1. ‘Smart scarf’ of football club drivers to collect real-time fan reaction
Manchester City, a football club that operates in the top flight of English football, has partnered with CISCO Technologies to launch the pilot of the Connected Scarf, a “smart scarf” armed with sensors that, according to the organization, will allow it to measure the emotions of the fans. According to Manchester City’s official press release, the club have been testing the accessory with six fans so far and have recorded “more than 120 moments of interest in 90 minutes of a match”. The scarf records a range of physiological measures, including heart rate, body temperature and emotional arousal, and will allow the club to use the data collected to create “curated and personalized experiences” for fans.
2. PDPC Publishes Guide on Blockchain Design, Cloud Security
The Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission published new guidelines for data protection associated with the implementation of blockchain applications that process personal information. The guide seeks to cover data protection by design principles and potential liability management measures to ensure safeguards within blockchain applications. The PDPC also released an infographic for cloud service providers that contains best practices for data security in the cloud. This document is intended to guide organizations in making these decisions when storing personal data on a blockchain network.
3. Center aims to make Big Tech pay to use content from news publishers:
The central government is currently discussing a possible overhaul of the IT regulatory regime in India, to make Big Tech platforms (Google and Facebook) pay digital news publishers for using their content on their respective platforms. This stems from policy moves in Germany, Australia, and Canada in the last 2 years to ensure digital news publishers are compensated for the use of their original content on Big Tech Platforms. Google is currently under investigation by the Competition Commission of India for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the online news media market over its advertising revenue collection and distribution policies.
4. Joint study to analyze the impact of NFTs on IP
The United States Copyright Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that they would conduct the study, in response to a recent request from two lawmakers to establish how NFTs will change the field of ownership. intellectual soon. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) earlier requested last month that the USPTO and the Copyright Office work together on the study. The two offices also disclosed that they would engage other NFT industry stakeholders and the two legislators.
5. Police are using genetic screening of newborns to search for suspects, threatening privacy and public health
A public records lawsuit filed in New Jersey this month details how police subpoenaed a blood sample from a newborn to investigate a cold case from 1996. State Police had reopened an investigation into a “cold case” of sexual assault. which had occurred in 1996 and had genetically reduced the suspects to one of the three brothers and their male offspring. By serving a summons to the Newborn Screening Laboratory, the State Police allegedly circumvented their constitutional obligation to develop probable cause and obtain a court order “so they can obtain a buccal swab from the OPD client for DNA analysis.” Blood samples are usually collected from babies within hours of birth to test for a panel of life-threatening inherited disorders. However, there is no uniform national policy on how newborn screening is done, and such regulation is left to state governments. The lawsuit, filed jointly by OPD and the nonprofit New Jersey Monitor, now seeks to compel the state of New Jersey to disclose information about the full scope of the practice.
6. CNIL closes case of Facebook cookies
France’s data protection authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), has closed its case against Facebook regarding alleged cookie violations under the ePrivacy Directive. The CNIL gave the company three months to correct alleged consent issues related to the placement of third-party cookies on Facebook users that resulted in a €60 million fine from the CNIL in January. The regulator reserved the right to conduct compliance checks to ensure that Facebook maintains its new practices.
7. Federal Judge Approves $92 Million TikTok Class Action Settlement
A US district judge has approved a $92 million class action settlement involving TikTok for a variety of data protection violations, including the Video Privacy Protection Act and the Biometric Information Privacy Act. Illinois. The settlement resolves litigation stemming from 2019, which consolidated 21 complaints against the social media company. In addition to monetary settlement, TikTok must avoid transmitting biometric or geolocation data of users on the clipboard within its app, unless data sharing is disclosed in its privacy notice. It also requires the company to avoid sending user information to servers outside the US without notice.
8. Artificial intelligence does not infringe patent law: EPO publishes decision
The EPO Board of Appeal has published its full decision on the question of whether a machine can be an inventor. The Appeals Chamber had previously announced its decision to reject two European patent applications that named an algorithm (“DABUS”) as the sole inventor, within the patent application, late last year. The decision demonstrates that the current patent system is more than capable of dealing with AI inventions when and if they arise, without harming innovation or unfairly treating AI inventors. According to the EPC, the inventor had to be a person with legal capacity. For this reason at least, the main request was not allowed.
9. Member States must prevent illegal uses of geographical indications also in exports, says the CJEU in the Feta case
In its judgment delivered last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) found that Denmark had breached its obligations under Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 by failing to stop the use of the Greek PDO “Feta ” in cheese produced in Denmark and intended for export outside the EU. The ruling stems from two complaints by the European Commission against Denmark for the production of cheese for export under the name “Feta”, that is: “Danish Feta” and “Danish Feta cheese”. Greece claims feta cheese as part of its cultural heritage because it has been making the cheese from sheep’s and goat’s milk for 6,000 years. Feta has been designated a traditional Greek product by the EU executive since 2002, giving it legal protection in the 27-country bloc.
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