5G and GDPR? It won’t just be living beings at risk, but also fictitious legal entities in the form of tech corporations.
Could a European Union data protection regulation introduced only last year help defeat the rollout of 5G technology and the Internet of Things?
First, the health angle of 5G
Numerous health concerns exist over 5G. An already long list of complaints – from mild headache to full-blown cancer – continues to grow daily.
Such issues arise from people’s adverse reactions to electromagnetic fields (such as from wi-fi routers), radio frequency radiation (e.g., smart meters, mobile devices), and even dirty electricity (usually from bad circuit wiring).
But as incidence increases, and information spreads more widely, ordinary people are starting to see and connect dots. (Maybe that’s one reason you landed here?)
Online campaigns have been warning about electromagnetic pollution for years. Now new waves of #Stop5G campaigners on social media and alternative digital media outlets are surfacing too.
There are even knowledgeable community activists being heard at public venues, speaking events and in local traditional media (sometimes suffering as a result).
In a wider context, rumours are currently going around online about personal injury lawyers in the US gearing up to try 5G-related cases in the law courts. There’s even talk of a possible class action law suit.
Add that insurers won’t touch the 5G sector and are not willing to underwrite their high business-to-customer public liability and business-to-business professional indemnity risks.
What’s astonishing about this situation is that 5G is being rolled out nonetheless.
Watch this short clip of an apparently insane industry regulator to get the idea:
(Thanks to Lisa Michalek for uploading this clip to Youtube)
5G and IoT attack surfaces
But next to health sits another tool in the bag, one that may bring down rather quickly 5G and the wider mobile industry.
It’s almost unbelievable that one of 5G’s key vulnerabilities – the fact it can be hacked and will be repeatedly without mercy – seems to be getting overlooked in the #Stop5G movement.
Of course, this can be put down to a number of causes, such as suffering is humanly simple and the deliberately parallel world of legalese isn’t.
However, consumers will become more vulnerable, more than at any time in mankind’s history, to covert surveillance in their private lives. And other abuses would surely follow as a result.
This therefore opens up countless litigation opportunities, each one involving far-reaching consequences, that will target equipment manufacturers, companies that control or process personal data, and even governments.
For some time longer, there have been developments with activists creating legally acceptable documents that ordinary people can serve themselves on tech-company officials or politicians, in many cases not having to go to court. This tactic has allegedly had remarkable results but up-take remains slow.
Remember that commercial insurers won’t touch 5G! The tech defendants in civil cases will stand in the dock without any protection funds or ongoing financial assistance that comes from insurance companies.
So it really won’t just be living beings at risk, but also fictitious legal entities in the form of companies and corporations.
The nightmare is just waiting to happen
And the encroaching 5G-driven Internet of Things (IoT) will attempt to connect virtually everything, living and inert, to each other via local, regional and ultimately centralised control hubs.
Nokia’s head of product management security Patrick Rhude recently told a conference: “5G has 200 times more access points for hackers than existing networks.”
16 October 2019
A number of internet-connected devices are so lacking in even the most basic cybersecurity protocols that it’s possible to hack them in as little as three minutes, allowing cyberattackers to steal data, conduct espionage on enterprise activities, or even cause physical damage.
The poor security in Internet of Things products — including IP connected security systems, connected climate control and energy meters, smart video conferencing systems, connected printers, VoIP phones, smart fridges, and even smart lightbulbs — pose an inherent risk to the security of organisations which deploy them, researchers have warned.
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Breaches of data transfer from connected devices – fridges, health-monitoring smart watches, televisions, etc, etc – will open up possibilities for huge fines to be imposed under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Under GDPR, companies can be fined as much as €20 million or 2 percent of worldwide turnover (whichever is greater) for particularly bad data breaches. In worst cases, where there is non-compliance with the authorities from data controller or processor, those figures double.
Although most GDPR fines would reach nowhere near the uncapped penalties legislated for, data protection complaints arising from data breaches will – just like 5G ill-health cases – most certainly rise considerably in number.
Again, the number of access points 5G will present for hackers will likely multiply by at least 200 times from its currently estimated level.
11 February, 2019
A recent report, published by the UK-based multinational legal firm DLA Piper, has revealed that since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation became enforceable on May 25, 2018, almost 60,000 data breach notifications have been reported to data protection agencies in European Union Member States.
During that period, according to the report, data protection agencies have imposed 91 fines for GDPR breaches. However, these fines were not all related to exposing private personal information. For instance, Google was the company subjected to the highest fine, €50 million, by the French data protection authority (CNIL) in relation to processing personal data for advertising purposes without first obtaining the permission required under the new EU legislation.
Other fines included in the recently released report include a €20,000 GDPR penalty for a German company that failed to hash its employee’s passwords and a company in Austria which was fined €4,800 for excessive use of CCTV cameras that keep watch on a public pathway. Other findings in the report include the fact that the Netherlands was the EU country with the most complaints at 15,000, followed closely by Germany with 12,500 and the UK with 10,600 reports.
#Stop5G campaigns mainly focus on 5G’s negative health features. They (we) are becoming increasingly heard and established media are also picking up on the issue.
But from the business side, it’s all about money and gaining market prominence.
And the best place to hurt any corporate legal fiction is always in the wallet.