Saturday, April 5, 2014

US human rights record chastised in UN report

Source: The Guardian

UN human rights committee raises concerns over torture, drone strikes, the death penalty and NSA data collection

The UN committee also criticised Barack Obama for failing to keep his promise to close Guantánamo Bay.
The report was delivered by the UN's human rights committee in an assessment of how the US is complying with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [ICCPR], which has been in force since the mid 1970s.

Hospitals Don't Trust Google's Servers Enough to Use Glass


... the first "systematic evaluation of Google Glass in the healthcare environment,” which were just published in the International Journal of Surgery.
The study’s lead author and Glass-wearer, Oliver Muensterer, told me via email that, “We were going to wear them in the OR, and then have the other institution [in Germany] proctor or telementor the person doing so. However, our risk management office didn't allow us to have any connection to the internet while we were taking pictures of patients, and neither did their ethics board.”

But Google Glass’s design means it pretty much has to sync up with the cloud.
“We avoided such a breach by temporarily deactivating the internet connection as well as downloading and deleting all patient data from Glass before the automatic synchronization could take place,” study stated.

"Bureaucrats and regulators have not kept up with the pace of technology, so the almost universal answer from institutions is that these activities are not allowed."

... “Recent political events have revealed that government agencies use mass surveillance tactics and have the capability to break into even the most heavily secured networks, including the mobile phones of allied heads of state,” the study stated.

... The Electronic Privacy Information Center's website outlines why this is problematic: “All of the data captured by Glass, including photos, videos, audio, location data, and other sensitive personal information, is stored on Google's cloud servers. Google will possess the data and may analyze it to develop profiles of individuals.”

EPIC points out that this wouldn’t be out of character for Mountain View. “Google currently scans the contents of emails of its Gmail users in order to target advertising, so it is foreseeable that it could do the same with Glass data.”