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

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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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9/28: Study Shows Facebook’s Still Miles Away From Taking Privacy, Transparency Seriously

9/28: Over 25,000 Americans sign petition seeking change in Venmo’s privacy settings

9/27: Mass Surveillance Begins at the Local Level. So Does the Resistance to It.

9/27: Facebook targets ads using phone numbers submitted for security purposes

9/26: Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone’s Sensors Without Asking

9/26: Google grilled over ‘Project Dragonfly’ at Senate hearing on data privacy

9/25: ICE Leads The Nation In Encryption-Cracking Expenditures

9/25: An insurance company wants you to hand over your Fitbit data so it can make more money. Should you?

9/25: Google promises Chrome changes after privacy complaints

9/25: Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

9/24: The Privacy Concerns Surrounding Google’s Chrome Update

9/23: Wendy’s Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Collection of Staff Fingerprint Data

9/21: Amazon’s New Microwave Has Your Number

9/20: Everything Is an Alexa Device Now

9/20: Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts

9/20: Amazon Wants Alexa to Hear Your Whispers and Frustration

9/19: They put microchips in their employees. Now this company is helping parents track their children.

9/16: Glowing wrists and less privacy: Technology is changing corporate events

9/14: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile & Sprint Want Even Broader Access To Your Personal Data

9/10: Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future

9/8: Privacy Concerns of “Mission Creep” with New Airport Facial Recognition Programs

9/7: Skripal Case Shows the Limits of Surveillance

9/7: 23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

9/7: One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

9/6: Why a Dead Kennedys Punk Isn’t Buying Google’s Privacy Deals

9/6: IBM secretly used New York’s CCTV cameras to train its surveillance software

9/5: Uber is going to turn your smartphone into an automatic crash detector

9/4: Spy app for parents leaked messages from targets’ phones, report says

9/3: The Modern Surveillance State (Documentary)

9/2: Google and MasterCard cut a secret ad deal to track retail sales

9/1: A Pennsylvania AMI Smart Meter Survey Reports Horror Stories

 

Local (PNW):

9/30: Facial recognition technology at schools fuels privacy debate

9/28: As facial-recognition technology grows, so does wariness about privacy. Use at a school in Seattle fuels debate.

9/5: Why Seattle’s plan to bring Intersection WiFi kiosks and bus stop makeovers stalled

9/4: The region’s toughest red-light camera busted drivers 24,000 times last year

 

Govt (Fed):

9/27: Drone Hobbyists Angered by Congress Ending the Aerial Wild West

9/27: US attorneys general discuss social media privacy concerns

9/26: A US privacy law could be good for Google – but bad for you

9/26: Amazon warns onerous privacy regulations could hinder innovation in Senate hearing

9/26: Tech companies really don’t want a US version of Europe’s privacy law

9/26: US privacy law is on the horizon. Here’s how tech companies want to shape it

9/26: The Big Takeaways From Tech’s Privacy Hearing on Capitol Hill

9/26: Amazon Joins Tech Giants in Backing Federal Privacy Safeguards

9/26: Amazon, AT&T, Google and other companies say they’d support privacy laws, but there’s a catch

9/25: Congress wants to hear from everyone but consumers in a hearing on consumer privacy

9/25: Sessions Hears From States on Privacy Threat From Tech Firms

9/21: Congressmen question Google over kids’ privacy on YouTube

9/19: Congress Fails To Include A Single Consumer Advocate In Upcoming Privacy Hearing

9/14: Another Batch Of FISA Court Docs Confirms The NSA Frequently Abuses Its Collection Powers

9/13: Congress Is Likely to Support New Regulations on Social Media, Senator Says

9/9: Facebook Users Still Fear for Privacy

9/6: Google’s bad day in Congress came at the worst possible time

9/6: Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives

9/6: Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

9/4: FCC chairman says Twitter, Facebook, Google may need transparency law

9/3: US and intelligence allies take aim at tech companies over encryption

 

Govt (States & Cities):

9/27: Santa Fe edits out public comment from school board meeting videos

9/19: Long Beach police suspend use of app that deletes communications amid concerns about hiding evidence

9/18: L.A. County officials move to stop audio recordings in courthouse lockups

9/17: ‘Smart’ streetlights could be used for widespread public surveillance, ACLU warns

9/13: Bay Area Rapid Transit passes ordinance requiring public review of surveillance technology projects

9/12: New Mexico sues mobile app makers over kid privacy concerns

9/12: Three state-level cases are primed to mold the future of mobile privacy (MA)

9/6: Chamber Proposes Curbs on Consumer Lawsuits Over Data Privacy

 

Policy & Opinion:

9/28: The Tech Giants Get Rich Using Your Data. What do You Get in Return?

9/28: Privacy at an inflection point: Why the time has come for meaningful U.S. regulation

9/28: Protecting privacy online

9/25: Editorial: An internet bill of rights

9/18: Edward Snowden on Malkia Cyril, a multigenerational black rights activist on the front lines of the surveillance wars

9/9: As Google turns 20, questions over whether it’s too powerful

9/6: If Privacy Is Dead, Some Argue People Should Sell Their Own Data

 

Overseas:

9/26: India’s Supreme Court upholds legality of world’s largest biometric database, but with limits

9/26: Sneaky phone apps just about obey the law, still have no trouble guzzling your data, says Which?

9/25: MI5: Gosh, awkward. We looked down the sofa and, yeah, we *do* have intel on privacy bods (UK)

9/19: Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

9/14: Google’s China search project reportedly spurs concern from US lawmakers

9/13: U.K. Surveillance Violated Privacy Rights, Europe Court Says

9/12: First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

9/11: Google Blasts French Bid to Globalize Right to Be Forgotten

9/3: US, UK, and other governments asks tech companies to build backdoors into encrypted devices

9/3: London show explores hidden world of facial recognition

 

Tech:

9/28: Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi’s largest update so far

9/27: Overhauled Brave browser beta gets max privacy with Tor-powered private tabs

9/24: Google started quietly logging you into Chrome with latest update, reports say

9/18: QAnon Is Trying to Trick Facebook’s Meme-Reading AI

9/14: Mozilla’s Firefox & Apple’s Safari browsers add anti-Facebook and Google privacy protections

9/13: So Brave: Browser biz sics Brit watchdogs on Google’s info slurpage

9/12: Privacy takes a backseat during Apple product reveal

9/7: Apple removed popular app that was secretly stealing your browser history

9/5: AnchorFree, maker of top online privacy app, raises $295 million

9/4: Inside the race to create smart shoes, custom razors and high-tech devices for the over-65 crowd

9/2: To earn trust for autonomous vehicles, Jaguar gives them ‘virtual eyes’

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

9/25: Techdirt Podcast Episode 184: Life Insurance, Life Surveillance

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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, 4-1-18

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3/31: How you’re tracked online — and what you can do about it

3/29: Facebook’s limits on using data brokers won’t stop tracking

3/28: Facebook makes its privacy controls simpler as company faces data reckoning

3/26: Americans Less Likely To Trust Facebook than Rivals on Personal Data

3/26; Cops Are Now Opening iPhones With Dead People’s Fingerprints

3/26: What Facebook’s privacy policy allows may surprise you

3/26: Delta using fingerprint scanner for Sky Club admission

3/26: Facebook’s data privacy scandal has stirred an exodus

3/26: Cambridge Analytica again says no Facebook data used in US election

3/26: Android should share the blame with Facebook for tracking calls and texts (GOOG, FB)

3/25: People are freaking out that Facebook’s Android apps collect call and text data — but Facebook says it got permission

3/25: Welcome to Zucktown: Facebook shows off its plans to build a city

3/25: Steve Jobs Tried To Warn Mark Zuckerberg About Privacy In 2010

3/24: Can Facebook restore public trust?

3/24: I can’t bring myself to break up with Facebook – and it’s because I used the login to sign into all of my other accounts (FB)

3/24: Fed up with Facebook? Here’s how to break it off

3/23: Covert gun detection looks to prevent mass shootings

3/23: My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data

3/23: Mozilla pulls ads from Facebook after spat over privacy controls

3/23: Apple’s Tim Cook Calls for More Regulations on Data Privacy

3/22: Starbucks wants your email address to get Wi-Fi access

3/22: The Latest: Facebook takes baby steps on privacy

3/22: It’s impossible to know exactly what data Cambridge Analytica scraped from Facebook — but here’s the kind of information apps could access in 2014 (FB)

3/22: Facebook privacy settings make you work to stop the data sharing

3/21: That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything’s fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook’s great! All good in the hoodie!

3/20: Facebook Has a Long History of Resolving Privacy Claims on the Cheap

3/20: Facebook tracks a scary number of details about you — here’s how to find out everything it knows

3/19: 6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

3/19: US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

3/19: BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

3/19: Here is how Google handles Right To Be Forgotten requests

3/18: Are Google and Facebook Surveilling Their Own Employees?

3/16: FYI: There’s a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let’s hope it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands!

3/15: Best Buy isn’t the only store that punishes shoppers for too many returns — these are all the companies that are tracking everything you return (BBY, HD, LB)

3/13: Privacy-Busting Bugs Found in Popular VPN Services Hotspot Shield, Zenmate and PureVPN

3/13: Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids’ online habits

3/12: Dial P for Privacy: The Phone Booth Is Back

3/7: MoviePass: How to disable location tracking

3/7: Facebook Onavo Protect doesn’t protect against Facebook

3/6: FBI Paid Geek Squad Repair Staff As Informant

3/5: Emirates dinged for slipshod online data privacy practices

3/1: How to turn off Facebook’s new facial recognition feature

2/27: Google Releases Info On 2.4 Million ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests

2/27: Amazon acquires Ring in a bid to own your doorway

2/18: 7 ways to use Alexa around the office

2/16: Alexa in Toyland: How Amazon’s assistant is changing playtime

2/14: We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

2/8: Identity Hygiene 101

2/7: Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you’ve turned off the GPS

2/5; How to use guest mode on your Android phone

2/2: You can find me in da club, database full of faces… but this ain’t privacy watchers’ jam

2/1: Facebook’s Future Rests on Knowing You Even Better

2/1: A wristband to track workers’ hand movements? (Amazon has patents for it)

1/30: How to Manage Your Privacy on Fitness Apps

1/29: Facebook publishes privacy principles for the first time

1/27: DuckDuckGo App and Extension Upgrades Offer Privacy ‘Beyond the Search Box’

1/25: Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10’s data-slurping creepiness

1/25: Former Employees Say Lyft Staffers Spied On Passengers

1/23: 5 privacy tips for iPhone texting

1/22: Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy’s F-Droid Android App Store is a Replacement for Google Play That Features Only FOSS Apps That Don’t Do Any Tracking

Local (PNW):

3/26: Now are you ready to safeguard your personal data?

3/25: Oregon attorney general considers investigating Facebook

3/22: Tougher regulations needed for Facebook

2/12: Seattle to Remove Controversial City Spying Network After Public Backlash

Govt (Fed):

3/30: Trump administration asks Supreme Court to end Microsoft email case

3/26: State Department Seemingly Buys $15,000 iPhone Cracking Tech GrayKey

3/26: You’ll like this: Facebook probed by US watchdog amid privacy storm

3/26: Senate summons Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs over data privacy

3/26: FTC Confirms Facebook Probe Over Privacy Practices

3/25: Justice Department Revives Push To Mandate a Way To Unlock Phones

3/23: Lawmakers hope to use Facebook’s ‘oil spill’ privacy mishap to usher in sweeping new laws

3/23: CLOUD Act becomes law, increases government access to online info

3/22: Tech Companies Applaud Measure to Clarify U.S. Access to Data

3/20: The NSA Worked To ‘Track Down’ Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal

3/16: Facial Scanning Now Arriving At US Airports

3/14: New Bill In Congress Would Bypass the Fourth Amendment, Hand Your Data To Police (CLOUD Act)

3/14: ACL-Sue: Rights group takes on TSA over device searches

3/13: US government privacy watchdog stumbles back to its feet with new hires

2/28: US Supremes take a look at Microsoft’s Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

2/27: Supreme Court Wrestles With Microsoft Data Privacy Fight

2/16: Two Years After FBI vs Apple, Encryption Debate Remains

2/16: Techno-senator tells Tinder to hook up its app with better security

2/14: Don’t use phones from Huawei or ZTE, FBI director says

2/7: CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad

1/29: Proposal for Federal Wireless Network Shows Fear of China

1/26: ICE Is About To Start Tracking License Plates Across the US

1/25: Senator Asks FBI Director To Justify His ‘Ill-Informed’ Policy Proposal For Encryption

1/24: NSA Deletes ‘Honesty’ and ‘Openness’ From Core Values

Govt (States & Cities):

3/26: Some patients’ private info shared by Health Department

3/26: Massachusetts Senate bill aims to protect net neutrality

3/24: Towns scramble to keep sensitive data from online records

3/17: North Carolina Police Obtained Warrants Demanding All Google Users Near Four Crime Scenes

3/14: Roses are red, Facebook is blue. Think private means private? More fool you

3/9: Documents Prove Local Cops Have Bought Cheap iPhone Cracking Tech

2/22: US state legal supremos show lots of love for proposed CLOUD Act (a law to snoop on citizens’ info stored abroad)

2/15: Department of Public Safety launches new drone program

2/12: Lincoln police to encrypt primary police dispatch channels

2/11; Police turn to drones in tough situations

2/8: New Mexico Lawmakers Seek Privacy Rules for Police Video

2/7: Alameda approves $500K for license plate scanners, but looks to beef up privacy

1/30: Police speeding up plan to equip officers with body cameras

1/27: Madison police say drone program has been successful

Policy & Opinion:

3/26: Only a tech revolution will restore privacy

3/26: Users Built Facebook’s Empire, and They Can Crumble It

3/25: Protect Your Data. Then Hope for a Tech Revolution.

3/25: Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

3/24: Tim Berners-Lee Urges Web Users: ‘Care About Your Data’

3/24: How calls for privacy may upend Google and Facebook

3/23: Zuckerberg’s outsize influence must end

3/23: Don’t quit Facebook, but don’t trust it, either

3/23: Go ahead and #DeleteFacebook. But here’s the change we really need.

3/23: Facebook’s inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

3/21: Would You Pay Facebook Not to Sell Your Data?

3/21: Under Fire and Losing Trust, Facebook Plays the Victim

3/21: Silicon Valley Has Failed to Protect Our Data. Here’s How to Fix It

3/20: It’s time to quit mommy blogging, for the sake of my children

3/20: Americans’ privacy threatened with bill in Congress

2/26; Voice assistants are always listening. So why won’t they call police if they hear a crime?

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

2/7: 5 little things that would make Alexa a lot better

1/31: Google and Facebook are watching our every move online. It’s time to make them stop

Overseas:

3/26: Researcher alleges Indian leader’s app ships data abroad

3/25: India’s biometric ID program was supposed to end welfare corruption, but neediest may be hit hardest

3/23: Germany Raises Pressure on Facebook on Data Privacy Rules

3/22: Facing Privacy Concerns, India Cites 13-Foot Wall in Database Center

3/22: Israel Opens Probe Into Facebook on Possible Privacy Breach

3/21: Telegram still won’t hand over crypto keys it says it does not store (Russia)

3/21: This Austrian Activist Took on Facebook in Europe. He’s Ready to Do It Again

3/20: Gartner’s top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don’t be creepy (Europe)

3/19: One Chinese city is using facial-recognition that can help police detect and arrest criminals in as little as 2 minutes

3/19: How I went dark in Australia’s surveillance state for 2 years

3/16: Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

3/15: ProtonMail posts workaround for Turkish government block

3/14: WhatsApp agrees not to share user info with the Zuckerborg… for now (Europe)

3/13: Transport for New South Wales told to stop tracking oldies, students (Oz)

3/10: Chinese Police Begin Tracking Citizens With Face-Recognizing Smart Glasses

3/9: Brit spy wrangler details sign-off process for snooping warrants (UK)

3/9: UK police want you to report crimes to Alexa

3/9: Citizen Lab says Sandvine network gear aids government spyware (Middle East)

2/28: Brit spooks slammed over ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ with telcos to get mass comms data (UK)

2/16: Facebook Must Stop Tracking Belgian Users, Court Rules

2/13: Let’s get to know each other first: Joe Public won’t share their data with just anyone (UK)

2/13: Google’s Guinea-Pig City (Toronto)

2/12: Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners (UK)

2/1: Info Commish offers privacy addicts a 12-step GDPR programme (UK)

1/30: UK.gov mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

1/29: Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database (UK)

1/23: Ecuador is Fighting Crime Using Chinese Surveillance Technology

1/11: Apple hands Chinese iCloud to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry

Tech:

3/26: Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

3/24: More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

3/23: The new technology that aspires to #deletefacebook for good

3/23: A former Facebook executive wants to revive an old startup to kill Facebook that raised millions and spectacularly flopped

3/22: Vivaldi browser taps privacy-first DuckDuckGo search

3/20: Mozilla’s opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

3/20: Jeff Bezos takes a robot dog for a walk in California

3/15: VPN tests reveal privacy-leaking bugs

3/13: Mozilla sends more snooping Web APIs to smartphone Siberia

3/9: Your smart camera may have been spying on you

3/8: Ghostery tool for web privacy goes open source

3/2: Knock, knock. Whois there? Get ready for anonymized email addresses after domain privacy shake-up

2/15: Ubuntu Wants To Collect Data About Your System — Starting With 18.04 LTS

2/12: Signal app for private chats gets $50M boost from WhatsApp VIP

2/10: In the global game of hide and seek, the drones are winning

2/9: An AI That Reads Privacy Policies So That You Don’t Have To

2/8: New strife for Strava: Location privacy feature can be made transparent

1/29: The Strava Heat Map and the End of Secrets

1/26: Let’s Talk About Cars

9/2017: Microsoft pitches encrypted Azure to keep cloud data secret

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

3/21: Facebook Crux Is Intersection Of Privacy And Sharing: Anderson

 

Privacy News Update, 2-18-18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/8: Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

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

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

2/7: The House That Spied on Me

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

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

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

2/6: Surveillance Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/2: Amazon secures employee-tracking wristband patents

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

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

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

1/31: Privacy questions around DNA tests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/24: DNA sharing leads to privacy concerns

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

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

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

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

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

Local (PNW):

2/16: The Really Weird World Of Smart Meters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

2/7: FTC releases PrivacyCon 2018 agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy & Opinion:

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

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

2/15; TLS/SSL security for websites

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

2/13: When privacy becomes public

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

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

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

2/6: Identity and the smart city

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

2/1: Whose data is it anyway?

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

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

1/31: Could Brexit derail ePrivacy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/25: The moving target of IoT security

1/23: Is privacy the new security?

1/22: Data privacy, a growing strategic initiative

1/17: Personal Data Representatives: An Idea

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

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech:

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

2/16: People Will Always Get Lost

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

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

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

2/13: Researchers find vulnerabilities in Faraday cages

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

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

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

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

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

2/1: Age-verification tool raises privacy concerns

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

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

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

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

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

1/26: Lyft investigates privacy abuse claim

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

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

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

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

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Privacy News Update, 1-22-18

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1/2018: Free Speech, Tech Turmoil, and the New Censorship

1/22: The IAPP’s Privacy List goes live with new web conference series

1/22: Disable Instagram’s new, creepy activity status feature

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

1/19: NSA surveillance programs live on, in case you hadn’t noticed

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

1/19: Trump Signs Surveillance Extension Into Law

1/19: Tech giants and elected officials back Microsoft in Supreme Court case on international data privacy

1/19: Congress demanded NSA spying reform. Instead, they let you down

1/19: The Consumer DNA Testing Market Is Already Booming, but It’s About to Explode

1/18: EFF to NSA: you scammed your way to another six years of warrantless spying, and you’d better enjoy it while it lasts

1/18: Congress Votes to Extend Warrantless-Spying Program Through 2023

1/18: Instagram just added a new feature you might want to turn off — here’s how (FB)

1/18: FTC releases 2017 privacy and security report

1/18: Automakers collecting personal data with regularity

1/18: Google Faces England’s First ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Trial

1/18: Google’s Art Selfie App Offers A Lesson In Biometric Privacy Laws In U.S.

1/17: Using AI To Identify Car Models In 50 Million Google Street Views Reveals A Wide Range Of Demographic Information

1/17: Google’s face match feature doesn’t work in Illinois and Texas

1/16: Amazon won’t say if it hands your Echo data to the government

1/16: Big businesses band together in urging lawmakers to sell out your privacy

1/16: Companies race to gather a newly prized currency: Our body measurements

1/16: Google app that matches your face to artwork is wildly popular. It’s also raising privacy concerns.

1/16: US senators vow to filibuster FBI, er, NSA’s domestic, errr, foreign mass spying program

1/15: Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

1/15: Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse

1/12: Chinese Internet Users Start To Rebel Against Lack Of Online Privacy

1/12: The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers

1/12: Democratic Defections Allow an Assault on Civil Liberties to Pass the House

1/11: Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens

1/11: Microsoft finally injects end-to-end chat crypto into Skype – ish…

1/11: Uber’s tool Ripley lets it remotely disable staff laptops

1/10: Keep Track Of Who Facebook Thinks You Know With This Nifty Tool

1/10: What’s Slack Doing With Your Data?

1/10: Max Schrems: The privacy bubble needs to start ‘getting sh*t done’

1/9: How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs

1/8: Your local public Wi-Fi network may be a whole lot safer soon

1/5: Amazon Alexa is Coming To Headphones, Smart Watches, Bathrooms and More

1/5: Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement

1/5: US border cops told to stop copying people’s files just for the hell of it

1/5: US border agency searched 30,200 phones and computers in 2017

1/4: I Know Where You’ve Been: Digital Spying And Divorce In The Smartphone Age

1/4: All the Ways Your Smartphone and Its Apps Can Track You

1/4: China Plans To Turn Country’s Most Popular App, WeChat, Into An Official ID System

1/3: New facial scans of air travelers trigger controversy

1/3: Curb how Facebook, Google and Amazon use your personal data in a quick privacy clean-up

1/2: New Bill Could Finally Get Rid of Paperless Voting Machines

1/2: After calling for surveillance reform, Feinstein casts crucial vote to kill it

1/1: 17 steps to being completely anonymous online

12/31: EFF Applauds ‘Massive Change’ to HTTPS

Local (PNW):

1/15: WA won’t automatically hand over license info to ICE

1/14: The Justice Department Helped a County Prosecutor Target the Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists

1/11: Report: State has been handing driver info to ICE

1/11: Washington state regularly gives drivers’ info to immigration authorities; Inslee orders temporary halt

1/11: Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler joins Democrats in vote against surveillance law

1/3: Washington sues Motel 6, says chain slipped ICE info on guests

Govt (Fed):

1/19: There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

1/19: Nearly Everyone Backs Microsoft in Landmark Email Privacy Case—Except the DOJ

1/19: Meet the Justice Department’s FISA closer

1/19; Meet the Republicans Who Care About Surveillance Abuse Only When Trump’s the Target (UPDATE: Trump Signs 702 Bill)

1/18: Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here are some details on how

1/18: 50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

1/18: Senate passes bill to extend key surveillance program, sending it to Trump’s desk

1/18: Senate passes controversial spying law that scoops up Americans’ phone calls and emails without a warrant

1/16: After Basically No Debate, And No Opportunity For Amendments, Senate Votes To Expand NSA Surveillance

1/15: Trump’s press secretary outraged at Amazon Echo on Twitter

1/12: The tribe-busting politics of FISA and the surveillance debate

1/12: Spy Bosses Helped Trump Draft Tweet Backing Surveillance Program

1/11: Dipshit President Attacks Surveillance Bill His Own White House Says Must Pass

1/11: What is the Section 702 surveillance program and why should you care?

1/11: House approves spying extension

1/10: CBP Warrantless Device Searches Continue To Increase And New DHS Guidance Isn’t Going To Bring That Number Down

1/10: Can the ‘Automobile Exception’ Run Over the Fourth Amendment?

1/9: Speculation Rampant as Secretive Zuma Spy Satellite Declared a ‘Total Loss’

1/9: Encryption an ‘urgent public safety issue,’ FBI chief says

1/9: From heroin-laden rental cars to stolen motorcycles, justices find privacy rights

1/9: Federal Agencies May Be Regularly Hiding Surveillance Methods in Criminal Cases

1/9: Fourth Amendment scrutinized before high court

1/8: Supremes asked to mull legality of Silicon Valley privacy ‘slush funds’

1/8: Smart toy maker VTech settles privacy charges with FTC

1/8: SCOTUS to hear case disputing warrantless motorcycle search

1/8: Justice Dept. scrambles to jam prison cellphones, stop drone deliveries to inmates

1/5: U.S. Customs And Border Protection Sets New Rules For Searching Electronic Devices

1/4: DHS Expands License Plate Dragnet, Streams Collections To US Law Enforcement Agencies

1/2: DHS Documents Show Harassment And Intrusive Device Searches Are A Common Occurrence At US Borders

12/19: US senators rail against effort to sneak through creepy mass spying bill

Govt (States & Cities):

1/19: Fort Collins police using drones in crash investigations

1/18: California attorney general threatens $10,000 fine for businesses that share employee information with immigration agents

1/15: Shenandoah police begin process to buy automated license plate scanners

1/12: Officials remove medical pot registry from police computers

1/11: Chicago considering equipping police with anti-texting tools

1/10: LAPD takes another step toward deploying drones in controversial yearlong test

1/9: Police union files suit over release of body camera footage

1/7: Bill seeks to stop drone use to spy on people, harass cows

1/6: Police, fire departments find uses for drones

1/5: New York State Appellate Court Says Cell Site Location Records Have No Expectation Of Privacy

1/3: California Supreme Court seems split on DNA collections voters approved

Policy & Opinion:

1/21: Roe v. Wade Was About More Than Abortion

1/19: The FDA just approved the first ‘self-tracking’ pill—here’s what it could mean for your privacy

1/18: A Bunch Of Politicians Who Complain About Trump’s Authoritarian Tendencies Just Gave Him 6 Years To Warrantlessly Spy On Americans

1/17: On the fine line between clothing and health data

1/17: A technician’s view of the GDPR and consent interfaces

1/17: Nahra: Key issues for 2018 privacy and security checkup

1/17: Prosecute Former Spymaster James Clapper for Lying to Congress Now. Time is Running Out.

1/17: Stop Warrantless Snooping on Americans

1/16: ‘Is whistleblowing worth prison or a life in exile?’: Edward Snowden talks to Daniel Ellsberg

1/16: 5 employee awareness predictions for 2018

1/15: Business must tone down its lust for big data

1/15: Facebook’s New Mission May Be Impossible

1/12: Make gadgets great again

1/11: Editorial Put some blinders on the feds’ prying eyes

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

1/3: Americans should have more control over their data

1/2: No Foreign Spy Program Reauthorization Without Citizen Protections

Overseas:

1/22: Business booms for privacy experts as landmark data law looms (Europe)

1/21: India will install cameras in classrooms amid a rise of surveillance measures in Asia

1/19: Don’t check Facebook before hiring, says privacy commissioner (Canada)

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

1/19: Notes from the iappANZ, 19 January 2018 (Asia)

1/16: Belgium adopts law restructuring Belgian Privacy Commission

1/18: Lebanese Security Agency Turns Smartphone Into Selfie Spycam: Researchers

1/17: Toronto smart city project comes with privacy concerns

1/17: China Uses Facial Recognition to Fence In Villagers in Far West

1/15: India To Add Facial Authentication For Its Aadhaar Card Security

1/13: Will Facial Recognition in China Lead To Total Surveillance?

1/12: Can the Chinese government now get access to your Grindr profile?

1/10: Breach of World’s Largest Database Prompts Overhaul in India

1/10: UK Data Protection Bill tweaked to protect security researchers

1/10: GCHQ sought to ‘better liaise’ with watchdog, court document shows (UK)

1/9: Snowden Joins Outcry Against World’s Biggest Biometric Database

1/8: Privacy Foundation: Trusting government with open data a ‘recipe for pain’ (Oz)

1/8: CCTV commish: Bring all surveillance systems under code of practice (UK)

1/8: Indian journalist exposed possible huge breach in government database; now she’s facing a police complaint

1/7: In China, facial recognition is sharp end of a drive for total surveillance

1/6: Privacy breaches hit record high in Alberta (Canada)

1/6: Internet users in China expect to be tracked. Now they want privacy

1/4: Ashes spectators in Sydney scanned by facial recognition tech (Oz)

1/3: 16 Things That Are More Valuable Than Your Privacy (India)

1/3: Alexa could be our next crime fighter (UK)

12/29: What is the GDPR? GeekWire’s guide to new European data protection laws that impact the cloud

12/28: Facebook Just Clarified That It Is Not Collecting Data From India’s Controversial National ID Database

12/22: Merry Christmas, UK prosecutors: Here’s a special gift… a slap from the privacy watchdog

12/21: Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe (UK)

12/20: Comms-slurping public bodies in UK need crash course in copy ‘n’ paste

12/13: UK.gov told: Your frantic farming of pupils’ data is getting a little creepy

12/12: Canadian Supreme Court Says Privacy Protections Apply To Sent Text Messages Obtained From The Recipient

12/12: Welcome To The Surveillance State: China’s AI Cameras See All

Tech:

1/22: Tech companies receive funding to boost privacy products

1/22: Microsoft Continues to Rethink Windows 10 Privacy and Data Collection Practices – New Tools Expected

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

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

1/21: Q&A: Samsung’s Alex Hawkinson on smart-home evolution

1/18: Less Than 1 in 10 Gmail Users Enable Two-Factor Authentication

1/17: Want more privacy online? ProtonMail brings its free VPN to Android

1/17: Purism Says Its Privacy-Focused Linux Phone Will Use Wayland and i.MX8 ARM CPU

1/16: Researchers Uncover Android Malware With Never-Before-Seen Spying Capabilities

1/15: Twitter Says No, Hundreds Of Twitter Employees Are Not Reading Your DMs

1/15: BlackBerry debuts Jarvis software scanning platform at NAIAS

1/15: Bad news: A Spectre-like flaw will probably happen again

1/12: Meet Nextcloud Talk, World’s First Self-Hosted, Encrypted Communication Platform

1/12: Google pulls kids games containing AdultSwine malware

1/9: No tracking, no revenue: Apple’s privacy feature costs ad companies millions

1/5: These video-recording glasses are a privacy nightmare

1/4: Lenovo’s new laptops have clever built-in webcam covers so you can finally ditch the piece of tape

1/3: Anonymous no more: Reusing complex passwords gives your identity away

1/3: 2 Years Later, Security Holes Linger In GPS Services Used By Millions of Devices

1/2: Microsoft predicts 2018 will usher in a new era for tech companies sitting on silos of consumer data

12/23: Fleeing Google’s Apps and iOS, Mandrake Linux Creator Launches ‘eelo’ Project

12/22: Mandrake Linux Founder Announces Android OS Without Google Apps

12/20: Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

12/14: IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPS

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

1/19: The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Ready, set, GDPR

1/18: Geared Up Podcast: Google’s answer to the Echo Show and an Alexa enabled toilet

1/15: Episode 15 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘Privacy’

1/11: Book World: In the shadows of a surveillance state

Privacy News Update, 10-17-17

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10/15: Telcos “selling realtime ability to associate web browsing with name & address”

10/12: Google admits its new smart speaker was eavesdropping on users

10/11: Man asks Alexa if he is being detained

10/11: Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

10/7: Co-Parenting With Alexa

10/6: ‘Kids should not be guinea pigs’: Mattel pulls AI babysitter

10/6: Factions forming as Congress attempts to curb US spy power

10/5: How bad can the new spying legislation be? Exhibit 1: it’s called the USA Liberty Act

10/5: Uber’s iOS app could have recorded your screen

10/4: Bipartisan group of lawmakers seek to impose new limit on NSA spy power

10/4: A web privacy expert lays out everything you need to know about the new rule that could upend the marketing business

10/4: Google dials up the creepy factor and targets families

10/3: Terror risks make tight security routine for world’s hotels

10/3: Facebook’s Privacy Feud With Austrian Heads to EU’s Top Court

10/3: Your Yahoo account info was definitely hacked — here’s what to do

9/29: How The Intercept Preserves Your Privacy

9/29: Mattel Gadget Listens to Babies, Setting Off Privacy Alarms

9/28: Q&A: How Apple’s Face ID facial recognition works

9/28: Google reports all-time high of government data requests

9/28: Apple reports most national security orders ever this year

9/27: Apple is opening up amid privacy questions about Face ID, personal data collection

9/27: Amazon Wants You to Wake Up With Alexa, and That’s Just the Start

9/26: Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs

9/26: Tinder stores a scary amount of information about what you do, including your Facebook history

9/26: Signal Has a Fix for Apps’ Contact-Leaking Problem

9/25: Equifax’s breach is not its first brush with concerns over handling of personal data

9/21: Face ID can protect iPhone X from thieves, but not the law

9/21: Police need warrant to track cellphones, appeals court says

9/20: Apple Face ID: Is it Creepy or Cool?

9/18: Biometrics like Face ID are coming to your smartphone whether you like it or not

9/15: Verizon gives away cool freebies, as long as you give away your privacy

9/15: Google and Verizon are suddenly allies on California privacy bill

9/15: How One of Apple’s Key Privacy Safeguards Falls Short

9/15: Face ID and the Fifth Amendment: Can Cops Make You Open the New iPhone?

9/14: Microsoft Adds Cloud Security to Keep Out Hackers — and Government Snoops

9/14: Sen. Al Franken wants Apple to answer Face ID privacy concerns

9/13: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update shaking up privacy settings some more

9/13: Homeland Security hit with lawsuit over phone, laptop searches

9/13: Hey, Turn Bluetooth Off When You’re Not Using It

9/12: Sept. 12 Letters: Equifax proves need for privacy protections

9/12: How Secure Is the iPhone X’s FaceID? Here’s What We Know

9/12: Edward Snowden offers mixed review on Apple’s Face ID

9/8: Google tailors its privacy control tool for your phone, too

9/7: Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they’re surveillance cities

9/7: Wonder why Congress doesn’t clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more

9/7: Street art project puts a price on your personal data

 

Local (PNW):

10/12: After massive email leak, the city scrambles

10/5: Supreme Court rules random urinalysis is unconstitutional

10/4: A Look at the Eastside Race that Abortion Coverage, Taxes, and Internet Privacy Hinges On

9/26: Why your ‘personal’ data is anything but: Q&A with Washington state’s first chief privacy officer

9/19: Glenn Greenwald in Portland: Q&A on privacy, the law and journalism

 

Govt (Fed):

10/16: Supreme Court will take up Microsoft email warrant fight

10/14: Intel leaders urge Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program

10/10: DOJ grows frustrated with tech firms over encryption

10/5: Bipartisan bill seeks to limit use of foreign surveillance

10/4: DOJ’s Rosenstein takes aim at Silicon Valley encryption

10/4: Senators: Tech firms didn’t take election meddling ‘seriously’

10/3: White House official: Let’s replace Social Security numbers

10/1: FBI doesn’t have to reveal iPhone hack details, judge rules

9/29: Feds asking Facebook for info on anti-Trump activists

9/28: US Homeland Security Says Tracking Social Media of Immigrants is Nothing New

9/26: Homeland Security plans to collect immigrants’ social media info

9/25: Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

9/25: Government wants foreign surveillance authority renewed

9/21: Police use of ‘Stingray’ cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules

9/17; Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government

9/15: DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

9/13: Trump Administration Sued Over Phone Searches at U.S. Border

9/13: Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

8/31: NSA enters stage two of its spying revival plan: Getting Trump onboard

8/25: NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

 

Govt (States & Cities):

10/17: LAPD wins OK to test drones despite privacy concerns

10/17: Commission approves controversial yearlong test of drones by LAPD

10/16: Georgia’s conservative Supreme Court: Compelled breathanalyzer tests violate state privilege against self-incrimination

10/5: Commissioner: Raid violated Oakland sanctuary city policy

10/5: Wisconsin Assembly committee to consider body camera limits

10/5: The Latest: Police support bill setting body camera policy

10/3: Civilian oversight panel hears guidelines for LAPD use of drones

9/29: Port Authority Must Face Officers’ Cellphone Search Lawsuit: NY Ruling

9/28: New Texas law criminalizes drone use near animal farms

9/28: Missouri officials push to expand address secrecy program

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

9/26: In North Carolina, police wear body cameras, but laws prevent the public from seeing footage

9/25: Loud talkers beware: Reno buses will be listening

9/22: Illinois governor vetoes data privacy measure

9/21; Wary of employee microchips, state senator proposes regulation

9/20: St. Louis police to get body cameras

9/19: Border agents want to search a traveler’s laptop and phone? Get a warrant

9/18: Nebraska city on the verge of regulating drone flights

9/18: Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on highway surveillance bill

9/18: California Democrats sell out online privacy in the dead of night

9/17: Ravens’ plan to give out DNA tests at home opener get delayed as company faces questions from state officials

9/16: Closely watched California Internet privacy bill dies in final minutes of legislative session

9/15: California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

9/13: New driver’s license requirements are coming to U.S. airports

9/1: US cops can’t keep license plate data scans secret without reason

 

Policy & Opinion:

10/17: Who can access your e-mails after you die?

10/5: The End of Privacy

10/5: Hey, IoT vendors. When a paediatric nurse tells you to fix security, you definitely screwed up

10/5: The Equifax Hack Started the Wrong Conversation

9/29: Here’s a way to make companies with large databases keep our info safe

9/27: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says companies need to take stances on controversial issues

9/26: How to Kill Fake Facebook Accounts and Preserve Privacy

9/24: A petition to demand accountability from the NSA

9/21; Driverless cars: safer perhaps, but professor warns of privacy risks

9/16: The phone that every stalker will want

9/14: Editorial: Privacy risk in self-driving cars? Senate has to fix that loophole in federal bill

9/14: Face fracas: We’re all worked up about the iPhone X’s Face ID

9/14: Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

 

Overseas:

10/18: EU says data privacy deal with US can be improved

10/17: UK spy agencies may be circumventing data-sharing law, tribunal told

10/6: Kuwait’s Constitutional Court: Mandatory DNA collection law is no good

10/6: Privacy concerns voiced over photo database link to real-time surveillance (OZ)

10/5: Australia approves national database of everyone’s mugshots

10/5: Turnbull denies new facial recognition measures amount to ‘mass surveillance’ (Oz)

10/5: Australia to use drivers license photos to create facial recognition database

10/4: Australia Wants All Citizens’ Driver’s License Photos, Citing Terror Fight

10/3: Australia to get in your face with facial recognition system

10/3: UK Says WhatsApp Lets Paedophiles and Gangsters Operate Beyond the Law

10/2: Spanish tech activists publish a “how-to guide for preserving fundamental rights on the Internet”

10’2: The London Underground thinks it can sell travelers’ attention and wifi data for £322m

9/28: Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition to Spy on Citizens in Streets

9/21; EU Official Says Privacy Shield Is Trust & Check Exercise

9/15: Spy-Camera Allegation Sure to Heat Up Ecuador Presidents’ Feud

9/14: Canada’s Mounties use a 6-year-old “interim policy” to justify warrantless mass surveillance

9/13: Cops’ use of biometric images ‘gone far beyond custody purposes’

9/11: Fitness Tracking Startups Are Sweating Due to EU Privacy Regulators

9/8: EU court must rule on legality of UK’s mass surveillance – tribunal

9/5: Spying on Worker Emails Gets New Hurdle in EU Court Ruling

9/3: This Chinese KFC lets you put your money where your mouth is

8/28: China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

8/25: India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

8/24: Biometrics watchdog breaks cover, slams UK cops over facial recog

 

Tech:

10/18: What the future holds for fitness technology

10/17: Self-driving Chevy Bolts will roam New York City streets next year

10/12: How to transform your home into a smart home

10/12: New sensor pill like a “Fitbit” you can swallow to monitor your stomach

10/6: Mattel’s Internet-of-kiddies’-Things Aristotle canned before release

10/2: Protect your home with Ring’s DIY security system

9/29: Qualcomm teams with Benchmark Electronics on wearable patches to monitor vital signs

9/28: Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus on Self-Policing Not Regulation Fears

9/28: iOS apps can read metadata revealing users’ location histories

9/27: Is Face ID secure? Apple takes on lingering questions

9/26: Alexa and her kind let the disabled or illiterate make the web work

9/25: Levi’s, Google unveil $350 denim jacket that connects to smartphones

9/25: Here’s how to keep up with Nest’s growing smart home

9/22: As smart homes become smarter, tech companies rush to get in the door

9/21; Global privacy management software firm expanding in Atlanta

9/21: Apple makes it harder to track you online, ad industry has an aneurysm

9/21: Crime-fighting robot can detect weapons in a crowd

9/20: Nest Hello doorbell camera can recognize your face

9/20: Nest’s next product? The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

9/15: Microsoft adds cloud security to keep out hackers — and government snoops

9/14: Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

9/12: Want to unlock the iPhone X? Just stare at it

8/31: Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

 

Books/Media/Misc:

9/30: The troubling surveillance state of Jeremy Piven’s tech visionary in ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’

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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

 

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Privacy News Update: 4-30-17

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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)