Privacy News Update, 11-12-17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Local (PNW):

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

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

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

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


Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

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

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

11/6: Lawmakers Have the Internet in Their Sights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/13: FBI director warns against restricting NSA surveillance

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

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


Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Policy & Opinion:

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/1: Not the Bots We Were Looking For

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

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

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

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

10/26: Owen Fiss and the Liberal Legal Tradition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/14: You Are Already Living Inside a Computer



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



11/9: How to Make Cars Cooperate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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