Privacy News Update, Jan 2019

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1-31: Appeals Court: Police Do Not Need A Reason To Place Americans On A Suspicious Person List

1-31: Apple’s Empty Grandstanding About Privacy

1-31: The doorbells have eyes: Privacy battle brews over home security cameras

1-31: Google Blocked Some Ads. It Wants to Prevent You From Blocking the Rest.

1-30: Facebook just hired a handful of its toughest privacy critics

1-30: Facebook revenue soars despite growing privacy concerns

1-30: Tech Group Favors Privacy Bill That Preempts Tougher State Laws

1-30: Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

1-30: Apple hits back at Facebook for privacy-invasive VPN targeted at teens

1-30: Facebook shuts controversial program to pay Apple users for data

1-29: Walgreens, Nestlé, Coors And More Use Iris-Tracking Cameras To Spy On Shoppers

1-29: The 5G Protocol May Still Be Vulnerable to IMSI Catchers

1-29: How should we regulate facial-recognition technology?

1-29: New map sheds light on global data protection

1-29: A Bounty Hunter Tracked a Phone for $300. Now Comes the Lawsuit

1-28: Android Q might ship with more privacy protections

1-28: Artificial intelligence could identify you and your health history from your step tracker

1-28: Artificial Intelligence Is Already Sending People To Jail — And Getting It Wrong

1-28: Google’s Sidewalk Labs Plans to Package and Sell Location Data on Millions of Cellphones

1-28: The Case of the Bumbling Spy: A Watchdog Group Gets Him on Camera

1-28: Exclusive: Snapchat Weighs What Was Once Unthinkable-Permanent Snaps

1-25: Just keep slurping: HMRC adds two million taxpayers’ voices to biometric database (UK)

1-25: How To See What Facebook, Google, And Twitter Know About You

1-25: Researchers say Amazon face-detection technology shows bias

1-24: Report finds friends have a lot to do with personal privacy

1-24: Period-Tracking Apps Are Monetizing Women’s Extremely Personal Data

1-24: Autonomic CEO Gavin Sherry on Mobility, China, and Data Privacy

1-24: Amazon is pushing facial-recognition technology that a new study says could be biased

1-23: Big Tech went big on lobbying spending and privacy advocates are concerned

1-22: In the Rush to Join the Smart Home Crowd, Buyers Should Beware

1-22: EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

1-21: Do you need a digital license plate? One startup thinks so

1-21: The Nazis and your privacy

1-19: Are ‘10-Year Challenge’ Photos a Boon to Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology?

1-18: If Google and LG Like Smart TVs, So Should the Privacy Police

1-17: Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked

1-17: Huawei’s Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

1-17: This Airbnb Spying Nightmare Is a Reminder That Staying in Strangers’ Homes Is Still Creepy

1-16: Most Users Still Don’t Know How Facebook Advertising Works

1-16: Would you pay for online privacy? Survey says most wouldn’t

1-16: Advocacy groups ask companies to stop sales of surveillance tech to government

1-15: Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft… Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm’kay?

1-15: DuckDuckGo will use Apple Maps for local searches on the web

1-15: FCC’s Ajit Pai won’t meet Congress about phone-tracking scandal

1-15: How GPS Tracking Technology Can Curb Domestic Violence

1-15: Questions Raised Over How Amazon And Walgreens Are Using Customer Data

1-14: The shutdown’s impact on government privacy work

1-12: Privacy Concerns Largely Ignored At Annual Consumer Electronics Show

1-12: Security News This Week: Employees May Have Snooped on Ring Security Camera Feeds

1-11: How to protect yourself from email tracking

1-11: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don’t believe them

1-10: Amazon will win advertising dollars away from Facebook amid privacy concerns, a new survey suggests

1-10: For Owners of Amazon’s Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too

1-10: Whistleblower: Amazon Ring stores your doorbell and home video feeds unencrypted and grants broad “unfettered” access to them

1-10: Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

1-9: Apple reportedly hires Facebook critic in privacy role

1-9: Carriers Swore They’d Stop Selling Location Data. Will They Ever?

1-8: FYI: Twitter’s API still spews enough metadata to reveal exactly where you lived, worked

1-7: Apple burns Google in giant billboard touting privacy at CES

1-4: LA County Sues IBM’s Weather Channel for User Location Tracking

1-2019: Yes, that laundry folding machine is real and other creepy gadgets from 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

 

Local (PNW):

1-29: Legislature should strengthen digital consumer data protections

1-25: To protect your personal data, should Washington state restrict facial recognition and adopt European-style privacy laws?

1-23: Washington state’s new CISO is the final piece of IT agency’s transformation, CIO says

1-23: Washington Privacy Act proposed in state legislature

1-22: Washington state considers new privacy law to regulate data collection and facial recognition tech

 

Govt (Fed):

1-29: These Wireless Location Data Scandals Are Going To Be A Very Big Problem For Ajit Pai

1-28: Appeals court to hear case of reporter alleging surveillance

1-25: Supreme Court Has The Chance To Extend Fourth Amendment Protections To Apartment Residents

1-24: Federal court in Seattle will disclose surveillance records when investigators access data

1-23: Frustration grows over FTC’s lack of privacy enforcement

1-22: Microsoft’s Julie Brill backs Washington privacy bill: ‘I would urge you not to miss this opportunity’

1-22: Looks like Uncle Sam has pulled its finger out and appointed a Privacy Shield ombudsperson

1-18: Sen. Markey calls for privacy protections before FAA loosens drone rules

1-18: Sen. Marco Rubio wants to ban states from protecting consumer privacy

1-17: Is it time for a federal data protection agency?

1-16: Report: Facebook’s privacy lapses may result in record fine

1-16: US comms watchdog’s industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by fresh legislation

1-16: Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight

1-16: Sen. Marco Rubio is latest lawmaker to propose federal privacy law

1-15: Ajit Pai gives carriers free pass on privacy violations during FCC shutdown

1-15: Government can’t force people to unlock phones using facial recognition, fingerprints: federal judge

1-15: FCC’s answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people’s location data: Burying its head in the ground

1-15: The Most Powerful Person in Tech Is … David Cicilline?

1-14: Feds to ease rules on drone flights over crowds and at night

1-10: Senators call for location data investigation

1-8: Sen. Ron Wyden: Facebook bosses ‘racking up the Pinocchios’ on consumer data uses

1-8: Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people’s location data yet again

1-5: Data privacy abuses prompt calls for Federal Trade Commission to bare teeth

Govt (States & Cities):

1-30: On data privacy, state AGs say they’re following California’s lead

1-28: States Trying To Legislatively Kick “Smart” Meters To The Curb Now Include Montana

1-28: Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

1-26: Florida bank shooting becomes a test of new privacy law

1-25: Houston using Hurricane Harvey recovery to promote ‘smart city’ agenda

1-25: New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

1-24: Police Use DHS Machines To Create Private DNA Databases Of “Suspicious People”

1-22: Growth of police DNA databases raise concerns

1-21: Some small police departments drop bodycams over expense

1-14: Cops told: No, you can’t have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

1-10: Miami Beach PD circumvents ban on drone surveillance with a blimp

1-4: Stormy times ahead for IBM-owned Weather Channel app: LA sues over location data slurp

Policy & Opinion:

1-28: Preparing for the D-Day of technological change will be vital

1-20: Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost” is the new “unsafe at any speed”

1-18: The Sexts of Jeff Bezos and the Death of Privacy

1-17: The Unbearable Untidiness of Our Digital Lives

1-16: How Secrecy Fuels Facebook Paranoia

1-15: Why privacy-risk analysis must not be harm-focused

1-11: How ‘collective confusion’ is preventing a privacy conversation

1-11: If You Value Consent, Stop Following Your Kids Online

1-11: I’ll Do Evil and I’ll Get Rich. You Can Have a Share.

1-10: Facebook Is a Social Menace

1-10: Privacy Act’s 25th Anniversary: Changes and challenges of the privacy professional

1-10: US federal privacy preemption part 2: Examining preemption proposals

1-9: US federal privacy preemption part 1: History of federal preemption of stricter state laws

1-9: If Your Privacy Is in the Hands of Others Alone, You Don’t Have Any

1-7: Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not

1-7: This little-known facial-recognition accuracy test has big influence

1-6: The Guardian view on privacy: a fundamental human right

1-6: We Should Be Able to Take Facebook to Court

1-4: Apple on ‘Right Side of History’ in Privacy, Phil Libin Says

1-2: How the US should reimagine its approach to internet privacy

Overseas:

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

1-31: Romford Station, smile! You’re in London cops’ final facial recog ‘trial’

1-29: What happens to ePrivacy under the Romanian presidency?

1-23: Facebook and Google back Labor changes to laws which break encryption (UK)

1-22: Did Australia Hurt Phone Security Around the World?

1-22: Japan mulls changes to privacy laws for overseas tech companies

1-21: France fines Google nearly $57 million for first major violation of new European privacy regime

1-21: Russia opens civil case against Facebook, Twitter over data laws

1-18: The clock is ticking on privacy and cybersecurity for Trudeau’s government (Canada)

1-18: Google Faces Renewed Protests and Criticism Over China Search Project

1-18: Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon (Austria)

1-18: Clayton asks Alberta government to protect citizens’ data from political parties (Canada)

1-18: India’s Plan to Curb Hate Speech Could Mean More Censorship

1-17: Privacy, trust and My Health Record (NZ)

1-17: Top GP: Medical app Your.MD’s data security wasn’t my remit (UK)

1-14: India’s Move to Probe Any Computer Comes Under Top Court’s Lens

1-14: German watchdog will reportedly order Facebook to stop gathering some data

1-14: Huawei sacks employee arrested for allegedly spying for China

1-10: Lawmaker introduces DNA bill despite privacy concerns (India)

1-4: Canadian privacy pros offer predictions for 2019

1-3: It’s 2019, and from Beijing to Blighty folk are still worried about slurp-happy apps

Tech:

1-30: Firefox update offers new privacy features

1-30: Want a bit of privacy? Got a USB stick? Welcome to TAILS 3.12

1-29: Privacy products you may want to know about: January/February

1-17: It’s Time for a Google Fitness Watch

1-15: This Startup Wants to Check the Ripeness of Coffee Beans From Space

1-15: Nike’s New $350 Smart Sneaker Will Require Regular Recharging

1-15: The Race to Create the Coolest Smart Home Devices Is Hotter Than Ever

1-11: A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else

1-7: Is this the future of retail? We checked out the new high-tech store from Microsoft and Kroger

1-4: Microsoft reportedly testing a tool for managing and deleting personal data collected online

1-4: Encryption? This time it’ll be usable, Thunderbird promises

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

1-29: Warning! Everything Is Going Deep: ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’

1-28: Top security and privacy TED Talks from 2018

1-28: “Surveillance Capitalism” Reveals How Businesses Sell User Data to Thrive – Kinda Like How A.I. Uses Human Bodies as Batteries to Thrive in “The Matrix”

1-22: Full Q&A: McSweeney’s editor Claire Boyle and EFF boss Cindy Cohn on Recode Decode

1-18: The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Santa Clara County’s CPO on building a privacy program from the ground up

1-18: The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism

1-15: Hacker for Hire

Privacy News Update, Dec 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/25: ACLU suit seeks info from NSA

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/20: Facebook Grapples With Another Privacy Scandal

12/19: The Datafication of Employment

12/19: Google Play Store Privacy Concerns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/18: The Coming Commodification of Life at Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/6: NYPD to deploy 14 drones across city

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local (PNW):

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

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

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

 

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

12/8: Data privacy and Connecticut voters

12/6: NYPD to deploy 14 drones across city

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

 

Policy & Opinion:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/8: We can’t own information

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

12/6: Commentary: Smart cities revolution is near

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

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

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech:

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

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

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

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

12/6: Always Watching

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11/30: Sidewalk Labs claims its Toronto ‘smart neighborhood’ will create more than 9,000 jobs

11/30: Google internal revolt grows as search-engine Spartacuses prepare strike over China

11/30: Facebook used people’s data as a bargaining chip, emails and court filings suggest

11/29: GCHQ pushes for ‘virtual crocodile clips’ on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

11/28: Secret Facebook-FBI ruling must be made public, ACLU and EFF say

11/27: Employees say Google must drop China search project Dragonfly

11/27: Be Warned: Customer Service Agents Can See What You’re Typing in Real Time

11/26: Dystopia Now: Insurance Company Secretly Spying On Sleep Apnea Patients

11/25: Who owns your medical data? Most likely not you

11/24: Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy

11/23: Privacy search engines take on Google

11/21: MuckRock Release ALPR Dataset Covering 200 Gov’t Agencies And 2.5 Billion License Plate Records

11/21: The City of the Future Is a Data-Collection Machine

11/21: Creepy or Not, Face Scans Are Speeding up Airport Security

11/21: Assessing Snowden’s legacy, five years on

11/21: Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you’re visiting

11/20: “The End of Trust” – EFF/McSweeney’s collaboration on privacy and surveillance – is in stores and free to download now!

11/20: The data firms hired by ICE to hunt people down raise alarm about a hidden surveillance industry

11/18: You Know What? Go Ahead and Use the Hotel Wi-Fi

11/17: The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

11/16: Facebook Filed A Patent To Predict Your Household’s Demographics Based On Family Photos

11/16: Your Drone Can Give Cops a Surprising Amount of Your Data

11/15: Google’s Past Data Use Could Impede Health Care Push

11/14: Microsoft covertly collects personal data from enterprise Office ProPlus users

11/14: Most Free VPN Mobile Apps Offer Little-to-No Privacy, Might Spy on Their Users

11/12: Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’

11/10: Scan your fingerprint, get a beer: Testing CLEAR’s biometric tech at a Seahawks game

11/5: Silicon Valley Doesn’t Want the U.S. to Get Too Hasty About Regulation

11/3: AT&T CEO: State net neutrality and privacy laws are a “total disaster”{READ: ASSHOLE!}

11/15: Palantir, the Peter Thiel-backed company that sold data to ICE and NYPD, has a CEO who is a ‘self-described socialist’

11/15: Sick of Facebook stalking you? This startup wants to reinvent personalization

11/15: Google: Our DeepMind health slurp is completely kosher

11/15: Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla’s throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

11/14: Google Home and Amazon Echo Can Store Your Voice Recordings. Here’s When They Could Be Used Against You.

11/14: Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

11/14: Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes ‘independent board’

11/9: Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses

11/9: The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

11/9: Berners-Lee takes flak for ‘hippie manifesto’ that only Google and Facebook could love

11/8: 5 privacy settings you should change in Windows 10

11/8: As if connected toys weren’t creepy enough, kids’ data could be used against them in future

11/8: Google vows to take claims of sexual assault, harassment seriously, just like privacy

11/7: How your privacy gets cooked by those restaurant waitlist apps

11/2: Proposed data privacy law could send company execs to prison for 20 years

11/1: ‘Privacy is a human right’: Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft’s stall at Future Decoded

10/31: Beware the IoT spy in your office or home via smart furniture, warns NSA

10/31: Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google’s cozy $8.5m legal deal

10/30: New Signal privacy feature removes sender ID from metadata

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

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

10/21: Butchering the Fourth Amendment

 

Local (PNW):

11/15: King County Council recognizes Automated Fingerprint Information System

11/7: Kirkland council reviews preliminary budget(‘Smart’ cities program)

10/9: Seattle invites public to comment on its surveillance technologies

 

Govt (Fed):

11/29: Congress still wants answers from Amazon about its facial recognition tech

11/9: After the midterm elections, the odds improve a little for a US data privacy law

11/7: With Dems in control of the House, now is the time for states to pressure Congress to act on privacy

11/5: US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

11/1: Senator’s data privacy law draft could put CEOs in jail for lying

10/31: Feds Also Using ‘Reverse Warrants’ To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

10/30: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

10/18: Federal officials say drones present an emergent cybersecurity risk

 

Govt (States & Cities):

11/14: Police think Alexa may have witnessed a New Hampshire double slaying – now they want Amazon to turn her over

10/23: Very Few Police Departments Have Rules for Undercover Cops on Facebook

Policy & Opinion:

11/16: Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

11/14: The Cybersecurity 202: Amazon is now at the center of a debate over public safety versus privacy

 

Overseas:

11/30: Mobile app to spy on thy neighbour? (India)

11/30: Electric vehicle makers serving up customer location data to China on a silver platter

11/29: High Court agrees to hear full legal challenge of Blighty’s Snooper’s Charter (UK)

11/27: Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

11/26: The Cybersecurity 202: British parliament turns up heat on Facebook over privacy practices

11/26: Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe (UK)

11/23: Facial recognition system mistakes bus ad for jaywalker (China)

11/22: Tech sector unites in attempt to avoid Oz’s anti-crypto push, again

11/22: New EU border security pilot program is all kinds of creepy.

11/19: Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi? (China)

11/16: ‘Unjustifiably excessive’: Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

11/14: Oz telcos’ club asks: Why the hell do Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

11/11: Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

11/8: UK watchdog shows how political parties exploit Facebook, personal data

11/8: Civil rights group says Oracles, Tapads and Experians get let off for wanton info-sucking (UK)

11/7: Watchdog slams political data slurpers’ ‘disturbing disregard’ for voters’ privacy (UK)

11/6: Facebook referred to Ireland’s data watchdog over targeting methods

11/6: UK neighbors accuse Tate Modern of invading their privacy

10/30: D.O.Eh: Here’s the new privacy law Canada can’t really enforce

 

Tech:

11/20: Can you trust an AI data trust not to slurp your data?

11/15: Up to three million kids’ GPS watches can be tracked by parents… and any miscreant: Flaws spill pick-and-choose catalog for perverts

11/4: Oi! Not encrypting RPC traffic? IETF bods would like to change that

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

11/1: How politicians acquire and use your voter data(video)

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

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Featured:

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, August 2018

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Featured:

8/31: Apple to require privacy policy on all apps

8/31: Spies still super upset they can’t get at your encrypted comms data

8/31: U.S. Government Claims China Using LinkedIn to Recruit Spies in America

8/31: TSA + CBP test new facial recognition tech & computed tomography scanners at LAX

8/31: Siri will show you your passwords if you ask

8/31: Apple will soon require all App Store apps to have a privacy policy

8/31: Are targeted ads stalking you? Here’s how to make them stop.

8/30: Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

8/30: Google reportedly bought Mastercard data to link online ads with offline purchases

8/30: Firefox’s New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You

8/30: Firefox to block some technology that tracks you on the web

8/29: WSJ: Yahoo plans to scan users’ messages for data to sell to advertisers

8/28: Judge tosses suit against Southwest Airlines on fingerprints

8/28: How to opt out of Yahoo Mail’s invasive data scanning

8/28: Yahoo Mail scans your inbox for receipts, but its competitors don’t

8/28: Yahoo Mail is still scanning your emails for data to sell to advertisers

8/28: Cities Across The Country Are Installing “Free” Spying Smart City Kiosks

8/27: Chicago’s Electronic Surveillance of Food Trucks Is Ridiculous—and Probably Unconstitutional

8/27: Legal Circular Logic Prevails Regarding Utility Smart Meters In-home Searches

8/26: If No One Comes to Read Your Utility Meters, You Probably Have Problematic “Smart” Meters. Documentary “Take Back Your Power 2017,” Now Available for Free Viewing

8/24: Android data slurping measured and monitored

8/24: Welcome To The Minority Report: Thousands Of Stores Plan Facial Recognition Use For Anti-Theft

8/23: Venmo Considers Making It Harder to See What Other People Are Buying

8/22: Excuses, Excuses: Duke Energy on Their Smart Meters Catching Fire, Causing Appliances to Malfunction and Break, etc.

8/22: Android ‘Triout’ spyware records calls, sends photos and text messages to attackers

8/22: Facebook will pull its data-collecting VPN app from the App Store over privacy concerns

8/22: Smart meters could let government peek into your home, court warns

8/21: Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

8/20: Comfortably numb: Americans are less worried about online security

8/20: 32,000 smart homes can be easily hacked due to misconfigured MQTT servers

8/20: Google sued over tracking user location amid privacy concerns

8/20: Skype’s promised end-to-end encryption finally arrives. Here’s how to use it

8/20: Before Using Birth Control Apps, Consider Your Privacy

8/20: LinkedIn Will Allow Economics Researchers to Mine Its Data

8/20: How’s that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

8/17: Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

8/17: I’ll be watching you

8/17: Schools Are Mining Students’ Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble

8/16: Pokemon Go boosts child privacy with new Niantic Kids login

8/16: APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy

8/15: Vegas hotel room checks raise privacy, safety concerns at Def Con, Black Hat

8/15: Saint Louis University is placing 2,300 Echo Dots in student living spaces

8/14: Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid

8/13: Google Tracks You Even If Location History’s Off. Here’s How to Stop It

8/13: How to find and delete Google’s tracking of your devices

8/13: Google Tracks Location Data Even When Users Turn Service Off, AP Report Finds

8/12: The Creative Ways Your Boss Is Spying on You

8/12: Hackers Found a (Not-So-Easy) Way to Make the Amazon Echo a Spy Bug

8/12: Hacking pacemakers, insulin pumps and patients’ vital signs in real time

8/11: Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked to Doctor Footage

8/9: Hey, roomie, I’m Alexa: Saint Louis University putting 2,300 Amazon Echo Dots in student housing

8/9: America’s top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn’t safe

8/8: Smart Meters Raise Health, Privacy and Constitutional Concerns

8/8: Axon CEO Says Face Recognition Isn’t Accurate Enough for Body Cams Yet

8/7: Facebook: Hey Can We Pretty Please Maybe Have Lots of Your Banking Information Too?

8/6: Is Apple Really Your Privacy Hero?

8/6: Facebook to banks: give us our users’ financial data and we’ll let them bank with Facebook

8/5: Simple Steps to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

8/3: Cashing in on DNA: race on to unlock value in genetic data

8/3: DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your genetic data to drugmakers and other Silicon Valley startups

8/3: 23andMe’s Pharma Deals Have Been the Plan All Along

8/2: ‘Glaring Gap’ Seen in DNA Privacy Pledges by 23andMe, Ancestry

8/1: A collaboration between Google’s secretive life-extension spinoff and popular genetics company Ancestry has quietly ended

8/1: Sennheiser wants you to slap a giant wireless mic on your kids to record precious moments

8/1: Lawsuit: Sweeping Biometric Data Collection Keeps Immigrant Children Locked Up Longer

7/31: Facebook Shuts Off Access To User Data For Hundreds of Thousands of Apps

7/26: Track-suits: Tommy Hilfiger’s creepy new clothes know how much you wear them

7/26: The Ordinary License Plate’s Days May Be Numbered

7/17: Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

 

Local (PNW):

8/6: Seattle City Council adopts nation’s strongest law to protect utility customer personal data

8/3: Property Tax Levy for Law Enforcement Fingerprinting System Could Lead to Facial Recognition

8/2: Concerns over facial recognition endanger a boring old levy

 

Govt (Fed):

8/24: Muslim American says US border agents seized her iPhone without explanation

8/24: Woman Sues Border Agents to Make Them Return Data They Seized From Her Phone

8/24: New facial recognition tech at US airport leads to first arrest

8/23: State Background Checks for Daycare Providers Part of Growing Federal Biometric Surveillance System

8/21: FBI Tried To Get Google To Turn Over Identifying Info On Hundreds Of Phone Owners

8/17: US reportedly pressuring Facebook to break Messenger’s encryption over MS-13 investigation

8/17: Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order
8/16: Ajit Pai Knew FCC Cyberattack Was Fake for Seven Months but Kept Quiet

8/15: Omarosa-Trump Tapes Could Mean ‘Open Season on Privacy Rights’ in the Workplace, Attorneys Say (paywall)

8/9: Apple responds to Congress’ letter on data security and privacy

8/6: Battle lines drawn over US mass surveillance as senators probe NSA’s bonfire of phone records

8/1: Inspector General Says NSA Still Hasn’t Implemented Its Post-Snowden Internal Security Measures

7/31: U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech

7/20: Senate Democrat Floats First Serious Proposals For Regulating Big Tech

7/28: Secret Quiet Skies surveillance program tracks citizens not suspected of wrongdoing

7/22: Open Gov’t Advocates Fear that Private Messaging Apps Are Being Misused by Public Officials To Conduct Business in Secret

6/29: NSA: Sorry, Sorry, Trying to Delete

 

Govt (States & Cities):

8/31: Why California’s Privacy Law Won’t Hurt Facebook or Google

8/29: The Fight Over California’s Privacy Bill Has Only Just Begun

8/27: Here’s How California Became The Most Secretive State on Police Misconduct

8/24: Despite California privacy law, marketers are still scheming to snatch personal data

8/24: Airbnb Sues New York City to Block User-Data Bill Over Privacy

8/22: California Committee Kills Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance

8/14: Security flaws in police body cameras open the devices to attack

8/3: How San Jose Airport uses facial recognition to speed lines

7/26: Police Are Seeking More Digital Evidence From Tech Companies

 

Policy & Opinion:

8/31: Full Body Searches shouldn’t be the price to ride Metro

8/29: How should we regulate facial recognition?

8/27: The Reach—and Limits—of Surveillance Capitalism

8/27: Responding to the “Nothing to Hide” Argument in Support of Mass Surveillance

8/26: Sunday in the Park with George Orwell

8/23: Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism

8/21: Dear Conservatives, Police are Part of the Government Too

8/14: Why you need a better handle on the WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram apps

8/13: Taking on a Supporter of the Surveillance State

8/6: On the cruelty of ankle-monitors

8/6: Facebook Not Trustworthy: Om Malik

 

Overseas:

8/31: How Israel Spies on US Citizens

8/28: Philippines Plans ID System to Get Its Poorest Residents on the Map

8/24: Wickr may have a workaround for Russia’s crackdown on encrypted chat

8/23: Chinese Surveillance State Is Basically The US Surveillance Apparatus Minus The Constitutional Rights

8/22: Scot.gov wins pals with pledge not to keep hold of innocents’ mugshots and biometric data

8/15: London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners

8/15: Here’s what Toronto’s smart neighborhood might actually look like

8/14: When’s a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn’t

8/3: Probe Brit police phone-peeking plans, privacy peeps plead

8/2: China launches high-tech bird drones to watch over its citizens

8/2: UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

8/1: Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record

7/30: Court allows police to reveal acquittals during record checks (UK)

7/27: Canadian Malls Secretly Tracked Shoppers’ Age, Gender Using Facial Recognition Technology

7/27: Canada using DNA, ancestry websites to investigate migrants

7/24: WhatsApp Balks at India’s Demand To Break Encryption

7/24: GCHQ Spy Agency Given Illegal Access To Citizens’ Data

 

Tech:

8/29: This Startup Is Building a Market to Help You Sell Your DNA Data

8/23: Wickr gets slicker with fresh network tricker: Privacy-protecting domain fronting alternative emerges

8/15: Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

8/12: Companies use seat sensors, infrared cameras to design new office space

8/10: Hackable Touchscreens Could Spy on Hotel Rooms and Meetings

8/9: The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker’s Dream

8/6: Consumer Reports now evaluates products’ security and privacy

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

8/28: Tenther Tuesday Episode 41: News from the Nullification Movement

8/14: Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and your privacy (The 3:59, Ep. 442)

8/10: Talking the hard questions of privacy and freedom with the Yale Privacy Lab podcast

8/9: Lions of Liberty Interview: Battling the Surveillance State

8/1: Interview: Defying the Surveillance State, Locally

7/31: Tenther Tuesday Episode 39: The Stalker Surveillance State is Getting More Aggressive

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/24: Can Facebook restore public trust?

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

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

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

3/23: My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/7: MoviePass: How to disable location tracking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/8: Identity Hygiene 101

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/23: 5 privacy tips for iPhone texting

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

Local (PNW):

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

3/25: Oregon attorney general considers investigating Facebook

3/22: Tougher regulations needed for Facebook

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

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

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

3/26: FTC Confirms Facebook Probe Over Privacy Practices

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

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

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

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

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

3/16: Facial Scanning Now Arriving At US Airports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/11; Police turn to drones in tough situations

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

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

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

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

Policy & Opinion:

3/26: Only a tech revolution will restore privacy

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

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

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

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

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

3/23: Zuckerberg’s outsize influence must end

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/15: ProtonMail posts workaround for Turkish government block

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/15: VPN tests reveal privacy-leaking bugs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/26: Let’s Talk About Cars

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

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/8: Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

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

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

2/7: The House That Spied on Me

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

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

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

2/6: Surveillance Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/2: Amazon secures employee-tracking wristband patents

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

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

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

1/31: Privacy questions around DNA tests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/24: DNA sharing leads to privacy concerns

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

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

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

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

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

Local (PNW):

2/16: The Really Weird World Of Smart Meters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

2/7: FTC releases PrivacyCon 2018 agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy & Opinion:

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

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

2/15; TLS/SSL security for websites

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

2/13: When privacy becomes public

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

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

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

2/6: Identity and the smart city

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

2/1: Whose data is it anyway?

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

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

1/31: Could Brexit derail ePrivacy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/25: The moving target of IoT security

1/23: Is privacy the new security?

1/22: Data privacy, a growing strategic initiative

1/17: Personal Data Representatives: An Idea

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

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech:

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

2/16: People Will Always Get Lost

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

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

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

2/13: Researchers find vulnerabilities in Faraday cages

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

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

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

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

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

2/1: Age-verification tool raises privacy concerns

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

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

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

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

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

1/26: Lyft investigates privacy abuse claim

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

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

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

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

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Privacy News Update, 10-17-17

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

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

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

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

10/7: Co-Parenting With Alexa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/29: How The Intercept Preserves Your Privacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local (PNW):

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

10/5: Supreme Court rules random urinalysis is unconstitutional

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

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

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

 

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/25: Government wants foreign surveillance authority renewed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/22: Illinois governor vetoes data privacy measure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy & Opinion:

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

10/5: The End of Privacy

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

10/5: The Equifax Hack Started the Wrong Conversation

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

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

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

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

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

9/16: The phone that every stalker will want

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

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

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tech:

10/18: What the future holds for fitness technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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