Op Ed: The Thought Police

January 7th, 2018 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / No Comments / Tags: , , ,

From Jean Godden, Westside Seattle:

Sun, 12/24/2017

By Jean Godden

“It is a bright cold day in April, and the clocks are striking thirteen.”

That’s the famous first sentence of “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel. Orwell imagined Oceania, a dystopia with powerful symbols like “Big Brother,” double think (“War is Peace”) and the systematic destruction of the English language.

Evoking double think and the purging of language has echoes in this country. The Washington Post recently reported on a Trump administration directive that bars use of certain words and phrases by divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services. When identified words were used by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), documents were flagged and sent back for “correction.”

The White House directive cited seven words and phrases that must not appear in official budget transmittals: vulnerable, transgender, fetus, diversity, entitlement, science-based and evidence-based.

This is not the first time that the Trump administration has barred commonly-used words and phrases. Earlier “sex education” was banned and a substitute proscribed. That phrase has been replaced by “sexual risk avoidance,” a term limited to abstinence-only education. At the Department of Agriculture, staffers were given a list of replacements for the phrases “climate change” and “reduce greenhouse gases.” A political appointee at the Environmental Protection Agency was seen striking out the words “climate change” from grant applications.

The idea of disallowing words is chilling. In Orwell’s fictional novel, the hero Winston Smith was employed at the Ministry of Truth — known as Minitrue in Newspeak, the language devised to replace Oldspeak or Standard English. Winston’s job was to rewrite articles and documents using approved vocabulary.

The new language was to have far fewer words. Winston’s friend Syme was employed writing a Newspeak dictionary, “cutting the language down to the bone.” Syme tells Winston: “It is a good thing the destruction of words. . . After all, what justification is there for a word which is the opposite of some other words? If you have a word like ‘good,’ what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well.”

Orwell wrote that the object of Newspeak was to narrow the range of thought in Oceania. Without a wide vocabulary, thought would become more difficult. With words eliminated, eventually it would be impossible to commit “Thoughtcrime.” Reduction of language was one horror of Orwell’s totalitarian state.

Oceania, thankfully, is fiction; but now to today’s reality: Early response to the heavy-handed censorship of the Centers for Disease Control has mainly been “surely this is just kidding” or “they can’t be serious.” There have been some attempts at denial. However, the Orwellian move seems to have occurred. In fact, officials have even suggested work arounds. Take the case of the phrase “science-based.” It’s not okay to say that, but you can say something like: “The CDC bases its recommendation on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”

Not surprisingly there has been a strong backlash. Planned Parenthood vice president Dana Singisler was quoted saying, “This is not just a change in vocabulary. It means that the Trump-Pence Administration is trying to radically change the focus of the entire agency.”

The idea of a directive to stop using certain words not only flies in the face of the First Amendment but into the very concept of American democracy. It is particularly egregious directed at the CDC which uses science to protect us against disease and disaster. If terms like “vulnerable” and “fetus” are abolished, how can you work to combat the devastation of the Zeka virus? If “climate change” is forbidden, how can we save the planet? Where is this language clampdown taking us?

This war of words is not worthy of an open society, either in its Orwellian censorship or in the administration’s flaunting of science and reason. It is high time that people and politicians of good will and constitutional backbone stand up for what is right and insist on an end to would-be thought police.

Privacy News Update, 1-1-18

January 1st, 2018 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Privacy News Update, 1-1-18

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12/30: The man who can’t face the internet

12/29: Easy, Expert Setup Tips for Maximum Privacy on Your New Device

12/29: How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

12/29: Hundreds of Creepy Mobile Games Can Use Your Mic to Track What You Watch on TV

12/28: Facebook Just Clarified That It Is Not Collecting Data From India’s Controversial National ID Database

12/28: Dirt Boxes: The Newest Government Tool for Warrantless Privacy Invasion

12/28: Congressional Discussion On Section 702 Renewal Postponed Until 2018

12/28: How to Keep Your Smartened-Up Home Safe From Hackers

12/28: How to Stop Creeping Authoritarianism

12/27: 5 New Year’s Resolutions to Protect Your Technology

12/27: Column: A federal judge takes aim at ‘voluntary’ company wellness programs that invade your privacy

12/27: Meet the Newest Cryptocurrency Trend: Privacy Coins

12/27: Privacy Advocate Richard Holober on the Tech Backlash of 2017

12/24: In Practice, Police Accountability Is Not The Main Function Of Body Cameras

12/24: StealthCrypto Launches Privacy for Mobile Phones Worldwide

12/23: Companies you’ve never heard of are exposing your personal data

12/23: What to do before selling or donating your phone

12/22: ‘Tis the season for unfettered government access to your data

12/22: Tech toys could put kids’ privacy at risk. Here’s how to stay safe.

12/22: Top 10 privacy podcasts of 2017

12/22: Justice Dept. Won’t Budge on Terms of Intelligence Law

12/22: Privacy Complaints Mount Over Phone Searches at U.S. Border Since 2011

12/22: US Government Alleges Edward Snowden Is Talking With Russian Spy Agencies

12/22: FOIA Researchers Are Targeting a Shadowy FBI Program Called ‘Gravestone’

12/22: Snowden’s New App Turns Your Spare Android Phone into a Pocket-Sized Security System

12/21: A look back at privacy in 2017

12/21: Privacy in 2017: A year in review

12/21: Senators seek to stop expansion of airport facial scans

12/21: Burger Joint Teams Up With Surveillance Giant to Scan Your Face for Loyalty Points

12/21: Homeland Security’s Airport Facial Scans Are Buggy and Possibly Illegal, Report Finds

12/20: Central banks using big data to learn about who they serve

12/20: Facebook launches facial recognition service to address privacy concerns

12/20: How to securely erase an iPhone in just 3 steps

12/20: Wickr introduces end-to-end encryption for screen sharing

12/19: A Groundbreaking Case May Force Controversial Data Firm Cambridge Analytica to Reveal Trump Secrets

12/19: The most read Privacy Advisor stories of 2017

12/19: Facebook Swears It Won’t Use Its New Powerful Face Recognition to Suggest ‘People You May Know’

12/19: Facebook wants your face data in the name of privacy

12/19: Facebook to notify users when photos of them are uploaded

12/19: Facebook Wants Your Face and You’ll Probably Let Them Have It

12/18: What to keep in mind about your privacy when taking genetics tests like 23andMe or AncestryDNA

12/18: When Justin Trudeau was in opposition, he voted for Canada’s PATRIOT Act but promised to fix it; instead he’s making it much, much worse

12/18: Facebook said the US government is making more secret requests for data than ever before

12/17: Uber Ex-Manager Details Company’s Alleged Surveillance Tactics

12/16: Big Brother on wheels? Fired security robot divides local homeless people

12/15: 35 Times Privacy Was A Lie In 2017

12/15: ACLU calls for public involvement on Boston IoT project

12/15: Former Employee Accused Uber of Hacking and Surveillance

12/14: Social media may help chronically ill connect to doctors, fellow patients

12/13: FPF announces 2017 Privacy Papers winners

12/13: Teens don’t realize how much their parents track them online

12/13: DNA kits raise security concerns

12/13: Digital assistants offer convenience,​ but what about privacy?

Local (PNW):

12/28: Seattle Bans Landlords From Screening “Qualified” Tenants

12/26: Commentary: Portland takes further steps to ensure HIV patients’ privacy, city’s public health director says

12/15: Error With Recording Device Leads to Dismissal of 61 Cases From Prostitution Bust

Govt (Fed):

12/26: Worried about your online privacy? So is SC Congressman Mark Sanford

12/21: Spy chiefs pressure Congress to renew expiring surveillance law

12/21: Paul, Wyden plan filibuster to oppose Section 702 extension

12/21: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Secure Election Systems

12/20: Snowden, privacy groups oppose new surveillance bill

12/20: Senate Republicans seek short-term Section 702 extension

12/20: U.S. lawmakers seek temporary extension to internet spying program

12/20: Congress Keeps Delaying Renewal of Its ‘Must-Pass’ Warrantless Surveillance Program

12/19: HHS launches efforts to address opioid crisis while focusing on privacy

12/17: “There Is a Constitutional Right of the Public to Film the Official Activities of Police Officers in a Public Place.”

12/16: Sen. Brian Schatz: Net neutrality isn’t dead

Govt (States & Cities):

12/30: Here’s how California lawmakers could step in to protect the online privacy of consumers in 2018

12/29: Excessive Force, Bodily Privacy Claims Upheld Against Gwinnett Deputies

12/21: Santa Clara County names first chief privacy officer

12/20: Wyoming Supreme Court: Users can sue rent-to-own company for privacy invasion

12/20: Maine AG to review whether sharing patient data violated privacy law

12/18: Can privacy trump First Amendment in Iowa Supreme Court case v. Des Moines Register?

12/15: Wisconsin, the Surveillance State

12/13: NYC passes legislation to address algorithmic bias

Policy & Opinion:

12/30: The Best Way to Rule for Carpenter (Or, How to Expand Fourth Amendment Protections Without Making A Mess)

12/28: Fourth Amendment Challenge to Personal Privacy in the 21st Century

12/21: The Disparate Impact of Surveillance

12/21: Commentary: Technology is an important tool, but we must limit its influence over our lives

12/21: What to do about internet-connected toys?

12/21: Reconciling Katz and the Fourth Amendment Text

12/19: On the tension between municipal open data and privacy

12/15: Op-Ed: Why engineering for privacy needs standards


12/31: Iran Moves to Block Social Media Apps, Mobile Networks as Protests Spread

12/30: Tracking part of tech firm’s plan to transform part of Toronto

12/29: Police, civic workers could be fined or jailed under new anti-snooping law (Canada)

12/29: What is the GDPR? GeekWire’s guide to new European data protection laws that impact the cloud

12/29: City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto (Canada)

12/28: NSW failing to protect public’s private data from identity fraud (Oz)

12/27: China is testing an electronic identification system on WeChat

12/26: Olympic Planners Want to Scan the Faces of Hundreds of Thousands at the 2020 Tokyo Games

12/23: One of America’s biggest allies in the Middle East is hiring ex-CIA officers to build a spy empire

12/22: P.E.I. privacy commissioner: 2011 election leak violated provincial law (Canada)

12/22: Op-Ed: ePrivacy reg shouldn’t penalize sites for blocking ad-blockers (EU)

12/22: ECHR: Video surveillance at work breached personal privacy (EU)

12/21: Op-Ed: Hong Kong surveillance ordinance needs an update

12/21: Researchers able to re-identify government data (Oz)

12/21: Chinese company ends live-streaming feature amid privacy concerns

12/21: Canadian Government Looking To Step Up Domestic Surveillance, Scale Back Intelligence Oversight

12/20: China surveillance streaming platform shut down amid privacy concerns

12/19: Australian government’s recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems

12/19: Facebook just added a simple ‘on/off switch’ for its facial recognition features

12/19: Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life

12/19: Court Says German Intelligence Agency Can No Longer Hoard Billions Of Metadata Records

12/18: France to Facebook: You Have 30 Days to Stop Harvesting WhatsApp User Data

12/18: China will collect the DNA of every adult in Xinjiang province, where Uyghur people are systematically oppressed

12/16: Uber secretly recorded phone calls with its employees without their permission, explosive letter claims

12/15: Halifax airport installs facial recognition kiosks (Canada)

12/15: Will Canada have its own right to be forgotten?

12/14: Human Rights Watch sounds alarm on biometric data collection in Xinjiang

12/14: NZ Privacy Commissioner files brief in US v. Microsoft

12/14: Op-Ed: Australian businesses need a culture shift around privacy

12/13: Want cheaper British car insurance? Mind how you shop

12/13: World’s Biggest Biometric Database Grows in India Amid Doubt

12/13: India’s digital ID sparks debate over human right to personal data


12/29: What the Tech? Cyber snoopers

12/29: How to Get Around OkCupid’s Stupid New ‘Real Name’ Policy

12/28: Smart products gaining favor in American homes

12/28: What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained

12/26: Guidemaster: Everything Amazon’s Alexa can do, plus the best skills to enable

12/26: Privacy Concerns about ‘always listening’ smart home devices

12/22: Amazon acquires security camera and doorbell maker Blink

12/22: Mandrake Linux Founder Announces Android OS Without Google Apps

12/21: CVS-Aetna merger could see tech advances, and privacy issues

12/20: After a busy 2017, Alexa is still on top — and still evolving

12/20: These three privacy-centric companies took part in Google’s ‘Adopt a Startup’ program

12/20: Twitter Finally Fixed Its Two Factor Authentication

12/20: Who’s who in the cybersecurity market? The inside scoop for 2018

12/20: An AI Accurately Guessed Race and Voting Patterns by Counting Cars on Google Street View

12/19: Drone Tracking Plan Moves U.S. Delivery by Air Closer to Reality

12/18: New Cybersecurity Nonprofit SAMSOC Aims to Draw Business to San Antonio

12/18: Why Siemens sees data privacy as a competitive advantage

12/18: World View unveils first pictures from its Stratollite high-altitude balloon platform

12/15: As drones rise in popularity, privacy concerns grow as well

12/15: Industry group releases privacy guidance on mobile health apps

12/14: Symantec CTO warns financial industry about using biometric authentication


1/2: Digital Natives or Digital Exiles?

12/29: In Season 4 Of ‘Black Mirror,’ Power Corrupts, But Love Still Matters

12/21: Peace on Earth? Not during New York suburbs’ Christmas light wars

Seattle-area TECC Volunteer Opportunity!

December 17th, 2017 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Seattle-area TECC Volunteer Opportunity!

as sent to the Seattle Privacy list today – Thanks to the TECC Clinic for doing this work and good luck in your efforts! #6

Hello all!

I’ve been working with a volunteer committee that includes a mixture of city and nonprofit representatives who share the common goal of reducing technology enabled coercive control (TECC) in Seattle. TECC can be defined as an abusive situation where technology is being used by the abuser to enable their abuse of the victim. These cases usually look like domestic violence cases with a cyber stalking component. For example, an estranged spouse may lock you out of your gmail account and delete evidence such as email histories. Victims may be repeatedly hacked by their spouses or relatives who know their security question answers and backup email addresses. This account compromise often prevents private communication between the victim and their legal representation.

The TECC Committee includes Natalie Dolci from the Seattle Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, Candace Faber from Seattle Information Technology, the nonprofit New Beginnings and others. I’m the CEO of a privacy startup and I participate on the committee as a tech volunteer.

We are looking for additional technology volunteers who are willing to donate their time to the TECC Volunteer Clinic by either 1) helping to develop curriculum for both the volunteers and the victims or 2) working one on one with victims to help them reclaim and secure their accounts, help them set up two factor authentication, etc.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, feel free to reach out. I’ve also attached a document with more information about the TECC Volunteer Clinic.



Amy Eskridge Pettigrew
CEO, Arkham Storage

(256) 541-6457 / @amypgrew / https://arkham.io

Privacy News Update, 12-12-17

December 12th, 2017 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Privacy News Update, 12-12-17

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12/12: Netflix tweet prompts questions over data collection

12/12: China Now Has Robo-Surveillance That Can Track Nearly 2 Billion People

12/12: Netflix reminds everyone it’s creeping on them

12/11: Uber’s Massive Scraping Program Collected Data About Competitors Around The World

12/11: Is Alexa Really Eavesdropping on You?

12/11: Voice-Activated Assistants Raise Privacy Concerns

12/11: How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web

12/11: HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

12/9: Spread of DNA testing kits prompts privacy concerns

12/8: Amazon bringing Echo and Alexa to 80 additional countries in major global expansion

12/8: 3 essential privacy settings for your Amazon Echo

12/8: How to Track a Cellphone Without GPS—or Consent

12/6: Americans don’t want phones searched without a warrant

12/5: Company with no privacy policy to collect brainwave data on 1.2 million students

12/4: Facebook targets young children with Messenger Kids

12/4: How to wipe your phone or tablet before you sell it

12/4: Google to crack down on apps that snoop

12/4: People Keep Finding Hidden Cameras In Their Airbnbs And There’s Only So Much The Company Can Do

12/2: US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life

12/1: Volunteers Around the World Build Surveillance-Free Cellular Network Called ‘Sopranica’

12/1: House Panel Advances Bill on Key Surveillance Measure

12/1: House intel panel advances NSA spying bill despite privacy objections

12/1: Opinion | From net neutrality to digital privacy, Congress does diddly

12/1: Senator Wyden Asks DHS To Look Into Cell Tower Spoofer Use By Foreign Entities In Washington DC

11/30: Australian Man Uses Snack Bags As Faraday Cage To Block Tracking By Employer

11/30: Alexa Roundup: Amazon Improves Its Wish Fulfillment Device

11/30: HP Says Its Windows “Spyware” Only Collects Data Anonymously with User Consent

11/30: Google Sued Over Illegally Harvesting Personal Data from iPhones

11/29: Microsoft Might Have Helped HP Install Spyware on Users’ Windows Computers

11/29: The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

11/29: iPhone X: Absolutely everything you need to know

11/28: Facebook to demand “clear photo of your face”

11/28: Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

11/28: HP Quietly Installs System-Slowing Spyware On Its PCs, Users Say

11/28: Three quarters of Android apps track users with third party tools – study

11/27: Alphabet’s DeepMind Is Trying to Transform Health Care — But Should an AI Company Have Your Health Records?

11/27: Amazon Is Asking Indians To Hand Over Their Aadhaar, India’s Controversial Biometric ID, To Track Lost Packages

11/27: Governing in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

11/27: Justices ponder need for warrant for cellphone tower data

11/26: How office snooping boosts the bottom line

11/26: Reverse-engineering a connected Furby toy, revealing its disturbing security defects

11/25: Coalition could allow firms to buy access to facial recognition data

11/22: Google stops secretly tracking cellular location info

11/22: Google Knows Where You Are with GPS Turned Off and There’s Nothing You Can Do

11/21: Google Collects Android Users’ Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled

11/20: No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move

11/20: We Can’t Trust Facebook To Regulate Itself, Says Former Operations Manager

11/20: User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

11/18: Tech giants face tough curbs to protect teenagers’ privacy

11/17: Wireless Industry Lobbies To Ban States From Protecting Your Privacy, Net Neutrality

11/17: Why is this Company Tracking Where You Are on Thanksgiving?

11/17: Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

11/16: Hackers can freeze the camera that lets you know whether your “Amazon Key” equipped door is locked and who is using it

11/16: Web analytics companies offer “replay sessions” that let corporations watch every click and keystroke for individual users

11/16: Consumers Are Holding Off On Buying Smart-Home Gadgets Due To Security, Privacy Fears

11/16: The Dark Side of ‘Replay Sessions’ That Record Your Every Move Online

11/16: The Brutal Fight To Mine Your Data and Sell It To Your Boss

11/16: Amazon Key Flaw Could Let Rogue Deliverymen Disable Your Camera

11/16: Web analytics companies offer “replay sessions” that let corporations watch every click and keystroke for individual users

11/15: Motherboard’s excellent, accessible guide to internet security

11/14: How to Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Settings

11/10: Facebook’s Not Listening Through Your Phone. It Doesn’t Have To

11/9: Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we’re gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

11/8: Does employee surveillance improve or impair performance?

11/7: How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met

11/6: Big Brother isn’t just watching: workplace surveillance can track your every move

11/2: Apple Plans to Share Some Data That the iPhone X Collects About Your Face. That’s a Huge Worry.

10/28: Rumors That Facebook Is Secretly Recording You Refuse to Die

10/26: Google Engineer Reveals How the iPhone Camera Can Be Used to Spy on Users

10/25: Kiosks are Looking at You, Too

10/25: Kaspersky Confirms It Downloaded Classified Docs, Blames NSA Contractor’s Dumb Mistake

10/23: Librem 5 Privacy-Focused Linux Phone Crowdfunding Campaign Ends with $2 Million

10/21: Study says body cameras don’t always change police behavior

10/21: Kids’ smart watches are a security/privacy dumpster-fire

10/20: Facebook’s security is like a “college campus,” but they face threats like a “defense contractor”

10/6: US Intelligence Unit Accused Of Illegally Spying On Americans’ Financial Records

10/5: 21 Things That May Actually Give You Some Damn Privacy

Local (PNW):

12/8: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

12/7: How smart should your kitchen be?

11/30: Seattle Newspaper Files Petition To Peel Back Layers Of Court-Aided Surveillance Secrecy

11/29: Let’s hear the case for secrecy

11/29: Supreme Court Justices Hint at More Digital-Privacy Protections

11/27: Meet the Uber guy in Seattle who helps fight crime with data

11/23: What you need to know about the new ID law and travel

10/19: Here’s when you’ll need a passport with a Wash. ID to fly

10/18: Washington state gets REAL ID extension through October 2018

Govt (Fed):

12/6: Things The Intelligence Community Is Cool With: Backdoor Searches, Skirting Reporting Requirements, Parallel Construction

12/1: NSA staffer pleads guilty to taking home top secret files

12/1: Opinion: Like Scalia, Gorsuch seems willing to protect privacy – if you call it property

11/30: Democrat Senators Introduce National Data Breach Notification Law

11/30: Facebook Judge Frowns on Bid To Toss Biometric Face Print Suit

11/28: NSA breach spills over 100GB of top secret data

11/27: Judge Tosses Long-Running Section 215 Surveillance Lawsuit

11/22: DHS Deploying Stingrays Hundreds Of Times A Year

11/21: NSA Section 702 Q&A Glosses Over Incidental Collection Problems, Domestic Surveillance

11/21: FCC Will Also Order States To Scrap Plans For Their Own Net Neutrality Laws

11/18: Then there were four: Another draft US law on ‘foreign’ (aka domestic) mass spying emerges

11/17: Pentagon mass surveillance slurped up the world’s social media traffic; then they dumped it on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server

11/17: Massive US Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open In AWS S3 Buckets

11/17: Most Senate Intelligence Committee Members Are Fine With Domestic Surveillance By The NSA

11/16: US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That’s really dumb – boffins

11/16: Federal Extreme Vetting Plan Castigated By Tech Experts

11/15: US govt’s ‘foreign’ spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let’s reauth that…

11/14: FDA Approves Digital Pill That Tracks If Patients Have Ingested Their Medication

11/9: Al Franken Just Gave the Speech Big Tech Has Been Dreading

11/8: US domestic, er, foreign spying bill progresses through Congress

11/3: Dianne Feinstein Wants Twitter To Just Hand Her A Bunch Of Private Communications

10/20: The Fourth Amendment and querying the 702 database for evidence of crimes

10/5: Lawmakers Propose Bipartisan Changes to Controversial Surveillance Program

Govt (States & Cities):

12/11: Lawsuits claim employers illegally require biometric data for employment

12/11: Mass. court rules police records are public information

12/7: Missouri governor’s penchant for secrecy goes digital with messaging app that leaves no trace

11/30: Facebook Judge Frowns on Bid to Toss Biometric Face Print Suit

11/21: New York Court Says NYPD Must Get Warrants To Deploy Stingrays

11/20: Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer’s iPhone, iCloud files

11/17: Hey, cop! You need a warrant to stalk a phone with a Stingray – judge

11/14: Texas National Guard Latest Agency To Be Discovered Operating Flying Cell Tower Spoofers

11/14: Why Google Should Be Afraid of a Missouri Republican’s Google Probe

11/13: Google Subpoenaed Over Data Privacy, Antitrust in Missouri

Policy & Opinion:

12/12: Mobile app trackers can lead to significant data loss

12/11: Personal Information and Privacy – Wayne MacKay

12/11: The concerns related to offshoring PHI

12/11: Police Body Cameras: Indispensable Accountability Tool or Surveillance Nightmare?

12/10: The Supreme Court’s privacy case shows Congress needs to draw new lines

12/4: Facebook launches Messenger for kids under 13 — let’s chat about how unnecessary that is

12/4: ‘Microsoft Challenged the Wrong Law. Now What?’

12/4: Should Apple Share iPhone X Face Data With App Developers?

12/3: A tech nerd falls out of love with technology

11/30: The future of American privacy rights will be defined this year

11/29: Supreme Court Must Understand: Cell Phones Aren’t Optional

11/28: Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there’s still time to unplug it

11/28: Supreme Court Must Understand: Cell Phones Aren’t Optional

11/28: Decentralized biometric authentication reshapes mobile payments

11/27: Supreme court cellphone case puts free speech – not just privacy – at risk

11/27: How the Supreme Court could keep police from using your cellphone to spy on you

11/24: Against the positive law model in the Carpenter cell-site case

11/23: Lessons from the Bushmen: How this tech-free society could foreshadow our technological future

11/22: Permissionless data slurping: Why Google’s latest bombshell matters

11/21: Could the smart city mean the death of privacy?

10/22: Is Trump doing enough to keep this major privacy agreement alive?

10/20: Preserving the Right to Obscurity in the Age of Facial Recognition


12/12: Welcome To The Surveillance State: China’s AI Cameras See All

12/12: Council of the EU weighs in on ePrivacy processing

12/11: Canada’s Supreme Court rules some text messages considered private

12/11: Canada’s privacy watchdog launches probe into Uber hack

12/8: Canada’s U.S. ambassador downplays border pre-clearance bill privacy concerns

12/5: Bell’s Latest Privacy Solution: Enhance Internet Privacy By Blocking Access to It (Canada)

12/4: Top EU Privacy Campaigner Says He Wants Lots Of Money For ‘None Of Your Business’

12/4: German government wants backdoors for spying added to cars, computers, IoT devices

12/8: Therrien calls for stronger measures on destroying surveillance data(Canada)

12/4: Creepy Cayla doll violates liberté publique, screams French data protection agency

12/1: Brit cyber-spies: Fancy meeting outside court to talk about evidence?

12/1: Homeland Security Claims DJI Drones Are Spying For China

11/30: UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers

11/30: UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law

11/30: Google Faces Lawsuit For Gathering Personal Data From Millions of iPhone Users (UK)

11/30: UK consumer group sues Google over personal data collection

11/29: Canadian court gives limited OK to warrantless Stingrays

11/29: Max Schrems launches privacy NGO, wins €60k within first 24 hours (Austria)

11/27: Australians will trade privacy for security if you frame it right

11/27: Yet Another Legal Action By Dogged Privacy Activist Brings Good News And Bad News For Facebook In EU’s Highest Court

11/27: Despite Google ties, Sidewalk Labs CEO says there’s no intent to sell data from Toronto smart city project

11/26: Investigators claim that Oxbridge and other top UK universities are operating a massive, illegal surveillance dragnet aimed at students/alumni and their friends and families

11/24: Uber Faces EU-Wide Privacy Probes Into Hidden Hacking Attack

11/24: Regulators Question Google Over Location Data (South Korea)

11/24: EU Lawmakers Back Exports Control on Spying Technology

11/24: UK spy court ruled immune from judicial review – for now

11/17: Germany Bans Children’s Smartwatches

11/17: Privacy commissioner raises concerns over proposed provincial prescription monitoring plan (Canada)

11/16: Google says broader right to be forgotten is ‘serious assault’ on freedom

11/14: Facebook safe from massive privacy lawsuit for now (EU)

11/7: UK’s surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing

11/7: Commuters’ phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census (UK)

10/25: EU regulators slam WhatsApp for continuing user data policy concerns

10/13: Dutch Privacy Watchdog Accuses Microsoft of Violating Windows 10 Users’ Privacy

10/10: Most Australians Aren’t Concerned About The Government’s Facial Recognition System


12/8: Privacy tech products continue to hit the market ahead of GDPR

12/7: Startup Nomad’s ‘human billboard’ marketing blends digital technology with a personal touch

12/6: Learning with Privacy at Scale

12/5: Review: Amazon Cloud Cam is a solid security camera, but clearly just a start for the tech giant

12/4: Tenta browser for Android adds feature to keep ISPs and others from seeing which sites users visit

12/4: Facebook wants your child on its new Messenger Kids app

11/22: Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google’s creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

11/21: Tricking voice recognition on Amazon Echo and Google Home

11/20: Another Tor Browser Feature Makes It Into Firefox: First-Party Isolation

11/16: Firefox Will Block Navigational Data URIs as Part of an Anti-Phishing Feature

11/16: Amazon Key hack could make you clueless in a home invasion

11/15: Lock it down: The macOS security guide (updated)

11/14: FDA approves first digital pill

11/14: Privacy Pass protocol promises private perusing

11/14: Smart toys play with security fire, consumer group finds

11/5: Ditch All Those Other Messaging Apps: Here’s Why You Should Use Signal

11/3: Biggest Tor overhaul in a decade adds layers of security improvements

10/25: New service gives Amazon a Key to your house for deliveries

10/17: Amazon and Garmin team up to bring Alexa into the car with $150 Speak device

10/12: Startup Spotlight: Tinitell helps parents keep track of their kids with wearable mobile phones

10/12: iPhone X Will Hide Notifications When Someone Else Is Looking at the Screen

7/6: 5 Privacy Worries on 4 Wheels: Staying Safe in the Connected Car Era


From God to the Stasi, how we respond to being watched

11/17: Privacy concerns and digital snooping by police

10/30: This film is made entirely with surveillance footage

10/8: Is Privacy Dead? (video)

If only……!

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The stress of the surveillance state.

Seattle’s Stranger – Federal Ct Electronic Surveillance petition

November 20th, 2017 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Seattle’s Stranger – Federal Ct Electronic Surveillance petition / Tags: , , ,

This is potentially huge – way to step up, Stranger!

From SLOG, November 17:
Why We’re Petitioning Seattle’s Federal Court to Unseal Electronic Surveillance Orders

It’s now easier than ever for cops to snoop on Americans without their knowledge.

Using technology known as pen registers and trap and trace devices, law enforcement can collect a wealth of data on internet and cell phone users, including who they call and email and what websites they visit. Through a federal law called the Stored Communications Act, police agencies can also force tech companies to hand over online communications records telling them all kinds of personal information.

All it takes to conduct electronic surveillance is a court order. Notably, pen register and trap and trace requests require a lower burden of proof than wiretaps, for which cops need a warrant. Rather than showing probable cause, police only need to demonstrate that the personal data they’re requesting is somehow relevant to a criminal investigation.

On top of that, under current court practices, it’s impossible to know how often judges grant electronic surveillance requests—much less how cops justify their surveillance, the forms of electronic surveillance permitted, and the companies compelled to assist with that surveillance. Federal court records related to electronic surveillance requests are filed under seal, and in many instances, they’re kept that way indefinitely. Even after police wrap up whatever criminal investigation they cited as a basis for their snooping.

Law enforcement conducts Internet and cell phone surveillance under complete secrecy, free from public scrutiny that could prevent them from abusing this power.

The Stranger filed a petition with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington today asking the Court to publicly docket electronic surveillance cases and unseal certain applications and orders in those cases so they are accessible to the public. Additionally, we’ve asked the court to unseal surveillance orders dating back to 2011, covering a span of recent history that includes Occupy Seattle, Black Lives Matter, several May Day smashups, and the first year of the Trump administration.

We’re represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital privacy and free speech advocacy group, and attorneys from the law firm of Dorsey and Whitney.

Our petition claims that the First Amendment and common law grants the public a right to access the requested electronic surveillance documents. As our lawyers write, public disclosure of these orders and applications “will further the public’s understanding of law enforcement, the Court, and the operation of the criminal justice system.”

We’re not the first organization to ask courts to unseal these types of surveillance orders. In D.C., the journalist Jason Leopold (then of Vice News, now of Buzzfeed) managed to free up information regarding thousands of surveillance orders from the federal district court in the U.S. capital. His petition, joined later by the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, revealed that police requests for electronic surveillance orders in the region increased 500 percent from 2011 to 2016. And in California, Riana Pfefferkorn of Stanford University and Jennifer Granick of the American Civil Liberties Union have been working on a similar effort to unseal surveillance records in the state’s Northern District.

Every court has its own method of keeping surveillance records under wraps. Back in July, I asked officials from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to walk me through how they manage non-warrant electronic surveillance cases. The Court’s Chief Deputy Clerk Lori Landis explained that such cases are designated as grand jury matters, even though they are not associated with any grand jury proceeding. As Landis explained to me, “We only use that case type so it can’t for sure be inadvertently unsealed.”

If our petition succeeds, the court will no longer use the grand jury designation for electronic surveillance cases, and information regarding those cases would show up on PACER, the online database for federal court documents. A favorable ruling would also free up more than five years-worth of records on electronic surveillance in Western Washington. At the very least, such records could tell us how often police ask the courts to authorize electronic surveillance in this district.

There are, of course, legitimate uses of surveillance to investigate criminal activity. There are also legitimate reasons to keep surveillance activity secret, particularly when revealing too much could compromise ongoing investigations. We understand if the government needs to redact some information from documents that are unsealed. But we believe that hiding surveillance records in their entirety—even when investigations conclude—flies in the face of transparency and the public’s right to access the judicial system.

The Stranger has a long track record of reporting on surveillance and police practices, from wireless mesh networks to social media tracking to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives cameras in the Central District. Records related to electronic surveillance at the federal level—particularly in this hub of tech and activism—could be a goldmine for stories in the same spirit.

We’re excited to share with you what we find out.

If only it were that simple….

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Privacy News Update, 11-12-17

November 12th, 2017 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Privacy News Update, 11-12-17

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11/11: Trumpocracy: Tracking the Creeping Authoritarianism of the 45th President

11/0: Are Face Scans Resurrecting the False Science of Physiognomy?

11/10: This Time, Facebook Is Sharing Its Employees’ Data

11/10: Sex Toy Company Admits To Recording Users’ Remote Sex Sessions, Calls It a ‘Minor Bug’

11/8: With Amazon Key’s launch, customers and lawyers have lots of questions

11/8: To prevent revenge porn, Facebook will look at user-submitted nude photos

11/8: AP Explains: Why smartphones are giving the police fits

11/7: Many Employers Are Using Tools To Monitor Their Staff’s Web-browsing Patterns, Keystrokes, Social Media Posts

11/7: European Court to Decide Whether U.K. Mass Surveillance Revealed by Snowden Violates Human Rights

11/7: How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met

11/7: FBI Says Once Again It Can’t Get Into a Gunman’s Mobile Phone

11/4: Are You OK With Google Reading Your Data?

11/4: Drones become crime-fighting tool, but perfection is elusive

11/4: Mitch McConnell: Tech Companies Should Help Us Weaponize the Internet Against Russia

11/3: We Tried Really Hard To Beat Face ID—and Failed (So Far)

11/3: Biggest Tor overhaul in a decade adds layers of security improvements

11/2: The DHS is buying a new database to store biometrics for 500 million people

11/2: App Developer Access To iPhone X Face Data Spooks Some Privacy Experts

11/2: New Brain Technologies Could Lead to Terrifying Invasions of Privacy, Warn Scientists

11/2: Millennials Willing to Exchange Data For Benefit or Convenience

10/31: Vendor Tracks LinkedIn Profile Changes To Alert Client Employers

10/31: Verizon has a new strategy to undermine online privacy and net neutrality

10/31: Verizon Wants To Ban States From Protecting Your Privacy

10/31: Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states’ net neutrality, privacy rules

10/31: A draft US law to secure election computers that isn’t braindead. Well, I’m stunned! I gotta lie down

10/30: BlackBerry CEO Promises To Try To Break Customers’ Encryption If the US Government Asks Him To

10/30: Tor blimey, guv’nor: Firefox to try on privacy tool’s Canvas gloves to leave fewer fingerprints

10/27: The New York Times Launches Tor Onion Service To Overcome Censorship, Ensure Privacy

10/26: Creeped out by Amazon Key? How the in-home delivery service will work

10/25: Amazon and Walmart can both soon put packages in your home when you’re not there — and it raises privacy concerns

10/25: FYI: iOS apps can turn on your camera any time without warning

10/25: With Camera Permission, iPhone Apps Can Surreptitiously Take Pictures and Videos

10/25: International data watchdogs: Websites don’t tell you who sees your privates

10/25: Apple defends Face ID accuracy as iPhone X launch looms

10/25: Amazon Key Puts Deliveries—and Delivery People—in Your Home

10/24: How Much Does the Government Really Need to Know About College Students in America?

10/23: A US drone advisory group has been meeting in secret. Some complain industry insiders have an outsize role.

10/23: Tech Firms Seek Washington’s Prized Asset: Top-Secret Clearances

10/19: Dear Abby: Clerk gets lesson in privacy from owner of a service dog

10/18: It Takes Just $1,000 to Track Someone’s Location With Mobile Ads

10/17: KRACK Wi-Fi bug: Here’s how to protect yourself

10/13: Justice Department Drops Request for Names of People Who ‘Liked’ Anti-Trump Facebook Page

10/12: Facebook scrubbed potentially damning Russia data before researchers could analyze it further

10/12: Go to Sleep, Alexa. It’s Not OK, Google

10/11: Google dumps Home Mini’s top touch function over privacy

10/10: A Touch Panel Bug Turned a Google Home Mini Into a Creepy Surveillance Device

10/10: Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won’t ever work

10/5: Uber’s iOS app could have recorded your screen

9/25: Google and Levi’s ‘connected’ jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more is going on sale

9/13: Can Cops Force You to Unlock Your Phone With Your Face?

1/4: Coming to Carnival Cruises: A Wearable Medallion That Records Your Every Whim


Local (PNW):

10/24: Portland could fight to keep unionized employees’ names secret

10/23: OHSU wins fight to withhold names of patients who plan to sue

10/18: Atlas Informatics to shut down, pulling the plug on its encrypted personal search engine

10/18: Cary Moon: City-owned internet ‘is an equity issue’


Govt (Fed):

11/9: DOJ: Strong Encryption That We Don’t Have Access To Is ‘Unreasonable’

11/8: U.S. House Panel Advances Bill Aimed at Limiting NSA Spying Program

11/8: Federal drone advisory panel knocked for ‘lack of transparency and poor management’

11/8: FBI tries to crack another smartphone: 5 essential reads

11/8: Texas gunman’s iPhone could reignite FBI-Apple feud over encryption

11/6: Lawmakers Have the Internet in Their Sights

11/3: Sexually active students must be reported to law enforcement or state officials, Oregon school district says

10/30: Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone’s messages

10/30: Reconsidering surveillance law raises anew issues of privacy

10/29: FBI’s Use of Foreign Intelligence Driving Privacy Debate

10/27: Supreme Court’s Cell Phone Tracking Case Could Hurt Privacy

10/26: Court asked to decide whether to limit electronics searches

10/26: President Trump Moves to Fill America’s Skies with Drones

10/25: Justice Department Demands Five Twitter Users’ Personal Info Over an Emoji

10/25: Drones thrown a bone: Americans can ask nicely to go where FAA says they can’t roam

10/25: Spy-bill renewal advances in Senate with few changes

10/25: FBI’s use of foreign intelligence driving privacy debate

10/24: FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption

10/24: Senate intelligence panel votes to renew surveillance law

10/24: Divided Senate Intelligence panel advances spy bill renewal without major changes

10/23: Microsoft drops suit over Justice Dept.’s secret data requests

10/19: Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks’ private overseas email

10/19: Senate Intelligence Committee to debate in secret a bill that would renew a powerful spy tool

10/16: Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

10/16: Apple answers Sen. Al Franken’s privacy concerns over Face ID

10/13: FBI director warns against restricting NSA surveillance

10/11: ‘There has never been a right to absolute privacy’ – US Deputy AG slams ‘warrant-proof’ crypto

9/28: Feds Monitoring Social Media Does More Harm Than Good


Govt (States & Cities):

11/11: Missouri lacks drug-monitoring plan despite governor’s order

11/9: New Mexico considers limiting access to police lapel video

11/9: Wisconsin Assembly approves limits on police body cam access

11/9: Florida court: Dead or not, privacy right remains alive

11/3: Albany police to begin wearing body cameras on Monday

11/3: Judge stops sale of Ring Protect home security systems

11/2: Georgia Attorney General Won’t Defend Election Officials in Lawsuit Over Wiped Electoral Server

11/1: Montana Supreme Court strikes down victim’s rights law

11/1: Mayor, police announce forward movement in body-worn camera purchase

10/31: Committee passes bill limiting access to police body cams

10/30: Police body cam bill up for Assembly committee vote

10/27: New Fare System Raises Security Concerns, but Officials Promise Safety

10/24: City in Iowa to install more surveillance cameras

10/18: Montana gets another extension to comply with federal ID law

10/16: Sutton, Jackley support opening access to government records

10/12: More police departments and other first-responders are using drones


Policy & Opinion:

11/11: The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Voting With Paper

11/9: Founder of Web Browser Opera Says Worried About Online Privacy

11/8: Full Tilt: When 100% of Cars Are Autonomous

11/7: The Paradise Papers Hacking and the Consequences of Privacy

11/2: ICANN gives domain souks permission to tell it the answer to Whois privacy law debacle

11/1: A techie on TV, ‘Silicon Valley’ star says he’s scared of what he sees as tech’s ethical failings

11/1: Not the Bots We Were Looking For

11/1: Why AI Is Still Waiting For Its Ethics Transplant

11/1: Real security requires strong encryption – even if investigators get blocked

10/31: Bloomberg Markets: Finding Balance Between Privacy and Security

10/27: When ‘Morale-Building’ Gets Too Personal

10/26: Owen Fiss and the Liberal Legal Tradition

10/26: Opinion: Amazon Key is Silicon Valley at its most out-of-touch

10/25: Police Cameras Had No Effect. Why?

10/25: I’m sorry, Amazon. Not in my house

10/20: Searching the communications of Americans should require a warrant

10/16: Remember how you said it was cool if your mobe network sold your name, number and location?

10/13: Dear America, you can’t steal a personality: GDPR godfather talks privacy with El Reg

10/12: The myth of responsible encryption: Experts say it can’t work

9/14: You Are Already Living Inside a Computer



11/3: Canada’s top court overstepped, can’t enforce Google to delist search results in U.S., judge rules

11/1: Estonia Is Enhancing the Security of Its Digital Identities

11/1: Russia’s Anti-VPN Law Goes Into Effect

10/30: China’s New, Severe Curbs on the Internet Leave Little Left to Censor

10/30: Calgary Police Cellphone Surveillance Device Must Remain Top Secret, Judge Rules (Canada)

10/26: WhatsApp? You still don’t get EU privacy laws, that’s WhatsApp

10/26: UK.gov: Use police body cams to grill suspects at scene of crime

10/24: Facebook Risks EU-Wide Privacy Fights After Setback at Top Court

10/19: Alphabet Is Trying to Reinvent the City, Starting With Toronto

10/19: Trade in Europe? Be Prepared to Hand Over Your Passport Number

10/19: China’s Internet Crackdown Isn’t Going Away

10/18: Brit spooks ‘kept oversight bodies in the dark’ over data sharing

10/18; First annual review of Privacy Shield gives it a resounding… ‘adequate’ (Europe)

10/17: Google reveals plan for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto waterfront — is there room left for Amazon’s second HQ?

10/16: How a German scandal resulted in a model transparency law

10/12: Facebook Is Watching You, Belgian Privacy Agency Warns in Court

10/12: OnePlus privacy shock: So, the cool Chinese smartphones slurp an alarming amount of data

10/11: Concerns raised about privacy, GDPR as Lords peer over Data Protection Bill



11/9: How to Make Cars Cooperate

11/7: Free keylogger: cheap keyboard records what you do and uploads it to the internet

11/6: Microsoft Releases Standards For Highly Secure Windows 10 Devices

11/5: Ask Slashdot: Should I Allow A ‘Smart TV’ To Connect To The Internet?

11/4: Firefox Borrows From Tor Browser Again, Blocks Canvas Fingerprinting

10/31: New VibWrite System Uses Finger Vibrations To Authenticate Users

10/26: Google slides DNS privacy into ‘Droid developer stream

10/23: Microsoft has had Apple’s new face-scanning feature for years, and it works great

10/11: Rejecting Sonos’ private data slurp basically bricks bloke’s boombox

10/11: Voice Assistants Aren’t So Easy to Fire

7/27: Best Buy bets on tech for monitoring elderly parents



11/8: Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side

11/4: To do in Austin: Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays

9/2017: We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

Privacy News Update, 10-17-17

October 18th, 2017 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Privacy News Update, 10-17-17 / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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10/15: Telcos “selling realtime ability to associate web browsing with name & address”

10/12: Google admits its new smart speaker was eavesdropping on users

10/11: Man asks Alexa if he is being detained

10/11: Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

10/7: Co-Parenting With Alexa

10/6: ‘Kids should not be guinea pigs’: Mattel pulls AI babysitter

10/6: Factions forming as Congress attempts to curb US spy power

10/5: How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it’s called the USA Liberty Act

10/5: Uber’s iOS app could have recorded your screen

10/4: Bipartisan group of lawmakers seek to impose new limit on NSA spy power

10/4: A web privacy expert lays out everything you need to know about the new rule that could upend the marketing business

10/4: Google dials up the creepy factor and targets families

10/3: Terror risks make tight security routine for world’s hotels

10/3: Facebook’s Privacy Feud With Austrian Heads to EU’s Top Court

10/3: Your Yahoo account info was definitely hacked — here’s what to do

9/29: How The Intercept Preserves Your Privacy

9/29: Mattel Gadget Listens to Babies, Setting Off Privacy Alarms

9/28: Q&A: How Apple’s Face ID facial recognition works

9/28: Google reports all-time high of government data requests

9/28: Apple reports most national security orders ever this year

9/27: Apple is opening up amid privacy questions about Face ID, personal data collection

9/27: Amazon Wants You to Wake Up With Alexa, and That’s Just the Start

9/26: Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs

9/26: Tinder stores a scary amount of information about what you do, including your Facebook history

9/26: Signal Has a Fix for Apps’ Contact-Leaking Problem

9/25: Equifax’s breach is not its first brush with concerns over handling of personal data

9/21: Face ID can protect iPhone X from thieves, but not the law

9/21: Police need warrant to track cellphones, appeals court says

9/20: Apple Face ID: Is it Creepy or Cool?

9/18: Biometrics like Face ID are coming to your smartphone whether you like it or not

9/15: Verizon gives away cool freebies, as long as you give away your privacy

9/15: Google and Verizon are suddenly allies on California privacy bill

9/15: How One of Apple’s Key Privacy Safeguards Falls Short

9/15: Face ID and the Fifth Amendment: Can Cops Make You Open the New iPhone?

9/14: Microsoft Adds Cloud Security to Keep Out Hackers — and Government Snoops

9/14: Sen. Al Franken wants Apple to answer Face ID privacy concerns

9/13: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update shaking up privacy settings some more

9/13: Homeland Security hit with lawsuit over phone, laptop searches

9/13: Hey, Turn Bluetooth Off When You’re Not Using It

9/12: Sept. 12 Letters: Equifax proves need for privacy protections

9/12: How Secure Is the iPhone X’s FaceID? Here’s What We Know

9/12: Edward Snowden offers mixed review on Apple’s Face ID

9/8: Google tailors its privacy control tool for your phone, too

9/7: Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they’re surveillance cities

9/7: Wonder why Congress doesn’t clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more

9/7: Street art project puts a price on your personal data


Local (PNW):

10/12: After massive email leak, the city scrambles

10/5: Supreme Court rules random urinalysis is unconstitutional

10/4: A Look at the Eastside Race that Abortion Coverage, Taxes, and Internet Privacy Hinges On

9/26: Why your ‘personal’ data is anything but: Q&A with Washington state’s first chief privacy officer

9/19: Glenn Greenwald in Portland: Q&A on privacy, the law and journalism


Govt (Fed):

10/16: Supreme Court will take up Microsoft email warrant fight

10/14: Intel leaders urge Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program

10/10: DOJ grows frustrated with tech firms over encryption

10/5: Bipartisan bill seeks to limit use of foreign surveillance

10/4: DOJ’s Rosenstein takes aim at Silicon Valley encryption

10/4: Senators: Tech firms didn’t take election meddling ‘seriously’

10/3: White House official: Let’s replace Social Security numbers

10/1: FBI doesn’t have to reveal iPhone hack details, judge rules

9/29: Feds asking Facebook for info on anti-Trump activists

9/28: US Homeland Security Says Tracking Social Media of Immigrants is Nothing New

9/26: Homeland Security plans to collect immigrants’ social media info

9/25: Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

9/25: Government wants foreign surveillance authority renewed

9/21: Police use of ‘Stingray’ cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules

9/17; Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government

9/15: DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

9/13: Trump Administration Sued Over Phone Searches at U.S. Border

9/13: Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

8/31: NSA enters stage two of its spying revival plan: Getting Trump onboard

8/25: NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers


Govt (States & Cities):

10/17: LAPD wins OK to test drones despite privacy concerns

10/17: Commission approves controversial yearlong test of drones by LAPD

10/16: Georgia’s conservative Supreme Court: Compelled breathanalyzer tests violate state privilege against self-incrimination

10/5: Commissioner: Raid violated Oakland sanctuary city policy

10/5: Wisconsin Assembly committee to consider body camera limits

10/5: The Latest: Police support bill setting body camera policy

10/3: Civilian oversight panel hears guidelines for LAPD use of drones

9/29: Port Authority Must Face Officers’ Cellphone Search Lawsuit: NY Ruling

9/28: New Texas law criminalizes drone use near animal farms

9/28: Missouri officials push to expand address secrecy program

9/26: San Jose: Activists push to expand police auditor powers, to cautious officials

9/26: In North Carolina, police wear body cameras, but laws prevent the public from seeing footage

9/25: Loud talkers beware: Reno buses will be listening

9/22: Illinois governor vetoes data privacy measure

9/21; Wary of employee microchips, state senator proposes regulation

9/20: St. Louis police to get body cameras

9/19: Border agents want to search a traveler’s laptop and phone? Get a warrant

9/18: Nebraska city on the verge of regulating drone flights

9/18: Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on highway surveillance bill

9/18: California Democrats sell out online privacy in the dead of night

9/17: Ravens’ plan to give out DNA tests at home opener get delayed as company faces questions from state officials

9/16: Closely watched California Internet privacy bill dies in final minutes of legislative session

9/15: California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

9/13: New driver’s license requirements are coming to U.S. airports

9/1: US cops can’t keep license plate data scans secret without reason


Policy & Opinion:

10/17: Who can access your e-mails after you die?

10/5: The End of Privacy

10/5: Hey, IoT vendors. When a paediatric nurse tells you to fix security, you definitely screwed up

10/5: The Equifax Hack Started the Wrong Conversation

9/29: Here’s a way to make companies with large databases keep our info safe

9/27: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says companies need to take stances on controversial issues

9/26: How to Kill Fake Facebook Accounts and Preserve Privacy

9/24: A petition to demand accountability from the NSA

9/21; Driverless cars: safer perhaps, but professor warns of privacy risks

9/16: The phone that every stalker will want

9/14: Editorial: Privacy risk in self-driving cars? Senate has to fix that loophole in federal bill

9/14: Face fracas: We’re all worked up about the iPhone X’s Face ID

9/14: Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying



10/18: EU says data privacy deal with US can be improved

10/17: UK spy agencies may be circumventing data-sharing law, tribunal told

10/6: Kuwait’s Constitutional Court: Mandatory DNA collection law is no good

10/6: Privacy concerns voiced over photo database link to real-time surveillance (OZ)

10/5: Australia approves national database of everyone’s mugshots

10/5: Turnbull denies new facial recognition measures amount to ‘mass surveillance’ (Oz)

10/5: Australia to use drivers license photos to create facial recognition database

10/4: Australia Wants All Citizens’ Driver’s License Photos, Citing Terror Fight

10/3: Australia to get in your face with facial recognition system

10/3: UK Says WhatsApp Lets Paedophiles and Gangsters Operate Beyond the Law

10/2: Spanish tech activists publish a “how-to guide for preserving fundamental rights on the Internet”

10’2: The London Underground thinks it can sell travelers’ attention and wifi data for £322m

9/28: Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition to Spy on Citizens in Streets

9/21; EU Official Says Privacy Shield Is Trust & Check Exercise

9/15: Spy-Camera Allegation Sure to Heat Up Ecuador Presidents’ Feud

9/14: Canada’s Mounties use a 6-year-old “interim policy” to justify warrantless mass surveillance

9/13: Cops’ use of biometric images ‘gone far beyond custody purposes’

9/11: Fitness Tracking Startups Are Sweating Due to EU Privacy Regulators

9/8: EU court must rule on legality of UK’s mass surveillance – tribunal

9/5: Spying on Worker Emails Gets New Hurdle in EU Court Ruling

9/3: This Chinese KFC lets you put your money where your mouth is

8/28: China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

8/25: India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

8/24: Biometrics watchdog breaks cover, slams UK cops over facial recog



10/18: What the future holds for fitness technology

10/17: Self-driving Chevy Bolts will roam New York City streets next year

10/12: How to transform your home into a smart home

10/12: New sensor pill like a “Fitbit” you can swallow to monitor your stomach

10/6: Mattel’s Internet-of-kiddies’-Things Aristotle canned before release

10/2: Protect your home with Ring’s DIY security system

9/29: Qualcomm teams with Benchmark Electronics on wearable patches to monitor vital signs

9/28: Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus on Self-Policing Not Regulation Fears

9/28: iOS apps can read metadata revealing users’ location histories

9/27: Is Face ID secure? Apple takes on lingering questions

9/26: Alexa and her kind let the disabled or illiterate make the web work

9/25: Levi’s, Google unveil $350 denim jacket that connects to smartphones

9/25: Here’s how to keep up with Nest’s growing smart home

9/22: As smart homes become smarter, tech companies rush to get in the door

9/21; Global privacy management software firm expanding in Atlanta

9/21: Apple makes it harder to track you online, ad industry has an aneurysm

9/21: Crime-fighting robot can detect weapons in a crowd

9/20: Nest Hello doorbell camera can recognize your face

9/20: Nest’s next product? The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

9/15: Microsoft adds cloud security to keep out hackers — and government snoops

9/14: Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

9/12: Want to unlock the iPhone X? Just stare at it

8/31: Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding



9/30: The troubling surveillance state of Jeremy Piven’s tech visionary in ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’

Privacy News Update, 9-10-17

October 18th, 2017 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Privacy News Update, 9-10-17 / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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9/7: The DNC’s Technology Chief is Phishing His Staff. Good.

9/3: Early stage: This surveillance startup wants to put cameras in your neighborhood

8/29: Uber says it will no longer track you once the ride ends

8/28: CVS app sends your location to outside servers, researchers say

8/26: Security News This Week: When Facebook’s Friend Suggestions Get Creepy

8/23: Google’s $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers’ alma maters, web giant’s pals

8/23: AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone’s location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn’t use it

8/19: Security News This Week: iOS 11 Will Do More To Keep Cops Out of Your iPhone

8/18: A Hidden Trick in the iOS 11 Beta Lets You Disable Touch ID to Keep Cops Out

8/17: US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that’s touched that mast

8/16: Verizon—Yes, Verizon—Just Stood Up For Your Privacy

8/15: The secret text of the GOP’s border bill reveals plan to dramatically increase surveillance of Americans and visitors

8/15: HiQ wins court round against LinkedIn

8/15: Slurping people’s info without a warrant? That’s OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

8/15: Tech companies urge Supreme Court to protect cell phone privacy

8/14: Tech company resists federal demand for info on visitors to anti-Trump website

8/14: It’s not hard to think of ways to outsmart Stingray-detector apps

8/9: ACLU: Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data

8/7: These 42 Disney apps are spying on your kids, lawsuit claims

8/7: Hotspot Shield VPN accused of violating users’ privacy

8/5: Blu phones back on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy

8/2: Congress to smart device makers: Your security sucks

8/1: Google asked to explain how it tracks what you buy in stores

8/1: Company hopes to launch microchip-reader business

8/1: Privacy Watchdog Asks FTC To Look Into Google’s Offline Shopping Tracker

7/31: Amazon suspends sales of Blu phones due to privacy concerns

7/26: Travelers’ Electronics At US Airports To Get Enhanced Screening, TSA Says

7/26: These cheap phones come at a price — your privacy

7/26: Feds Crack Trump Protesters’ Phones To Charge Them With Felony Rioting

7/25: While it’s vacuuming your dirt, Roomba also collects data on you: Next, it could be sold

7/24: Concerned about connected car privacy? Bluetooth sensors used to track traffic

7/21: Alexa, what happens if the Echo has a screen? You get a review like this


Local (PNW):

9/6: Washington state to test pay-by-the-mile as a way to fund highways

8/24: Why Seattle is poised to be a leader in ‘smart city’ technology and regulations

8/6: A US Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

7/26: Amid gun violence, promises not kept are nothing new to Rainier Valley

7/26: New meters mean Seattle City Light won’t visit homes anymore


Govt (Fed):

8/22: Feds pare back demands for data from anti-Trump protest site

8/18: No, the cops can’t get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

8/18: Trump OKs plan for independent Cyber Command

8/15: Building America’s Trust Act would amp up privacy concerns at the border

8/15: Uber to bend over, take privacy probe every two years for next 20 years

8/14: Feds demand data on visitors to anti-Trump protest site

8/14: Those Free Stingray-Detector Apps? Yeah, Spies Could Outsmart Them

8/11: Immigration bill would ramp up mass surveillance at the border


Govt (States & Cities):

9/5: One State’s Bail Reform Exposes the Promise and Pitfalls of Tech-Driven Justice

9/1: State bill requiring California police to disclose surveillance equipment stalls in fiscal committee

8/31: California Supreme Court decision could end secrecy over police capture of license plate images

8/16: Cuomo signs backyard surveillance bill

8/1: Kentucky governor says news station drone invaded privacy

7/26: ‘Textalyzer’ would let police quickly see if motorist was using cellphone while driving


Policy & Opinion:

9/1: Stop cyberattacks. Just add robots

8/24: All the Ways US Government Cybersecurity Falls Flat

8/8: Warrantless US Spying Is Set to Expire Soon. Let It Die

7/30: Will ‘Smart Cities’ Violate Our Privacy?

7/30: O’Reilly Media Asks: Is What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the worldIt Time To Build A New Internet?

7/26: Most Americans think the government is snooping on them



9/4: The Privacy Battle Over the World’s Largest Biometric Database

8/18: China’s dystopian push to revolutionize surveillance

8/17: UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents’ mugshots

8/17: London cops urged to scrap use of ‘biased’ facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

8/14: What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the world

8/10: Will Artificial Intelligence Be Illegal in Europe Next Year?

8/9: These smart cities in Italy put Silicon Valley to shame

8/2: Holes close in China’s ‘Great Firewall’ as Apple, Amazon snub apps to bypass censors

7/29: Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store

7/25: China Forces Muslim Minority To Install Spyware On Their Phones

7/23: UK Government Says Almost All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

7/20: Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Proposed Encryption Laws



9/4: Above Devastated Houston, Armies of Drones Prove Their Worth

9/3: Here’s what the smartphone’s future looks like, and it’s all about the camera

9/1: Inside Android Oreo’s Quest to Protect Your Phone

8/30: Amazon wants to make Alexa a ‘fabric in the home’ (Q&A)

8/30: New Playa Vista development is making the smart-home standard

8/22: Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your ‘smart’ home

8/19: Hackers Show How Smart Devices Could Use Sonar to Spy On You

8/18: New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

8/17: What Is a Planned Community? A Place With Perks, From Zip Lines to Velodromes

8/16: A Deep Flaw in Your Car Lets Hackers Shut Down Safety Features

8/15: The Army abandoned DJI drones. Now they’re getting stealth mode

8/11: Was that an intruder or a pet? The security cams that can tell

8/6: Browser Extensions Are Undermining Privacy

8/3: Apple files patent for screen with privacy-viewing options

8/3: Need a new password? Here are 306 million to avoid

7/27: Chip vulnerability could crash your outdated phone via Wi-Fi

7/26: The Best (and Worst) Anti-Drone Weapons, From Shotguns to Superdrones

7/20: Google Glass Is Back (And It’s Good Now), And Other Facts