25 July 2021 — Indian Punhline
Pegasus: the spyware technology that threatens democracy
Pegasus, the winged divine horse from Greek mythology, symbolises a range of things. The mythological salad can include many symbolic narratives — ranging from soul’s immortality to poetic inspiration — even the Marxist eschatological myth of the withering away of the state.
23 July 2021 — medConfidential
GP data grab; paused again, but still going ahead
If you asked NHS Digital for opt-out forms and the forms didn’t show up, or took ages to arrive, people tell us that happened a lot. You can get forms from us here.
We’d like to be able to tell you that you will have more information on the ‘GPDPR’ data scheme in the future than you have today – but, as you’ll see below, that’s not a promise the Government was willing to make.
20 July 2021 — Big Brother Watch
Big Brother Watch Team
Big Brother Watch’s new report “Poverty Panopticon: the hidden algorithms shaping Britain’s welfare state”, published today, reveals:
- 540,000 benefits applicants are secretly assigned fraud risk scores by councils’ algorithms before they can access housing benefit or council tax support.1
- Personal data from 1.6 million people living in social housing is processed by commercial algorithms to predict rent non-payers.2
- 250,000+ people’s data is processed by a range of secretive automated tools to predict the likelihood they’ll be abused, become homeless or out of work.3
- Campaigners file complaint with data watchdog
22 June 2021 — Dr. Bhatti.com
GPs are raising the alarm about plans to make 55 million NHS patients’ data available to corporations for profit. A group of GPs in East London are taking action to withhold the data and protect the privacy of their patients by refusing to share data from their Practice. They’re encouraging medical practitioners throughout England to join them through an open letter.
18 June 2021 — Statewatch
Statewatch News 18 June (Issue 12/21, also available as a PDF)
Global call to ban public biometric surveillance
As public and private sector institutions push ahead with the development and deployment of remote biometric surveillance systems – currently best-exemplified by facial recognition technology – opposition is increasing.
11 June 2021 — medConfidential
What just happened?
On 12 May, NHS Digital quietly announced there would be a new GP data collection, known as ‘GP Data for Planning and Research’, ‘GPDPR’ – or the #GPdataGrab, for clarity.
NHS Digital and the Secretary of State, who on 6th April had Directed NHS Digital to run the scheme, hoped no-one would notice.
2 June 2021 — Big Brother Watch
Big Brother Watch Team
Big Brother Watch Director Silkie Carlo joins Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster for the latest TRIGGERnometry podcast.
28 May 2021 — Open Democracy
If you live in England, all your encounters with your GP – information about your physical, mental and sexual health – could be ‘sold’ to third parties
The government wants your GP data, and it hasn’t given GPs much of a choice
From 1 July this year, if you’re registered with a GP in England, the government will be taking a copy of every medical event your GP recorded on their systems since you first registered with them. (Your children’s records, too, if you have children.)