Privacy News Update, 8-9-15


8/8  Want to be totally secure on the Internet? Good luck

8/8:  These Glasses Block Facial Recognition Technology

8/7:  Check your Android device for the Stagefright vulnerability

8/7:  EFF’s Privacy Badger will block snooping ads and invisible trackers

8/6:  Group: Surveillance flights not targeting Arab Americans

8/6:  “PING SUSP PHONE”—An Oakland shooting reveals how cops snoop on cell phones

8/6:  Dream of Internet freedom dying, Black Hat keynoter says

8/6:  Daily Report: Google and the Spread of the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

8/5:  NSA’S EPIC Fail: Spy Agency Pays Lawyers That Sue It

8/4:  EFF and MuckRock Need Your Help Tracking Biometric Surveillance

8/4:  What happened when we got subpoenaed over our Tor exit node

8/3:  After 27 Years, Reporter Who Exposed ECHELON Finds Vindication in Snowden Archive

8/3:  GCHQ and Me: My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers

8/3:  Privacy Alert: Your Laptop Or Phone Battery Could Track You Online

8/3:  Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

7/31:  New attack on Tor can deanonymize hidden services with surprising accuracy

7/31:  Facebook’s use of facial-recognition tool draws privacy ire

7/31:  Patch Your OnStar iOS App to Avoid Getting Your Car Hacked

7/31:  Tor Project Pilots Exit Nodes In Libraries

7/31:  GasBuddy Has a New Privacy Policy (Spoiler: Not As Customer Friendly)

7/31:  More Campuses Are Scanning Students’ Eyeballs Instead Of IDs

7/30:  CISA: The Dirty Deal Between Google and the NSA That No One Is Talking About

7/30:  GAO To Congress: Revisit Privacy Concerns Over Facial Recognition Technology

7/30:  FBI accuses Bay Area animal activist of ‘domestic terrorism’

7/30:  Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

7/30:  How to update your Uconnect-equipped car and the keep hackers out

7/30:  Glare of Video Is Shifting Public’s View of Police

7/29:  Congress’ fix for high-profile hacks is yet another way to grab your private data

7/29:  MIT boffins identify Tor hidden services with 88 per cent accuracy

7/28:  Honeywell Home Controllers Open To Any Hacker Who Can Find Them Online

7/28:  Wyden Blasts Plan to Have Tech Companies Report “Terrorist Activity” — Whatever That Is

7/28:  Oh, Obama’s responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What’ll it be?

7/27:  NSA Will Destroy Archived Metadata When Program Stops

7/27:  Most Android phones can be hacked with one text

7/24:  Boffins sting spooks with ‘HORNET’ onion router

7/12:  Here are EFF’s most influential cases from its first 25 years

7/7:  An Artful Reminder That Surveillance Is Becoming Second Nature

7/6:  Despite the Settlement Talks, Don’t Expect the NYPD to Stop Spying on Muslims

7/6:  This Free Font Automatically Redacts NSA Surveillance Trigger Words

7/5:  The Best Phones For The Privacy-Obsessed

6/17:  Say Hello to Cam and Aware, Nest’s New Home Surveillance System



8/6:  Washington justices: Attorney-client privacy not absolute

8/6:  ATF confirms surveillance cameras installed throughout Seattle

8/1:  Congress Should Look Beyond the Gas Tax

7/28:  Local Governments Increasingly Poking Through Your Garbage

7/27:  Digital surveillance firm has local police contacts, leaked emails reveal

7/16:  Black community leaders call for surveillance cameras



8/7:  A year after Michael Brown, the body cam business is booming

8/7:  Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

8/7:  Rand Paul And Chris Christie Spar Over NSA Surveillance

8/5:  Justice Department Watchdog Fears Redaction Creep Will Obstruct Oversight

8/5:  Hey, FBI. Wanna track someone by cellphone? Get a proper warrant, says US appeals court

8/5:  Cybersecurity Bill Is Latest to Be Delayed in Senate

8/4:  New US cyber laws will hit privacy and security, says Homeland Security

8/4:  Wait, what? TrueCrypt ‘decrypted’ by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

8/4:  Homeland Security warns drones could be used as weapons

8/2:  New Telemetry Suggests Shot-Down Drone Was Higher Than Alleged

8/1:  White House will not force FBI to get a warrant for email data

7/31:  TSA’s Behavior Detection Program Has a Newsletter, and It’s Ridiculous

7/31:  NSA report shows China hacked 600+ US targets over 5 years

7/30:  New York Police Should Revise Body Camera Rules, Report Says

7/28:  NSA Doesn’t Want Court That Found Phone Dragnet Illegal to Actually Do Anything About It

7/28:  U.N. Gives U.S. Flunking Grades on Privacy and Surveillance Rights

7/28:  All New Jersey Troopers to Get Body Cameras Within a Year

7/14:  ACLU to appellate court: Please halt NSA’s resumed bulk data collection

7/13:  The Side of Drone Warfare No One Is Talking About

6/29:  This Guy’s Neighbor Will Pay For Shooting Down His Drone



8/8:  Regulators Should Develop Rules to Protect Cars From Hackers

8/6:  Why privacy activists and economists should be on the same side

8/6:  Medical Privacy Under Threat in the Age of Big Data

8/4:  Backyard privacy deserves buffer from drones: Bloomberg View

8/4:  Memo to MPAA: Congress didn’t pass SOPA

8/3:  Police Body Cams Should Turn on Automatically, Says Richard Stallman

8/1:  Are your gadgets listening to your private conversations?

7/31:  Magid: Concerns raised about cybersecurity bill

7/31:  How Our Country and Its Language has Changed since 9/11- One Nation under Surveillance for Liberty and Justice for All?

7/31:  EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Explains Why Apple Should Continue To Fight the Government on Encryption

7/29:  Can Your Reputation Withstand Increased Surveillance?

7/29:  Stop Hiding Police Misconduct in New York

7/28:  It’s Time To Modernize The HIPAA Privacy Rule

7/28:  The President Should Veto Cybersurveillance Legislation

7/27:  Practical Privacy Guidance: A Consumer Data Compact

7/25:  Increased use of police cameras raises new questions



8/8:  Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

8/7:  Psychologist’s Work for GCHQ Deception Unit Inflames Debate Among Peers

8/5:  Why Won’t Julian Assange Condemn Ecuador’s Spying Software?

8/5:  Germany’s top prosecutor fired over Netzpolitik “treason” probe

7/31:  Germany Won’t Prosecute NSA, But Bloggers

7/31:  New WikiLeaks Cache Reveals a Decade of U.S. Spying on Japan

7/31:  Google Refuses French Order to Apply ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Globally

7/28:  Chat about Safe Harbour all you like, the NSA’s still the stumbling block

7/28:  German Regulator Orders Facebook to Allow Pseudonyms

7/27:  Peru Decrees Warrantless Geolocation Tracking of Cellphones

7/27:  New Google EU Policy Forces Publishers to Ask Permission Before Tracking Data

7/24:  France Clears Final Hurdle to Expand Spying Power

7/21:  As Nations Hack Each Other, Protecting Personal Information Must Become National Security Priority

7/2:  GCHQ did spy on Amnesty International, secret tribunal admits

6/23:  France’s Three Most Recent Presidents Got Wiretapped by the NSA



8/6:  The sound of silence: new video tech looks beyond the internet of things

8/6:  IBM Adds Medical Images to Watson, Buying Merge Healthcare for $1 Billion

8/5:  Spyware Demo Shows How Spooks Hack Mobile Phones

8/4:  Xerox: How Privacy Engineering Is Changing Big Data

8/4:  Drone zooms through humpback whale breath

8/4:  Want Windows 10 to stop tracking you? Now there’s an app for that

8/3:  ForgeRock Ignites New ‘Kantara’ Standard For Digital Consent, Privacy And Identity

8/3:  The Internet of Things and the Future of Farming

8/3:  EFF Coalition Announces New ‘Do Not Track’ Standard For Web Browsing

8/3:  If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

8/1:  Ask Slashdot: Can You Disable Windows 10’s Privacy-Invading Features?

8/1:  Drones Being Tested To Fight Against Farm Pests

7/31:  Smartphones could be car keys, if kinks get worked out

7/30:  How Fake Data Could Protect Real People’s Privacy

7/30:  Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 to support Android for Work

7/30:  SPUD – The IETF’s anti-snooping protocol that will never be used

7/23:  Founder of GNU bestows blessing upon open hardware-focused crowdfunding site


Privacy News Update, 4-25-15


4-3: In New Video, Congressman Explains Why His Fellow Lawmakers Couldn’t Be Trusted with NSA Oversight

4-3: The Unlikely Effort To Build a Clandestine Cell Phone Network

4-3: Is Big Brother Watching Our Campuses?

4-2: TrueCrypt’s Security Audit Is Finally Done, with (Mostly) Good Results

4-2: Trevor Paglen’s photos put government spying in spotlight

3-31: How to opt out of Verizon’s ‘supercookie’ tracking program

3-31: Tech companies are sending your secrets to crowdsourced armies of low-paid workers

3-27: Periscope’s Future of Citizen Journalism Tested on Its First Day

3-27: The Monsanto Privacy Model? Monsanto and Farmer Organizations May Be Forging New Path to Data Cooperation

3-26: Deployment of Controversial Urban Sensor System Aided by Aggressive Lobbying

3-25: As the Snowden leaks began, there was “fear and panic” in Congress

3-26: Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can’t Guess

3-25: More Than 20 States Ask Court to Keep RadioShack From Selling Customers’ Personal Data

3-25: NSA Doesn’t Need to Spy on Your Calls to Learn Your Secrets

3-25: Yahoo rejected only 5 percent of government data requests in United States

3-24: State Laws Start Catching Up to Police Phone Spying

3-24: When your car spies on your mechanic

3-24: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

3-23: Stingray snared him, now he helps write rules for surveillance device

3-19: Data and Goliath: Four Ways You Can Protect Yourself From Digital Surveillance

3-12: How Harper’s “anti-terror” bill ends privacy in Canada



4-2: Court: Investigation Of Public Employees Not Private

4-3: Banning speech close to home

3-23: WaLeg Day 71: Voting rights, marijuana, mental health, drones. . .



4-3: NSA’s Former General Council Talks Privacy, Security, and Snowden’s ‘Betrayal’

4-3: DHS Wants Access To License-plate Tracking System, Again

4-2: Snowden, PRISM fallout will cost U.S. tech vendors $47 billion, less than expected

4-2: Lawmaker, ACLU push bill on police license plate readers

4-2: Texas bill would bar gun ownership status in medical record

4-2: The FBI Has Its Own Secret Brand of Malware

4-2: Legislature OKs voluntary REAL ID driver’s licenses

4-2: Snapchat got more than 400 legal requests for user data in 4 months

4-1: How Big Business Is Helping Expand NSA Surveillance, Snowden Be Damned

3-31: LAPD expects to start deploying body cameras this summer

3-31: Supreme Court Rules Government GPS Trackers Can Break Fourth Amendment

3-31: Pentagon Personnel Now Talking on ‘NSA-Proof’ Smartphones

3-30: Group blasts governor over proposed privacy amendments

3-30: Supreme Court questions involuntary human GPS monitoring

3-30: Feds Demand Reddit Identify Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum

3-30: NSA Considered Ending Phone Spying Before the Edward Snowden Leaks

3-28: As Santa Clara County procures ‘stingray’ cell tracker, increased scrutiny surrounds potentially invasive device

3-27: Police body camera bill clears Connecticut committee

3-27: FAA, Anchorage police investigate drone complaints

3-27: This Is How TSA Decides if You Might Be Acting Like a Terrorist

3-26: As crypto wars begin, FBI silently removes sensible advice to encrypt your devices

3-26: Arizona House revives effort to meet REAL ID standards

3-26: Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it’s bad for privacy (and business) – Citizens’ personal information is all OURS, say tech giants

3-26: Privacy Critics Go 0-2 With Congress’ Cybersecurity Bills

3-26: Google joins Apple, others in calling for spying controls, as Patriot Act vote nears

3-26: Court Accepts DOJ’s ‘State Secrets’ Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: a New Low

3-26: FBI Denies Intentionally Deleting Encryption Tips from Its Website

3-25: Amazon’s drone approval obsolete
3-25: California bill requires warrant for stingray use

3-25: Latest Assault on Net Neutrality Launched at Telecom Industry-Funded Think Tank

3-25: PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted … wake up, Neo, it’s just a dream in the US House of Reps

3-25: Wisconsin lawmakers discuss regulation of drones

3-24: Bill would impose privacy restrictions on Nevada drones

3-24: To explain stingrays, local cops cribbed letter pre-written by FBI

3-24: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As “Junk Science”

3-24: House Panel Tries to Ease Privacy Fears With New Cybersecurity Legislation

3-23: In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears

3-22: Key Democrat: Congress Won’t Tackle NSA Reform Before Cybersecurity

3-16: ICE Tells Reporter Its Secretive Drone Program Isn’t Newsworthy



4-6: Is Privacy Obsolete?

4-3: When must search engines concede the “right to be forgotten”?

4-2: When Will the NSA Stop Spying on Innocent Americans?

4-2: Getting past the zero-sum game online

4-2: Using Patient Data to Democratize Medical Discovery

3-31: Why ‘The Nation’ Is Suing the Federal Government

3029: Acceptance of a semi-public digital life worries some privacy advocates

3-29: Acceptance of a semi-public digital life worries privacy advocates

3-29: Ignorance could be bliss for next generations of business

3-24: How smartphone users are making silly and unsafe choices



4-2: South Korea’s Invasion of Privacy

4-2: Britain Used Spy Team to Shape Latin American Public Opinion on Falklands

3-31: Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

3-31: Thanks for the data retention, tech sector

3-31: Facebook ‘tracks all visitors, breaching EU law’

3-30: Mexico’s Journalists Grab a Tech Shield as their Fight Against the Establishment Escalates

3-30: Encrypted communication ‘biggest problem’ in tackling terrorism, Europol warns

3-30: New Canadian Counterterrorism Law Threatens Environmental Groups

3-27: Telstra begins preparing for data-retention regime
3-27: Snowden meets Swedish lawmakers in Moscow

3-27: Google Loses Bid to Block U.K. Users’ Breach-of-Privacy Lawsuit

3-27: UN sets up privacy rapporteur role in wake of Snowden leaks

3-26: Inquiry Launched into New Zealand Mass Surveillance

3-26: Australia outlaws warrant canaries

3-26: New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book

3-25: Connected cars perfect for harvesting personal data, report warns

3-25: Location-tracking resolution not in data-retention Bill scope: Brandis

3-25: Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents

3-24: Facebook data privacy case to be heard before European Union court

3-24: A Conversation About Bill C-51: How the Anti-Terrorism Bill Undermines Canadian Privacy

3-23: Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics

3-22: UK Government Admits Intelligence Services Allowed To Break Into Any System

3-19: Why the cookies law wasn’t fully baked – and how to avoid being tracked online



4-4: How to stay safe online: CNET’s security checklist

4-3: Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for ’em

4-3: Facebook suggests more privacy tips for keeping user accounts secure

4-3: Will Smart Clothing Amp Up Your Workout?

4-3: Microsoft Will Remove “Do Not Track” As The Default Setting In Its New Browsers

4-2: TrueCrypt audit shows no evidence of NSA backdoors

4-2: Invizbox (hands-on): Another flawed Tor “privacy” router debuts

4-1: Chevrolet’s 2016 Malibu is smarter, lighter, and keeps tabs on your kids

3-30: AT&T wants $139 a month, or your privacy, for superfast Internet

3-27: AT&T’s plan to watch your Web browsing—and what you can do about it

3-25: Uber To Turn Into a Big Data Company By Selling Location Data

3-23: Roar of Bombers Replaced by Drone Buzz in North Dakota

3-23: Gyroscope Wants To Help You Track Everything About Yourself And Share It With The World

3-23: Cisco SPA300/500 IP Phones Vulnerable To Remote Eavesdropping

3-19: Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software



3-31: Data and Goliath, book review: A handbook for the information age

3-30: Book Review: Future Crimes

3-24: ‘We The People Have A Lot Of Work To Do’ Says Schneier In A Must-Read Book On Security And Privacy

Privacy News Update, 3-28-15



3/20: The Google backlash is growing

3/20: A Clever Way to Tell Which of Your Emails Are Being Tracked

3/20: Q&A: Cindy Cohn, EFF’s new executive director

3/19: Bills that would restrict access to body camera footage

3/18: Court: NSA Spying May Continue Even If Congress Lets Authority Expire

3/18: Internet of things: Sillier and scarier and coming your way

3/17: Bipartisan Drone Privacy Bill Back on the Table

3/16: Princeton boffins sniff Tor users’ IDs from TCP ACKs and server sweat

3/16: How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook

3/16: Virginia nears passing shortest limit in US on keeping license plate data

3/16: Don’t want NSA to spy on your email? 5 things you can do

3/15: An ‘Upstream’ Battle As Wikimedia Challenges NSA Surveillance

3/14: Anti-terror law approaches expiration date in shadow of Snowden

3/13: Here’s The Digital Privacy Battle At The Center Of Obama’s Big Trade Deal

3/13: Freedom of information issues in all 50 states

3/13: Mass Surveillance: Can We Blame It All On the Government?

3/13: Angry Austrian could turn Europe against the US – thanks to data

3/12: Epic Google snafu leaks hidden whois data for 280,000 domains

3/11: ACLU files new lawsuits in hunt for police ‘Stingray’ mobe-trackers



3/20: Body cam compromise acceptable for short term

3/15: Seattle channel for police body-cam videos draws attention

3/14: Bill would give stiffer penalties to criminals using drones

3/12: Wyden, UO Senate cite college medical privacy concerns



3/21: Is a lifetime of involuntary GPS monitoring constitutional?

3/21: Nevada Legislature Week 8: Drone law and union fights

3/20: Leaked Document Reveals Upcoming Biometric Experiments At US Customs

3/20: Despite A Wave Of Data Breaches, Fed Says Patient Privacy Isn’t Dead

3/20: CISA Security Bill: An F for Security But an A+ for Spying

3/20: CISA Bill Promises Safety, But Actually Expands Government Surveillance

3/20: Issues at the heart of the debate over body camera videos

3/20: State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

3/19: The DOJ Is Sneaking in a Policy That’d Crap All Over the 4th Amendment

3/19: The Government Is Testing Myriad Invasive Biometric Surveillance Methods

3/19: SF zookeepers say officials ‘bugged’ radio conversations

3/19: 15 Years of FTC Failure to Factor Privacy Into Merger Reviews

3/19: Outgoing NSA lawyer helped preserve controversial programs

3/19: Political Pressure To Pass CISA Quickly Could Pose ‘Big Problem’ For Civil Liberties

3/19: To protect our privacy, make the FISA court act like a real court

3/18: San Diego police body camera report: Fewer complaints, less use of force

3/18: ‘All browsing activity should be considered private and sensitive’ says US CIO

3/17: Is your DMV data safeguarded properly?

3/17: Judge orders sheriff to disclose cellphone surveillance info (Buffalo, NY)

3/16: Pentagon seeking ways to protect personal data online

3/16: Snowden leaks lead Americans to scale back online activity, survey finds

3/16: Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It’s up to you to thwart mass surveillance

3/16: Competing bills aim to regulate Michigan police body cameras

3/16: Facebook: Governments still clamoring for user data

3/16: How Police Fight To Keep Use of Stingrays Secret

3/16: FBI’s Plan to Expand Hacking Power Advances Despite Privacy Fears

3/16: Republicans Have Less Faith in the NSA than Democrats

3/16: TSA Screening Enters the Spotlight

3/16: Memo: San Jose police aim to have officer-worn cameras by next year, working drone by 2017

3/14: How one agency redacts the public’s right to know

3/13: Feds, Google at odds over computer search-warrant proposal

3/13: Psssst: Wanna Buy a Used Spy Website?

3/12: Senate panel approves controversial cybersecurity bill

3/12: Sacramento sheriff: Documents given on phone-tracking tech

3/10: Report: CIA Has Tried for Years to Break Into Apple Gear

3/9 – Net Neutrality Has Sparked an Interagency Squabble Over Internet Privacy

3/8: Use of license-plate scanner technology, data stirs controversy

2/25: The Government Refuses to Prove Snowden Damaged National Security



3/21: It’s a Whole New Paranoid World

3/20: Apple Watch: Science fiction nightmare or a digital dream come true?

3/19: Questions To Ask About Ed-Tech At Your Kids’ School

3/18: The Privacy Revolt: The Growing Demand for Privacy as a Service

3/18: Debate: Should The U.S. Adopt The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Online?

3/13: Hey Twitter, Killing Anonymity’s a Dumb Way to Fight Trolls

3/11: We are citizens, not mere physical masses of data for harvesting

3/9: Privacy for Personalization: Is It a Fair Trade-Off?

3/4: Why Watching the Watchers Isn’t Enough: My Talk on Privacy, Snowden & Bill C-51

1/28: Happy Data Privacy Day. Legally speaking, you’re mostly on your own.



3/20: Defending Privacy Doesn’t Pay: Canadian Court Lets Copyright Troll Off the Hook

3/20: UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret

3/20: Team Australia, your surveillance is ready

3/19: Location data to be stored under Australian data-retention regime

3/19: US Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says

3/19: PM Dismisses ‘French Patriot Act’ Fears as Spies Get More Powers

3/19: UK’s GCHQ Admits To Using Vulnerabilities To Hack Target Systems

3/19: Australia’s new ‘improved’ data retention laws: how will they work?

3/18: Australia’s data-retention debate hits Derpcon Zero

3/18: Tony Abbott signals he is unlikely to let journalists fight metadata warrants

3/17: Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

3/15: How Two Obscure Court Verdicts In Europe Could Impact Americans’ Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Taxes

3/14: New Zealand Used NSA System to Target Officials, Anti-Corruption Campaigner

3/13: Bulgaria nixes ‘metadata’ law, Paraguay delays

3/12: Why The Anti-Terrorism Bill is Really an Anti-Privacy Bill: Bill C-51′s Evisceration of Privacy Protection

3/12: David Cameron to close gap in oversight of mass surveillance

3/12: Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

3/12: UK says comms metadata can kill personal privacy

3/12: Court Overturns Dutch Data Retention Law, Privacy More Important

3/12: 104 Australian orgs report breaches to privacy commissioner

3/12: Bill C-51: Privacy watchdog Daniel Therrien blocked from committee witness list

3/12: Internet carriers may be breaching Canadian privacy laws

3/12: What’s at stake in Spain’s controversial security law

3/11: Going on holiday? Mexico wants your personal data

3/11: Australians! Let us all rise up against data retention

3/10: New Zealand Targets Trade Partners, Hacks Computers in Spy Operations

3/9: Hammond Says U.K. Must ‘Draw a Line’ Under Net Spying Debate

3/9: BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be ‘resisted at all costs’ says lawyer

3/9: Scotland to get National ID system ‘by the backdoor’, campaigners mull challenge



3/20: How ‘The Cloud’ Eats Away at Your Online Privacy (Video)

3/20: After 350,000+ Beta Sign-Ups, ProtonMail Takes $2M To Scale Its Encrypted Email

3/20: Smart Home Guide: What to Know Before You Buy

3/19: Video Feature: Inside the F 015, Mercedes’s Self-Driving Car

3/19: Security Essentials for the Internet of Things

3/18: Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

3/18: Tutanota, An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative, Heads Out Of Beta

3/17: SAP admits – shock! – it sells to governments, denies that means backdoors

3/16: BlackBerry Spy-Proofs Samsung Tablets With IBM Software

3/13: Hertz puts cameras in its rental cars, says it has no plans to use them

3/12: Companies Are Tracking Employees to Nab Traitors

3/12: OpenSSL To Undergo Massive Security Audit

3/12: Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

3/12: German Startup Campaigns For Personal Data API Law

3/11: The Guardian Publishes A Pretty Amazing Whisper “Clarification”

3/11: Ars tests ExoNet, the personal VPN that takes you home

3/9: The privacy and security questions we must ask about the Apple Watch

3/5: Windows 10 Settings menu: The Privacy tab


3/18: ‘The Age of Cryptocurrency,’ by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

Privacy News Update, 2-8-15


Feb 3: Seattle poised to be leader in protecting resident privacy

Jan 31: The journey of LAPD’s anti-terror Suspicious Activity Reports

Jan 27: Millions of cars tracked across US in ‘massive’ real-time DEA spy program

Jan 27: Traffic app’s tracking ability concerns police

Jan 26: EFF outlines plan to stop mass spying

Jan 22: The Quiet Horrors of House Arrest, Electronic Monitoring, and Other Alternative Forms of Incarceration

Jan 14: Department of Homeland Security oversight report: DHS is a terrifying failure

Jan 13: Taxi group calls bluff after Uber gives anonymized trip data to city officials



Jan 23: Bill would underscore warrant requirement for Stingray use

Jan 25: New drone rules proposed to limit warrantless surveillance

Jan 15: Google Ends Glass Explorer Program, Seattle’s Glasshole Responds



Feb 5: Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

Feb 4: Western Spy Agencies Secretly Rely on Hackers for Intel and Expertise

Feb 3: New White House Rules on Surveillance Fall Short, Privacy Group Says

Jan 30: U.S. to Collect Genetic Data to Hone Care

Jan 30: US to provide privacy group with memo on surveillance

Jan 30: Police use of body-worn cameras questioned by Menlo Park council members

Jan 29: A Year After Reform Push, NSA Still Collects Bulk Domestic Data, Still Lacks Way to Assess Value

Jan 29: White House said to be preparing sweeping privacy legislation

Jan 29: DEA plan to track drivers went much wider, new documents reveal

Jan 28: DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

Jan 28: Firms may face new $16,500 privacy fines under White House bill

Jan 27: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Jan 27: Senator Al Franken’s Concerns About Uber’s Privacy Policy Linger

Jan 27: Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

Jan 26: Secret ‘BADASS’ Intelligence Program Spied on Smartphones

Jan 23: Even When Sharing Top Billing with Edward Snowden, the NSA Is Unrepentant

Jan 23: Montana Senate OKs bills to put electronics in privacy laws

Jan 23: APNewsBreak: Gov’t reverses on health care privacy problem

Jan 22: Barrett Brown Sentenced to Five Years, Vows to Keep Investigating Government Wrongdoing

Jan 22: California cops hope to expand facial recognition, “eCrime” head says

Jan 22: Police use of radar to see inside buildings concerns senators

Jan 21: Cops get handheld radar that can “detect people breathing” through walls

Jan 21: Google, Viacom Win Dismissal of Suit Over Children’s Web Privacy

Jan 21: Spies Among Us: How Community Outreach Programs to Muslims Blur Lines between Outreach and Intelligence

Jan 21: Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

Jan 20: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Jan 20: President Obama calls on Congress to strengthen cybersecurity laws

Jan 20: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You’re Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Jan 19: Snowden docs reveal NSA digital warfare capabilities

Jan 18: New California Assembly privacy panel is ‘the key committee to watch’

Jan 16: Netflix “refused” to answer encryption allegation, FCC commissioner says

Jan 16: The Government Retreats — a Bit — in Its Assault on Press Freedom

Jan 15: Body cameras for L.A. police: Not everybody trusts the new tech

Jan 13: Obama aims to protect privacy

Jan 12: FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years



Feb 6: Google’s advisory committee: Limit ‘right to be forgotten’ to Europe

Feb 5: Marketers, Please Tell Me You’ve Got a Better Plan for Privacy

Jan 31: The government loves the policy ‘technology for me but not for thee’

Jan 30: Study shows credit card metadata is not as anonymous as thought

Jan 29: License-plate tracking by DEA trades away too much liberty

Jan 29: What to do about drones

Jan 28: Is data privacy just a dream?

Jan 28: People erasing digital footprints out of privacy fears

Jan 28: Our privacy is for sale, we have to accept that. But what’s the price tag?

Jan 26: Google silent on WikiLeaks email warrant for nearly three years

Jan 23: Consumerist on Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

Jan 21: Is Corporate America ready for real cyber-security?

Jan 21: Snowden: Paris showed mass surveillance doesn’t stop terrorism

Jan 20: Obama Wants Companies to Stop Stealing Your Data. Good Luck.

Jan 20: Laws needed to keep data miners from ruling our lives

Jan 20: Obama privacy plan has two audiences, and could fail both

Jan 20: Obama’s Cyber Proposals Sound Good, But Erode Information Security

Jan 15: We’re being stigmatized by ‘big data’ scores we don’t even know about

Jan 13: Smart gadgets, dumb users

Jan 12: Data privacy isn’t dead with the internet of things, just different

Jan 12: In eco-terrorist case, justice is thwarted

Jan 12: The price and privilege of free speech and a free press



Jan 31: Shameless: rogue Lords sneak Snooper’s Charter back in AGAIN

Jan 29: Top cop’s claims cast shadow over data-retention plan

Jan 29: Telstra: we don’t collect the metadata the government wants now

Jan 28: EU nations seeking to overcome passenger privacy hurdles in anti-terror fight

Jan 28: Warning: Australian spy agency won’t delete retained data

Jan 27: Internet of things needs global privacy push, says UK regulator

Jan 27: CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents

Jan 27: Germany’s privacy leaders gather to discuss suspending US Safe Harbor

Jan 26: Watchdogs critical of Oz data retention regime

Jan 26: Mass Surveillance Threatens Digital Security And Human Rights, Says European Report

Jan 23: Border Protection plans to expand telco surveillance

Jan 22: Australian government blames Snowden for data retention

Jan 20: Europe Considers Surveillance Expansion After Deadly Attacks

Jan 15: U.K. PM To Take His Anti-Encryption Drum-Banging To Obama’s Doorstep

Jan 13: U.K. PM Backpedals On ‘Encryption Ban’, Sort Of

Jan 13: Welcome to ‘uber-veillance’ says Australian Privacy Foundation

Jan 13: UK PM looking to outlaw encrypted online communication

Jan 13: UK declares war on privacy under the facade of “national security”

Jan 12: UK spy chief warns Apple, Google privacy effort is “closing off” ability to catch terrorists

Jan 12: British spy agency seeks snooping powers, as London’s mayor is “not bothered” with civil liberties

Jan 12: Brandis takes the data-retention debate beyond logic



Jan 30: Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private

Jan 30: Uber’s privacy program has room for improvement, review finds

Jan 30: Teen whiz exposes WhatsApp profile pic privacy blunder bug

Jan 30: Super-cookie crumbles: Verizon vows to kill off hated zombie stalkers

Jan 30: Verizon Wireless will allow users to opt out of undeletable ‘supercookies’

Jan 29: Mozilla Dusts Off Old Servers, Lights Up Tor Relays

Jan 29: A New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satellites

Jan 29: Research Shows Location Tracking Apps Like Grindr Could Threaten Your Privacy

Jan 29: IBM punts cryptotastic cloudy ID verification services

Jan 28: Hey, User! Do You Know What Your Apps Are Up To?

Jan 28: ​IBM plans to broadly offer its Identity Mixer technology

Jan 27: Encrypted Messaging App Wickr Hides Behind Cats To Post Facebook Pics Privately

Jan 21: Mozilla tweaks “referer headers” in bid to limit website privacy grabs

Jan 20: Google Glass: What went wrong

Jan 16: BMW: ADMEN have asked us for YOUR connected car DATA

Jan 16: Google to put Glass on shelf for redesign

Jan 15: PROOF the undead STALK Verizon users: Admen caught using ‘perma-cookie’

Jan 15: Microsoft cracks personalisation without prying

Jan 14: Rapere: The drone that hunts other drones

Jan 13: Bosch Pioneers Privacy Transparency

Jan 12: Apple launches new privacy-oriented ‘Games for Kids’ section

Jan 11: As health trackers become commonplace, the question is how to best use the data?

Privacy News Update, 8-10-14

Aug 10: For some firms, NSA eavesdropping means business

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 6: US Homeland Security data possibly stolen in cyberattack

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

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

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

Aug 5: Missouri voters approve digital privacy protection

Aug 5: US terrorism database doubles in recent years

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

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

Aug 4: Rogue cellphone tracker alarms Seattle privacy activists

Jul 31: It’s About the Lying

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

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

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

Aug 7: Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 10: Google Boosts Secure Sites in Search Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 8: Protecting privacy while gathering health data

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

Aug 7: Yahoo teams up with Google on encrypted webmail

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

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

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

Aug 6: Facebook Data Privacy Class Action Now Oversubscribed

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

Aug 4: Your fitness tracker is a SNITCH says Symantec

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

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

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

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

Aug 4: Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records

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Privacy News update, 7-21-14

July 21: Activist group sues US border agency over new, vast intelligence system

July 21: Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

July 21: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

July 21: The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google’s Transparency Reports

July 20: Racy Photos Were Often Shared at N.S.A., Snowden Says

July 19: Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers

July 15: 66 Percent of Americans Now Live in a Constitution-Free Zone

July 15: The US-Mexico Border: Where the Constitution Goes to Die

July 15: Liberals and Libertarians Find Common Ground in House

July 15: Lawmakers worry about teacher fingerprinting

July 14: Obama administration says the world’s servers are ours

July 13: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

July 11: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls


July 15: NSA recruits college students for cyber-operations program


July 21: Data retention: ASIO says Web browsing habits would need a warrant

July 19: UN: Nations Hide Rise in Private Digital Snooping

July 18: UK Government Faces Lawsuit Over Emergency Surveillance Bill

July 17: Australia gets spooks’ charter, new leak penalties

July 17: EU Privacy Watchdogs and Search Engines Meet Next Week

July 17: UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

July 16: Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

July 15: British data cops: We need greater powers and more money

July 14: Drones face privacy regulation under Oz government plan

July 14: May: UK data slurp law is fine, but I still need EMERGENCY powers

July 14: Rights groups challenge UK cyber-snooping

July 14: Spying Program That May or May Not Exist Is Legal, U.K. Says


July 21: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

July 21: Don’t look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert

July 21: Verizon Launches Rewards Program With Tracking

July 20: Should You Track Your Child?

July 18: Snowden: Dropbox is an NSA surveillance target, use Spideroak instead

July 18: A Convicted Hacker and an Internet Icon Join Forces to Thwart NSA Spying

July 17: Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

July 14: The Brilliant Machine That Could Finally Fix Airport Security

July 14: Facebook to track users’ TV hDrones face privacy regulation under Oz government planabits

July 14: Apple Asserts Its Commitment To Privacy In Response To Report By China’s CCTV

July 10: Google to Tour Europe to Discuss Privacy

July 8: Android factory reset doesn’t delete all data

July 7: Most NSA-Proof Security Solutions Are Deliberate Deceptions

Feb 6: Don’t Believe The Hype: These New Services Won’t Protect You From The NSA


July 20: Snowden Calls On Developers To Champion Privacy By Design

July 15: Brazil’s ‘1984’-style World Cup security may be coming to your city too

July 9: Is It Worth Sacrificing Your Secrecy to Be Social?

July 7: 3 new ‘free the internet’ movements: how to choose the one for you

June 5: Big Brother: Meet the Parents

The sad truth….

if he wins re-election, time to ramp it up, people!

From Salon:

Why Does Obama get a pass on Civil Liberties?

Let us stipulate, as lawyers like to say, that President Obama has a deplorable record on civil liberties, one that threatens long-term damage to the country’s constitutional culture.

Why, then, has his base of support not been eroded decisively? Why have so many on the left fallen silent, after railing against George W. Bush’s rights violations, as Obama has prolonged and codified most of the same practices? And why have so few on the right, riding a groundswell of resentment toward big government, failed to resent the biggest governmental intrusions into personal privacy since the FBI’s domestic spying during the Cold War?

The facts are not in dispute. While Obama has ordered an end to CIA kidnapping and torture, he has personally approved kill lists containing the names of American citizens to be targeted by drones. While he has tried to move the accused masterminds of 9/11 and others from Guantanamo to civilian courts (only to be blocked by congressional Republicans), he has also embraced military commissions and indefinite detention. He voiced misgivings about a bill subjecting suspected terrorists to military arrest — whether foreigners or Americans, whether in Afghanistan or Alabama — and then signed it into law.

In practically every significant court case, his administration has argued for an expansive encroachment on individual rights, much as the Bush administration did. Obama’s Justice Department has successfully opposed the habeas corpus petitions of Guantanamo prisoners, persuading conservative judges to rule in one case that sketchy, unverified intelligence reports must be presumed correct. This absurdity has now entered case law as an erosion of the venerable right, dating from the Magna Carta, to summon your jailer before an impartial magistrate.

The administration has continued undermining the Fourth Amendment. It argued in the Supreme Court, unsuccessfully, that law enforcement should be free to attach GPS tracking devices to vehicles without showing probable cause and getting warrants. It has vigorously used a tool that Obama denounced in the 2008 campaign: the administrative subpoenas known as National Security Letters, which are issued without warrants to acquire the library, Internet, banking and other records of individuals suspected of nothing at all. His Justice Department has invoked state secrets, as did Bush’s, to deny wrongfully imprisoned and tortured victims the right to sue the government. The administration has sought broad immunity for Secret Service agents and others in law enforcement who arrest people exercising their First Amendment right to speech.

Obama’s solicitor general has just made a catch-22 argument before the Supreme Court that could exempt from constitutional challenge the law that authorizes the interception of Americans’ international communications without probable cause — the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, broadened in 2008 with Obama’s vote as senator. Because the surveillance by the National Security Agency is secret, his administration argues, there is no way for the lawyers, journalists and rights organizations who suspect they are being monitored to prove that they are, in fact, targets of surveillance, and therefore they have no standing to sue.

These acts aren’t deal-breakers for many voters, except among a small number of civil liberties advocates, such as Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic, whose blog “Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama” deplored the left’s lack of outrage. Other liberals, seeing a constellation of social and economic issues, don’t want to damage Obama’s re-election chances by speaking out. He’ll probably get the votes of most lawyers for the ACLU, which has criticized him persistently. And his judicial nominees will be more liberal than Mitt Romney’s. So there is no opportunity for principled voting. Without a civil liberties candidate with a chance to win, pragmatic balloting is unavoidable.

A symmetrical silence about Obama’s rights policies afflicts Republicans. They worry that government is too big when it funds programs for the poor but not when it funds wars. It is too big when it regulates business but not when it regulates individual lives. It can decide whom people may marry, restrict women’s control over their pregnancies and evade the Fourth Amendment by invading Americans’ privacy. Only true libertarians seem to care.

But there is more here than hypocrisy. Terrorism remains a threat, as the FBI repeatedly reminds the country with sting operations that lure hapless wannabes into dramatic plots they couldn’t execute without undercover agents. Each arrest stokes the public’s fear. Furthermore, rights violations are largely clandestine and invisible. Their targets are “others,” meaning foreigners, terrorists, common criminals and various people not like “us.”

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, polling by the AP and the National Opinion Research Center found that those surveyed supported, by 65 to 21 percent, a government policy to read, without warrants, any emails to people inside the U.S. from countries known for terrorism. By 48 to 37 percent, respondents favored warrantless monitoring of U.S. citizens’ Internet searches “to watch for suspicious activities,” not further defined. In other words, I’m willing to give up your rights for my security.

It’s not generally understood that constitutional rights are not divisible, that those denied to others, including suspected terrorists, are also denied to “us.” For example, Ernesto Miranda of the Miranda warning, who secured our right to silence during police interrogation, was not a model citizen. He had a long record and had kidnapped and raped a mentally defective teenager. Yet his right now belongs to us all.

A certain appreciation of constitutional law is required to grasp what has happened under the Bush and Obama administrations, and neither the press nor the school system educates well on these issues. It has been widely noted that global warming went unmentioned in the presidential debates, but hardly anyone has observed that both poverty and civil liberties (and the Supreme Court) were also ignored by the candidates and moderators.

It took a comedian, Jon Stewart, to raise Bush-era surveillance policies with Obama, on The Daily Show on Oct. 18. “We have modified them,” the president said. “Now, they’re not real sexy issues.”

Stewart replied: “You don’t know what I find sexy.”

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