A Cambridge Analytica video shows why we should all worry about the NHS ‘data grab’

A 2018 video has emerged that shows Tory-appointed peer Dido Harding talking with Alexander Nix about data-sharing. Nix was CEO of disgraced data mining company Cambridge Analytica (CA). The conversation appears to have taken place when Harding was chair of NHS Improvement.  But at time when a massive NHS data-sharing project is due to be launched, the video is a timely reminder of the dangers and vested interests involved in data-sharing. Data-sharing At the beginning of the video Harding shows her interest in data-sharing, including health data:   Journalist Carole Cadwalladr tweeted her shock: This is WILD. I’ve never seen this clip before. Watch Dido Harding – revealed…

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Senate demands evidence on data seizure from Trump-era law chiefs

Senate Democratic leaders are demanding that Trump-era attorneys general Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions give evidence about the secret seizure of House Democrats’ data in 2018. They’ve called it “shocking” and a “gross abuse of power”. Barr and Sessions Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer and Illinois senator Dick Durbin said in a statement that Barr and Sessions “must testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee” and are subject to a subpoena if they refuse. The demands came after Democratic representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell were notified that the Justice Department, under Donald Trump, seized their metadata from Apple three years ago. The records of at least 12 people…

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A Cambridge Analytica video shows why we should all worry about the NHS ‘data grab’

A 2018 video has emerged that shows Tory-appointed peer Dido Harding talking with Alexander Nix about data-sharing. Nix was CEO of disgraced data mining company Cambridge Analytica (CA). The conversation appears to have taken place when Harding was chair of NHS Improvement.  But at time when a massive NHS data-sharing project is due to be launched, the video is a timely reminder of the dangers and vested interests involved in data-sharing. Data-sharing At the beginning of the video Harding shows her interest in data-sharing, including health data:   Journalist Carole Cadwalladr tweeted her shock: This is WILD. I’ve never seen this clip before. Watch Dido Harding – revealed…

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The Tories are facing court over their NHS ‘data grab’

A group has launched a legal challenge to the Tory government’s so-called “NHS data grab“. It comes as the medical records of the entire population of England are set to go on a central database in a matter of weeks. And as The Canary previously reported, the Tories are looking to sell your data to the highest bidder. But you, and the legal challenge, could stop them. Flogging our medical records, Tory-style As we previously wrote, the Tories flogging off our medical data isn’t new. Previously, a single government body was doing it, and the government claimed that it was all legal. It also said that people’s info…

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Regulator to investigate Facebook’s use of data over ‘unfair advantage’ concerns

The UK’s competition regulator has launched a fresh investigation into Facebook over concerns that the tech giant might be abusing a dominant position in digital advertising. Monopoly The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will look into how the social network gathers and uses certain data and whether it may provide an unfair advantage over rivals in the online classified ads and online dating space. As well as Facebook’s advertising services, Facebook Login – a feature that allows people to sign into other websites and apps – will also form part of the probe. The regulator said it will assess whether data from both offerings enable the firm to…

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Lawyers warn of threat to campaign groups’ confidential data

Lawyers representing victims of undercover policing say it’s crucial that political protest and campaign groups, such as Extinction Rebellion, don’t assume their data is secure. This follows dramatic testimony presented at the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI). It revealed how undercover officers (UCOs) were able to penetrate a UK-wide political campaign organisation and so gain access to its membership lists. Indeed, there’s evidence that the police and security agencies will go to any length to acquire confidential documents, including political campaign groups’ membership lists. TOM intrusion Troops Out Movement (TOM) campaigned for “the withdrawal of British troops from Ireland” and “for self-determination for the Irish people”. Lawyers with the…

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The government doesn’t have a clue where its own vaccine data is

As part of our #FactOfTheMatter series, The Canary Investigations team has spoken to three government departments in charge of the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine rollout. We wanted to find out how the vaccine was allocated in England – but no one could tell us who holds that information. We spoke to NHS England, Public Health England (PHE), and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to try and access this data. Yet no one could confirm that they had it. Which begs the question: who does? We were concerned by reports of vaccine shortages and a decision by NHS England to redirect supplies between counties. This decision left some…

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Conservative Party illegally collected voter ethnicity data, MPs told

The Information Commissioner has told MPs that the Conservative Party illegally collected the ethnicity data of 10 million voters.CrimeElizabeth Denham said the Conservatives had deleted the data following a recommendation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in a report last year. Speaking to MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sub-committee on online harms and disinformation, Denham said it was unacceptable that the party had used people’s names to attempt to derive their ethnicity and religion.She said:In our audit work, where we looked at the practices of all political parties, our recommendation was for any kind of ethnicity data to be deleted and the Conservative Party…

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Pyogenic and non-pyogenic streptococcal bacteraemia: annual data from voluntary surveillance

Published 21 November 2014 Last updated 22 December 2020 + show all updates 22 December 2020 Added Health Protection Report (HPR) 14(24). 20 November 2019 Added Health Protection Report (HPR) 13(41) annual report and associated appendix. 7 June 2019 Corrected data for Northern Ireland Group B streptococcal bacteramia cases in 2017. 16 November 2018 Added HPR 12(41) annual report and appendix. 17 November 2017 HPR 11(41) report (including appendix) uploaded 28 November 2016 HPR 10(41) report, table 4 corrected. 25 November 2016 HPR 10(41) report uploaded. 18 November 2016 HPR 10(40) Streptococcus pneumoniae annual report uploaded 20 November 2015 HPR 9(41) report uploaded 21 November 2014 First published. Source…

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