Privacy News Update, April-May 2018

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Featured:

5/30: AT&T and Verizon both want to run massive ad-tracking networks to rival Facebook

5/30: The FBI says you should reboot your router. Should you?

5/29: How the Tech Giants Created What Darpa Couldn’t

5/29: Evan Spiegel on Facebook: ‘We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices’

5/28: This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

5/28: Alexa, stop recording conversations and sending them to other people!

5/28: This Creepy Chrome Extension Pauses YouTube for You When You Look Away

5/28: Facebook’s Health Groups Offer A Lifeline, But Privacy Concerns Linger

5/26: After Amazon Echo misfire, here are some tips to protect your own privacy

5/26: Amazon Explains Why Alexa Recorded And Emailed A Private Conversation

5/25: GDPRmageddon: They think it’s all over! Protip, it has only just begun

5/25: Apple Will Report Government Requests To Remove Apps From the App Store

5/25: Facebook Accused of Conducting Mass Surveillance Through Its Apps

5/24: What Is GDPR and Why Should You Care?

5/24: You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

5/24: Amazon’s Alexa recorded and shared a conversation without consent, report says

5/24: It takes work to keep your data private online. These apps can help

5/23: So Long, Glassholes: Wearables Aren’t Science Projects Anymore

5/23: The ACLU is suing ICE for more information on its license plate reader contract

5/23: ‘Significant’ FBI Error Reignites Data Encryption Debate

5/22: Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition to Police, Prompting Outcry Over Surveillance

5/22: FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

5/22 ‘Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don’t have an account!’

5/22: GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We’ll extend Europe’s privacy rights worldwide

5/22: Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

5/21: School Districts Can Hardly Wait to Start Tracking Kids With Police State-Style Face Recognition

5/20: The Pentagon has a project that aims to verify identity via smartphone

5/19: A data-broker has been quietly selling realtime access to your cellphone’s location, and they suck, so anyone could get it for free

5/19: A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

5/19: ‘I Asked Apple for All My Data. Here’s What Was Sent Back’

5/18: Facebook Android app caught seeking ‘superuser’ clearance

5/17: Cell Phone Tracking Firm Exposed Millions of Americans’ Real-time Locations

5/16: Bay Area nurses protest, demanding removal of Mark Zuckerberg’s name from their hospital

5/16: Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

5/16: Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

5/15: Facebook Faulted By Judge For ‘Troubling Theme’ In Privacy Case

5/15: US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

5/15: US Cell Carriers Are Selling Access To Your Real-Time Phone Location Data

5/14: Site generates privacy-preserving YouTube embeds

5/14: Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

5/14: Attention PGP Users: New Vulnerabilities Require You To Take Action Now

5/14: Encrypted Email Has a Major, Divisive Flaw

5/14: PGP and S/MIME decryptors can leak plaintext from emails, says infosec professor

5/14: Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

5/14: Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

5/11: No one knows how Google Duplex will work with eavesdropping laws

5/11: Sueballs flying over Facebook’s Android app data slurping

5/10: Alexa and Siri can hear this hidden command, but you can’t

5/9: This New Tool Helps You Turn Off Facebook’s Surveillance and Reclaim Some Privacy

5/9: Crypto chat app Signal’s disappearing messages found hiding on macOS

5/8: Android P to improve users’ network privacy

5/7: Ticketmaster Hopes To Speed Up Event Access By Scanning Your Face

5/7: Microsoft Build: Data privacy must be protected, CEO Satya Nadella tells technologists

5/4: Former VW owner discovered digital access to her car months after it was sold

5/3: The spies that knew too much about Facebook’s advertising network

5/2: Facebook Has Fired Multiple Employees for Snooping on Users: Motherboard

5/2: Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

5/1: Facebook Unveils Privacy Tool ‘Clear History’

5/1: You should be worried about your DNA privacy

5/1: Genetic website subpoenaed in California serial killer probe

4/30: WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook after clashing over data privacy

4/27: Facebook confesses: Buckle up, there’s plenty more privacy lapses where that came from

4/27: Use of DNA in serial killer probe sparks privacy concerns

4/26: Facebook Is Demanding Personal Information From Political Advertisers, Raising Privacy Concerns

4/25: Researchers Hacked Amazon’s Alexa To Spy On Users, Again

4/24: State spy agencies ‘outsource surveillance’ to foreign partners – campaign group

4/24: Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result

4/24: Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

4/23: Google Accused of Showing ‘Total Contempt’ for Android Users’ Privacy

4/21: Eventbrite Claims The Right To Film Your Events — And Keep the Copyright

4/20: Palantir Knows Everything About You

4/20: No way, RSA! Security conference’s mobile app embarrassingly insecure

4/20: Facebook Starts Its Facial Recognition Push To Europeans

4/19: Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts

4/16: Uber Makes Peace With Cities by Spilling Its Secrets

4/14: Yahoo’s New Privacy Policy Allows Data-Sharing With Verizon

4/12: Nearly 1 In 10 Americans Have Deleted Their Facebook Account Over Privacy Concerns, Survey Claims

4/12: The Bargain at the Heart of the Kid Internet
4/12: Facebook exits anti-privacy alliance it formed with Comcast and Google

4/12: Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

4/11: Instagram Will Soon Let You Download a Copy of Your Data

4/11: Facebook admits: Apps were given users’ permission to go into their inboxes

4/11: What you don’t know about how Facebook uses your data

4/9: Apple co-founder closing Facebook account in privacy crisis

4/9: Facebook users to learn if they were part of privacy scandal

4/4: Facebook Scans What You Send Other People on Messenger App

3/28: Cities Worldwide Spent Over $3 Billion Last Year To Peep On You

3/6: Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Local (PNW):

5/24: Woman Says Alexa Device Recorded Her Private Conversation and Sent It To Random Contact; Amazon Confirms the Incident

5/24: Here’s what Amazon had to say after investigating an unusual case of Alexa eavesdropping

5/24: Amazon Draws Heat for Facial Recognition Tool Used for Policing

4/30: Seattle, give congestion pricing a test drive

4/27: Working Geek: Privacy chief Ginger Armbruster guards Seattle’s data from surprising threats

Govt (Fed):

5/23: Kids and the web latest: ‘Won’t somebody please think of the children!’ US Congresscritters plead

5/23: Lawyer warned FCC of Securus phone-tracking risks 10 months ago

5/23: ACLU Sues ICE For License Plate Reader Contracts, Records

5/22: One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

5/22: FBI repeatedly inflated cell phone encryption threat numbers

5/20: Pentagon-Funded Project Will ‘Solve’ Cellphone Identity Verification Within Two Years

5/19: Repo Men Scan Billions of License Plates — For the Government

5/19: 40 Cellphone-Tracking Devices Discovered Throughout Washington (DC)

5/19: FCC Investigating LocationSmart Over Phone-Tracking Flaw

5/16: US senators ask FTC to investigate Google’s Location imbroglio

5/15: Homeland Security seeks license to kill drones deemed dangerous

5/14: Sen. Ron Wyden wants to know why police can track any phone in seconds

5/12: US Appeals Court Rules Border Agents Need Suspicion To Search Cellphones

5/11: Amazon Echo That Records Kids Draws Concern From U.S. Lawmakers

5/11: US prison telco accused of selling your phone’s location to the cops

5/11: Congress introduces bill to block government encryption backdoors

5/10: Lawmakers Move To Block Government From Ordering Digital ‘Back Doors’

5/10: US border cops told not to search seized devices just for the hell of it

5/10: New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

5/4: The NSA Managed to Collect 500 Million US Call Records in 2017 Despite Targeting Just 40 People

5/3: New NSA Head Faces Repairing Ties to Business Over Cyberthreats

5/1: Blu phone maker settles with FTC over data privacy

4/27: How ICE Is Gaining a Scary Amount of Data Through Police Data-Mining

4/21: Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

4/14: Former FBI Director James Comey Reveals How Apple and Google’s Encryption Efforts Drove Him ‘Crazy’

4/12: Uber hid database hack from FTC while FTC probed Uber for an earlier database hack

4/10: As Zuck testifies to Senate, Democrats propose tough opt-in privacy law

4/10: Democratic Senators Propose ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ To Prevent Websites From Sharing Or Selling Sensitive Info Without Opt-In Consent

4/9: Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube over privacy

4/9: White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er … asking for a friend

4/9: They’re back! ‘Feds only’ encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

4/3: US Suspects Listening Devices in Washington

Govt (States & Cities):

5/27: Vermont Passes First-of-Its-Kind Law to Regulate Data Brokers

5/23: Chicago Advances Bill Allowing Police Drones to Surveil Protestors

5/5: New California Ballot Measure Demands Groundbreaking Privacy Rights

5/5: Georgia Could Pass a Vaguely Written ‘Unauthorized Computer Access’ Law This Week

4/24: Google Aims at Privacy Law After Facebook Lobbying Failed

4/23: Bungling cops try to use dead chap’s fingers to unlock his smartmobe

Policy & Opinion:

5/24: Don’t Freak Out About That Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Situation

5/21: The Line Between Big Tech and Defense Work

5/16: People like convenience more than privacy – so no, blockchain will not ‘decentralise the web’

5/15: Should the FTC Investigate Google’s Location Data Collection?

5/8: Android P should be about privacy

5/8: Privacy in a connected world: What does it mean to you?

5/7: Microsoft’s Nadella says privacy is a human right that needs protecting

5/5: Four features that would tame Facebook

5/5: Are We Living in a World Where You Can’t Opt Out of Data Sharing?

5/3: Former Senator Al Franken says Facebook has gotten too big

5/1: Scott Pruitt’s new ‘secret science’ proposal is the wrong way to increase transparency

4/26: Citizen engagement key to successful smart cities(NOTE: pro industry)

4/24: Oh dear… Netizens think ‘private’ browsing really means totally private

4/18: Richard Stallman On Facebook’s Privacy Scandal: We Need a Law. There’s No Reason We Should Let Them Exist if the Price is Knowing Everything About Us

4/17: Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

4/15: Is It Time To Stop Using Social Media?

4/14: App Permissions Don’t Tell Us Nearly Enough About Our Apps

4/9: Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself

4/9: Steve Wozniak Drops Facebook: ‘The Profits Are All Based On the User’s Info’

4/3: When it Comes To Privacy, Consent is Immaterial. Corporate and Gov’t Surveillance Systems Must Be Stopped Before They Ask For Consent: Richard Stallman

3/5: Should we forget about the ‘right to be forgotten’?

Overseas:

5/29: GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

5/25: Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint (Europe)

5/25: How Your Favorite Tech Blog Is Grappling With Europe’s New Privacy Law

5/25: Zimbabwe is Introducing a Mass Facial Recognition Project With Chinese AI Firm CloudWalk

5/25: Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

5/25: Everything you need to know about GDPR

5/24: Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit

5/24: UK’s spy auditor: What should we ask when reviewing super-slurp warrants?

5/24: Microsoft expands data privacy tools ahead of GDPR

5/23: Apple users in the EU can now download all the info the company has on them

5/23: Facebook Asks British Users To Submit Their Nudes as Protection Against Revenge Porn

5/22: Victoria’s educational apps-for-students let creeps contact kids (Canada)

5/21: Google Sued For ‘Clandestine Tracking’ of 4.4 Million UK iPhone Users’ Browsing Data

5/21: Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

5/18: New privacy rules could make her one of tech’s most important regulators

5/16: Privacy group asks UK politicos to pinky swear not to use personal data for electioneering

5/15: Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK’s National Crime Agency

5/15: You’ve been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

5/15: UK Watchdog Calls for Face Recognition Ban Over 90 Percent False-Positive Rate

5/13: Facial-recognition software inaccurate in 98% of cases, report finds

5/6: A facial recognition program used by British police yielded thousands of false positives

5/4: Sky News will use facial recognition to identify celebs and nobility at the upcoming royal wedding (UK)

5/2: Australian government plans to do a Facebook on citizens’ data

5/2: Black Mirror too real in China as schools shun parents with bad social credit

5/1: Brain-scanning in Chinese factories probably doesn’t work — if it’s happening at all

5/1: Iran Bans Use of Telegram Messaging App To Protect ‘National Security’

5/1: Singapore Airport May Use Facial Recognition Systems To Find Late Passengers

4/30: Chinese Government Admits Collection of Deleted WeChat Messages

4/30: Facebook furiously pumps brakes on Euro probe into transatlantic personal data slurping

4/30: Companies in Israel Facing New Data Security Regulations

4/27: High Court gives UK.gov six months to make the Snooper’s Charter lawful

4/19: Facebook To Put 1.5 Billion Users Out of Reach of New EU Privacy Law

4/18: You’re a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid! (Canada)

4/12: A Wanted Man in China Has Been Caught Because of Facial Recognition Software

4/8: ‘Big Brother’ In India Requires Fingerprint Scans For Food, Phones, Finances

4/6: Google Seeks To Limit ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ By Claiming It’s Journalistic (UK)

4/5: City of Melbourne’s Data Speeds Up On-Street Parking (Oz)

3/28: India’s prime minister accused of privacy breaches

Tech:

5/30: Digital license plates finally hit the road in California

5/29: California proposes location-tracking, e-ink license plates that display “STOLEN” if a car is boosted

5/25: Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

5/25: Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

5/24: Doc ‘Cluetrain’ Searls’ privacy engine project is just the ticket for IEEE

5/24: Microsoft and boffins cook up hardware-secured database

5/18: LocationDumb: Phone tracker foul-up exposes world+dog to tracking

5/17: Ask Slashdot: Which Is the Safest Router?

5/17: Voice squatting attacks: Hacks turn Amazon Alexa, Google Home into secret eavesdroppers

5/17: Amazon now offers Alexa-centric home security

5/15: YouTube Might Finally Get An Incognito Mode

5/14: Researchers have found a vulnerability in two popular email encryption protocols

5/12: The Tech Used To Monitor Inmate Calls Is Able To Track Civilians Too

5/8: Adobe, ‘hyper personalisation’ and your privacy

5/8: In first move since Amazon acquisition, Ring launches Neighbors app to help users fight crime

5/7: Connected Cars Don’t Necessarily Disconnect Previous Owners When Resold

5/1: Facebook to introduce Clear History privacy tool in coming months

5/1: What could Facebook possibly do next to reassure privacy fears? Yup – make a dating app

4/30: Volkswagen, Audi Cars Vulnerable To Remote Hacking

4/26: ‘Alexa, listen in on my every word and send it all to a shady developer’

4/21: Time to ditch the front door key? Nest’s new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

4/17: Microsoft Supreme Court Case May Be Over But Challenges Persist

4/13: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/04/13/1442249/google-chrome-to-boost-user-privacy-by-improving-cookies-handling-procedure4/13: Google Chrome To Boost User Privacy by Improving Cookies Handling Procedure

4/12: Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

4/11: Steam Spy Announces It’s Shutting Down, Blames Valve’s New Privacy Settings

4/3: One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

4/3: Tor ‘sunsets’ secure Messenger that never exited beta

3/29: Facebook Will No Longer Allow Third-Party Data For Targeting Ads

3/27: Adobe: New Unified Customer Profile will personalise ads as never before

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

5/25: Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump and Facebook

5/8: How a suspected gang member’s traffic stop led to a crucial privacy case

5/4: Netflix’s Anon is an augmented reality neo-noir nightmare

5/3: Gattaca director Andrew Niccol on conformity, technology, and his new Netflix film Anon

4/10: The Revelation of Cardi B

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, 11-3-15

 

Featured:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/13:  DARPA wants vanishing drones

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

10/9:  California Approves A Sweeping Digital Privacy Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/29:  How the FBI Hacks Around Encryption

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/21:  The Other Big Brother

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/25:  Lawmakers consider student social media privacy bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/25:  A Q&A with Edward Snowden

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

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

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/1:  Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption

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

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

 

Tech:

11/2:  Dreading those drones

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

11/2015:  Playing Defense Against the Drones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/27:  Silent Circle Blackphone 2 review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Misc/Media/Books:

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

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

10/8:  Part Exhibitionism, Part Surveillance

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

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

Privacy News Update, 4-25-15, part deux

Featured:

4-24: Why Senator Ron Wyden Has It Wrong About the Open Internet

4-24: Personalizing the In-Store Experience — Will Consumers Give Up Their Privacy?

4-23: A New Bill Could Extend the Patriot Act to 2020

4-23: Silicon Valley’s privacy efforts must be working, because our governments are freaking out

4-23: Creepy but legal phone-tracking company gets wrist slap for empty privacy promise

4-22: Privacy Groups Declare War On McConnell’s Patriot Act Bill

4-22: Counterterrorism Conference Kicks Out Intercept Journalist

4-22: Right to privacy ‘could be meaningless in 10 years under Tory and Labour plans’

4-21: Supreme Court to Justice Department: No, the Fourth Amendment Is Not a ‘Useless Piece of Paper’

4-21: Citing privacy concerns, Airbnb slams bill on short-term rentals

4-21: Federal data-breach bill would replace dozens of stronger state laws

4-20: This machine catches stingrays: Pwnie Express demos cellular threat detector

4-20: Google now lets you download your search history

4-17: How to blur out personal details on Google Maps

4-17: Boston Marathon Surveillance Raises Privacy Concerns Long After Bombing

4-16: Hackers Could Commandeer New Planes Through Passenger Wi-Fi

4-14: Police officers have no constitutional ‘right of privacy’ in records of their official misconduct

4-13: Even if the Patriot Act expires, the worst surveillance will carry on

4-9: How can I protect my passwords and personal data without TrueCrypt?

4-9: Has Google Indexed Your Backup Drive?

4-9: Securing the web once and for all: The Let’s Encrypt Project

4-9: Lobbyists for Spies Appointed To Oversee Spying

4-8: Greenwald Criticizes Universities’ Funding-Driven Collaboration With NSA

4-8: Phone App That Watches Your Driving Habits Leads To Privacy Concerns

4-8: How to manage your online reputation for free

4-6: HBO’s John Oliver hits Snowden hard on NSA leaks

4-3: Feds won’t build license plate database—they just want access to one

3-30: No drone surveillance of crime scene (even from 150 feet above), police say

3-30: Why the House information-sharing bill could actually deter information sharing

 

Local:

4-22: Cops hire pesky programmer who bugged Seattle for more transparency

4-20: Oregon bill would prohibit charges for filming police

4-15: Seattle Police Body Camera Program Highlights Unexpected Issues

4-14: Jared Friend’s cool job as director of technology and liberty

4-14: Oregon House unanimously passes bill to protect confidentiality of sexual-assault survivors

4-8: UO quietly diminishes privacy protections at student counseling center, despite promises

4-3: Supreme Court rules against Spokane teachers on records requests

3-15: Data privacy: Does anyone know where this train’s heading?

 

Govt:

4-24: The DHS brings its infantile, cyber-fantasy world to RSA 2015

4-24: Florida could soon limit access to police camera videos

4-23: Republican Lawmakers Are Coming Around to the Idea of Police Body Cameras

4-23: Surveillance reform bill returns with concessions to NSA on data collection

4-23: Rand Paul Is Suddenly Quiet About His Favorite Topics

4-23: Congressional Battle Brews Over Bill To Extend NSA Data Collection

4-23: House Lawmakers Float Bill to End NSA Mass Surveillance

4-22: How to Detect Sneaky NSA ‘Quantum Insert’ Attacks

4-22: San Francisco County jail deputies to be fitted with body cameras

4-22: Companies Sharing Hacking Data Get Legal Shield in U.S. Bill

4-22: House Passes Major Cybersecurity Bill Despite Fears It Will Bolster NSA Spying

4-22: McConnell’s Patriot Act Bill Unleashes Long-Simmering Debate Over NSA Spying

4-22: Some officers looking to body cameras on their own

4-22: Department of Homeland Security opening Silicon Valley office

4-21: Homeland Security Secretary Begs Silicon Valley to Stop the Encryption

4-21: White House Seeks Silicon Valley Help on Strong Yet Breakable Encryption

4-21: Lawyers’ Group Seeks Overhaul of a Postal Service Surveillance Program

4-21: Key Republican Is Not on Board With NSA Reform

4-21: Texas aims to limit controversial “stingray” phone-tracking tech

4-21: ‘Aaron’s Law’ Reintroduced as Lawmakers Wrestle Over Hacking Penalties

4-21: Senate intelligence chief defends his plan to curb cyberattacks

4-21: Jeb Bush: Best part of Obama administration is NSA

4-21: Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI’s StingRay phone snoop gizmo

4-20: Anonymous unleashes online petition against US info-sharing bills

4-20: Baltimore judge allows police use of Stingray phone tracking in murder case

4-19: Twitter-joking security expert barred from another United flight, lawyer says

4-19: Lawmaker wants to restrict access to birth certificate data

4-18: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

4-18: A push to shield body cam footage

4-17: Weakened surveillance reform bill is ‘yesterday’s news’, civil libertarians say

4-17: Congress to Introduce Last-Ditch Bill to Reform NSA Spying

4-17: Security experts urge Congress to reject cyber-threat sharing bills

4-16: TSA Trained Disney, SeaWorld to SPOT Terrorists

4-16: Booz Allen Wolves Offer Advice on Protecting NSA Henhouse

4-16: California bill aims to protect ride-sharing passengers’ privacy

4-16: SEC Reveals It Doesn’t Use Email Snooping Power It Defends

4-16: New California bill would require local approval for stingray use

4-15: The DEA Is Buying Off-the-Shelf Spyware From a Sketchy Company

4-15: Election 2016: The big data trail to our next president

4-15: How Your Future Leader Is Tracking You – Ranking Presidential Candidate Website Privacy

4-14: US to tell certain travelers if on no-fly list

4-13: For art’s sake! Photoing neighbors with zoom lens not a privacy invasion

4-13: Yee speaks on plan to put GPS in SF city vehicles

4-12: Law enforcement worries over beefed-up phone encryption

4-11: Deleted forever? Government text messages vanish within days

4-10: Microsoft: Feds Are ‘Rewriting’ the Law To Obtain Emails Overseas

4-9: Portola Valley: Town Council says no to license-plate readers

4-9: Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?

4-9: Could the South Carolina Police Shooting Be the Last Push for Body Cameras?

4-9: Baltimore Police used secret technology to track cellphones in thousands of cases

4-8: US Started Keeping Secret Records of International Telephone Calls In 1992

4-8: Chicago man sues Facebook over facial recognition use in “Tag Suggestions”

4-8: The FBI Lets Criminals Walk in Order to Keep This Device a Secret

4-8: How Edward Snowden Unwittingly Killed a Mass-Surveillance Program

4-7: Rand Paul Pledges to ‘Immediately’ End NSA Mass Surveillance If Elected President

4-6: White House Privacy Protection Proposal Sets An Ominous Tone For Future Action

4-6: The NSA may not be listening to your private phone calls, but it has been watching your private parts

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

 

Policy:

4-24: Cameras are everywhere, and they’re changing our lives

4-24: Op-Ed: In defense of Tor routers

4-21: Millennials’ view of Snowden could spur surveillance relief, ACLU says

4-19: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

4-18: Op-ed: Why the entire premise of Tor-enabled routers is ridiculous

4-15: When Keeping A Secret Trumps The Need For Care

4-15: To dream the impossible dream: Privacy on the net

4-14: How to protect privacy in the digital age: a constitutional amendment
4-14: Police body cams and the lost language of privacy

4-14: In the future, your insurance company will know when you’re having sex

4-9: Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

4-9: Edward Snowden’s impact

4-8: With Discounts For Healthy Behavior, John Hancock Courts Privacy Concerns

4-7: How can privacy survive in the era of the internet of things?

4-3: Study: Millennials indifferent about about digital privacy

 

Overseas:

4-22: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are ‘Friendly To Terrorists’

4-19: Gandhi Returns to India to Lead Fight Against Modi Land Bill

4-18: New Zealand Plotted Hack on China With NSA

4-15: Vidal-Hall v Google: A new dawn for data protection claims

4-14: Back to the Drawing Board: Bell Drops Opt-Out Targeted Ad Program

4-13: France’s govt wants emergency surveillance powers

4-13: Lib Dems wheel out Digital Rights Bill pledge as election sweetener

4-12: Tech firms threaten exodus over French mass surveillance plans

4-10: Mass surveillance case against UK government heads to Europe’s highest court

4-9: Data protection concerns 72% of Britons in post-Snowden world, research shows

4-8: Facebook and privacy: On the defensive against class-action suit, research report in Europe

4-8: Google Loses Most of Challenge to German Data-Privacy Order

4-7: France accused of tabling ‘Patriot Act’ style surveillance law

4-6: Data privacy: the tide is turning in Europe – but is it too little, too late?

3-29: You can hide an awful lot behind a curtain of privacy

3-25: Malcolm Turnbull explains how people can avoid having metadata collected

 

Tech:

4-2015: How to Buy Things in the Future

4-25: As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

4-24: New version of Google Glass coming soon, says Luxottica CEO

4-24: Good: Companies Care About Data Privacy Bad: No Idea How To Protect It

4-24: Apple security features can be easily bypassed, says researcher

4-24: Is That an FM Radio In Your Pocket

4-23: Facebook says it doesn’t save your unpublished posts

4-23: Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

4-22: Microsoft unveils plans for stronger encryption and tighter controls over Office 365 data

4-22: Pro/Con: Why Google’s Fi Could Be Awesome and Terrible

4-22: Homes Try to Reach Smart Switch

4-21: Uncovering sexual preferences by data-mining sex-toy sales [NSFW]

4-21: Google engineers on Android ecosystem facts and myths

4-20: Encryption: More and more companies use it, despite nasty tech headaches

4-16: The $25 Million Fine Isn’t The Real AT&T-FCC Story

4-16: GE Spotlights New Smart Street Lamps

4-14: ​Want fancy Firefox features? Secure your website

4-9: Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

4-8: AT&T to Pay $25 Million for Failing to Stop Theft of Personal Information

4-7: Find Out Who An Email Address Belongs To With Clearbit

4-8: Disclosing Companies’ Algorithms Does Not Increase Privacy

4-5: Popular Android Package Uses Just XOR — and That’s Not the Worst Part

3-30: Watch this drone shepherd round up its flock on an Irish farm

 

Books/Movies/etc:

4-23: New interactive NFB documentary watches the watchers online

4-21: The Conversation looked ahead to a world without privacy

4-15: The FBI Informant Who Mounted a Sting Operation Against the FBI

4-14: Do not Track: an online, interactive documentary about who’s watching you

Eric Schmidt….still Full Of S***

It’s amazing how much power and money can remove someone from reality, but Eric Schmidt is a regular example…..yet another step in his quest to become the next Scott McNealy

I’m personally hoping people will simply ‘adapt’ by banning GG from civilized society, and/or just spray painting the glasses when you see them on someone’s face – why is it OK for overpaid techies to peer into everyone else’s business? – Oh right, it’s NOT.

Schmidt: Google Glass Critics “Afraid of Change,” Society Will Adapt

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