Privacy News Update, Dec 2018

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12/29: Google Wins Dismissal of Suit Over Facial Recognition Software

12/28: How Data Collected in Warrantless Surveillance Ends Up Everywhere

12/28: We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data

12/27: Get Ready for a Privacy Law Showdown in 2019

12/26: The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

12/25: Why the FTC is taking a new look at Facebook privacy

12/25: ACLU suit seeks info from NSA

12/23: Why It’s Hard to Escape Amazon’s Long Reach

12/21: Inside the Pentagon’s Plan to Win Over Silicon Valley’s AI Experts

12/21: As Facial Recognition Technology Booms, So Do Privacy Concerns

12/21: North Carolina State Bar Launches Privacy Certification Amid Growing Cyber Focus

12/20: You Should Return the Amazon Echo You Bought and Get a Better Gift

12/20: 2018 ain’t done yet… Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger

12/20: Facebook Grapples With Another Privacy Scandal

12/19: The Datafication of Employment

12/19: Google Play Store Privacy Concerns

12/19: Facebook had a secret data deal with Amazon which flouted its own privacy rules

12/19: Facebook reportedly gathering personal data from Tinder, Pregnancy+, other apps

12/19: Even after you turn off Facebook location tracking, Facebook tracks your location

12/19: Facebook data-sharing partnerships with Amazon, Microsoft and other tech giants at the center of latest privacy scandal

12/19: Facebook admits that it allowed Netflix and Spotify to access your private messages

12/18: Facebook now makes it impossible for users to avoid being tracked for advertising purposes, according to a report

12/18: American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops ‘cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport’

12/18: Start a online post, then delete it? Many websites save it anyway.

12/18: The Coming Commodification of Life at Home

12/17: Who’s watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

12/17: Yes, Big Platforms Could Change Their Business Models

12/15: 6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

12/14: It’s Time for a Bill of Data Rights

12/14: Microsoft Says Windows 10 Isn’t Tracking Your Activity Without Permission

12/14: Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

12/13: At a New York Privacy Pop-Up, Facebook Sells Itself

12/12: How to Completely Block the “Secret” Activity History Tracking in Windows 10

12/12: Problems with facial recognition easy to see, hard to manage

12/12: All the Ways in Which Your Smartphone Can Track You and How to Put an End to It

12/12: Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court

12/11: The CEO of privacy search engine DuckDuckGo says Google uses location data that puts entire ZIP codes in politically biased ‘filter bubbles’

12/11: Surveillance libraries in common smartphone apps have amassed dossiers on the minute-to-minute movements of 200 million+ Americans

12/11: The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

12/10: How to plan your smart home – and weigh privacy risks

12/7: Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018

12/7: A former spy boss said Facebook could threaten democracy if it isn’t ‘controlled’

12/7: Microsoft says it’s time to get serious about facial recognition rules: ‘Laws and regulations are indispensable’

12/6: Could ‘1984’ become reality by 2024? Microsoft’s Brad Smith calls for regulation of facial recognition

12/6: The Technology 202: More than 200 companies call for a national privacy law

12/6: NYPD to deploy 14 drones across city

12/6: Rule the holidays using Alexa smart home technology (actually: DON’T)

12/5: Facebook Was Fully Aware That Tracking Who People Call and Text Is Creepy But Did It Anyway

12/5: Facebook’s UK Document Dump Suggests User Privacy Was Sacrificed for Growth

12/5: USPS is hemorrhaging billions a year and it might sell off the rights to your mailbox to turn a profit

12/4: Your face is your boarding pass at Atlanta airport

12/4: Microsoft, Mastercard propose universal digital identity program

12/4: A tip to keep your home address off the internet

12/4: Secret Service to test facial recognition tech around White House

12/4: An Eye-Scanning Lie Detector Is Forging a Dystopian Future

 

Local (PNW):

12/19: Vulcan plans to test AI security system on Seattle plaza, capable of scanning passersby for threats

12/7: Interview: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on privacy, regulating Big Tech and his presidential ambitions

12/2018: Oregonians among first in nation to sue Marriott for data breach

 

Govt (Fed):

12/30: Federal judge gives green light to patient privacy lawsuit

12/21: TSA Will No Longer Engage In Suspicionless, Cross-Country Surveillance Of Airplane Passengers

12/21: ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”

12/18: The Cybersecurity 202: Senate Democrats launch new privacy effort to protect consumer data

12/18: Google Targeted by Consumer Groups Over Children’s Apps

12/13: FBI plans ‘Rapid DNA’ network for quick database checks on arrestees

12/12: Federal data privacy bill introduced by 15 US senators

12/12: Technology 202: Google hearing previews House Democrats’ plans to rein in Big TechTechnology 202: Google hearing previews House Democrats’ plans to rein in Big Tech

Govt (States & Cities):

12/28: Ohio lawmakers OK bill to clarify release of police video

12/27: Editorial: New York’s new suspects

12/19: Facebook Sued by DC Attorney General for Cambridge Analytica Privacy Violations

12/12: Schenectady cops to begin wearing body cameras next month

12/8: Data privacy and Connecticut voters

12/6: NYPD to deploy 14 drones across city

12/5: NYPD powers up drone squad and promises not to spy on people

 

Policy & Opinion:

12/29: Sounding the alarm on tech’s creeping dystopia

12/29: Malkin: Beware Silicon Valley Santas in the Schools NOTE: MM is generally beyond just being an idiot, but I have to agree with her on this one for the most part – #6

12/26: The Internet Became Less Free in 2018. Can We Fight Back?

12/23: Why Are We So Surprised by Facebook’s Data Scandals?

12/20: Violating our privacy is in Facebook’s DNA

12/19: MSNBC Analyst Compares Facebook to ‘Soylent Green’: ‘You Are the Consumable’

12/17: “Owning your data” will not save you from data capitalism

12/12: Modern privacy, beyond social media: Congress must think big

12/12: Google Glass Wasn’t a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns

12/8: We can’t own information

12/6: Facebook’s Dirty Tricks Are Nothing New for Tech

12/6: Commentary: Smart cities revolution is near

12/3: Why Amazon is a ‘bully’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’

12/1: The Marriott data breach is a reminder that privacy concerns extend beyond tech

Overseas:

12/31: The Chinese government is putting tracking chips into school uniforms to watch every move kids make

12/19: US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action

12/17: Australia’s encryption laws are ‘highly unlikely’ to dragoon employees in secret

12/13: Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

12/13: China is now the greatest threat to Americans’ privacy

12/11: How Bike-Sharing Services And Electric Vehicles Are Sending Personal Data To The Chinese Government

12/10: The Guardian view on surveillance: Australia is giving too much power to the state

12/10: Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov’s digital bod has one simple solution: ‘Get over it’

12/8: UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have ‘evolved’…

12/8: GCHQ boosts powers to launch mass data hacking (UK)

12/7: Australia’s Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact Global Privacy

12/7: UK Supreme Court considers whether spy court should be immune to legal probes

12/6: Be careful what you type in Australia. A new law will give authorities access to encrypted chats.

12/5: Awkward… Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts’ info, crafty PR spinning (UK)

12/5: Israel is selling spy software to dictators – and betraying its own ideals

12/4: The Cybersecurity 202: British intelligence officials propose way to access encrypted group chats

12/2: Trump disarms his own country while enabling China

Tech:

12/28: How to plan your smart home — and weigh privacy risks

12/13: Taylor’s gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy… fans can’t shake cam off, shake cam off

12/13: Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you’re sure you yelled STOP!

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

12/26: Interview: NYPL’s chief digital officer says public is better off when libraries are ‘risk averse’ about tech

12/6: Always Watching

Privacy News Update, October 2018

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Featured:

10/27: Your DNA Is Out There. Do You Want Law Enforcement Using It?

10/26: Apple Face ID: Everything you need to know

10/26: New Documents Show Amazon’s Face-Scanning Tech for Cops Was a Headache From the Start

10/26: Hate lines? You could speed through the stadium or airport (in return for your personal data)

10/26: California Will Pause Net Neutrality Law for Federal Suit

10/25: How a 19th-Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces

10/25: A former Facebook executive called out Apple CEO Tim Cook’s hypocrisy over privacy

10/24: Apple boss decries ‘data industrial complex’ while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

10/24: Tim Cook Takes Aim at Companies That Stockpile Private Data

10/24: Alibaba Used Shoppers’ Data to Invent a Spicy Snickers Bar

10/24: CNET Asks: Do you trust ancestry sites to keep your DNA safe?

10/24: ACLU demands DHS disclose its use of facial-recognition tech

10/24: Google Is Putting More Privacy Controls Directly in Search

10/24: Sidewalk Toronto project loses privacy expert over data anonymization policy

10/24: Google Made It Less of a Pain in the Ass to Clear Your Search History

10/23: Every minute for three months, GM secretly gathered data on 90,000 drivers’ radio-listening habits and locations

10/23: This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise

10/23: Stepping Into an Amazon Store Helps It Get Inside Your Head

10/22: Alexa, I Feel Sick … Can Big Tech Solve the Growing Crisis in Healthcare?

10/22: Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them

10/19: You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone’s web privacy

10/19: Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

10/18: Facebook’s Portal Gets Even Creepier. 3 Things to Know Today.

10/18: How consumer technology is driving smart cities

10/17: Amazon has invested in its first restaurant operations startup, and it could reveal the future of Alexa

10/17: Most people don’t want to access government services with their mobile devices

10/17: This Startup Wants You to Control Your Own Data Again

10/17: Here’s how to find out how much data Apple has about you

10/17: Apple’s privacy portal now lets US customers download their data

10/16: TSA outlines plans to expand facial recognition use on domestic flights

10/16: Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You

10/16: Facebook has admitted that data collected by its Portal devices could be used in targeted ads

10/15: Is it legal to use surveillance equipment in a house that’s on the market?

10/15: Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

10/15: Small privacy change for Google leads to big disruptions for startups

10/15: The Employer-Surveillance State

10/12: DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches as more people flock toward privacy

10/11: ‘Everyone Will Be Potentially Identifiable’: Booming DNA Testing Means No Identity Is Hidden on the Web

10/10: How to delete Facebook and Instagram from your life forever

10/8: Google’s Privacy Whiplash Shows Big Tech’s Inherent Contradictions

10/8: Radar speed road signs might be saving your license plate for later

10/8: Facebook Made You a Smart-Home Device, and There’s a Camera on It

10/8: IATA study reveals travelers want more automation, control and privacy

10/4: AT&T Claims It Wants Meaningful Privacy Rules…After Just Lobbying To Kill Meaningful Privacy Rules

10/2: Why you shouldn’t use Facebook to log in to other sites and apps

10/1: Why Cops Can Force You to Unlock Your Phone With Your Face

10/1: A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

10/1: Location, location, location… technologies under the microscope

 

Local (PNW):

10/23: Spokane bans warrantless ICE and Border Patrol searches in private areas of city-owned property

10/22: Does public surveillance creep you out, or make you feel safer? Seattle wants your opinion on what it’s been doing

10/17: Seattle startup vets take on Google with Helm, a new $499 personal email server

10/8: Rep. Suzan DelBene and colleagues push for U.S. data privacy regulation

10/5: Seattle invites public to comment on its surveillance technologies

10/4: Washington is now deemed fully compliant with REAL ID protocol

 

Govt (Fed):

10/25: Sen. Wyden Urges DHS to Adopt New Encryption Tech to Protect .Gov Websites Visitors

10/24: Ex spy bosses: Cyber-warfare needs rules of engagement for nations to promptly ignore

10/23: Amazon met with ICE officials over facial-recognition system that could identify immigrants

10/22: Amazon Lobbying Reaches Company Record Amid Pentagon Competition

10/17: Democrats Eye ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ If They Win the House

10/15: Elizabeth Warren and the Death of Genetic Privacy

10/15: Facial Recognition Is Coming to an Airport Security Lane Near You

10/10: Microsoft CEO Backs Federal Privacy Law Over State Efforts

10/10: Privacy advocates tell senators what they want in a data protection law

10/7: Bitter fight over Kavanaugh shadows a conservative court

10/5: A congressman pushes for an Internet Bill of Rights

10/1: FBI unlocked an iPhone X by forcing suspect to use Face ID

10/1: The Lie Generator: Inside the Black Mirror World of Polygraph Job Screenings

 

Govt (States & Cities):

10/27: Florida man won’t be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

10/27: Judge orders Memphis police to bolster surveillance policies

10/26: Ruling: Search warrant with wrong address can still be valid

10/25: ‘Autonomous Illinois’ promises economic benefit, public goods

10/24: Why does one California county sheriff have the highest rate of stingray use?

10/19: Orlando extends facial recognition pilot program

10/13: Law enforcement being told not to look at iPhone screens to avoid wasting a Face ID attempt, report says

10/12: New Pennsylvania law fines people for using drones to spy

10/8: Editorial: Red light cameras should get green light, yellow should be the approach (CT)

10/8: Vote ‘no’ on San Francisco Prop. B — it weakens transparency, does little to protect privacy

10/7: Savannah police preparing to put drones on duty

10/5: How Fremont police have quietly accumulated expansive surveillance tools

10/2: Missouri gets more time to comply with REAL ID Act

 

Policy & Opinion:

10/26: Commentary: Online privacy protection crucial

10/20: I used DuckDuckGo for a week instead of Google to see if switching to the privacy-focused search engine is worth it — here’s the verdict

10/18: Tech Founders’ Absolute Power Is Destroying Company Culture

10/17: In the future, not even your DNA will be sacred

10/13: With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

10/12: Opinion: If we’re going to regulate data, start with politicians

10/3: Tech industry is suddenly pushing for federal privacy legislation. Watch out.

 

Overseas:

10/24: Hong Kong Privacy Commission Expresses Serious Concern Over Cathay Data Leak

10/23: Tech Guru Bets Drones Will be `Gold Rush in the Air’ For Japan

10/23: Indie UK mobile carrier announces a Tor-only SIM that blocks unencrypted data

10/22: China’s Spy-Tech Star Needs Some Covert Help

10/19: The Cybersecurity 202: US tech firms slam Australian bill that could weaken encryption

10/19: Europe’s privacy laws are now so tough, they are taking names off doorbells in Vienna.

10/18: Police in South Korea Want People to Put Stickers on Their Phones to Curb Spycam Porn

10/18: Australia lawyers’ group: Draft cyber laws would curb rights

10/18: Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I’m not alone advocating freedom

10/17: Shanghai airport automates check-in with facial recognition

10/16: Google is trying to build a censored Chinese search engine, its CEO confirms

10/14: It looks like China just laid out how it wants Google to help it persecute its Muslim minority

10/12: GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G’s

10/11: Bahraini Arab spring dissidents sue UK spyware maker

10/8: Google Wins Dismissal of Privacy Case Filed by IPhone Users

10/3: New Zealand can now fine you $3,200 if you don’t hand over your phone password at the border

10/3: UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to ‘overcome’ data privacy concerns in NHS

10/2: Google’s plans for first wired urban community raise data-privacy concerns

10/2: New Zealand’s ‘digital strip searches’: Give border agents your passwords or risk a $5,000 fine

10/2: Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops’ database consultation

10/1: Let’s Make Tech Companies Earn People’s Trust: Editorial

 

Tech:

10/30: It’s been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yelling

10/24: With 5G, you won’t just be watching video. It’ll be watching you, too

10/23: Apps are using “silent notifications” to track you after you uninstall them

10/21: BP Uses Borrowed Tech to Drive Billions in Savings

10/18: Biohackers Are Implanting Everything From Magnets to Sex Toys

10/14: Apple says ‘dangerous’ Australian encryption laws put ‘everyone at risk’

10/8: Facebook Wants New Video Chatting Device to Be Un-Creepy

10/8: Facebook Taps Growing Smart Speaker Market

10/8: Facebook Launches Video Device, Says Privacy is ‘Very, Very, Very Important’

10/7: Apple, Amazon deny report that Chinese spy chips infiltrated their hardware

10/7: Salmon Farmers Are Scanning Fish Faces to Fight Killer Lice

10/1: Location, location, location… technologies under the microscope

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

10/24: Apple, Facebook support more privacy laws

10/13: More and More Movies Are Reflecting Our Fear of the Internet

10/2: EFF and McSweeney’s collaborated on a publication: “The End of Trust”

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7/31: The way you swipe your phone could be used to track you

7/31: How one senator wants the US to crack down on Big Tech

7/29: For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students

7/29: Air marshals secretly monitored US passengers for years

7/28: Calgary malls caught secretly using facial recognition to characterise shoppers’ age and gender

7/28: Amazon facial recognition mistakenly confused 28 Congressmen with known criminals

7/25: Venmo Is the Best Place to Stalk Your Children

7/25: Private messaging apps increasingly used for public business

7/24: How to stop friends from seeing when you last used Instagram

7/22: How to Secure Your Accounts With Better Two-Factor Authentication

7/20: Facebook Confirms It’s Working on a New Internet Satellite

7/19: British Airways won’t let you check in while ad-blocking, insists that passengers post personal info to Twitter “for GDPR compliance”

7/18: Welcome to the airport of the future, where your face is your passport

7/17: RealNetworks gives away facial recognition software to make schools safer

7/16: How a ‘Sentiment Meter’ Helps Cops Understand Their Precincts

7/13: Walmart gains patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees in stores

7/13: Microsoft asks Congress to regulate facial recognition before it’s too late

7/12: Tim? Larry? We need to talk about smartphones and privacy

7/12: What Walmart’s patent for audio surveillance could mean for its workers

7/11: How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy

7/10: Beer label uses facial recognition to talk with consumers

7/9: Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

7/5: Taser-maker Axon partners with DJI on police drone program

7/5: How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do

7/4: ‘Plane Hacker’ Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

7/3: Google’s Gmail controversy is everything people hate about Silicon Valley

7/3: Google explains Gmail privacy after controversy

7/2: Samsung’s texting app apparently sent pictures to people’s contacts without permission

7/2: How facial recognition ID’d the Capital Gazette shooter

7/1: Facebook acknowledges it shared user data with dozens of companies

6/30: Security News This Week: Mapping the NSA’s Secret Spy Hubs

6/29: The ACLU’s Biggest Roadblock to Fighting Mass Surveillance

6/29: Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

6/28: California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill

6/28: Facebook, Google, Microsoft use ‘dark patterns’ to trick people to give up data, report says

6/27: How Tech Workers Are Fighting Back Against Collusion With ICE and the Department of Defense

6/27: Secret NSA spying network alleged in San Francisco skyscraper, Seattle, other U.S. cities

6/25: AT&T lets NSA hide and surveil in plain sight, The Intercept reports

6/24: China launches high-tech bird drones to watch over its citizens

6/23: Smart-home technology becomes the newest tool of domestic abusers

6/22: Amazon staffers protest giant’s ‘support of the surveillance state’

6/22: Facebook app analytics mistakenly leaked to outsiders

6/22: In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks’ location data

6/21: Google’s update makes privacy easier

6/21: ACLU wants to keep your phone safe from sneaky government malware

6/19: Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers’ location data… for now

6/19: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint cut off location-data sharing contracts

6/18: ACLU wants Amazon to stop offering surveillance technology

6/17: Here are 15 privacy settings you should change from defaults, from Linkedin to cellphones to smart TVs

6/13: Apple to close iPhone security hole used by police, criminals

6/12: Apple can’t protect you from data trackers forever. No one can

6/11: Facebook releases 500 pages of damage control in response to senators’ questions

6/10: Facebook only pretended to shut down access to friends’ data in 2015, quietly continued access for its favored partners

6/9: Some Signal messages aren’t disappearing, due to a bug, says a report

6/8: 6 ways to make your iPhone more secure

6/7: Google releases guidelines for how it will use AI, vows to tread carefully with military and surveillance customers

6/7: How to increase your privacy online

6/6: One of America’s Biggest Genetic Testing Companies Refuses to Publicly Share Data That Could Save Countless Lives

6/6: RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

6/5: Facebook gave user data to ‘at least 4 Chinese companies,’ including tech giant ID’d as security threat by U.S. intel

6/5: For more than a decade, Facebook shared your friends’ data and other sensitive info with phone makers, even after they claimed not to (they’re still doing it)

6/5: A New Privacy Problem Could Deepen Facebook’s Legal Trouble

6/5: New Homeland Security system will bring facial recognition to land borders this summer

6/5: Amazon will stop selling connected toy filled with security issues

6/4: Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

6/4: All Apple WWDC’s privacy features in one place

6/4: Facebook accused of giving over 60 device makers inappropriate access to user data

6/2: Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

6/2: Researchers Use Ridesharing Cars to Sniff Out a Secret Spying Tool

6/1 Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens’ data – just Friday things

Local (PNW):

7/16: Safety over privacy? RealNetworks to offer free facial recognition technology to K-12 schools

7/5: Startup Spotlight: LifeID uses blockchain technology to build secure digital identities

6/27: City Light’s ‘smart meters’ are $17.4M over budget

6/19: Data privacy startup Prifender raises $5M to help companies stay compliant

Govt (Fed):

7/31: New EPA rule would force people to choose between privacy and health

7/30: Democrats have reportedly drawn up plans to slap big tech firms with privacy laws similar to GDPR in the EU

7/30: Amazon quietly invited Congress to ‘weigh in’ on facial recognition

7/27: The Cybersecurity 202: Lawmakers slow to move on facial recognition despite industry calls for regulation

7/27: Congressmen demand answers after Amazon facial recognition matches them to mugshots

7/27: Trump admin reportedly meeting with Facebook, Google to craft web privacy rights

7/13: Senators call on FTC to investigate smart TVs tracking viewers’ data

7/11: The Cybersecurity 202: Privacy advocates blast Kavanaugh for government surveillance support

7/11: Google’s Gmail privacy policy has Congress asking questions

7/9: Congress presses Apple, Alphabet on privacy issues

7/9: Trump’s Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?

7/5: Senators demand answers from Zuckerberg over Facebook data access

7/3: Four US govt agencies poke probe in Facebook following more ‘oops, we spilled your data’ shocks

6/28: Congress Grills Cambridge Analytica Alum on New Firm’s Data Use

6/26: Senator asks FCC if police phone tracking devices disrupt 911 calls

6/25: What the Supreme Court’s landmark phone privacy ruling means for you (The 3:59, Ep. 419)

6/25: The Supreme Court decided on a major win for privacy

6/22: Supreme Court cracks down on government snooping through cellphone location records

6/22: Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy

6/21: Project Maven wasn’t alone: Googlers reportedly boycotted another military tool

6/14: Senators Demand Answers From Amazon on Echo’s Snooping Habits

6/8: Hmmm, we can already seize your stuff, so why can’t we shoot down your drone, officials mull

6/8: Why Facebook’s secret data-sharing deal with Huawei has the US concerned

6/7: Google pledges not to develop AI weapons, but says it will still work with the military

6/6: The FBI wants you to factory reset your router. Here’s how to do it

Govt (States & Cities):

7/22: Malloy’s $10 million toll study facing opposition, concerns

7/18: Sioux Falls police prepare to launch 30 body cameras

7/10: Amazon, Orlando Police Department reinitiate facial recognition pilot

6/26: Orlando stops using Amazon’s controversial facial recognition tech

6/12: Forget probable cause: New bill could let cops pull your prescription history without a warrant

Policy & Opinion:

7/30: Real ID will divide us all into documented and undocumented

7/27: Commentary: When government hits ‘zone of privacy’

7/26: Lawmakers Can’t Ignore Facial Recognition’s Bias Anymore

7/19: Facial recognition and travel: Moving too fast?

7/19: To Earn Customer Trust on Data Privacy, You Need to Change the Narrative

7/18: Regulate facial recognition

7/17: Schools Can Now Get Facial Recognition Tech for Free. Should They?

7/14: The #PlaneBae furor proves privacy and the Golden Rule are in short supply

7/14: Is your private online content really private? Not if you do something stupid

7/2: Mark Zuckerberg and his empire of oily rags

6/29: Can Sacrificing Privacy Stomp Out Disinformation Online?

6/14: Encrypted Messaging Isn’t Magic

Overseas:

7/31: India mulls ban on probes into anonymized data use – with GDPR-style privacy laws

7/31: Fiat Chief’s Death Raises Privacy Questions

7/31: Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what’s the difference?

7/31: UK Group Threatens to Sue Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica

7/29: China is so desperate to win its war on drugs, it’s started analyzing people’s sewage for contaminated pee

7/26: Facebook, Twitter Say Europe’s Privacy Law Causing User Drop

7/23: UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

7/19: Facial recognition helped identify suspects in Novichok poisoning case

7/18: Don’t Expect Big Changes From Europe’s Record Google Fine

7/11: Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We’ve read the lot so you don’t have to

7/6: ICANN’t get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

7/5: United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield … or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

7/5: Facial recognition trial takes off at Sydney Airport

7/5: London police commissioner: Don’t expect lots of arrests from facial recognition tech

7/4: Euro privacy watchdog raises eyebrows at mulled EU copyright law

6/19: Wasn’t too hard, was it? UK has made ‘significant progress’ in spy control

6/28: No more slurping of kids’ nationalities, Brit schools told

6/26: Venezuela blocks Tor browser

6/26: Japan’s AI-powered CCTV cameras catch shoplifters in the act

6/13: Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

6/11: A Single Drone Helped Mexican Police Drop Crime 10 Percent

6/7: Australia will force tech companies to help cops view encrypted data

6/4: ‘Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ’: Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

6/3: UK consumer review magazine Which?: your smart home is spying on you, from your TV to your toothbrush

Tech:

7/31: BurnBox Makes Hidden Files Look Like You’ve Deleted Them

7/25: Google Glass Is Back—Now with Artificial Intelligence

7/24: Chrome’s HTTP warning seeks to cut web surveillance, tampering

7/20: Today I learned: Duck.com redirects to Google, much to DuckDuckGo’s annoyance

7/18: Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes

7/11: Put WhatsApp, Slack, admin privileges in a blender and what do you get? Wickr

7/8: All the Ways iOS 12 Will Make Your iPhone More Secure

7/1: Mozilla’s Firefox tries closing more privacy holes with new network tech

6/30: Best laptops for maintaining your privacy

6/28: IEEE joins the ranks of non-backdoored strong cryptography defenders

6/22: Don’t panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

6/18: Hotel smart speaker startup Roxy enables custom wake words and enhanced security in new alliance with voice tech company

6/18: Google to patch Home and Chromecast bug that leaked your location

6/15: Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

6/14: Here’s how to get your data from Apple

6/13: MIT’s AI can now ‘see’ and track people through walls using wireless signals

6/6: NetMotion launches an IT platform to keep tabs on corporate smartphones

6/4: Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

7/24: Google Chrome pushes the web toward HTTPS (3:59 podcast)

7/21: Week In Geek Podcast: Facial recognition enters grade schools and Bird scooters landing in Seattle

6/29: Talk to the Bot (WIRED Gadget Lab podcast)

Privacy News Update, 9-10-17

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Featured:

9/7: The DNC’s Technology Chief is Phishing His Staff. Good.

9/3: Early stage: This surveillance startup wants to put cameras in your neighborhood

8/29: Uber says it will no longer track you once the ride ends

8/28: CVS app sends your location to outside servers, researchers say

8/26: Security News This Week: When Facebook’s Friend Suggestions Get Creepy

8/23: Google’s $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers’ alma maters, web giant’s pals

8/23: AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone’s location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn’t use it

8/19: Security News This Week: iOS 11 Will Do More To Keep Cops Out of Your iPhone

8/18: A Hidden Trick in the iOS 11 Beta Lets You Disable Touch ID to Keep Cops Out

8/17: US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that’s touched that mast

8/16: Verizon—Yes, Verizon—Just Stood Up For Your Privacy

8/15: The secret text of the GOP’s border bill reveals plan to dramatically increase surveillance of Americans and visitors

8/15: HiQ wins court round against LinkedIn

8/15: Slurping people’s info without a warrant? That’s OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

8/15: Tech companies urge Supreme Court to protect cell phone privacy

8/14: Tech company resists federal demand for info on visitors to anti-Trump website

8/14: It’s not hard to think of ways to outsmart Stingray-detector apps

8/9: ACLU: Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data

8/7: These 42 Disney apps are spying on your kids, lawsuit claims

8/7: Hotspot Shield VPN accused of violating users’ privacy

8/5: Blu phones back on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy

8/2: Congress to smart device makers: Your security sucks

8/1: Google asked to explain how it tracks what you buy in stores

8/1: Company hopes to launch microchip-reader business

8/1: Privacy Watchdog Asks FTC To Look Into Google’s Offline Shopping Tracker

7/31: Amazon suspends sales of Blu phones due to privacy concerns

7/26: Travelers’ Electronics At US Airports To Get Enhanced Screening, TSA Says

7/26: These cheap phones come at a price — your privacy

7/26: Feds Crack Trump Protesters’ Phones To Charge Them With Felony Rioting

7/25: While it’s vacuuming your dirt, Roomba also collects data on you: Next, it could be sold

7/24: Concerned about connected car privacy? Bluetooth sensors used to track traffic

7/21: Alexa, what happens if the Echo has a screen? You get a review like this

 

Local (PNW):

9/6: Washington state to test pay-by-the-mile as a way to fund highways

8/24: Why Seattle is poised to be a leader in ‘smart city’ technology and regulations

8/6: A US Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

7/26: Amid gun violence, promises not kept are nothing new to Rainier Valley

7/26: New meters mean Seattle City Light won’t visit homes anymore

 

Govt (Fed):

8/22: Feds pare back demands for data from anti-Trump protest site

8/18: No, the cops can’t get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

8/18: Trump OKs plan for independent Cyber Command

8/15: Building America’s Trust Act would amp up privacy concerns at the border

8/15: Uber to bend over, take privacy probe every two years for next 20 years

8/14: Feds demand data on visitors to anti-Trump protest site

8/14: Those Free Stingray-Detector Apps? Yeah, Spies Could Outsmart Them

8/11: Immigration bill would ramp up mass surveillance at the border

 

Govt (States & Cities):

9/5: One State’s Bail Reform Exposes the Promise and Pitfalls of Tech-Driven Justice

9/1: State bill requiring California police to disclose surveillance equipment stalls in fiscal committee

8/31: California Supreme Court decision could end secrecy over police capture of license plate images

8/16: Cuomo signs backyard surveillance bill

8/1: Kentucky governor says news station drone invaded privacy

7/26: ‘Textalyzer’ would let police quickly see if motorist was using cellphone while driving

 

Policy & Opinion:

9/1: Stop cyberattacks. Just add robots

8/24: All the Ways US Government Cybersecurity Falls Flat

8/8: Warrantless US Spying Is Set to Expire Soon. Let It Die

7/30: Will ‘Smart Cities’ Violate Our Privacy?

7/30: O’Reilly Media Asks: Is What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the worldIt Time To Build A New Internet?

7/26: Most Americans think the government is snooping on them

 

Overseas:

9/4: The Privacy Battle Over the World’s Largest Biometric Database

8/18: China’s dystopian push to revolutionize surveillance

8/17: UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents’ mugshots

8/17: London cops urged to scrap use of ‘biased’ facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

8/14: What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the world

8/10: Will Artificial Intelligence Be Illegal in Europe Next Year?

8/9: These smart cities in Italy put Silicon Valley to shame

8/2: Holes close in China’s ‘Great Firewall’ as Apple, Amazon snub apps to bypass censors

7/29: Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store

7/25: China Forces Muslim Minority To Install Spyware On Their Phones

7/23: UK Government Says Almost All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

7/20: Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Proposed Encryption Laws

 

Tech:

9/4: Above Devastated Houston, Armies of Drones Prove Their Worth

9/3: Here’s what the smartphone’s future looks like, and it’s all about the camera

9/1: Inside Android Oreo’s Quest to Protect Your Phone

8/30: Amazon wants to make Alexa a ‘fabric in the home’ (Q&A)

8/30: New Playa Vista development is making the smart-home standard

8/22: Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your ‘smart’ home

8/19: Hackers Show How Smart Devices Could Use Sonar to Spy On You

8/18: New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

8/17: What Is a Planned Community? A Place With Perks, From Zip Lines to Velodromes

8/16: A Deep Flaw in Your Car Lets Hackers Shut Down Safety Features

8/15: The Army abandoned DJI drones. Now they’re getting stealth mode

8/11: Was that an intruder or a pet? The security cams that can tell

8/6: Browser Extensions Are Undermining Privacy

8/3: Apple files patent for screen with privacy-viewing options

8/3: Need a new password? Here are 306 million to avoid

7/27: Chip vulnerability could crash your outdated phone via Wi-Fi

7/26: The Best (and Worst) Anti-Drone Weapons, From Shotguns to Superdrones

7/20: Google Glass Is Back (And It’s Good Now), And Other Facts

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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