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30 MAY 2010

Google Street View Cars Peep Your Wi-Fi

"Nine days ago the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany asked to audit the WiFi data that our Street View cars collect for use in location–based products like Google Maps for mobile, which enables people to find local restaurants or get directions. His request prompted us to re–examine everything we have been collecting, and during our review we discovered that a statement made in a blog post on April 27 was incorrect.

In that blog post, and in a technical note sent to data protection authorities the same day, we said that while Google did collect publicly broadcast SSID information (the WiFi network name) and MAC addresses (the unique number given to a device like a WiFi router) using Street View cars, we did not collect payload data (information sent over the network). But it's now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non–password–protected) WiFi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products.

However, we will typically have collected only fragments of payload data because: our cars are on the move; someone would need to be using the network as a car passed by; and our in–car WiFi equipment automatically changes channels roughly five times a second. In addition, we did not collect information traveling over secure, password–protected WiFi networks."

(Google, 14/05/2010 01:44:00 PM)



Simon Perkins
02 MARCH 2010

Reading ban on leaked Harry Potter

"Fourteen fans bought Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince from The Real Canadian Superstore in Coquitlam on the west coast of Canada before managers realised their mistake [selling books that were under embargo]. But readers will be unable to share their knowledge after Raincoast Books, the book's Canadian publisher, was granted a 'John Doe' injunction prohibiting the buyers from even reading their copies before the publication date.

The supreme court of British Columbia issued a court order preventing anyone from 'displaying, reading, offering for sale, selling or exhibiting in public' their books. J. K. Rowling's legal advisers said that the author was entitled to prevent buyers from reading their own books even though they had not broken the law.

'The fact is that this is property that should not have been in their possession,' said Neil Blair, a legal specialist for Christopher Little, the author's literary agent. 'Copyright holders are entitled to protect their work. If the content of the book is confidential until July 16, which it is, why shouldn't someone who has the physical book be prevented from reading it and thereby obtaining the confidential information? How they came to have access to the book is immaterial'."

(The Times Online)



added valuearts and innovationarts fundingauthorbookBritish ColumbiaCanadacommercialismconfidentialcopyright • Coquitlam • creative capitalcreative entrepreneurshipcreative industries • embargo • entrepreneurfundingHarry Potter • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince • JK Rowlingmarket failuremarketspatron • Raincoast Books • social gainsponsorship • The Real Canadian Superstore • value of art


David Rogerson
24 MARCH 2009

data-sharing and multi-agency working

"A proliferation of IT systems has meant information relating to the same person is often held in multiple systems. Dependent upon the services they receive, Case Workers may well have to access a number of systems in an attempt to get a better picture of the circumstances of each client. This way of working relies on the Case Worker undertaking these searches – something which time pressured staff may not have the time to do. The result is that potentially only a partial picture can be painted with vital issues being missed, therefore completely compromising the decision making.

The drive towards a more person centred approach to service delivery means that the complete picture of a client's circumstances becomes an essential requirement. The introduction of multi–agency working has moved this agenda on somewhat, but the scope of work to date has been restricted to a limited number of agencies often with a history of working together. Broadening the reach of multi–agency working means concerns about data sharing and client confidentiality are issues which have to be robustly addressed for solutions to be trusted and the benefits realised."


case worker • childconfidential • connecting the dots • cross-context sharingdatadata matching • multi-agency working • personal dataprivacy • PROTOCOL 360 • welfare


Simon Perkins
16 MARCH 2005

Guthrie Cards: personal identity stored in blood sample strips

"'Guthrie cards', which are taken when infants are born [in Australia] and stored at hospitals. These cards contain samples of the infant's blood. This practice constitutes a potentially very serious abuse of privacy, as these cards be used to compile DNA databases on the population born here in the last 30 years. One Western Australian hospital, under pressure from police to give up some of the cards, destroyed their records so as to maintain patient confidentiality."

(Louise Boon–Kuo (UTS Legal Centre, Sydney, Australia)




Australiababyblood • blood spot testing • confidentialdatadatabaseDNA • DNA sample • genetics • Guthrie Cards • health datahospitalhospital recordsidentificationidentity disclosure • infant • patient information • personal confidential data • personal datapersonal privacyprivacyuse of private informationWestern Australia

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