Privacy News Update, June-July 2018

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Featured:

7/31: The way you swipe your phone could be used to track you

7/31: How one senator wants the US to crack down on Big Tech

7/29: For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students

7/29: Air marshals secretly monitored US passengers for years

7/28: Calgary malls caught secretly using facial recognition to characterise shoppers’ age and gender

7/28: Amazon facial recognition mistakenly confused 28 Congressmen with known criminals

7/25: Venmo Is the Best Place to Stalk Your Children

7/25: Private messaging apps increasingly used for public business

7/24: How to stop friends from seeing when you last used Instagram

7/22: How to Secure Your Accounts With Better Two-Factor Authentication

7/20: Facebook Confirms It’s Working on a New Internet Satellite

7/19: British Airways won’t let you check in while ad-blocking, insists that passengers post personal info to Twitter “for GDPR compliance”

7/18: Welcome to the airport of the future, where your face is your passport

7/17: RealNetworks gives away facial recognition software to make schools safer

7/16: How a ‘Sentiment Meter’ Helps Cops Understand Their Precincts

7/13: Walmart gains patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees in stores

7/13: Microsoft asks Congress to regulate facial recognition before it’s too late

7/12: Tim? Larry? We need to talk about smartphones and privacy

7/12: What Walmart’s patent for audio surveillance could mean for its workers

7/11: How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy

7/10: Beer label uses facial recognition to talk with consumers

7/9: Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

7/5: Taser-maker Axon partners with DJI on police drone program

7/5: How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do

7/4: ‘Plane Hacker’ Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

7/3: Google’s Gmail controversy is everything people hate about Silicon Valley

7/3: Google explains Gmail privacy after controversy

7/2: Samsung’s texting app apparently sent pictures to people’s contacts without permission

7/2: How facial recognition ID’d the Capital Gazette shooter

7/1: Facebook acknowledges it shared user data with dozens of companies

6/30: Security News This Week: Mapping the NSA’s Secret Spy Hubs

6/29: The ACLU’s Biggest Roadblock to Fighting Mass Surveillance

6/29: Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

6/28: California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill

6/28: Facebook, Google, Microsoft use ‘dark patterns’ to trick people to give up data, report says

6/27: How Tech Workers Are Fighting Back Against Collusion With ICE and the Department of Defense

6/27: Secret NSA spying network alleged in San Francisco skyscraper, Seattle, other U.S. cities

6/25: AT&T lets NSA hide and surveil in plain sight, The Intercept reports

6/24: China launches high-tech bird drones to watch over its citizens

6/23: Smart-home technology becomes the newest tool of domestic abusers

6/22: Amazon staffers protest giant’s ‘support of the surveillance state’

6/22: Facebook app analytics mistakenly leaked to outsiders

6/22: In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks’ location data

6/21: Google’s update makes privacy easier

6/21: ACLU wants to keep your phone safe from sneaky government malware

6/19: Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers’ location data… for now

6/19: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint cut off location-data sharing contracts

6/18: ACLU wants Amazon to stop offering surveillance technology

6/17: Here are 15 privacy settings you should change from defaults, from Linkedin to cellphones to smart TVs

6/13: Apple to close iPhone security hole used by police, criminals

6/12: Apple can’t protect you from data trackers forever. No one can

6/11: Facebook releases 500 pages of damage control in response to senators’ questions

6/10: Facebook only pretended to shut down access to friends’ data in 2015, quietly continued access for its favored partners

6/9: Some Signal messages aren’t disappearing, due to a bug, says a report

6/8: 6 ways to make your iPhone more secure

6/7: Google releases guidelines for how it will use AI, vows to tread carefully with military and surveillance customers

6/7: How to increase your privacy online

6/6: One of America’s Biggest Genetic Testing Companies Refuses to Publicly Share Data That Could Save Countless Lives

6/6: RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

6/5: Facebook gave user data to ‘at least 4 Chinese companies,’ including tech giant ID’d as security threat by U.S. intel

6/5: For more than a decade, Facebook shared your friends’ data and other sensitive info with phone makers, even after they claimed not to (they’re still doing it)

6/5: A New Privacy Problem Could Deepen Facebook’s Legal Trouble

6/5: New Homeland Security system will bring facial recognition to land borders this summer

6/5: Amazon will stop selling connected toy filled with security issues

6/4: Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

6/4: All Apple WWDC’s privacy features in one place

6/4: Facebook accused of giving over 60 device makers inappropriate access to user data

6/2: Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

6/2: Researchers Use Ridesharing Cars to Sniff Out a Secret Spying Tool

6/1 Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens’ data – just Friday things

Local (PNW):

7/16: Safety over privacy? RealNetworks to offer free facial recognition technology to K-12 schools

7/5: Startup Spotlight: LifeID uses blockchain technology to build secure digital identities

6/27: City Light’s ‘smart meters’ are $17.4M over budget

6/19: Data privacy startup Prifender raises $5M to help companies stay compliant

Govt (Fed):

7/31: New EPA rule would force people to choose between privacy and health

7/30: Democrats have reportedly drawn up plans to slap big tech firms with privacy laws similar to GDPR in the EU

7/30: Amazon quietly invited Congress to ‘weigh in’ on facial recognition

7/27: The Cybersecurity 202: Lawmakers slow to move on facial recognition despite industry calls for regulation

7/27: Congressmen demand answers after Amazon facial recognition matches them to mugshots

7/27: Trump admin reportedly meeting with Facebook, Google to craft web privacy rights

7/13: Senators call on FTC to investigate smart TVs tracking viewers’ data

7/11: The Cybersecurity 202: Privacy advocates blast Kavanaugh for government surveillance support

7/11: Google’s Gmail privacy policy has Congress asking questions

7/9: Congress presses Apple, Alphabet on privacy issues

7/9: Trump’s Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?

7/5: Senators demand answers from Zuckerberg over Facebook data access

7/3: Four US govt agencies poke probe in Facebook following more ‘oops, we spilled your data’ shocks

6/28: Congress Grills Cambridge Analytica Alum on New Firm’s Data Use

6/26: Senator asks FCC if police phone tracking devices disrupt 911 calls

6/25: What the Supreme Court’s landmark phone privacy ruling means for you (The 3:59, Ep. 419)

6/25: The Supreme Court decided on a major win for privacy

6/22: Supreme Court cracks down on government snooping through cellphone location records

6/22: Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy

6/21: Project Maven wasn’t alone: Googlers reportedly boycotted another military tool

6/14: Senators Demand Answers From Amazon on Echo’s Snooping Habits

6/8: Hmmm, we can already seize your stuff, so why can’t we shoot down your drone, officials mull

6/8: Why Facebook’s secret data-sharing deal with Huawei has the US concerned

6/7: Google pledges not to develop AI weapons, but says it will still work with the military

6/6: The FBI wants you to factory reset your router. Here’s how to do it

Govt (States & Cities):

7/22: Malloy’s $10 million toll study facing opposition, concerns

7/18: Sioux Falls police prepare to launch 30 body cameras

7/10: Amazon, Orlando Police Department reinitiate facial recognition pilot

6/26: Orlando stops using Amazon’s controversial facial recognition tech

6/12: Forget probable cause: New bill could let cops pull your prescription history without a warrant

Policy & Opinion:

7/30: Real ID will divide us all into documented and undocumented

7/27: Commentary: When government hits ‘zone of privacy’

7/26: Lawmakers Can’t Ignore Facial Recognition’s Bias Anymore

7/19: Facial recognition and travel: Moving too fast?

7/19: To Earn Customer Trust on Data Privacy, You Need to Change the Narrative

7/18: Regulate facial recognition

7/17: Schools Can Now Get Facial Recognition Tech for Free. Should They?

7/14: The #PlaneBae furor proves privacy and the Golden Rule are in short supply

7/14: Is your private online content really private? Not if you do something stupid

7/2: Mark Zuckerberg and his empire of oily rags

6/29: Can Sacrificing Privacy Stomp Out Disinformation Online?

6/14: Encrypted Messaging Isn’t Magic

Overseas:

7/31: India mulls ban on probes into anonymized data use – with GDPR-style privacy laws

7/31: Fiat Chief’s Death Raises Privacy Questions

7/31: Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what’s the difference?

7/31: UK Group Threatens to Sue Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica

7/29: China is so desperate to win its war on drugs, it’s started analyzing people’s sewage for contaminated pee

7/26: Facebook, Twitter Say Europe’s Privacy Law Causing User Drop

7/23: UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

7/19: Facial recognition helped identify suspects in Novichok poisoning case

7/18: Don’t Expect Big Changes From Europe’s Record Google Fine

7/11: Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We’ve read the lot so you don’t have to

7/6: ICANN’t get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

7/5: United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield … or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

7/5: Facial recognition trial takes off at Sydney Airport

7/5: London police commissioner: Don’t expect lots of arrests from facial recognition tech

7/4: Euro privacy watchdog raises eyebrows at mulled EU copyright law

6/19: Wasn’t too hard, was it? UK has made ‘significant progress’ in spy control

6/28: No more slurping of kids’ nationalities, Brit schools told

6/26: Venezuela blocks Tor browser

6/26: Japan’s AI-powered CCTV cameras catch shoplifters in the act

6/13: Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

6/11: A Single Drone Helped Mexican Police Drop Crime 10 Percent

6/7: Australia will force tech companies to help cops view encrypted data

6/4: ‘Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ’: Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

6/3: UK consumer review magazine Which?: your smart home is spying on you, from your TV to your toothbrush

Tech:

7/31: BurnBox Makes Hidden Files Look Like You’ve Deleted Them

7/25: Google Glass Is Back—Now with Artificial Intelligence

7/24: Chrome’s HTTP warning seeks to cut web surveillance, tampering

7/20: Today I learned: Duck.com redirects to Google, much to DuckDuckGo’s annoyance

7/18: Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes

7/11: Put WhatsApp, Slack, admin privileges in a blender and what do you get? Wickr

7/8: All the Ways iOS 12 Will Make Your iPhone More Secure

7/1: Mozilla’s Firefox tries closing more privacy holes with new network tech

6/30: Best laptops for maintaining your privacy

6/28: IEEE joins the ranks of non-backdoored strong cryptography defenders

6/22: Don’t panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

6/18: Hotel smart speaker startup Roxy enables custom wake words and enhanced security in new alliance with voice tech company

6/18: Google to patch Home and Chromecast bug that leaked your location

6/15: Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

6/14: Here’s how to get your data from Apple

6/13: MIT’s AI can now ‘see’ and track people through walls using wireless signals

6/6: NetMotion launches an IT platform to keep tabs on corporate smartphones

6/4: Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

7/24: Google Chrome pushes the web toward HTTPS (3:59 podcast)

7/21: Week In Geek Podcast: Facial recognition enters grade schools and Bird scooters landing in Seattle

6/29: Talk to the Bot (WIRED Gadget Lab podcast)

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