22 Jul Irish CSO Phone Surveillance Plan Slammed by Privacy Expert
Privacy and Big Data Institute executive director Dr. Ann Cavoukian opposed a tracking plan that aimed to monitor tourists and Irish citizens overseas using mobile phone data roaming, according to a report last Thursday.
Cavoukian, who authored a crucial portion of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), said she wouldn’t want her mobile phone intrusively accessed in such manner. It entails losing control of your own personal data, saying that CSO does not seem aware it would overstep citizen’s privacy.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has been proposing the tracking plan for 9 years with the Data Protection Commissioner, debating the lawfulness of the plan. However, a solution came when the CSO said they would be able to make the phone records anonymous.
However, Cavoukian responded to the anonymization plans by saying CSO has to proved this by testing the entire system first with a team of specialists.
Source: Irish Times