Governments increasingly turn to the private sector as a source of data for various purposes. In some cases, the data that they seek to use is personal data. The public sector use of private sector personal data raises several important law and public policy concerns. These include the legal authority for such uses; privacy and data protection; ethics; transparency; and human … [Read more...] about Public Sector Use of Private Sector Personal Data: Towards Best Practices
As Canada's parliamentarians debate Bill C-27, which includes the Artificial Intelligence Data Act (part 3 of the omnibus bill) that refers to undefined "high risk" AI, and EU policymakers continue to refine versions of the AI Act, a group of international AI experts has published a joint policy brief arguing the EU should regulate “general purpose artificial intelligence” … [Read more...] about When General Purpose AI is High Risk
Africa has been a continent exploited since the European scramble carved it out in lines of a draughtsman’s crude design. Its resources have been pilfered; its peoples enslaved for reasons of trade and profit; its political conditions manipulated to favour predatory companies. A similar pattern is detectable in the digital world. The slavers have replaced their human product … [Read more...] about Suing Meta in Kenya
Following similar decisions by Dutch and German authorities, Denmark’s data protection authority expressed "serious criticism" about the use of Google Workspace, and concluded that the processing of personal data of pupils does not meet the requirements of the GDPR and must, therefore, stop. Immediately. Read More … [Read more...] about Denmark bans Gmail and Co from schools due to privacy concerns.
On June 9, 2022, PACC president Sharon Polsky MAPP spoke before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. She was invited to provide expert testimony in relation to the Committee's study of the use of facial recognition and other digital technologies by police in Canada. Ms Polsky's opening remarks were highlights of a detailed brief … [Read more...] about PACC president appears before Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics
The rapid pace of digital transformation in the federal government has made questions around the purpose and scope of automation increasingly relevant. The 3rd review of the Treasury Board Directive on Automated Decision-Making takes stock of the current state of the policy instrument and identifies several risks and challenges to the federal government’s commitment to … [Read more...] about 3rd Review of the Treasury Board Directive on Automated Decision-Making