Privacy News Update, 4-29-17

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Featured:

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:

4/11: REASONABLE DATA SECURITY? I GOT YOUR REASONABLE DATA SECURITY RIGHT HERE

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

 

Overseas:

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

 

Tech:

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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 …..

 

Featured:

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

 

Local:

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

 

Govt:

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

 

Policy:

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

 

Overseas:

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: UK.gov 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

 

Tech:

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!

 

Featured:

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:

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

 

Govt:

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’

 

Policy:

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

 

Overseas:

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

 

Tech:

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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

 

Featured:

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

 

Govt:

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

 

Policy:

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

 

Overseas:

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

 

Tech:

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

 

Media/Books/Misc:

9/29:  The Above (movie)

Privacy News Update, 11-3-15

 

Featured:

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

 

Local:

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

 

Govt:

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 Ancestry.com 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

 

Policy:

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

 

Overseas:

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

 

Tech:

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

 

Misc/Media/Books:

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

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Privacy News Update, 6-12

Featured:

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

 

Local:

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

 

Govt:

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

 

Policy:

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

 

Overseas:

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

 

Tech:

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

 

Featured:

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

 

Local:

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

 

Govt:

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

 

Policy:

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.

 

Overseas:

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

 

Tech:

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

Books:

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

Privacy News Update, 1-17-15

Featured:

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

 

Local:

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

 

Govt:

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

 

Policy:

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?

 

Overseas:

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)

 

Tech:

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

Featured:

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

 

Govt:

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.

 

Policy:

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

 

Overseas:

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

 

Tech:

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