10 July 2023


So, sorry for the lateness of the newsletter. 

Two really big judgments this week. First, the European Court of Human Rights had its first real facial recognition case, the findings are relatively limited – but its obviously significant as a first. What is particularly notable is that they classified (appropriately, i think) facial recognition as ‘highly intrusive’ and so deserving of higher rights protection. This creates a potential conflict with UK law on the issue. Second, the Court of Justice of the European Union had a really interesting (and for me to say that re: data protection case, means yeah, quite interesting!) case looking at Facebook’s model re targeted advertising (and obtaining data from third party sites). Its worth a read, and reading commentators much more expert than me, but it is interesting that ‘legitimate interest’ was held not to be a lawful basis for processing, and while ‘consent’ could provide the basis, an individuals ability to provide that consent in the face of such a monopoly was questioned. Worth a read if you are so inclined, or a story linked below.

This is an old story, but i had missed it. Its about the resolution of cameras linked to the potential for facial recognition, but discussing how some photo’s taken in Shanghai can (or could its a few years old) see people’s faces from miles away. On and on that, check out the story about the hacker and Hikvision. Not cool.

There is also some discussion of the UK’s ever ‘impressive’ efforts in the online safety bill, and what a disaster it would be for well, the UK.

The economist also has an interesting series on technology and war, linked below.

Hope you have a good week, and perhaps correlating to how late this newsletter is, today’s song… (obviously normally we all love monday’s because of the newsletter though? … right?) (Also the take in this song is pretty problematic, as it ignores the massive abuse this child was subject to, but just listen for the chorus and the dramatic intro).


Online Safety Bill: WhatsApp, Signal issue stark final warning against mass snooping of messages

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, USA: Anti-bias law for hiring algorithms goes into effect in New York City

Man Who Tried to Kill Queen With Crossbow Encouraged By AI Chatbot, Prosecutors Say 

See people’s faces from miles away in the 195 gigapixel photo of Shanghai. | HackerNoon

Frontier AI Regulation | GovAI Blog

AI: why installing ‘robot judges’ in courtrooms is a really bad idea

Meta Ran a Giant Experiment in Governance. Now It’s Turning to AI

Montana law restricting facial recognition use by police, public agencies takes effect | Biometric Update 

F1 British Grand Prix: Facial recognition at Silverstone being used – BBC News (placement of this story after previous one entirely coincidental)

Facial recognition for Birmingham e-scooters after boy’s death – BBC News

CJEU declares Meta/Facebook’s GDPR approach largely illegal

Hacker Targeting 500,000 Hikvision Cameras, Says Dahua Next

ChatGPT loses users for first time, shaking faith in AI revolution – The Washington Post

Financial Times, How much should we fear artificial intelligence? 

Business Insider, AI may be able to predict your political views based on how attractive you are, a recent study found (come on, you would have clicked too)

EDRI, Despite warning from lawyers, EU governments push for mass surveillance of our digital private lives

Economist Series on technology and war

In – or out? Wimbledon considers replacing line judges with AI (this is just me trying to be relevant)


The nuclear governance model won’t work for AI | Chatham House 


ICRC, Loitering munitions: flagging an urgent need for legally binding rules for autonomy in weapon systems

Essex Law, Unbreakable Shields: Some Tips to Safeguard Your Digital Realm



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