Privacy News Update, 4-29-17

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4/6: Your Hair Now Reveals These Intimate Personal Details

3/17: This mortgage company aims to put user privacy first

3/17; Samsung S8 will use facial recognition for payments

3/16; Here are all the deals that Google’s AI lab DeepMind has made with the NHS

3/16: Once Again, Senator Wyden Wants To Know How Many Americans Are Being Surveilled By The NSA

3/14: IAPP members get new cookie compliance tool

3/14: The NSA’s foreign surveillance: 5 things to know

3/14: Google Assistant in Allo App Can Reveal Your Search History to Friends

3/13: Study: 90 percent of consumers have privacy concerns, but seek personalization

3/13: 7 Easy Ways to Stop Your Gadgets From Spying on You

3/13: Here’s what US Customs and Border Protection agents can and can’t do with your devices

3/13: ACLU: Facebook, Instagram publicly prohibit surveillance of users

3/13: You probably shouldn’t use public Wi-Fi — here’s what you should use instead

3/13: Berners-Lee cites privacy, fake news as biggest web concerns

3/10: EFF releases guide to help travelers protect privacy at the US border

3/9: Meet the sensors that could be watching while you work

3/8: With C.I.A. Hacking Revelations, How to Protect Your Devices

3/7: 8 tips to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour

3/7: Here are 7 password tips to help improve your online security

3/7: Consumers are wary of smart homes that know too much

3/7: Amazon hands over Echo ‘murder’ data

3/7: If You Have A Smart TV, Take A Closer Look At Your Privacy Settings

3/6: Consumer Reports to consider cyber security in product reviews

3/6: Trumpocracy: Tracking the Creeping Authoritarianism of the 45th President

3/6: Design Jam to focus on privacy solutions

3/3: EFF: Data Collected From Utility Smart Meters Should Be Protected By The Fourth Amendment

3/3: ‘Smart billboards’ may be coming to a highway near you

3/2: Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

2/27: How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips

2/23: How to scrub your private data from ‘people finder’ sites

2/14: Biometric tracking in the enterprise

1/20: Here’s How To Protect Your Privacy In Trump’s America

1/18: So You Want to Protest: A Beginner’s Guide


Local (PNW):

3/17: Ron Wyden Says Americans Deserve to Know How Many Citizens Are Being Watched by Big Brother

3/15: City Of Tacoma To Pay $50,000 To Privacy Activist For Over-Redacting FBI’s Stingray Non-Disclosure Agreement

3/16: How smart cities are leading the charge for transportation and tech infrastructure

3/7: Washington CPO releases open-source privacy-law app

2/27: Council OKs Police Body Cams Despite Concerns

1/25: Sawant Blasts Secret Federal Surveillance Cameras on Seattle Utility Poles


Govt (Fed):

3/18: Privacy rights at border draw scrutiny under Trump immigration crackdown

3/17: Popped Pimp May Uncork Warrant Protection for Cellphone Location

3/16: U.S. judge rejects Google email scanning settlement

3/16: House bill would circumvent genetic privacy protections

3/16: Sen. Wyden, Rep. Lieu write to DHS over SS7 concerns

3/16: Markey, Welch propose legislation to regulate drone data collection

3/16: Spy Agency Requests Aren’t in Trump Budget Proposal

3/15: Advertising trade groups tell Congress to dump FCC privacy rules

3/14: FTC releases video on its alignment with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

3/10: Senator Asks DNI Nominee Coats for Answers on Section 702 Use

3/10: The House GOP is pushing a bill that would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results

3/9: U.S. Congress may overturn Obama internet privacy rules

3/9: Bloomberg wins privacy case under section 32 of the Data Protection Act

3/9: Florida senator demands answers from Spiral Toys after cloud hack

3/9: ACLU challenges Facebook search warrant

3/9: CIA leaks bolster case for privacy treaty: UN expert

3/8: FBI Director Comey: “There Is No Such Thing As Absolute Privacy In America”

3/8: Comey: Strong encryption “shatters” privacy-security bargain

3/8: Republicans Starting to Think the NSA Has Too Much Surveillance Power

3/6: PCLOB’s future may be in serious jeopardy

3/6: Trump Administration Wants A Clean Reauthorization For NSA Surveillance

3/3: The data tool helping enforce Trump’s new immigration policies

3/3: US Congress Says NSA Still Hasn’t Revealed How Many Americans It Spied On

3/2: House Judiciary Committee considers reauthorizing Section 702 — cautiously

3/1: U.S. FCC blocks stricter broadband privacy rules from taking effect

3/1: White House supports renewal of spy law without reforms: official

2/27: New FCC Chairman Plans To Block Privacy Regulations

2/22: Federal Bill Introduced To Add A Warrant Requirement To Stingray Deployment

2/16: US legislation revived to curb warrantless geolocation tracking


Govt (States & Cities):

3/17: Maine senators ask Trump to repeal REAL ID elements

3/15: Kentucky Supreme Court to weigh privacy concerns with license plate readers

3/10: Survey rates states with best online privacy protections

3/9: Mass. lawmakers push for restrictions on use of sensitive driver data

3/8: Court Tells Cops They Can’t Use GPS Data Gathered After Suspect They Were Tracking Sold The Vehicle

3/3: New Orleans’ Police Use Of Body Cameras Brings Benefits And New Burdens

3/1: Judge allows facial recognition suit against Google to proceed

2/28: The shifting definition of personal information


Policy & Opinion:


4/4: There’s Nowhere to Hide on the Internet

3/18: Transparency is for government, privacy is for people

3/16; Tech in the Trump Era: Regulating Privacy, Immigration, Ethics

3/16: 10 Reasons You Should Still Worry About NSA Surveillance

3/16: Reining In Warrantless Wiretapping of Americans (research report)

3/6: ‘On Tyranny’ Explores New Threats Facing American Political System

3/6: Privacy pros and the ethics of big data tech

3/3: Privacy issues in 2017

3/3: What privacy pros can take away from Uber’s Greyball

2/21: True privacy online is not viable

2/15 Voice Privacy Experts: Careful, We’re Bugging Ourselves



4/11: Yahoo U.S. Email Surveillance Bothers EU Privacy Chiefs

4/10: U.K. Privacy Office Seeks Feedback on European Profiling Rules

3/17: ICO close to concluding investigation into DeepMind-NHS partnership (UK)

3/17: Agency monitors social media of citizens making large financial transactions

3/17: Albrecht: ePrivacy Regulation a step in right direction, but more work needed

3/17: House of Commons passes Genetic Non-Discrimination Act

3/16: New Zealand privacy commissioner proposes Privacy Act updates

3/16: Singapore PDPC newsletter talks enforcement issues, annual report

3/16: UK surveillance camera commissioner warns of big data, surveillance merging

3/16: Germany approves amendments placing greater emphasis on surveillance

3/15: Privacy commissioner investigating Canada Border Services Agency over electronic media searches

3/14: Mexico’s new public-sector privacy law

3/10: CIA surveillance dump could reveal Canadian snooping secrets

3/10: Germany surveillance: Security trumps privacy as video bill passed

3/10: APEC’s Cross-Border Privacy Rules set to ‘take off’(Asia-Pac)

3/10: EU reassured on U.S. privacy directive – source

3/9: Op-ed: Privacy needs to be priority with Aadhaar system(India)

3/9: PCPD releases compliance guide for privacy ordinance as an e-book(Hong Kong)

3/7: Google reported by Danish watchdog for unlimited data storage

3/3: The drones tracking wealthy officials (Ukraine)

3/3: Canadian airports to begin using facial recognition technology

3/3: When is data ‘about’ an individual?(Oz)

3/2: Government denies additional census privacy suggestions (Oz)

2/27: China Orders Every Vehicle In Region Troubled By Ethnic Unrest To Be Fitted With Satnav Tracker

2/10: UK Police Spy On Journalists At Small Town Paper, Gather One Million Minutes Worth Of Call Data



4/3: Future Teens Will Probably Have Better Fake IDs Than We Did

3/16: Why GM invites ethical hackers to try and hack its cars

3/16: Samsung just accidentally confirmed a huge Galaxy S8 feature

3/16: Swatch to launch Swiss smartwatch operating system by 2018

3/15: Can a sex toy spy on you?

3/15: Intel bets on selling Mobileye data, with maps a first test

3/14: Facebook bars developers from using data for surveillance

3/13: Zix wins 5-vendor email encryption shootout

3/10: Newer car tech opens doors to CIA attacks

3/10: Cadillac’s new sedan will be the first V2V car on the market

3/9: IBM technology moves even closer to human speech recognition parity

3/9: Your Hot Hands Can Give Away Your Smartphone PIN

3/8: Biometric monitors bring fresh privacy concerns to pro sports

3/7: Nest Adds Two-Step Verification for Users

3/3: This app uses machine learning to help users find the best privacy settings

3/1: Carnegie Mellon seeks orgs to sponsor privacy engineering projects

2/28: There’s one big problem with voice assistants — Amazon and Google are racing to fix it

2/28: AT&T and GE are planning to deploy smart streetlights

2/9: Google Has Sent Android App Developers A Privacy Ultimatum



3/16: On the Wire Podcast: Chris Camacho

3/15: Opposing Views on What to Do About the Data We Create

3/14: Turow discusses new book on surveillance and shopping

3/9: Web con: ‘Introduction to US Privacy Law’ (webinar)

3/8: ‘The Privacy Paradox’ challenges listeners to take control (podcast)

3/7: Digital Natives or Digital Exiles? (BBC Panel Discussion)

3/3: Howard Schmidt: Defender of security and privacy

3/3: Harvard researchers release ‘Open Data Privacy Playbook’

3/1: On the Wire Podcast: Gary McGraw

2/27: Privacy Paradox: How To Gain More Control Over Your Data (podcast)

Privacy News Update, 6-25 (1 of 2)

looong overdue, thanks for your patience …..



5/20: Incensing critics, Google engineer ends push for crypto-only setting in Allo

5/20: New Surveillance System May Let Cops Use All Of The Cameras

5/19: Facebook scanned private messages to boost ‘likes,’ lawsuit claims

5/19: Using a Green Light to Bring Crime to a Stop: A new public-safety experiment in Detroit employs high-definition surveillance cameras to deter criminals, but raises questions in the process

5/19: Google Is A Serial Tracker

5/19: American Military Technology Has Come Home—to Your Local Police Force

5/18: Developer Of Anonymous Tor Software Dodges FBI, Leaves US

5/16: Rule change may expand government surveillance powers, privacy advocates say

5/16: The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

5/15: Everything We Know About How the FBI Hacks People

5/14: Privacy Fears Deterring Almost Half of American Households From Online Shopping

5/13: FBI bugged public spaces for years hoping to overhear a few illegal things

5/11: The FBI Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Wiretapping Your Amazon Echo

5/10: The Fight Over NSA Internet Surveillance Is Heating Up Again

5/9: This App Can Tell You If Your iPhone Has Been Secretly Hacked

5/7: Spy agencies are pushed to reveal extent of U.S. surveillance

5/6: Facebook’s newest privacy problem: ‘Faceprint’ data

5/5: Mobile advertisers want to know exactly where you are. This company tells them.

5/2: How to Search the Deep Web Safely

4/29: You Can’t Escape Data Surveillance In America

4/29: Waze comes up with a fix for hack that let researchers track users’ movements

4/26: Two Tips to Keep Your Phone’s Encrypted Messages Encrypted

4/20: How To Preserve Your Privacy When Making Mobile Payments

4/17: Here’s a Truly Comprehensive Takedown of Mass Surveillance

4/15: An App That Tracks the Police to Keep Them in Check

4/1: Edward Snowden’s guide to internet privacy

3/20: Think you’re not being tracked? Now websites turn to audio fingerprinting to follow you

3/19: Senators seek to block expansion of FBI’s mass hacking powers



5/5: Judge allows most but not all evidence Portland police gathered from cameras on power poles

5/2: Seattle’s sanitation workers can no longer pry through trash without a warrant

4/30: Police cameras on power poles: Illegal ‘unblinking eyes’ or smart tricks of the trade?

4/19 Washington: the “Wild West” for surveillance drones

4/12: ‘Shameful and dangerous’: Civil rights group rips Black Lives Matter surveillance

4/5: How a spy probe wound up as a child porn prosecution



5/20: FBI Plots Its Next Move in the Encryption Battle

5/20: Students may qualify for FOIA fee reductions, court rules

5/16: NSA Closely Involved in Guantánamo Interrogations, Documents Show

5/19: Giant wave of government data could be unleashed by proposed law

5/16: What It’s Like to Read the NSA’s Newspaper for Spies

5/12: FBI Director Is Upset You Can Communicate Securely on WhatsApp

5/12: Philadelphia Police Now Investigating Its Own Fake Google Maps Car

5/12: FBI expects more legal actions over encrypted devices

5/10: License plate reader proposal fails amid privacy concerns

5/10: Senate panel debates federal surveillance law set to expire in 2017

5/9: Twitter Blocks Feds From Data Mining Service

5/8: Illinois residents can sue Facebook for photo tagging, judge says

5/6: Hacker Lexicon: Stingrays, the Spy Tool the Government Tried, and Failed, to Hide

5/5: FBI Told Cops to Recreate Evidence From Secret Cell-Phone Trackers

5/4: Legal quirk enabling surveillance state expansion absent Congressional vote

5/3: NSA and CIA Double Their Warrantless Searches on Americans in Two Years

4/30: Security News This Week: The FBI Gets Creative to Avoid Disclosing Its $1M iPhone Hack

4/29: The Supreme Court Just Gave FBI the Power to Hack Innocent People

4/28: US Border Patrol Doesn’t Want a Wall—They Want Drones and Sensors

4/25: Congress demands to know how many citizens are being spied on

4/23: US authorities drop another iPhone fight after being given passcode

4/21: The FBI Spent More Than $1 Million to Hack One Potentially Useless Phone

4/20: Missouri lawmakers worry police technology invades privacy

4/20: Court to hear arguments over Indiana lawmaker email privacy

4/19: US congressman calls for investigation into vulnerability that lets hackers spy on every phone

4/14: Microsoft sues Justice Department over secret searches of customer data

4/14: Ron Wyden vows to filibuster anti-cryptography bill

4/14: An Attack on Privacy From the Senators Charged With Protecting It

4/14: This Very Common Cellphone Surveillance Still Doesn’t Require a Warrant

4/13: Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

4/10: High-speed license plate cameras spark privacy concerns as they help solve crimes

3/29: FBI iPhone solution may not necessarily crack other cases

3/18: US government demands for vendors’ source code are nothing new – Whether you think the push to get source code is overreach or not, governments around the world have done it for years. Often, they just have to ask — or steal it.

3/16: Soon, feds will snoop on your social networks before granting security clearance

3/1: AG Lynch defends surveillance to tech industry gathering



6/16: Eighth Circuit holds that accessing credit card magnetic stripe is not a ‘search’

6/7: The Fifth Amendment limits on forced decryption and applying the ‘foregone conclusion’ doctrine

5/23: ​Knock-knock. Who’s there? Everyone

5/21: Why people like Edward Snowden say they will boycott Google’s newest messaging app

5/20: High School Debaters Bring Surveillance, Encryption Arguments to Capitol Hill

5/20: New institute aspires to protect First Amendment in digital era

5/19: A look at digital habits of 13 year olds shows desire for privacy, face-to-face time

5/16: The Most Intriguing Spy Stories From 166 Internal NSA Reports

5/15: Needed: More Snowdens – Ex-intel analyst

5/13: Magid: Live video can go too far

5/7: Can Facebook Store Your Facial Biometrics? Lawsuit Says No

5/6: Mercury News editorial: FISA court lets feds snoop with free rein

5/6: Diana Diamond: City should be watching all those surveillance tools out there

5/2: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Why the U.S. needs better laws to balance privacy and national security

4/22: Blind deserve privacy, too



5/22: Press privacy finds its last redoubt on their lordships’ island of injunctions

5/20: Google Should Not Be Allowed to Secretly Collect Private Medical Data

5/19: Building a National Fortress in the Cloud: Stressing Germanness to reassure clients about security.

5/19: Google Fights Right-to-Be-Forgotten Fine at French Top Court

5/18: Cops, spies and journalists: Top Mountie Bob Paulson speaks outSpying by officers was not approved, RCMP commissioner says – so officers kept asking

5/17: Face Recognition App Taking Russia By Storm May Bring End To Public Anonymity

5/16: Spies Like Us – GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, has joined Twitter.

5/16: Why China Doesn’t Care About Privacy

5/13: Runkeeper background tracking leads to complaint from privacy watchdog

5/12: Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

5/11: Facebook tells Thai users their data not given to government

5/10: British Hacker Wins Court Battle Over Encryption Keys

5/10: Privacy warriors take legal action over UK gov’s right to hack

5/10: Investigatory Powers Bill: As supported by world’s most controlling men

5/9: India claims to have tool to defeat iPhone encryption

5/9: This privacy-focused messenger saw a 500% increase in downloads when Brazil banned WhatsApp

5/6: DeepMind has best privacy infrastructure for handling NHS data, says co-founder

5/3: refuses to give surveillance commish enforcement powers

4/28: Paris Police Want to Fly Drones Over Crowds to Make Everyone Safer

4/25: Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

4/22: Turnbull should force Australia to be open about data breaches

4/22: UK spy agencies store sensitive data on millions of innocent people, with no safeguards from abuse

4/22: British citizens to their government: the spies are among us

4/20: UK spy agencies have collected bulk personal data since 1990s, files show

4/15: Australia’s attacks on journalists’ sources are about politics, not national security

4/14: European parliament approves tougher data privacy rules

3/20: Internet usage monitoring becomes the norm in Brazil



5/30: Gay Dating Apps Promise Privacy, But Leak Your Exact Location

5/21: Privacy fears: Panel has advice for drone operators

5/21: Oculus responds to Sen. Al Franken’s VR privacy questions

5/20: Drones hit home as some agents use sky-high views to market properties

5/20: Newly-released FAA data shows that Houstonians really love their drones

5/18: These people know the minute you get their emails. It’s creepy, but brilliant.

5/18: Google Home crashes Amazon Echo’s party

5/5: New Scanner Uniquely Identifies Gadgets Just From the Noise They Emit

5/4: How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

5/4: Disturbing Twitch recording may trigger site’s proactive police-report policy

4/26: Waze is an awesome driving app that also lets hackers stalk you

4/20: Google’s Waze says, ‘Nope, hackers can’t stalk you on our app’

2/4: Three ways encryption can safeguard your cloud files

Privacy News Update, 4-29-16


Finishing up the job from the previous two earlier this week – enjoy!



4/2016: ReCon: Revealing and Controlling Privacy Leaks in Mobile Network Traffic

4/29: U.S. High Court Approves Rule Change to Expand FBI Hacking Power

4/28: Google’s vision of the future is a smart assistant that follows you everywhere

4/28: The Critical Hole at the Heart of Our Cell Phone Networks

4/27: Former Tor Developer Created Malware To Hack Tor Users For The FBI

4/27: Whistleblower Snowden Gets Big Screen Treatment

4/27: A Complete Guide To The New ‘Crypto Wars’

4/27: Hacker Lexicon: What Is HTTPS?

4/26: Two Tips to Keep Your Phone’s Encrypted Messages Encrypted

4/25: Congress demands to know how many citizens are being spied on

4/21: National Security Letters are now constitutional, judge rules

4/19: US congressman calls for investigation into vulnerability that lets hackers spy on every phone

4/16: Drone-Shooting is Now a Federal Crime, FAA Confirms

4/16: 8 ways to protect your privacy online

4/12: Uber claims US regulators collected data from 11m passengers

4/10: Seattle Police Raid Tor-Using Privacy Activists

4/8: CIA’s Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA

4/6: FBI Telling Congress How It Hacked iPhone

4/6: Nest Reminds Customers That Ownership Isn’t What It Used To Be

3/3: How Math Geeks Almost Doxxed Banksy



Local speaker – June 2: Atlas Distinguished Speaker Series with Security Expert Dr. Zvi Guterman and Atlas CEO Jordan Ritter

4/29: Seattle’s Food Waste Law Is Working, and It’s Not Because of the Garbage Snooping

4/28: State court partly blocks Seattle trash recycling/composting requirements, because of risk of unconstitutional searches

4/27: Seattle Compost Rule Thrown Out by Judge as Unconstitutional

4/25: Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption by 7 Years

4/21: Police body cameras in Spokane don’t encourage better citizen behavior, study says

4/19: How Washington state became the ‘Wild West’ for drone use by law enforcement

4/15: Lawsuit: Seattle compost ordinance is rotten

4/14: Interview: Why Microsoft is suing the U.S. Justice Department over cloud secrecy

3/9: Public universities don’t reveal how student data is shared with local law enforcement and feds



4/29: Rule 41 would make it easier for the government to carry out hacks

4/29: Michigan lawmakers want to jail you for life for hacking cars

4/28: Senators play terror card to lobby public for backdoor crypto legislation

4/28: Top Security Experts Say Anti-Encryption Bill Authors Are ‘Woefully Ignorant’

4/27: With Finality, F.B.I. Opts Not to Share iPhone-Unlocking Method

4/26: Warrantless Surveillance in Terror Case Raises Constitutional Challenge

4/25: More questions than answers, literally, from America’s privacy rules

4/22: Stonewalled by NSA, Members of Congress Ask Really Basic Question Again

4/22: Spy Chief Pressed For Number Of Americans Ensnared In Data Espionage

4/22: Schools are helping police spy on kids’ social media activity

4/21: The FBI Spent More Than $1 Million to Hack One Potentially Useless Phone

4/20: US government sued by activists looking for backdoor smoking gun

4/19: Legislature weighs more disclosure for police body cameras (CA)

4/14: The CIA Is Investing in Firms That Mine Your Tweets and Instagram Photos

4/14: FBI Tried To Defeat Encryption 10 Years Ago, Files Show

4/13: Secure Cars, but Not Phones? Government Doublespeak on Cybersecurity

4/12: El Reg forces NSA to act

4/7: The US Government’s domestic spy-planes take weekends and holidays off

4/6: Spy Tool Ruling Inches the Stingray Debate Closer to the Supreme Court

4/5: Stingray ruling could challenge hundreds of Baltimore convictions

3/31: FCC to tackle consumers’ Internet privacy rules

3/30: Oregon senator threatens to filibuster any attempt to weaken encryption

3/22: Idaho mom who sued Obama over illegal surveillance loses at appellate court

3/22: FTC’s privacy champion Julie Brill steps down

3/18: Chelsea Manning: government anti-leak program a ‘blank check for surveillance’

3/17: Tim Cook: FBI’s claims of weakened surveillance powers are ‘a crock’



4/2016: You Can’t Escape Data Surveillance In America

4/29: It’s our business they’re doing — let us in!

4/29: The House Votes Unanimously to Strengthen Email Privacy

4/22: On Encryption Battle, Apple Has Advocates in Ex-National Security Officials

4/20: Weakening the security of our devices in the name of fighting terrorism doesn’t make us safer

4/8: Surveillance Debate Gets a Needed Dose of Racial Perspective

4/5: We Live In The Dark Ages of Internet Security, Says Kaspersky Labs CEO

4/3: Senator: let’s fix “third-party doctrine” that enabled NSA mass snooping

3/18: Here’s Why the Feds and Tech Companies Can’t Compromise Over Your Phone

3/15: FBI v. Apple is a security and privacy issue. What about civil rights?

3/30: Senator Wyden recalls SOPA fight in bid to defeat encryption-weakening efforts

3/29: In the wake of Apple v FBI, we need to address some uncomfortable truths

3/21: Why we should fear a cashless world

3/5: NY Times Blasts WH Privacy Bill



4/29: Google AI Has Access To 1.6M People’s NHS Records

4/22: UK spy agencies store sensitive data on millions of innocent people, with no safeguards from abuse

4/21: How innocent people ‘of no security interest’ are mere keystrokes away in UK’s spy databases

4/20: Documents Reveal Secretive U.K. Surveillance Policies

4/20: German Court Rules Antiterrorism Laws Partly Unconstitutional

4/14: European parliament approves tougher data privacy rules

4/13: Federal police admit seeking access to reporter’s metadata without warrant

4/11: European court to consider legality of UK surveillance laws

4/9: Revealed: immigration officers allowed to hack phones

4/4: Labour demands more privacy safeguards in new surveillance laws

4/4: British mobile phone users’ movements ‘could be sold for profit’

3/30: Internet users don’t understand security or privacy, says survey



4/28: Mozilla slings Firefox patches at flaw found by GCHQ’s infosec arm

4/22: Facebook: 1m Tor users

4/21: Stop laughing: Azure can analyse your mood in a crowd

4/14: A Scheme to Encrypt the Entire Web Is Actually Working

4/14: Google’s Eddystone beacons offer a privacy-focused way to track your stuff

3/29: Teen develops Mutter Mail privacy app

3/22: Banks Are Using Biometrics to Detect Scammers

3/19: This Bank Wants to Be Your Best Friend



4/28: The Hacker Wars

4/16: Scheer Intelligence: Jason Leopold and the power of FOIA

4/1: The Artist Using Museums to Amplify Tor’s Anonymity Network

3/5: New Edition of Determann

Privacy News Update – 11-21-15



11/20:  Law Enforcement Responding More Favorably To ACLU’s Recording App, But Some Still Think It Will Make Policing More Dangerous

11/19:  University breaks silence on FBI payments to bring Tor users out of the shadows

11/18:  The Koch intelligence agency

11/17:  Is There Any Evidence In The World That Would Convince Intelligence Community That More Surveillance Isn’t The Answer?

11/16:  Pathological: Surveillance State Defenders Use Their Own Failure In Paris To Justify Mass Surveillance

11/13:  Snowden Or NSA; These 3 Questions Are Kryptonite For Data Privacy Scandals

11/12:  Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy

11/12:  Here’s how to see what Google’s sharing about you publicly

11/10:  Congress Wants To Know How Government Agencies Are Using Stingray Phone Surveillance

11/10:  Facebook messenger can now recognise faces, but will the EU allow it?

11/9:  Even if you’re not using Facebook, Facebook is using you

11/9:  Bill Adding A Warrant Requirement For Aerial Surveillance Introduced In The House

11/9:  As Kids Go Online, New Tools For Parents To Spy

11/6:  How Law Enforcement Can Use Google Timeline To Track Your Every Move

11/6:  ​Ford: Our cars will give you control of your driver data

11/4:  Congressman introduces bill to end warrantless Stingray surveillance

11/3:  People’s Deepest, Darkest Google Searches Are Being Used Against Them

11/2:  Berkeley council rewrites police Suspicious Activity Reports guidelines

11/2:  What Happens When Your Lights, Appliances Are Connected To The Internet

11/2:  Putting A Price On Privacy; The App That Offers You Military Grade Data Encryption

10/28:  Runaway Surveillance Blimp Deflates Raytheon’s Hopes to Sell More

10/28:  Judge rules man had right to shoot down drone over his house

10/24:  Obfuscation: how leaving a trail of confusion can beat online surveillance

10/13:  Five Tools For Online Privacy And Security

10/13:  DARPA wants vanishing drones



11/20:  Drowned in data, whistleblowers speak of NSA’s “largest failure”

11/19:  As Car Hacking Spurs Fears In Congress, Tesla And GM Push Back

11/17:  Illinois Magistrate Judge Lays Down Ground Rules For Stingray Device Warrants

11/11:  Hacked Data Obtained By The Intercept Highlights Wholesale Spying On Inmate, Attorney Privileged Communications

11/9:  Federal judge halts NSA phone surveillance of plaintiffs

11/6:  The FBI says it has given up on trying to get backdoors into encryption software

11/4:  Federal prison system wants anti-drone technology

10/29:  Court Rejects ACLU’s Plea to End Collection of Telephone Data Early

10/29:  Privacy Groups Challenge Director of National Intelligence to Uphold Transparency Promise

10/26:  The IRS Is Using the Same Spy Tech as the FBI

10/21:  Image too good to be true? DARPA program targets image doctoring

10/27:  Senate Rejects All CISA Amendments Designed To Protect Privacy, Reiterating That It’s A Surveillance Bill

10/27:  FBI Director Finally Starts Answering Questions About Its Surveillance Flights Over US Cities

9/22:  CIA details agency’s new digital and cyber espionage focus



11/17:  Why the CIA wanting encryption backdoors is a failure of leadership, not intelligence

11/17:  User telemetry and encryption trade-offs need to be out in the open: Symantec CEO

11/13:  University researchers are being accused of ethics violations for allegedly helping the police catch drug dealers and paedophiles

11/13:  Here are 3 legal cases from the future

11/11:  Microsoft and I can see that this blog post displeases you

11/10:  Why The Supreme Court’s Pass On A Cellphone Warrant Case Means Your Privacy Remains At Risk

11/10:  Forrester Predictions: Get Your Privacy House In Order, or 2016 Will Hit Your Business Hard

11/9:  Modern genetics means you should say goodbye to privacy

11/7:  Americans Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Their Privacy Online

11/7:  Privacy is starting to seem like a very 20th-century anomaly

11/1:  Crypto is For Everyone—and American History Proves It

10/28:  Wifi Networks Can Now Identify Who You Are Through Walls

10/25:  This Is the Battle Over Policing the Deep Web

10/20:  The CIA director was hacked by a 13-year-old, but he still wants your data

10/16:  Six key challenges loom over car communication technology

10/15:  Europe Leads In Global Privacy — Announcing Forrester’s 2015 Data Privacy Heat Map

10/9:  The rise of the ‘digilantes,’ the internet’s superheroes

10/2:  Washington Hardball



11/18:  Brandis warns of even less privacy for Australians

11/17:  France Already Expanded Surveillance Twice In The Past Year — Perhaps Expanding It Again Is Not The Answer?

11/3:  Code Name for U.K. Probe of Snowden Reporting Revealed: “Operation Curable”

11/12:  Europe, tech giants face off over consumer privacy

11/12:  Turnbull’s mutual respect campaign to kick off with taking away privacy

11/12:  A French retailer has started using overhead strip lights to track customers’ movements

11/11:  Microsoft is building data centres in Germany to protect European users from US spying

11/11:  Germany’s spy agency may have violated its constitution by monitoring a German diplomat

11/10:  Congress moves to give Europeans stronger data privacy rights in the U.S.

11/9:  Tech firms warn snooper’s charter could end strong encryption in Britain

11/8:  David Davis: British ‘intellectually lazy’ about defending liberty

11/6:  After Paris Attacks, Surveillance Remains A Key Issue In EU-U.S. Privacy Negotiations

11/5:  Facial recognition database would give police ‘unprecedented’ access (AU)

11/5:  The surveillance bill is flawed but at last we have oversight

11/5:  Seven Major Takeaways From the U.K.’s Proposed Surveillance Rules

11/4:  The UK government has revealed how it wants to spy on citizens

11/3:  Europe, Still Angry at U.S. Spying, Prepares to Increase Its Own

11/2:  Lord Carlile criticises proposals for judges to approve spying warrants

10/31:  Don’t be fooled by spook propaganda. The state still wants licence to pry

10/29:  Passports in the cloud? What could possibly go wrong? (AU)

10/28:  C-51 Reform, TPP Top the List of “Real Change” Tech Policy Priorities

10/20:  Real Change on Digital Policy May Take Time Under New Liberal Government

10/14:  The Guardian view on surveillance: licence to pry on parliament

10/14:  How the TPP Puts Canadian Privacy at Risk



11/13:  Vizio smart TVs watch you while you’re watching them. What’s the deal?

11/11:  Blackphone 2 review: privacy doesn’t have to come at the cost of usability

11/9:  The war on cash is advancing on all fronts

11/2:  Stealth Mode? Built-In Monitor? Not All Body Cameras Are Created Equal

10/30:  OK Google: Where Do You Store Recordings Of My Commands?

10/22:  No Details Yet For New Civilian Drone Operators’ Registration System

10/19:  More China App Store Headaches for Apple: Hundreds of Apps Found to Collect User Data

10/14:  Hewlett-Packard, 3M Team Up to Build Privacy Screens Right Into Business Laptops



9/29:  The Above (movie)

Privacy News Update, 11-3-15



11/2015:  If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy

10/27:  The Senate just passed a bill that could force tech companies to share your private messages with the government

10/26:  Apple is refusing to unlock an iPhone 5s for US law enforcement

10/25:  Where there is no police accountability, justice is tenuous….

10/24:  Federal judge dismisses Wikimedia lawsuit against NSA mass surveillance program

10/20:  ‘Your Genome Isn’t Really Secret,’ Says Google Ventures’s Bill Maris

10/19:  How one Austrian student took on American tech companies over privacy — and won

10/19:  License Plate Reader Companies Lose Case Seeking To Have Anti-ALPR Law Declared Unconstitutional

10/15:  How the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections

10/14:  Entrepreneur donates $1 million to fight anti-terror law C-51

10/13:  Verizon Is Watching: Company Expands Data-Tracking Program

10/13:  No, Hillary, Edward Snowden Didn’t Have Whistleblower Protections

10/13:  DARPA wants vanishing drones

10/11:  Tech Firms Laud Obama’s Retreat on Encrypted-Data Law

10/9:  California Approves A Sweeping Digital Privacy Law

10/8:  Pittsburgh City Council seeks to ban drones from city parks

10/7:  Private database lets police skirt license plate data limits

10/7:  The Suit You Will Need to Avoid Surveillance in the Future

10/7:  Jimmy Wales and Former NSA Chief Ridicule Government Plans To Ban Encryption

10/7:  Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find “Nuts and Bolts” Info On Cookies & Tracking Mechanisms?

10/6:  Google defends Android Auto’s data collection after critical Motor Trend report

10/5:  Snowden: I’d go to prison to return to US

10/2:  Homeland Security seizes Stockton mayor’s electronics at SFO

10/1:  Hidden GPS devices to track suspects raise legal concerns

10/1:  RFID chips in driver’s licenses. What could go wrong?

10/1:  Chip And PIN Meets Facial Recognition: Chipping Away At Privacy, Pinning You Down In A Database

9/30:  Microsoft ‘Addresses’ Windows 10 Privacy Concerns By Simply Not Mentioning Most Of Them

9/29:  FBI and DEA Under Review For Misuse of NSA Mass Surveillance Data

9/29:  How the FBI Hacks Around Encryption

9/29:  Edward Snowden joins Twitter, immediately gets more followers than NSA

9/28:  Covert Electronic Surveillance Prompts Calls for Australian ISPs Not Ready For Mandatory Data Retention Transparency

9/26:  America’s most secretive court invites its first outsider

9/24:  Police Program Aims to Pinpoint Those Most Likely to Commit Crimes

9/24:  Postal Service Failed to Protect Personal Data in Mail Surveillance, Report Says

9/24:  Snowden Treaty Launched: Effort To Get Countries To End Mass Surveillance

9/21:  The Other Big Brother

9/17:  Committee vote on police heat sensors signals cooperation between police, privacy activists

9/16:  Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after feds noticed—now restored

9/11:  Citi analysts have an idea they call ‘the Feed,’ and it could revolutionize the insurance industry

9/11:  How the Government Surveils Cellphones: A Primer

9/11:  Spy Industry Leaders Befuddled Over ‘Deep Cynicism’ of American Public

9/9:  Siri is always listening. Are you OK with that?

9/8:  Apple, Microsoft tussle with feds over access to user data

8/31:  Are your apps acting creepy? New approach to phone security could tip you off



10/14:  Microsoft looks to stop bike crashes before they happen, testing Minority Report-style predictive intelligence

10/12:  City of Seattle unveils new privacy program to ‘build public trust’ about use of personal information

10/7:  Inside the Seattle Police Department’s new real-time crime center

10/7:  Researchers build extra brainy smart homes to monitor aging adults

10/2:  Boeing drone helps fight Washington state wildfires in latest demonstration of UAV technology

9/21:  Seattle to Get $600K Cut of Obama Administration’s Body Cam Program

9/18:  Seattle using drivers’ cellphones to track traffic flow

9/18:  Wyden, Bonamici draft legislation to guard student privacy after University of Oregon records leak

9/11:  Police body cameras show more than just the facts

9/9:  ‘Smart bus’ system gives Spokane riders real-time information

9/8:  Law Professor: Tech Companies Are Our Best Hope At Resisting Surveillance



10/29:  Warrant to search phone did not allow opening folder unlikely to contain evidence sought, court rules

10/29:  Fourth Circuit grants rehearing, eliminates split, on cell-site surveillance

10/29:  Second Circuit declines to reach Fourth Amendment issues in bulk metadata program

10/28:  In Congress, Drones Represent Money, Freedom — And A Security Threat

10/22:  FBI director: Planes not for mass spying

10/21:  Helicopter (and drone?) surveillance and the Fourth Amendment

10/21:  23andMe releases transparency report, revealing how often cops ask for customers’ DNA

10/20:  Body Cameras Are Everywhere, But Recordings Remain Locked Up Tight

10/20:  Apple CEO Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door

10/16:  Cops are asking and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA

10/16:  You don’t need to tear up your boarding pass and eat it after you fly

10/10:  New Jersey judge warns police videos will be kept secret

10/9:  Brown rejects driver’s licenses to ease border crossings

10/9:  California’s Paparazzi Have Had Their Wings Clipped A Bit

10/9:  US boosts privacy protection on health insurance website

10/8:  Obama administration opts not to force firms to decrypt data — for now

10/6:  Thanks to the NSA, Data Sharing With Europe Just Got a Little Harder

10/6:  Carson says he’s glad for Snowden revelations but questions methods

9/28:  Police bid to keep most body camera footage private rejected

9/25:  Lawmakers consider student social media privacy bill

9/25:  In fascinating legal case, judge rules defendants can’t be forced to unlock their smartphones

9/22:  Legislation Requiring Tech Industry To Report Terrorist Activity Dropped

9/22:  Feds award $1 million grant to help purchase SAPD body cameras

9/21:  George W. Bush Tried To Retroactively Declare Illegal, Unconstitutional NSA Surveillance Legal, Because He Said So

9/15:  Minnesota cities press for body-camera footage restrictions

9/12:  Austin officials approve funding for police body cameras

9/9:  Director of national intelligence: Snowden forced “needed transparency”

9/9:  City Of Boston Left License Plate Data Unprotected And Unencrypted

9/2:  Indiana State Police won’t give up stingray records due to “terrorism” risk

8/27:  City of San Jose Looking To Attach Automatic License Plate Readers To Garbage Trucks

8/24:  Police Regularly Use Stingrays Without A Warrant To Find Petty Criminals, Then Try To Hide That Fact



10/16:  In 2016, if California cops get hacked, lose your license plate data, you can sue

10/14:  Q.&A.: Guarding Personal Data From Abuse by Insiders

10/14:  Living with Technology: Keeping an eye on digital security

10/13:  Digital Privacy, in the U.S. and Europe

10/12:  A Law That Hides Police Misconduct From the Public

10/9:  European Ruling is Merely a Symbolic Victory for Privacy

10/7:  The government and privacy advocates can’t agree on what ‘strong’ encryption even means

10/6:  Verizon’s Sneaky Zombie Cookies Now Being Used Across The Entire AOL Ad Empire

9/25:  A Q&A with Edward Snowden

9/16:  Tech that hangs on your every word raises privacy questions

9/15:  An elegy for privacy, common sense and John Gibson: Leonard Pitts

9/14:  N.H. Public Library Reconsiders Support For Anonymous Internet Network Tor



11/1:  Theresa May says ‘contentious’ parts of web surveillance plan dropped

10/20:  Ireland’s privacy regulator is going to investigate Facebook after a landmark ruling by Europe’s highest court

10/18:  U.K.’s Mounting, Controversial Video Surveillance

10/16:  UK Politicians To Hold ‘Emergency Debate’ After Spy Tribunal Says GCHQ Is Permitted To Put Them Under Surveillance

10/15:  Despite exposure, new nations joining cyberespionage game

10/15:  Medical record privacy breaches an ‘epidemic’ in Alberta,’ says commissioner (CA)

10/12:  Australian ISPs Not Ready For Mandatory Data Retention

10/12:  Turnbull’s mutual respect campaign to kick off with taking away privacy (AU)

10/6:  Critics raise data privacy concerns in Trans-Pacific Partnership deal (CA)

10/6:  EU Privacy Ruling May Disrupt U.S. Tech Firms, Spy Programs

9/24:  Thailand aims to build its own Great Firewall of Internet censorship

9/23:  Russia’s Plan To Crack Tor Crumbles

9/22:  Government-Mandated Parental Spyware Found To Be Leaking Personal Data At An Alarming Rate (SK)

9/14:  Telco Giant Vodafone Looked At Journalist’s Phone Records To See Who Was Leaking Info To Her (AU)

9/13:  Ask Slashdot: Best Country To Avoid Government Surveillance?

9/1:  Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption

8/25: UK surveillance “worse than 1984,” says new UN privacy chief

8/25:  Malaysia To Introduce RFID Tracking For Every Vehicle



11/2:  Dreading those drones

11/2:  Barbie is back, but can she be trusted?

11/2015:  Playing Defense Against the Drones

10/26:  How to make sure no one can search through your old Facebook posts

10/23:  Your anonymous cell phone data might be used to break up traffic jams

10/23:  NFL wins federal approval to film with drones

10/19:  Apple Suspends Hundreds of Apps For Stealing Personal Data From a Million Users

10/15:  To boost privacy, Yahoo Mail eliminates need for passwords

10/14:  Hotspot Shield Creator Is on a Mission to Outflank the Censors

10/13:  The GranitePhone Thinks Your Privacy Is Worth $850

10/13:  How To Find and Delete Everything You’ve Ever Said to Google Now

10/8:  DuckDuckGo CEO calls out Google and says it’s ‘a myth you need to track people to make money’

10/7: ​ FAA seeks $1.9M fine against drone photography company

10/4:  7 Questions To Ask Your Boss About Wellness Privacy

9/29:  BlackBerry releases first photos of Android-powered Priv phone

9/29:  Apple: Here’s how we try to protect your privacy

9/29:  Phone makers aren’t doing enough to protect your privacy, says CEO of security-conscious GranitePhone

9/28:  Microsoft reaffirms privacy commitment, but Windows will keep collecting data

9/27:  Silent Circle Blackphone 2 review

9/24:  IBM’s Watson Is Now Analyzing Your Vacation Photos

9/22:  Lenovo Collects Usage Data On ThinkPad, ThinkCentre and ThinkStation PCs

9/14:  Fresh from Google Glass partnership, VSP eyes high-tech wearables

9/14:  Invizbox Go aims to make mobile privacy painless over any Wi-Fi

9/14:  Live-In Laboratory May Help Older Adults Live Independently Longer

9/8:  This Fake Baby Car Seat Is Designed to Help Governments Spy on People

9/7:  Apple’s Privacy Policies Are Keeping Data Scientists Away

8/31:  Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8

8/31:  Google OnHub review—Google’s smart home Trojan horse is a $200 leap of faith



10/19:  Here’s how to keep your information private on the internet (video)

10/10:  You Think the NSA Is Bad? Meet Former CIA Director Allen Dulles.

10/8:  Part Exhibitionism, Part Surveillance

9/29:  This Art Installation Tests How Much You Value Your Personal Data

9/20:  Art that shows us what mass surveillance actually looks like

Cory Doctorow event from 7/28 (audio only)

Great conversation with Frank Catalano of the local site GeekWire.   Ranges all over the place for tech, fiction (the event was sponsored by Clarion West) and Cory’s privacy-related activism – enjoy!

“….Here’s the Q&A portion of the Cory Doctorow in Conversation event I did to benefit the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop in Seattle on July 28, 2015. The audio was provided by Frank Catalano, who also conducted the interview….” MP3 link


Privacy News Update, 6-12


6/6: Divining the capabilities of the FBI’s ubiquitous spy aircraft

6/6: Librarians As the First Line of Privacy Defense

6/6: How the country’s top privacy cop is trying to protect consumers in the digital age

6/6: The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling

6/5: What an NYPD Spy Copter Reveals About the FBI’s Spy Planes

6/4: After Partial NSA Reform, Expanded Internet Surveillance Of Americans Emerges

6/4: Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border

6/4: New Snowden documents reveal secret memos expanding spying

6/4: Study shows consumers lament being monitored online for marketing

6/4: Leaked TISA Documents Reveal Privacy Threat

6/4: Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

6/4: Report: NSA Sifts Americans’ International Internet Traffic to Hunt Hackers

6/3: USA Freedom Act: the good, the bad, and what’s next

6/3: Thank You, Edward Snowden: Without You, Congress Would Not Have Ended the NSA’s Bulk Phone Data Collection

6/3: WikiLeaks releases secret TISA docs: The more evil sibling of TTIP and TPP

6/3: Analysis: NSA bill barely touches the agency’s vast powers

6/1: Nosy Brit cops demand access to comms data EVERY TWO MINUTES

5/30: As Patriot Act Debated, Privacy Tools More Accessible

5/30: Unmasking hidden Tor service users is too easy, say infosec bods

5/29: Tech companies aren’t so transparent when it comes to politics

5/28: How metadata compromises you

5/27: The Key to Ending Mass Surveillance? Math.

5/26: Boffins silently track train commuters without tripping Android checks

5/25: Lessons from a Sydney cryptoparty

5/25: How one mayor struggles with balancing privacy and surveillance (Oakland, CA)

5/22: FBI admits it didn’t crack any major cases with Patriot Act powers

5/15: New Iris Recognition Tech Could Make It Easier To Catch Criminals — Or Find Protesters



6/2: Ron Wyden: USA Freedom Act passage is ‘biggest win for privacy rights in a decade’



6/5: Why did Snowden swipe 900k+ US DoD files? (Or so Uncle Sam claims)

6/5: County sheriff warrantlessly used stingray 500+ times, claims to have no records (Sacramento)

6/5: Edward Snowden Celebrates NSA Reform as the “Power of an Informed Public”

6/4: House easily passes further anti-surveillance amendments

6/4: US Prosecutors Say Clearing Browser Data Can Be Obstruction of Justice

6/4: New Jersey seeks to make ‘upskirting’ a crime

6/4: Oklahoma governor signs police body camera footage measure

6/4: Body camera bill on its way to South Carolina governor

6/4: US lawmaker: Next, we stop the NSA from weakening encryption

6/3: Governor vetoes bills involving photo traffic enforcement (CO)

6/3: The NSA will stop collecting U.S. phone data. Now what?

6/3: California Senate OKs requiring warrants to search smartphones, tablets

6/3: US Senate passes USA Freedom Act – a long lip service to NSA reforms

6/3: Congressman Warns of Encrypted “Dark Spaces”; Another Says: “Ooooh It Sounds Really Scary”

6/3: State high court limits right to warrantless home searches (AZ)

6/3: Get Your NSA Reform Hot Takes Here

6/2: How Mitch McConnell Tried—and Failed—to Weaken NSA Reform

6/2: US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives In Undercover Tests

6/1: Privacy Advocates Hope Sunset Of Section 215 Marks Dawn Of Surveillance Reform

5/31: Oakland council to vote on surveillance camera limits

5/28: Court weighs S.F. policy on who reviews police files

5/28: NSA chief: Encryption isn’t bad, it’s the future

5/28: Reality Checks in Debate Over Surveillance Laws

5/28: Inside NSA, Officials Privately Criticize “Collect It All” Surveillance

5/27: Obama Asks Congress To Renew ‘Patriot Act’ Snooping

5/27: On Patriot Act Renewal and USA Freedom Act: Glenn Greenwald Talks With ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer

5/26: Privacy and Security Innovation: The Cautionary Tale of Nomi Technologies And The FTC



6/6: Why Is Apple’s Tim Cook Taking Shots At Google And Facebook?

6/5: Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int’l

6/4: Snowden deserves credit for NSA reform — and to stand trial

6/4: Welcome to the Age of Digital Imperialism

6/4: Mad John McAfee: ‘Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I’m supposed to be?’

6/3: Privacy Protection and Security: We Can Have Both

6/3: In Pushing for Revised Surveillance Program, Obama Strikes His Own Balance

6/3: Tim Cook just sent a powerful warning to the US government

6/3: Privacy In The Competency Marketplace: Who Owns Your Profile Metadata?

6/2: Fusion’s Alicia Menendez: Millennials Have A Complicated Relationship With Privacy

6/2: How Edward Snowden Sparked a Librarians’ Quarrel

6/2: Suspended Surveillance: Two Years of Heretical Thinking

6/1: Not a false choice between ideals and security

6/1: Debate on NSA surveillance looks phony on both sides

6/2015: The Tradeoff Fallacy: How Marketers are misrepesenting American Consumers and Opening them up to Exploitation

5/30: Not To Be A Buzzkill, But An Apple Car Will Kill Privacy

5/30: Security News This Week: If the Patriot Act Expires It Won’t Spell Doom

5/29: Choosing between Big Brother and the Bill of Rights

5/29: Five myths about body cameras

5/28: Mercury News editorial: Californians deserve digital data privacy protection

5/28: Let Patriot Act Provisions Expire

5/27: 5 Ways to Take Back Tech

5/26: Stop logging our phone calls

5/22: Rewrite body camera bill or put it aside (California)

5/19: In defense of ad-blockers, a vital tool for the privacy conscious

5/2015: Privacy Behaviors After Snowden



6/4: Passions run high in EU parliament debate over air passengers’ privacy

6/4: U.K. State Surveillance Powers Challenged Under Human Rights Law

6/4: 2 UK Lawmakers Challenge Government on Surveillance Powers

6/4: Less than a day left to kill Paraguay’s mass surveillance bill

6/4: There was a David Cameron who swallowed a fly..

6/3: Cop cams hit London: 20,000 police to wear video cameras

6/2: GCHQ gros fromage stays schtum on Snowden and snooping

5/30: When a government spies on its citizens: lessons from Chile

5/30: German Court Turns Down Drone Lawsuit but Leaves Door Open to Others

5/29: Germany licks lips, eyes new data gulp with revised retention law

5/28: UN says encryption “necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom”

5/27: UK surveillance commish asks CCTV operators to please be good

5/26: Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops

5/22: Which Colombian ISPs keep your data private?

5/20: Gov’t to spy upon South Korean minors through smartphone apps



6/5: Here’s new evidence that Google Glass is moving forward

6/5: Would You Be Willing to Pay for Facebook or Google in Exchange for Your Privacy?

6/5: Look, Ma, No Hands!

6/4: Turn It On: How to enable two-factor authentication for over 100 websites

6/4: Microsoft Gives Details About Its Controversial Disk Encryption

6/2: Did Little Caesars Just Start The Privacy War?

6/1: Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails

5/29: Hola: A free VPN with a side of botnet

5/27: Make Adama proud: Connect your Things wisely, cadet

5/27: Need a simple, instant warrant canary? Now there’s an app for that

5/27: For iPhone, iPad privacy, here’s how to turn on encryption in just one minute

5/26: Bluetooth privacy is mostly ignored, so you’re beaming yourself to the world

5/26: In New York City, “freelance spies” are recording your conversations

5/25: Encryption for Everyone: The free service that will change how you think about security

Privacy News Update, 3-28-15



3/20: The Google backlash is growing

3/20: A Clever Way to Tell Which of Your Emails Are Being Tracked

3/20: Q&A: Cindy Cohn, EFF’s new executive director

3/19: Bills that would restrict access to body camera footage

3/18: Court: NSA Spying May Continue Even If Congress Lets Authority Expire

3/18: Internet of things: Sillier and scarier and coming your way

3/17: Bipartisan Drone Privacy Bill Back on the Table

3/16: Princeton boffins sniff Tor users’ IDs from TCP ACKs and server sweat

3/16: How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook

3/16: Virginia nears passing shortest limit in US on keeping license plate data

3/16: Don’t want NSA to spy on your email? 5 things you can do

3/15: An ‘Upstream’ Battle As Wikimedia Challenges NSA Surveillance

3/14: Anti-terror law approaches expiration date in shadow of Snowden

3/13: Here’s The Digital Privacy Battle At The Center Of Obama’s Big Trade Deal

3/13: Freedom of information issues in all 50 states

3/13: Mass Surveillance: Can We Blame It All On the Government?

3/13: Angry Austrian could turn Europe against the US – thanks to data

3/12: Epic Google snafu leaks hidden whois data for 280,000 domains

3/11: ACLU files new lawsuits in hunt for police ‘Stingray’ mobe-trackers



3/20: Body cam compromise acceptable for short term

3/15: Seattle channel for police body-cam videos draws attention

3/14: Bill would give stiffer penalties to criminals using drones

3/12: Wyden, UO Senate cite college medical privacy concerns



3/21: Is a lifetime of involuntary GPS monitoring constitutional?

3/21: Nevada Legislature Week 8: Drone law and union fights

3/20: Leaked Document Reveals Upcoming Biometric Experiments At US Customs

3/20: Despite A Wave Of Data Breaches, Fed Says Patient Privacy Isn’t Dead

3/20: CISA Security Bill: An F for Security But an A+ for Spying

3/20: CISA Bill Promises Safety, But Actually Expands Government Surveillance

3/20: Issues at the heart of the debate over body camera videos

3/20: State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

3/19: The DOJ Is Sneaking in a Policy That’d Crap All Over the 4th Amendment

3/19: The Government Is Testing Myriad Invasive Biometric Surveillance Methods

3/19: SF zookeepers say officials ‘bugged’ radio conversations

3/19: 15 Years of FTC Failure to Factor Privacy Into Merger Reviews

3/19: Outgoing NSA lawyer helped preserve controversial programs

3/19: Political Pressure To Pass CISA Quickly Could Pose ‘Big Problem’ For Civil Liberties

3/19: To protect our privacy, make the FISA court act like a real court

3/18: San Diego police body camera report: Fewer complaints, less use of force

3/18: ‘All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive’ says US CIO

3/17: Is your DMV data safeguarded properly?

3/17: Judge orders sheriff to disclose cellphone surveillance info (Buffalo, NY)

3/16: Pentagon seeking ways to protect personal data online

3/16: Snowden leaks lead Americans to scale back online activity, survey finds

3/16: Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It’s up to you to thwart mass surveillance

3/16: Competing bills aim to regulate Michigan police body cameras

3/16: Facebook: Governments still clamoring for user data

3/16: How Police Fight To Keep Use of Stingrays Secret

3/16: FBI’s Plan to Expand Hacking Power Advances Despite Privacy Fears

3/16: Republicans Have Less Faith in the NSA than Democrats

3/16: TSA Screening Enters the Spotlight

3/16: Memo: San Jose police aim to have officer-worn cameras by next year, working drone by 2017

3/14: How one agency redacts the public’s right to know

3/13: Feds, Google at odds over computer search-warrant proposal

3/13: Psssst: Wanna Buy a Used Spy Website?

3/12: Senate panel approves controversial cybersecurity bill

3/12: Sacramento sheriff: Documents given on phone-tracking tech

3/10: Report: CIA Has Tried for Years to Break Into Apple Gear

3/9 – Net Neutrality Has Sparked an Interagency Squabble Over Internet Privacy

3/8: Use of license-plate scanner technology, data stirs controversy

2/25: The Government Refuses to Prove Snowden Damaged National Security



3/21: It’s a Whole New Paranoid World

3/20: Apple Watch: Science fiction nightmare or a digital dream come true?

3/19: Questions To Ask About Ed-Tech At Your Kids’ School

3/18: The Privacy Revolt: The Growing Demand for Privacy as a Service

3/18: Debate: Should The U.S. Adopt The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Online?

3/13: Hey Twitter, Killing Anonymity’s a Dumb Way to Fight Trolls

3/11: We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting

3/9: Privacy for Personalization: Is It a Fair Trade-Off?

3/4: Why Watching the Watchers Isn’t Enough: My Talk on Privacy, Snowden & Bill C-51

1/28: Happy Data Privacy Day. Legally speaking, you’re mostly on your own.



3/20: Defending Privacy Doesn’t Pay: Canadian Court Lets Copyright Troll Off the Hook

3/20: UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret

3/20: Team Australia, your surveillance is ready

3/19: Location data to be stored under Australian data-retention regime

3/19: US Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says

3/19: PM Dismisses ‘French Patriot Act’ Fears as Spies Get More Powers

3/19: UK’s GCHQ Admits To Using Vulnerabilities To Hack Target Systems

3/19: Australia’s new ‘improved’ data retention laws: how will they work?

3/18: Australia’s data-retention debate hits Derpcon Zero

3/18: Tony Abbott signals he is unlikely to let journalists fight metadata warrants

3/17: Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

3/15: How Two Obscure Court Verdicts In Europe Could Impact Americans’ Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Taxes

3/14: New Zealand Used NSA System to Target Officials, Anti-Corruption Campaigner

3/13: Bulgaria nixes ‘metadata’ law, Paraguay delays

3/12: Why The Anti-Terrorism Bill is Really an Anti-Privacy Bill: Bill C-51′s Evisceration of Privacy Protection

3/12: David Cameron to close gap in oversight of mass surveillance

3/12: Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

3/12: UK says comms metadata can kill personal privacy

3/12: Court Overturns Dutch Data Retention Law, Privacy More Important

3/12: 104 Australian orgs report breaches to privacy commissioner

3/12: Bill C-51: Privacy watchdog Daniel Therrien blocked from committee witness list

3/12: Internet carriers may be breaching Canadian privacy laws

3/12: What’s at stake in Spain’s controversial security law

3/11: Going on holiday? Mexico wants your personal data

3/11: Australians! Let us all rise up against data retention

3/10: New Zealand Targets Trade Partners, Hacks Computers in Spy Operations

3/9: Hammond Says U.K. Must ‘Draw a Line’ Under Net Spying Debate

3/9: BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be ‘resisted at all costs’ says lawyer

3/9: Scotland to get National ID system ‘by the backdoor’, campaigners mull challenge



3/20: How ‘The Cloud’ Eats Away at Your Online Privacy (Video)

3/20: After 350,000+ Beta Sign-Ups, ProtonMail Takes $2M To Scale Its Encrypted Email

3/20: Smart Home Guide: What to Know Before You Buy

3/19: Video Feature: Inside the F 015, Mercedes’s Self-Driving Car

3/19: Security Essentials for the Internet of Things

3/18: Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

3/18: Tutanota, An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative, Heads Out Of Beta

3/17: SAP admits – shock! – it sells to governments, denies that means backdoors

3/16: BlackBerry Spy-Proofs Samsung Tablets With IBM Software

3/13: Hertz puts cameras in its rental cars, says it has no plans to use them

3/12: Companies Are Tracking Employees to Nab Traitors

3/12: OpenSSL To Undergo Massive Security Audit

3/12: Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

3/12: German Startup Campaigns For Personal Data API Law

3/11: The Guardian Publishes A Pretty Amazing Whisper “Clarification”

3/11: Ars tests ExoNet, the personal VPN that takes you home

3/9: The privacy and security questions we must ask about the Apple Watch

3/5: Windows 10 Settings menu: The Privacy tab


3/18: ‘The Age of Cryptocurrency,’ by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

Privacy News Update, 1-17-15


Jan 10: CISPA: The Awful Anti-Privacy Law That Won’t Prevent Another Sony Hack

Jan 9: Q&A: On the Untouchable ‘Lords of Secrecy’

Jan 6: With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech

Jan 6: Exciting progress towards surveillance-resistant email

Jan 5: FBI says search warrants not needed to use “stingrays” in public places

Jan 2: The 5 Cases That Could Pit the Supreme Court Against the NSA

Dec 30: How the internet’s engineers are fighting mass surveillance



Jan 14: Is red-baiting getting a 21st Century makeover in Olympia?

Jan 11: Washington state licenses, IDs soon need to meet tougher standards

Dec 31: Police body camera pilot ends; review and implementation next

Dec 19: Editorial: Consider the big picture of police camera issue



Jan 10: Obama to focus on cybersecurity next week

Jan 10: Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

Jan 9: So: Will we get net neutrality? El Reg decodes FCC boss Tom Wheeler

Jan 8: White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz’s Prosecutor

Jan 8: U.S. Lawmaker to Revive Cyber Information-Sharing Bill: Report

Jan 8: Official: NSA will lead fight against future hacks

Jan 8: Guilty plea ends stingray-fueled Baltimore murder-for-hire case

Jan 8: One-on-one with FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez about the Internet of Things

Jan 7: Privacy law reduces student participation in drug survey

Jan 7: FAA grants two drone permits for agriculture, real estate

Jan 7: Border drones are ineffective, badly managed, too expensive, official says

Jan 6: FTC chief says gadget industry must prioritize privacy

Jan 6: Going postal: Reporter sues government for spying from USPS network

Jan 5: License plate readers back on San Carlos council agenda

Jan 5: CIA Watchdog to Step Down

Jan 2: Offshoring Data Won’t Protect It From The NSA



Jan 9: Can The Privacy Revolution Prevail?

Jan 9: Magid: Connected devices at CES raise security, privacy and safety questions

Jan 8: ‘Citizenfour’ goes behind the scenes of Snowden’s surveillance release

Jan 8: The defenders of freedom

Jan 7: Cop: What you don’t get about policing

Jan 7: Privacy walls no match for new technologies

Jan 5: Parents must be able to protect their child from prying eyes

Jan 4: The Biggest Security Threats We’ll Face in 2015

Jan 3: Why Aren’t We Using SSH For Everything?

Dec 25: Is Your Christmas Present Spying on You?



Jan 17: Data Collection and Censorship Laws Proposed in UK and France

Jan 9: In Britain, Spy Chief Calls for More Power for Agency

Jan 9: EU legal advisers cast doubt on data retention legality

Jan 9: MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get ‘assistance’ from data-slurp firms

Jan 8: US kills EU watchdog’s probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens’ data

Jan 7: Data retention: lawyers and telcos take aim at ‘ill-defined’ legislation

Jan 7: UK watchdog: Public should wise up about surveillance cameras

Jan 6: Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

Jan 5: Even China’s Academy of Science thinks wearables are privacy problem

Jan 5: Finland gets tough on privacy, with new law to give Apple, Facebook messages total security

Jan 5: Intel self-censors as Russian free speech crackdown comes into force

Dec 17: Cybersecurity spending: Here’s where the money goes (UK)



Jan 11: Can This Tiny European Startup Take Down Google?

Jan 10: Rise of connected homes raise security concerns

Jan 9: Spotlight search in OS X Yosemite exposes private user details to spammers

Jan 7: Baig: Drones invade CES 2015

Jan 6: HTTPS bent into the next super-cookies by researcher

Jan 6: Silent Circle taps Bill Conner as CEO

Jan 6: Tutanota releases iOS encrypted email app after notifying NSA

Jan 6: Browsing in privacy mode? Super Cookies can track you anyway

Jan 5: Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

Privacy News Update, 1-5-15


Jan 1: The Most Dangerous People on the Internet Right Now

Dec 31: LMU Law Review to Present Symposuim on National Security and Digital Surveillance in the United States – More details here.

Dec 31: Now There’s an App For Detecting Government Stingray Cell Phone Trackers

Dec 31: NSA can wiretap Skype wholesale

Dec 31: Five ways to delete yourself from the Internet

Dec 26: Online armour: Duncan Campbell’s tech chief on anonymity 101

Dec 26: NSA Drops Christmas Eve Surprise

Dec 25: ‘Art for Spooks’ Makes Paranoid Augmented Realities for NSA Spies

Dec 24: 8 Free Privacy Programs Worth Your Year-End Donations

Dec 22: White House nudges Congress to revisit controversial ‘CISPA-style’ laws after Sony attack

Dec 17: Billion Dollar Surveillance Blimp to Launch over Maryland



Jan 1: If the Supreme Court tackles the NSA in 2015, it’ll be one of these five cases

Dec 31: FBI can secretly spy on Americans even if its useless oversight court says no

Dec 31: Senators seek information on FBI cell tracking

Dec 31: FTC Finalizes Snapchat Privacy Complaint Settlement

Dec 30: [Illinois Gov] Quinn inks new eavesdropping restrictions

Dec 30: Judge Gorsuch on arrrest warrants and Doppler radar devices

Dec 30: WikiLeaks claims employee’s Google mail, metadata seized by US government

Dec 29: The NSA’s Ongoing Efforts to Hide Its Lawbreaking

Dec 29: Bill proposed to improve data on police (video)

Dec 28: Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security

Dec 26: ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‘minimise impact’ of documents

Dec 25: Facebook fails to dismiss privacy case over scanned messages

Dec 24: Police Can Create Fake Instagram Accounts To Investigate Suspects

Dec 23: A Brief History of the CIA’s Unpunished Spying on the Senate

Dec 23: Privacy Groups Upbraid MPAA For Trying To Bring SOPA Back At The State Level

Dec 23: Report advises Iowa to wait on drone regulation

Dec 23: Senators query rideshare services Lyft, Uber on privacy

Dec 22: Edu-apps may be STALKING YOUR KIDS, feds warn

Dec 22: Irony 101: Study Ethics with Legal Ace Who Sanctioned NSA Wiretapping, CIA Torture

Dec 22: Google: Gov’t data removal requests dipped slightly over 2013

Dec 21: Tor warns of possible disruption of network through server seizures

Dec 19: SFPD’s sophisticated surveillance technology raises concerns about usage

Dec 17: “Tech firms tussle with DOJ over the right to say ‘zero’

Dec 17: NYC lawmaker wants to ban drones except for cops with warrants

Dec 16: Cops illegally nailed webcam to utility pole for 6 weeks to spy on house

Dec 16: The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users

Dec 16: ‘Hackathon’ asks techies to aid Seattle police on sensitive-video issues

Dec 16: LAPD’s plan for 7,000 body cameras comes with challenges

Dec 16; Health database Cal Index must address privacy, consumer group says

Dec 15: SPD’s Body Cameras Won’t Record Everything. Policy Gets Mixed Response.



Jan 1: Citizenfour: all it’s cracked up to be and more

Dec 31: 2015 tech prediction: What about encryption?

Dec 30: Infiltrate the NSA

Dec 30: The Year’s Biggest Winners and Losers in Privacy and Security

Dec 30: New NSA leaks: does crypto still work?

Dec 30: Online privacy and the Edward Snowden documentary

Dec 29: Voters agree: A free and open Internet is crucial to our economic future

Dec 28: The Enormous Implications Of Facebook Indexing 1 Trillion Of Our Posts

Dec 28: The Future of Getting Arrested

Dec 24: How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us to Greater Harm

Dec 23: Charlatans: The new wave of privacy profiteers

Dec 18: Survey: Will we give up privacy without a fight?

Dec 17: Editorial – Have a full and open debate on rules for LAPD body cameras

Dec 17: More people may be dodging NSA surveillance than you think – Open thread

Dec 17: What privacy will look like in 2025, according to Pew study

Dec 16: Wyden’s drive to protect privacy is smart — and on-time: Editorial Agenda 2014

Dec 16: Richard Cohen: Our cyber nightmares

Dec 15: Over 700 million people have taken steps to improve privacy since Snowden



Dec 25: Christmas Eve email asked Oz telcos for metadata retention costs by Jan 9th

Dec 24: Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft’s email cloud servers

Dec 23: Line Application Denies Reports Thailand Is Monitoring Messages

Dec 23: Thailand’s Government Claims It Can Monitor The Country’s 30M Line Users

Dec 23: GCHQ: We can’t track crims any more thanks to Snowden

Dec 20: FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA’s data-slurping appetite

Dec 19: Neighbourhood watch: how domestic CCTV is sweeping the UK

Dec 19: Note to data-retention law makers: The internet is not a telephone

Dec 18: Researchers discover security flaws that make cellphones vulnerable to hacking

Dec 16: UK cops demand list of attendees at university fracking debate



Dec 31: 80% of visits to Tor hidden services relate to child sex abuse, study suggests

Dec 29: Hacker claims you can steal fingerprints with only a camera

Dec 27: How will Google, Apple shake up car insurance industry?

Dec 26: The Drone That Could Save You From Drowning

Dec 23: Apple updates Macs for first time without asking — to foil hackers

Dec 23: App maker pitches self-destruct messaging to Hollywood

Dec 22: Algorithmically evolved masks that appear as faces to facial-recognition software

Dec 22: A Marketer’s 2015 Privacy Primer

Dec 22: Drones over beaches, homes get complaints on Kauai

Dec 21: Microsoft Removes All Third Party Snapchat Apps From The Windows Phone Store

Dec 19: Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

Dec 18: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Dec 17: Google Hangouts: Too smart for privacy?

Dec 17: Google’s end-to-end email encryption moves to Github