Police surveilled George Floyd protests with help from Twitter-affiliated startup Dataminr

17 July 2020 — The Intercept by Sam Biddle

LEVERAGING CLOSE TIES to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor the protests that swept the country following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept and a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

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False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare

2 July 2020 —

False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare is a new Medact report, written by Medact Research Manager Dr. Hilary Aked.

The report examines the implementation and impacts of the Prevent duty in the NHS, looking at the interaction between the duty and other professional duties. It analyses and gives a breakdown of the figures relating to the number of referrals to Prevent across a number of NHS Trusts, discussing the mental health and racialised implications of the duty. The report concludes with key recommendations to both Government and medical bodies based on the findings.

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Bill Making It Illegal to Forcefully Microchip Employees Passes in Michigan House

28 June 2020 — The Mind Unleashed

Lawmakers in Michigan have passed a bill that would make it illegal for employers to force their workers to be tagged with microchips.

(TMU) – Lawmakers in Michigan have passed a bill that would make it illegal for employers to force their workers to be tagged with microchips in a bid to preemptively thwart companies who seek to make it mandatory to wear the productivity-tracking devices.

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Fresh concerns over privacy and profit in NHS Covid data deals

19 June 2020 — Open Democracy

Documents released to openDemocracy suggest tech firms will profit from controversial deals – and that government gave misleading assurances.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the press briefing

Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the press briefing, 18th June – PA Images

Documents obtained by openDemocracy suggest the UK government has misled the public about how it is protecting the privacy of millions of NHS users in its major Covid-19 data deals – and about how the controversial tech firms involved stand to profit in the long term.

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“Unprecedented” transfer of personal NHS information to shady tech Co’s

8 June 2020 — True Publica

"Unprecedented" transfer of personal NHS information to shady tech Co's

By Mary Fitzgerald and Corri Crider: Hours before facing court proceedings from openDemocracy over its massive NHS COVID-19 data deal with private tech firms, the UK government has caved to pressure and released all the contracts governing its deals with Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and controversial AI firms Faculty and Palantir.

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Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

5 June 2020 — The Register

‘Government is moving too fast, and breaking things as a result’

Lindsay Clark

Open Rights Group has instructed lawyers to lodge a complaint with the UK’s data watchdog over the rollout of the Test and Trace system because it says the system breaches the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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