Brittany Kaiser: The foreign intervention in elections is still a real threat (video)

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As the former director of business development at Cambridge Analytica, Brittany Kaiser is a well-known whistleblower who saw how data could be weaponized to influence and manipulate people. Founder of the Own Your Data Foundation and #OwnYourData campaign is promoting and implementing digital literacy and data rights training for educators and legislators. She is the main star of Netflix original documentary "The Great Hack" and author of Targeted. As a speaker for Web Summit 2019, the world’s largest technology conference according to the Financial Times, she agreed to offer an exclusive interview for Dpo-NET .ro - Data Protection Officers Network Romania.

This weekend we have presidential elections in Romania. Regarding all the information that came through Netflix, do you have more information for us? As a joke, do you know who has already won this election? 

I don't actually know about international political consultants working in Romania now, but for sure, Cambridge Analytica worked in Romania. I don't remember which party it was for, but there were not just Cambridge Analytica working on one side. Cambridge Analytica had a similar company that was working against them on the other side.
So it's very important for people to be aware that foreign intervention in elections is real, companies that work on elections as a service are real. And they didn't go away just because Cambridge Analytica doesn't exist anymore.

So it's important for people during election time to remember that you could be targeted with disinformation. You could be targeted with messaging that makes you want to disengage with politics. Try to never share that. Never share that on your social media. Never succumb to that. Always go out and vote, always care about politics and stay engaged no matter what an advertisement on Facebook might tell you to do.

Is there a solution for combating the fake news?

There are solutions. They're only starting to be built. I think it has to do a lot with blockchain technology and tracking and tracing facts, tracking and tracing provenance of real news for people that abide by ethical guidelines, journalists that are real investigative journalists, not just an article that anybody decided to clip up, which has not been well research does not have actual sources and none of those facts have been checked. It's very important to think about the technology side of the equation, as well as where this information is coming from in the first place.

What is your biggest advice for me as a citizen and a consumer?

My biggest advice is that everybody needs to care about how their data is protected. They need to actually read terms and conditions before they download an app, realize what's being collected. And if you decide that you don't want that and you want your privacy, then you need to realize you can't use that app, you need to choose your privacy over convenience. And if you start to realize that every day, then you can decide to either use ethical technology, decided to share your data or keep your privacy, but you can't have everything in this case.

How about the Data Protection Officers? Do you have specific advice for these guardians for privacy?

Yes. So I think for a data protection officer, what everyone needs to realize is that if you're advising a company, on the relationship that you have with a customer, you need to be on the side of transparency, tell a consumer what you are collecting about them, don't obfuscated in very confusing terms and conditions, tell people what you want from them, ask them to update their own data and say this is what we hold on you. Is this still relevant? Do you still like these things? Is this still your favorite color? Is this still what you eat for breakfast? And you know what, if you reward them and give them a positive incentive to do so, you'll probably get good real-time data that you can use. And you're letting people know and consent about what data you're using on them, as well.

Is the DPO working for an organization and its interests or for the interests of individuals?

Data protection officers are acting in the interest of individuals. They're making sure that companies abide by ethical guidelines to protect their consumers.

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ASCPD: Data of persons who voted on additional lists in presidential election, into possession of political parties

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The data of the persons included on the additional lists for the 10 November elections, by a simple request, have come into the possession of the political parties, warns the Association of Privacy and Data Protection Specialists (ASCPD).

At the same time, the representatives of the Association make available to individuals who vote on additional lists three models of request by which they can exercise their right to access and the right to restrict the processing of personal data, shows a release issued on Monday to AGERPRES.

"As many as 1,071,752 Romanians voted on 10 November, 2019 on additional lists, at home or abroad, in the elections for the president of Romania. The personal data of the persons registered on the supplementary lists (name, numerical personal code, domicile, signature, series and the number of the identity document) came, in a simple request, in the possession of the political parties. The ASCPD considers that the BEC 84/ D/2019 Decision that allows this must be annulled and a new decision which clearly imposes the conditions under which political groups may have access to additional lists in order to ensure the protection of the rights of individuals must be issued," the quoted source said.

The ASCPD notes that, on 4 November, the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) issued the decision establishing that representatives of political parties in the polling stations' electoral bureaus may receive, upon request, copies of the additional electoral lists, "by any means, including photography or filming", in accordance with the provisions of art. VII of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 64/2019 and art.17 paragraph (2) of Law no. 370/2004.

The BEC decision "should be annulled and a new decision should be issued which clearly sets out the conditions under which political parties can have access to additional lists", in order to ensure the protection of the rights of individuals, say the Association's representatives.

The Association considers that the BEC decision introduces several risks regarding the protection of voters' data: the risk of non-observance of a real legitimate interest; the risk of non-observance of the prior information of the voters, the risk of not verifying the appropriate technical and organizational measures; the risk of changing the purpose for which the data were collected.

The three request models can be found at: https://ascpd.ro/comunicate-de-presa/

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WebSummit 2019 – first day review

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4 November 2019; A general view of the Official Opening Ceremony on the opening night of Web Summit 2019 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Web Summit via Sportsfile

Today, Web Summit, the “world's largest technology event”, has announced that this year’s edition is officially a sellout, with 70,469 attendees, 2,150 startups and 239 partners confirmed to participate from November 4- 7, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Our first impression

Any event of such magnitude has a key problem to solve: registration of participants. Although it seems like a logistical nightmare, the organizers managed to impress us from the moment we got off the plane, at the airport being installed a registration point for all the participants. The registration was made on the basis of a QRcode, previously received by mail, and a confirmation of identity, a badge with code bars being printed at a time concurrently with a bracelet (double-check). Entry to the event was achieved by scanning the QR code, which is almost instantaneous.

Edward Snowden: „The problem isn't data protection. The problem is data collection”

The highlight of the first day was certainly the dialogue between the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, James Ball and Edward Snowden, the world's most famous whistleblower. If you don't know, Snowden is the man who risked everything to expose the American Government's system of mass surveillance. This made him the main target of the American Government in recent years, thus taking refuge in Russia, which granted him asylum, from where millions of people continue to inspire. Not being able to attend this event, for understandable reasons, it was present through two huge screens mounted on the main stage. As expected, the main topics of discussion were about the violations of privacy by IT giants or governments and so the General Data Protection Regulation has received special attention. Here are some of the most interesting replicas:

"What does a good version of the internet look like, what helps you build that? You know, we are speaking to you from within the EU where GDPR is applicable.

This is a good bit of legislation in terms of the effort that they're trying to do. Is GDPR the correct solution? I think no and I think the mistake that it makes is actually in the name: the General Data Protection Regulation. (...) The problem isn't data protection. The problem is data collection. Regulating the protection of data presumes that the collection of data, in the first place, was proper, that it was appropriate, that it doesn't represent a threat or a danger, that it's okay to spy on everybody all the time, whether they're your customers or whether they're your citizens, so long as it never leaks, so long as only you are in control of what it is the truth, sort of stolen from everybody. And I would say not only is that incorrect but if we learned anything from 2013, it's that eventually everything leaks. It's a bad strategy.

One of the rare things with GDPR is that it's got big fines, you know you can have 4% of your money. Are there some tech giants you'd like to see facing that kind of thing?

I say it is a good first effort. It’s a low bar and they have raised that bar, and that is meaningful. What I'm saying is that it's not a solution. What I'm saying is that it's not the good internet that we want, because even though the GDPR does propose  4% of global revenue fines for internet giants, today those fines don't exist. And until we see those fines being applied to every single year to the internet giants, until they reformed their behavior and begin complying not just with the letter but the spirit of the law, it is a paper tiger. And I think that actually gives us a false sense of reassurance because these companies that are the ones who that find is most threatening to are also the ones with the most lawyers who are able to undermine the meaning that law the most effectively.

(...) The law is not the only thing that can protect you. Technology is not the only thing that can protect you. We are the only thing that can protect us and the only way to protect anyone is to protect everyone."

4 November 2019; Edward Snowden, President, Freedom of the Press Foundation, on Centre Stage during the opening night of Web Summit 2019 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Web Summit via Sportsfile

5G is putting the computing power of the cloud right in your pocket

Another interesting topic was presented by Guo Ping, Huawei's rotating CEO, the tech giant intensely grounded by accusations launched by the US government and quickly spreading across Europe, stepped onto the scene, presenting the benefits of implementing 5G technology. The future looks great in the presentation posted on the two huge screens, but we could not be surprised, especially after reading the European Commission's Report on the coordinated assessment at EU level of the risks regarding the security of 5G networks.

"My topic is 5G+X. We are creating a smart new era. This X can be AI, big data, or VR AR among other technologies. As you all know, 5G deployment has just begun. AI applications for a range of industries are still in their infancy. I believe that in the future, 5G + X will create countless opportunities for entrepreneurs.

In 1875, the Paris Nord train stations started using electric lines. In 1879, a power plant in San Francisco started selling electric power. These were historical changes. Later in the 20th century, electricity significantly increases productivity in all industries. Humanity entered the electric age. Just as the edge began with electric lighting, 3G and 4G solved the problem of connecting people. (...) As of now, forty carriers in over 20 countries are using 5G networks commercially. We predict by the end of this year, we will see 60 commercial 5G networks. The new experience, delivered by 5G is being warmly welcomed by consumers. Just take South Korea for example: 1 million users signed up for 5G during the first 69 days. When 4G was launched, it took 150 days to accumulate that many users. The average 5G user consumes three times as much data as a 4G user. 5G can achieve speeds as high as 20 gigabits per second and the latency as low as one millisecond. It can support 1 million connections per square kilometer. 5G can ensure a superior experience for the Internet of Things. You are familiar with the cloud and the AI. 5G reduced the distance between devices and cloud, putting the computing power of the cloud right in your pocket." (Guo Ping, Huawei's rotating CEO).

The dpo-NET team will continue to transmit information from this event daily, focusing on topics such as privacy and data protection.

4 November 2019; Guo Ping, Rotating Chairman, Huawei. on Centre Stage during the opening night of Web Summit 2019 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Web Summit via Sportsfile

 

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