Elton John’s ex-wife Renate Blauel has launched legal proceedings at High Court. She filed legal paperwork last week to seek an injunction against the singer.

Sir Elton John’s ex-wife has launched legal proceedings against him at the High Court.  

German-born Renate Blauel, who has managed to avoid to public spotlight for decades, filed legal paperwork last week to seek an injunction against the singer, the Guardian reports. 

Blauel’s lawyer did not tell the publication why she was taking action against her ex-husband, who is named as the defendant in the legal filings, but said she hoped to ‘resolve it amicably’.

Source & full story: Daily Mail

Twitter has emailed its business clients to tell them that personal information may have been compromised.

Unbeknownst to users, billing information of some clients was stored in the browser’s cache, it said.

In an email to its clients, Twitter said it was “possible” others could have accessed personal information.

The personal data includes email addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of clients’ credit card numbers.

The tech company says that there is no evidence that clients’ billing information was compromised.

Source & full story: BBC News

Automated facial recognition technology that searches for people in public places breaches privacy rights and will “radically” alter the way Britain is policed, the court of appeal has been told.

At the opening of a legal challenge against the use by South Wales police of the mass surveillance system, lawyers for the civil rights organisation Liberty argued that it is also racially discriminatory and contrary to data protection laws.

In written submissions to the court, Dan Squires QC, who is acting for Liberty and Ed Bridges, a Cardiff resident, said that the South Wales force had already captured the biometrics of 500,000 faces, the overwhelming majority of whom are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Bridges, 37, whose face was scanned while he was Christmas shopping in Cardiff in 2017 and at a peaceful anti-arms protest outside the city’s Motorpoint Arena in 2018, says the use of automatic facial recognition (AFR) by South Wales police caused him “distress”.

Source & full story: The Guardian

Google is changing its default settings to automatically delete some of the data it collects about users. Web and app activity, including a log of website searches and pages visited, as well as location data, will now be wiped after 18 months.

YouTube histories – including which clips were watched and for how long – will be erased after 36 months.

The changes apply to new accounts only but existing users will soon be shown new prompts to adjust their settings.

The announcement comes as Google and other big technology companies’ data-collection efforts and business practices face increased scrutiny.

The Wall Street Journal has reported the US Department of Justice is to meet with state attorneys general later this week to discuss plans to punish Google for anti-competitive behaviour, including an allegation it has abused its dominance in online search.

Source & full story: BBC News

Businesses being asked to record the names and contact details of their customers to assist with coronavirus test-and-trace efforts are facing a “privacy minefield”, campaigners are warning. 

Boris Johnson has announced that the hospitality sector will be allowed to reopen from 4 July, in the next stage of easing lockdown restrictions in England.

But many bosses at bars and other venues are worried after the prime minister requested their help in “collecting contact details from customers, as happens in other countries”.

Silkie Carlo, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, told The Guardian:

This sounds like an excessive and intrusive move designed to paper over the cracks of a much bigger contact-tracing failure, …It also poses privacy risks. Asking pubs and restaurants to become data controllers overnight is unfair – and could see personal data hoarded, lost or misused – whether for marketing or unwanted personal contact.

Source & full story: The Week

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