European Parliament Strongly Recommends Open Source Software
"Yesterday, in plenary, the European Parliament endorsed a number of budgetary discharge reports, which include Pirate amendments urging EU institutions to predominantly use Open Source solutions. This success happened despite the joint effort of the EPP and ECR Groups to strike out these essential parts of the reports. In practice, from now on, all IT solutions developed by and for the EU institutions will first need to be assessed against the possibility of using Open Source solutions."
Read more: https://european-pirateparty.eu/european-parliament-strongly-recommends-any-software-developed-by-and-for-the-eu-institutions-to-be-made-publicly-available-under-free-and-open-source-software-licence/
Today we have made a formal legal request for the #NHSX app’s privacy assessment, which is still incomplete, despite moving to testing.
If the safeguards for the #TrackingApp are insufficient we will consider legal action.
This sounds much more inocuous than it is.
Ravi Naik’s opinion explains that many Government uses of data, including the #NHSX App, may be unlawful.
Transparency is required to show why they are not.
Yet the App this week is in public beta. #covid19uk
This is the core of it:
“a centralised system would result in a significantly greater interference with users’ privacy and require greater justification.”
So, justify it first.
Digital contact tracing will fail unless privacy is respected, experts warn https://theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/20/coronavirus-digital-contact-tracing-will-fail-unless-privacy-is-respected-experts-warn… #COVID19
#COVID19 contact tracing apps must respect privacy technically and in law:
The government’s plans for contact tracing and immunity passports should respect privacy, both at a technical level and backed by legal safeguards. This is essential for trust, writes @jim
The UK government must explain its approach to mobile contact tracing
Mobile data and contact tracing is a hot topic, as the UK and EU develop projects to provide privacy-protecting means of understanding who is at risk of infection.
Cloudflare's 188.8.131.52 DNS Passes Privacy Audit, Some Issues Found -
@onepict Yes, that's the one.
But it’s ok, it’s just non-personal data … so far.
NHS Must Explain Role Of Surveillance Company #palantir
“Everybody’s goal must be to build trust the national response to COVID-19.
“Palantir have a poor reputation, as engaging in activities which threaten personal privacy and may lead to other human rights abuses.
“The NHS therefore needs to be extremely cautious and transparent.
“The last thing that we need as a nation at this time is for ill-thought out arrangements to generate a privacy backlash.”
In the Coronavirus crisis, privacy will be compromised—but our right to know must not be.
The UK Government urgently needs to open up on its plans to maintain public confidence.
As far as we know, there has been *nothing* from No 10 on data, what new measures are needed.*
Worse still, they are refusing to comment on the story about mobile telcos.
Yet data is central to tackling COVID-19.
There is a gaping hole in government announcements, but work is clearly going on.
* except on surveillance commissioners
The Covid-19 response travel and movement is going to be monitored through your mobile data: but is the government being open and transparent?
Government *must* get this right, explain what it is doing or it risks public trust and co-operation.
This story is leaking out via journalists and news stories.
The government must be proactive and explain what it does with data.
This is not optional; or the government will add to the crisis and make it harder to manage.
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