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

Privacy News Update, 7-11-15


7/10:  The rise of the new Crypto War

7/10:  Wolverton: New, smarter light bulbs do more than just turn on

7/10:  Carmakers to Tech Partners: Keep Your Hands Off Our Data

7/10:  UK Privacy Advocate Caspar Bowden Dies

7/8:  Manhattan DA: iPhone Crypto Locked Out Cops 74 Times

7/8:  FBI, Justice Dept. Take Encryption Concerns to Congress

7/7:  A list of the well-known politicians who have defended Edward Snowden

7/7:  Security Experts Oppose Government Access to Encrypted Communication

7/7:  Is the Obama administration softening on Edward Snowden?

7/7:  Eric Holder Says DoJ Could Strike Deal With Snowden; Current AG Takes Hard Line

7/7:  Senate Advances Plan To Make Email and Social Sites Report Terror Activity

7/5:  Coming soon to your St. Paul library: Data tracking

7/5:  Encryption’s holy grail is getting closer, one way or another

7/5:  Steer clear of low-tech hacks: How to keep your information safe

7/3:  Student sues Fordham over demand for mental health records

7/2:  WikiLeaks drops new set of secret TISA docs: Yep, no one agrees

7/2:  Marketers’ Next Trick: Reading Buyers’ Minds

7/1:  NSA’s spying on UN and others detailed in newly published documents

7/1:  This Online Anonymity Box Puts You a Mile Away From Your IP Address

6/30:  7 Technologies to Track People

6/30:  Why I Walked Out of Facial Recognition Negotiations

6/30:  MIT’s Bitcoin-Inspired ‘Enigma’ Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data

6/30:  Surveillance Court: NSA Can Resume Bulk Surveillance

6/30:  Stanford Starts the ‘Secure Internet of Things Project’

6/29:  Lincoln Chafee Adds a Proposal to the 2016 Debate: ‘Let’s Bring Edward Snowden Home’

6/29:  Want to shoot down a drone? It’ll cost you, Modesto man learns

6/29:  When a Company Gets Sold, Your Data May Be Sold, Too

6/26:  Cisco Security Appliances Found To Have Default SSH Keys

6/26:  MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation

6/25:  Snapchat Still May Not Be as Safe as You Think

6/23:  Low-tech ways you can protect your privacy online

6/23:  Why Jeb Bush Wants the United States to Be More Like Estonia

6/23:  Google cures Chrome security flaws in fresh update

6/23:  Cars that can read your mind — through the steering wheel

6/23:  New Snowden Leaks Show NSA Attacked Anti-Virus Software

6/22:  Allstate Patents Physiological Data Collection

6/22:  U.S. Supreme Court sides with innkeepers on right to privacy

6/17:  FBI aerial surveillance revelations prompt backlash from US lawmakers

6/12:  Government’s Secret Surveillance Court May Be About to Get a Little Less Secret

6/8:  June 8, 1949: George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Published

6/1: NSA Reform? No Way! Scott Walker Wants ‘Something Closer to the Patriot Act’



6/23:  The future of police video: Inside the Seattle PD’s workshop on wearable cameras



7/9:  Privacy campaigners question credibility of NHS ‘endorsed’ apps

7/8:  Amtrak Is Urged to Install Cameras to Monitor Engineers

7/8:  Sheriff’s office wants funds for body cams(Houston, TX)

7/7:  Utah lawmakers look at passing statewide body camera rules

7/7:  Pennsylvania court rules police videos can be public records

7/6:  New Mexico lawmakers discuss drone regulations

7/4:  Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP Retreat on Open Records Limits

7/3:  Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes

7/1:  Federal wiretaps down slightly, encryption impact decreases

6/25:  We need to know about the Internet of Things, say US Senators

6/22:  Privacy group asks FTC to investigate Uber

6/12:  The FCC will now take your net neutrality complaints

6/4:  Newly revealed NSA surveillance program draws support, ire



7/10:  Should Google be forced to bring the right to be forgotten to the U.S.?

7/7:  Encryption debate shows Silicon Valley takes power back from feds

7/7:  Automakers need to make security ‘part of the conversation’

7/5:  Forget Bitcoin — What Is the Blockchain and Why Should You Care?

7/4:  Readers React – Why can’t we watch the police?

7/2:  Do Privacy Concerns Really Change With The Internet Of Things?

7/2:  Are Hotels Dangerous?

7/2015:  ICYMI: June’s #maketechhuman Debate Tackled Google, NSA, and Cyberwarfare

6/30:  Data Policy 101: What Businesses And Consumers Need to Know About Privacy

6/25:  There’s no law to prevent intelligence agencies using private data. That has to change

6/23:  ‘Fear of One Company Knowing Too Much About Us’ and Other Privacy Concerns

6/22:  Privacy is awesome, in theory: Column

6/20:  Google’s backward step on Android app privacy

6/11:  Policing Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

6/10:  Bridging Policy Silos in Digital Field

6/2:  Internet privacy lawsuits, once all the rage, fizzle out



7/8:  China Mulls Privacy Protection, Further Curbs on Internet

7/8:  EU ombudsman slams Commish handling of German ePrivacy laws

7/5:  Theresa May Named UK’s Internet Villain of the Year

7/3:  Germany Wants Quick Clarification of New NSA Spy Allegations

7/3:  Russian Parliament Approves Internet Privacy Bill

7/3:  Angry Austrian takes a hit in David and Goliath Facebook battle

7/2:  French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

7/2:  CNIL Enforces Cookies Rules in France

7/2:  Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

7/1:  UK Gets Ironic by Spying on Amnesty International

6/26:  US tech companies still not doing enough to help police and spies, claims UK

6/25:  U.K. MPs Debate Judicial Authorization For Intercept Warrants

6/25:  France, Up In Arms Over NSA Spying, Passes New Surveillance Law

6/24:  Privacy advocates descend on proposed domain name change

6/24:  Three-way EU Big Data privacy wrestling match kicks off

6/23:  GCHQ: Security software? We’ll soon see about THAT

6/22:  Oi,, your Verify system looks like a MASS SPY NETWORK

6/22:  GCHQ didn’t illegally spy on Brit NGOs, tribunal rules

6/19:  Australia seeks rules for ‘peacetime norms’ in cyberspace

6/11:  ‘Big Parenting’: How data and technology are changing our families



7/11:  Like gym memberships, enthusiasm for fitness trackers drops

7/10:  Would you pay $5 for an ad-free Internet?

7/9:  How to see the photos your friends are hiding on Facebook

7/6:  Hacking Team Breach Shows a Global Spying Firm Run Amok

7/6:  Farm Use of Drones to Take Off as Feds Loosen Restrictions

7/3:  PureVPN calls pure BS on VPN insecurity study

7/1:  Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from

7/1:  Amazon’s New SSL/TLS Implementation In 6,000 Lines of Code

6/29:  Athletes adjusting to cameras all over arenas, stadiums

6/28:  Where Are The Invisible Apps?

6/23:  Parrot’s New MiniDrones Conquer Air, Land…and Sea

6/23:  Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

6/23:  Seven tips for securing your Facebook account

6/19:  The Arlo and Flir FX security cameras: plug-and-play, mobile ready omnipresence

6/18:  Your smartphone could have serious security flaws

6/17:  Nest Cam keeps a high-def eye and ear on your home: First Look

6/8:  Apple to require 6-digit passcodes on newer iPhones, iPads under iOS 9

5/15:  Freightliner wants to know if we’re ready for autonomous trucks



6/25:  Emma Watson’s next movie will tackle online privacy

Privacy News Update, 4-25-15


4-3: In New Video, Congressman Explains Why His Fellow Lawmakers Couldn’t Be Trusted with NSA Oversight

4-3: The Unlikely Effort To Build a Clandestine Cell Phone Network

4-3: Is Big Brother Watching Our Campuses?

4-2: TrueCrypt’s Security Audit Is Finally Done, with (Mostly) Good Results

4-2: Trevor Paglen’s photos put government spying in spotlight

3-31: How to opt out of Verizon’s ‘supercookie’ tracking program

3-31: Tech companies are sending your secrets to crowdsourced armies of low-paid workers

3-27: Periscope’s Future of Citizen Journalism Tested on Its First Day

3-27: The Monsanto Privacy Model? Monsanto and Farmer Organizations May Be Forging New Path to Data Cooperation

3-26: Deployment of Controversial Urban Sensor System Aided by Aggressive Lobbying

3-25: As the Snowden leaks began, there was “fear and panic” in Congress

3-26: Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can’t Guess

3-25: More Than 20 States Ask Court to Keep RadioShack From Selling Customers’ Personal Data

3-25: NSA Doesn’t Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets

3-25: Yahoo rejected only 5 percent of government data requests in United States

3-24: State Laws Start Catching Up to Police Phone Spying

3-24: When your car spies on your mechanic

3-24: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

3-23: Stingray snared him, now he helps write rules for surveillance device

3-19: Data and Goliath: Four Ways You Can Protect Yourself From Digital Surveillance

3-12: How Harper’s “anti-terror” bill ends privacy in Canada



4-2: Court: Investigation Of Public Employees Not Private

4-3: Banning speech close to home

3-23: WaLeg Day 71: Voting rights, marijuana, mental health, drones. . .



4-3: NSA’s Former General Council Talks Privacy, Security, and Snowden’s ‘Betrayal’

4-3: DHS Wants Access To License-plate Tracking System, Again

4-2: Snowden, PRISM fallout will cost U.S. tech vendors $47 billion, less than expected

4-2: Lawmaker, ACLU push bill on police license plate readers

4-2: Texas bill would bar gun ownership status in medical record

4-2: The FBI Has Its Own Secret Brand of Malware

4-2: Legislature OKs voluntary REAL ID driver’s licenses

4-2: Snapchat got more than 400 legal requests for user data in 4 months

4-1: How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance, Snowden Be Damned

3-31: LAPD expects to start deploying body cameras this summer

3-31: Supreme Court Rules Government GPS Trackers Can Break Fourth Amendment

3-31: Pentagon Personnel Now Talking on ‘NSA-Proof’ Smartphones

3-30: Group blasts governor over proposed privacy amendments

3-30: Supreme Court questions involuntary human GPS monitoring

3-30: Feds Demand Reddit Identify Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum

3-30: NSA Considered Ending Phone Spying Before the Edward Snowden Leaks

3-28: As Santa Clara County procures ‘stingray’ cell tracker, increased scrutiny surrounds potentially invasive device

3-27: Police body camera bill clears Connecticut committee

3-27: FAA, Anchorage police investigate drone complaints

3-27: This Is How TSA Decides if You Might Be Acting Like a Terrorist

3-26: As crypto wars begin, FBI silently removes sensible advice to encrypt your devices

3-26: Arizona House revives effort to meet REAL ID standards

3-26: Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it’s bad for privacy (and business) – Citizens’ personal information is all OURS, say tech giants

3-26: Privacy Critics Go 0-2 With Congress’ Cybersecurity Bills

3-26: Google joins Apple, others in calling for spying controls, as Patriot Act vote nears

3-26: Court Accepts DOJ’s ‘State Secrets’ Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: a New Low

3-26: FBI Denies Intentionally Deleting Encryption Tips from Its Website

3-25: Amazon’s drone approval obsolete
3-25: California bill requires warrant for stingray use

3-25: Latest Assault on Net Neutrality Launched at Telecom Industry-Funded Think Tank

3-25: PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted … wake up, Neo, it’s just a dream in the US House of Reps

3-25: Wisconsin lawmakers discuss regulation of drones

3-24: Bill would impose privacy restrictions on Nevada drones

3-24: To explain stingrays, local cops cribbed letter pre-written by FBI

3-24: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As “Junk Science”

3-24: House Panel Tries to Ease Privacy Fears With New Cybersecurity Legislation

3-23: In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears

3-22: Key Democrat: Congress Won’t Tackle NSA Reform Before Cybersecurity

3-16: ICE Tells Reporter Its Secretive Drone Program Isn’t Newsworthy



4-6: Is Privacy Obsolete?

4-3: When must search engines concede the “right to be forgotten”?

4-2: When Will the NSA Stop Spying on Innocent Americans?

4-2: Getting past the zero-sum game online

4-2: Using Patient Data to Democratize Medical Discovery

3-31: Why ‘The Nation’ Is Suing the Federal Government

3029: Acceptance of a semi-public digital life worries some privacy advocates

3-29: Acceptance of a semi-public digital life worries privacy advocates

3-29: Ignorance could be bliss for next generations of business

3-24: How smartphone users are making silly and unsafe choices



4-2: South Korea’s Invasion of Privacy

4-2: Britain Used Spy Team to Shape Latin American Public Opinion on Falklands

3-31: Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

3-31: Thanks for the data retention, tech sector

3-31: Facebook ‘tracks all visitors, breaching EU law’

3-30: Mexico’s Journalists Grab a Tech Shield as their Fight Against the Establishment Escalates

3-30: Encrypted communication ‘biggest problem’ in tackling terrorism, Europol warns

3-30: New Canadian Counterterrorism Law Threatens Environmental Groups

3-27: Telstra begins preparing for data-retention regime
3-27: Snowden meets Swedish lawmakers in Moscow

3-27: Google Loses Bid to Block U.K. Users’ Breach-of-Privacy Lawsuit

3-27: UN sets up privacy rapporteur role in wake of Snowden leaks

3-26: Inquiry Launched into New Zealand Mass Surveillance

3-26: Australia outlaws warrant canaries

3-26: New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book

3-25: Connected cars perfect for harvesting personal data, report warns

3-25: Location-tracking resolution not in data-retention Bill scope: Brandis

3-25: Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents

3-24: Facebook data privacy case to be heard before European Union court

3-24: A Conversation About Bill C-51: How the Anti-Terrorism Bill Undermines Canadian Privacy

3-23: Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics

3-22: UK Government Admits Intelligence Services Allowed To Break Into Any System

3-19: Why the cookies law wasn’t fully baked – and how to avoid being tracked online



4-4: How to stay safe online: CNET’s security checklist

4-3: Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for ’em

4-3: Facebook suggests more privacy tips for keeping user accounts secure

4-3: Will Smart Clothing Amp Up Your Workout?

4-3: Microsoft Will Remove “Do Not Track” As The Default Setting In Its New Browsers

4-2: TrueCrypt audit shows no evidence of NSA backdoors

4-2: Invizbox (hands-on): Another flawed Tor “privacy” router debuts

4-1: Chevrolet’s 2016 Malibu is smarter, lighter, and keeps tabs on your kids

3-30: AT&T wants $139 a month, or your privacy, for superfast Internet

3-27: AT&T’s plan to watch your Web browsing—and what you can do about it

3-25: Uber To Turn Into a Big Data Company By Selling Location Data

3-23: Roar of Bombers Replaced by Drone Buzz in North Dakota

3-23: Gyroscope Wants To Help You Track Everything About Yourself And Share It With The World

3-23: Cisco SPA300/500 IP Phones Vulnerable To Remote Eavesdropping

3-19: Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software



3-31: Data and Goliath, book review: A handbook for the information age

3-30: Book Review: Future Crimes

3-24: ‘We The People Have A Lot Of Work To Do’ Says Schneier In A Must-Read Book On Security And Privacy

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, 10-3-14

10-4 – Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

10-3 – Suspect appeals cellphone data to US Supreme Court

10-3 – Compromise needed on smartphone encryption

10-2 – The NSA and Me

10-2 – When sunshine doesn’t always disinfect the government

10-1 – Connecticut lawmakers mull drone regulations

10-1 – The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

10-1 – The Criminal Indictment That Could Finally Hit Spyware Makers Hard

10-1 – Cops Are Handing Out Spyware to Parents—With Zero Oversight

10-1 – Police-boosted parental control app is a privacy mess, says report

10-1 – Authorities Think About Telling You If You’re Watchlisted from Warrantless Spying

10-1 – Can you shoot down a drone on your land? New incident raises self-defense questions

10-1 – Wide Open Data: NYC taxi dump catches strip club Johns

10-1 – US top cop decries encryption, demands backdoors

9-30 – Creator of spying app arrested

9-30 – California Gov. Jerry Brown signs privacy, anti-spying bills

9-29 – Only Congress Can Crack Apple’s Spy-Proof IPhones

9-29 – The Ghost of Ronald Reagan Authorizes Most NSA Spying

9-28 – Governor vetoes bill that would have limited police use of drones

9-27 – Growing use of police body cameras raises privacy concerns

9-27 – L.A. wants court to revive law allowing motel guest registry searches

9-26 – How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

9-26 – Insane Traffic Stop Tests ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Law

9-26 – Justice Department to ban profiling by federal law enforcement

9-26 – Microsoft releases new reports showing law enforcement requests

9-25 – FBI Director Criticizes Apple’s and Google’s Privacy Policies

9-22 – Apple Still Has Plenty of Your Data for the Feds

9-20 – Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

9-17 – Your iOS 8 Data is Not Beyond Law Enforcement’s Reach… Yet.


10-3 – Americans Don’t Care We Spied on You

10-3 – Singapore losing sight of privacy in next-gen tech ambitions

10-2 – Apple, Google mobe encryption good news… for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

10-1 – German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google

10-1 – How two remote Arctic territories became the front line in the battle for internet privacy

10-1 – Germany’s Security Startups Leading A Global Demand For Online Data Privacy

9-30 – Opposition: we passed Australia’s ‘spook’s charter’ on PURPOSE

9-30 – Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

9-29 – Telstra, Vodafone at odds over data retention

9-29 – Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

9-26 – Storing metadata would cost ‘tens of millions of dollars’, says Vodafone

9-26 – Senators’ ignorance isn’t bliss with new surveillance laws

9-25 – Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

9-25 – Australia’s spy agency to get power to tap unlimited devices

9-25 – Brandis: NO LIMIT to ASIO network taps

9-22 – Australia’s Prime Minister Gives a Master Class in Exploiting Terrorism Fears to Seize New Powers


10-4 – ‘Encryption will make life very easy for criminals and terrorists’

10-3 – Self-defense against overflying drones

10-2 – The dark side of drones: Chris Anderson and Chad Copeland address privacy concerns

10-2 – Would You Trade Your Privacy for a Cookie? Plus More #Mustreads.

10-1 – Clear, thoughtful rules are needed for recordings by LAPD

9-29 – Why Americans expect privacy: An open letter to FBI Director James Comey

9-30 – A mini-op-ed on Apple’s new encryption policy

9-28 – Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

9-26 – Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

9-25 – Commentary: Welcoming the drones

9-24 – Kevin Mitnick, Once the World’s Most Wanted Hacker, Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits

9-23 – The Cop That Blasted Apple’s New Encryption Got His Facts Backwards

9-23 – Cops Have No Right to Be Angry About the iPhone’s New Encryption

9-22 – Your location info is too revealing: data boffins

9-20 – The Demons Of On-Demand


10-2 – Atlas snubbed! Ad blocker says it can kill Facebook’s stalker tech

10-2 – Facebook Announces Stricter Guidelines For Research And Experiments On Its Users

10-1 – Apple’s New Anti-Tracking System For iPhones Doesn’t Work, Researcher Claims

9-30 – Apple vs. Google: The Privacy Revolution Rumble

9-30 – Microsoft’s Asimov System To Monitor Users’ Machines In Real Time

9-30 – For better privacy, change these iOS 8 settings

9-29 – No black art to the Blackphone’s quest for smartphone privacy

9-29 – Wi-Fi Tracking: When Sniffing Becomes Snooping

9-26 – ‘What Stays in Vegas’ shines a light on the value of consumer data

9-26 – Report: iPhone Anti-Tracking Feature Only Works With Cell Data Off (Updated)

9-26 – Internet Drone Privacy Peril [100 Words Into The Future

9-25 – Meet Wedg, Another Post-Snowden Personal Cloud Device

9-25 – Cal State Dominguez Hills approves first large-scale test of Google Glass

9-22 – CloudFlare ditches private SSL keys for better security

9-22 – A Closer Look: Ways to hide, secure data on phones

9-22 – Notion’s Connected Sensors Aim To Serve You All Sorts Of Home Alerts

9-15 – Tim Cook Holds Firm On iMessage Security: It’s Encrypted, And We Don’t Have A Key

Privacy News Update, 7-25-14


Jul 25: Russia publicly joins war on Tor privacy with $111,000 bounty

Jul 24: Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

Jul 24: EU wants Google to extend “right to be forgotten” to global users

Jul 22: STILL no move by Brit data cops over Google’s 2012 privacy slurp


Jul 25: FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy — Then Marked It Secret

Jul 24: Senator’s Bill Is Stricter on N.S.A. Than House’s

Jul 24: ACLU, S.F. settle warrantless cell phone search case

Jul 24: Wisconsin court backs police on cellphone data

Jul 24: Court allows use of “stingray” cell tracking device in murder case

Jul 24: President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation

Jul 23: White House caught secretly tracking Web visitors with sneaky spyware

Jul 22: WA State denies TVW request to film Capitol using drone

Jul 22: Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

Jul 22: Congress should act to close the metadata gaps

Jul 21: Obama, Senate make progress on NSA data-collection reform bill


Jul 25: Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services

Jul 25: How to defeat facial-recognition machines and look like a rock star

Jul 25: Your Right To Be Forgotten Beats Google’s Right to Remember

Jul 25: The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home

Jul 24: Google Cutting Links on Over Half of Privacy Requests

Jul 24: PlaceUs App Tracks and Records Daily Activities

Jul 24: White House working on privacy guidelines for consumer drones

Jul 23: EFF looses Privacy Badger to munch cookies and scripts

Jul 23: Apple responds to complaint over diagnostic ‘back doors’ in iOS

Jul 23: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Jul 23: Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

Jul 23: How Thieves Can Hack and Disable Your Home Alarm System

Jul 22: NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

Jul 22: Hackers Could Take Control of Your Car. This Device Can Stop Them

Jul 22: Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

Jul 22: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Jul 22: Tor developers vow to fix bug that can uncloak users

Jul 22: Edward Snowden’s New Role: Product Pitchman

Jul 22: EFF unveils secure, sharing-friendly, privacy-minded router OS

Obama’s new Consumer Privacy proposal

Time will tell whether it’s a political ploy, a genuinely good first step, or something else. And as David Gerwitz and Dan Mitchell point out, it STILL lacks any sort of privacy protection (that is, restoring our privacy rights!) from the worst offenders (the US Government!) – again, time will tell……Number Six

Yahoo News:
White House Unveils Privacy ‘Bill of Rights’

White House’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is misleading, doesn’t solve the real problem

Yahoo Finance:
Big Tech, Obama And The Politics Of Privacy

The problem with Obama’s privacy ‘bill of rights’

Time to Get Down to Business on Privacy

And the Google browser privacy saga continues….

This time, with Internet Explorer – but the plot thickens along the way…  Number Six

From CNN Money:
Microsoft: Google violates our users’ privacy too

“…NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Last week, Google was caught circumventing Apple’s Safari browser privacy settings. Microsoft chimed in Monday with a “me too” complaint, saying that Google is also dodging around Internet Explorer’s privacy settings.

But the Microsoft/Google standoff is especially complicated, and spotlights the technical swampland that surrounds online privacy issues.

In a blog post, Microsoft browser chief Dean Hachamovitch revealed that Google bypasses a feature in IE designed to let users set their cookie preferences. “Cookies” are files that are used to follow users’ movements and log-ins as they travel through the Web.

Hachamovitch suggests that Google is purposefully tricking Microsoft’s browser into accepting cookies that users would have otherwise blocked. The implication is that Google could track some IE users even if their privacy settings ask Google not to. Google slammed Microsoft’s criticism, calling it disingenuous.

“It is well known — including by Microsoft — that it is impractical to comply with Microsoft’s request while providing modern web functionality,” Rachel Whetstone, Google’s head of policy, said in a written statement. “We have been open about our approach, as have many other websites.”

The problem is that Microsoft made an outdated and commonly ignored standard the cornerstone of its browser’s privacy controls……”