Privacy News Update: 4-30-17

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Featured:

4/30: How To Delete Your Data From Google’s ‘My Activity’

4/30: Taser Will Use Police Body Camera Videos “to Anticipate Criminal Activity”

4/29: Stray WiFi Signals Could Let Spies See Inside Closed Rooms

4/28: Community comes out for immigration and privacy forum (Pasadena, CA)

4/28: Those ’10 concerts’ lists on Facebook are fun and/or annoying — but are they a privacy threat

4/28: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

4/28: NSA halts controversial email collection practice to preserve larger surveillance program

4/27: Why people get arrested for flying drones

4/27: Living With Technology: Listening and seeing everywhere

4/27: The Worst Lies From Yesterday’s Anti-Net Neutrality Speech

4/26: Your smart electricity meter could be a security risk

4/26: WikiLeaks Reveals the ‘Snowden Stopper’: CIA Tool To Track Whistleblowers

4/26: Speaking in Tech: Google vs your privacy… part 73(4)iii(b)

4/26: Amazon Wants To Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom

4/24: How to protect your privacy at a protest

4/24: FBI allays some critics with first use of new mass-hacking warrant

4/23: How your selfie could affect your life insurance

4/22: EFF Says Google Chromebooks Are Still Spying On Students

4/21: Microsoft Improves Gmail Experience For Windows 10 Insiders, But There Are Privacy Concerns

4/21: Ambient Light Sensors Can Be Used To Steal Browser Data

4/20: Is Google is tracking you? Find out here

4/20: Mastercard is Building Fingerprint Scanners Directly Into Its Cards

4/19: We’re spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

4/18: From Stone Age to Drone Age: Debt Collection Goes High-Tech

4/16: What you need to know about that latest NSA data dump

4/15: The apps to use if you want to keep your messages private

4/13: Free health apps laugh in the face of privacy, sell your wheezing data

4/12: Why Is This Wearable-Tech Company Helping College Teams Track How Often Athletes Sleep, Drink, And Have Sex?

4/11: An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

4/10: The Upcoming Privacy Battle Over Wearables in the NBA

4/8: Hacker Group Leaks ‘NSA’s Top Secret Arsenal of Digital Weapons’

4/7: Internet Privacy Explained For People Who Have Never Thought About Internet Privacy Before

4/7: Taser’s Latest Body Cams Push Is Unregulated, Unprecedented, and Disturbing

4/7: WikiLeaks Reveals Grasshopper, the CIA’s Windows Hacking Tool

4/7: 23andMe Wins FDA Approval to Sell Genetic Tests

4/6: Vast majority of Americans reject mass surveillance to thwart terrorist attacks

4/6: Facebook Messenger Now Analyzes Your Chats To Give You Recommendations

4/5: Microsoft Finally Reveals What Data Windows 10 Really Collects

4/5: Phony VPN Services Are Cashing In On America’s War On Privacy

4/3: Police Arrested This Cop Watch Activist—But Then Recorded Themselves by Accident

4/1: Wolverton: No perfect way to protect privacy

4/1: How To Protect Your Privacy Online

3/30: Verizon mandates pre-installed spyware for all its Android customers

3/29: Analysis: What loosened internet privacy rules mean for you

2/28: After 3 Years, Why Gmail’s End-to-End Encryption Is Still Vapor

 

Local (PNW):

4/24: What evaluation or report was ever released on the effectiveness of the photo-enforcement program instituted a few years ago at a number of Seattle intersections? (scroll to middle of article)

4/24: Lawmakers’ Special Session To-Do List Is More Than McCleary

4/14: Washington state House committee approves internet privacy protections

4/14: Washington state passes bill to prevent sale of biometric data without consent

4/12: Washington state debates new privacy bills after Trump clears way for ISPs to sell personal data

4/9: State moves to protect online privacy in the Trump era

4/5: Washington fights for internet privacy that Congress took away

4/5: Online Trust Alliance merges with Internet Society to fight data security threats and privacy challenges

4/4: State lawmakers stand with the people on privacy protection

3/30: Oregon lawmaker who voted to roll back online privacy received donations from the telecom industry, report says

3/29: Alexa and the Dawn of So-What Surveillance

3/29: Here’s what the new internet privacy bill could mean for consumers and the Seattle region

 

Govt (Fed):

4/27: FCC Chief Opens Door to ‘Fast Lanes’ in Rollback of Web Rules

4/26: Trump’s first 100 days are not promising if you’re concerned about personal privacy

4/26: Trump’s FCC Has Begun Its Attack on Net Neutrality

4/24: NSA Blimp Spied in the United States

4/22: At Border Security Expo, Officials Dismiss Trump’s Wall: “I’ve Got 200-Foot Bluffs on My Border”

4/21: In Secret Court Hearing, Lawyer Objected to FBI Sifting Through NSA Data Like It Was Google

4/21: US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

4/20: Border Officials Float Big Ideas for Mining Social Media

4/20: Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

4/18: Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

4/17: Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai is ‘one of the worst picks possible,’ Rep. Ro Khanna says

4/17: Congress is poking holes in a key Trump talking point about Obama-era surveillance

4/15: GOP Congressman Defending Privacy Vote: ‘Nobody’s Got To Use The Internet’

4/12: Suing to See the Feds’ Encrypted Messages? Good Luck

4/6: Activists vow to make ISP privacy sellout a “major issue” in the 2018 elections

4/6; You Are Now Paying Internet Companies to Sell Your Browsing History to Advertisers

4/5: FCC’s Ajit Pai Says Broadband Market Too Competitive For Strict Privacy Rules

4/5: A Fight to Restore the Constitution at Customs Checkpoints

4/4: Even Some Republicans Think Border Agents Shouldn’t Be Checking Your Phone Without a Warrant

4/4: As Trump signs away Americans’ digital privacy, it’s time to bring out the BS detector

4/4: Bill Would Stop Warrantless Border Device Searches of US Citizens

4/4: ‘Extreme Vetting’ Would Require Visitors To US To Share Contacts, Passwords

 

Govt (States & Cities):

4/30: Connecticut court takes up doctor-patient confidentiality

4/28: AGs to privacy pros: It’s okay to come see us

4/26: Bill would let victims, witnesses block body camera releases (WI)

4/26: ACLU opposes Grand Rapids’ plans for license plate scanners

4/25: Sheriff’s office sets its eye on the sky(MI)

4/20: California Today: Weighing a Response on Internet Privacy

4/19: Rep. Gary Glenn makes smart choice on Smart Meters

4/18: Lawmakers signal a possible deal on Real ID bill(Minn)

4/15: Norwalk Police Department takes to social media(CT)

4/13: Legislation allowing warrantless student phone searches dies for now(CA)

4/13: UT police officers begin wearing body cameras

4/13: Video cameras coming to all schools(CT)

4/12: Sheriff’s department to launch drones in June (IL)

 

Policy & Opinion:

4/28: A Big Change in NSA Spying Marks a Win for American Privacy

4/21: Fearmongering at Homeland Security

4/17: Weirdly, Trump’s Right on Privacy

4/12: Mossberg: A plan to preserve the internet

4/2: Tech underestimates future demand for privacy: Bloomberg View analysis

4/1: Internet privacy furor previews coming war over net neutrality

3/28: Trump’s FCC Continues To Redefine The Public Interest As Business Interests

 

Overseas:

4/29: Encrypted WhatsApp Message Recovered From Westminster Terrorist’s Phone (UK)

4/27: Australian police: We illegally accessed journalist metadata

4/26: UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

4/26: British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face At the Champions League Final

4/24: Japan secretly funneled hundreds of millions to the NSA, breaking its own laws

4/20: Trump’s lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

4/20: Google wants better international rules for data requests

4/19: Finland Aims to Fast-Track New Intelligence Laws to Avert Terrorism

4/11: China emerges as digital rights champion with new info privacy law

4/11: MyHealthRecord slammed in privacy uproar (Oz)

4/5: Canada’s RCMP National Police Force Reveals Use of Secretive Cellphone Surveillance Technology

3/16: How Kenyan spies and cops use electronic surveillance for illegal murder and torture squads

 

Tech:

4/27: Listen up, coaches: Watch out for hidden recording devices

4/26: Hyundai patches Blue Link app to remove vulnerabilities

4/24: Just a Pair of These $11 Radio Gadgets Can Steal a Car

4/24: Uber Gets Sued Over Alleged ‘Hell’ Program To Track Lyft Drivers

4/24: Unroll.me ‘heartbroken’ after being caught selling user data to Uber

4/23: Uber Tried To Hide Its Secret IPhone Fingerprinting From Apple

4/23: Apple CEO Tim Cook once personally threatened to kick Uber out of the App Store

4/22: Google Maps finally introduces real-time location sharing, with time limits

4/21: Which Galaxy S8 unlock option is the most secure?

4/19: Bose Headphones Secretly Collected User Data, Lawsuit Reveals

4/18: Facebook wants you to stare even more at the real world through your phone camera

4/13: Roku-Enabled TVs Will Soon ‘Listen’ To Programs You’re Watching To Suggest Streaming Content

4/12: Securing Driverless Cars From Hackers Is Hard. Ask the Ex-Uber Guy Who Protects Them

4/5: Lawyers win again in latest privacy class-action settlement

3/31: Verizon, AT&T, Comcast Say They Will Not Sell Customer Browsing Histories

3/30: DJI proposing “electronic license plates” for drones

3/15: WhatsApp Hack Shows That Even Encryption Apps Are Vulnerable in a Browser

 

Books/Media/Misc:

May/June issue: If You’re Reading About “The Circle” on Facebook, It’s Already Too Late

4/27: Review: Big Brother turns into a bit of a bore in ‘The Circle,’ and there’s not an app for that

4/27: Movie review: It’s not Big Brother who’s watching

4/26: An interview with Cory Doctorow on beating death, post-scarcity, and everything

4/23: Full transcript: Too Embarrassed to Ask tackles trust and privacy during the Trump administration (podcast)

4/15: 6 lessons ‘Ghost in the Shell’ can teach you about cybersecurity

4/3: VPN explained: A privacy primer — with robots and race cars (video)

Privacy News Update, 4-2-17

Featured:

4/2: Verizon Insists That It Isn’t Going to Install Spyware on All of Its Android Phones

3/31: How Not to Protect Your Privacy Online

3/30: Can Amazon’s Alexa Be Your Friend?

3/30: The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too

3/29: What the repeal of online privacy protections means for you

3/29: How to Hide Your Browsing History From Your Snooping ISP

3/28: How I Let Disney Track My Every Move

3/24: Who Owns Your Face?

3/24: How Do Google, Apple and More Stack Up When it Comes to Protecting Your Privacy?

3/24: How to Log Off of Facebook Forever, With All Its Perks and Pitfalls

3/24: Instagram adds two-factor authentication, security features

3/24: Google wants to reassure you about government-backed hackers

3/23: Shielding MAC addresses from stalkers is hard and Android fails miserably at it

3/23: Molecules on your cellphone can be used to invade your privacy

3/22: 11 Amazing — and Surprising — Uses of Facial Recognition Technology

3/22: Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops’ Body Cameras Into Surveillance Machines

3/22: Google Maps will now let you share your location, creating a whole new set of privacy concerns

3/22: Good News: Android’s Huge Security Problem Is Getting Less Huge

3/21: Encryption Won’t Stop Your Internet Provider From Spying on You

3/21: Crossing the Border? Here’s How to Safeguard Your Data From Searches

3/21: DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

3/20: What creepy stuff will your ISP do once the FCC allows them to spy on your internet usage?

3/20: Creating Technology by the People, for the People

3/17: An under-appreciated threat to your privacy: Security software

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

3/15: Federal privacy laws won’t necessarily protect you from spying drones

3/14: Scott McNealy: Your data is safer with marketers than governments

3/14: 18 Ways to Make Your Online Accounts More Secure

3/13: Google’s Allo app can reveal to your friends what you’ve searched

3/13: Government Snooping: In Real Life, It’s A Problem. On TV, It’s A Solution.

3/13: Facebook Pinky Swears It Won’t Let Anyone (Other Than Facebook) Surveil You

3/11: The World Wide Web’s inventor warns it’s in peril on 28th anniversary

3/9: EFF presents: a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the US border

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

3/1: How to Delete Your Online Existence, But Save All Your Data

2/28: After 3 Years, Why Gmail’s End-to-End Encryption Is Still Vapor

2/16: Firefox Focus: The privacy browser

2/15: How to Secure Your Home From Corporate Snoopers

2/15: The Privacy Enthusiast’s Guide to Using an iPhone

2/14: The Best Encrypted Chat App Now Does Video Calls Too

2/12: How to legally cross a US (or other) border without surrendering your data and passwords

2/9: Surveillance in Silicon Valley is hard to avoid

2/5: Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

2/4: The FBI Is Building a National Watchlist That Gives Companies Real-Time Updates on Employees

1/26: 14 ways to keep your data safe on Data Privacy Day

1/25: 3 Document “To Do’s” to Protect Your Data Privacy

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

1/6: Why Bosses Can Track Their Employees 24/7

11/15: How to pick the right secure messaging app for you

 

Local:

3/29: Alexa and the Dawn of So-What Surveillance

3/29: Washington gets extension on complying with federal ID law

3/29: Body-camera plan for Seattle police stalls over when officers can view video

3/22: At Flights & Rights, the ACLU Delivers a Literal Bar Exam

3/22: Tacoma hit with another fine for withholding Stingray record

3/21: Big cities see early benefits from the Internet of Things, and grapple with ongoing challenges

3/20: Boy meets artificial girl: My son got an Echo Dot, and here’s what he’s saying to Amazon’s Alexa

3/19: Navigating the age of kids and smartphones

3/8: Toothy smiles prohibited on Idaho driver’s licenses

3/3: Oregon lawmakers push to protect pot users’ info from US

3/1: Pullman council hears pitch for police drones

2/27: Seattle will give all police officers body-worn police cameras, despite privacy and discretion concerns

2/25: Don’t track drivers

1/24: Sawant moves to curb federal surveillance

12/20: What every website knows about you

 

Govt:

3/31: Court overturns probation condition limiting use of devices that contain ‘any encryption … software’

3/24: Amid Trump Inquiry, a Primer on Surveillance Practices and Privacy

3/24: Tech Roundup: A Senate Vote Is Not the Final Word on Internet Privacy

3/24: Police officer accused of tracking ex with GPS

3/24: Maine ID bill gets key committee vote

3/24 Judge rejects challenge to Massachusetts wiretapping law

3/23: Senate Republicans voted today to kill federal privacy rules

3/23: C.I.A. Developed Tools to Spy on Mac Computers, WikiLeaks Disclosure Shows

3/23: Feds: We’re Pulling Data From 100 Phones Seized During Trump Inauguration

3/22: Congress To Get More Money To Scrutinize Government Surveillance and Spies

3/22: Bevin signs law allowing new drivers’ licenses

3/21: Top NSA Official Says Telephone Surveillance Should Have Been Disclosed

3/21: Legal Aid argues in court over release of NYPD data

3/21: State bill requiring California police to disclose surveillance equipment clears its first hurdle

3/20: Trump’s Russian Imbroglio Prompts Republican Rethink on Surveillance Law

3/17: Police in Minn. got search warrant for everyone who Googled person’s name

3/16: We’ve Brought These Stupid ‘Internet of Things’ Hacks Upon Ourselves

3/16: Legislators Want Trump to Repeal ‘Draconian’ ID Standards

3/15: CBP conducted more device searches at the border in Feb than in all of 2015

3/14: Secret Police Possible at Arkansas Capitol, Perhaps Colleges

3/12: A lesson from the CIA WikiLeaks dump: Encryption works

3/12: How The FBI Used Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance

3/11: Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill

3/10: America’s spooks want Congress to extend massive spying powers but still won’t answer Congress’s basic questions

3/9: Bill would strip privacy protections from California students and teachers

3/9: FBI’s James Comey: ‘There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America’

3/8: TSA warns police agencies about its new airport pat-downs

3/8: WikiLeaks: Here’s how the CIA hacks your phones, TVs and PCs

3/8: Bill offering new drivers’ licenses clears Kentucky House

3/8: GOP senators’ new bill would let ISPs sell your Web browsing data

3/7: Why the CIA is using your TVs, smartphones and cars for spying

3/7: I spy with an iPhone: What tech’s open to the CIA?

3/7: Amazon hands over Alexa data in Arkansas hot tub murder case, but 1st Amendment questions remain

3/6: Microsoft Azure adds new data analytics, voice and facial recognition to its government cloud

2/24: Federal magistrate judge in Illinois rules that being forced to unlock your phone with a fingerprint could violate your rights

2/15: Bipartisan bill seeks warrants for police use of ‘stingray’ cell trackers

2/9: Microsoft Is Winning a Battle Against Government Surveillance

2/8: US Customs Won’t Tell Me Why It Seized Some Poetry Books

1/28: Twitter Releases FBI’s Potentially Unconstitutional Requests

1/24: New Mexico Legislators Looking To Add Warrants To The Stingray Mix, Curb Electronic Surveillance

1/18: Obama’s most enduring legacy may be the establishment of the modern US surveillance state

 

Policy:

3/27: The Coming Battle Over Surveillance

3/25: Perks, pitfalls of removing yourself from social media

3/24: Republicans Are Hellbent on Killing Off Internet Privacy Protections. Why?

3/24: Online privacy rights going, going …

3/17: Aboard the Genetic-Testing Freakout Bandwagon

3/17: How To Fight for Your Rights and Privacy Online

3/15: The Guardian view on a trustworthy web: it’s up to us

3/15: If vendors cannot keep a phone updated, why trust them with your household items?

3/14: UK public faces mass invasion of privacy as big data and surveillance merge

3/12: We have too many passwords. We only need one trusted, strong online identity.

3/9: TVs spying on us is just the tip of the iceberg. Is Congress ready to act?

2/5: Why the ‘smart’ employee trend should worry us

 

Overseas:

3/22: Coppers ‘persistently’ breach data protection laws with police tech (UK)

3/21: Home Office admits it’s preparing to accept EU ruling on surveillance (UK)

3/21: No ID, no benefits: thousands could lose lifeline under India’s biometric scheme

3/21: UK Testing Out Drone Army to Beef Up Its Already Insane Surveillance State

3/19: Chinese Learn the Value of Privacy

3/16: Canada’s privacy watchdog probes US border phone seizures

3/16: Canada passed new laws making it even harder to fly drones for fun

3/15: India ID Program Wins World Bank Praise Despite ‘Big Brother’ Fears

3/14: New strategy to curb officials’ drone, phone and CCTV snoop jollies- (UK)

3/9: When will MPs do their jobs and protect our privacy? (UK)

2/24: Police told to delete on request millions of images of innocent people (UK)

2/9: Canadian Privacy in the Age of Trump

2/7: Did a Canadian Court Just Establish a New Right to be Forgotten?

1/11: Germany, France and the UK are moving the EU to continuous, unaccountable, warrantless mass surveillance

12/29: UK Councils Used Massive Surveillance Powers To Spy On… Excessively Barking Dogs & Illegal Pigeon Feeding

 

Tech:

3/24: When Fingerprints Are as Easy to Steal as Passwords

3/22: Starbucks teams up with Ford and Amazon to allow in-car orders via Alexa

3/21: New Technology Combines Lip Motion and Passwords For User Authentication

3/21: Microsoft’s Edge Was Most Hacked Browser At Pwn2Own 2017, While Chrome Remained Unhackable

3/17: Can a high-tech ski cap read my mind or tell me when I’m sick?

3/14: Recode Daily: Why Intel is spending $15 billion to get inside self-driving tech

3/7: What’s really in that Dropbox? Onehub enters data loss prevention market with Marshal scanning tool

2/7: AI Without the Costly GPU Chips? Seattle Startup Xnor.ai Sees a Way

 

Books/Media/Misc:

3/11: Charming animated short on The Power of Privacy

1/28/16: The Power of Privacy – film

1/20: 7 (more) security TED Talks you can’t miss

Privacy News update, 12-23-16

VERY SPECIAL: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy’s first issue available for download

Site: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Direct link to PDF: Here.

 

Featured:

12/24: Cell-Tracking Case Appealed to Full US 7th Circuit Court

12/22: Daily Report: WhatsApp Is Embraced by World’s Immigrants

12/19: House report urges clearer guidance on cellphone technology

12/16: U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance

12/16: Take control of your privacy in Windows 10

12/16: Study: Privacy safeguards for wearable devices are insufficient

12/16: Marketers, Here’s How Your Customers Feel About Privacy

12/16: 2016’s biggest privacy threat: Your phone

12/15: Find out if your Yahoo account was hacked (and what to do next)

12/15: Tor Browser 6.0.8 Lands with Important Security Updates, Tor 0.2.8.11 Support

12/15: Homeland Security fusion centers cut off from Dataminr, a social network monitoring tool

12/15: 14 eyebrow-raising things Google knows about you

12/15: Gmail scanning case reaches settlement

12/15: Protecting more than privacy in K-12 sector

12/15: Photographers And Filmmakers Call For Encryption To Be Built Into Cameras As Standard

12/15: Bruce Schneier’s four-year plan for the Trump years

12/14: Google just dodged a privacy lawsuit by scanning your emails a tiny bit slower

12/14: U.S. proposes requiring vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other to avoid crashes

12/14: The Wynn Las Vegas is putting an Amazon Echo in every hotel room

12/14: 200 imprisoned based on illegal cellphone tracking, review finds

12/14: James Clapper Has a Classified Blog. It’s Called “Intercept.”

12/13: When apps collect more data, outrage is powerful — sometimes

12/13: Snowden offers some tweaks to improve Twitter

12/13: Citi App users get more biometric authentication options

12/13: Ex-employees claim Uber continues unauthorized surveillance

12/13: Why Google, Microsoft and Amazon Love the Sound of Your Voice

12/12: This small Pennsylvania city packed with hundreds of cameras is like a mini-surveillance state

12/12: I took a tour of the popup store that shows how little privacy you actually have

12/12: Singapore’s ‘city brain’ project raises concerns about privacy?

12/10: Edward Snowden backers beam calls for pardon on Washington news museum

12/9: Wikipedia Lawsuit Against NSA Moves Forward With Judges Struggling to Understand Official Line

12/9: Twitter cuts off third surveillance firm for encouraging police to spy on activists

12/9: Kim, Soghoian sign on as TechCongress’ 2017 Congressional Innovation Fellows

12/8: Police Spy Tools Evolve Faster Than Lawmakers Can Keep Up

12/7: How to see all the personal information your browser is tracking

12/7: Drowning in Information: NSA Revelations From 262 Spy Documents

12/7: Blippar introduces facial recognition smartphone app

12/6: The Russian App That Has Destroyed Privacy Forever

12/5: Google Trusted Contacts Allows Users to Share Location in Real Time

12/5: Privacy Advocates Ask Uber To Reverse Decision To Track Users After Rides End

12/4: Snowden says Petraeus shared ‘far more highly classified material than I ever did’

12/2: Researchers figure out how to trick facial recognition systems

12/2: Cough syrup with GPS tracker helps police nab suspected pharmacy burglars

12/1: A beginner’s guide to beefing up your privacy and security online

12/1: How to See Everything Your Browser Knows About You

12/1: Uber Now Tracks Passengers’ Locations Even After They’re Dropped Off

11/30: Appeals Court Says Warrantless Use Of Stingray Devices Probably OK

11/29: Something Happened to Activist Email Provider Riseup, but It Hasn’t Been Compromised

11/29: The Internet Archive is headed to Canada to escape Trump

11/22: Twitter tells developers to stop making police surveillance tools that use its data

11/16: How to defend your digital rights: street protest edition

11/5: How to pick the right secure messaging app for you

11/3: How to keep your iPhone from tracking your location in iOS 10

10/17: How the feds justify collecting fingerprints to unlock everyone’s phones

 

Local:

12/16: As cars get more fuel-efficient, Washington state to test ‘road usage charge’ as alternative to gas tax

12/13: Pullman police want to go airborne with drone

12/12: State to test-drive charging drivers by the mile

12/8: New Head of Seattle FBI Office Believes We Still Live in a “Safe and Open Society”

12/7: Convicted FBI Sting Target Challenges Investigation, Domestic Surveillance; Ends Up With Nothing

12/7: Ready to be tracked at the grocery store? Amazon’s mini-mart raises new questions for digital privacy

12/1: Washington state lawmakers grapple with coming wave of self-driving vehicles

11/7: Seattle Police Department chooses Axon for body-worn cameras and digital evidence technology

10/25: Justice Department investigator fired over Black Lives Matter profiling scandal

 

Govt:

12/21: New York City Should Keep ID Data for Now, Judge Rules

12/21: Ohio to Mine Government Data for Answers to Tough Issues

12/16: House Intel committee chair: if top spies won’t come to us, we’ll visit them

12/16: Official seeks driver’s license list in voting rights case

12/16: FTC organizing privacy researcher meet up in January

12/15: Surveillance Oversight Board Was Fun While It Lasted, But That’s Pretty Much Over For Now

12/14: National Security Letters now accessible to public, Google announces

12/14: Florida court rules Americans must turn over passwords to the cops

12/14: Ex-CIA Director Says Snowden Shouldn’t Fear Trump

12/12: Groman: Still privacy work to be done under Obama

12/9: Snowden Leak Reveals NSA Spied on Air Passengers’ Phones, Internet Downloads

12/8: US government seeks more data on Apple customers

12/8: Prosecutor: Some Encryption a ‘Threat to Our Ability to Protect’ Americans

12/8: FTC holds seminar on smart TV privacy issues

12/7: USPS could help development of smart cities

12/7: Newly passed 2017 intelligence policy ‘muzzles’ privacy board

12/6: Ohio’s top court says police dashcam video is public record

12/6: Obama makes a push for transparency before handing over executive power to Trump

12/5: 9th Circuit upholds warrantless email surveillance of person in the U.S. communicating with foreigners abroad when the foreigners are the ‘targets’

12/2: Encryption app use rises 400 percent after Trump win

12/2: Librarians, digital archivers prepare for Trump-era surveillance

12/1: Internet Archive Successfully Fends Off Secret FBI Order

12/1: Gap Between Wiretaps Reported By US Courts And Recipient Service Providers Continues To Grow

12/1: A year after terrorist attacks, phone privacy laws unchanged – but watch out for Trump

12/1: New bill prevents companies from punishing users for negative online reviews

12/1: FBI Can Now Hack Computer Virus Victims, Suspects Located Anywhere With 1 Warrant

12/1: FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

11/30: DEA Paid Millions To Volunteers Searching Americans’ Luggage, Mail

11/30: Curbs on extremist online content threaten free speech: report

11/29: Government Officials Can’t Stop Spying on Their Crushes

11/27: Donald Trump’s surveillance state: All the tools to suppress dissent and kill free speech are already in place

11/17: America’s top spy, James Clapper, resigns ahead of Trump administration

11/17: America’s Top Intelligence Official Has Submitted His Resignation

 

Policy:

12/16: The Future of Privacy

12/14: iPhone user can be forced to produce the passcode to his phone, court rules

12/7: Tell Us: Have You Ever Been Hacked?

12/7: Op-Ed Trump will have wider spying powers than anything J. Edgar Hoover ever imagined

12/5: The flowering of voice control leads to a crop of security holes

12/4: Electric cars as part of the surveillance state

11/15: It’s Time to Move the Encryption Discussion Forward

11/2: Talking about mental health and data privacy

10/25: Does privacy exist anymore? Just barely.

10/11: There is more behind the story of Yahoo searching its customers’ email

 

Overseas:

12/16: Thailand passes amendment to cyber law despite opposition

12/15: Digital rights group in Mexico releases telecom privacy report

12/15: Documents reveal how St-Laurent government extended secret Cold War wiretapping (Canada)

12/13: WhatsApp, Skype face tighter constraints under new EU privacy rules – draft

12/12: Roundup: Canada, Spain, Tunisia, US and more

12/9: Rio Tinto rules out drone surveillance of workers on Pilbara FIFO camps (Oz)

12/9: Google says it won’t give in to French demands on privacy rights

12/8: Extensive British Spying Throughout Africa Revealed in Le Monde

12/7: Revealed: Rio Tinto’s plan to use drones to monitor workers’ private lives (Oz)

12/6: Dutch police get OK to exploit zero-days: So will that just mean more surveillance?

12/6: Do Turkey’s police use social media monitoring to crack down on dissent?

12/6: Canada’s privacy commissioners urge more privacy in national security policy

12/2: RCMP want new powers to bypass digital roadblocks in terrorism, major crime cases (Canada)

12/2: Interior minister urges joining of national biometric database with ID cards (Israel)

12/1: Steep rise in police requests for Opal data to track people on NSW public transport (Oz)

11/8: French privacy row over mass ID database

11/3: Privacy complaint for fitness wristband makers

10/21: GCHQ tech leader’s plan to secure an entire country (UK)

 

Tech:

12/16: Health Wearable Devices and Apps Pose Consumer Privacy Risks

12/16: NIST seeks tech collaborators for privacy-enhanced ID project

12/15: Using big data, and privacy, to fight Zika

12/15: Evernote CEO downplays app’s privacy concerns

12/15: Are Santa cams the creepiest trend in holiday surveillance?

12/15: Self-driving cars are prone to hacks — and automakers are barely talking about it

12/14: The Great A.I. Awakening

12/14: New internet outrage: ‘Smart’ sex toy sent company details of its use

12/12: Ford’s recently published patent should freak you out a bit

12/9: The state of Michigan just made self-driving-car history

12/9: A ‘mystery device’ is letting thieves break into cars and drive off with them, insurance group says

12/7: Apple pushes further in mapping and location technology

12/6: Call for privacy probes over Cayla doll and i-Que toys

12/3: Apple shows ambition to get into self-driving car race

12/2: How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security

12/1: Deseat.me helps users delete online presence

12/1: Implantable medical devices can be hacked to harm patients

11/28: Teeny sensor system lets you effectively monitor electricity usage

11/23: Facebook is mailing $15 checks for using your photos without asking

11/17: Mozilla’s Firefox Focus wants to alleviate your mobile privacy concerns

11/16: The best web browsers for privacy, speed, and battery life

 

Books/Media/Misc:

12/2016: The most shocking internet privacy laws (video)

12/23: The Privacy Advisor Podcast: 2016, a recap

12/22: Codebreaker podcast: Signal

12/16: The Glass Room shows how little privacy we really have

12/7: Film adaption of ‘The Circle’ has its first trailer

12/5: Despite Its Promise, The Internet Of Things Remains Vulnerable (NPR)

12/5: The Glass Room exhibit places emphasis on surveillance

12/2: Privacy Advisor Podcast: Amie Stepanovich talks fighting government surveillance

11/23: On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin

11/22: BBC World Service – Click: Pakistan Online Privacy

11/17: I Will Invade Your Privacy (In Ethical Ways) For Stories

10/15: BBC4 – Moral Maze podcast: Privacy

Privacy News Update: Oct 2016

Featured:

10/31: Silently Tracking Users With Ultrasonic Beacons

10/31: The paranoid user’s guide to Windows 10 privacy

10/31: 17 essential tools to protect your online identity, privacy

10/30: Sneaky ultrasonic adware makes homes vulnerable to ultrasonic hacking

10/29: License plate readers a great tool for cops; concern for privacy advocates

10/28: Security apps you need on your new Pixel

10/28: The limits of encryption

10/27: How hackable are your smart home gadgets?

10/25: Does privacy exist anymore? Just barely.

10/25: ‘AT&T is Spying’ report gets social media up in arms

10/24: Cell-site simulator policy approved by Oakland Privacy Commission

10/24: 5 apps for encrypting and shredding files

10/21: Anonymous’ Most Notorious Hacker Is Back, and He’s Gone Legit

10/20: NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

10/20: 6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

10/19: ACLU takes on Fisa court over secret decisions on surveillance laws

10/19: Digital Defenders: a free open-licensed booklet for kids about privacy and crypto

10/19: Imagine if Donald Trump Controlled the NSA

10/15: Police Searches Of Social Media Face Privacy Pushback

10/15: Eye in the sky: the billionaires funding a surveillance project above Baltimore

10/15: The best privacy and security iPhone apps

10/13: Top Verizon lawyer says it’s too easy to give your location information to cops

10/12: Amazon Wants to Scan Your License Plate

10/12: Signal Adds Expiring Messages to Encrypted Chats

10/11: Encrypted communications could have an undetectable backdoor

10/11: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram sent feeds that helped police track minority protesters, report says

10/11: Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

10/10: Massive report details the surveillance powers of 12 Central and South American nations

10/7: Yahoo didn’t install an NSA email scanner, it was a “buggy” NSA “rootkit”

10/6: Former NSA employee: This hack gains access to your Mac’s webcam

10/4: Open Whisper Systems Makes the Case Against Data Retention

10/4: Google’s AI Plans Are A Privacy Nightmare

10/4: Signal chat app’s creator: US government demanded our user data

10/4: FBI demands Signal user data, but there’s not much to hand over

10/4: You Can All Finally Encrypt Facebook Messenger, So Do It

 

Local:

10/20: Lawyers concerned about collection of mental health data

10/20: Portland police collection of mental health data raises privacy concerns, lawyers say

10/12: Defense rights trump privacy rights in rape case, appeals court rules

10/6: Police pulling packages from mail fails ‘sniff test’ of Oregon Supreme Court

 

Govt:

10/31: The FCC’s new privacy rules are toothless

10/27: Internet providers must now get your OK to share your personal data

10/26: La Cañada considers advanced licence plate cameras but question of privacy arises

10/25: US transport agency guidance on vehicle cybersecurity irks lawmakers

10/25: Say goodbye to the fingerprint. It’s your digital footprint the FBI wants.

10/20: Incessant Consumer Surveillance Is Leaking Into Physical Stores

10/19: Yahoo to US government: Clarify email surveillance reports

10/19: Half of American Adults Are in Police Facial-Recognition Databases

10/17: The FBI demands a key to your backdoor

10/16: Feds Claim They Can Enter a House and Demand Fingerprints to Unlock Everyone’s Phones

10/14: US lawmakers want answers on Yahoo email surveillance

10/6: FCC’s internet privacy proposal just got a little weaker

10/4: Yahoo scanned all of its users’ incoming emails on behalf of US Intelligence officials

 

Policy:

10/30: The IoT security doomsday is lurking, but we cannot talk about it properly

10/28: Do Parents Invade Children’s Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

10/28: Amy Goodman: AT&T/Time Warner merger means death of privacy

10/26: Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

10/26: Cyber after Snowden

10/25: Can anyone keep us safe from a weaponized ‘Internet of Things?’

10/24: The Short Dumb Life Of the Internet of Things

10/24: Op-Ed Lawmakers need to curb face recognition searches by police

10/23: Privacy is creating a new digital divide between the rich and poor

10/23: THOMAS TASCHINGER: WikiLeaks smashes concept of email privacy

10/21: Duck Google’s data grab

10/18: There’s still time to stop the surveillance society

10/18: Personal data, privacy and the totalitarian state

10/16: The Guardian view on data sharing: the privacy of citizens is being eroded

10/13: Are you worried about your online privacy?

10/11: The privacy perils of rocks and hard places

10/6: Security vs. privacy: The endless fiery debate continues

10/5: Editorial Make a deal to bring Edward Snowden home

10/5: Money, Safety and Privacy Keep Us Awake at Night

10/3: Don’t Pardon Snowden

 

Overseas:

10/27: Privacy group shoots legal arrow at Privacy Shield (Ireland)

10/25: Surveillance by consent: Commissioner launches CCTV strategy for England and Wales

10/24: French surveillance law is unconstitutional after all, highest court says

10/20: Greens are fighting for civil liberties too (UK)

10/18: Labour peers under fire for backing expansion of surveillance powers (UK)

10/17: London cops strap on new body cams

10/17: UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal says GHCQ illegally spied for 17 years

10/14: US renews fight for the right to seize content from the world’s servers

10/13: Euro politicians are hyping the terror threat to steal your privacy

10/13: Oz gummint’s de-anonymisation crime is as mind-bendingly stupid as we feared

10/10: Massive report details the surveillance powers of 12 Central and South American nations

10/10: Confirmed: UK police forces own IMSI grabbers, but keeping schtum on use

10/10: Controversial snooping technology ‘used by at least seven police forces’ (UK)

10/7: Facebook wins ‘Big Brother’ award in Belgium

10/6: Canada’s Privacy Failure: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy & Ethics

10/5: Lawful Access is Back: How the Government Quietly Revived Canada’s Most Controversial Privacy Issue

 

Tech:

10/27: No need to shoot down drones! Many of them can now be hijacked

10/26: ACLU takes social giants to task over Geofeedia privacy gaffe

10/26: Rise of the photon clones: New method could lead to ‘impenetrable’ comms

10/25: BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

10/25: It Ain’t Me, Babe: Researchers Find Flaws In Police Facial Recognition Technology

10/19: Your robot doctor overlords will see you now

10/17: Yelp reviews, privacy laws hamstring doctors

10/13: On the Wire Podcast: Cindy Cohn

10/13: 5 privacy settings to change in Windows 10

10/12: The internet of insecure things: Thousands of internet-connected devices are a security disaster in the making

10/3: Medical scribes track doctors’ examinations from thousands of miles away

 

Books/Media/Misc:

Privacy News Update, Aug-Sept 2016

Featured:

9/29: Police surveillance: The US city that beat Big Brother

9/29: Complaints against cops down 93% thanks to bodycams – study

9/28: AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

9/22: I have found a secret tunnel that runs underneath the phone companies and emerges in paradise

9/21: Allo, privacy, are you there? Google keeps your messages forever

9/19: How Police Trace Cellphones in IEDs Like the Ones in NYC

9/12: Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we’ll still track you

9/12: The Strange Way That People Perceive Privacy Online

9/11: When biometrics meets the boss: How some employee badges measure performance – and more

9/6: How surveillance capitalism tracks you without cookies

9/2: US cities promise to crack down on police surveillance tech

9/2: NBA’s Golden State Warriors sued for ‘mic snooping’ mobile app

9/1: Wall Street’s Next Frontier Is Hacking Into Emotions of Traders – Startups wielding sensors and algorithms promise a new era of surveillance.

9/1: British Defense Giant Offers Tactical Spy Trash Cans to American Cops

8/31: Your device’s light sensor may betray your privacy

8/31: FBI Director wants ‘adult conversation’ about backdooring encryption – How about f**k off – is that adult enough?

8/23: Privacy advocates rail against US Homeland Security’s Twitter, Facebook snooping

8/19: Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Photos From Facebook (What Else?)

8/12: Boffins’ blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

8/10: A New Wireless Hack Can Unlock 100 Million Volkswagens

8/1: The Jeep Hackers Are Back to Prove Car Hacking Can Get Much Worse

7/21: How car insurance companies spy on your mileage

 

Local:

9/30: Washington secretary of state calls for federal-level IDs to protect votes

9/28: As Seattle police embrace tech tools, privacy advocates raise concerns

9/22: Cops are raiding the homes of innocent people based only on IP addresses

9/20: Hot Button: Readers think Obama should pardon Edward Snowden (Letters to the Editor)

9/15: The ‘smart’ home products people are actually using (photos)

6/2: Seattle mayor proposes plan for acoustic gunshot detection technology to curb violence

 

Govt:

9/20: Official policy on autonomous vehicles shows federal government wants to come along for the ride

9/16: Small, low flying drones the target of newfangled DARPA defense system

9/14: Launch of campaign to pardon Edward Snowden focuses on protecting whistleblowers

9/14: New state law expands tenant privacy in eviction suits (PA)

9/13: U.S. ‘quietly’ asking Silicon Valley for help accessing encrypted communications

9/13: Trump Just Said He Wouldn’t Spy on Americans. Here Are 4 Times He Vowed to Do So.

9/12: Leaked Stingray manual shows how easy warrantless mass surveillance can be!

9/12: AI Can Recognize Your Face Even If You’re Pixelated

9/4: How Baltimore Became America’s Laboratory for Spy Tech

9/2: Florida privacy law adds breach notification and strengthens compliance

9/2: We want GCHQ-style spy powers to hack cybercrims, say police (UK)

8/31: Encryption: FBI building fresh case for access to electronic devices

8/24: Just a little FYI: Small town ISPs want out of FCC privacy rules

8/24: Privacy officer finally appointed (NY State Dept. of Education)

8/16: Baltimore cops accused of violating FCC rules with Stingrays

8/16: Illinois AG orders emails disclosed, refuels privacy debate

8/2: White House loves drones

8/2: Judge blasts FBI for bugging courthouse, throws out 200 hours of recordings

7/15: Opt-out fees for Oklahoma smart meters approved

7/14: Big Privacy Ruling Says Feds Can’t Grab Data Abroad With a Warrant

7/12: North Carolina AG says body camera law needs fixing

7/12: Senator Franken is freaked out by Pokémon Go’s privacy practices

7/11: North Carolina holds police camera videos from public record

6/24: DHS wants to snoop on travelers’ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts

 

Policy:

9/28: Obamacare Big Brother-ism Is Far Worse Than ‘Poking Around Our Libraries’

9/21: A Step in the Right Direction on Data Privacy

9/20: As a source and patriot, Snowden deserves pardon: Washington Post opinion

9/19: Op-Ed Why President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden

9/18: Op-ed: Why Obama should pardon Edward Snowden

9/15: Congressional report slams NSA leaker Edward Snowden

9/14: Edward Snowden sets out the moral case for a pardon from Obama

9/14: Google’s become an obsessive stalker and you can’t get a restraining order

9/8: Microsoft’s tin ear for privacy

9/4: The Privacy Wars Are About to Get a Whole Lot Worse

9/1: There is No Encryption Debate

8/2: Do You Consent? Four Ways to Strengthen Digital Privacy

 

Overseas:

9/27: German Regulators Ban Facebook From Collecting WhatsApp Data

9/16: World’s largest internet exchange sues Germany over mass surveillance

9/16: Xiaomi phones are pre-backdoored; your apps can be silently overwritten (China)

9/15: Britain exploring national internet filter, official says (UK)

9/14: GCHQ’s ‘Great British Firewall’ raises serious concern – privacy groups (UK)

9/9: Brit spies and chums slurped 750k+ bits of info on you last year

9/9: UK police listened in to 9 percent more calls last year

8/24: French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

8/10: Vancouver police confirm use of ‘stingray’ surveillance technology (Canada)

8/9: Thai telcoms regulator wants tourists to use location-tracking SIMs

8/6: Privacy warriors drag GCHQ into Euro human rights court over blanket spying, hacking (UK)

8/6: BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it (UK)

8/3: Oz stats bureau deploys a bot to harvest Twitter IDs (Oz)

7/29: Russia Finalizes Procedures for Collecting Encryption Keys

7/26: Europe gives Privacy Shield one year to work

7/26: European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

6/14: Canada’s Surveillance Crisis Now Hiding In Plain Sight

6/10: Why the Privacy Commissioner Doesn’t Need Legal Reforms To Require Transparency Reports (Canada)

 

Tech:

9/30: Q&A: The data your car collects and who can use it

9/28: Google, Dropbox the latest US tech giants to sign up to the Privacy Shield

9/28: Microsoft hails pointless Privacy Shield status for its cloud services

9/23: Audi wants its connected cars to improve the breed

9/20: Hackers Activate Tesla’s Brakes From Miles Away

9/19: Performance, management and privacy issues stymie SSL inspections, and the bad guys know it

9/19: Volkswagen establishes cybersecurity joint venture

9/16: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey joins push to #PardonSnowden

9/8: Security an afterthought in connected home, wearable devices

9/6: How to control your privacy in Chromebooks vs. Windows 10

8/29: Woman shoots drone: “It hovered for a second and I blasted it to smithereens.”

8/26: How to keep Facebook from mining your WhatsApp data

8/24: All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

8/18: Paranoid iPhone owners used a privacy tool that made them hackable

8/18: Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

8/16: Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward

8/10: Copperhead OS: The startup that wants to solve Android’s woeful security

8/8: DARPA wants to build very low frequency wireless systems

8/6: Web companies can track you — and price-gouge you — based on your battery life

8/5: Comcast wants to charge you more for better privacy

7/26: Anti-theft kill switches in smartphones just got a little less creepy

7/21: Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching

7/20: Now You Can Hide Your Smart Home on the Darknet

7/8: Facebook rolls out end-to-end encryption for Messenger app

7/2: Hacker Lexicon: What Is Full Disk Encryption?

6/1 Googling yourself will lead to personal privacy controls

 

Books/Media/Misc:

9/26: Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow By ‘Fingerprinting’ Browsers, Devices

9/17: A Former NSA Deputy Director Weighs In On ‘Snowden’

9/14: Edward Snowden Really Needs Oliver Stone’s Hero Movie Right Now

9/2: On the Wire Podcast: Bruce Schneier

8/30: Orwell was right: Oliver Stone on what makes Snowden exciting

7/15: How the Real Hackers Behind Mr. Robot Get It So Right

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

looong overdue, thanks for your patience …..

 

Featured:

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

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

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

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

5/19: Google Is A Serial Tracker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/2: How to Search the Deep Web Safely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/9: Twitter Blocks Feds From Data Mining Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/20: Missouri lawmakers worry police technology invades privacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/22: Blind deserve privacy, too

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/3: UK.gov refuses to give surveillance commish enforcement powers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/14: European parliament approves tougher data privacy rules

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

 

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hells, yeah!

Smart-meter vendor says that if we know how their system works, the terrorists will win

Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er … terrorism

Landisgyr freak out after Seattle city accidentally leaks details of smart meters

A multinational demands to know who reads MuckRock and is suing to stop us from posting records about them

Security by Obscurity never works, losers! Go Phil Mocek!

#6

Privacy News Update, 4-24-16

 

Featured:

4/24: 5 things George Orwell understood

4/23: Lawmakers want to know how often U.S. spies accidentally collect Americans’ data

4/22: 1 million people are now connecting to Facebook without leaving a digital trail

4/22: Court: Border Search Warrant Exception Beats Riley In The ‘Constitution-Free Zone’

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

4/22: How License-Plate Readers Have Helped Police and Lenders Target the Poor

4/22: Could skull echos and brainprints replace the password?

4/19: How to really erase any drive — even SSDs — in 2016

4/19: EFF files suit to seek answers on secret decryption orders

4/19: Bill Gates: Secret government data requests should be curbed

4/18: Hackers need only your cell number to eavesdrop on your phone

4/17: Need a secure smartphone? Answer is simple, experts say

4/17: Oculus reacts to virtual reality privacy questions

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

4/15: Your Conversation On The Bus Or Train May Be Recorded

4/14: Link Shorteners Can Spy on You

4/13: New York cops want to run your phone through a ‘textalyzer’ if you crash your car

4/12: Let’s Encrypt free security certificate program leaves beta

4/12: This is the new digital center of the United States

4/11: Will New York City’s Free Wi-Fi Help Police Watch You?

4/10: Obama Administration’s Expansion Of Domestic Spying Powers Dwarfs The ‘Good Old Days’ Of Bush And John Yoo

4/6: Adding End-To-End Encryption To WhatsApp Is Great…But Not Quite As Secure As People May Think

4/4: Just one iPhone, you say? FBI tells local police it will help unlock others.

4/1: Would You Let Companies Monitor You For Money?

3/31: Reddit’s Warrant Canary On National Security Letters… Disappears

3/30: The 63 other smartphones the government asked Apple and Google to help unlock

3/29: How to Spot an NYPD Cop Car Disguised as a Yellow Cab

3/28: 5 Tweaks to Take Back Your Privacy on Facebook

3/17: How the Government Keeps Its Phone Spying Gear a Secret

3/14: Can John Oliver Get Americans to Care About Encryption?

2/26: Tor Project Accuses CloudFlare of Mass Surveillance, Sabotaging Tor Traffic

1/19: 10 anti-surveillance tools that protect your privacy online

12/2015: There’s a Secret Catalog of Surveillance Tech for US Law Enforcement Agencies

 

Local:

4/14: Microsoft sues U.S. government over secret demands for customer data

4/4: When A Dark Web Volunteer Gets Raided By The Police

3/31: Wyden: ‘Plans to Weaken Strong Encryption Are a Double Loser’

 

Govt:

4/23: U.S. government drops New York iPhone case after third party gives it the passcode

4/21: F.B.I. Director Suggests Bill for iPhone Hacking Topped $1.3 Million

4/20: Google Exec: Encryption Debate Lacks Evidence, On Both Sides

4/20: Tech Coalitions Urge Reconsideration of Burr-Feinstein Bill

4/19: Apple: ‘US asked us for data on 5,192 user accounts’

4/19: FBI: Using third parties to break encryption not only answer

4/19: Congress hears more views on iPhone encryption

4/19: F.B.I. Says It Needs Hackers to Keep Up With Tech Companies

4/16: Here’s what to expect from the high-profile witnesses at the House encryption hearing

4/15: Sixth Circuit Says Cell Site Location Data Just A Business Record; No Warrants Required

4/14: Strict student data privacy bill advances in Colorado House

4/14: Bill Requiring Phone Crypto Backdoors Dies in California Assembly

4/13: Stingray surveillance device questions prompt federal privacy complaint

4/13: Congress might actually do something to protect your email privacy

4/13: Major online privacy bill easily clears first vote in Congress

4/13: Here’s the final version of the Senate bill mandating encryption backdoors

4/13: F.B.I. Used Hacking Software Decade Before iPhone Fight

4/9: Draft of US Encryption Bill Leaks Online, Is Incredibly Stupid

4/8: Why The FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Webcam

4/7: The Method Bought By The FBI To Unlock San Bernardino iPhone Doesn’t Work On Other Models

4/7: Pa. Officials Consider Banning Drones Over State Game Lands

4/6: Yes, All of WhatsApp’s Data Is Encrypted, Even the Metadata

4/5: F.B.I. Lawyer Won’t Say if Data From Unlocked iPhone Is Useful

4/5: Americans back government hacking as long as cops tell tech companies how they did it

4/1: FBI’s Mystery iPhone Technique at Center of Discussion

3/31: FCC Votes To Propose New Privacy Rules For Internet Service Providers

3/31: Maryland Court Says Cops Need Warrants To Deploy Stingray Devices

3/29: Condolences to Apple for its Big Win

3/27: House Lawmaker Wants to Make it Illegal to Buy a Burner Phone Without ID

3/22: Like Apple, Tor Devs Would Quit Their Jobs If Ordered to Backdoor Their Software

3/21: Despite FBI Propaganda, Americans Love Encryption

3/1: FBI director implies that the NSA was unable to hack San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

 

Policy:

4/21: Big data, bigger brother: The rise of James Bond, data scientist

4/20: Apple’s Penchant for Consumer Security

4/19: Lawful Hacking: Should, Or Can, The FBI Learn To Overcome Encryption Itself?

4/15: What a Future of Backdoored Crypto Looks Like

4/14: Should the FBI Use Hackers to Hack Phones?

4/12: Here’s why it’s OK that Google knows everything about you

4/12: Study shows people care more about data privacy but are doing less to protect themselves

4/5: How Surveillance Stifles Dissent on the Internet

3/28: Encryption Is a Luxury

3/21: Encryption Pioneer Phil Zimmermann Backs Apple in Fight With FBI

3/15: Unpacking America’s privacy crisis at SXSW

1/26: Big data poses a threat to democracy

1/24: If a smartphone vendor acquiesces to anti-encryption laws, don’t use them

1/22: The future of tracking online behavior is already here

 

Overseas:

4/23: Questions In Belgium Over Security Do Little To Sway Minds Over Surveillance

4/22: Dutch Police Shut Down Encrypted Mobile Phone Network

4/21: UK’s spy agencies hold a massive database of ordinary citizens

4/21: British spies abused their powers to send people birthday cards

4/20: U.K. official confirms surveillance bill would let cops force companies to decrypt data

4/19: Can Switzerland become a safe haven for the world’s data?

4/19: Apple refused China access to source code, says chief lawyer

4/19: UK surveillance bill will force tech companies to disclose new products before they launch

4/14: Canadian police ‘obtained’ BlackBerry master encryption key

3/30: Top E.U. network-security official slams proposals for encryption backdoors

3/30: Punchtime employee tracking app raises privacy concerns

3/22: B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham to step down

3/17: UK Government Pushes Forward With Insane Snooper’s Charter, Despite Widespread Concerns

 

Tech:

4/21: Encryption Is Contagious: Viber Launching End To End Encryption

4/21: Former NSA security expert builds ransomware blocker for Mac

4/19: Apple Hasn’t Decided What To Do About iCloud Encryption — Yet

4/19: BlackBerry CEO: ‘We Are the Gold Standard’ in Security

4/15: How to connect with people at the office without sacrificing your privacy

4/14: Target is adding connected devices to care for the aging population

4/13: Silverpush Stops Using Sneaky, Inaudible TV Audio Tracking Beacons After FTC Warning

4/11: WordPress Turns on Encryption for 1 Million Sites

4/1: DARPA takes first step to develop technology that launches volleys of drones

3/30: Apple, Google Ordered To Unlock Smartphones Since At Least 2008

3/29: FAA doubles altitude limits for business drones

3/14: Researchers discover many March Madness apps are asking for permissions they don’t need

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

4/10: An animal’s right to privacy in the digital age

4/7: Alexa, Is Jeff Bezos Spying on Me? (Guest: Dan Seifert, Senior Editor, The Verge) – podcast

2/1: Privacy study prompts re-think of tracker use