Privacy News Update, April-May 2018

May 31st, 2018 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Privacy News Update, April-May 2018 / Tags: , , , , , ,

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Featured:

5/30: AT&T and Verizon both want to run massive ad-tracking networks to rival Facebook

5/30: The FBI says you should reboot your router. Should you?

5/29: How the Tech Giants Created What Darpa Couldn’t

5/29: Evan Spiegel on Facebook: ‘We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices’

5/28: This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

5/28: Alexa, stop recording conversations and sending them to other people!

5/28: This Creepy Chrome Extension Pauses YouTube for You When You Look Away

5/28: Facebook’s Health Groups Offer A Lifeline, But Privacy Concerns Linger

5/26: After Amazon Echo misfire, here are some tips to protect your own privacy

5/26: Amazon Explains Why Alexa Recorded And Emailed A Private Conversation

5/25: GDPRmageddon: They think it’s all over! Protip, it has only just begun

5/25: Apple Will Report Government Requests To Remove Apps From the App Store

5/25: Facebook Accused of Conducting Mass Surveillance Through Its Apps

5/24: What Is GDPR and Why Should You Care?

5/24: You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

5/24: Amazon’s Alexa recorded and shared a conversation without consent, report says

5/24: It takes work to keep your data private online. These apps can help

5/23: So Long, Glassholes: Wearables Aren’t Science Projects Anymore

5/23: The ACLU is suing ICE for more information on its license plate reader contract

5/23: ‘Significant’ FBI Error Reignites Data Encryption Debate

5/22: Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition to Police, Prompting Outcry Over Surveillance

5/22: FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

5/22 ‘Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don’t have an account!’

5/22: GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We’ll extend Europe’s privacy rights worldwide

5/22: Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

5/21: School Districts Can Hardly Wait to Start Tracking Kids With Police State-Style Face Recognition

5/20: The Pentagon has a project that aims to verify identity via smartphone

5/19: A data-broker has been quietly selling realtime access to your cellphone’s location, and they suck, so anyone could get it for free

5/19: A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

5/19: ‘I Asked Apple for All My Data. Here’s What Was Sent Back’

5/18: Facebook Android app caught seeking ‘superuser’ clearance

5/17: Cell Phone Tracking Firm Exposed Millions of Americans’ Real-time Locations

5/16: Bay Area nurses protest, demanding removal of Mark Zuckerberg’s name from their hospital

5/16: Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

5/16: Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

5/15: Facebook Faulted By Judge For ‘Troubling Theme’ In Privacy Case

5/15: US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

5/15: US Cell Carriers Are Selling Access To Your Real-Time Phone Location Data

5/14: Site generates privacy-preserving YouTube embeds

5/14: Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

5/14: Attention PGP Users: New Vulnerabilities Require You To Take Action Now

5/14: Encrypted Email Has a Major, Divisive Flaw

5/14: PGP and S/MIME decryptors can leak plaintext from emails, says infosec professor

5/14: Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

5/14: Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

5/11: No one knows how Google Duplex will work with eavesdropping laws

5/11: Sueballs flying over Facebook’s Android app data slurping

5/10: Alexa and Siri can hear this hidden command, but you can’t

5/9: This New Tool Helps You Turn Off Facebook’s Surveillance and Reclaim Some Privacy

5/9: Crypto chat app Signal’s disappearing messages found hiding on macOS

5/8: Android P to improve users’ network privacy

5/7: Ticketmaster Hopes To Speed Up Event Access By Scanning Your Face

5/7: Microsoft Build: Data privacy must be protected, CEO Satya Nadella tells technologists

5/4: Former VW owner discovered digital access to her car months after it was sold

5/3: The spies that knew too much about Facebook’s advertising network

5/2: Facebook Has Fired Multiple Employees for Snooping on Users: Motherboard

5/2: Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

5/1: Facebook Unveils Privacy Tool ‘Clear History’

5/1: You should be worried about your DNA privacy

5/1: Genetic website subpoenaed in California serial killer probe

4/30: WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook after clashing over data privacy

4/27: Facebook confesses: Buckle up, there’s plenty more privacy lapses where that came from

4/27: Use of DNA in serial killer probe sparks privacy concerns

4/26: Facebook Is Demanding Personal Information From Political Advertisers, Raising Privacy Concerns

4/25: Researchers Hacked Amazon’s Alexa To Spy On Users, Again

4/24: State spy agencies ‘outsource surveillance’ to foreign partners – campaign group

4/24: Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result

4/24: Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

4/23: Google Accused of Showing ‘Total Contempt’ for Android Users’ Privacy

4/21: Eventbrite Claims The Right To Film Your Events — And Keep the Copyright

4/20: Palantir Knows Everything About You

4/20: No way, RSA! Security conference’s mobile app embarrassingly insecure

4/20: Facebook Starts Its Facial Recognition Push To Europeans

4/19: Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts

4/16: Uber Makes Peace With Cities by Spilling Its Secrets

4/14: Yahoo’s New Privacy Policy Allows Data-Sharing With Verizon

4/12: Nearly 1 In 10 Americans Have Deleted Their Facebook Account Over Privacy Concerns, Survey Claims

4/12: The Bargain at the Heart of the Kid Internet
4/12: Facebook exits anti-privacy alliance it formed with Comcast and Google

4/12: Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

4/11: Instagram Will Soon Let You Download a Copy of Your Data

4/11: Facebook admits: Apps were given users’ permission to go into their inboxes

4/11: What you don’t know about how Facebook uses your data

4/9: Apple co-founder closing Facebook account in privacy crisis

4/9: Facebook users to learn if they were part of privacy scandal

4/4: Facebook Scans What You Send Other People on Messenger App

3/28: Cities Worldwide Spent Over $3 Billion Last Year To Peep On You

3/6: Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Local (PNW):

5/24: Woman Says Alexa Device Recorded Her Private Conversation and Sent It To Random Contact; Amazon Confirms the Incident

5/24: Here’s what Amazon had to say after investigating an unusual case of Alexa eavesdropping

5/24: Amazon Draws Heat for Facial Recognition Tool Used for Policing

4/30: Seattle, give congestion pricing a test drive

4/27: Working Geek: Privacy chief Ginger Armbruster guards Seattle’s data from surprising threats

Govt (Fed):

5/23: Kids and the web latest: ‘Won’t somebody please think of the children!’ US Congresscritters plead

5/23: Lawyer warned FCC of Securus phone-tracking risks 10 months ago

5/23: ACLU Sues ICE For License Plate Reader Contracts, Records

5/22: One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

5/22: FBI repeatedly inflated cell phone encryption threat numbers

5/20: Pentagon-Funded Project Will ‘Solve’ Cellphone Identity Verification Within Two Years

5/19: Repo Men Scan Billions of License Plates — For the Government

5/19: 40 Cellphone-Tracking Devices Discovered Throughout Washington (DC)

5/19: FCC Investigating LocationSmart Over Phone-Tracking Flaw

5/16: US senators ask FTC to investigate Google’s Location imbroglio

5/15: Homeland Security seeks license to kill drones deemed dangerous

5/14: Sen. Ron Wyden wants to know why police can track any phone in seconds

5/12: US Appeals Court Rules Border Agents Need Suspicion To Search Cellphones

5/11: Amazon Echo That Records Kids Draws Concern From U.S. Lawmakers

5/11: US prison telco accused of selling your phone’s location to the cops

5/11: Congress introduces bill to block government encryption backdoors

5/10: Lawmakers Move To Block Government From Ordering Digital ‘Back Doors’

5/10: US border cops told not to search seized devices just for the hell of it

5/10: New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

5/4: The NSA Managed to Collect 500 Million US Call Records in 2017 Despite Targeting Just 40 People

5/3: New NSA Head Faces Repairing Ties to Business Over Cyberthreats

5/1: Blu phone maker settles with FTC over data privacy

4/27: How ICE Is Gaining a Scary Amount of Data Through Police Data-Mining

4/21: Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

4/14: Former FBI Director James Comey Reveals How Apple and Google’s Encryption Efforts Drove Him ‘Crazy’

4/12: Uber hid database hack from FTC while FTC probed Uber for an earlier database hack

4/10: As Zuck testifies to Senate, Democrats propose tough opt-in privacy law

4/10: Democratic Senators Propose ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ To Prevent Websites From Sharing Or Selling Sensitive Info Without Opt-In Consent

4/9: Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube over privacy

4/9: White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er … asking for a friend

4/9: They’re back! ‘Feds only’ encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

4/3: US Suspects Listening Devices in Washington

Govt (States & Cities):

5/27: Vermont Passes First-of-Its-Kind Law to Regulate Data Brokers

5/23: Chicago Advances Bill Allowing Police Drones to Surveil Protestors

5/5: New California Ballot Measure Demands Groundbreaking Privacy Rights

5/5: Georgia Could Pass a Vaguely Written ‘Unauthorized Computer Access’ Law This Week

4/24: Google Aims at Privacy Law After Facebook Lobbying Failed

4/23: Bungling cops try to use dead chap’s fingers to unlock his smartmobe

Policy & Opinion:

5/24: Don’t Freak Out About That Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Situation

5/21: The Line Between Big Tech and Defense Work

5/16: People like convenience more than privacy – so no, blockchain will not ‘decentralise the web’

5/15: Should the FTC Investigate Google’s Location Data Collection?

5/8: Android P should be about privacy

5/8: Privacy in a connected world: What does it mean to you?

5/7: Microsoft’s Nadella says privacy is a human right that needs protecting

5/5: Four features that would tame Facebook

5/5: Are We Living in a World Where You Can’t Opt Out of Data Sharing?

5/3: Former Senator Al Franken says Facebook has gotten too big

5/1: Scott Pruitt’s new ‘secret science’ proposal is the wrong way to increase transparency

4/26: Citizen engagement key to successful smart cities(NOTE: pro industry)

4/24: Oh dear… Netizens think ‘private’ browsing really means totally private

4/18: Richard Stallman On Facebook’s Privacy Scandal: We Need a Law. There’s No Reason We Should Let Them Exist if the Price is Knowing Everything About Us

4/17: Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

4/15: Is It Time To Stop Using Social Media?

4/14: App Permissions Don’t Tell Us Nearly Enough About Our Apps

4/9: Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself

4/9: Steve Wozniak Drops Facebook: ‘The Profits Are All Based On the User’s Info’

4/3: When it Comes To Privacy, Consent is Immaterial. Corporate and Gov’t Surveillance Systems Must Be Stopped Before They Ask For Consent: Richard Stallman

3/5: Should we forget about the ‘right to be forgotten’?

Overseas:

5/29: GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

5/25: Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint (Europe)

5/25: How Your Favorite Tech Blog Is Grappling With Europe’s New Privacy Law

5/25: Zimbabwe is Introducing a Mass Facial Recognition Project With Chinese AI Firm CloudWalk

5/25: Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

5/25: Everything you need to know about GDPR

5/24: Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit

5/24: UK’s spy auditor: What should we ask when reviewing super-slurp warrants?

5/24: Microsoft expands data privacy tools ahead of GDPR

5/23: Apple users in the EU can now download all the info the company has on them

5/23: Facebook Asks British Users To Submit Their Nudes as Protection Against Revenge Porn

5/22: Victoria’s educational apps-for-students let creeps contact kids (Canada)

5/21: Google Sued For ‘Clandestine Tracking’ of 4.4 Million UK iPhone Users’ Browsing Data

5/21: Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

5/18: New privacy rules could make her one of tech’s most important regulators

5/16: Privacy group asks UK politicos to pinky swear not to use personal data for electioneering

5/15: Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK’s National Crime Agency

5/15: You’ve been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

5/15: UK Watchdog Calls for Face Recognition Ban Over 90 Percent False-Positive Rate

5/13: Facial-recognition software inaccurate in 98% of cases, report finds

5/6: A facial recognition program used by British police yielded thousands of false positives

5/4: Sky News will use facial recognition to identify celebs and nobility at the upcoming royal wedding (UK)

5/2: Australian government plans to do a Facebook on citizens’ data

5/2: Black Mirror too real in China as schools shun parents with bad social credit

5/1: Brain-scanning in Chinese factories probably doesn’t work — if it’s happening at all

5/1: Iran Bans Use of Telegram Messaging App To Protect ‘National Security’

5/1: Singapore Airport May Use Facial Recognition Systems To Find Late Passengers

4/30: Chinese Government Admits Collection of Deleted WeChat Messages

4/30: Facebook furiously pumps brakes on Euro probe into transatlantic personal data slurping

4/30: Companies in Israel Facing New Data Security Regulations

4/27: High Court gives UK.gov six months to make the Snooper’s Charter lawful

4/19: Facebook To Put 1.5 Billion Users Out of Reach of New EU Privacy Law

4/18: You’re a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid! (Canada)

4/12: A Wanted Man in China Has Been Caught Because of Facial Recognition Software

4/8: ‘Big Brother’ In India Requires Fingerprint Scans For Food, Phones, Finances

4/6: Google Seeks To Limit ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ By Claiming It’s Journalistic (UK)

4/5: City of Melbourne’s Data Speeds Up On-Street Parking (Oz)

3/28: India’s prime minister accused of privacy breaches

Tech:

5/30: Digital license plates finally hit the road in California

5/29: California proposes location-tracking, e-ink license plates that display “STOLEN” if a car is boosted

5/25: Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

5/25: Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

5/24: Doc ‘Cluetrain’ Searls’ privacy engine project is just the ticket for IEEE

5/24: Microsoft and boffins cook up hardware-secured database

5/18: LocationDumb: Phone tracker foul-up exposes world+dog to tracking

5/17: Ask Slashdot: Which Is the Safest Router?

5/17: Voice squatting attacks: Hacks turn Amazon Alexa, Google Home into secret eavesdroppers

5/17: Amazon now offers Alexa-centric home security

5/15: YouTube Might Finally Get An Incognito Mode

5/14: Researchers have found a vulnerability in two popular email encryption protocols

5/12: The Tech Used To Monitor Inmate Calls Is Able To Track Civilians Too

5/8: Adobe, ‘hyper personalisation’ and your privacy

5/8: In first move since Amazon acquisition, Ring launches Neighbors app to help users fight crime

5/7: Connected Cars Don’t Necessarily Disconnect Previous Owners When Resold

5/1: Facebook to introduce Clear History privacy tool in coming months

5/1: What could Facebook possibly do next to reassure privacy fears? Yup – make a dating app

4/30: Volkswagen, Audi Cars Vulnerable To Remote Hacking

4/26: ‘Alexa, listen in on my every word and send it all to a shady developer’

4/21: Time to ditch the front door key? Nest’s new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

4/17: Microsoft Supreme Court Case May Be Over But Challenges Persist

4/13: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/04/13/1442249/google-chrome-to-boost-user-privacy-by-improving-cookies-handling-procedure4/13: Google Chrome To Boost User Privacy by Improving Cookies Handling Procedure

4/12: Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

4/11: Steam Spy Announces It’s Shutting Down, Blames Valve’s New Privacy Settings

4/3: One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

4/3: Tor ‘sunsets’ secure Messenger that never exited beta

3/29: Facebook Will No Longer Allow Third-Party Data For Targeting Ads

3/27: Adobe: New Unified Customer Profile will personalise ads as never before

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

5/25: Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump and Facebook

5/8: How a suspected gang member’s traffic stop led to a crucial privacy case

5/4: Netflix’s Anon is an augmented reality neo-noir nightmare

5/3: Gattaca director Andrew Niccol on conformity, technology, and his new Netflix film Anon

4/10: The Revelation of Cardi B

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