities have been informed.

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Indian Parliament to finalize data protection bill draft

After two years of revisions since its first publication, the PDP Bill draft seems to have reached its completion.

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