Privacy News Update, 11-3-14


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



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



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



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’

Privacy News update, 9-21-14


9/20/14 – Feds push Silicon Valley into a no-win situation

9/20/14 – BART Watch

9/20/14 – Apple’s warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

9/19/14 – First post-Ferguson legislation aims to curb police ‘militarization’

9/19/14 – Powerful NSA Official Potentially Self-Dealing With Defense Contractor

9/19/14 – Panel vote suggests protecting employee privacy

9/18/14 – No, Apple probably didn’t get new secret gov’t orders to hand over data

9/18/14 – License plate scanner networks capture movements

9/18/14 – Senate’s new overseas-email protection act gets mixed reviews

9/18/14 – Texas’ highest criminal court strikes down ‘improper photography’ statute

9/18/14 – Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

9/18/14 – San Diego judge denies request for license scans

9/18/14 – Legislation: To stop the next Snowden, social media security clearance screenings

9/18/14 – Apple protecting customer privacy from government requests

9/18/14 – Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

9/18/14 – Snowden’s NSA leaks have galvanised the storage world

9/17/14 – Border Patrol to test wearing cameras

9/16/14 – PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

9/16/14 – Google Transparency Report: Government requests for data still rising

9/16/14 – U.S. government to Yahoo: Comply with PRISM, or we’ll make sure you go bankrupt

9/16/14 – FBI Completes New Face Recognition System

9/14/14 – Treasure Map: The NSA Breach of Telekom and Other German Firms

9/14/14 – Spy court renews NSA metadata program

9/13/14 – Justice Sotomayor says technology could lead to “Orwellian world”

9/11/14 – Court unseals secret documents in Yahoo challenge to government data collection

9/10/14 – Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we’re NOT giving user emails to US govt

9/9/14 – San Jose police can tap into volunteer residents’ cameras under newly-approved program

9/7/14 – Police intelligence targets cash



9/19/14 – ‘Right to be forgotten’ complaints streamlined by data watchdogs

9/19/14 – Vic government protects personal data with new privacy law

9/19/14 – Australian authorities seeking more customer data from Apple

9/18/14 – Hidden Message in Apple Transparency Reports Suggest New NSA Warrants

9/17/14 – Yelp Settles U.S. Suit Over Collecting Data on Children

9/17/14 – Victoria Police power heightened for terrorist-related investigations

9/16/14/ – Can Snowden finally kill the ‘harmless metadata’ myth?

9/16/14 – No, Snowden’s Leaks Didn’t Help The Terrorists

9/15/14 – Five Eyes Treasure Map surveys German telco networks: report

9/15/14 – Snowden, Assange, Greenwald, Dotcom: Can this gang of four take down a PM?

9/15/14 – The Questions for New Zealand on Mass Surveillance

9/14/14 – ‘Moment of Truth’ arrives for smallest of the Five Eyes

9/14/14 – Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance

9/14/14 – German Panel to Question Executives Over NSA Spy Report

9/10/14 – Forget silly privacy worries – help biometrics firms make MILLIONS

9/8/14 – Privacy group takes Five Eyes spy pact case to Europe’s top court



9/21/14 – Lauren Hockenson of BitTorrent: We Can Still Live In A World Where Privacy Is Achievable

9/20/14 – Reasons (not) to trust Apple’s privacy promises

9/20/14 – Privacy, Schmivacy

9/19/14 – So Apple doesn’t collect as much data as Google. Maybe it should

9/19/14 – Why It’s Too Easy To Dismiss Technology Critics: Or, The Fallacies Leading A Reviewer To Call Nicholas Carr Paranoid

9/19/14 – Apple And Google Will Force A Legal Battle Over The Privacy Of Your Passcode

9/18/14 – Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

9/18/14 – For Sale: Your Name and Medical Condition

9/18/14 – Privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure

9/18/14 – Facebook ‘real name’ policy stirs questions around identity

9/17/14 – Digital Savant: Weighing right and wrong as technologies take hold

9/17/14 – The Right to Be Forgotten

9/15/14/ – It’s not too late for privacy

9/15/14 – Tim Cook Says U.S. Government Still Hasn’t Gotten Privacy Right

9/15/14 – App Developers Seek Clearer Health Data Privacy Guidelines

9/13/14 – Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons’ electronic privacy

9/12/14 – Why Are Employers Checking Job Applicants’ Credit Histories?

9/10/14 – The most important Internet security group you’ve never heard of

9/9/14 – Google tries to define ‘Right to be Forgotten’

9/7/14 – Google to Host Meetings Across Europe on Privacy Rights

8/2/14 – The death of privacy



9/21/14 – Wired Profiles John Brooks, the Programmer Behind Ricochet

9/19/14 – Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

9/19/14 – You Won’t Even Know These Facebook Drones Are In the Sky

9/19/14 – Android L will offer default encryption just like iOS 8

9/14 – Why Facebook, Google, and the NSA Want Computers That Learn Like Humans

9/18/14 – Your privacy, their paycheck

9/18/14 – Apple’s Touch ID privacy flaw just got worse

9/18/14 – Apple offers its own tips for securing your iPhone

9/18/14 – Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

9/18/14 – Drones Are Good, Bad, and Proving Vital to Protect Endangered Species

9/14/14 – Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

9/13/14 – Drones may provide big lift to agriculture when FAA allows their use

9/12/14 – Use Google’s new panel in security settings to keep your account safe

9/12/14 – Apps run roughshod over user privacy, study says

9/1/14 – The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

9/10/14 – Privacy, Security and GPS-Based Apps: An Inside Look From SCRUFF

9/9/14 – Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

9/9/14 – This gadget can knock drones and Google Glass offline

NSA recruiter vs. students

Interesting how he claims they don’t collect, then he claims it’s all legal, then later he claims that the student ‘doesn’t understand’ why they collect…slippery slope, spook ! Then of course the university official explains why free speech is only permitted ‘in the right time at the right place’……sigh.


Privacy News Update, 8-30-14


WIRED: How to Save the Net


8-27 Secret Surveillance In Tacoma: Police Collecting Cell Phone Records

8-27 Tacoma police admit to cellphone surveillance, say they don’t keep data

8-26 Documents: Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data

8-23 GeekWire Radio: How cops are moving to the cloud, and what it means for public safety

8-17 Q&A with Ron Wyden, a stalwart defender of open Internet


8-30 Police agencies want access to applicants’ social-media passwords

8-29 Congress Needs to Rein in the Security State the Way We Have in Maine

8-29 Google Accord With Harvard Tie Fails Judge’s Smell Test

8-29 Smartphone kill switch mandate raises privacy, civil liberty concerns

8-28 The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

8-28 Is Big Brother the best way to build trust between cops and citizens?

8-28 Bill would crack down on paparazzi drones

8-27 Microsoft lobbies vacationing D.C. decision-makers with full-page ads in Martha’s Vineyard and Outer Banks newspapers

8-27 Homeland Security Arms Local Cops With Super Spy Bug

8-27 Big Shoulders, Big Data: Chicago Putting Up Sensors All Over Town

8-27 DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

8-27 We Must Secure America’s Cell Networks—From Criminals and Cops

8-27 Bill requiring warrants for drone use among those OKd by Legislature

8-26 NSA shares metadata with many other agencies using “Google-like” ICREACH tool, Snowden leaks show

8-26 Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it’s atrocious

8-26 How Cops and Hackers Could Abuse California’s New Phone Kill-Switch Law

8-25 NSA built search engine to crawl, share data

8-25 850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

8-25 The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

8-23 Military gear for police scrutinized

8-23: Indiana police move cautiously on use of drones

8-22 Honorable spies anonymously leak NSA/GHCQ-discovered flaws in Tor

8-22 Tor Exec Claims NSA Agents Supply It With Vulnerability Information

8-21 The NSA Is Scaring People Away From Tor

8-21 The FTC’s Controversial Battle To Force Companies To Protect Your Data

8-21 Anti-spying coalition launches campaign against LAPD drones

8-19 Arkansas men file lawsuit over police encryption

8-18 A first step in reining in the NSA

8-18 How to End Militarized Policing

8-18 What should the White House seek in its next privacy czar? Someone who can explain the internet

8-16 EFF guide to cell phone use for US protesters

8-14 Forcing America’s Weaponized Police to Wear Cameras

7-14 An FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tracked Me Down Because I Took a Picture of This

5-5 No One Opposes All Surveillance: False Equivalence on the NSA


8-29 Ireland’s Data Privacy Regulator Will Have Global Sway

8-28 Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

8-28 Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

8-27 Australia and US to share information on travelers

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

8-21 Venezuela proposes fingerprinting shoppers

8-19 German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

8-8 Public Wi-Fi users in Russia will have to log on with ID, reports say

8-8 Facebook privacy “class action” shifted from one Austrian court to another

8-6 More than 20,000 people are now suing Facebook in Europe over privacy


8-29 Local lawyers take a scientific approach to data security

8-29 Security Flaw In Gay Dating App Grindr Reveals Precise Location Of 90% Of Users

8-29 Apple Has Banned Advertisers From Using Your Health Data

8-29 Will Apple Satisfy Regulators Over HealthKit Data Privacy?

8-29 The Accidental Phone Tap

8-29 Kaspersky backpedals on ‘done nothing wrong, nothing to fear’ blather

8-28 Your Cellphone Company Says Your Location Info Is Private. Think Again.

8-28 Why Google Banned A Privacy Tool Called ‘Disconnect Mobile’ From The Android App Store

8-28 Protecting your kid’s data starts with you

8-28 Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

8-27 Dragoncon cosplayers team up with EFF to fight for anonymity

8-27 ​Google goes public with security audits to ease corporate concerns

8-27 Indian Teen’s Secret Girlfriend Stays Hidden With Hike App

8-26 This Man Has Nothing to Hide—Not Even His Email Password

8-26 Sensors let Alzheimer’s patients stay at home, safely

8-25 How cellphone apps track your every location

8-25 Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

8-24 Full-body scanners? One day entire jetliners might be scanned

8-24 For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe

8-22 Should Cities Have Zoning For Drones?

8-22 Hack attack: Apps can spy on other apps

8-22 Not so Secret? How a hack could have killed app’s anonymity

8-22 Fitbit to stop selling data without consent

8-21 Wear This Device So the Boss Knows You’re Losing Weight

8-21 Boffins propose security shim for Android

8-21 Why Predictive Shopping Might Be Bad For The Future

8-21 Researchers create privacy wrapper for Android Web apps

8-21 Stealing encryption keys through the power of touch

8-20 Survey: Half of shoppers don’t want to be tracked

8-20 There Is No Privacy On The Internet Of Things

8-19 Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN

8-19 Why A Philosopher Teaches Privacy

8-19 Privacy Is Completely And Utterly Dead, And We Killed It

8-19 Aphex Twin promotes both new album and Tor through Deep Web publicity push

8-15 Lower Your Car Insurance Bill, at the Price of Some Privacy

8-7 Eavesdropping with a camera and potted plants


8-29 Book review: ‘What Stays in Vegas,’ about personal data privacy, by Adam Tanner

8-27 Leaving Money and Privacy on the Table
‘What Stays in Vegas,’ by Adam Tanner

Privacy News Update, 8-10-14

Aug 10: For some firms, NSA eavesdropping means business

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 6: US Homeland Security data possibly stolen in cyberattack

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

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

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

Aug 5: Missouri voters approve digital privacy protection

Aug 5: US terrorism database doubles in recent years

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

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

Aug 4: Rogue cellphone tracker alarms Seattle privacy activists

Jul 31: It’s About the Lying

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

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

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

Aug 7: Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 10: Google Boosts Secure Sites in Search Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 8: Protecting privacy while gathering health data

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

Aug 7: Yahoo teams up with Google on encrypted webmail

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

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

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

Aug 6: Facebook Data Privacy Class Action Now Oversubscribed

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

Aug 4: Your fitness tracker is a SNITCH says Symantec

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

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

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

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

Aug 4: Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records

Number Six

People don’t want search engine tracking – big surprise?

From the Seattle PI:

“…The Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 73 percent of search users said they would “not be okay” with an online search engine keeping track of their searches even if the data provides personalized search results in the future.

And 68 percent said they were “not okay” with targeted advertising because they don’t want their online activities tracked and analyzed.

The report could bolster criticism by consumer groups and government officials over the online privacy policies of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook. President Obama has proposed a “privacy bill of rights” to give consumers control over how their data is collected, stored and shared.

“Search engines are increasingly important to people in their navigation of information spaces, but users are generally uncomfortable with the idea of their search histories being used to target information to them,” said Kristen Purcell, author of the report “Search Engine Use 2012.”……” (more from the report directly here)