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, 2-15-16

Featured:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/27:  Businesses are invading your privacy

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

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

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

1/27:  Protecting Personal Information From Virtual Assistants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/24:  Drone Lobbying Heats Up on Capitol Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/23:  Why Do We Expose Ourselves?

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

1/18:  Privacy and Drone Spying

1/15:  How to Stop Peeping Drones

1/14:  Is It Open Season on Drones?

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

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

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

12/29:  Google Glass Is Still a Bad Idea

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

2/4:  Poland increases government surveillance powers despite protests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/20:  Rotterdam OKs security cameras to fight crime

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

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

1/21:  Big Brother Is Coming To UK Universities

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/12:  Brazil’s Digital Backlash

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

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

 

Tech:

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

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

1/22:  Skype Finally Hides Your IP Address

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Misc/Media/Books:

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

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

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

Privacy News Update, 11-3-15

 

Featured:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/13:  DARPA wants vanishing drones

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

10/9:  California Approves A Sweeping Digital Privacy Law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/29:  How the FBI Hacks Around Encryption

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/21:  The Other Big Brother

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/25:  Lawmakers consider student social media privacy bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/25:  A Q&A with Edward Snowden

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

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

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/1:  Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption

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

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

 

Tech:

11/2:  Dreading those drones

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

11/2015:  Playing Defense Against the Drones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/27:  Silent Circle Blackphone 2 review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Misc/Media/Books:

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

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

10/8:  Part Exhibitionism, Part Surveillance

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

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

Privacy News Update, 9-19-14

Govt:

9/7/14: Watchdogs question new Denver police body cameras

9/7/14: Wyoming considers restricting police use of drones

9/6/14: Redactions in U.S. Memo Leave Doubts on Data Surveillance Program

9/5/14: The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations

9/5/14: Meet the shadowy tech brokers that deliver your data to the NSA

9/4/14: New York police officers to test body-worn cameras

9/4/14: Appeals Court Will Reconsider Ruling on Cellphone Tracking

9/4/14: The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication

9/3/14: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

9/3/14: Holder, Clapper endorse reforms in bulk collection of intelligence

9/3/14: Verizon to pay $7.4 million to settle FCC privacy investigation

9/3/14: Froomkin Blogs Again: Obama Makes Bushism the New Normal

9/3/14: Senate Torture Report Will Be Public in 2 to 4 Weeks, Says Feinstein

9/3/14: Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US

9/2/14: NSA Data-Sweep Lawfulness Challenged in NY Appeal Hearing

9/2/14: Obama Faces Calls to Reform Reagan-Era Mass Surveillance Order

8/31/14: How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels

8/31/14: Karen Peterson: Police alone shouldn’t decide when it’s OK to snoop into phone records

8/31/14: Ferguson police now wear body cameras

8/31/14: Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

8/30/14: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

8/30/14: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

8/29/14: (California) Smartphone kill switch mandate raises privacy, civil liberty concerns

8/27/14: Homeland Security Arms Local Cops With Super Spy Bug

 

Overseas:

9/15/14: Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders

9/5/14: What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

9/3/14: “Plebgate” report shows why the UK’s data retention laws are such a terrible idea

9/3/14: Privacy law reboot needed says Oz Law Reform Commission

8/31/14: GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks … by drinking urine

8/27/14: Australian authorities don’t want to track web surfing, but they do want bandwidth data

 

Policy:

9/7/14: Stallman Does Slides — and Brevity — For TEDx

9/7/14: Facebook Generation Rekindles Expectation of Privacy Online

9/6/14: Photo-hacking scandal should spark new discussion on Internet privacy

9/5/14: Why Privacy Policies Are So Inscrutable

9/5/14: DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

9/3/14: Is Internet privacy a lost cause?

9/2/14: How Much Privacy Do Your Employees Need?

9/1/14: Two Reasons Why Extreme Social Surveillance Doesn’t Replace Privacy

8/30/14: Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

 

Tech:
9/10/14: Flextivity helps small businesses monitor employee computer use, but CEO says it’s not a ‘spying device’

9/7/14: Off-the-grid texting device GoTenna attracts antisurveillance crowd

9/5/14 For Sale Soon: The World’s First Google Glass Detector

9/5/14: Want lower car insurance rates? Big Brother may need to watch you

9/5/14: What Apple’s Changing After Massive Celeb Hack

9/5/14: App of the Week: AVGPrivacyFix manages your privacy across social networks

9/5/14: Technology Companies Need To Take Responsibility And Give Us A Better Default

9/4/14: Facebook wants you to run a quick privacy checkup on your profile

9/4/14: Apple And Google Need Facebook’s Privacy Dinosaur

9/4/14: The Complete Guide to Locking Down Facebook Privacy for Good

9/4/14: UK Menswear Brand, The Affair, Wants To Make Privacy Tech A Fashion Statement

9/4/14: Facebook Gets Unwanted Attention Over EU’s Google Ruling

9/3/14: Can Casinos Offer Lessons About Protecting Privacy?

9/3/14 Phone Firewall Identifies Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls

9/3/14: Free cybersecurity MOOC

9/1/14: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On ‘Privacy First’

9/1/14: Apple to devs: NO slurping users’ HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers

8/31/14: With hack of anonymous app Secret, Seattle hackers prove no one can hide

8/30/14: Hal Finney, Cryptographer and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies at 58

8/30/14: Hal Finney dies at 58; software developer and privacy activist

8/27/14: Anti-spy technology remains hot a year after NSA leaks

Privacy News Update, 8-10-14

Govt:
Aug 10: For some firms, NSA eavesdropping means business

Aug 10: Sen. Schumer Asks FTC To Probe Use Of Data Collected By Fitness Technology

Aug 9: Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

Aug 8: Everything You Need to Know About the New USA FREEDOM Act

Aug 7: Snowden Wins Three-Year Extension of Russian Residency

Aug 7: LAPD want to crack down on civilian drones after police station incident

Aug 6: New leaker disclosing U.S. secrets, government concludes

Aug 6: US Homeland Security data possibly stolen in cyberattack

Aug 6: Why The Gmail Scan That Led To A Man’s Arrest For Child Porn Was Not A Privacy Violation

Aug 6: San Jose Police issue apology, release additional docs claiming FAA immunity

Aug 5: Visit the Wrong Website, and the FBI Could End Up in Your Computer

Aug 5: Missouri voters approve digital privacy protection

Aug 5: US terrorism database doubles in recent years

Aug 5: San Jose: Police apologize for drone secrecy, promise transparency

Aug 5: Barack Obama’s Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers

Aug 4: Rogue cellphone tracker alarms Seattle privacy activists

Jul 31: It’s About the Lying

Jul 30: Are New Advanced Electric Meters Gonna Fry Your Brain?

Overseas:
Aug 8: Leaked docs show spyware used to snoop on US computers

Aug 8: UK Police Won’t Comment On The Tracking of People’s Phone Calls

Aug 7: Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

Aug 7: WhatsApp Age Blunts Australia Data Retention Plan, Turnbull Says

Aug 4: Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

Aug 4: UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

Aug 4: NSA leaker Thomas Drake says Oz security reforms are ‘scary’

Tech:
Aug 10: Silent Circle’s Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

Aug 10: Google Boosts Secure Sites in Search Results

Aug 10: Minority Report: Confronting Privacy Issues In Big Data Gathering

Aug 10: F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

Aug 10: Lavabit founder’s DarkMail needs help to cross finish line

Aug 9: John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

Aug 9: Def Con attendees get tips on how to detect, escape surveillance

Aug 9: Want a safe car? Check its cyber safety rating

Aug 8: Facebook Messenger Switch Controversy Is Part Misunderstanding, Part Mistrust

Aug 8: Protecting privacy while gathering health data

Aug 8: Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy People Sooner Than You Think

Aug 7: Yahoo teams up with Google on encrypted webmail

Aug 6: Unmanned surveillance aircraft maker Insitu takes flight with new CEO

Aug 6: How Hackable Is Your Car? Consult This Handy Chart

Aug 6: Google using its clout to widen use of encryption

Aug 6: Facebook Data Privacy Class Action Now Oversubscribed

Aug 5: BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

Aug 4: Your fitness tracker is a SNITCH says Symantec

Aug 4: Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

Jul 31: A High-Tech New Way for Your Boss to Follow You Everywhere

Jul 29: Forget Glass. Here Are Wearables That Protect Your Privacy

General:
Aug 5: The High Price That Surveillance Costs the Press and Our Democracy

Aug 4: Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records

Number Six

Privacy-*favorable* ISP….?

be still my heart….From Declan McCullagh’s Privacy Inc. CNET column…. Number Six

This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first. Always.

Nicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy with a concept as simple as it is ingenious: a telecommunications provider designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance.

Merrill, 39, who previously ran a New York-based Internet provider, told CNET that he’s raising funds to launch a national “non-profit telecommunications provider dedicated to privacy, using ubiquitous encryption” that will sell mobile phone service and, for as little as $20 a month, Internet connectivity.

The ISP would not merely employ every technological means at its disposal, including encryption and limited logging, to protect its customers. It would also — and in practice this is likely more important — challenge government surveillance demands of dubious legality or constitutionality.

A decade of revelations has underlined the intimate relationship between many telecommunications companies and Washington officialdom. Leading providers including AT&T and Verizon handed billions of customer telephone records to the National Security Agency; only Qwest refused to participate. Verizon turned over customer data to the FBI without court orders. An AT&T whistleblower accused the company of illegally opening its network to the NSA, a practice that the U.S. Congress retroactively made legal in 2008.

By contrast, Merrill says his ISP, to be run by a non-profit called the Calyx Institute with for-profit subsidiaries, will put customers first. “Calyx will use all legal and technical means available to protect the privacy and integrity of user data,” he says.

Merrill is in the unique position of being the first ISP exec to fight back against the Patriot Act’s expanded police powers — and win.
Nick Merrill, who once challenged a demand from the FBI for user data, is planning to create the world's first privacy-protective Internet and mobile phone provider.

Nick Merrill says that “we will use all legal and technical means to resist having to hand over information, and aspire to be the partner in the telecommunications industry that ACLU and EFF have always needed but never had.”
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

In February 2004, the FBI sent Merrill a secret “national security letter” (not an actual court order signed by a judge) asking for confidential information about his customers and forbidding him from disclosing the letter’s existence. He enlisted the ACLU to fight the gag order, and won. A federal judge barred the FBI from invoking that portion of the law, ruling it was “an “unconstitutional prior restraint of speech in violation of the First Amendment.”

Merrill’s identity was kept confidential for years as the litigation continued. In 2007, the Washington Post published his anonymous op-ed which said: “I resent being conscripted as a secret informer for the government,” especially because “I have doubts about the legitimacy of the underlying investigation.” He wasn’t able to discuss his case publicly until 2010.

His recipe for Calyx was inspired by those six years of interminable legal wrangling with the Feds: Take wireless service like that offered by Clear, which began selling 4G WiMAX broadband in 2009. Inject end-to-end encryption for Web browsing. Add e-mail that’s stored in encrypted form, so even Calyx can’t read it after it arrives. Wrap all of this up into an easy-to-use package and sell it for competitive prices, ideally around $20 a month without data caps, though perhaps prepaid for a full year.

“The idea that we are working on is to not be capable of complying” with requests from the FBI for stored e-mail and similar demands, Merrill says.

A 1994 federal law called the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act was highly controversial when it was enacted because it required telecommunications carriers to configure their networks for easy wiretappability by the FBI. But even CALEA says that ISPs “shall not be responsible for decrypting” communications if they don’t possess “the information necessary to decrypt.”

Translation: make sure your customers own their data and only they can decrypt it.

Merrill has formed an advisory board with members including Sascha Meinrath from the New America Foundation; former NSA technical director Brian Snow; and Jacob Appelbaum from the Tor Project.

“I have no doubt that such an organization would be extremely useful,” ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer wrote in a letter last month. “Our ability to protect individual privacy in the realm of telecommunications depends on the availability of phone companies and ISPs willing to work with us, and unfortunately the number of companies willing to publicly challenge the government is exceedingly small.”

The next step for Merrill is to raise about $2 million and then, if all goes well, launch the service later this year. Right now Calyx is largely self-funded. Thanks to a travel grant from the Ford Foundation, Merrill is heading to the San Francisco Bay Area later this month to meet with venture capitalists and individual angel investors.

“I am getting a lot of stuff for free since everyone I’ve talked to is crazy about the idea,” Merrill says. “I am getting all the back-end software written for free by Riseup using a grant they just got.”

While the intimacy of the relationship between Washington and telecommunications companies varies over time, it’s existed in one form or another for decades. In his 2006 book titled “State of War,” New York Times reporter James Risen wrote: “The NSA has extremely close relationships with both the telecommunications and computer industries, according to several government officials. Only a very few top executives in each corporation are aware of such relationships.”

Louis Tordella, the longest-serving deputy director of the NSA, acknowledged overseeing a project to intercept telegrams in the 1970s. Called Project Shamrock, it relied on the major telegraph companies including Western Union secretly turning over copies of all messages sent to or from the United States.

“All of the big international carriers were involved, but none of ’em ever got a nickel for what they did,” Tordella said before his death in 1996, according to a history written by L. Britt Snider, a Senate aide who became the CIA’s inspector general.

Like the eavesdropping system that President George W. Bush secretly authorized, Project Shamrock had a “watch list” of people whose conversations would be identified and plucked out of the ether by NSA computers. It was initially intended to be used for foreign intelligence purposes, but at its peak, 600 American citizens appeared on the list, including singer Joan Baez, pediatrician Benjamin Spock, actress Jane Fonda and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Nick Merrill says that "if we were given any orders that were questionable, we wouldn't hesitate to challenge them in court."

Nick Merrill says that “if we were given any orders that were questionable, we wouldn’t hesitate to challenge them in court.”
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

Even if Calyx encrypts everything, the surveillance arms of the FBI and the bureau’s lesser-known counterparts will still have other legal means to eavesdrop on Americans, of course. Police can remotely install spyware on a suspect’s computer. Or install keyloggers by breaking into a home or office. Or, as the Secret Service outlined at last year’s RSA conference, they can try to guess passwords and conduct physical surveillance.

That prospect doesn’t exactly please the FBI. Last year, CNET was the first to report that the FBI warned Congress about what it dubbed the “Going Dark” problem, meaning when police are thwarted in conducting court-authorized eavesdropping because Internet companies aren’t required to build in back doors in advance, or because the technology doesn’t permit it. FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni said at the time that agents armed with wiretap orders need to be able to conduct surveillance of “Web-based e-mail, social networking sites, and peer-to-peer communications technology.”

But until Congress changes the law, a privacy-first ISP like Calyx will remain perfectly legal.

“It’s a really urgent problem that is crying out for a solution,” Merrill says.

Update 12:05 p.m. PT: This article sparked a lengthy Reddit thread, complete with repeated suggestions that Nick Merrill should turn to Kickstarter to raise money. Merrill told me this morning that Kickstarter “wouldn’t accept Calyx as a campaign because it’s not a physical product, or arts-related.” But he has set up a contribution page, with a $1 million target, on IndieGogo.com, a self-described crowdfunding platform. “There has been a ton of interest in the idea,” Merrill told me. “Due to popular demand I have decided to try crowd-sourced funding the idea in order to prove that the demand exists.” If he makes the $1 million target, IndieGogo takes a smaller percentage. Internet privacy aficionados, what say you?