Privacy News Update, 2-18-18

February 18th, 2018 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Privacy News Update, 2-18-18 / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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2/16: Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

2/15: How to Build a Smart Home That’s Actually Secure

2/14: New IAPP Privacy Engineering Section aims to support growing field

2/14: It’s HTTPS or bust: How to secure your website

2/14: On Valentine’s Day, an Oregon Senator Takes a Swipe at Tinder

2/14: Facebook’s free VPN acts like spyware to iOS users in the U.S.

2/14: A space revolution: Do tiny satellites threaten our privacy? financial times

2/13: VPN services 2018: The ultimate guide to protecting your data on the internet

2/12: Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

2/12: What Happens When You Fill A House With ‘Smart’ Technology

2/12: App lets workers talk about their companies anonymously

2/8: Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

2/8: With Closed-Circuit TV, Satellites And Phones, Millions Of Cameras Are Watching

2/8: Smart TV’s privacy capabilities placed under the microscope

2/7: The House That Spied on Me

2/7: The IAPP’s new launchpad into data privacy

2/7: Supreme Court Tackles Fourth Amendment Case Involving Cellphone Privacy

2/6: Governments Hate Bitcoin and Cash for the Same Reason: They Protect People’s Privacy.

2/6: Surveillance Valley

2/6: CDT files FOIA request with ICE over ALPR data use

2/6: Law Enforcement Can Use Smart Meter Parking Apps To Spy On Everyone

2/6: Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not To

2/6: Smart cities: better for life or too much information sharing?

2/4: The privacy-first smart speaker taking on the likes of Apple and Amazon

2/2: China’s Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

2/2: Fitness apps are now one more reason to revisit your smartphone’s privacy settings

2/2: Google Chrome: Beware these malicious extensions that record everything you do

2/2: Amazon secures employee-tracking wristband patents

2/1: Facebook Patents Tech To Bucket Users Into Different Social Classes

2/1: The Legal Consequences Of Sending Disappearing Messages At Work

1/31: ICE Finally Gets The Nationwide License Plate Database It’s Spent Years Asking For

1/31: Privacy questions around DNA tests

1/31: 20-year-old student behind Strava heatmap discovery

1/31: No Warrant Needed For Police Departments To Share Your License Plate Data

1/30: Privacy experts alarmed as Amazon moves into the health care industry

1/30: Car renters beware: Bluetooth use can reveal your private data

1/30: National I.D. By Any Other Name Still Stinks

1/29: Strava lesson: Share fitness data online? Check these privacy settings now

1/29: How Strava’s “anonymized” fitness tracking data spilled government secrets

1/29: Have you signed up for a tracking app by mistake?

1/29: New tool aims to centralize data privacy information

1/28: Facebook: Is it time to quit our unhealthy addiction?

1/26: The impact of public privacy on corporate governance

1/26: Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Means ICE Will Track Your License Plate Even if You’re Not an Immigrant

1/25: Windows 10 privacy guide: How to take control

1/25: Law firm releases handbook for the privacy office

1/25: Disrupting The Fourth Amendment: Half Of Law Enforcement E-Warrants Approved In 10 Minutes Or Less

1/24: DNA sharing leads to privacy concerns

1/22: Congress Quietly Pushing Bill To Require National Biometric ID For “ALL Americans”

1/19: Finding Your Voice – Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification, the “NSA Reigns Supreme”

1/19: Who Is Selling Hacking Subscriptions to Governments?

1/16: Amazon hiring HIPAA Compliance Lead for “new initiative”

1/14: Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies

Local (PNW):

2/16: The Really Weird World Of Smart Meters

2/12: State Democrats are on the wrong side of open-records fight

2/9: Surveillance system or public-safety tool? Seattle dismantles controversial wireless mesh network

1/27: Meet Kate Garman, Seattle’s smart cities coordinator, tasked with making the city more efficient

1/26: FPF releases assessment of Seattle’s open data program

1/24: Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

1/22: Integris raises another $1.5M for data privacy intelligence platform as GDPR deadline looms

1/22: Amazon Go Reviews: Praise for Shopping Speed, Caution Around Privacy

1/21: Hands-on with Amazon Go: We tested the tech giant’s experiment in checkout-free retail

1/21: Amazon Go is finally a go: Sensor-infused store opens to the public Monday, with no checkout lines


Govt (Fed):

2/14: Sens. Flake, Coons Demand New Privacy Measures in Letter to Strava CEO

2/14: First Amendment Case Brought by Immigration Checkpoint Protesters/Monitors Can Go Forward

2/9: Is the Nunes Memo Alleging Surveillance Abuses at Odds with FISA Renewal?

2/7: FTC releases PrivacyCon 2018 agenda

2/4: Ron Wyden Has Battled the Feds Over Surveillance for Years. He Says Trump’s Release of FBI Memo Was a Mistake

2/2: The Federal Government is Using Tracking Tech to Monitor License Plates Nationwide

2/1: Federal 5G: An authoritarian approach in the name of ‘safety’

1/24: Senator calls out FBI director’s ‘ill-informed’ encryption backdoor views

1/25: Senator Demands FBI Director Explain His Encryption Backdoor Bullshit

1/22: Spending Bill Would Give Administration Direct Control Of Surveillance Spending

Govt (States & Cities):

2/18: Connecticut may limit access to state’s voter database

2/17: Nebraska Law Now Limits ALPR Data, Helps Block National License Plate Tracking Program

2/17: Privacy by Deletion: Five Steps to Reducing Data Risk

2/16: Report: State boards must strike balance with personalized learning, privacy

2/16: Oklahoma Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

2/15: Florida Committee Approves Measure to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

2/14: Federal office asked to rule on whether Portland violated patient privacy laws (ME)

2/14: California legislator introduces bill to regulate how Silicon Valley uses your data

2/13: Maryland Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

2/13: Massachusetts Committee Approves Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking

2/13: Denise Merrill Calls For Legislation To Protect Voters Privacy, From Identity Theft (CT)

2/12: Consumer-data privacy bills at Colorado Legislature could drive up business costs, hamper worker background checks

2/12: Hawaii Committees Pass Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

2/12: Bernard Campbell students learn about legal system, rights, privacy from judges

2/12: New Jersey Bills Would Put Limits on Police use of Drones, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

2/12: AGs question Google’s class-action privacy settlement

2/11: Column | Sen. Anderson battled law enforcement over license plate privacy

2/8: IAPP releases third edition of ‘California Privacy Law’

2/8: Boston Police Waste Taxpayer Money Violating Law Through Illegal Surveillance Of Citizenry

2/7: New Mexico lawmakers may seek privacy rules for police video

2/2: EFF urges CA lawmakers to move forward with broadband bill

2/2: Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying; Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

1/31: California lawmakers reject license-plate privacy bill

9/26/17: San Jose: Activists push to expand police auditor powers, to cautious officials

9/17/17: Request denied: States try to block access to public records

Policy & Opinion:

2/16; Overuse of privacy law may hamper school safety

2/16: Paranoia will destroy us: Why Chinese tech isn’t spying on Americans

2/15; TLS/SSL security for websites

2/14: Facebook’s latest privacy debacle points to larger problem: Trust

2/13: When privacy becomes public

2/8: Mass Surveillance Is One Chinese Export We Should Ban

2/8: The Guardian view on internet privacy: it’s the psychology, stupid

2/6: Balancing the benefits of location data with privacy protection

2/6: Identity and the smart city

2/5: Op-Ed: ‘Privacy advocates are wrong about connected cars’

2/1: Whose data is it anyway?

2/1: Who owns the data connected cars generate?

1/31: Always on: The new era of continuous privacy compliance

1/31: Could Brexit derail ePrivacy?

1/31: O’Connor: US needs to reform data-privacy legislation

1/31: Identity Policies: The clash between democracy and biometrics

1/29: Why the Canadian Privacy Commissioner’s Proposed Right to be Forgotten Creates More Problems Than it Solves

1/28: BBB Tip of the Week: Data privacy depends on vigilance by businesses and customers

1/26; Data Privacy Is Dead. Forget About It.

1/26: Google’s fun ‘match your selfie with art’ app points to the scary future of facial recognition

1/25: The moving target of IoT security

1/23: Is privacy the new security?

1/22: Data privacy, a growing strategic initiative

1/17: Personal Data Representatives: An Idea

1/10: Privacy and metrics of testing and staging environments


2/16: Facebook ordered to stop collecting user data by Belgian court

2/16 Europe’s New Data Privacy Rules Nourish U.S. Privacy Tech Sector

2/16: OPC offers funding to promote privacy research (Canada)

2/15: Mozilla’s Open Letter To Expert Committee Drafting India’s First Data Protection Law Slams Aadhaar Biometric Identity System

2/15: Government asked to end pursuit of backdoor access to encryption (Oz)

2/14: Critics of India’s ID card project say they have been harassed, put under surveillance

2/14: What comes first – privacy or solving crime? Hamilton council debates tonight (Canada)

2/14: Paradise making changes in wake of privacy commissioner’s reports (Canada)

2/13: Personal surveillance cameras to be allowed in Quebec’s long-term care homes (Canada)

2/12: Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court

2/12: 22 eerie photos show how China uses facial recognition to track its citizens as they travel, shop — and even use toilet paper

2/9: Web con: ‘Build Your Privacy Program for the People’ (GDPR related)

2/9: What FISA renewal means for the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield agreement

2/9: Farewell Soapy, but will Australia’s new attorney-general be any better?

2/7; Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

2/7: Encrypted surveillance video may solve Yellowknife’s security camera woes: former privacy commissioner

2/6: EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers, experts warnFacebook’s latest privacy debacle points to larger problem: Trust

2/2: Canada’s SOPA Moment: Why the CRTC Should Reject the Bell Coalition’s Dangerous Internet Blocking Plan

2/1: China Exporting Its Surveillance Tech And Philosophy To Other Countries, Helped By Equipment Donations

2/1: European cities want new data-sharing rules with rental platforms

2/1: NHS Digital asked to stop data sharing agreement with Home Office (UK)

2/1: Privacy and economic development: India at a crossroads

2/1: Search and Surveillance Act review offers 67 recommendations (NZ)

1/31: Brazilian general Bill on the Protection of Personal Data

1/31: Australian government cannot handle its own data securely, why give it yours?

1/31: Singapore’s PDPC releases data-anonymization guide

1/30: Creepy UK Surveillance Law Ruled Illegal, But Privacy Advocates Still Call Bullshit

1/30: EU’s Highest Court Says Privacy Activist Can Litigate Against Facebook In Austria, But Not As Part Of A Class Action

1/30: Government ​mass surveillance powers ruled unlawful (UK)

1/30: Car-sharing company GoGet took seven months to tell customers of data hack (Oz)

1/29: China Denies That It Gifted the African Union an HQ Building Stuffed Full of Surveillance Devices

1/29: Facebook to launch privacy center ahead of EU regulations

1/28: Data privacy officers hard to find in Nova Scotia (Canada)

1/26: Ontario commissioner calls for modernized laws on Data Privacy Day (Canada)

1/24: Estonia’s ID card fiasco: ‘We’ve no intention of letting a good crisis go to waste’

1/23: Facebook to roll out new tools in response to EU privacy laws

1/22: Tunisia’s Plans To Bring In Its Own National ‘Aadhaar’ Biometric ID System Halted — For Now

1/19: How Australia’s government-by-parrot is flying backward on drones

11/29/17: Ottawa jogger who wound up in an ad without her knowledge wins precedent-setting privacy fight


2/17: The new CEO of super-private messaging app Wire, which is backed by Skype’s cofounder, explained why it’s taking on Slack

2/16: People Will Always Get Lost

2/14: Mycroft Mark II offers something its digital assistant competitors can’t: Privacy and openness

2/14: Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy

2/14: Tech company develops facial recognition ‘firewall’

2/13: Researchers find vulnerabilities in Faraday cages

2/13: Microsoft: We’re developing blockchain ID system starting with our Authenticator app

2/11: From your photos to your location: “structured encryption” could be the next big thing in privacy protection

2/7: Researchers found a way to unmask Strava users’ hidden locations

2/5: Akamai: IoT the new ‘shadow IT’ of the enterprise

2/1: Researchers develop method to trick automatic speech-recognition systems

2/1: Age-verification tool raises privacy concerns

1/31: Mozilla Firefox is testing updates that customers fear pivot from its focus on consumer privacy

1/31: Camera makers resist encryption, despite warnings from photographers

1/30: Report: Verizon Dumps Huawei Phones as US Government Pressure Mounts

1/29: System76 Wants to Offer Full Disk Encryption for Its Ubuntu-Based Pop!_OS Linux

1/26: New privacy tech solution aims to bring data visibility to the CPO

1/26: Lyft investigates privacy abuse claim

1/24: Windows 10: Microsoft rolls out new privacy tools for telemetry data

1/24: ​Firefox 58 arrives with tracker blocking to make browsing faster, and fixes for dozens of security flaws

1/23: Tails 3.5 Anonymous OS Released to Mitigate Spectre Vulnerability for AMD CPUs

1/22: Windows 10: Latest preview builds hint at new privacy tools


2/14: Episode 203: Interview with Glenn Gerstell: NSA’s General Counsel speaks on 702, cybersecurity, and more

2/13: Big tech has killed privacy: Steve Hilton

2/12: Salted Hash Ep 18: Mobile security and privacy

2/5: 201. Crypto Wars 2.0: Debating Susan Landau over encryption and law enforcement

2/2: 383: Dangerous data, Libraries and more

2/2: Digital dystopia: taking back control – podcast

1/29: Former Special Ops Agent Discusses How Tech, Fitness Trackers Affect The Military

1/26: Joy Buolamwini: How Does Facial Recognition Software See Skin Color?

1/26: Digital dystopia: democracy in the internet age – podcast



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Privacy News Update, 1-22-18

January 22nd, 2018 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Privacy News Update, 1-22-18 / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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1/2018: Free Speech, Tech Turmoil, and the New Censorship

1/22: The IAPP’s Privacy List goes live with new web conference series

1/22: Disable Instagram’s new, creepy activity status feature

1/21: Amazon Go is finally a go: Sensor-infused store opens to the public Monday, with no checkout lines

1/19: NSA surveillance programs live on, in case you hadn’t noticed

1/19: Finding Your Voice: Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification, the “NSA Reigns Supreme”

1/19: Trump Signs Surveillance Extension Into Law

1/19: Tech giants and elected officials back Microsoft in Supreme Court case on international data privacy

1/19: Congress demanded NSA spying reform. Instead, they let you down

1/19: The Consumer DNA Testing Market Is Already Booming, but It’s About to Explode

1/18: EFF to NSA: you scammed your way to another six years of warrantless spying, and you’d better enjoy it while it lasts

1/18: Congress Votes to Extend Warrantless-Spying Program Through 2023

1/18: Instagram just added a new feature you might want to turn off — here’s how (FB)

1/18: FTC releases 2017 privacy and security report

1/18: Automakers collecting personal data with regularity

1/18: Google Faces England’s First ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Trial

1/18: Google’s Art Selfie App Offers A Lesson In Biometric Privacy Laws In U.S.

1/17: Using AI To Identify Car Models In 50 Million Google Street Views Reveals A Wide Range Of Demographic Information

1/17: Google’s face match feature doesn’t work in Illinois and Texas

1/16: Amazon won’t say if it hands your Echo data to the government

1/16: Big businesses band together in urging lawmakers to sell out your privacy

1/16: Companies race to gather a newly prized currency: Our body measurements

1/16: Google app that matches your face to artwork is wildly popular. It’s also raising privacy concerns.

1/16: US senators vow to filibuster FBI, er, NSA’s domestic, errr, foreign mass spying program

1/15: Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

1/15: Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse

1/12: Chinese Internet Users Start To Rebel Against Lack Of Online Privacy

1/12: The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers

1/12: Democratic Defections Allow an Assault on Civil Liberties to Pass the House

1/11: Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens

1/11: Microsoft finally injects end-to-end chat crypto into Skype – ish…

1/11: Uber’s tool Ripley lets it remotely disable staff laptops

1/10: Keep Track Of Who Facebook Thinks You Know With This Nifty Tool

1/10: What’s Slack Doing With Your Data?

1/10: Max Schrems: The privacy bubble needs to start ‘getting sh*t done’

1/9: How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs

1/8: Your local public Wi-Fi network may be a whole lot safer soon

1/5: Amazon Alexa is Coming To Headphones, Smart Watches, Bathrooms and More

1/5: Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement

1/5: US border cops told to stop copying people’s files just for the hell of it

1/5: US border agency searched 30,200 phones and computers in 2017

1/4: I Know Where You’ve Been: Digital Spying And Divorce In The Smartphone Age

1/4: All the Ways Your Smartphone and Its Apps Can Track You

1/4: China Plans To Turn Country’s Most Popular App, WeChat, Into An Official ID System

1/3: New facial scans of air travelers trigger controversy

1/3: Curb how Facebook, Google and Amazon use your personal data in a quick privacy clean-up

1/2: New Bill Could Finally Get Rid of Paperless Voting Machines

1/2: After calling for surveillance reform, Feinstein casts crucial vote to kill it

1/1: 17 steps to being completely anonymous online

12/31: EFF Applauds ‘Massive Change’ to HTTPS

Local (PNW):

1/15: WA won’t automatically hand over license info to ICE

1/14: The Justice Department Helped a County Prosecutor Target the Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists

1/11: Report: State has been handing driver info to ICE

1/11: Washington state regularly gives drivers’ info to immigration authorities; Inslee orders temporary halt

1/11: Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler joins Democrats in vote against surveillance law

1/3: Washington sues Motel 6, says chain slipped ICE info on guests

Govt (Fed):

1/19: There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

1/19: Nearly Everyone Backs Microsoft in Landmark Email Privacy Case—Except the DOJ

1/19: Meet the Justice Department’s FISA closer

1/19; Meet the Republicans Who Care About Surveillance Abuse Only When Trump’s the Target (UPDATE: Trump Signs 702 Bill)

1/18: Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here are some details on how

1/18: 50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

1/18: Senate passes bill to extend key surveillance program, sending it to Trump’s desk

1/18: Senate passes controversial spying law that scoops up Americans’ phone calls and emails without a warrant

1/16: After Basically No Debate, And No Opportunity For Amendments, Senate Votes To Expand NSA Surveillance

1/15: Trump’s press secretary outraged at Amazon Echo on Twitter

1/12: The tribe-busting politics of FISA and the surveillance debate

1/12: Spy Bosses Helped Trump Draft Tweet Backing Surveillance Program

1/11: Dipshit President Attacks Surveillance Bill His Own White House Says Must Pass

1/11: What is the Section 702 surveillance program and why should you care?

1/11: House approves spying extension

1/10: CBP Warrantless Device Searches Continue To Increase And New DHS Guidance Isn’t Going To Bring That Number Down

1/10: Can the ‘Automobile Exception’ Run Over the Fourth Amendment?

1/9: Speculation Rampant as Secretive Zuma Spy Satellite Declared a ‘Total Loss’

1/9: Encryption an ‘urgent public safety issue,’ FBI chief says

1/9: From heroin-laden rental cars to stolen motorcycles, justices find privacy rights

1/9: Federal Agencies May Be Regularly Hiding Surveillance Methods in Criminal Cases

1/9: Fourth Amendment scrutinized before high court

1/8: Supremes asked to mull legality of Silicon Valley privacy ‘slush funds’

1/8: Smart toy maker VTech settles privacy charges with FTC

1/8: SCOTUS to hear case disputing warrantless motorcycle search

1/8: Justice Dept. scrambles to jam prison cellphones, stop drone deliveries to inmates

1/5: U.S. Customs And Border Protection Sets New Rules For Searching Electronic Devices

1/4: DHS Expands License Plate Dragnet, Streams Collections To US Law Enforcement Agencies

1/2: DHS Documents Show Harassment And Intrusive Device Searches Are A Common Occurrence At US Borders

12/19: US senators rail against effort to sneak through creepy mass spying bill

Govt (States & Cities):

1/19: Fort Collins police using drones in crash investigations

1/18: California attorney general threatens $10,000 fine for businesses that share employee information with immigration agents

1/15: Shenandoah police begin process to buy automated license plate scanners

1/12: Officials remove medical pot registry from police computers

1/11: Chicago considering equipping police with anti-texting tools

1/10: LAPD takes another step toward deploying drones in controversial yearlong test

1/9: Police union files suit over release of body camera footage

1/7: Bill seeks to stop drone use to spy on people, harass cows

1/6: Police, fire departments find uses for drones

1/5: New York State Appellate Court Says Cell Site Location Records Have No Expectation Of Privacy

1/3: California Supreme Court seems split on DNA collections voters approved

Policy & Opinion:

1/21: Roe v. Wade Was About More Than Abortion

1/19: The FDA just approved the first ‘self-tracking’ pill—here’s what it could mean for your privacy

1/18: A Bunch Of Politicians Who Complain About Trump’s Authoritarian Tendencies Just Gave Him 6 Years To Warrantlessly Spy On Americans

1/17: On the fine line between clothing and health data

1/17: A technician’s view of the GDPR and consent interfaces

1/17: Nahra: Key issues for 2018 privacy and security checkup

1/17: Prosecute Former Spymaster James Clapper for Lying to Congress Now. Time is Running Out.

1/17: Stop Warrantless Snooping on Americans

1/16: ‘Is whistleblowing worth prison or a life in exile?’: Edward Snowden talks to Daniel Ellsberg

1/16: 5 employee awareness predictions for 2018

1/15: Business must tone down its lust for big data

1/15: Facebook’s New Mission May Be Impossible

1/12: Make gadgets great again

1/11: Editorial Put some blinders on the feds’ prying eyes

1/10: Privacy and metrics of testing and staging environments

1/3: Americans should have more control over their data

1/2: No Foreign Spy Program Reauthorization Without Citizen Protections


1/22: Business booms for privacy experts as landmark data law looms (Europe)

1/21: India will install cameras in classrooms amid a rise of surveillance measures in Asia

1/19: Don’t check Facebook before hiring, says privacy commissioner (Canada)

1/19: How Australia’s government-by-parrot is flying backward on drones

1/19: Notes from the iappANZ, 19 January 2018 (Asia)

1/16: Belgium adopts law restructuring Belgian Privacy Commission

1/18: Lebanese Security Agency Turns Smartphone Into Selfie Spycam: Researchers

1/17: Toronto smart city project comes with privacy concerns

1/17: China Uses Facial Recognition to Fence In Villagers in Far West

1/15: India To Add Facial Authentication For Its Aadhaar Card Security

1/13: Will Facial Recognition in China Lead To Total Surveillance?

1/12: Can the Chinese government now get access to your Grindr profile?

1/10: Breach of World’s Largest Database Prompts Overhaul in India

1/10: UK Data Protection Bill tweaked to protect security researchers

1/10: GCHQ sought to ‘better liaise’ with watchdog, court document shows (UK)

1/9: Snowden Joins Outcry Against World’s Biggest Biometric Database

1/8: Privacy Foundation: Trusting government with open data a ‘recipe for pain’ (Oz)

1/8: CCTV commish: Bring all surveillance systems under code of practice (UK)

1/8: Indian journalist exposed possible huge breach in government database; now she’s facing a police complaint

1/7: In China, facial recognition is sharp end of a drive for total surveillance

1/6: Privacy breaches hit record high in Alberta (Canada)

1/6: Internet users in China expect to be tracked. Now they want privacy

1/4: Ashes spectators in Sydney scanned by facial recognition tech (Oz)

1/3: 16 Things That Are More Valuable Than Your Privacy (India)

1/3: Alexa could be our next crime fighter (UK)

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

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

12/22: Merry Christmas, UK prosecutors: Here’s a special gift… a slap from the privacy watchdog

12/21: Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe (UK)

12/20: Comms-slurping public bodies in UK need crash course in copy ‘n’ paste

12/13: told: Your frantic farming of pupils’ data is getting a little creepy

12/12: Canadian Supreme Court Says Privacy Protections Apply To Sent Text Messages Obtained From The Recipient

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


1/22: Tech companies receive funding to boost privacy products

1/22: Microsoft Continues to Rethink Windows 10 Privacy and Data Collection Practices – New Tools Expected

1/22: Windows 10: Latest preview builds hint at new privacy tools

1/21: Hands-on with Amazon Go: We tested the tech giant’s experiment in checkout-free retail

1/21: Q&A: Samsung’s Alex Hawkinson on smart-home evolution

1/18: Less Than 1 in 10 Gmail Users Enable Two-Factor Authentication

1/17: Want more privacy online? ProtonMail brings its free VPN to Android

1/17: Purism Says Its Privacy-Focused Linux Phone Will Use Wayland and i.MX8 ARM CPU

1/16: Researchers Uncover Android Malware With Never-Before-Seen Spying Capabilities

1/15: Twitter Says No, Hundreds Of Twitter Employees Are Not Reading Your DMs

1/15: BlackBerry debuts Jarvis software scanning platform at NAIAS

1/15: Bad news: A Spectre-like flaw will probably happen again

1/12: Meet Nextcloud Talk, World’s First Self-Hosted, Encrypted Communication Platform

1/12: Google pulls kids games containing AdultSwine malware

1/9: No tracking, no revenue: Apple’s privacy feature costs ad companies millions

1/5: These video-recording glasses are a privacy nightmare

1/4: Lenovo’s new laptops have clever built-in webcam covers so you can finally ditch the piece of tape

1/3: Anonymous no more: Reusing complex passwords gives your identity away

1/3: 2 Years Later, Security Holes Linger In GPS Services Used By Millions of Devices

1/2: Microsoft predicts 2018 will usher in a new era for tech companies sitting on silos of consumer data

12/23: Fleeing Google’s Apps and iOS, Mandrake Linux Creator Launches ‘eelo’ Project

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

12/20: Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

12/14: IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPS


1/19: The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Ready, set, GDPR

1/18: Geared Up Podcast: Google’s answer to the Echo Show and an Alexa enabled toilet

1/15: Episode 15 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘Privacy’

1/11: Book World: In the shadows of a surveillance state

it could happen! :)

January 20th, 2018 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on it could happen! :) / Tags:


Op Ed: The Thought Police

January 7th, 2018 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on Op Ed: The Thought Police / 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 /

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: 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……!

December 3rd, 2017 / Filed Under: Uncategorized / Comments Off on If only……! / Tags:

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.