Privacy News Update, August 2018

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Featured:

8/31: Apple to require privacy policy on all apps

8/31: Spies still super upset they can’t get at your encrypted comms data

8/31: U.S. Government Claims China Using LinkedIn to Recruit Spies in America

8/31: TSA + CBP test new facial recognition tech & computed tomography scanners at LAX

8/31: Siri will show you your passwords if you ask

8/31: Apple will soon require all App Store apps to have a privacy policy

8/31: Are targeted ads stalking you? Here’s how to make them stop.

8/30: Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

8/30: Google reportedly bought Mastercard data to link online ads with offline purchases

8/30: Firefox’s New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You

8/30: Firefox to block some technology that tracks you on the web

8/29: WSJ: Yahoo plans to scan users’ messages for data to sell to advertisers

8/28: Judge tosses suit against Southwest Airlines on fingerprints

8/28: How to opt out of Yahoo Mail’s invasive data scanning

8/28: Yahoo Mail scans your inbox for receipts, but its competitors don’t

8/28: Yahoo Mail is still scanning your emails for data to sell to advertisers

8/28: Cities Across The Country Are Installing “Free” Spying Smart City Kiosks

8/27: Chicago’s Electronic Surveillance of Food Trucks Is Ridiculous—and Probably Unconstitutional

8/27: Legal Circular Logic Prevails Regarding Utility Smart Meters In-home Searches

8/26: If No One Comes to Read Your Utility Meters, You Probably Have Problematic “Smart” Meters. Documentary “Take Back Your Power 2017,” Now Available for Free Viewing

8/24: Android data slurping measured and monitored

8/24: Welcome To The Minority Report: Thousands Of Stores Plan Facial Recognition Use For Anti-Theft

8/23: Venmo Considers Making It Harder to See What Other People Are Buying

8/22: Excuses, Excuses: Duke Energy on Their Smart Meters Catching Fire, Causing Appliances to Malfunction and Break, etc.

8/22: Android ‘Triout’ spyware records calls, sends photos and text messages to attackers

8/22: Facebook will pull its data-collecting VPN app from the App Store over privacy concerns

8/22: Smart meters could let government peek into your home, court warns

8/21: Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

8/20: Comfortably numb: Americans are less worried about online security

8/20: 32,000 smart homes can be easily hacked due to misconfigured MQTT servers

8/20: Google sued over tracking user location amid privacy concerns

8/20: Skype’s promised end-to-end encryption finally arrives. Here’s how to use it

8/20: Before Using Birth Control Apps, Consider Your Privacy

8/20: LinkedIn Will Allow Economics Researchers to Mine Its Data

8/20: How’s that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

8/17: Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

8/17: I’ll be watching you

8/17: Schools Are Mining Students’ Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble

8/16: Pokemon Go boosts child privacy with new Niantic Kids login

8/16: APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy

8/15: Vegas hotel room checks raise privacy, safety concerns at Def Con, Black Hat

8/15: Saint Louis University is placing 2,300 Echo Dots in student living spaces

8/14: Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid

8/13: Google Tracks You Even If Location History’s Off. Here’s How to Stop It

8/13: How to find and delete Google’s tracking of your devices

8/13: Google Tracks Location Data Even When Users Turn Service Off, AP Report Finds

8/12: The Creative Ways Your Boss Is Spying on You

8/12: Hackers Found a (Not-So-Easy) Way to Make the Amazon Echo a Spy Bug

8/12: Hacking pacemakers, insulin pumps and patients’ vital signs in real time

8/11: Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked to Doctor Footage

8/9: Hey, roomie, I’m Alexa: Saint Louis University putting 2,300 Amazon Echo Dots in student housing

8/9: America’s top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn’t safe

8/8: Smart Meters Raise Health, Privacy and Constitutional Concerns

8/8: Axon CEO Says Face Recognition Isn’t Accurate Enough for Body Cams Yet

8/7: Facebook: Hey Can We Pretty Please Maybe Have Lots of Your Banking Information Too?

8/6: Is Apple Really Your Privacy Hero?

8/6: Facebook to banks: give us our users’ financial data and we’ll let them bank with Facebook

8/5: Simple Steps to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

8/3: Cashing in on DNA: race on to unlock value in genetic data

8/3: DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your genetic data to drugmakers and other Silicon Valley startups

8/3: 23andMe’s Pharma Deals Have Been the Plan All Along

8/2: ‘Glaring Gap’ Seen in DNA Privacy Pledges by 23andMe, Ancestry

8/1: A collaboration between Google’s secretive life-extension spinoff and popular genetics company Ancestry has quietly ended

8/1: Sennheiser wants you to slap a giant wireless mic on your kids to record precious moments

8/1: Lawsuit: Sweeping Biometric Data Collection Keeps Immigrant Children Locked Up Longer

7/31: Facebook Shuts Off Access To User Data For Hundreds of Thousands of Apps

7/26: Track-suits: Tommy Hilfiger’s creepy new clothes know how much you wear them

7/26: The Ordinary License Plate’s Days May Be Numbered

7/17: Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

 

Local (PNW):

8/6: Seattle City Council adopts nation’s strongest law to protect utility customer personal data

8/3: Property Tax Levy for Law Enforcement Fingerprinting System Could Lead to Facial Recognition

8/2: Concerns over facial recognition endanger a boring old levy

 

Govt (Fed):

8/24: Muslim American says US border agents seized her iPhone without explanation

8/24: Woman Sues Border Agents to Make Them Return Data They Seized From Her Phone

8/24: New facial recognition tech at US airport leads to first arrest

8/23: State Background Checks for Daycare Providers Part of Growing Federal Biometric Surveillance System

8/21: FBI Tried To Get Google To Turn Over Identifying Info On Hundreds Of Phone Owners

8/17: US reportedly pressuring Facebook to break Messenger’s encryption over MS-13 investigation

8/17: Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order
8/16: Ajit Pai Knew FCC Cyberattack Was Fake for Seven Months but Kept Quiet

8/15: Omarosa-Trump Tapes Could Mean ‘Open Season on Privacy Rights’ in the Workplace, Attorneys Say (paywall)

8/9: Apple responds to Congress’ letter on data security and privacy

8/6: Battle lines drawn over US mass surveillance as senators probe NSA’s bonfire of phone records

8/1: Inspector General Says NSA Still Hasn’t Implemented Its Post-Snowden Internal Security Measures

7/31: U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech

7/20: Senate Democrat Floats First Serious Proposals For Regulating Big Tech

7/28: Secret Quiet Skies surveillance program tracks citizens not suspected of wrongdoing

7/22: Open Gov’t Advocates Fear that Private Messaging Apps Are Being Misused by Public Officials To Conduct Business in Secret

6/29: NSA: Sorry, Sorry, Trying to Delete

 

Govt (States & Cities):

8/31: Why California’s Privacy Law Won’t Hurt Facebook or Google

8/29: The Fight Over California’s Privacy Bill Has Only Just Begun

8/27: Here’s How California Became The Most Secretive State on Police Misconduct

8/24: Despite California privacy law, marketers are still scheming to snatch personal data

8/24: Airbnb Sues New York City to Block User-Data Bill Over Privacy

8/22: California Committee Kills Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance

8/14: Security flaws in police body cameras open the devices to attack

8/3: How San Jose Airport uses facial recognition to speed lines

7/26: Police Are Seeking More Digital Evidence From Tech Companies

 

Policy & Opinion:

8/31: Full Body Searches shouldn’t be the price to ride Metro

8/29: How should we regulate facial recognition?

8/27: The Reach—and Limits—of Surveillance Capitalism

8/27: Responding to the “Nothing to Hide” Argument in Support of Mass Surveillance

8/26: Sunday in the Park with George Orwell

8/23: Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism

8/21: Dear Conservatives, Police are Part of the Government Too

8/14: Why you need a better handle on the WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram apps

8/13: Taking on a Supporter of the Surveillance State

8/6: On the cruelty of ankle-monitors

8/6: Facebook Not Trustworthy: Om Malik

 

Overseas:

8/31: How Israel Spies on US Citizens

8/28: Philippines Plans ID System to Get Its Poorest Residents on the Map

8/24: Wickr may have a workaround for Russia’s crackdown on encrypted chat

8/23: Chinese Surveillance State Is Basically The US Surveillance Apparatus Minus The Constitutional Rights

8/22: Scot.gov wins pals with pledge not to keep hold of innocents’ mugshots and biometric data

8/15: London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

8/15: Here’s what Toronto’s smart neighborhood might actually look like

8/14: When’s a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn’t

8/3: Probe Brit police phone-peeking plans, privacy peeps plead

8/2: China launches high-tech bird drones to watch over its citizens

8/2: UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

8/1: Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record

7/30: Court allows police to reveal acquittals during record checks (UK)

7/27: Canadian Malls Secretly Tracked Shoppers’ Age, Gender Using Facial Recognition Technology

7/27: Canada using DNA, ancestry websites to investigate migrants

7/24: WhatsApp Balks at India’s Demand To Break Encryption

7/24: GCHQ Spy Agency Given Illegal Access To Citizens’ Data

 

Tech:

8/29: This Startup Is Building a Market to Help You Sell Your DNA Data

8/23: Wickr gets slicker with fresh network tricker: Privacy-protecting domain fronting alternative emerges

8/15: Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

8/12: Companies use seat sensors, infrared cameras to design new office space

8/10: Hackable Touchscreens Could Spy on Hotel Rooms and Meetings

8/9: The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker’s Dream

8/6: Consumer Reports now evaluates products’ security and privacy

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

8/28: Tenther Tuesday Episode 41: News from the Nullification Movement

8/14: Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and your privacy (The 3:59, Ep. 442)

8/10: Talking the hard questions of privacy and freedom with the Yale Privacy Lab podcast

8/9: Lions of Liberty Interview: Battling the Surveillance State

8/1: Interview: Defying the Surveillance State, Locally

7/31: Tenther Tuesday Episode 39: The Stalker Surveillance State is Getting More Aggressive

Privacy News Update, 2-18-18

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2/16: Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

2/15: How to Build a Smart Home That’s Actually Secure

2/14: New IAPP Privacy Engineering Section aims to support growing field

2/14: It’s HTTPS or bust: How to secure your website

2/14: On Valentine’s Day, an Oregon Senator Takes a Swipe at Tinder

2/14: Facebook’s free VPN acts like spyware to iOS users in the U.S.

2/14: A space revolution: Do tiny satellites threaten our privacy? financial times

2/13: VPN services 2018: The ultimate guide to protecting your data on the internet

2/12: Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

2/12: What Happens When You Fill A House With ‘Smart’ Technology

2/12: App lets workers talk about their companies anonymously

2/8: Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

2/8: With Closed-Circuit TV, Satellites And Phones, Millions Of Cameras Are Watching

2/8: Smart TV’s privacy capabilities placed under the microscope

2/7: The House That Spied on Me

2/7: The IAPP’s new launchpad into data privacy

2/7: Supreme Court Tackles Fourth Amendment Case Involving Cellphone Privacy

2/6: Governments Hate Bitcoin and Cash for the Same Reason: They Protect People’s Privacy.

2/6: Surveillance Valley

2/6: CDT files FOIA request with ICE over ALPR data use

2/6: Law Enforcement Can Use Smart Meter Parking Apps To Spy On Everyone

2/6: Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not To

2/6: Smart cities: better for life or too much information sharing?

2/4: The privacy-first smart speaker taking on the likes of Apple and Amazon

2/2: China’s Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

2/2: Fitness apps are now one more reason to revisit your smartphone’s privacy settings

2/2: Google Chrome: Beware these malicious extensions that record everything you do

2/2: Amazon secures employee-tracking wristband patents

2/1: Facebook Patents Tech To Bucket Users Into Different Social Classes

2/1: The Legal Consequences Of Sending Disappearing Messages At Work

1/31: ICE Finally Gets The Nationwide License Plate Database It’s Spent Years Asking For

1/31: Privacy questions around DNA tests

1/31: 20-year-old student behind Strava heatmap discovery

1/31: No Warrant Needed For Police Departments To Share Your License Plate Data

1/30: Privacy experts alarmed as Amazon moves into the health care industry

1/30: Car renters beware: Bluetooth use can reveal your private data

1/30: National I.D. By Any Other Name Still Stinks

1/29: Strava lesson: Share fitness data online? Check these privacy settings now

1/29: How Strava’s “anonymized” fitness tracking data spilled government secrets

1/29: Have you signed up for a tracking app by mistake?

1/29: New tool aims to centralize data privacy information

1/28: Facebook: Is it time to quit our unhealthy addiction?

1/26: The impact of public privacy on corporate governance

1/26: Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Means ICE Will Track Your License Plate Even if You’re Not an Immigrant

1/25: Windows 10 privacy guide: How to take control

1/25: Law firm releases handbook for the privacy office

1/25: Disrupting The Fourth Amendment: Half Of Law Enforcement E-Warrants Approved In 10 Minutes Or Less

1/24: DNA sharing leads to privacy concerns

1/22: Congress Quietly Pushing Bill To Require National Biometric ID For “ALL Americans”

1/19: Finding Your Voice – Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification, the “NSA Reigns Supreme”

1/19: Who Is Selling Hacking Subscriptions to Governments?

1/16: Amazon hiring HIPAA Compliance Lead for “new initiative”

1/14: Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies

Local (PNW):

2/16: The Really Weird World Of Smart Meters

2/12: State Democrats are on the wrong side of open-records fight

2/9: Surveillance system or public-safety tool? Seattle dismantles controversial wireless mesh network

1/27: Meet Kate Garman, Seattle’s smart cities coordinator, tasked with making the city more efficient

1/26: FPF releases assessment of Seattle’s open data program

1/24: Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

1/22: Integris raises another $1.5M for data privacy intelligence platform as GDPR deadline looms

1/22: Amazon Go Reviews: Praise for Shopping Speed, Caution Around Privacy

1/21: Hands-on with Amazon Go: We tested the tech giant’s experiment in checkout-free retail

1/21: Amazon Go is finally a go: Sensor-infused store opens to the public Monday, with no checkout lines

 

Govt (Fed):

2/14: Sens. Flake, Coons Demand New Privacy Measures in Letter to Strava CEO

2/14: First Amendment Case Brought by Immigration Checkpoint Protesters/Monitors Can Go Forward

2/9: Is the Nunes Memo Alleging Surveillance Abuses at Odds with FISA Renewal?

2/7: FTC releases PrivacyCon 2018 agenda

2/4: Ron Wyden Has Battled the Feds Over Surveillance for Years. He Says Trump’s Release of FBI Memo Was a Mistake

2/2: The Federal Government is Using Tracking Tech to Monitor License Plates Nationwide

2/1: Federal 5G: An authoritarian approach in the name of ‘safety’

1/24: Senator calls out FBI director’s ‘ill-informed’ encryption backdoor views

1/25: Senator Demands FBI Director Explain His Encryption Backdoor Bullshit

1/22: Spending Bill Would Give Administration Direct Control Of Surveillance Spending

Govt (States & Cities):

2/18: Connecticut may limit access to state’s voter database

2/17: Nebraska Law Now Limits ALPR Data, Helps Block National License Plate Tracking Program

2/17: Privacy by Deletion: Five Steps to Reducing Data Risk

2/16: Report: State boards must strike balance with personalized learning, privacy

2/16: Oklahoma Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

2/15: Florida Committee Approves Measure to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

2/14: Federal office asked to rule on whether Portland violated patient privacy laws (ME)

2/14: California legislator introduces bill to regulate how Silicon Valley uses your data

2/13: Maryland Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

2/13: Massachusetts Committee Approves Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking

2/13: Denise Merrill Calls For Legislation To Protect Voters Privacy, From Identity Theft (CT)

2/12: Consumer-data privacy bills at Colorado Legislature could drive up business costs, hamper worker background checks

2/12: Hawaii Committees Pass Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

2/12: Bernard Campbell students learn about legal system, rights, privacy from judges

2/12: New Jersey Bills Would Put Limits on Police use of Drones, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

2/12: AGs question Google’s class-action privacy settlement

2/11: Column | Sen. Anderson battled law enforcement over license plate privacy

2/8: IAPP releases third edition of ‘California Privacy Law’

2/8: Boston Police Waste Taxpayer Money Violating Law Through Illegal Surveillance Of Citizenry

2/7: New Mexico lawmakers may seek privacy rules for police video

2/2: EFF urges CA lawmakers to move forward with broadband bill

2/2: Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying; Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

1/31: California lawmakers reject license-plate privacy bill

9/26/17: San Jose: Activists push to expand police auditor powers, to cautious officials

9/17/17: Request denied: States try to block access to public records

Policy & Opinion:

2/16; Overuse of privacy law may hamper school safety

2/16: Paranoia will destroy us: Why Chinese tech isn’t spying on Americans

2/15; TLS/SSL security for websites

2/14: Facebook’s latest privacy debacle points to larger problem: Trust

2/13: When privacy becomes public

2/8: Mass Surveillance Is One Chinese Export We Should Ban

2/8: The Guardian view on internet privacy: it’s the psychology, stupid

2/6: Balancing the benefits of location data with privacy protection

2/6: Identity and the smart city

2/5: Op-Ed: ‘Privacy advocates are wrong about connected cars’

2/1: Whose data is it anyway?

2/1: Who owns the data connected cars generate?

1/31: Always on: The new era of continuous privacy compliance

1/31: Could Brexit derail ePrivacy?

1/31: O’Connor: US needs to reform data-privacy legislation

1/31: Identity Policies: The clash between democracy and biometrics

1/29: Why the Canadian Privacy Commissioner’s Proposed Right to be Forgotten Creates More Problems Than it Solves

1/28: BBB Tip of the Week: Data privacy depends on vigilance by businesses and customers

1/26; Data Privacy Is Dead. Forget About It.

1/26: Google’s fun ‘match your selfie with art’ app points to the scary future of facial recognition

1/25: The moving target of IoT security

1/23: Is privacy the new security?

1/22: Data privacy, a growing strategic initiative

1/17: Personal Data Representatives: An Idea

1/10: Privacy and metrics of testing and staging environments

Overseas:

2/16: Facebook ordered to stop collecting user data by Belgian court

2/16 Europe’s New Data Privacy Rules Nourish U.S. Privacy Tech Sector

2/16: OPC offers funding to promote privacy research (Canada)

2/15: Mozilla’s Open Letter To Expert Committee Drafting India’s First Data Protection Law Slams Aadhaar Biometric Identity System

2/15: Government asked to end pursuit of backdoor access to encryption (Oz)

2/14: Critics of India’s ID card project say they have been harassed, put under surveillance

2/14: What comes first – privacy or solving crime? Hamilton council debates tonight (Canada)

2/14: Paradise making changes in wake of privacy commissioner’s reports (Canada)

2/13: Personal surveillance cameras to be allowed in Quebec’s long-term care homes (Canada)

2/12: Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court

2/12: 22 eerie photos show how China uses facial recognition to track its citizens as they travel, shop — and even use toilet paper

2/9: Web con: ‘Build Your Privacy Program for the People’ (GDPR related)

2/9: What FISA renewal means for the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield agreement

2/9: Farewell Soapy, but will Australia’s new attorney-general be any better?

2/7; Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

2/7: Encrypted surveillance video may solve Yellowknife’s security camera woes: former privacy commissioner

2/6: EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers, experts warnFacebook’s latest privacy debacle points to larger problem: Trust

2/2: Canada’s SOPA Moment: Why the CRTC Should Reject the Bell Coalition’s Dangerous Internet Blocking Plan

2/1: China Exporting Its Surveillance Tech And Philosophy To Other Countries, Helped By Equipment Donations

2/1: European cities want new data-sharing rules with rental platforms

2/1: NHS Digital asked to stop data sharing agreement with Home Office (UK)

2/1: Privacy and economic development: India at a crossroads

2/1: Search and Surveillance Act review offers 67 recommendations (NZ)

1/31: Brazilian general Bill on the Protection of Personal Data

1/31: Australian government cannot handle its own data securely, why give it yours?

1/31: Singapore’s PDPC releases data-anonymization guide

1/30: Creepy UK Surveillance Law Ruled Illegal, But Privacy Advocates Still Call Bullshit

1/30: EU’s Highest Court Says Privacy Activist Can Litigate Against Facebook In Austria, But Not As Part Of A Class Action

1/30: Government ​mass surveillance powers ruled unlawful (UK)

1/30: Car-sharing company GoGet took seven months to tell customers of data hack (Oz)

1/29: China Denies That It Gifted the African Union an HQ Building Stuffed Full of Surveillance Devices

1/29: Facebook to launch privacy center ahead of EU regulations

1/28: Data privacy officers hard to find in Nova Scotia (Canada)

1/26: Ontario commissioner calls for modernized laws on Data Privacy Day (Canada)

1/24: Estonia’s ID card fiasco: ‘We’ve no intention of letting a good crisis go to waste’

1/23: Facebook to roll out new tools in response to EU privacy laws

1/22: Tunisia’s Plans To Bring In Its Own National ‘Aadhaar’ Biometric ID System Halted — For Now

1/19: How Australia’s government-by-parrot is flying backward on drones

11/29/17: Ottawa jogger who wound up in an ad without her knowledge wins precedent-setting privacy fight

Tech:

2/17: The new CEO of super-private messaging app Wire, which is backed by Skype’s cofounder, explained why it’s taking on Slack

2/16: People Will Always Get Lost

2/14: Mycroft Mark II offers something its digital assistant competitors can’t: Privacy and openness

2/14: Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy

2/14: Tech company develops facial recognition ‘firewall’

2/13: Researchers find vulnerabilities in Faraday cages

2/13: Microsoft: We’re developing blockchain ID system starting with our Authenticator app

2/11: From your photos to your location: “structured encryption” could be the next big thing in privacy protection

2/7: Researchers found a way to unmask Strava users’ hidden locations

2/5: Akamai: IoT the new ‘shadow IT’ of the enterprise

2/1: Researchers develop method to trick automatic speech-recognition systems

2/1: Age-verification tool raises privacy concerns

1/31: Mozilla Firefox is testing updates that customers fear pivot from its focus on consumer privacy

1/31: Camera makers resist encryption, despite warnings from photographers

1/30: Report: Verizon Dumps Huawei Phones as US Government Pressure Mounts

1/29: System76 Wants to Offer Full Disk Encryption for Its Ubuntu-Based Pop!_OS Linux

1/26: New privacy tech solution aims to bring data visibility to the CPO

1/26: Lyft investigates privacy abuse claim

1/24: Windows 10: Microsoft rolls out new privacy tools for telemetry data

1/24: ​Firefox 58 arrives with tracker blocking to make browsing faster, and fixes for dozens of security flaws

1/23: Tails 3.5 Anonymous OS Released to Mitigate Spectre Vulnerability for AMD CPUs

1/22: Windows 10: Latest preview builds hint at new privacy tools

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

2/14: Episode 203: Interview with Glenn Gerstell: NSA’s General Counsel speaks on 702, cybersecurity, and more

2/13: Big tech has killed privacy: Steve Hilton

2/12: Salted Hash Ep 18: Mobile security and privacy

2/5: 201. Crypto Wars 2.0: Debating Susan Landau over encryption and law enforcement

2/2: 383: Dangerous data, Libraries and more

2/2: Digital dystopia: taking back control – podcast

1/29: Former Special Ops Agent Discusses How Tech, Fitness Trackers Affect The Military

1/26: Joy Buolamwini: How Does Facial Recognition Software See Skin Color?

1/26: Digital dystopia: democracy in the internet age – podcast

 

Privacy News Update, 4-29-17

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

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

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

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

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

3/14: IAPP members get new cookie compliance tool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/6: Design Jam to focus on privacy solutions

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

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

3/2: Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

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

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

2/14: Biometric tracking in the enterprise

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

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

 

Local (PNW):

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

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

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

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

2/27: Council OKs Police Body Cams Despite Concerns

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

 

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

3/16: House bill would circumvent genetic privacy protections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/9: ACLU challenges Facebook search warrant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/28: The shifting definition of personal information

 

Policy & Opinion:

4/11: 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, 7-2 (2 of 2)

hopefully this catches things up. have a great Fourth and emphasize FREEDOM – it’s what the 4th *means*…..!

Featured:

7/2: Springfield hospital among hundreds with multiple privacy complaints

6/30: Uber is going to start tracking how people drive through its app

6/30: Document spells out FBI rules to get journalists’ phone records -article

6/30: US Courts wiretap report: Smartphones impact, encryption confounds

6/29: How to see everything Google knows about you

6/28: Hillary Clinton backs controversial encryption commission in new tech-policy agenda

6/27: A scientist installed cameras around ‘no trespassing’ signs at a beach to see how people reacted and was pleasantly surprised

6/27: Google beats children’s web privacy appeal, Viacom to face one claim

6/26: Transit Agency Ends Audio Recording on Light Rail Vehicles

6/26: Browse Free or Die? New Hampshire Library Is at Privacy Fore

6/23: Warrantless breath tests are okay after drunken driving arrests — but warrantless blood tests are not

6/22: Mark Zuckerberg covers his webcam with tape, and so should you

6/21: With facial recognition tech on the rise, is it time to delete all your selfies?

6/21: Internet-rights groups launch protest over expanded FBI hacking powers

6/18: How Apple plans on making features smarter while balancing privacy

6/17: Foggy on Police Transparency

6/16: What the FBI isn’t saying about its facial recognition capabilities

6/16: Consumer Groups Say AT&T, Comcast Violate Privacy Law By Hoovering Up Cable Box Data Without Full User Consent

6/16 There Is No Such Thing as Private Data

6/16: Fed watchdog raises questions about FBI facial recognition accuracy, privacy

6/14: 1 in 3 shoppers will never use beacons in stores

6/11: Amazon Will Sell You a Super Cheap Phone (At the Cost of Your Soul)

6/10: Your password is definitely going to get stolen so please do this to protect yourself

6/10: How to Fix Your Privacy on Android

6/6: This is how Silicon Valley’s most secretive startup makes money

6/6: Tesla may be sharing data with the government to help advance regulation on autopilot vehicles

6/5: Edward Snowden responds to NSA correspondences released to the public

6/3: FTC Warns of Security and Privacy Risks in IoT Devices

6/3: How to Lock Down Your Privacy Settings on iOS

6/2: Your Data Is Forever

6/2: Google voice search is recording conversations people have around their phones — here’s how to delete the files

6/1: Stung By Yelp Reviews, Health Providers Spill Patient Secrets

6/1: Security researchers stop disclosing vulnerabilities after FBI raid on fellow researcher

6/1: Facebook reportedly plans to make it impossible for the police to read your messages

5/27: FBI raids dental software researcher who discovered private patient data on public server

5/24: FTC commissioner: Mandating encryption backdoors ‘is a terrible idea’

5/17: It’s trivially easy to identify you based on records of your calls and texts

5/16: New batch of Snowden’s leaked NSA docs are now available to the public

5/16: If You Clicked Anything Online, Google Probably Knows About It

4/27: Thank Snowden, As NSA Estimates He Singlehandedly Sped Up Encryption Adoption By 7 Years

 

Local:

6/30: Portland Redditors Rally Around “Drone Man,” Who Plans to Monitor More Homeless People From the Sky

6/29: Hobo Pirates Fire Gunshot at Drone Filming Their Willamette River Boat Camp

6/14: Seattle, cloudy with a chance of technology upgrades

6/13: Judge blocks Seattle from disclosing FBI surveillance info

5/6: Unmanned drone smashes into Seattle home

4/15: Oregon Department of Justice Civil Rights Chief Intends to Sue His Agency Over Black Lives Matter Surveillance

 

Govt:

7/1: US Customs Wants Foreigners to Provide Social Media Details When Entering the US

7/1: Leak Reveals Secret FBI Guidelines That Basically Give Them Free Rein To Spy On Journalists And Sources

6/29: Should Border Agents Scroll Through Foreigners’ Facebook Profiles?

6/30: House Committee Report Slams Proposed Encryption Legislation

6/28: U.S. senator, opposing FBI email data grabs, places hold on spy bill

6/28: States Offer Privacy Protection For Young Adults On Parents’ Health Plan

6/26: Gun owners to have special place in FBI biometric database

6/24: Judge Says FBI Can Hack Computers Without A Warrant Because Computer Users Get Hacked All The Time

6/23: High Court Limits Drunk Driving Test Laws

6/22: Senate votes down proposal to expand FBI surveillance powers

6/22: FTC Settles With Mobile Ad Firm InMobi Over Tracking

6/20: Supreme Court Knocks A Little More Off The 4th Amendment; Gives Cops Another Way To Salvage Illegal Searches

6/19: Few Utah Police Report Drone Use, Cite Tough FAA Regulations

6/3: Will the Constitution Protect Your Next Smartphone?

6/9: Cops can now seize people’s cash by scanning their prepaid cards

6/1: Tech companies are banding together to fight the FBI’s biometric program

6/1: 4th Circuit Appeals Court Rolls Back Its Warrant Requirement For Cell Site Location Info

5/25: Congrats, FBI, You’ve Now Convinced Silicon Valley To Encrypt And Dump Log Files

5/24: Apple, Facebook, other major tech players push Senate to pass email privacy reform

5/5: When A Fingerprint IS The Password, Where Does The Fifth Amendment Come Into Play?

5/3: National Intelligence Office’s Top Lawyer Fires Off Spirited Defense Of Bulk Surveillance, Third Party Doctrine

4/22: FISA Court Rejects Arguments By First Public Advocate To Argue NSA PRISM Backdoor Searches Are Unconstitutional

 

Policy:

7/1: Sports Authority’s sale of customer data raises privacy questions

7/1: When Should Hacking Be Legal?

6/29: New Rules for Drones

6/28: The 24 ways we’re tracked on a regular basis reveal something disturbing about the future

6/18: Workers May Soon Have To Share Health Data — Or Pay A Penalty

6/10: After Trump’s Proposed Boycott of Apple, GOP Says Encryption Is The Bedrock of Security

5/27: The imperfect surveillance state

5/13: Why a staggering number of Americans have stopped using the Internet the way they used to

5/4: Encryption, Privacy & Free Speech: An April Recap

 

Overseas:

7/2: Encryption creating a barrier for police, documents suggest

6/30: Japan’s top court has approved blanket surveillance of the country’s Muslims

6/30: Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority

6/29: This alarming government video says ‘when you travel, you have no privacy, and all your communication might be watched’

6/29: Is Edward Snowden Trying To Get Vladimir Putin’s Attention?

6/27: China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law

6/24: The Latest: UK Exit Could Weaken Privacy Protections

6/24: EU, United States agree on changes to strengthen data transfer pact

6/23: Russia’s Problem (According To Russian Politicians): Not Enough Mass Surveillance

6/23: Russia Wants Encryption Backdoors in Telegram, WhatsApp, Viber, Allo, Others

6/22: This Russian technology can identify you with just a picture of your face

6/17: Poland To Massively Expand Surveillance, Reduce Civil Liberties

6/16: Scottish Law Enforcement Also Apparently Hooked Up To NSA/GCHQ’s Data Firehose

6/10: Wikipedia warns against French attempt to extend EU privacy law globally

6/10: Communications Show GCHQ’s ‘Oversight’ Talking Itself Out Of Performing Any Sort Of Oversight

6/8: SECRET REPORT: UK spies have more data than they know what to do with

6/8: UK Parliament Ignores Concerns; Moves Snooper’s Charter Forward

6/7: German privacy regulator fines three firms over U.S. data transfers

6/7: The Home Office Is Accessing Thousands Of People’s NHS Data To Trace Illegal Immigrants

6/7: British parliament’s lower house passes controversial surveillance law

6/6: Here’s why people are so worked up about the ‘Snooper’s Charter’

6/3: Investigation Shows GCHQ Using US Companies, NSA To Route Around Domestic Surveillance Restrictions

6/1: This police camera can spot drivers texting from nearly a mile away

5/31: Top European privacy official says E.U.–U.S. data-transfer deal still needs work

5/23: Indian leader frames encryption as cybercrime concern in meeting with Apple CEO

4/26: Constitutional Court Throws Out Surveillance Law In Georgia (The Country)

 

Tech:

6/30: How to Use Facebook Privacy Settings

6/30: Any links shared on Facebook Messenger can be viewed publicly—and Facebook says it’s not a bug

6/29: Facebook made a huge U-turn and says it doesn’t use location data to suggest friends after all

6/28: Google Offers New Way for Users to Manage Ads, Personal Data

6/28: Can smartphones help improve heart attack treatment?

6/27: The hidden security features in buildings that you never noticed

6/21: Workers Find Safe Spaces In Private Slack Channels, But How Safe Are They?

6/10: This startup will scrape your Facebook data and then sell its reports to landlords

6/9: National Intelligence office wants to perfect the art of security deception

6/8: The trick that let hackers keep tracking Waze users after it was ‘fixed’

6/4: 6 simple WhatsApp tricks for beginners

6/2: This $17,000 Android smartphone claims to be the ultimate in personal security

5/26: Despite anger from privacy advocates, Netflix shows no sign of ending geo-blocking and VPN ban

5/18: The future of biometrics is coming–but not without risks

5/10: This browser is offering iPhone users a free, unlimited virtual private network

3/30: Announcing: the Inaugural Class of PitchFestNW 2016!

 

Books/Media/Misc:

6/30: Edward Snowden Will Join Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Privacy,’ via Video

6/24: Illuminating the ‘Dark’ Web and Content Monitoring

6/15: On the Wire Podcast: Rich Mogull on Apple Differential Privacy

6/15: Review: In ‘Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet,’ Moral Vision and a True Believer’s Zeal

Privacy News Update, 2-15-16

Featured:

2/12:  How to keep your Facebook account secure and private

2/10:  IoT Could Be Used To Spy, Admits James Clapper

1/30:  ACLU Sues Anaheim Police For Public Records On Cell Phone Surveillance

1/29:  Warrantless stingray case finally arrives before federal appellate judges

1/29:  Privacy-Centric Linux Distro Tails Hits 2.0 Release

1/28:  Congressional Hearings on Surveillance Programs to Kick Off — in Secret

1/27:  How to Make Your Own NSA Bulk Surveillance System

1/27:  Businesses are invading your privacy

1/27:  IoT Security Turned Into An ‘I Spy’ Educational Book For Kids

1/27:  Those silly Facebook ‘IQ tests, quizzes’ could be stealing your credit card info

1/27:  Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

1/27:  Protecting Personal Information From Virtual Assistants

1/26:  NSA Wants To Dump the Phone Records It Gathered Over 14 Years

1/25:  How a Small Company in Switzerland Is Fighting a Surveillance Law — And Winning

1/24:  S.F. transit agency seeks face-detecting cameras to check streets

1/21:  The Tor Project Raised Over $200,000 From Its First Crowdfunding Campaign

1/21:  The NSA Can Spy on You With or Without Encryption

1/20:  European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

1/20:  New privacy bills to hinder data collection could affect 100M Americans

1/15:  Factum Non Verba: The heavily redacted world of the FBI’s Tracking Technology Unit

1/14:  Investor to AT&T – give us a peek at your NSA data dealings

1/14:  Media-tracking app spies on opt-in users to learn how much Netflix we watch

1/13:  Another US ag-gag law outlawing data collection is challenged in court

1/12:  Supreme Court won’t force DHS to reveal secret plan to cut cell service

1/11:  Chicago police must finally produce stingray records, judge orders

1/10:  Two months after FBI debacle, Tor Project still can’t get an answer from CMU

1/8:  New Discovery Around Juniper Backdoor Raises More Questions About the Company

 

Local:

2/11:  ACLU chapter sues Tacoma police for surveillance records

1/11:  ATF Puts Up Surveillance Cameras Around Seattle … To Catch Illegal Grease Dump

 

Govt:

2/15:  Think Target and Home Depot invade your privacy? Political campaigns might be worse

2/1:  Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

1/29:  NSA, GCHQ used open source software to spy on Israeli, Syrian drones

1/29:  Cal professors fear UC bosses will snoop on them

1/28:  GAO Report: DHS Needs to Enhance Capabilities, Improve Planning, and Support Greater Adoption of Its National Cybersecurity Protection System

1/28:  NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

1/28:  Disneyland’s Local Police Force Caught Secretly Using Powerful Phone Spying Tools

1/27:  Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

1/24:  Drone Lobbying Heats Up on Capitol Hill

1/28:  The surveillance business model goes to war against the FTC

1/26:  Committee OKs bill expanding library powers (WI)

1/24:  Some police departments pass on body cameras over policy

1/22:  Cellphone encryption bill pits police against tech industry and privacy advocates (California)

1/20:  State Lawmakers Create Coalition To Overhaul Digital Privacy Laws

1/20:  Groups want U.S. to adopt strong broadband privacy rules

1/20:  DC Council bill would protect students’ digital privacy

1/20:  Legislator joins national movement on privacy bills (AK)

1/20:  Minnesota lawmakers take on data privacy in classrooms

1/19:  FCC Urged To Rein In Broadband Providers On Privacy Grounds

1/18:  Dem candidate O‘Malley: Regardless of backdoors, warrant always needed

1/17:  Hillary Clinton Suggests Silicon Valley Could Be Bending on Encryption

1/14:  Growing List Of Privacy Advocates Condemns TSA’s New Body Scan Policy

1/13:  NY Bill Would Force Decryption of Smartphones On Demand

1/13:  Apple CEO Tim Cook demands Obama White House formally defend Americans’ right to strong encryption

1/1:  Marco Rubio: We Need To Add To US Surveillance Programs

 

Policy:

2/12:  Encryption Debate: The Issue Isn’t Strong Crypto; It’s Easy Crypto

2/11:  Final version: ‘Executing Warrants for Digital Evidence: The Case for Use Restrictions on Nonresponsive Data’

2/5:  Don’t Sleep On New Data Privacy Regulations

1/31:  Curing cancer requires easier access to genetic data: Bloomberg View

1/31:  If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard

1/28:  Security And Privacy Standards Are Critical To The Success Of Connected Cars

1/27:  Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

1/27:  In this Facebook and Google-owned world, it’s time to rethink privacy

1/27:  When Your Neighbor’s Drone Pays an Unwelcome Visit

1/23:  The Repeat Political Madness Of Never-Ending Crypto Wars

1/23:  Why Do We Expose Ourselves?

1/21:  5 Things Congress Should Learn From New State Privacy Bills

1/18:  Privacy and Drone Spying

1/15:  How to Stop Peeping Drones

1/14:  Is It Open Season on Drones?

1/10:  Drone Regulations Should Focus on Safety and Privacy

1/6:  The Father of Online Anonymity Has a Plan to End the Crypto War

1/1:  The Biggest Security Threats We’ll Face in 2016

12/29:  Google Glass Is Still a Bad Idea

12/28:  Security’s Biggest Winners and Losers in 2015

 

Overseas:

2/11:  Third Committee Report Critical Of UK’s “Sloppy” Draft Surveillance Bill

2/9:  Facebook Ordered To Stop Tracking Non-Users In France

2/4:  Poland increases government surveillance powers despite protests

1/31:  How Europe Protects Your Online Data Differently Than the U.S.

1/29:  Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

1/28:  Watchdog: Canada’s electronic spy agency broke privacy laws by sharing info with US, others

1/28:  There’s no guidance for Scottish police use of UK facial recog database

1/28:  Canada Cuts Off Some Intelligence Sharing With U.S. Out of Fear for Canadians’ Privacy

1/27:  UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

1/25:  3D Cameras Will Help Tokyo Cops Take Futuristic Mugshots in Scary Detail

1/25:  Swiss pro-privacy email provider forces a referendum on mass surveillance

1/20:  Rotterdam OKs security cameras to fight crime

1/20:  Phone crypto scheme “facilitates undetectable mass surveillance”

1/24:  Europe’s Top Digital-Privacy Watchdog Zeros In on U.S. Tech Giants

1/21:  Big Brother Is Coming To UK Universities

1/21:  Microsoft legal eagle explains why the Irish Warrant Fight covers your back

1/17:  Zuck slapped down for privacy breaches in Germany again

1/17:  European Antitrust Chief Takes Swipe at Privacy Issue

1/14:  UK Home Secretary auditions for a Python sketch: “UK does not undertake mass surveillance”

1/13:  We know this isn’t about PRISM, Matt Warman MP. But do you?

1/12:  Bosses Can Snoop on E-Mails to Girlfriend, Court Rules

1/12:  Brazil’s Digital Backlash

1/12:  UK Surveillance Bill A Risk To Data Security And Privacy, Says ICO

12/29:  China’s new anti-terror law: No backdoors, but decryption on demand

 

Tech:

1/30:  WhatsApp Will Get Indicators To Highlight Encrypted Chats

1/27:  How to stay safe online: CNET’s security checklist

1/22:  Skype Finally Hides Your IP Address

1/21:  Is the ad-blocking Brave browser too good to be true?

1/20:  Zcash, an Untraceable Bitcoin Alternative, Launches in Alpha

1/19:  Tracking Protection In Wi-Fi Networks Coming Soon To Linux

1/15:  Feds Prod Automakers to Play Nice With Hackers

1/12:  Yahoo settles e-mail privacy class-action: $4M for lawyers, $0 for users

1/8:  Uber to encrypt rider geo-location data, pay $20,000 to settle NY privacy flap

1/8:  GM Asks Friendly Hackers to Report Its Cars’ Security Flaws

12/31:  Your Smartwatch’s Motion Sensors Can Reveal Everything You Type (Including Passwords)

7/10:  After Monumental Breach, Banks and Even Farmers Are Buying NSA-Fueled Surveillance Gear

 

Misc/Media/Books:

1/24:  Power Wars: How Obama justified, expanded Bush-era surveillance (book review)

1/20:  Privacy VS. Cyber Security With Silent Circle’s Javier Aguera (video)

12/15:  Hearing entitled “Examining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Mass Data Collection Program” (video)

Privacy News Update, 1-17-16

So it’s been too long, apologies – but here you go for the new year!

Featured:

1/15:  As New York looks to ban encrypted smartphones, here’s what you can do

1/10:  The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’

1/9:  Now that they know the NSA is spying on them, Congress is really worried about domestic surveillance

1/8:  Apple, Google, Microsoft attack government hacking plans

1/8:  Facial recognition tool screens travellers for border officers (Canada)

1/8:  Washington raises pressure on Silicon Valley in fight against terrorism

1/8:  Why Amazon’s Data Centers Are Hidden in Spy Country

1/7:  Parents Monitoring Teenagers Online, and Mostly, Getting It Right

1/7:  U.S. Tech Giants Join Forces Against U.K. Spying Plans

1/7:  Apple Buys Startup That Sees What’s Behind Your Smile

1/7:  Repeal authority to expand Real ID: Opposing view

1/6:  Severe Silent Circle Blackphone vulnerability lets hackers take over

1/6:  Work for the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Hacker, lawyer, activist geeks

1/6:  Under Gun Rules, F.B.I. Will Receive Health Data

1/6:  The Extortionist in the Fridge

1/4:  A Redaction Re-Visited: NSA Targeted “The Two Leading” Encryption Chips

1/4:  How ‘Do Not Track’ Ended Up Going Nowhere

12/31:  In 2015, promising surveillance cases ran into legal brick walls

12/31:  Gadgets smarter, but are they safe?

12/31:  Why Are Digital-Privacy Apps So Hard to Use?

12/31:  It’s an Unobtrusive Assistant Whispering in Your Ear (Not Little Brother)

12/30:  UK government wants to send tech execs to jail for disclosing surveillance

12/29:  A Wake-Up Call To Fight Government Surveillance

12/29:  Microsoft may have your encryption key; here’s how to take it back

12/24:  Just Before Passing Surveillance Expansion, Lawmakers Partied With How ‘Do Not Track’ Ended Up Going NowherePro-CISA Lobbyists

12/23:  NSA Helped British Spies Find Security Holes In Juniper Firewalls

12/21:  What Your Fitbit Doesn’t Want You to Know

12/15:  The Government Wants Access to Smartphones. What You Should Know

12/14:  EFF and Human Rights Watch force DEA to destroy its mass surveillance database

12/13:  Why social media profiles of visa applicants, job seekers and borrowers are being scanned

12/13:  Otay Mesa border crossing launches testing of facial recognition technology

12/9:  Crowdfunding ORG’s campaign to fight the UK government’s mass surveillance

11/26:  What mobile phone data can reveal about you, in Rwanda or right here at home

11/12:  How Edward Snowden Changed Everything

 

Local to PNW:

1/6:  Washington state to review personal data under new cybersecurity office

12/1:  Audit sheds light on body camera program as more police officers outfitted

11/17:  Steve Duin: The coolest maps of Portland you’ve ever seen

 

Govt:

1/9:  Bill would protect student social media privacy (Wyo.)

1/8:  U.S. Gives States 2 More Years to Meet Driver’s License Standards

1/7:  FTC warns companies that ‘big data’ comes with the potential for big problems

1/6:  After neighbor shot down his drone, Kentucky man files federal lawsuit

1/6:  How Drones Are Adapting to New U.S. Rules

1/6:  More Than 180,000 Drone Users Registered in F.A.A. Database

12/28:  T.S.A. Moves Closer to Rejecting Some State Driver’s Licenses for Travel

12/27:  F.A.A. Drone Laws Start to Clash With Stricter Local Rules

12/26:  Secrecy Shuts Down a National-Security Debate

12/22:  The Logo That Took Down a DARPA Surveillance Project

12/21:  Hillary Clinton wants “Manhattan-like project” to break encryption

12/18:  Erroneous Claims Made About Basic Classification Data in The Intercept’s Spy Gear Documents

12/16:  Six Embarrassing Things Republicans Said About Cybersecurity Last Night

12/3:  Congress Wants to Protect Your Emails From Warrantless Searches

12/1:  IRS: Won’t use phone-tracking technology without warrant

11/28:  America’s super-secret court names five lawyers as public advocates

 

Policy:

1/15:  Smartphone encryption ban? It’s a boon for criminals and terrorists

1/13:  The Long and Winding History of Encryption

1/9:  Drone Regulations Should Focus on Safety and Privacy

1/8:  Learning the wrong lesson on privacy from Henrietta Lacks

1/5:  Column: Drivers need to get from A to B safely — not feed their digital addictions

12/31:  Lessig on how the economics of data-retention will drive privacy tech

12/30:  Your Cells. Their Research. Your Permission?

12/29:  Digital privacy about to feel real-world shock to its system

12/27:  Contra Costa Times editorial: Spending bill slips in erosion of privacy rights for cybersecurity

12/22:  Restoring the Right to Be Let Alone

12/19:  Technology And The Deep State

12/18:  Wolverton: Snowden moment may be passing with new fears, pushback

12/14:  Opinion: Rise of the Drones

12/13:  Why protecting customers’ data should trump profits every time

12/11:  ‘I want to join the NSA. What do you think of that?’

12/11:  The Moral Failure of Computer Scientists

12/5:  This War On Math Is Bullshit

12/4:  Master of the house: why we should fight for truly private spaces

11/28:  Could the Third Amendment be used to fight the surveillance state?

10/1:  Americans Love Technology—but They Want Their Privacy Back

 

Overseas:

1/9:  Risks And Red Lines As UK Prepares To Reforge Surveillance Law

1/8: ​ UN experts warn of ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms over UK surveillance bill

1/8:  Australia ‘may do dumb things’ with crypto in 2016: EFF

1/8:  Why tech firms hate new UK surveillance law

1/5:  Police to deploy drones to catch thieves, help break sieges

12/27:  U.K. Home Secretary Defends Controversial Surveillance Bill, Says It Will Stop Cyber Bullies

12/27:  China’s New Big Brother Law Is A Clone Of The West’s Bad Ideas

12/25:  Hyde Park visitors covertly tracked via mobile phone data

12/16:  IXmaps: a tool to figure out when the NSA can see Canadians’ data

12/22:  Europe and U.S. have different approaches to protecting privacy of personal data

12/16:  EU passes strict new data collection regulations

12/10:  European plan for blanket collection of air passengers’ data clears key hurdle

12/10:  Costs And Risks Of UK’s Draft Surveillance Powers Probed

12/8:  German Carmakers Gobbled Up Nokia Maps So No One Else Would Take It

12/8:  Kazakhstan’s New Encryption Law Could Be a Preview of U.S. Policy

 

Tech:

1/9:  Car Accessories Gone Wild at CES 2016

1/9:  Google patents a wearable that tells you to take your medications when you eat

1/6:  Dojo-Labs aims to tap into Internet of Things device security

12/29:  Looks like Google Glass is back

12/23:  If You’re Launching A Tech Startup In 2016, Focus On Privacy And Fast Data

12/18:  Apple CEO Tim Cook Keeps Support for Unbreakable Encryption

12/18:  Blackberry CEO Chen: We Don’t Keep Data (video)

12/14:  Qubes OS will ship pre-installed on Purism’s security-focused Librem 13 laptop

12/7:  Windows 10 Settings menu: The Privacy tab

12/2:  Google: No, We’re Not Snooping on Students With Our Chromebooks, Apps

11/10:  Ted Cruz’s App Rewards Users for Turning Over Their Friends’ Contact Info

 

Misc Media/Books/Etc.:

1/3:  In a new era of surveillance and doublethink, ‘1984’ takes to the stage

Privacy News Update, 4-25-15

Featured:

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

 

Local:

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. . .

 

Govt:

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

 

Policy:

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

 

Overseas:

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

 

Tech:

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

 

Books:

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