Privacy News Update, 9-10-17

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9/7: The DNC’s Technology Chief is Phishing His Staff. Good.

9/3: Early stage: This surveillance startup wants to put cameras in your neighborhood

8/29: Uber says it will no longer track you once the ride ends

8/28: CVS app sends your location to outside servers, researchers say

8/26: Security News This Week: When Facebook’s Friend Suggestions Get Creepy

8/23: Google’s $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers’ alma maters, web giant’s pals

8/23: AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone’s location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn’t use it

8/19: Security News This Week: iOS 11 Will Do More To Keep Cops Out of Your iPhone

8/18: A Hidden Trick in the iOS 11 Beta Lets You Disable Touch ID to Keep Cops Out

8/17: US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that’s touched that mast

8/16: Verizon—Yes, Verizon—Just Stood Up For Your Privacy

8/15: The secret text of the GOP’s border bill reveals plan to dramatically increase surveillance of Americans and visitors

8/15: HiQ wins court round against LinkedIn

8/15: Slurping people’s info without a warrant? That’s OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

8/15: Tech companies urge Supreme Court to protect cell phone privacy

8/14: Tech company resists federal demand for info on visitors to anti-Trump website

8/14: It’s not hard to think of ways to outsmart Stingray-detector apps

8/9: ACLU: Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data

8/7: These 42 Disney apps are spying on your kids, lawsuit claims

8/7: Hotspot Shield VPN accused of violating users’ privacy

8/5: Blu phones back on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy

8/2: Congress to smart device makers: Your security sucks

8/1: Google asked to explain how it tracks what you buy in stores

8/1: Company hopes to launch microchip-reader business

8/1: Privacy Watchdog Asks FTC To Look Into Google’s Offline Shopping Tracker

7/31: Amazon suspends sales of Blu phones due to privacy concerns

7/26: Travelers’ Electronics At US Airports To Get Enhanced Screening, TSA Says

7/26: These cheap phones come at a price — your privacy

7/26: Feds Crack Trump Protesters’ Phones To Charge Them With Felony Rioting

7/25: While it’s vacuuming your dirt, Roomba also collects data on you: Next, it could be sold

7/24: Concerned about connected car privacy? Bluetooth sensors used to track traffic

7/21: Alexa, what happens if the Echo has a screen? You get a review like this

 

Local (PNW):

9/6: Washington state to test pay-by-the-mile as a way to fund highways

8/24: Why Seattle is poised to be a leader in ‘smart city’ technology and regulations

8/6: A US Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

7/26: Amid gun violence, promises not kept are nothing new to Rainier Valley

7/26: New meters mean Seattle City Light won’t visit homes anymore

 

Govt (Fed):

8/22: Feds pare back demands for data from anti-Trump protest site

8/18: No, the cops can’t get a search warrant to just seize all devices in sight – US appeals court

8/18: Trump OKs plan for independent Cyber Command

8/15: Building America’s Trust Act would amp up privacy concerns at the border

8/15: Uber to bend over, take privacy probe every two years for next 20 years

8/14: Feds demand data on visitors to anti-Trump protest site

8/14: Those Free Stingray-Detector Apps? Yeah, Spies Could Outsmart Them

8/11: Immigration bill would ramp up mass surveillance at the border

 

Govt (States & Cities):

9/5: One State’s Bail Reform Exposes the Promise and Pitfalls of Tech-Driven Justice

9/1: State bill requiring California police to disclose surveillance equipment stalls in fiscal committee

8/31: California Supreme Court decision could end secrecy over police capture of license plate images

8/16: Cuomo signs backyard surveillance bill

8/1: Kentucky governor says news station drone invaded privacy

7/26: ‘Textalyzer’ would let police quickly see if motorist was using cellphone while driving

 

Policy & Opinion:

9/1: Stop cyberattacks. Just add robots

8/24: All the Ways US Government Cybersecurity Falls Flat

8/8: Warrantless US Spying Is Set to Expire Soon. Let It Die

7/30: Will ‘Smart Cities’ Violate Our Privacy?

7/30: O’Reilly Media Asks: Is What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the worldIt Time To Build A New Internet?

7/26: Most Americans think the government is snooping on them

 

Overseas:

9/4: The Privacy Battle Over the World’s Largest Biometric Database

8/18: China’s dystopian push to revolutionize surveillance

8/17: UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents’ mugshots

8/17: London cops urged to scrap use of ‘biased’ facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

8/14: What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the world

8/10: Will Artificial Intelligence Be Illegal in Europe Next Year?

8/9: These smart cities in Italy put Silicon Valley to shame

8/2: Holes close in China’s ‘Great Firewall’ as Apple, Amazon snub apps to bypass censors

7/29: Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store

7/25: China Forces Muslim Minority To Install Spyware On Their Phones

7/23: UK Government Says Almost All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

7/20: Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To Lobby Against Proposed Encryption Laws

 

Tech:

9/4: Above Devastated Houston, Armies of Drones Prove Their Worth

9/3: Here’s what the smartphone’s future looks like, and it’s all about the camera

9/1: Inside Android Oreo’s Quest to Protect Your Phone

8/30: Amazon wants to make Alexa a ‘fabric in the home’ (Q&A)

8/30: New Playa Vista development is making the smart-home standard

8/22: Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your ‘smart’ home

8/19: Hackers Show How Smart Devices Could Use Sonar to Spy On You

8/18: New NIST draft embeds privacy into US govt security for the first time

8/17: What Is a Planned Community? A Place With Perks, From Zip Lines to Velodromes

8/16: A Deep Flaw in Your Car Lets Hackers Shut Down Safety Features

8/15: The Army abandoned DJI drones. Now they’re getting stealth mode

8/11: Was that an intruder or a pet? The security cams that can tell

8/6: Browser Extensions Are Undermining Privacy

8/3: Apple files patent for screen with privacy-viewing options

8/3: Need a new password? Here are 306 million to avoid

7/27: Chip vulnerability could crash your outdated phone via Wi-Fi

7/26: The Best (and Worst) Anti-Drone Weapons, From Shotguns to Superdrones

7/20: Google Glass Is Back (And It’s Good Now), And Other Facts

 

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Privacy News Update, 7-22-17

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7/14: Travelers just won back a bit of their privacy at the border

7/13: Securing Elections Remains Surprisingly Controversial

7/13: Face scans for US citizens flying abroad stir privacy issues

7/13: Exclusive: U.S. Asks Nations to Provide More Traveler Data or Face Sanctions

7/12: FBI didn’t need warrant for stingray in attempted murder case, DOJ says

7/12: Six major US airports now scan Americans’ faces when they leave country

7/12: Amazon may give developers your private Alexa transcripts

7/11: EFF’s Latest Privacy Report Criticizes Amazon and WhatsApp Over Policies That ‘Fall Short’

7/11: Did an Echo Call 911 During a Domestic Assault? Amazon Says No.

7/10: Digital Privacy to Come Under Supreme Court’s Scrutiny

7/10: How tech giants rank at protecting your privacy

7/6: Civil rights warriors file US lawsuit: Let us see Five Eyes agreement

7/7: How to delete your Snapchat account

7/5: Facebook’s left hand is fighting for Americans’ right to privacy

7/3: How to See What the Internet Knows About You (And How to Stop It)

7/3: Facebook Can Track Your Browsing Even After You’ve Logged Out, Judge Says

7/2; What Amazon wants from Whole Foods: Data on shopping habits

July: There’s A Fight Brewing Between The NYPD And Silicon Valley’s Palantir

6/30: With a Single Wiretap Order, US Authorities Listened In on 3.3 Million Phone Calls

6/30: Master These Privacy Tips for Your Facebook Account

6/30: Is Snapchat’s new map dangerous for kids?

6/28: The All-Seeing Eye in the Sky(video)

6/27: The Top Five Tech Rivals Join Forces to Shape Policy—and Fight the Government

6/27: Spy agencies seek permanent authority for contested surveillance program

6/27: NSA Director gave senator private tour during debaCalifornia Joins Fray on Internet Service Provider Privacyte over foreign intelligence collection

6/27: What Do You Tell Your Kids About Online Privacy?

6/26: Are Your Password Security Habits Improving? (Infographic)

6/26: Medical records will no longer appear in Google search results

6/26: Gmail will no longer scan your emails for advertising purposes

6/25: 90 Cities Install A Covert Technology That Listens For Gunshots

6/23: A Prototype for an Encrypted Uber That Can’t Track You

6/22: Is it safer to use an app or a browser for banking?

6/22: NSA’s use of ‘traffic shaping’ allows unrestrained spying on Americans

6/22: Older people trust smart gadgets less than kids, survey says

6/20: Mozilla Launches Privacy-Minded ‘Firefox Focus’ Browser For Android

6/17: A Tech Company Actually Tried to Resist Participating in the NSA’s PRISM Surveillance Program

6/13: TSA tests fingerprint screening for flight check-in

 

Local (PNW):

7/21: The fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles cries out for body cameras. But 7 years on, we still don’t have them.

7/18: Alexa: The roommate I need, but am not quite sure I want

7/17: Mayor Ed Murray Issues Executive Order to Equip Police Officers With Body Cameras

7/17: Rebuffing union, Mayor Murray orders Seattle police to begin wearing body cameras

7/11: Tech Moves: Meet Social Venture Partners’ new CEO; Seattle hires first Chief Privacy Officer; and more

7/8: How I learned to stop worrying (mostly) and love my threat model

7/6: Share private voter data? No way is the right call

6/26: US does not need warrant to subpoena Oregon drug data

6/22: Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan seeks to keep her home address under wraps

6/21: SPD body cameras are stalled over contract talks

6/20: Oregon House votes to expand privacy for undocumented immigrants

 

Govt (Fed):

7/13: Border Patrol Says It’s Barred From Searching Cloud Data On Phones

7/12: If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality

7/6: WikiLeaks Unveils CIA Implants That Steal SSH Credentials From Windows, Linux PCs

7/6: Reach of search warrant for emails at issue in appeals case

7/5: Trump Administration Says Election Panel Is No Threat to Voter Privacy

7/5: Privacy Watchdog Sues Trump’s Election Committee Over Voter Data

7/3: Facebook wins dismissal of U.S. user-privacy suit

6/28: WikiLeaks Dump Reveals a Creepy CIA Location-Tracking Trick

 

Govt (States & Cities):

7/12: Police body camera law signed by Michigan governor

7/12: California bill would require cops to release body cam video

7/12: Study: GPS rules send California juveniles into jail cycle

7/11: Miami-Dade to install high-tech traffic lights to ease congestion

7/11: The Latest: Panel advances body cam video transparency bill(CA)

7/6: States may shackle AT&T, Comcast on web data after US retreat

7/8: Glance: How states are handling voter information request

7/2: The US Considers A Remote Identification System For Drones

7/1: Glance: How states are handling voter information request

6/30: State Senate to consider highway surveillance system bill(Rhode Island)

6/29: It’s the thought that counts: Illinois emits ‘no location stalking’ law

6/21: Deportation Is Going High-Tech Under Trump

6/21: California May Restore Broadband Privacy Rules Killed By Congress and Trump

6/20: California Joins Fray on Internet Service Provider Privacy

 

Policy & Opinion:

7/14: We Have Police Videos. Now What?

6/30: Privacy, consent laws under ‘unprecedented strain’. We need a data-watcher watcher

6/29: Experts lay out their concerns about the ethics of brain implants and ‘brainjacking’

6/30: The Encryption Debate Should End Right Now

6/27: Privacy in the Information Age Is Not a Lost Cause

 

Overseas:

7/14: Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work (UK)

7/14: Australia To Compel Technology Firms To Provide Access To Encrypted Missives(Oz)

7/13: Bosses who snoop on job applicants’ Facebook or Twitter profiles could be breaching data protection laws, warn EU regulators

7/13: Dutch Senate votes to grant intel agencies new surveillance powers

7/1: To tackle Google’s power, regulators have to go after its ownership of data

6/30: Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance (UK)

6/28: Macau’s ATMs Are Using Facial Recognition to Help Follow the Money

6/27: China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces

6/26: Queensland Police want access to locked devices(Oz)

6/26: Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption(Oz)

6/23: Google begins removing private medical records from search results (UK)

6/19: Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

6/15: Look who’s joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

6/15: Indian rape victim sues Uber for privacy violations

6/8: EU planning legislation to give police faster access to tech data

 

Tech:

7/17: IBM’s Plan To Encrypt Unthinkable Amounts of Sensitive Data

7/14: Using a drone to market your home? Be sure to follow the rules

7/14: Alitheon’s ID system and Sleepbox’s nap pods make a splash in Airport Shark Tank

7/10: Amazon hires gadget experts for door-to-door smart home installs, taking on Best Buy’s Geek Squad

7/8: The EFF’s ‘Let’s Encrypt’ Plans Wildcard Certificates For Subdomains

7/3: Apple Tests 3-D Face Scanning To Unlock Next iPhone: Bloomberg

6/29: The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution

6/22: Amazon’s new Echo will let you see who’s at your front door

6/22: Google’s Elite Hacker SWAT Team vs. Everyone

6/21: Mozilla’s new Android browser blocks ads and trackers

6/20: Cisco wants to balance privacy with security

6/20: Got a drone for Dad’s Day? There’s an angry buzz about where to fly them

 

Books/Media/Misc:

7/6: Bloomberg’s Shields, Yatskowitz: States Seek Web Data Privacy (audio)

6/8: Ai Weiwei Gets Artsy-Fartsy About Surveillance

Privacy News Update, 6-19-17

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SPECIAL:  US Supreme Ct reviewing cell phone tracking:
Supreme Court to hear case on tracking phone location data
Supreme Court agrees to hear ‘Carpenter v. United States,’ the Fourth Amendment historical cell-site case
Supreme Court Agrees To Decide Major Privacy Case On Cellphone Data
Supreme Court agrees to rule if cops need warrant for cell-site data
Mobile-Phone Privacy Case Draws U.S. Supreme Court Scrutiny
Supreme Court will decide whether police can use cellphone data to track suspects
Do cops need a warrant to stalk you using your cellphone records? US Supremes to mull it over
How should an originalist rule in the Fourth Amendment cell-site case?
Third party rights and the Carpenter cell-site case

 

July/Aug 2017: The Smartphone Psychiatrist

6/19: How Hidden Sensors Are Becoming the New Office Decor

6/18: Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network

6/16: How Sanctuary Cities Can Protect Undocumented Immigrants From ICE Data Mining

6/16: Amazon has a patent to keep you from comparison-shopping while you’re in its stores

6/15: Indian rape victim sues Uber for privacy violations

6/13 I Bought A Report On Everything That’s Known About Me Online

6/13: Bank of America pays nearly $2M to settle lawsuit

6/13: San Jose approves program to try streetlamp cameras in select areas

6/13: What a Murder in Arkansas Means for Your Digital Privacy

6/14 98 Percent of College Students Gave Up Their Best Friend’s Email for Free Pizza

6/7: Apple’s HomePod Looks Beautiful But Doesn’t Think Different

6/7: Facial Recognition Will Soon End Your Anonymity in Public

6/6: Privacy advocates decry proposal for surveillance cameras on San Jose streetlamps

6/5: Apple will keep conversations with Siri and HomePod a secret

6/2: Researchers Use Ridesharing Cars to Sniff Out a Secret Spying Tool

6/2: Your next JetBlue boarding pass might be your face

6/1: Man Sentenced To 180 Days In Jail For Refusing To Give Police His iPhone Passcode

6/1: Your Face or Fingerprint Could Soon Replace Your Plane Ticket

6/1: OneLogin Says Breach Exposed Ability To Decrypt Customer Data

5/31: EFF sues FBI for records of alleged informants at Best Buy

5/30: Essential Home is an Amazon Echo Competitor That ‘Puts Privacy First’

5/31 Nest’s newest home-security camera will use facial recognition to identify those it records

5/30: Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

5/29: Amazon Echo, Google Home devices raise privacy rights questions

5/29: Wikipedia’s Switch To HTTPS Has Successfully Fought Government Censorship

5/29: Internet of snitches: anyone who can sniff ‘Thing’ traffic knows what you’re doing

5/28: Walt Mossberg’s Last Column Calls For Privacy and Security Laws

5/28: How to Spring Clean Your Digital Clutter to Protect Yourself

5/28: Security Analyst Concludes Windows 10 Enterprise ‘Tracks Too Much’

5/27: Before you install the Amazon Video app on Android, read this

5/25: A Clever New Way to Protect Your Data at the Border Could Also Add Risk

5/25: Google plan to link online behavior to offline shopping is creepy, even with privacy protections

5/24: Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

5/23: Ask Slashdot: ISPs That Respect Your Online Privacy?

5/23: Apple: We just got blitzed by US national security requests

5/20: Delta Airlines Tests Facial Recognition To Speed Up Baggage Check-In

5/20: This $60 security camera can recognize your ugly mug (video)

5/19: Federal Agents Used a Stingray To Track an Immigrant’s Phone

5/16: Glympse location sharing comes to Samsung TVs, lets users track friends, family, pizza from couch

5/14: Breathalyzer for texting in works as road deaths on rise

5/9: Beginners Guide to Threat Intelligence

5/9: How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful

5/5: More Android phones than ever are covertly listening for inaudible sounds in ads

5/4: Why Your Rights Protect Your Password But Not Iris Scan (video)

5/3: NSA Reportedly Collected Americans’ Phone Records Even After Law Change

5/2017: Analysis: Amazon’s Alexa vs. Google’s Assistant: Same Questions, Different Answers

 

Local (PNW):

6/5: Snapchat parent Snap acquires location analytics startup Placed for more than $200M

6/5: Snooping on snoopers: UW researchers create new system to identify cellular surveillance devices

5/26: ACLU Asks City Council to Beef Up Privacy Protections on Smart Meters

5/12: Portland’s unconstitutional campaign against Uber (Guest opinion)

5/10: City Light’s Smart Meters Are Hitting the Grid This Summer. Is There Anything to Fear?

5/8: Rep. Suzan DelBene on Trump budget cuts, virtual reality, and internet privacy

5/4: Seattle mayor issues new data privacy rules to prevent providers from selling customer information without permission

4/28: Portland may subpoena Uber over regulator-dodging ‘Greyball’ software

 

Govt (Fed):

6/16: How to write a meaningful FCC comment supporting net neutrality

6/15: What Do Spy Agencies Tell Foreign Governments About Americans?

6/15 Now the FTC wants a word with Uber

6/10: There’s a new internet-privacy bill in Congress, and the digital-ad industry says that if it passes it could mean ‘Facebook won’t be free’

6/9: Rep. Blackburn Wants Internet Privacy Rules Simplified(video)

6/7: NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

6/7: Senator blows a fuse as US spies continue lying over spying program

6/7: Former US spy chief calls for ‘filtering’ of social media

6/6: NSA’s alleged leaker got tripped up by a secret printer feature

6/2: Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can’t block IP, so anons go bye

6/1: Trump Administration Approves Tougher Visa Vetting, Including Social Media Checks

5/27: Investigation Demanded Over Fake FCC Comments Submitted By Dead People

5/26: Major US Tech Firms Press Congress For Internet Surveillance Reforms

5/24: A new privacy bill in Congress has some companies preparing for a long political fight

5/24: The Trump Administration Wants To Be Able To Track and Hack Your Drone

5/24: Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections

5/23: NSA takes one-two punch to the face

5/22: House GOP takes crack at ISP privacy bill

5/19: Hobbyist defeats FAA in battle over drone registration, but says the fight’s not over

5/19: GOP lawmaker who helped kill ISP privacy rules proposes new privacy rules

5/11: How Trump’s N.S.A. Came to End a Disputed Type of Surveillance

 

Govt (States & Cities):

6/19: Internet privacy: California bill would protect users from being secretly tracked

6/16: In Rhode Island, students and parents must let schools spy on them day and night through their laptops

6/6: Police In Oklahoma Have Cracked Hundreds of People’s Cell Phones

5/22: Class-action lawsuit alleges BART secretly collected passengers’ private information

5/19: Privacy, security among priorities for high-rise living (TX)

5/18: Nevada likely to become second state to require police body cameras

5/18: Alaska lawmakers approve REAL ID measure

5/17: House approves electronic data protection resolution (MI)

5/17: Southern Indiana Police Department to Resume Body Camera Use

5/12: Missouri passes bill to offer Real ID compliant licenses

5/8: California cop union opposes new bill that would thwart license plate readers

Policy & Opinion:

6/15: Editorial: Should police be able to buy spying equipment without telling anyone? No way

6/14: What’s Wrong With Letting Tech Run Our Schools

6/7: Editorial: Update the 4th Amendment for a new communications age

6/6: Rather Than Russia, America Should Fear Itself

6/6: Enigma: Why the fight to break Nazi encryption still matters

6/1: Information security policy on IoT – the Internet of Things

5/28: Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws

5/19: Corporate Surveillance Is Turning Human Workers Into Fungible Cogs

5/15: The Thinning Line Between Commercial and Government Surveillance

5/13: How Google Took Over the Classroom

5/12: I Want to Surrender to Cambridge Analytica

5/8: I Side With the ‘Bad Guys’ on Encryption

5/5: You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

5/1: Ebooks undermine your freedom and privacy

 

Overseas:

6/19: EU seeks to outlaw ‘backdoors’ in new data privacy proposals

6/19: Europe plans to have drone rules in place by 2019

6/19: Mexican journalists, activists targeted with spyware, report says

6/14: Abe Passes Controversial Bill Boosting Japan Surveillance Powers

6/13: Watchdog questions need for new counter-terrorism powers (UK)

6/9: India’s Top Court Delays Modi’s Plan to Link Taxes, Biometric ID

6/8: Spy commissioners: Did we audit our bulk data sharing with industry? Err… not exactly (UK)

6/7: Rustle up a privacy research project and ICO queen Liz will see you handsomely rewarded (UK)

6/7: Australia to float ‘not backdoors’ that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

6/5: Apple Helped U.K. Investigate Terrorist Attacks, CEO Says

6/2: Snapchat brings its hip round Spectacles to Europe

6/1: China’s Cybersecurity Law Takes Effect: What to Expect

5/31: UK surveillance law raises concerns security researchers could be ‘deputised’ by the state

5/23: No one’s noticed, but the Tories are quietly killing off the smart meter revolution (UK)

5/23: Microsoft Announces ‘Windows 10 China Government Edition’, Lets Country Use Its Own Encryption

5/17: Austrian Parliament Bans Full Facial Veils in Public

5/16: European Privacy Regulators Take Coordinated Action Against Facebook

5/15: DeepMind’s Access to U.K. Health Data Deemed `Inappropriate’

5/15: Never mind custody decisions, let’s AI up our police cars

5/15: Lib Dems promise to scrap mass snooping powers if elected (UK)

5/2: India’s controversial national ID scheme leaks fraud-friendly data for 130,000,000 people

5/1: Leaked document reveals Facebook conducted research to target emotionally vulnerable and insecure youth

5/2017: China Expected to Expand DNA Collection in Xinjiang

4/27: Champions League Final Police to Scan Soccer Fans’ Faces (UK)

 

Tech:

6/16: How self-driving cars could determine the future of policing

6/13: Exclusive: GE begins testing drones to inspect refineries, factories – executive

6/12: Google’s New Product Puts Peer Pressure to a Sunny Use

6/10: Oculus co-founder now focused on surveillance tech

6/8: The Next Security Risk May Be Your Vibrator

6/7: The New Chrome and Safari Will Reshape the Web

6/7: Andy Rubin Has a Plan to Smarten Up the Connected Home

6/6: Siri Finally Got Its Coming Out Party

6/5: Wowee, it’s Samsung’s next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

6/5: How Apple Sees the Near Future

6/5: Apple HomePod speaker favors sound over Siri

6/3: Even If the Siri Speaker Sucks You’ll Want It

6/3: Network Time Protocol Hardened To Protect Users From Spying, Increase Privacy

5/30: Android creator Andy Rubin is back with Amazon Echo competitor and new Essential smartphone

5/30: Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

5/28: New Privacy Vulnerability In IOT Devices: Traffic Rate Metadata

5/25: T-Mobile goes Apple/Google route by separating phone numbers and devices

5/24: DEFCON Conference To Target Voting Machines

5/24: A smart camera that can ID your car in less than a second

5/22: Privacy-Focused Debian-Based Tails 3.0 Reaches RC Status

5/13: How to escape the online spies

5/10: Study lays out privacy concerns that kids and parents have about toys that listen

5/8: Your Password Is Terrible and Everyone Wants to Fix That

5/6: Survey: nearly half think it may be legal to install spyware on a family member’s devices

5/4: 235 apps attempt to secretly track users with ultrasonic audio

 

Books/Media/Misc:

6/13: Could Amazon’s Alexa Solve This Man’s Murder? (podcast)

6/1: Invent privacy & security adventures with Cryptomancer & Mozilla

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4/30: How To Delete Your Data From Google’s ‘My Activity’

4/30: Taser Will Use Police Body Camera Videos “to Anticipate Criminal Activity”

4/29: Stray WiFi Signals Could Let Spies See Inside Closed Rooms

4/28: Community comes out for immigration and privacy forum (Pasadena, CA)

4/28: Those ’10 concerts’ lists on Facebook are fun and/or annoying — but are they a privacy threat

4/28: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

4/28: NSA halts controversial email collection practice to preserve larger surveillance program

4/27: Why people get arrested for flying drones

4/27: Living With Technology: Listening and seeing everywhere

4/27: The Worst Lies From Yesterday’s Anti-Net Neutrality Speech

4/26: Your smart electricity meter could be a security risk

4/26: WikiLeaks Reveals the ‘Snowden Stopper’: CIA Tool To Track Whistleblowers

4/26: Speaking in Tech: Google vs your privacy… part 73(4)iii(b)

4/26: Amazon Wants To Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom

4/24: How to protect your privacy at a protest

4/24: FBI allays some critics with first use of new mass-hacking warrant

4/23: How your selfie could affect your life insurance

4/22: EFF Says Google Chromebooks Are Still Spying On Students

4/21: Microsoft Improves Gmail Experience For Windows 10 Insiders, But There Are Privacy Concerns

4/21: Ambient Light Sensors Can Be Used To Steal Browser Data

4/20: Is Google is tracking you? Find out here

4/20: Mastercard is Building Fingerprint Scanners Directly Into Its Cards

4/19: We’re spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

4/18: From Stone Age to Drone Age: Debt Collection Goes High-Tech

4/16: What you need to know about that latest NSA data dump

4/15: The apps to use if you want to keep your messages private

4/13: Free health apps laugh in the face of privacy, sell your wheezing data

4/12: Why Is This Wearable-Tech Company Helping College Teams Track How Often Athletes Sleep, Drink, And Have Sex?

4/11: An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

4/10: The Upcoming Privacy Battle Over Wearables in the NBA

4/8: Hacker Group Leaks ‘NSA’s Top Secret Arsenal of Digital Weapons’

4/7: Internet Privacy Explained For People Who Have Never Thought About Internet Privacy Before

4/7: Taser’s Latest Body Cams Push Is Unregulated, Unprecedented, and Disturbing

4/7: WikiLeaks Reveals Grasshopper, the CIA’s Windows Hacking Tool

4/7: 23andMe Wins FDA Approval to Sell Genetic Tests

4/6: Vast majority of Americans reject mass surveillance to thwart terrorist attacks

4/6: Facebook Messenger Now Analyzes Your Chats To Give You Recommendations

4/5: Microsoft Finally Reveals What Data Windows 10 Really Collects

4/5: Phony VPN Services Are Cashing In On America’s War On Privacy

4/3: Police Arrested This Cop Watch Activist—But Then Recorded Themselves by Accident

4/1: Wolverton: No perfect way to protect privacy

4/1: How To Protect Your Privacy Online

3/30: Verizon mandates pre-installed spyware for all its Android customers

3/29: Analysis: What loosened internet privacy rules mean for you

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

 

Local (PNW):

4/24: What evaluation or report was ever released on the effectiveness of the photo-enforcement program instituted a few years ago at a number of Seattle intersections? (scroll to middle of article)

4/24: Lawmakers’ Special Session To-Do List Is More Than McCleary

4/14: Washington state House committee approves internet privacy protections

4/14: Washington state passes bill to prevent sale of biometric data without consent

4/12: Washington state debates new privacy bills after Trump clears way for ISPs to sell personal data

4/9: State moves to protect online privacy in the Trump era

4/5: Washington fights for internet privacy that Congress took away

4/5: Online Trust Alliance merges with Internet Society to fight data security threats and privacy challenges

4/4: State lawmakers stand with the people on privacy protection

3/30: Oregon lawmaker who voted to roll back online privacy received donations from the telecom industry, report says

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

3/29: Here’s what the new internet privacy bill could mean for consumers and the Seattle region

 

Govt (Fed):

4/27: FCC Chief Opens Door to ‘Fast Lanes’ in Rollback of Web Rules

4/26: Trump’s first 100 days are not promising if you’re concerned about personal privacy

4/26: Trump’s FCC Has Begun Its Attack on Net Neutrality

4/24: NSA Blimp Spied in the United States

4/22: At Border Security Expo, Officials Dismiss Trump’s Wall: “I’ve Got 200-Foot Bluffs on My Border”

4/21: In Secret Court Hearing, Lawyer Objected to FBI Sifting Through NSA Data Like It Was Google

4/21: US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

4/20: Border Officials Float Big Ideas for Mining Social Media

4/20: Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

4/18: Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

4/17: Trump’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai is ‘one of the worst picks possible,’ Rep. Ro Khanna says

4/17: Congress is poking holes in a key Trump talking point about Obama-era surveillance

4/15: GOP Congressman Defending Privacy Vote: ‘Nobody’s Got To Use The Internet’

4/12: Suing to See the Feds’ Encrypted Messages? Good Luck

4/6: Activists vow to make ISP privacy sellout a “major issue” in the 2018 elections

4/6; You Are Now Paying Internet Companies to Sell Your Browsing History to Advertisers

4/5: FCC’s Ajit Pai Says Broadband Market Too Competitive For Strict Privacy Rules

4/5: A Fight to Restore the Constitution at Customs Checkpoints

4/4: Even Some Republicans Think Border Agents Shouldn’t Be Checking Your Phone Without a Warrant

4/4: As Trump signs away Americans’ digital privacy, it’s time to bring out the BS detector

4/4: Bill Would Stop Warrantless Border Device Searches of US Citizens

4/4: ‘Extreme Vetting’ Would Require Visitors To US To Share Contacts, Passwords

 

Govt (States & Cities):

4/30: Connecticut court takes up doctor-patient confidentiality

4/28: AGs to privacy pros: It’s okay to come see us

4/26: Bill would let victims, witnesses block body camera releases (WI)

4/26: ACLU opposes Grand Rapids’ plans for license plate scanners

4/25: Sheriff’s office sets its eye on the sky(MI)

4/20: California Today: Weighing a Response on Internet Privacy

4/19: Rep. Gary Glenn makes smart choice on Smart Meters

4/18: Lawmakers signal a possible deal on Real ID bill(Minn)

4/15: Norwalk Police Department takes to social media(CT)

4/13: Legislation allowing warrantless student phone searches dies for now(CA)

4/13: UT police officers begin wearing body cameras

4/13: Video cameras coming to all schools(CT)

4/12: Sheriff’s department to launch drones in June (IL)

 

Policy & Opinion:

4/28: A Big Change in NSA Spying Marks a Win for American Privacy

4/21: Fearmongering at Homeland Security

4/17: Weirdly, Trump’s Right on Privacy

4/12: Mossberg: A plan to preserve the internet

4/2: Tech underestimates future demand for privacy: Bloomberg View analysis

4/1: Internet privacy furor previews coming war over net neutrality

3/28: Trump’s FCC Continues To Redefine The Public Interest As Business Interests

 

Overseas:

4/29: Encrypted WhatsApp Message Recovered From Westminster Terrorist’s Phone (UK)

4/27: Australian police: We illegally accessed journalist metadata

4/26: UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

4/26: British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face At the Champions League Final

4/24: Japan secretly funneled hundreds of millions to the NSA, breaking its own laws

4/20: Trump’s lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

4/20: Google wants better international rules for data requests

4/19: Finland Aims to Fast-Track New Intelligence Laws to Avert Terrorism

4/11: China emerges as digital rights champion with new info privacy law

4/11: MyHealthRecord slammed in privacy uproar (Oz)

4/5: Canada’s RCMP National Police Force Reveals Use of Secretive Cellphone Surveillance Technology

3/16: How Kenyan spies and cops use electronic surveillance for illegal murder and torture squads

 

Tech:

4/27: Listen up, coaches: Watch out for hidden recording devices

4/26: Hyundai patches Blue Link app to remove vulnerabilities

4/24: Just a Pair of These $11 Radio Gadgets Can Steal a Car

4/24: Uber Gets Sued Over Alleged ‘Hell’ Program To Track Lyft Drivers

4/24: Unroll.me ‘heartbroken’ after being caught selling user data to Uber

4/23: Uber Tried To Hide Its Secret IPhone Fingerprinting From Apple

4/23: Apple CEO Tim Cook once personally threatened to kick Uber out of the App Store

4/22: Google Maps finally introduces real-time location sharing, with time limits

4/21: Which Galaxy S8 unlock option is the most secure?

4/19: Bose Headphones Secretly Collected User Data, Lawsuit Reveals

4/18: Facebook wants you to stare even more at the real world through your phone camera

4/13: Roku-Enabled TVs Will Soon ‘Listen’ To Programs You’re Watching To Suggest Streaming Content

4/12: Securing Driverless Cars From Hackers Is Hard. Ask the Ex-Uber Guy Who Protects Them

4/5: Lawyers win again in latest privacy class-action settlement

3/31: Verizon, AT&T, Comcast Say They Will Not Sell Customer Browsing Histories

3/30: DJI proposing “electronic license plates” for drones

3/15: WhatsApp Hack Shows That Even Encryption Apps Are Vulnerable in a Browser

 

Books/Media/Misc:

May/June issue: If You’re Reading About “The Circle” on Facebook, It’s Already Too Late

4/27: Review: Big Brother turns into a bit of a bore in ‘The Circle,’ and there’s not an app for that

4/27: Movie review: It’s not Big Brother who’s watching

4/26: An interview with Cory Doctorow on beating death, post-scarcity, and everything

4/23: Full transcript: Too Embarrassed to Ask tackles trust and privacy during the Trump administration (podcast)

4/15: 6 lessons ‘Ghost in the Shell’ can teach you about cybersecurity

4/3: VPN explained: A privacy primer — with robots and race cars (video)

Privacy News Update, 4-2-17

Featured:

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

3/31: How Not to Protect Your Privacy Online

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

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

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

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

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

3/24: Who Owns Your Face?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/16: Firefox Focus: The privacy browser

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

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

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

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

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

2/5: Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/19: Navigating the age of kids and smartphones

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

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

3/1: Pullman council hears pitch for police drones

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

2/25: Don’t track drivers

1/24: Sawant moves to curb federal surveillance

12/20: What every website knows about you

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

3/24: Maine ID bill gets key committee vote

3/24 Judge rejects challenge to Massachusetts wiretapping law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

3/27: The Coming Battle Over Surveillance

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

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

3/24: Online privacy rights going, going …

3/17: Aboard the Genetic-Testing Freakout Bandwagon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

3/19: Chinese Learn the Value of Privacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/9: Canadian Privacy in the Age of Trump

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

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

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

 

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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

1/28/16: The Power of Privacy – film

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

Privacy News update, 12-23-16

VERY SPECIAL: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy’s first issue available for download

Site: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Direct link to PDF: Here.

 

Featured:

12/24: Cell-Tracking Case Appealed to Full US 7th Circuit Court

12/22: Daily Report: WhatsApp Is Embraced by World’s Immigrants

12/19: House report urges clearer guidance on cellphone technology

12/16: U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance

12/16: Take control of your privacy in Windows 10

12/16: Study: Privacy safeguards for wearable devices are insufficient

12/16: Marketers, Here’s How Your Customers Feel About Privacy

12/16: 2016’s biggest privacy threat: Your phone

12/15: Find out if your Yahoo account was hacked (and what to do next)

12/15: Tor Browser 6.0.8 Lands with Important Security Updates, Tor 0.2.8.11 Support

12/15: Homeland Security fusion centers cut off from Dataminr, a social network monitoring tool

12/15: 14 eyebrow-raising things Google knows about you

12/15: Gmail scanning case reaches settlement

12/15: Protecting more than privacy in K-12 sector

12/15: Photographers And Filmmakers Call For Encryption To Be Built Into Cameras As Standard

12/15: Bruce Schneier’s four-year plan for the Trump years

12/14: Google just dodged a privacy lawsuit by scanning your emails a tiny bit slower

12/14: U.S. proposes requiring vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other to avoid crashes

12/14: The Wynn Las Vegas is putting an Amazon Echo in every hotel room

12/14: 200 imprisoned based on illegal cellphone tracking, review finds

12/14: James Clapper Has a Classified Blog. It’s Called “Intercept.”

12/13: When apps collect more data, outrage is powerful — sometimes

12/13: Snowden offers some tweaks to improve Twitter

12/13: Citi App users get more biometric authentication options

12/13: Ex-employees claim Uber continues unauthorized surveillance

12/13: Why Google, Microsoft and Amazon Love the Sound of Your Voice

12/12: This small Pennsylvania city packed with hundreds of cameras is like a mini-surveillance state

12/12: I took a tour of the popup store that shows how little privacy you actually have

12/12: Singapore’s ‘city brain’ project raises concerns about privacy?

12/10: Edward Snowden backers beam calls for pardon on Washington news museum

12/9: Wikipedia Lawsuit Against NSA Moves Forward With Judges Struggling to Understand Official Line

12/9: Twitter cuts off third surveillance firm for encouraging police to spy on activists

12/9: Kim, Soghoian sign on as TechCongress’ 2017 Congressional Innovation Fellows

12/8: Police Spy Tools Evolve Faster Than Lawmakers Can Keep Up

12/7: How to see all the personal information your browser is tracking

12/7: Drowning in Information: NSA Revelations From 262 Spy Documents

12/7: Blippar introduces facial recognition smartphone app

12/6: The Russian App That Has Destroyed Privacy Forever

12/5: Google Trusted Contacts Allows Users to Share Location in Real Time

12/5: Privacy Advocates Ask Uber To Reverse Decision To Track Users After Rides End

12/4: Snowden says Petraeus shared ‘far more highly classified material than I ever did’

12/2: Researchers figure out how to trick facial recognition systems

12/2: Cough syrup with GPS tracker helps police nab suspected pharmacy burglars

12/1: A beginner’s guide to beefing up your privacy and security online

12/1: How to See Everything Your Browser Knows About You

12/1: Uber Now Tracks Passengers’ Locations Even After They’re Dropped Off

11/30: Appeals Court Says Warrantless Use Of Stingray Devices Probably OK

11/29: Something Happened to Activist Email Provider Riseup, but It Hasn’t Been Compromised

11/29: The Internet Archive is headed to Canada to escape Trump

11/22: Twitter tells developers to stop making police surveillance tools that use its data

11/16: How to defend your digital rights: street protest edition

11/5: How to pick the right secure messaging app for you

11/3: How to keep your iPhone from tracking your location in iOS 10

10/17: How the feds justify collecting fingerprints to unlock everyone’s phones

 

Local:

12/16: As cars get more fuel-efficient, Washington state to test ‘road usage charge’ as alternative to gas tax

12/13: Pullman police want to go airborne with drone

12/12: State to test-drive charging drivers by the mile

12/8: New Head of Seattle FBI Office Believes We Still Live in a “Safe and Open Society”

12/7: Convicted FBI Sting Target Challenges Investigation, Domestic Surveillance; Ends Up With Nothing

12/7: Ready to be tracked at the grocery store? Amazon’s mini-mart raises new questions for digital privacy

12/1: Washington state lawmakers grapple with coming wave of self-driving vehicles

11/7: Seattle Police Department chooses Axon for body-worn cameras and digital evidence technology

10/25: Justice Department investigator fired over Black Lives Matter profiling scandal

 

Govt:

12/21: New York City Should Keep ID Data for Now, Judge Rules

12/21: Ohio to Mine Government Data for Answers to Tough Issues

12/16: House Intel committee chair: if top spies won’t come to us, we’ll visit them

12/16: Official seeks driver’s license list in voting rights case

12/16: FTC organizing privacy researcher meet up in January

12/15: Surveillance Oversight Board Was Fun While It Lasted, But That’s Pretty Much Over For Now

12/14: National Security Letters now accessible to public, Google announces

12/14: Florida court rules Americans must turn over passwords to the cops

12/14: Ex-CIA Director Says Snowden Shouldn’t Fear Trump

12/12: Groman: Still privacy work to be done under Obama

12/9: Snowden Leak Reveals NSA Spied on Air Passengers’ Phones, Internet Downloads

12/8: US government seeks more data on Apple customers

12/8: Prosecutor: Some Encryption a ‘Threat to Our Ability to Protect’ Americans

12/8: FTC holds seminar on smart TV privacy issues

12/7: USPS could help development of smart cities

12/7: Newly passed 2017 intelligence policy ‘muzzles’ privacy board

12/6: Ohio’s top court says police dashcam video is public record

12/6: Obama makes a push for transparency before handing over executive power to Trump

12/5: 9th Circuit upholds warrantless email surveillance of person in the U.S. communicating with foreigners abroad when the foreigners are the ‘targets’

12/2: Encryption app use rises 400 percent after Trump win

12/2: Librarians, digital archivers prepare for Trump-era surveillance

12/1: Internet Archive Successfully Fends Off Secret FBI Order

12/1: Gap Between Wiretaps Reported By US Courts And Recipient Service Providers Continues To Grow

12/1: A year after terrorist attacks, phone privacy laws unchanged – but watch out for Trump

12/1: New bill prevents companies from punishing users for negative online reviews

12/1: FBI Can Now Hack Computer Virus Victims, Suspects Located Anywhere With 1 Warrant

12/1: FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

11/30: DEA Paid Millions To Volunteers Searching Americans’ Luggage, Mail

11/30: Curbs on extremist online content threaten free speech: report

11/29: Government Officials Can’t Stop Spying on Their Crushes

11/27: Donald Trump’s surveillance state: All the tools to suppress dissent and kill free speech are already in place

11/17: America’s top spy, James Clapper, resigns ahead of Trump administration

11/17: America’s Top Intelligence Official Has Submitted His Resignation

 

Policy:

12/16: The Future of Privacy

12/14: iPhone user can be forced to produce the passcode to his phone, court rules

12/7: Tell Us: Have You Ever Been Hacked?

12/7: Op-Ed Trump will have wider spying powers than anything J. Edgar Hoover ever imagined

12/5: The flowering of voice control leads to a crop of security holes

12/4: Electric cars as part of the surveillance state

11/15: It’s Time to Move the Encryption Discussion Forward

11/2: Talking about mental health and data privacy

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

10/11: There is more behind the story of Yahoo searching its customers’ email

 

Overseas:

12/16: Thailand passes amendment to cyber law despite opposition

12/15: Digital rights group in Mexico releases telecom privacy report

12/15: Documents reveal how St-Laurent government extended secret Cold War wiretapping (Canada)

12/13: WhatsApp, Skype face tighter constraints under new EU privacy rules – draft

12/12: Roundup: Canada, Spain, Tunisia, US and more

12/9: Rio Tinto rules out drone surveillance of workers on Pilbara FIFO camps (Oz)

12/9: Google says it won’t give in to French demands on privacy rights

12/8: Extensive British Spying Throughout Africa Revealed in Le Monde

12/7: Revealed: Rio Tinto’s plan to use drones to monitor workers’ private lives (Oz)

12/6: Dutch police get OK to exploit zero-days: So will that just mean more surveillance?

12/6: Do Turkey’s police use social media monitoring to crack down on dissent?

12/6: Canada’s privacy commissioners urge more privacy in national security policy

12/2: RCMP want new powers to bypass digital roadblocks in terrorism, major crime cases (Canada)

12/2: Interior minister urges joining of national biometric database with ID cards (Israel)

12/1: Steep rise in police requests for Opal data to track people on NSW public transport (Oz)

11/8: French privacy row over mass ID database

11/3: Privacy complaint for fitness wristband makers

10/21: GCHQ tech leader’s plan to secure an entire country (UK)

 

Tech:

12/16: Health Wearable Devices and Apps Pose Consumer Privacy Risks

12/16: NIST seeks tech collaborators for privacy-enhanced ID project

12/15: Using big data, and privacy, to fight Zika

12/15: Evernote CEO downplays app’s privacy concerns

12/15: Are Santa cams the creepiest trend in holiday surveillance?

12/15: Self-driving cars are prone to hacks — and automakers are barely talking about it

12/14: The Great A.I. Awakening

12/14: New internet outrage: ‘Smart’ sex toy sent company details of its use

12/12: Ford’s recently published patent should freak you out a bit

12/9: The state of Michigan just made self-driving-car history

12/9: A ‘mystery device’ is letting thieves break into cars and drive off with them, insurance group says

12/7: Apple pushes further in mapping and location technology

12/6: Call for privacy probes over Cayla doll and i-Que toys

12/3: Apple shows ambition to get into self-driving car race

12/2: How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security

12/1: Deseat.me helps users delete online presence

12/1: Implantable medical devices can be hacked to harm patients

11/28: Teeny sensor system lets you effectively monitor electricity usage

11/23: Facebook is mailing $15 checks for using your photos without asking

11/17: Mozilla’s Firefox Focus wants to alleviate your mobile privacy concerns

11/16: The best web browsers for privacy, speed, and battery life

 

Books/Media/Misc:

12/2016: The most shocking internet privacy laws (video)

12/23: The Privacy Advisor Podcast: 2016, a recap

12/22: Codebreaker podcast: Signal

12/16: The Glass Room shows how little privacy we really have

12/7: Film adaption of ‘The Circle’ has its first trailer

12/5: Despite Its Promise, The Internet Of Things Remains Vulnerable (NPR)

12/5: The Glass Room exhibit places emphasis on surveillance

12/2: Privacy Advisor Podcast: Amie Stepanovich talks fighting government surveillance

11/23: On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin

11/22: BBC World Service – Click: Pakistan Online Privacy

11/17: I Will Invade Your Privacy (In Ethical Ways) For Stories

10/15: BBC4 – Moral Maze podcast: Privacy

Privacy News Update: Oct 2016

Featured:

10/31: Silently Tracking Users With Ultrasonic Beacons

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

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

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

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

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

10/28: The limits of encryption

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

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

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

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

10/24: 5 apps for encrypting and shredding files

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

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

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

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

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

10/19: Imagine if Donald Trump Controlled the NSA

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

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

10/15: The best privacy and security iPhone apps

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

10/12: Amazon Wants to Scan Your License Plate

10/12: Signal Adds Expiring Messages to Encrypted Chats

10/11: Encrypted communications could have an undetectable backdoor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

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

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

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

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

10/26: Cyber after Snowden

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

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

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

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

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

10/21: Duck Google’s data grab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/3: Don’t Pardon Snowden

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

10/17: London cops strap on new body cams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/17: Yelp reviews, privacy laws hamstring doctors

10/13: On the Wire Podcast: Cindy Cohn

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

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

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

Privacy News Update, Aug-Sept 2016

Featured:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/6: How surveillance capitalism tracks you without cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/2: White House loves drones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Policy:

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

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

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

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

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

9/15: Congressional report slams NSA leaker Edward Snowden

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

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

9/8: Microsoft’s tin ear for privacy

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

9/1: There is No Encryption Debate

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/29: Russia Finalizes Procedures for Collecting Encryption Keys

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

7/26: European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

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

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

 

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/19: Volkswagen establishes cybersecurity joint venture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/16: Privacy lawsuit over Gmail will move forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/1 Googling yourself will lead to personal privacy controls

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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

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

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

9/2: On the Wire Podcast: Bruce Schneier

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

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