Privacy News Update, August 2018

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8/31: Apple to require privacy policy on all apps

8/31: Spies still super upset they can’t get at your encrypted comms data

8/31: U.S. Government Claims China Using LinkedIn to Recruit Spies in America

8/31: TSA + CBP test new facial recognition tech & computed tomography scanners at LAX

8/31: Siri will show you your passwords if you ask

8/31: Apple will soon require all App Store apps to have a privacy policy

8/31: Are targeted ads stalking you? Here’s how to make them stop.

8/30: Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

8/30: Google reportedly bought Mastercard data to link online ads with offline purchases

8/30: Firefox’s New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You

8/30: Firefox to block some technology that tracks you on the web

8/29: WSJ: Yahoo plans to scan users’ messages for data to sell to advertisers

8/28: Judge tosses suit against Southwest Airlines on fingerprints

8/28: How to opt out of Yahoo Mail’s invasive data scanning

8/28: Yahoo Mail scans your inbox for receipts, but its competitors don’t

8/28: Yahoo Mail is still scanning your emails for data to sell to advertisers

8/28: Cities Across The Country Are Installing “Free” Spying Smart City Kiosks

8/27: Chicago’s Electronic Surveillance of Food Trucks Is Ridiculous—and Probably Unconstitutional

8/27: Legal Circular Logic Prevails Regarding Utility Smart Meters In-home Searches

8/26: If No One Comes to Read Your Utility Meters, You Probably Have Problematic “Smart” Meters. Documentary “Take Back Your Power 2017,” Now Available for Free Viewing

8/24: Android data slurping measured and monitored

8/24: Welcome To The Minority Report: Thousands Of Stores Plan Facial Recognition Use For Anti-Theft

8/23: Venmo Considers Making It Harder to See What Other People Are Buying

8/22: Excuses, Excuses: Duke Energy on Their Smart Meters Catching Fire, Causing Appliances to Malfunction and Break, etc.

8/22: Android ‘Triout’ spyware records calls, sends photos and text messages to attackers

8/22: Facebook will pull its data-collecting VPN app from the App Store over privacy concerns

8/22: Smart meters could let government peek into your home, court warns

8/21: Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

8/20: Comfortably numb: Americans are less worried about online security

8/20: 32,000 smart homes can be easily hacked due to misconfigured MQTT servers

8/20: Google sued over tracking user location amid privacy concerns

8/20: Skype’s promised end-to-end encryption finally arrives. Here’s how to use it

8/20: Before Using Birth Control Apps, Consider Your Privacy

8/20: LinkedIn Will Allow Economics Researchers to Mine Its Data

8/20: How’s that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

8/17: Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

8/17: I’ll be watching you

8/17: Schools Are Mining Students’ Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble

8/16: Pokemon Go boosts child privacy with new Niantic Kids login

8/16: APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy

8/15: Vegas hotel room checks raise privacy, safety concerns at Def Con, Black Hat

8/15: Saint Louis University is placing 2,300 Echo Dots in student living spaces

8/14: Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid

8/13: Google Tracks You Even If Location History’s Off. Here’s How to Stop It

8/13: How to find and delete Google’s tracking of your devices

8/13: Google Tracks Location Data Even When Users Turn Service Off, AP Report Finds

8/12: The Creative Ways Your Boss Is Spying on You

8/12: Hackers Found a (Not-So-Easy) Way to Make the Amazon Echo a Spy Bug

8/12: Hacking pacemakers, insulin pumps and patients’ vital signs in real time

8/11: Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked to Doctor Footage

8/9: Hey, roomie, I’m Alexa: Saint Louis University putting 2,300 Amazon Echo Dots in student housing

8/9: America’s top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn’t safe

8/8: Smart Meters Raise Health, Privacy and Constitutional Concerns

8/8: Axon CEO Says Face Recognition Isn’t Accurate Enough for Body Cams Yet

8/7: Facebook: Hey Can We Pretty Please Maybe Have Lots of Your Banking Information Too?

8/6: Is Apple Really Your Privacy Hero?

8/6: Facebook to banks: give us our users’ financial data and we’ll let them bank with Facebook

8/5: Simple Steps to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

8/3: Cashing in on DNA: race on to unlock value in genetic data

8/3: DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your genetic data to drugmakers and other Silicon Valley startups

8/3: 23andMe’s Pharma Deals Have Been the Plan All Along

8/2: ‘Glaring Gap’ Seen in DNA Privacy Pledges by 23andMe, Ancestry

8/1: A collaboration between Google’s secretive life-extension spinoff and popular genetics company Ancestry has quietly ended

8/1: Sennheiser wants you to slap a giant wireless mic on your kids to record precious moments

8/1: Lawsuit: Sweeping Biometric Data Collection Keeps Immigrant Children Locked Up Longer

7/31: Facebook Shuts Off Access To User Data For Hundreds of Thousands of Apps

7/26: Track-suits: Tommy Hilfiger’s creepy new clothes know how much you wear them

7/26: The Ordinary License Plate’s Days May Be Numbered

7/17: Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

 

Local (PNW):

8/6: Seattle City Council adopts nation’s strongest law to protect utility customer personal data

8/3: Property Tax Levy for Law Enforcement Fingerprinting System Could Lead to Facial Recognition

8/2: Concerns over facial recognition endanger a boring old levy

 

Govt (Fed):

8/24: Muslim American says US border agents seized her iPhone without explanation

8/24: Woman Sues Border Agents to Make Them Return Data They Seized From Her Phone

8/24: New facial recognition tech at US airport leads to first arrest

8/23: State Background Checks for Daycare Providers Part of Growing Federal Biometric Surveillance System

8/21: FBI Tried To Get Google To Turn Over Identifying Info On Hundreds Of Phone Owners

8/17: US reportedly pressuring Facebook to break Messenger’s encryption over MS-13 investigation

8/17: Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order
8/16: Ajit Pai Knew FCC Cyberattack Was Fake for Seven Months but Kept Quiet

8/15: Omarosa-Trump Tapes Could Mean ‘Open Season on Privacy Rights’ in the Workplace, Attorneys Say (paywall)

8/9: Apple responds to Congress’ letter on data security and privacy

8/6: Battle lines drawn over US mass surveillance as senators probe NSA’s bonfire of phone records

8/1: Inspector General Says NSA Still Hasn’t Implemented Its Post-Snowden Internal Security Measures

7/31: U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech

7/20: Senate Democrat Floats First Serious Proposals For Regulating Big Tech

7/28: Secret Quiet Skies surveillance program tracks citizens not suspected of wrongdoing

7/22: Open Gov’t Advocates Fear that Private Messaging Apps Are Being Misused by Public Officials To Conduct Business in Secret

6/29: NSA: Sorry, Sorry, Trying to Delete

 

Govt (States & Cities):

8/31: Why California’s Privacy Law Won’t Hurt Facebook or Google

8/29: The Fight Over California’s Privacy Bill Has Only Just Begun

8/27: Here’s How California Became The Most Secretive State on Police Misconduct

8/24: Despite California privacy law, marketers are still scheming to snatch personal data

8/24: Airbnb Sues New York City to Block User-Data Bill Over Privacy

8/22: California Committee Kills Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance

8/14: Security flaws in police body cameras open the devices to attack

8/3: How San Jose Airport uses facial recognition to speed lines

7/26: Police Are Seeking More Digital Evidence From Tech Companies

 

Policy & Opinion:

8/31: Full Body Searches shouldn’t be the price to ride Metro

8/29: How should we regulate facial recognition?

8/27: The Reach—and Limits—of Surveillance Capitalism

8/27: Responding to the “Nothing to Hide” Argument in Support of Mass Surveillance

8/26: Sunday in the Park with George Orwell

8/23: Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism

8/21: Dear Conservatives, Police are Part of the Government Too

8/14: Why you need a better handle on the WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram apps

8/13: Taking on a Supporter of the Surveillance State

8/6: On the cruelty of ankle-monitors

8/6: Facebook Not Trustworthy: Om Malik

 

Overseas:

8/31: How Israel Spies on US Citizens

8/28: Philippines Plans ID System to Get Its Poorest Residents on the Map

8/24: Wickr may have a workaround for Russia’s crackdown on encrypted chat

8/23: Chinese Surveillance State Is Basically The US Surveillance Apparatus Minus The Constitutional Rights

8/22: Scot.gov wins pals with pledge not to keep hold of innocents’ mugshots and biometric data

8/15: London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

8/15: Here’s what Toronto’s smart neighborhood might actually look like

8/14: When’s a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn’t

8/3: Probe Brit police phone-peeking plans, privacy peeps plead

8/2: China launches high-tech bird drones to watch over its citizens

8/2: UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

8/1: Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record

7/30: Court allows police to reveal acquittals during record checks (UK)

7/27: Canadian Malls Secretly Tracked Shoppers’ Age, Gender Using Facial Recognition Technology

7/27: Canada using DNA, ancestry websites to investigate migrants

7/24: WhatsApp Balks at India’s Demand To Break Encryption

7/24: GCHQ Spy Agency Given Illegal Access To Citizens’ Data

 

Tech:

8/29: This Startup Is Building a Market to Help You Sell Your DNA Data

8/23: Wickr gets slicker with fresh network tricker: Privacy-protecting domain fronting alternative emerges

8/15: Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

8/12: Companies use seat sensors, infrared cameras to design new office space

8/10: Hackable Touchscreens Could Spy on Hotel Rooms and Meetings

8/9: The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker’s Dream

8/6: Consumer Reports now evaluates products’ security and privacy

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

8/28: Tenther Tuesday Episode 41: News from the Nullification Movement

8/14: Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and your privacy (The 3:59, Ep. 442)

8/10: Talking the hard questions of privacy and freedom with the Yale Privacy Lab podcast

8/9: Lions of Liberty Interview: Battling the Surveillance State

8/1: Interview: Defying the Surveillance State, Locally

7/31: Tenther Tuesday Episode 39: The Stalker Surveillance State is Getting More Aggressive

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