Privacy Day, Augmented Cameras, and new reading for the New Year

Government Affairs and Professional Standards Newsletter for January 2022
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Date 19 January 2022
Author Claudio Gennaro

Welcome to a new year and the new edition of the GA.PS newsletter, brought to you by Claudio Gennaro, Senior Advocacy Programmes Coordinator and Srikar Govindaraju, Senior Standards Programmes Coordinator. As always, with this newsletter we wish to give you an overview of the most relevant initiatives through the advocacy and professional standards lens for the market research, data and insights ecosystem.

We wish all of you a very happy New Year, and hope you join us throughout 2022 to get the latest insights into what's happening in the world of government affairs and professional standards!

CNIL’s Public Consultation on Augmented Cameras

The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), France's Data Protection Authority, has published a public consultation on its guidelines on the use of augmented cameras in public areas. Such cameras are described by the CNIL as having "automatic image processing" tools, which distinguishes them from biometric recognition equipment. The use of these cameras, according to the agency, might "allow for the extraction of various information from the generated video feeds" and therefore pose substantial threats to individual’s privacy.

The deadline for submissions for the public consultation is March 11th 2022.

Celebrate International Privacy Day

On April 26 2006, the Council of Europe decided to establish what was originally known as Data Protection Day, which is observed annually on January 28th, the date on which the Council of Europe's data protection convention known as "Convention 108" was opened for signature. Data Protection Day is now observed all over the world, and is known as Privacy Day outside of Europe.

ESOMAR will celebrate International Privacy Day by broadcasting a global discussion under the theme “Overcoming privacy issues in the post-Covid era,” on the role of data protection and privacy, and the emerging challenges and opportunities worldwide.

The discussion, hosted by Claudio Gennaro, ESOMAR's Senior Advocacy Programmes Coordinator, will be welcomed and introduced by Finn Raben, ESOMAR's Director General, and Mike Cooke, Chair of ESOMAR's Legal Affairs Committee, and will see the participation of global experts from the research, data and insights community who will share their views about incoming challenges and opportunities.

Keep an eye on our website as we update the full list of panelists.

The event will be broadcasted on January 28th 2022 at 07:30-08:30 and 15:30-16:30 pm UTC.

The Reading Nook

This is where the ESOMAR team share the articles, books, and other media that have caught their attention recently. Want to submit an interesting piece you have read too? Contact us at and we'll be sure to include it.

Dark clouds and silver linings: impact of COVID-19 on internet users’ privacy

In a piece for Brookings, Niam Yaraghi, a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation, and Samantha Lai, a research assistant at the Center for Technology Innovation, write that research found an increase in online traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that advances in data analytics have improved consumer surveillance. Third-party sharing grew with online use throughout the epidemic, according to a review of the top 1,000 U.S. websites.

2021 was the year of monster AI models  

This MIT Technology Review piece looks at a little discussed element of AI systems – their size. As AI systems grow in complexity, ability, and accessibility, the complexity behind their training increases. Datasets and GPU usage are ballooning, and this piece reveals some truly mind blowing numbers behind some of the latest and most advanced AI tools in development.

China’s “Peoples Courts” Resolve Online Disputes At Tech Firms

ESOMAR provides members with a dispute settlement mechanism through our Disciplinary Procedures, however some platforms in China are taking it a step further with panels of consumers asked to adjudicate on complaints raised against companies. Read on for a fascinating look at how ecommerce, public opinion, and now the government, are working to develop a novel way of dispute resolution.

Until next time 

Let us know your thoughts on the newsletter, any content you would like to share, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the next edition!

Discover more about the Government Affairs and Professional Standards team

Srikar Govindaraju
ESOMAR Staff, Senior Standards Programmes Coordinator at ESOMAR
Claudio Gennaro
Legal and Public Affairs Manager at ESOMAR
Claudio Gennaro
Legal and Public Affairs Manager at ESOMAR