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Source: New Zealand Privacy Commissioner – Blog

Welcome to our latest round-up of privacy news stories for the week.

Blackstone’s $4.7B acquisition of Ancestry raises privacy questions

Ancestry, which grew from a genealogy tracking tool to offering DNA tests for a number of health conditions, reached a deal to be acquired by Blackstone for $US4.7 billion. But privacy advocates have raised concerns over the deal — namely, what would happen to users’ health data? Read more here.

Is New Zealand ready for facial recognition technology?

Without a strong legal and ethical framework and clear policy for use, facial recognition technology can have grave implications for individual and collective rights, writes Nessa Lynch for The Spinoff.

Coronavirus: England’s test and trace programme ‘breaks GDPR data law’

Privacy campaigners say England’s test and trace programme has broken a key data protection law. The Department of Health has conceded the initiative to trace contacts of people infected with Covid-19 was launched without carrying out an assessment of its impact on privacy. Read more here.

Have you experienced fake news?

Can you spot fake news online? Netsafe has launched a new education campaign to help test your fake news knowledge. Find out more here.

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