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"New Yorkers should not be forced to accept biometric surveillance as part of simple activities like buying groceries or taking their kids to a baseball game," more than 30 civil and digital rights organizations said yesterday in a letter backing new privacy laws in the city. The New York Civil Liberties Union, the …

  1. alain williams Silver badge

    Maybe I should go & buy

    a Maggie Thatcher or Ronald Reagan mask.

    I suspect that if I did somewhere would not let me in as they could not see my face.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Maybe I should go & buy

      Use this one!

  2. Flak

    Biometric data, data sharing / stealing and AI

    Some of the possibilities become downright frightening.

    DNA data being gathered by China on every human they can get their hands on.

    Facial recognition data from Clearview.

    CCTV footage in London (and other places).

    The list goes on.

    Couple that with data breaches / hacks which we hear about every day now, as well as the masses of data social media companies hold on almost every living soul and you have a perfect storm where we become transparent individuals.

    Run AI over that dataset and the Cambridge Analytica scandal shows what was possible then - how much greater are the possibilities now!

    Time to go off grid like Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State?

  3. ChoHag Silver badge

    > she started night classes and asked her ex-husband to spend more time at her home watching their children, causing her to be flagged for potentially violating the housing authority's visitor policy.



    Computer says no.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    >> "Sampson told us earlier this year that the UK's would-be GDPR replacement the DPDI bill (now on take 2)"

    Why not simply save us all a load of money, and just adopt GDPR? Waste upon waste upon waste just to appease the dwindling xenophobic gammons.

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      This one isn't for the gammons, it's for Palantir et al.

      1. Evil Scot Bronze badge

        or more succinctly, their Lobbying budgets.

    2. Spanners Silver badge

      Doing anything else is silly.

      At some point in the future, hopefully, next year if the tabloids allow it, there will be an election that throws the current lot out and we get adults back in charge. That will set us on course to undo much of the damage caused by Brexit. Any kicking out of EU regulations to put in lobbyist-friendly ones will be reversed.

      1. druck Silver badge

        You do make me laugh.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      > Why not simply save us all a load of money, and just adopt GDPR?

      Already done. With Brexit the UK switched from the (EU) GDPR to the UK GDPR - which is where they basically took a copy of the GDPR and crossed out every reference to "the EU" and replaced it with a reference to "the UK".

      So at present the UK GDPR is 99.99999% percent equivalent to the (EU) GDPR.

      The proposed DPDI bill however is intended to replace the UK GDPR with something with *less* protections for personal data.

  5. DS999 Silver badge

    Rent stabilized housing

    Landlords should be able to evict tenants who are not actually living in the property as required under NYC law to be eligible for rent controlled apartments. The apartment in Friends everyone makes fun of for being far larger than people their age with their jobs could have possibly afforded was explained early in the show - Monica's grandmother was on the lease and let Monica live there after she moved to Florida. That's not an uncommon situation, so landlords are eager for any way to prove the person on the lease isn't truly living there.

  6. Ian Johnston Silver badge

    I wish Amnesty had stuck to their original role of campaigning neutral for political prisoners, rather than becoming rentagob bandwagon-jumpers for any civil rights issue. Presumably there is more money in it for their high-ups this way.

  7. casaloco

    I like this bit:

    "where lawyer Kelly Conlon got turned away at the door of Radio City Music Hall after a facial recognition system pinned her as a prohibited person"

    Which she ABSOLUTELY WAS, and she would have known perfectly well she was, when she attempted to access the building.

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