The latest proposals from the Council seek to further undermine protection from profiling. The draft text from the Council not only re-inserts profiling into the (absurdly long) list of measures in the Regulation that Member States can choose not to impose, it also increases the range of justifications for doing so.
Jacob Kohnstamm, the Chairman of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA), presented the annual report 2014 to the Standing Committee on Security and Justice of the House of Representatives. The main themes of this report are data profiling, decentralisation (the delegation of tasks from the central government and the provinces to the municipalities) and the processing of personal data in the area of employment.
If you happen to be a fan of the heavy metal band Isis (an unfortunate name, to be sure), you may have trouble ordering its merchandise online. Last year, Paypal suspended a fan who ordered an Isis t-shirt, presumably on the false assumption that there was some association between the heavy metal band and the terrorist group ISIS.
Then last month Internet scholar and activist Sascha Meinrath discovered that entering words such as "ISIS" (or "Isis"), or "Iran", or (probably) other words from this U.S. government blacklist in the description field for a Venmo payment will result in an automatic block on that payment, requiring you to complete a pile of paperwork if you want to see your money again. This is even if the full description field is something like "Isis heavy metal album" or "Iran kofta kebabs, yum."
These examples may seem trivial, but they reveal a more serious problem with the trust and responsibility that the Internet places in private payment intermediaries.
In the Netherlands the use of facial recognition technologies for marketing and profiling purposes of customers seems to be increasing. According to the source, this is legally allowed in cases where costumers provide consent. The article highlights the mainstreaming of biometrical technologies. It is questionable if the general public agrees to the widespread use of such technologies and what the impact on societal interaction will be once the technologies have become ubiquitous.