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Privacy and workers in the platform economy

The platform economy has made life easier in many ways. Think of the comfort of having your groceries delivered to your doorstep or getting a cab for a very attractive price. But from a privacy-legal perspective, there is a downside to the added convenience of everyday life. For one thing, platform workers are routinely subjected to algorithm-based decision-making which straddles the line between what is and what is not legitimate in the sense of the GDPR. In this blog, we will discuss some of the practical implications of the concept of ‘automated decision-making’ by taking a look at a recent verdict of the Amsterdam court in what is known as the Uber I case.

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Privacy issues and ethics in the smart city

More often city developers and engineers are turning to smart technology to protect the quality of urban living and working environments. In The Netherlands several projects of this type have been initiated, for example in the city of Eindhoven where sensors are monitoring public safety in nightlife districts. It is just one of the many ways in which ‘smart cities’, using smart technologies, can help solve major social issues. But in order to do so, the smart city relies on large volumes of information, including data of a personal or confidential nature. So, what does this mean for our privacy? In this blog, we will take a look at privacy risks in the smart city context.

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Blockchain technology and privacy – a classic case of incompatibility?

Many people will predominantly be familiar with the term ‘blockchain’ in connection with bitcoin and money transfers in cryptocurrency. But blockchains can be used for all sorts of other purposes as well. For instance, businesses and governments are using blockchain to maintain international contracts. These developments regarding blockchain technology are potentially positive and beneficial but how about the privacy of individual citizens? Are blockchain and privacy compatible concepts or is there an unbridgeable gap separating the two?

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Drone patrols and privacy controls – a bird’s eye view

Drones have become a popular tool for emergency assistance and law enforcement services. Where the Dutch police force, in all of 2019, deployed drones on no more than 556 occasions, the number rose to an impressive 790 operational deployments over the first half of 2020 alone. Recently however, Investico, a platform for investigative journalism, published a disconcerting fact-finding report on the cybersecurity of drones in use by public organisations in The Netherlands. This blog takes a look at the powers of investigation in connection with the use of drones, while also discussing the status of drone-related security.

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Settling the bill with your face – Safe method of payment?

Recently, more and more stories have been appearing in the media about innovative methods of payment and systems of admission control based on face recognition technology. Already, forward-thinking businesses are exploring the potential of further development and practical implementation. But how safe is it?

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