Privacy News Update, 2-18-18

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Featured:

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

Overseas:

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

Tech:

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

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

 

Privacy News Update, 1-22-18

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Featured:

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

Overseas:

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: UK.gov 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

Tech:

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

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

Seattle’s Stranger – Federal Ct Electronic Surveillance petition

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.

Privacy News Update, 10-17-17

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10/15: Telcos “selling realtime ability to associate web browsing with name & address”

10/12: Google admits its new smart speaker was eavesdropping on users

10/11: Man asks Alexa if he is being detained

10/11: Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

10/7: Co-Parenting With Alexa

10/6: ‘Kids should not be guinea pigs’: Mattel pulls AI babysitter

10/6: Factions forming as Congress attempts to curb US spy power

10/5: How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it’s called the USA Liberty Act

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

10/4: Bipartisan group of lawmakers seek to impose new limit on NSA spy power

10/4: A web privacy expert lays out everything you need to know about the new rule that could upend the marketing business

10/4: Google dials up the creepy factor and targets families

10/3: Terror risks make tight security routine for world’s hotels

10/3: Facebook’s Privacy Feud With Austrian Heads to EU’s Top Court

10/3: Your Yahoo account info was definitely hacked — here’s what to do

9/29: How The Intercept Preserves Your Privacy

9/29: Mattel Gadget Listens to Babies, Setting Off Privacy Alarms

9/28: Q&A: How Apple’s Face ID facial recognition works

9/28: Google reports all-time high of government data requests

9/28: Apple reports most national security orders ever this year

9/27: Apple is opening up amid privacy questions about Face ID, personal data collection

9/27: Amazon Wants You to Wake Up With Alexa, and That’s Just the Start

9/26: Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs

9/26: Tinder stores a scary amount of information about what you do, including your Facebook history

9/26: Signal Has a Fix for Apps’ Contact-Leaking Problem

9/25: Equifax’s breach is not its first brush with concerns over handling of personal data

9/21: Face ID can protect iPhone X from thieves, but not the law

9/21: Police need warrant to track cellphones, appeals court says

9/20: Apple Face ID: Is it Creepy or Cool?

9/18: Biometrics like Face ID are coming to your smartphone whether you like it or not

9/15: Verizon gives away cool freebies, as long as you give away your privacy

9/15: Google and Verizon are suddenly allies on California privacy bill

9/15: How One of Apple’s Key Privacy Safeguards Falls Short

9/15: Face ID and the Fifth Amendment: Can Cops Make You Open the New iPhone?

9/14: Microsoft Adds Cloud Security to Keep Out Hackers — and Government Snoops

9/14: Sen. Al Franken wants Apple to answer Face ID privacy concerns

9/13: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update shaking up privacy settings some more

9/13: Homeland Security hit with lawsuit over phone, laptop searches

9/13: Hey, Turn Bluetooth Off When You’re Not Using It

9/12: Sept. 12 Letters: Equifax proves need for privacy protections

9/12: How Secure Is the iPhone X’s FaceID? Here’s What We Know

9/12: Edward Snowden offers mixed review on Apple’s Face ID

9/8: Google tailors its privacy control tool for your phone, too

9/7: Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they’re surveillance cities

9/7: Wonder why Congress doesn’t clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more

9/7: Street art project puts a price on your personal data

 

Local (PNW):

10/12: After massive email leak, the city scrambles

10/5: Supreme Court rules random urinalysis is unconstitutional

10/4: A Look at the Eastside Race that Abortion Coverage, Taxes, and Internet Privacy Hinges On

9/26: Why your ‘personal’ data is anything but: Q&A with Washington state’s first chief privacy officer

9/19: Glenn Greenwald in Portland: Q&A on privacy, the law and journalism

 

Govt (Fed):

10/16: Supreme Court will take up Microsoft email warrant fight

10/14: Intel leaders urge Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program

10/10: DOJ grows frustrated with tech firms over encryption

10/5: Bipartisan bill seeks to limit use of foreign surveillance

10/4: DOJ’s Rosenstein takes aim at Silicon Valley encryption

10/4: Senators: Tech firms didn’t take election meddling ‘seriously’

10/3: White House official: Let’s replace Social Security numbers

10/1: FBI doesn’t have to reveal iPhone hack details, judge rules

9/29: Feds asking Facebook for info on anti-Trump activists

9/28: US Homeland Security Says Tracking Social Media of Immigrants is Nothing New

9/26: Homeland Security plans to collect immigrants’ social media info

9/25: Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

9/25: Government wants foreign surveillance authority renewed

9/21: Police use of ‘Stingray’ cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules

9/17; Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government

9/15: DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

9/13: Trump Administration Sued Over Phone Searches at U.S. Border

9/13: Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

8/31: NSA enters stage two of its spying revival plan: Getting Trump onboard

8/25: NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

 

Govt (States & Cities):

10/17: LAPD wins OK to test drones despite privacy concerns

10/17: Commission approves controversial yearlong test of drones by LAPD

10/16: Georgia’s conservative Supreme Court: Compelled breathanalyzer tests violate state privilege against self-incrimination

10/5: Commissioner: Raid violated Oakland sanctuary city policy

10/5: Wisconsin Assembly committee to consider body camera limits

10/5: The Latest: Police support bill setting body camera policy

10/3: Civilian oversight panel hears guidelines for LAPD use of drones

9/29: Port Authority Must Face Officers’ Cellphone Search Lawsuit: NY Ruling

9/28: New Texas law criminalizes drone use near animal farms

9/28: Missouri officials push to expand address secrecy program

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

9/26: In North Carolina, police wear body cameras, but laws prevent the public from seeing footage

9/25: Loud talkers beware: Reno buses will be listening

9/22: Illinois governor vetoes data privacy measure

9/21; Wary of employee microchips, state senator proposes regulation

9/20: St. Louis police to get body cameras

9/19: Border agents want to search a traveler’s laptop and phone? Get a warrant

9/18: Nebraska city on the verge of regulating drone flights

9/18: Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on highway surveillance bill

9/18: California Democrats sell out online privacy in the dead of night

9/17: Ravens’ plan to give out DNA tests at home opener get delayed as company faces questions from state officials

9/16: Closely watched California Internet privacy bill dies in final minutes of legislative session

9/15: California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

9/13: New driver’s license requirements are coming to U.S. airports

9/1: US cops can’t keep license plate data scans secret without reason

 

Policy & Opinion:

10/17: Who can access your e-mails after you die?

10/5: The End of Privacy

10/5: Hey, IoT vendors. When a paediatric nurse tells you to fix security, you definitely screwed up

10/5: The Equifax Hack Started the Wrong Conversation

9/29: Here’s a way to make companies with large databases keep our info safe

9/27: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says companies need to take stances on controversial issues

9/26: How to Kill Fake Facebook Accounts and Preserve Privacy

9/24: A petition to demand accountability from the NSA

9/21; Driverless cars: safer perhaps, but professor warns of privacy risks

9/16: The phone that every stalker will want

9/14: Editorial: Privacy risk in self-driving cars? Senate has to fix that loophole in federal bill

9/14: Face fracas: We’re all worked up about the iPhone X’s Face ID

9/14: Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

 

Overseas:

10/18: EU says data privacy deal with US can be improved

10/17: UK spy agencies may be circumventing data-sharing law, tribunal told

10/6: Kuwait’s Constitutional Court: Mandatory DNA collection law is no good

10/6: Privacy concerns voiced over photo database link to real-time surveillance (OZ)

10/5: Australia approves national database of everyone’s mugshots

10/5: Turnbull denies new facial recognition measures amount to ‘mass surveillance’ (Oz)

10/5: Australia to use drivers license photos to create facial recognition database

10/4: Australia Wants All Citizens’ Driver’s License Photos, Citing Terror Fight

10/3: Australia to get in your face with facial recognition system

10/3: UK Says WhatsApp Lets Paedophiles and Gangsters Operate Beyond the Law

10/2: Spanish tech activists publish a “how-to guide for preserving fundamental rights on the Internet”

10’2: The London Underground thinks it can sell travelers’ attention and wifi data for £322m

9/28: Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition to Spy on Citizens in Streets

9/21; EU Official Says Privacy Shield Is Trust & Check Exercise

9/15: Spy-Camera Allegation Sure to Heat Up Ecuador Presidents’ Feud

9/14: Canada’s Mounties use a 6-year-old “interim policy” to justify warrantless mass surveillance

9/13: Cops’ use of biometric images ‘gone far beyond custody purposes’

9/11: Fitness Tracking Startups Are Sweating Due to EU Privacy Regulators

9/8: EU court must rule on legality of UK’s mass surveillance – tribunal

9/5: Spying on Worker Emails Gets New Hurdle in EU Court Ruling

9/3: This Chinese KFC lets you put your money where your mouth is

8/28: China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

8/25: India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

8/24: Biometrics watchdog breaks cover, slams UK cops over facial recog

 

Tech:

10/18: What the future holds for fitness technology

10/17: Self-driving Chevy Bolts will roam New York City streets next year

10/12: How to transform your home into a smart home

10/12: New sensor pill like a “Fitbit” you can swallow to monitor your stomach

10/6: Mattel’s Internet-of-kiddies’-Things Aristotle canned before release

10/2: Protect your home with Ring’s DIY security system

9/29: Qualcomm teams with Benchmark Electronics on wearable patches to monitor vital signs

9/28: Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus on Self-Policing Not Regulation Fears

9/28: iOS apps can read metadata revealing users’ location histories

9/27: Is Face ID secure? Apple takes on lingering questions

9/26: Alexa and her kind let the disabled or illiterate make the web work

9/25: Levi’s, Google unveil $350 denim jacket that connects to smartphones

9/25: Here’s how to keep up with Nest’s growing smart home

9/22: As smart homes become smarter, tech companies rush to get in the door

9/21; Global privacy management software firm expanding in Atlanta

9/21: Apple makes it harder to track you online, ad industry has an aneurysm

9/21: Crime-fighting robot can detect weapons in a crowd

9/20: Nest Hello doorbell camera can recognize your face

9/20: Nest’s next product? The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

9/15: Microsoft adds cloud security to keep out hackers — and government snoops

9/14: Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

9/12: Want to unlock the iPhone X? Just stare at it

8/31: Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

 

Books/Media/Misc:

9/30: The troubling surveillance state of Jeremy Piven’s tech visionary in ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’

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9/7: The DNC’s Technology Chief is Phishing His Staff. Good.

9/3: Early stage: This surveillance startup wants to put cameras in your neighborhood

8/29: Uber says it will no longer track you once the ride ends

8/28: CVS app sends your location to outside servers, researchers say

8/26: Security News This Week: When Facebook’s Friend Suggestions Get Creepy

8/23: Google’s $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers’ alma maters, web giant’s pals

8/23: AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone’s location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn’t use it

8/19: Security News This Week: iOS 11 Will Do More To Keep Cops Out of Your iPhone

8/18: A Hidden Trick in the iOS 11 Beta Lets You Disable Touch ID to Keep Cops Out

8/17: US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that’s touched that mast

8/16: Verizon—Yes, Verizon—Just Stood Up For Your Privacy

8/15: The secret text of the GOP’s border bill reveals plan to dramatically increase surveillance of Americans and visitors

8/15: HiQ wins court round against LinkedIn

8/15: Slurping people’s info without a warrant? That’s OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

8/15: Tech companies urge Supreme Court to protect cell phone privacy

8/14: Tech company resists federal demand for info on visitors to anti-Trump website

8/14: It’s not hard to think of ways to outsmart Stingray-detector apps

8/9: ACLU: Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data

8/7: These 42 Disney apps are spying on your kids, lawsuit claims

8/7: Hotspot Shield VPN accused of violating users’ privacy

8/5: Blu phones back on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy

8/2: Congress to smart device makers: Your security sucks

8/1: Google asked to explain how it tracks what you buy in stores

8/1: Company hopes to launch microchip-reader business

8/1: Privacy Watchdog Asks FTC To Look Into Google’s Offline Shopping Tracker

7/31: Amazon suspends sales of Blu phones due to privacy concerns

7/26: Travelers’ Electronics At US Airports To Get Enhanced Screening, TSA Says

7/26: These cheap phones come at a price — your privacy

7/26: Feds Crack Trump Protesters’ Phones To Charge Them With Felony Rioting

7/25: While it’s vacuuming your dirt, Roomba also collects data on you: Next, it could be sold

7/24: Concerned about connected car privacy? Bluetooth sensors used to track traffic

7/21: Alexa, what happens if the Echo has a screen? You get a review like this

 

Local (PNW):

9/6: Washington state to test pay-by-the-mile as a way to fund highways

8/24: Why Seattle is poised to be a leader in ‘smart city’ technology and regulations

8/6: A US Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

7/26: Amid gun violence, promises not kept are nothing new to Rainier Valley

7/26: New meters mean Seattle City Light won’t visit homes anymore

 

Govt (Fed):

8/22: Feds pare back demands for data from anti-Trump protest site

8/18: No, the cops can’t get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

8/18: Trump OKs plan for independent Cyber Command

8/15: Building America’s Trust Act would amp up privacy concerns at the border

8/15: Uber to bend over, take privacy probe every two years for next 20 years

8/14: Feds demand data on visitors to anti-Trump protest site

8/14: Those Free Stingray-Detector Apps? Yeah, Spies Could Outsmart Them

8/11: Immigration bill would ramp up mass surveillance at the border

 

Govt (States & Cities):

9/5: One State’s Bail Reform Exposes the Promise and Pitfalls of Tech-Driven Justice

9/1: State bill requiring California police to disclose surveillance equipment stalls in fiscal committee

8/31: California Supreme Court decision could end secrecy over police capture of license plate images

8/16: Cuomo signs backyard surveillance bill

8/1: Kentucky governor says news station drone invaded privacy

7/26: ‘Textalyzer’ would let police quickly see if motorist was using cellphone while driving

 

Policy & Opinion:

9/1: Stop cyberattacks. Just add robots

8/24: All the Ways US Government Cybersecurity Falls Flat

8/8: Warrantless US Spying Is Set to Expire Soon. Let It Die

7/30: Will ‘Smart Cities’ Violate Our Privacy?

7/30: O’Reilly Media Asks: Is What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the worldIt Time To Build A New Internet?

7/26: Most Americans think the government is snooping on them

 

Overseas:

9/4: The Privacy Battle Over the World’s Largest Biometric Database

8/18: China’s dystopian push to revolutionize surveillance

8/17: UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents’ mugshots

8/17: London cops urged to scrap use of ‘biased’ facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

8/14: What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the world

8/10: Will Artificial Intelligence Be Illegal in Europe Next Year?

8/9: These smart cities in Italy put Silicon Valley to shame

8/2: Holes close in China’s ‘Great Firewall’ as Apple, Amazon snub apps to bypass censors

7/29: Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store

7/25: China Forces Muslim Minority To Install Spyware On Their Phones

7/23: UK Government Says Almost All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

7/20: Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Proposed Encryption Laws

 

Tech:

9/4: Above Devastated Houston, Armies of Drones Prove Their Worth

9/3: Here’s what the smartphone’s future looks like, and it’s all about the camera

9/1: Inside Android Oreo’s Quest to Protect Your Phone

8/30: Amazon wants to make Alexa a ‘fabric in the home’ (Q&A)

8/30: New Playa Vista development is making the smart-home standard

8/22: Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your ‘smart’ home

8/19: Hackers Show How Smart Devices Could Use Sonar to Spy On You

8/18: New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

8/17: What Is a Planned Community? A Place With Perks, From Zip Lines to Velodromes

8/16: A Deep Flaw in Your Car Lets Hackers Shut Down Safety Features

8/15: The Army abandoned DJI drones. Now they’re getting stealth mode

8/11: Was that an intruder or a pet? The security cams that can tell

8/6: Browser Extensions Are Undermining Privacy

8/3: Apple files patent for screen with privacy-viewing options

8/3: Need a new password? Here are 306 million to avoid

7/27: Chip vulnerability could crash your outdated phone via Wi-Fi

7/26: The Best (and Worst) Anti-Drone Weapons, From Shotguns to Superdrones

7/20: Google Glass Is Back (And It’s Good Now), And Other Facts

 

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Privacy News Update, 7-22-17

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7/14: Travelers just won back a bit of their privacy at the border

7/13: Securing Elections Remains Surprisingly Controversial

7/13: Face scans for US citizens flying abroad stir privacy issues

7/13: Exclusive: U.S. Asks Nations to Provide More Traveler Data or Face Sanctions

7/12: FBI didn’t need warrant for stingray in attempted murder case, DOJ says

7/12: Six major US airports now scan Americans’ faces when they leave country

7/12: Amazon may give developers your private Alexa transcripts

7/11: EFF’s Latest Privacy Report Criticizes Amazon and WhatsApp Over Policies That ‘Fall Short’

7/11: Did an Echo Call 911 During a Domestic Assault? Amazon Says No.

7/10: Digital Privacy to Come Under Supreme Court’s Scrutiny

7/10: How tech giants rank at protecting your privacy

7/6: Civil rights warriors file US lawsuit: Let us see Five Eyes agreement

7/7: How to delete your Snapchat account

7/5: Facebook’s left hand is fighting for Americans’ right to privacy

7/3: How to See What the Internet Knows About You (And How to Stop It)

7/3: Facebook Can Track Your Browsing Even After You’ve Logged Out, Judge Says

7/2; What Amazon wants from Whole Foods: Data on shopping habits

July: There’s A Fight Brewing Between The NYPD And Silicon Valley’s Palantir

6/30: With a Single Wiretap Order, US Authorities Listened In on 3.3 Million Phone Calls

6/30: Master These Privacy Tips for Your Facebook Account

6/30: Is Snapchat’s new map dangerous for kids?

6/28: The All-Seeing Eye in the Sky(video)

6/27: The Top Five Tech Rivals Join Forces to Shape Policy—and Fight the Government

6/27: Spy agencies seek permanent authority for contested surveillance program

6/27: NSA Director gave senator private tour during debaCalifornia Joins Fray on Internet Service Provider Privacyte over foreign intelligence collection

6/27: What Do You Tell Your Kids About Online Privacy?

6/26: Are Your Password Security Habits Improving? (Infographic)

6/26: Medical records will no longer appear in Google search results

6/26: Gmail will no longer scan your emails for advertising purposes

6/25: 90 Cities Install A Covert Technology That Listens For Gunshots

6/23: A Prototype for an Encrypted Uber That Can’t Track You

6/22: Is it safer to use an app or a browser for banking?

6/22: NSA’s use of ‘traffic shaping’ allows unrestrained spying on Americans

6/22: Older people trust smart gadgets less than kids, survey says

6/20: Mozilla Launches Privacy-Minded ‘Firefox Focus’ Browser For Android

6/17: A Tech Company Actually Tried to Resist Participating in the NSA’s PRISM Surveillance Program

6/13: TSA tests fingerprint screening for flight check-in

 

Local (PNW):

7/21: The fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles cries out for body cameras. But 7 years on, we still don’t have them.

7/18: Alexa: The roommate I need, but am not quite sure I want

7/17: Mayor Ed Murray Issues Executive Order to Equip Police Officers With Body Cameras

7/17: Rebuffing union, Mayor Murray orders Seattle police to begin wearing body cameras

7/11: Tech Moves: Meet Social Venture Partners’ new CEO; Seattle hires first Chief Privacy Officer; and more

7/8: How I learned to stop worrying (mostly) and love my threat model

7/6: Share private voter data? No way is the right call

6/26: US does not need warrant to subpoena Oregon drug data

6/22: Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan seeks to keep her home address under wraps

6/21: SPD body cameras are stalled over contract talks

6/20: Oregon House votes to expand privacy for undocumented immigrants

 

Govt (Fed):

7/13: Border Patrol Says It’s Barred From Searching Cloud Data On Phones

7/12: If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality

7/6: WikiLeaks Unveils CIA Implants That Steal SSH Credentials From Windows, Linux PCs

7/6: Reach of search warrant for emails at issue in appeals case

7/5: Trump Administration Says Election Panel Is No Threat to Voter Privacy

7/5: Privacy Watchdog Sues Trump’s Election Committee Over Voter Data

7/3: Facebook wins dismissal of U.S. user-privacy suit

6/28: WikiLeaks Dump Reveals a Creepy CIA Location-Tracking Trick

 

Govt (States & Cities):

7/12: Police body camera law signed by Michigan governor

7/12: California bill would require cops to release body cam video

7/12: Study: GPS rules send California juveniles into jail cycle

7/11: Miami-Dade to install high-tech traffic lights to ease congestion

7/11: The Latest: Panel advances body cam video transparency bill(CA)

7/6: States may shackle AT&T, Comcast on web data after US retreat

7/8: Glance: How states are handling voter information request

7/2: The US Considers A Remote Identification System For Drones

7/1: Glance: How states are handling voter information request

6/30: State Senate to consider highway surveillance system bill(Rhode Island)

6/29: It’s the thought that counts: Illinois emits ‘no location stalking’ law

6/21: Deportation Is Going High-Tech Under Trump

6/21: California May Restore Broadband Privacy Rules Killed By Congress and Trump

6/20: California Joins Fray on Internet Service Provider Privacy

 

Policy & Opinion:

7/14: We Have Police Videos. Now What?

6/30: Privacy, consent laws under ‘unprecedented strain’. We need a data-watcher watcher

6/29: Experts lay out their concerns about the ethics of brain implants and ‘brainjacking’

6/30: The Encryption Debate Should End Right Now

6/27: Privacy in the Information Age Is Not a Lost Cause

 

Overseas:

7/14: Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work (UK)

7/14: Australia To Compel Technology Firms To Provide Access To Encrypted Missives(Oz)

7/13: Bosses who snoop on job applicants’ Facebook or Twitter profiles could be breaching data protection laws, warn EU regulators

7/13: Dutch Senate votes to grant intel agencies new surveillance powers

7/1: To tackle Google’s power, regulators have to go after its ownership of data

6/30: Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance (UK)

6/28: Macau’s ATMs Are Using Facial Recognition to Help Follow the Money

6/27: China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces

6/26: Queensland Police want access to locked devices(Oz)

6/26: Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption(Oz)

6/23: Google begins removing private medical records from search results (UK)

6/19: Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

6/15: Look who’s joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

6/15: Indian rape victim sues Uber for privacy violations

6/8: EU planning legislation to give police faster access to tech data

 

Tech:

7/17: IBM’s Plan To Encrypt Unthinkable Amounts of Sensitive Data

7/14: Using a drone to market your home? Be sure to follow the rules

7/14: Alitheon’s ID system and Sleepbox’s nap pods make a splash in Airport Shark Tank

7/10: Amazon hires gadget experts for door-to-door smart home installs, taking on Best Buy’s Geek Squad

7/8: The EFF’s ‘Let’s Encrypt’ Plans Wildcard Certificates For Subdomains

7/3: Apple Tests 3-D Face Scanning To Unlock Next iPhone: Bloomberg

6/29: The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution

6/22: Amazon’s new Echo will let you see who’s at your front door

6/22: Google’s Elite Hacker SWAT Team vs. Everyone

6/21: Mozilla’s new Android browser blocks ads and trackers

6/20: Cisco wants to balance privacy with security

6/20: Got a drone for Dad’s Day? There’s an angry buzz about where to fly them

 

Books/Media/Misc:

7/6: Bloomberg’s Shields, Yatskowitz: States Seek Web Data Privacy (audio)

6/8: Ai Weiwei Gets Artsy-Fartsy About Surveillance

Privacy News Update, 6-19-17

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Featured:

SPECIAL:  US Supreme Ct reviewing cell phone tracking:
Supreme Court to hear case on tracking phone location data
Supreme Court agrees to hear ‘Carpenter v. United States,’ the Fourth Amendment historical cell-site case
Supreme Court Agrees To Decide Major Privacy Case On Cellphone Data
Supreme Court agrees to rule if cops need warrant for cell-site data
Mobile-Phone Privacy Case Draws U.S. Supreme Court Scrutiny
Supreme Court will decide whether police can use cellphone data to track suspects
Do cops need a warrant to stalk you using your cellphone records? US Supremes to mull it over
How should an originalist rule in the Fourth Amendment cell-site case?
Third party rights and the Carpenter cell-site case

 

July/Aug 2017: The Smartphone Psychiatrist

6/19: How Hidden Sensors Are Becoming the New Office Decor

6/18: Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network

6/16: How Sanctuary Cities Can Protect Undocumented Immigrants From ICE Data Mining

6/16: Amazon has a patent to keep you from comparison-shopping while you’re in its stores

6/15: Indian rape victim sues Uber for privacy violations

6/13 I Bought A Report On Everything That’s Known About Me Online

6/13: Bank of America pays nearly $2M to settle lawsuit

6/13: San Jose approves program to try streetlamp cameras in select areas

6/13: What a Murder in Arkansas Means for Your Digital Privacy

6/14 98 Percent of College Students Gave Up Their Best Friend’s Email for Free Pizza

6/7: Apple’s HomePod Looks Beautiful But Doesn’t Think Different

6/7: Facial Recognition Will Soon End Your Anonymity in Public

6/6: Privacy advocates decry proposal for surveillance cameras on San Jose streetlamps

6/5: Apple will keep conversations with Siri and HomePod a secret

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

6/2: Your next JetBlue boarding pass might be your face

6/1: Man Sentenced To 180 Days In Jail For Refusing To Give Police His iPhone Passcode

6/1: Your Face or Fingerprint Could Soon Replace Your Plane Ticket

6/1: OneLogin Says Breach Exposed Ability To Decrypt Customer Data

5/31: EFF sues FBI for records of alleged informants at Best Buy

5/30: Essential Home is an Amazon Echo Competitor That ‘Puts Privacy First’

5/31 Nest’s newest home-security camera will use facial recognition to identify those it records

5/30: Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

5/29: Amazon Echo, Google Home devices raise privacy rights questions

5/29: Wikipedia’s Switch To HTTPS Has Successfully Fought Government Censorship

5/29: Internet of snitches: anyone who can sniff ‘Thing’ traffic knows what you’re doing

5/28: Walt Mossberg’s Last Column Calls For Privacy and Security Laws

5/28: How to Spring Clean Your Digital Clutter to Protect Yourself

5/28: Security Analyst Concludes Windows 10 Enterprise ‘Tracks Too Much’

5/27: Before you install the Amazon Video app on Android, read this

5/25: A Clever New Way to Protect Your Data at the Border Could Also Add Risk

5/25: Google plan to link online behavior to offline shopping is creepy, even with privacy protections

5/24: Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

5/23: Ask Slashdot: ISPs That Respect Your Online Privacy?

5/23: Apple: We just got blitzed by US national security requests

5/20: Delta Airlines Tests Facial Recognition To Speed Up Baggage Check-In

5/20: This $60 security camera can recognize your ugly mug (video)

5/19: Federal Agents Used a Stingray To Track an Immigrant’s Phone

5/16: Glympse location sharing comes to Samsung TVs, lets users track friends, family, pizza from couch

5/14: Breathalyzer for texting in works as road deaths on rise

5/9: Beginners Guide to Threat Intelligence

5/9: How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful

5/5: More Android phones than ever are covertly listening for inaudible sounds in ads

5/4: Why Your Rights Protect Your Password But Not Iris Scan (video)

5/3: NSA Reportedly Collected Americans’ Phone Records Even After Law Change

5/2017: Analysis: Amazon’s Alexa vs. Google’s Assistant: Same Questions, Different Answers

 

Local (PNW):

6/5: Snapchat parent Snap acquires location analytics startup Placed for more than $200M

6/5: Snooping on snoopers: UW researchers create new system to identify cellular surveillance devices

5/26: ACLU Asks City Council to Beef Up Privacy Protections on Smart Meters

5/12: Portland’s unconstitutional campaign against Uber (Guest opinion)

5/10: City Light’s Smart Meters Are Hitting the Grid This Summer. Is There Anything to Fear?

5/8: Rep. Suzan DelBene on Trump budget cuts, virtual reality, and internet privacy

5/4: Seattle mayor issues new data privacy rules to prevent providers from selling customer information without permission

4/28: Portland may subpoena Uber over regulator-dodging ‘Greyball’ software

 

Govt (Fed):

6/16: How to write a meaningful FCC comment supporting net neutrality

6/15: What Do Spy Agencies Tell Foreign Governments About Americans?

6/15 Now the FTC wants a word with Uber

6/10: There’s a new internet-privacy bill in Congress, and the digital-ad industry says that if it passes it could mean ‘Facebook won’t be free’

6/9: Rep. Blackburn Wants Internet Privacy Rules Simplified(video)

6/7: NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

6/7: Senator blows a fuse as US spies continue lying over spying program

6/7: Former US spy chief calls for ‘filtering’ of social media

6/6: NSA’s alleged leaker got tripped up by a secret printer feature

6/2: Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can’t block IP, so anons go bye

6/1: Trump Administration Approves Tougher Visa Vetting, Including Social Media Checks

5/27: Investigation Demanded Over Fake FCC Comments Submitted By Dead People

5/26: Major US Tech Firms Press Congress For Internet Surveillance Reforms

5/24: A new privacy bill in Congress has some companies preparing for a long political fight

5/24: The Trump Administration Wants To Be Able To Track and Hack Your Drone

5/24: Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections

5/23: NSA takes one-two punch to the face

5/22: House GOP takes crack at ISP privacy bill

5/19: Hobbyist defeats FAA in battle over drone registration, but says the fight’s not over

5/19: GOP lawmaker who helped kill ISP privacy rules proposes new privacy rules

5/11: How Trump’s N.S.A. Came to End a Disputed Type of Surveillance

 

Govt (States & Cities):

6/19: Internet privacy: California bill would protect users from being secretly tracked

6/16: In Rhode Island, students and parents must let schools spy on them day and night through their laptops

6/6: Police In Oklahoma Have Cracked Hundreds of People’s Cell Phones

5/22: Class-action lawsuit alleges BART secretly collected passengers’ private information

5/19: Privacy, security among priorities for high-rise living (TX)

5/18: Nevada likely to become second state to require police body cameras

5/18: Alaska lawmakers approve REAL ID measure

5/17: House approves electronic data protection resolution (MI)

5/17: Southern Indiana Police Department to Resume Body Camera Use

5/12: Missouri passes bill to offer Real ID compliant licenses

5/8: California cop union opposes new bill that would thwart license plate readers

Policy & Opinion:

6/15: Editorial: Should police be able to buy spying equipment without telling anyone? No way

6/14: What’s Wrong With Letting Tech Run Our Schools

6/7: Editorial: Update the 4th Amendment for a new communications age

6/6: Rather Than Russia, America Should Fear Itself

6/6: Enigma: Why the fight to break Nazi encryption still matters

6/1: Information security policy on IoT – the Internet of Things

5/28: Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws

5/19: Corporate Surveillance Is Turning Human Workers Into Fungible Cogs

5/15: The Thinning Line Between Commercial and Government Surveillance

5/13: How Google Took Over the Classroom

5/12: I Want to Surrender to Cambridge Analytica

5/8: I Side With the ‘Bad Guys’ on Encryption

5/5: You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

5/1: Ebooks undermine your freedom and privacy

 

Overseas:

6/19: EU seeks to outlaw ‘backdoors’ in new data privacy proposals

6/19: Europe plans to have drone rules in place by 2019

6/19: Mexican journalists, activists targeted with spyware, report says

6/14: Abe Passes Controversial Bill Boosting Japan Surveillance Powers

6/13: Watchdog questions need for new counter-terrorism powers (UK)

6/9: India’s Top Court Delays Modi’s Plan to Link Taxes, Biometric ID

6/8: Spy commissioners: Did we audit our bulk data sharing with industry? Err… not exactly (UK)

6/7: Rustle up a privacy research project and ICO queen Liz will see you handsomely rewarded (UK)

6/7: Australia to float ‘not backdoors’ that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

6/5: Apple Helped U.K. Investigate Terrorist Attacks, CEO Says

6/2: Snapchat brings its hip round Spectacles to Europe

6/1: China’s Cybersecurity Law Takes Effect: What to Expect

5/31: UK surveillance law raises concerns security researchers could be ‘deputised’ by the state

5/23: No one’s noticed, but the Tories are quietly killing off the smart meter revolution (UK)

5/23: Microsoft Announces ‘Windows 10 China Government Edition’, Lets Country Use Its Own Encryption

5/17: Austrian Parliament Bans Full Facial Veils in Public

5/16: European Privacy Regulators Take Coordinated Action Against Facebook

5/15: DeepMind’s Access to U.K. Health Data Deemed `Inappropriate’

5/15: Never mind custody decisions, let’s AI up our police cars

5/15: Lib Dems promise to scrap mass snooping powers if elected (UK)

5/2: India’s controversial national ID scheme leaks fraud-friendly data for 130,000,000 people

5/1: Leaked document reveals Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable and insecure youth

5/2017: China Expected to Expand DNA Collection in Xinjiang

4/27: Champions League Final Police to Scan Soccer Fans’ Faces (UK)

 

Tech:

6/16: How self-driving cars could determine the future of policing

6/13: Exclusive: GE begins testing drones to inspect refineries, factories – executive

6/12: Google’s New Product Puts Peer Pressure to a Sunny Use

6/10: Oculus co-founder now focused on surveillance tech

6/8: The Next Security Risk May Be Your Vibrator

6/7: The New Chrome and Safari Will Reshape the Web

6/7: Andy Rubin Has a Plan to Smarten Up the Connected Home

6/6: Siri Finally Got Its Coming Out Party

6/5: Wowee, it’s Samsung’s next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

6/5: How Apple Sees the Near Future

6/5: Apple HomePod speaker favors sound over Siri

6/3: Even If the Siri Speaker Sucks You’ll Want It

6/3: Network Time Protocol Hardened To Protect Users From Spying, Increase Privacy

5/30: Android creator Andy Rubin is back with Amazon Echo competitor and new Essential smartphone

5/30: Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

5/28: New Privacy Vulnerability In IOT Devices: Traffic Rate Metadata

5/25: T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

5/24: DEFCON Conference To Target Voting Machines

5/24: A smart camera that can ID your car in less than a second

5/22: Privacy-Focused Debian-Based Tails 3.0 Reaches RC Status

5/13: How to escape the online spies

5/10: Study lays out privacy concerns that kids and parents have about toys that listen

5/8: Your Password Is Terrible and Everyone Wants to Fix That

5/6: Survey: nearly half think it may be legal to install spyware on a family member’s devices

5/4: 235 apps attempt to secretly track users with ultrasonic audio

 

Books/Media/Misc:

6/13: Could Amazon’s Alexa Solve This Man’s Murder? (podcast)

6/1: Invent privacy & security adventures with Cryptomancer & Mozilla