Privacy News Update, Sept 2018

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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

Privacy News Update, June-July 2018

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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, 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, 4-2-17

Featured:

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

3/31: How Not to Protect Your Privacy Online

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

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

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

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

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

3/24: Who Owns Your Face?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/16: Firefox Focus: The privacy browser

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

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

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

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

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

2/5: Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/19: Navigating the age of kids and smartphones

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

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

3/1: Pullman council hears pitch for police drones

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

2/25: Don’t track drivers

1/24: Sawant moves to curb federal surveillance

12/20: What every website knows about you

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

3/24: Maine ID bill gets key committee vote

3/24 Judge rejects challenge to Massachusetts wiretapping law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

3/27: The Coming Battle Over Surveillance

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

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

3/24: Online privacy rights going, going …

3/17: Aboard the Genetic-Testing Freakout Bandwagon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

3/19: Chinese Learn the Value of Privacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/9: Canadian Privacy in the Age of Trump

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

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

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

 

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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

1/28/16: The Power of Privacy – film

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

Privacy News Update: Oct 2016

Featured:

10/31: Silently Tracking Users With Ultrasonic Beacons

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

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

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

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

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

10/28: The limits of encryption

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

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

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

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

10/24: 5 apps for encrypting and shredding files

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

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

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

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

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

10/19: Imagine if Donald Trump Controlled the NSA

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

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

10/15: The best privacy and security iPhone apps

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

10/12: Amazon Wants to Scan Your License Plate

10/12: Signal Adds Expiring Messages to Encrypted Chats

10/11: Encrypted communications could have an undetectable backdoor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

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

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

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

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

10/26: Cyber after Snowden

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

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

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

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

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

10/21: Duck Google’s data grab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/3: Don’t Pardon Snowden

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

10/17: London cops strap on new body cams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/17: Yelp reviews, privacy laws hamstring doctors

10/13: On the Wire Podcast: Cindy Cohn

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

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

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

Privacy News Update, Aug-Sept 2016

Featured:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/6: How surveillance capitalism tracks you without cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/2: White House loves drones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

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

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

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

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

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

9/15: Congressional report slams NSA leaker Edward Snowden

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

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

9/8: Microsoft’s tin ear for privacy

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

9/1: There is No Encryption Debate

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/29: Russia Finalizes Procedures for Collecting Encryption Keys

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

7/26: European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

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

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

 

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/19: Volkswagen establishes cybersecurity joint venture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/16: Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/1 Googling yourself will lead to personal privacy controls

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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

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

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

9/2: On the Wire Podcast: Bruce Schneier

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

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

Privacy News Update, 8-8-15

Featured:

8/4: China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

8/3: Stingray surveillance sparks privacy concerns in Congress

7/2015: Americans Are Okay With Surveillance and Torture

7/24: Stop Google from tracking you on Google Maps

7/24: How security experts protect themselves online

7/24: U.K. Police Confirm Ongoing Criminal Probe of Snowden Leak Journalists

7/24: Hornet Tor alternative for high-speed anonymous browsing revealed

7/23: Justice Department Watchdog Complains He’s Been Curbed

7/22: NSA leaker Edward Snowden seeks return to U.S., on his terms

7/22: Did Sandra Bland have a right to record her police confrontation? Maybe not.

7/22: Fiat Chrysler Offers Patch After Hackers Commandeer Jeep

7/22: Google Maps now shows you everywhere you’ve been

7/22: De Blasio Administration Reaches Deal With Uber

7/21: Patch Your Chrysler Now Against a Wireless Hacking Attack

7/21: Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

7/21: Google Maps Timeline Lets You Stalk Yourself

7/21: The challenges of securing your smart home

7/19: More Than A Quarter-Million Ask Google To Be Forgotten

7/18: Why Did A Security Firm Mysteriously Ditch a ‘Privacy’ Product?

7/18: Security News This Week: Laura Poitras Is Suing the Government

7/16: No joke: Anger as UK police tweet spy-cam image of comedian

7/15: Former spook bigwigs ask for rewrite of UK’s surveillance laws

7/15: Europe a step closer to keeping records on all passengers flying in and out of the Continent

7/15: Google Accidentally Released Details of Right To Be Forgotten Requests

7/15: Do Encrypted Phones Threaten National Security?

7/14: ACLU wants to end NSA mass spying forever – good luck with that

7/13: Watching the watchers: Oakland seeks control of law enforcement surveillance

7/12: 2016: The Year We Claim Our Privacy Back

7/12: At The NSA, A Rising Star’s Commitment To Faith — And Public Service

7/9: This is the most outrageous government tirade against iOS 8 encryption

7/9: Trackbuster Lets You Remove Those Pesky Email Tracking Beacons

7/1: Federal wiretaps down slightly, encryption impact decreases

6/23: You’re being secretly tracked with facial recognition, even in church

 

Local:

8/6: Federal agents install video-surveillance cameras in Seattle

7/20: City responds to trash privacy suit

7/18: Hacking Team and Boeing Subsidiary Envisioned Drones Deploying Spyware

7/16: Residents sue over Seattle composting law

7/16: Breaking: Libertarians Do Live In Seattle (And They’re Suing Over that Food Scrap Law)

7/12: What new laws passed in the Legislature? 2015 highlights

 

Govt:

7/25: Fishermen say camera requirement invades privacy

7/24: Butt dialers have no right to privacy, rules court

7/23: Senators Want Homeland Security To Be a Leading Cyberdefense Agency

7/23: Homeland Security Chief Goes Off “Going Dark” Script, Says He Can See Plenty

7/23: Connecticut Teen of Gun-Firing Drone Video Charged for Assaulting Police

7/22: FCC CIO: Consumers Need Privacy Controls In the Internet of Everything Era

7/22: National Guard Seeks More Drones For Domestic Missions

7/22: Police liability for interfering with lawful citizen videorecording

7/22: Iowa principals asked to wear bodycams

7/22: Gun-toting drone prompts federal investigation

7/21: FBI’s Hacks Don’t Comply With Legal Safeguards

7/21: Sen. Blumenthal Introduces Bill To Protect Connected Cars From Hackers

7/21: New York Court Says Facebook Can’t Object to Search Warrants

7/20: Verizon faces steady stream of requests for customer data

7/19: The Making of a Republican Snowdenista

7/17: Two Charts Show How the Drug War Drives US Domestic Spying

7/16: Fight over police videos likely to continue despite ruling

7/16: Fremont to install license plate reading cameras

7/15: California Judge Orders Release Of Video Showing Gardena Police Shooting

7/15: Fingerprint Scanner Tested on Foreigners Leaving Atlanta

7/15: Google Wins Bid to Toss Suit Claiming Privacy Violations

7/13: After Monumental Breach, Banks and Even Farmers Are Buying NSA-Fueled Surveillance Gear

7/12: At The NSA, A Rising Star’s Commitment To Faith — And Public Service

7/10: Moxie Marlinspike profiled in WSJ. Obama thinks secure messaging apps like the one he built are “a problem.”

7/10: Roadshow: FasTrak not a reason for privacy worries, say bridge officials

7/8: Encryption debate pits Silicon Valley vs. FBI, Justice Dept.

7/8: Google Should Give U.S. Citizens More Privacy Rights, Says Consumer Watchdog

7/8: Tech and politics clash over protecting your data

 

Policy:

7/24: Tech leaders want privacy — but only for themselves

7/24: Graphic photos underscore need for U.S. ‘right to be forgotten’

7/23: A hacked Jeep should be a wake-up call to automakers

7/23: Does it matter who wins the Microsoft Ireland warrant case?

7/23: Sandra Bland and the ‘lawful order’ problem

7/23: Wise businesses listen to consumers’ privacy concerns

7/22: Once again: Crypto backdoors are an insane, dangerous idea

7/21: Editorial: Fighting fires — and drones

7/21: Wired’s highway Jeep-hacking stunt was an amazing story, but a terrible idea

7/20: A 1990s anti-piracy law is why you haven’t seen the hacked list of Ashley Madison customers

7/20: Queer No Longer Queer – Nor Is Privacy

7/19: After Washington Post rolls out HTTPS, its editorial board bemoans encryption debate

7/17: Data Privacy Just Makes Good Business Sense

7/16: Why you should share your genetic profile

7/15: Can I Post a Photo of a Bad Driver?

7/15: Letter: Caspar Bowden’s early warnings

7/14: Superzoom camera can literally shoot the Moon, but will it have a creepy dark side?

7/10: Amy Goodman: Communication monitoring a threat to democracy

7/8: How technology could kill the art of lying

6/22: Hotels now have the right to protect guests’ privacy — but only if they want to

 

Overseas:

7/24: The Wilson Doctrine isn’t legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

7/24: Don’t Bring Your Drone To New Zealand

7/24: France approves ‘Big Brother’ surveillance powers despite UN concern

7/23: How British spies really spy: Information that didn’t come from Snowden

7/23: Pakistan tried to tap international web traffic via underwater cables, report says

7/22: Immigration department sought private medical records ‘for political reasons’(AU)

7/22: Pakistan wants to copy GCHQ and eavesdrop on world+dog’s comms

7/21: Lifelock Once Again Failed at Its One Job: Protecting Data

7/21: Lufthansa Flight Has Near-Miss With Drone Near Warsaw

7/20: Snowden to the IETF: Please make an internet for users, not the spies

7/20: UK Journalists Take Court Action Over Police Phone Spying

7/18: VPN Maker CyberGhost Aims To Grow A Privacy Hub In Eastern Europe

7/17: High court to rule on MPs’ claim that data retention act damages privacy

7/17: Metadata slurp warrant typo sends cops barging into the wrong house

7/17: UK.gov will appeal against DRIPA-busting verdict, says minister

7/16: UK schools’ “anti-radicalisation” software lets hackers spy on kids

7/16: Yep, world+dog’s spies are in our network, says Vodafone as it bares all

7/16: No joke: Anger as UK police tweet spy-cam image of comedian

7/16: Abbott appoints new spy overseer (AU)

7/16: Spies in the hot seat after Italian surveillance firm breach

7/13: Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

7/13: Privacy campaigners win concessions in UK surveillance report

7/11: Hacking Team hack casts spotlight on murky world of state surveillance

7/8: Report: Uber uses GPS to punish drivers in China who get close to protests

6/22: B.C. Court of Appeal Rules Facebook’s Fine Print Trumps Privacy Law (Canada)

6/19: Why the Liberal Party Defence of Its Support for Bill C-51 Falls Flat (Canada)

 

Tech:

7/25: Fiat Chrysler’s Anti-Hacking Recall a Milestone for Industry

7/24: How Amazon Could Drive Blended Reality Into The Living Room

7/24: What amateurs can learn from security pros about staying safe online

7/24: Fiat recalls 1.4 million cars vulnerable to being hacked

7/23: Apple eyes remote control personalized via fingerprint, retinal scan

7/23: Trying To Keep Your Data Safe? You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

7/23: Follow The Leader: Drones Learn To Behave In Swarms

7/22: Keeping Dictation on a Mac Private

7/22: Silent Pocket Bets On Privacy As Fashion Accessory

7/22: Microsoft to deliver Advanced Threat Analytics cybersecurity product in August

7/21: The Ghost In The Car May Be A Hacker

7/18: Apple Ads Based On Your Credit Balance Pushes Privacy Beyond The Limit

7/16: Your Phone Can Tell Whether You’re Depressed

7/16: How smart are connected toys?

7/15: OKCupid Founders Get $10.8M To Build A Kinder, Gentler Public Key Encryption Tool

7/14: NASA algorithms keep unmanned aircraft away from commercial aviation

7/14: ​Firefox now blocks all versions of Flash Player by default

7/13: The Tor Project is hiring a new executive director

7/13: A $200 privacy device has been killed, and no one knows why

7/10: Carmakers to Tech Partners: Keep Your Hands Off Our Data

7/7: Consumer group wants government to make Google give Americans the ‘right to be forgotten’ online

7/3: How Personal Should A Personal Assistant Get? Google And Apple Disagree

6/29: Fitbit data just undermined a woman’s rape claim

6/25: Facebook just hired the executive who was steering Yahoo’s security turnaround

Privacy News update, 11-17-14

Featured:

Nov 12: Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era

Nov 12: Police surveillance: ACLU pushes mandates for public input

Nov 10: Mozilla will start hosting Tor relays as part of Polaris privacy push

Nov 7: Federal Judge Says Public Has a Right to Know About FBI’s Facial Recognition Database

 

Govt:

Nov 17: CHP nude photo scandal: When can police search your phone?

Nov 15: Facebook, Microsoft, Apple Make Year-End Lobbying Push to Curb NSA Spying

Nov 14: EFF makes DoJ admit it lied in court about FBI secret warrants

Nov 14: LAPD technology that tracks ex-cons stirs concerns

Nov 14: US government planes mimic cellphone towers to collect user data – report

Nov 13: NSA Surveillance Faces Senate Test

Nov 13: To stop the government from collecting our phone records, pass the USA Freedom Act

Nov 13: Drones over San Jose? Worries fly at public hearing

Nov 13: AP Exclusive: Drones patrol half of Mexico border

Nov 12: Senate poised to vote on USA Freedom Act as early as next week

Nov 12: Watch out: the US government wants to pass new spying laws behind your back

Nov 10: Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

Nov 7: Now the GOP Must Choose: Mass Surveillance or Privacy?

Nov 7: How Did The FBI Break Tor?

Nov 7: Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper’s Arrest in Maryland

 

Policy:

Nov 16: Why the internet has turned us into hypocrites

Nov 13: Americans say they’ve lost control over personal data, survey finds

Nov 13: How deep is your data trail?

Nov 13: Art in a Time of Surveillance

Nov 13: Why it’s time for Facebook to offer a “pay for privacy” feature

Nov 12: Cellular companies’ use of supercookies is troubling

Nov 12: Want your privacy back? First, curb your own enthusiasm for snooping

Nov 12: Typewriters are back, and we have Edward Snowden to thank

Nov 11: An open letter to students of the present and future

Nov 9: Fighting for the right to be forgotten on the Web

Oct 31: Why IoT Security & Privacy Are Critical

Oct 28: Nico Sell of Wickr: Privacy Is the New Fame

 

Overseas:

Nov 16: London Private Detectives Share News on the Latest in Surveillance Technology

Nov 14: Phone and web data plan under fire for interfering with privacy

Nov 14: Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

Nov 13: The GCHQ boss’s assault on privacy is promoting illegality on the net

Nov 12: Who will save Europe’s privacy from the NSA? Oh God … it’s Google

Nov 12: How one Hungarian soccer team is using biometric technology to combat hooliganism

Nov 10: Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

Nov 10: Gillian Triggs: some Coalition FOI and privacy reforms ‘unworkable’

Nov 9: Berlin’s digital exiles: where tech activists go to escape the NSA

 

Tech:

Nov 14: AT&T mothballs creepy customer web stalking system (until everyone’s forgotten about it)

Nov 14: 81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

Nov 14: Google Glass losing support among consumer app developers

Nov 14: Facebook’s privacy update: 5 things to know

Nov 13: Carmakers unite around privacy protections in letter

Nov 13: The sci-fi future of lamp-posts

Nov 13: Facebook’s New Privacy Rules Clear the Way for Payments Push and Location-Based Ads

Nov 13: Dreams of drone-assisted farming are taking flight

NOv 12: How Your Webcam May Be Spying on You

Nov 12: ISPs caught sabotaging their customers’ email encryption

Nov 10: This CCTV System Actually Edits People Out

Nov 10: Mozilla Is Helping Tor Get Bigger and Better

Nov 5: A Simple Chrome Extension Encrypts Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail Messages

Nov 3: Adobe’s Digital Editions Collecting Less Data, Says EFF

Privacy News Update, 11-15-14

Govt:

Nov 14: U.S. planes spy on American phones

Nov 8: FBI says it impersonated AP reporter in 2007 case

Nov 7: Police skirt Tor anonymity software in shutting down illegal websites

Nov 6: Republicans Taking Over Congress Isn’t the Privacy Nightmare You’d Think

Nov 6: The Justice Department Wants Wider Hacking Authorities for the FBI

Nov 6: Uncle Sam’s Databases of Suspicion

Nov 5: Feds investigate Homeland Security background checker security breach

Nov 5: The CIA And NSA Should Be Happy That Mark Udall Is Gone

Nov 5: Judges consider NSA’s data sweep

Nov 4: Silicon Valley Privacy Push Sets Up Arms Race With World’s Spies

Nov 4: City of Seattle launches digital privacy initiative aimed at transparency, utilizing new technology

Nov 4: Facebook admits government data requests rose by nearly a quarter

Nov 3: ​New NSA director to Silicon Valley: We come in peace

Nov 3: City moves forward with privacy initiative

Nov 2: License plate data raises privacy concerns

Oct 31: New York Allowed To Legally Abandon ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Nonsense

Oct 31: Judge Says Government Can’t Use State Secrets to Toss No Fly List Challenge

Oct 31: Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint

Oct 31: Police must now leave cameras on (Spokane)

Oct 30: USPS usage declines, but sloppy postal surveillance is way, way up

Oct 28: The U.S. Government Is Suddenly Way, Way More Interested In Tracking Snail Mail

Oct 22: Frequent Flyer ‘Terrorist’ Who Blogs About TSA Troubles Was Watchlisted For Animal Activism

Oct 22: FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist

Oct 16: Florida Supreme Court holds real-time cell-site data protected under Fourth Amendment

 

Policy:

Nov 7: Privacy professionals are in demand. Will it lead to better privacy?

Nov 7: Survey Shows You Don’t Care About Privacy As Much As You Think You Do

Nov 7: Customer data protection is a corporate social responsibility

Nov 6: How Surveillance Turns Ordinary People Into Terrorism Suspects

Nov 5: Mark Udall’s loss is a blow for privacy, but he can go out with a bang: ‘leak’ the CIA torture report

Nov 5: Former NSA’s chief lawyer: BlackBerry’s encryption efforts led to its demise

Nov 4: Cellphone Companies Are Working to Track Your Every Move

Nov 4: The GCHQ boss is wrong. We can have both security and privacy

Nov 3: UK spy chief throws privacy in the fire, says it’s not an ‘absolute right’

Oct 31: Why the EFF — and then others — probably misunderstood the numbers on “sneak and peek” warrants

Oct 29: Five Books: Gabriella Coleman’s Best Reads on Hacking

Oct 30: A Hotel’s Right to Protect the Privacy of Its Guests

Oct 29: Verizon Wireless crosses the privacy line on Web browsing

Oct 29: Potato-chip surveillance: once you start, you just can’t stop

Oct 29: Internet of Things will transform life, but experts fear for privacy and personal data

Oct 29: Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road

Oct 28: Taking back privacy in the post-Snowden cloud

Oct 28: Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You.

Oct 27: Schneier, Diffie, ex-MI5 bod, privacy advocates team up on Code Red

Oct 27: ACLU Calls Schools’ Policy to Search Devices and ‘Approve’ Kids’ Web Posts Unconstitutional

Oct 27: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Privacy

Oct 27: 10 steps to erase your digital footprint

Oct 26: Edward Snowden interviewed by Lawrence Lessig

Oct 24: Philosopher Michael Lynch Says Privacy Violations Are An Affront To Human Dignity

Oct 19: Talking Privacy With The ACLU’s Jay Stanley

 

Overseas:

Nov 7: Privacy Groups Denied U.K. Spying-Program Disclosure by Court

Nov 6: Cops’ use of facial recognition technology expands north of the border

Nov 6: Law enforcement lost public’s trust after NSA leaks, says UK police chief

Nov 5: Telstra ordered to pay AU$18K over privacy breach

Nov 4: British Spies Are Free to Target Lawyers and Journalists

Nov 4: Australian government’s metadata access may be widened

Nov 4: GCHQ boss frustrated by US tech firms’ reluctance to cooperate

Nov 3: Hacking Team Responds in Defense of Its Spyware

Nov 3: Eye-in-the-Sky Blimp Boosts Singapore’s Spying Ability

Nov 2: Oz gov lets slip: telco metadata might be available to civil courts

Oct 31: Free government-penned crypto can swipe identities

Oct 30: New Australian law targets leakers, not reporters

Oct 29: Court: UK spies get bulk access to NSA data

Oct 29: Swedish data retention back in full swing minus one ISP

Oct 28: GCHQ views data without a warrant, government admits

 

Tech:

Nov 8: This Cyborg Cockroach Could Save Your Life Someday

Nov 7: Samaritans pulls ‘suicide watch’ Radar app over privacy concerns

Nov 5: Where’ve you been? Your smartphone’s Wi-Fi is telling everyone.

Nov 5: After Snowden slams Dropbox (twice), CEO responds: ‘It’s a trade-off’

Nov 5: Google Glassholes haven’t achieved ‘social acceptance’ – report

Nov 4: Facebook Raises Biggest Privacy Fears in Survey

Nov 4: Apple users raise privacy concerns after hard-drive files uploaded to servers

Nov 3: Auditors find encrypted chat client TextSecure is secure

Oct 30: Drone-maker wants to take ‘selfies’ to the skies

Oct 30: Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

Oct 29: The Privacy Lowdown On Smartphone ‘Permacookies’ That Make You Trackable On The Web

Oct 28: ​Google on Android Lollipop security: Set it and forget it

Oct 28: Find Out Whether This Unkillable Tracker Is On Your Smartphone

Privacy News Update, 11-3-14

Govt:

Nov 2: WBTV, Charlotte Observer seek CMPD cellphone surveillance records

Oct 30: Civil Liberties Groups Tell Court that Government Should Not Be Allowed to Wipe Out Lawsuit on Vague Claims of Secrecy

Oct 28: Justice for Edward Snowden

Oct 27: The Government War Against Reporter James Risen

Oct 26: Peekaboo, I See You: Government Authority Intended for Terrorism is Used for Other Purposes

Oct 25: CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

Oct 24: Automated Mass Surveillance is Unconstitutional, EFF Explains in Jewel v. NSA

Oct 24: Two Reports About FBI’s Use of National Security Letters Reissued

Oct 24: Frustrated CIA Blames Torture Report Delays on Senators Who Want It To Be Intelligible

Oct 24: Nevada jail DNA collection sees little pushback

Oct 24: Local Law Enforcement Chipping Away at the Fourth Amendment

Oct 24: All the NSA Will Say About Its Alarmingly Entrepreneurial Top Spy Is That She’s Resigning

Oct 23: Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Oct 22: Chicago And Big Data

Oct 22: Bluetooth-tracking beacon programs uncovered in LA, Chicago

Oct 22: Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI’s Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

Oct 21: When Can the Police Search Your Phone and Computer?

Oct 21: Who’s staying in that hotel?

Oct 21: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Oct 20: Virginia Police Have Been Secretively Stockpiling Private Phone Records

Oct 19: White House fights ACLU suit over database of ‘suspicious’ acts

Oct 19: Sen. Charles Schumer Seeks To Make Covert GPS Tracking Illegal

Oct 17: Top NSA Official Has a Lucrative Side-Business

Oct 17: The FBI Director’s Evidence Against Encryption Is Pathetic

Oct 17: Groups appeal for release of police license plate scans

Oct 17: Illinois lawmakers to discuss police body cameras

Oct 16: Another Privacy Concern: Police Spying on Cell Phones

Oct 16: FBI boss: We don’t want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

Oct 15: Local Cops Say Your Driving History Is Public — Unless You Want a Copy

Oct 13: Banks harvest callers’ voiceprints to fight fraud

 

Policy:

Oct 26: Edward Snowden interviewed by Lawrence Lessig

Oct 24: Wouldn’t it be great if a billboard could actually read your mind?

Oct 24: Now Everyone Wants to Sell You a Magical Anonymity Router. Choose Wisely

Oct 24: ‘Citizenfour’ a scintillating account of Snowden’s story

Oct 24: Lured by Verizon into giving up cellphone privacy

Oct 23: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

Oct 23: Pro-Privacy Senator Wyden on Fighting the NSA From Inside the System

Oct 21: Time to Break the Logjam on ECPA Reform

Oct 20: Are We in a Golden Age of Spying? A Q&A With Laura Poitras

Oct 20: 5 Ways to Hide From Common Surveillance Tech

Oct 18: Citizenfour: Poitras’ doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

Oct 16: If you think you’ve anonymized a data set, you’re probably wrong

Oct 16: The Dark Market for Personal Data

Oct 14: Julian Assange discovers Google’s given MONEY to EFF

Oct 12: Librarians on the vanguard of the anti-surveillance movement

Oct 11: Snowden’s Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

Oct 4: How to Defend Your Home Against the Prying Eyes of UAVs

 

Overseas:

Oct 25: GCHQ staff ‘would sooner walk’ than do anything ‘resembling mass surveillance’

Oct 23: Amazon’s AWS opens data center in Germany – just as we said

Oct 21: Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

Oct 20: Oz privacy comish says breaches could double this year

Oct 20: Senators plot metadata pushback as requests keep expanding

Oct 16: New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working on Snowden Documents

Oct 15: Searching for balance: An afternoon with Google’s European privacy roadshow

Oct 14: Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Oct 14: Russian ‘Sandworm’ Hack Has Been Spying on Foreign Governments for Years

Oct 13: Privacy Group Targets British Spyware Company over Bahrain Surveillance

Oct 7: Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

Oct 6: Stop the Spies: Australians Rise Up Against Mandatory Data Retention

 

Tech:

Nov 3: Verizon Injecting Perma-Cookies to Track Mobile Customers, Bypassing Privacy Controls

Oct 28: Drones on tour: Portland startup SkyWard teams with NASA to demonstrate value of aerial robots

Oct 27: Nest Buys “Smart Home” Startup Revolv, Discontinues Automation Hub

Oct 25: Popularity of personal drone aircraft is soaring

Oct 23: Xiaomi addresses privacy concerns by moving international users’ data out of China

Oct 23: Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

Oct 22: Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to Poodle flaw

Oct 21: Quantum key security steps outside the box

Oct 21: Google endorses a simpler way to secure your data

Oct 20: How to Stop Apple From Snooping on Your OS X Yosemite Searches

Oct 19: Amplion wins big at the Bend Venture Conference with promise to become the Kayak of biomarkers

Oct 17: Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders

Oct 16: Alaska Airlines’ biometric boarding pass: Lifting, or giving, a finger?

Oct 15: Laura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible

Oct 10: Check in with your finger: Alaska Airlines testing ‘e-thumb’ technology

Oct 8: Get ready for ‘Drone Nation’