Privacy News Update, Dec 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/25: ACLU suit seeks info from NSA

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/20: Facebook Grapples With Another Privacy Scandal

12/19: The Datafication of Employment

12/19: Google Play Store Privacy Concerns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/18: The Coming Commodification of Life at Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/6: NYPD to deploy 14 drones across city

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Local (PNW):

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

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

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

 

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

12/8: Data privacy and Connecticut voters

12/6: NYPD to deploy 14 drones across city

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

 

Policy & Opinion:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/8: We can’t own information

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

12/6: Commentary: Smart cities revolution is near

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

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

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech:

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

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

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

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

12/6: Always Watching

Privacy News Update, Nov 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/23: Privacy search engines take on Google

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/17: The Next Data Mine Is Your Bedroom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/21: Butchering the Fourth Amendment

 

Local (PNW):

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

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

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

 

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

Policy & Opinion:

11/16: Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation

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

 

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tech:

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

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

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

 

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

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

Privacy News Update, June-July 2018

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7/31: The way you swipe your phone could be used to track you

7/31: How one senator wants the US to crack down on Big Tech

7/29: For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students

7/29: Air marshals secretly monitored US passengers for years

7/28: Calgary malls caught secretly using facial recognition to characterise shoppers’ age and gender

7/28: Amazon facial recognition mistakenly confused 28 Congressmen with known criminals

7/25: Venmo Is the Best Place to Stalk Your Children

7/25: Private messaging apps increasingly used for public business

7/24: How to stop friends from seeing when you last used Instagram

7/22: How to Secure Your Accounts With Better Two-Factor Authentication

7/20: Facebook Confirms It’s Working on a New Internet Satellite

7/19: British Airways won’t let you check in while ad-blocking, insists that passengers post personal info to Twitter “for GDPR compliance”

7/18: Welcome to the airport of the future, where your face is your passport

7/17: RealNetworks gives away facial recognition software to make schools safer

7/16: How a ‘Sentiment Meter’ Helps Cops Understand Their Precincts

7/13: Walmart gains patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees in stores

7/13: Microsoft asks Congress to regulate facial recognition before it’s too late

7/12: Tim? Larry? We need to talk about smartphones and privacy

7/12: What Walmart’s patent for audio surveillance could mean for its workers

7/11: How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy

7/10: Beer label uses facial recognition to talk with consumers

7/9: Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

7/5: Taser-maker Axon partners with DJI on police drone program

7/5: How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do

7/4: ‘Plane Hacker’ Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

7/3: Google’s Gmail controversy is everything people hate about Silicon Valley

7/3: Google explains Gmail privacy after controversy

7/2: Samsung’s texting app apparently sent pictures to people’s contacts without permission

7/2: How facial recognition ID’d the Capital Gazette shooter

7/1: Facebook acknowledges it shared user data with dozens of companies

6/30: Security News This Week: Mapping the NSA’s Secret Spy Hubs

6/29: The ACLU’s Biggest Roadblock to Fighting Mass Surveillance

6/29: Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

6/28: California Unanimously Passes Historic Privacy Bill

6/28: Facebook, Google, Microsoft use ‘dark patterns’ to trick people to give up data, report says

6/27: How Tech Workers Are Fighting Back Against Collusion With ICE and the Department of Defense

6/27: Secret NSA spying network alleged in San Francisco skyscraper, Seattle, other U.S. cities

6/25: AT&T lets NSA hide and surveil in plain sight, The Intercept reports

6/24: China launches high-tech bird drones to watch over its citizens

6/23: Smart-home technology becomes the newest tool of domestic abusers

6/22: Amazon staffers protest giant’s ‘support of the surveillance state’

6/22: Facebook app analytics mistakenly leaked to outsiders

6/22: In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks’ location data

6/21: Google’s update makes privacy easier

6/21: ACLU wants to keep your phone safe from sneaky government malware

6/19: Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers’ location data… for now

6/19: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint cut off location-data sharing contracts

6/18: ACLU wants Amazon to stop offering surveillance technology

6/17: Here are 15 privacy settings you should change from defaults, from Linkedin to cellphones to smart TVs

6/13: Apple to close iPhone security hole used by police, criminals

6/12: Apple can’t protect you from data trackers forever. No one can

6/11: Facebook releases 500 pages of damage control in response to senators’ questions

6/10: Facebook only pretended to shut down access to friends’ data in 2015, quietly continued access for its favored partners

6/9: Some Signal messages aren’t disappearing, due to a bug, says a report

6/8: 6 ways to make your iPhone more secure

6/7: Google releases guidelines for how it will use AI, vows to tread carefully with military and surveillance customers

6/7: How to increase your privacy online

6/6: One of America’s Biggest Genetic Testing Companies Refuses to Publicly Share Data That Could Save Countless Lives

6/6: RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

6/5: Facebook gave user data to ‘at least 4 Chinese companies,’ including tech giant ID’d as security threat by U.S. intel

6/5: For more than a decade, Facebook shared your friends’ data and other sensitive info with phone makers, even after they claimed not to (they’re still doing it)

6/5: A New Privacy Problem Could Deepen Facebook’s Legal Trouble

6/5: New Homeland Security system will bring facial recognition to land borders this summer

6/5: Amazon will stop selling connected toy filled with security issues

6/4: Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

6/4: All Apple WWDC’s privacy features in one place

6/4: Facebook accused of giving over 60 device makers inappropriate access to user data

6/2: Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

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

6/1 Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens’ data – just Friday things

Local (PNW):

7/16: Safety over privacy? RealNetworks to offer free facial recognition technology to K-12 schools

7/5: Startup Spotlight: LifeID uses blockchain technology to build secure digital identities

6/27: City Light’s ‘smart meters’ are $17.4M over budget

6/19: Data privacy startup Prifender raises $5M to help companies stay compliant

Govt (Fed):

7/31: New EPA rule would force people to choose between privacy and health

7/30: Democrats have reportedly drawn up plans to slap big tech firms with privacy laws similar to GDPR in the EU

7/30: Amazon quietly invited Congress to ‘weigh in’ on facial recognition

7/27: The Cybersecurity 202: Lawmakers slow to move on facial recognition despite industry calls for regulation

7/27: Congressmen demand answers after Amazon facial recognition matches them to mugshots

7/27: Trump admin reportedly meeting with Facebook, Google to craft web privacy rights

7/13: Senators call on FTC to investigate smart TVs tracking viewers’ data

7/11: The Cybersecurity 202: Privacy advocates blast Kavanaugh for government surveillance support

7/11: Google’s Gmail privacy policy has Congress asking questions

7/9: Congress presses Apple, Alphabet on privacy issues

7/9: Trump’s Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?

7/5: Senators demand answers from Zuckerberg over Facebook data access

7/3: Four US govt agencies poke probe in Facebook following more ‘oops, we spilled your data’ shocks

6/28: Congress Grills Cambridge Analytica Alum on New Firm’s Data Use

6/26: Senator asks FCC if police phone tracking devices disrupt 911 calls

6/25: What the Supreme Court’s landmark phone privacy ruling means for you (The 3:59, Ep. 419)

6/25: The Supreme Court decided on a major win for privacy

6/22: Supreme Court cracks down on government snooping through cellphone location records

6/22: Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy

6/21: Project Maven wasn’t alone: Googlers reportedly boycotted another military tool

6/14: Senators Demand Answers From Amazon on Echo’s Snooping Habits

6/8: Hmmm, we can already seize your stuff, so why can’t we shoot down your drone, officials mull

6/8: Why Facebook’s secret data-sharing deal with Huawei has the US concerned

6/7: Google pledges not to develop AI weapons, but says it will still work with the military

6/6: The FBI wants you to factory reset your router. Here’s how to do it

Govt (States & Cities):

7/22: Malloy’s $10 million toll study facing opposition, concerns

7/18: Sioux Falls police prepare to launch 30 body cameras

7/10: Amazon, Orlando Police Department reinitiate facial recognition pilot

6/26: Orlando stops using Amazon’s controversial facial recognition tech

6/12: Forget probable cause: New bill could let cops pull your prescription history without a warrant

Policy & Opinion:

7/30: Real ID will divide us all into documented and undocumented

7/27: Commentary: When government hits ‘zone of privacy’

7/26: Lawmakers Can’t Ignore Facial Recognition’s Bias Anymore

7/19: Facial recognition and travel: Moving too fast?

7/19: To Earn Customer Trust on Data Privacy, You Need to Change the Narrative

7/18: Regulate facial recognition

7/17: Schools Can Now Get Facial Recognition Tech for Free. Should They?

7/14: The #PlaneBae furor proves privacy and the Golden Rule are in short supply

7/14: Is your private online content really private? Not if you do something stupid

7/2: Mark Zuckerberg and his empire of oily rags

6/29: Can Sacrificing Privacy Stomp Out Disinformation Online?

6/14: Encrypted Messaging Isn’t Magic

Overseas:

7/31: India mulls ban on probes into anonymized data use – with GDPR-style privacy laws

7/31: Fiat Chief’s Death Raises Privacy Questions

7/31: Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what’s the difference?

7/31: UK Group Threatens to Sue Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica

7/29: China is so desperate to win its war on drugs, it’s started analyzing people’s sewage for contaminated pee

7/26: Facebook, Twitter Say Europe’s Privacy Law Causing User Drop

7/23: UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

7/19: Facial recognition helped identify suspects in Novichok poisoning case

7/18: Don’t Expect Big Changes From Europe’s Record Google Fine

7/11: Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We’ve read the lot so you don’t have to

7/6: ICANN’t get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

7/5: United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield … or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

7/5: Facial recognition trial takes off at Sydney Airport

7/5: London police commissioner: Don’t expect lots of arrests from facial recognition tech

7/4: Euro privacy watchdog raises eyebrows at mulled EU copyright law

6/19: Wasn’t too hard, was it? UK has made ‘significant progress’ in spy control

6/28: No more slurping of kids’ nationalities, Brit schools told

6/26: Venezuela blocks Tor browser

6/26: Japan’s AI-powered CCTV cameras catch shoplifters in the act

6/13: Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

6/11: A Single Drone Helped Mexican Police Drop Crime 10 Percent

6/7: Australia will force tech companies to help cops view encrypted data

6/4: ‘Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ’: Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

6/3: UK consumer review magazine Which?: your smart home is spying on you, from your TV to your toothbrush

Tech:

7/31: BurnBox Makes Hidden Files Look Like You’ve Deleted Them

7/25: Google Glass Is Back—Now with Artificial Intelligence

7/24: Chrome’s HTTP warning seeks to cut web surveillance, tampering

7/20: Today I learned: Duck.com redirects to Google, much to DuckDuckGo’s annoyance

7/18: Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes

7/11: Put WhatsApp, Slack, admin privileges in a blender and what do you get? Wickr

7/8: All the Ways iOS 12 Will Make Your iPhone More Secure

7/1: Mozilla’s Firefox tries closing more privacy holes with new network tech

6/30: Best laptops for maintaining your privacy

6/28: IEEE joins the ranks of non-backdoored strong cryptography defenders

6/22: Don’t panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

6/18: Hotel smart speaker startup Roxy enables custom wake words and enhanced security in new alliance with voice tech company

6/18: Google to patch Home and Chromecast bug that leaked your location

6/15: Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

6/14: Here’s how to get your data from Apple

6/13: MIT’s AI can now ‘see’ and track people through walls using wireless signals

6/6: NetMotion launches an IT platform to keep tabs on corporate smartphones

6/4: Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

7/24: Google Chrome pushes the web toward HTTPS (3:59 podcast)

7/21: Week In Geek Podcast: Facial recognition enters grade schools and Bird scooters landing in Seattle

6/29: Talk to the Bot (WIRED Gadget Lab podcast)

Privacy News Update, April-May 2018

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5/30: AT&T and Verizon both want to run massive ad-tracking networks to rival Facebook

5/30: The FBI says you should reboot your router. Should you?

5/29: How the Tech Giants Created What Darpa Couldn’t

5/29: Evan Spiegel on Facebook: ‘We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices’

5/28: This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

5/28: Alexa, stop recording conversations and sending them to other people!

5/28: This Creepy Chrome Extension Pauses YouTube for You When You Look Away

5/28: Facebook’s Health Groups Offer A Lifeline, But Privacy Concerns Linger

5/26: After Amazon Echo misfire, here are some tips to protect your own privacy

5/26: Amazon Explains Why Alexa Recorded And Emailed A Private Conversation

5/25: GDPRmageddon: They think it’s all over! Protip, it has only just begun

5/25: Apple Will Report Government Requests To Remove Apps From the App Store

5/25: Facebook Accused of Conducting Mass Surveillance Through Its Apps

5/24: What Is GDPR and Why Should You Care?

5/24: You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

5/24: Amazon’s Alexa recorded and shared a conversation without consent, report says

5/24: It takes work to keep your data private online. These apps can help

5/23: So Long, Glassholes: Wearables Aren’t Science Projects Anymore

5/23: The ACLU is suing ICE for more information on its license plate reader contract

5/23: ‘Significant’ FBI Error Reignites Data Encryption Debate

5/22: Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition to Police, Prompting Outcry Over Surveillance

5/22: FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public

5/22 ‘Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don’t have an account!’

5/22: GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We’ll extend Europe’s privacy rights worldwide

5/22: Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

5/21: School Districts Can Hardly Wait to Start Tracking Kids With Police State-Style Face Recognition

5/20: The Pentagon has a project that aims to verify identity via smartphone

5/19: A data-broker has been quietly selling realtime access to your cellphone’s location, and they suck, so anyone could get it for free

5/19: A Location-Sharing Disaster Shows How Exposed You Really Are

5/19: ‘I Asked Apple for All My Data. Here’s What Was Sent Back’

5/18: Facebook Android app caught seeking ‘superuser’ clearance

5/17: Cell Phone Tracking Firm Exposed Millions of Americans’ Real-time Locations

5/16: Bay Area nurses protest, demanding removal of Mark Zuckerberg’s name from their hospital

5/16: Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

5/16: Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

5/15: Facebook Faulted By Judge For ‘Troubling Theme’ In Privacy Case

5/15: US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

5/15: US Cell Carriers Are Selling Access To Your Real-Time Phone Location Data

5/14: Site generates privacy-preserving YouTube embeds

5/14: Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

5/14: Attention PGP Users: New Vulnerabilities Require You To Take Action Now

5/14: Encrypted Email Has a Major, Divisive Flaw

5/14: PGP and S/MIME decryptors can leak plaintext from emails, says infosec professor

5/14: Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

5/14: Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract

5/11: No one knows how Google Duplex will work with eavesdropping laws

5/11: Sueballs flying over Facebook’s Android app data slurping

5/10: Alexa and Siri can hear this hidden command, but you can’t

5/9: This New Tool Helps You Turn Off Facebook’s Surveillance and Reclaim Some Privacy

5/9: Crypto chat app Signal’s disappearing messages found hiding on macOS

5/8: Android P to improve users’ network privacy

5/7: Ticketmaster Hopes To Speed Up Event Access By Scanning Your Face

5/7: Microsoft Build: Data privacy must be protected, CEO Satya Nadella tells technologists

5/4: Former VW owner discovered digital access to her car months after it was sold

5/3: The spies that knew too much about Facebook’s advertising network

5/2: Facebook Has Fired Multiple Employees for Snooping on Users: Motherboard

5/2: Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

5/1: Facebook Unveils Privacy Tool ‘Clear History’

5/1: You should be worried about your DNA privacy

5/1: Genetic website subpoenaed in California serial killer probe

4/30: WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook after clashing over data privacy

4/27: Facebook confesses: Buckle up, there’s plenty more privacy lapses where that came from

4/27: Use of DNA in serial killer probe sparks privacy concerns

4/26: Facebook Is Demanding Personal Information From Political Advertisers, Raising Privacy Concerns

4/25: Researchers Hacked Amazon’s Alexa To Spy On Users, Again

4/24: State spy agencies ‘outsource surveillance’ to foreign partners – campaign group

4/24: Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result

4/24: Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

4/23: Google Accused of Showing ‘Total Contempt’ for Android Users’ Privacy

4/21: Eventbrite Claims The Right To Film Your Events — And Keep the Copyright

4/20: Palantir Knows Everything About You

4/20: No way, RSA! Security conference’s mobile app embarrassingly insecure

4/20: Facebook Starts Its Facial Recognition Push To Europeans

4/19: Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts

4/16: Uber Makes Peace With Cities by Spilling Its Secrets

4/14: Yahoo’s New Privacy Policy Allows Data-Sharing With Verizon

4/12: Nearly 1 In 10 Americans Have Deleted Their Facebook Account Over Privacy Concerns, Survey Claims

4/12: The Bargain at the Heart of the Kid Internet
4/12: Facebook exits anti-privacy alliance it formed with Comcast and Google

4/12: Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

4/11: Instagram Will Soon Let You Download a Copy of Your Data

4/11: Facebook admits: Apps were given users’ permission to go into their inboxes

4/11: What you don’t know about how Facebook uses your data

4/9: Apple co-founder closing Facebook account in privacy crisis

4/9: Facebook users to learn if they were part of privacy scandal

4/4: Facebook Scans What You Send Other People on Messenger App

3/28: Cities Worldwide Spent Over $3 Billion Last Year To Peep On You

3/6: Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones

Local (PNW):

5/24: Woman Says Alexa Device Recorded Her Private Conversation and Sent It To Random Contact; Amazon Confirms the Incident

5/24: Here’s what Amazon had to say after investigating an unusual case of Alexa eavesdropping

5/24: Amazon Draws Heat for Facial Recognition Tool Used for Policing

4/30: Seattle, give congestion pricing a test drive

4/27: Working Geek: Privacy chief Ginger Armbruster guards Seattle’s data from surprising threats

Govt (Fed):

5/23: Kids and the web latest: ‘Won’t somebody please think of the children!’ US Congresscritters plead

5/23: Lawyer warned FCC of Securus phone-tracking risks 10 months ago

5/23: ACLU Sues ICE For License Plate Reader Contracts, Records

5/22: One year late, US senators act on fake net neutrality comments that drowned the FCC

5/22: FBI repeatedly inflated cell phone encryption threat numbers

5/20: Pentagon-Funded Project Will ‘Solve’ Cellphone Identity Verification Within Two Years

5/19: Repo Men Scan Billions of License Plates — For the Government

5/19: 40 Cellphone-Tracking Devices Discovered Throughout Washington (DC)

5/19: FCC Investigating LocationSmart Over Phone-Tracking Flaw

5/16: US senators ask FTC to investigate Google’s Location imbroglio

5/15: Homeland Security seeks license to kill drones deemed dangerous

5/14: Sen. Ron Wyden wants to know why police can track any phone in seconds

5/12: US Appeals Court Rules Border Agents Need Suspicion To Search Cellphones

5/11: Amazon Echo That Records Kids Draws Concern From U.S. Lawmakers

5/11: US prison telco accused of selling your phone’s location to the cops

5/11: Congress introduces bill to block government encryption backdoors

5/10: Lawmakers Move To Block Government From Ordering Digital ‘Back Doors’

5/10: US border cops told not to search seized devices just for the hell of it

5/10: New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

5/4: The NSA Managed to Collect 500 Million US Call Records in 2017 Despite Targeting Just 40 People

5/3: New NSA Head Faces Repairing Ties to Business Over Cyberthreats

5/1: Blu phone maker settles with FTC over data privacy

4/27: How ICE Is Gaining a Scary Amount of Data Through Police Data-Mining

4/21: Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

4/14: Former FBI Director James Comey Reveals How Apple and Google’s Encryption Efforts Drove Him ‘Crazy’

4/12: Uber hid database hack from FTC while FTC probed Uber for an earlier database hack

4/10: As Zuck testifies to Senate, Democrats propose tough opt-in privacy law

4/10: Democratic Senators Propose ‘Privacy Bill of Rights’ To Prevent Websites From Sharing Or Selling Sensitive Info Without Opt-In Consent

4/9: Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube over privacy

4/9: White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er … asking for a friend

4/9: They’re back! ‘Feds only’ encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

4/3: US Suspects Listening Devices in Washington

Govt (States & Cities):

5/27: Vermont Passes First-of-Its-Kind Law to Regulate Data Brokers

5/23: Chicago Advances Bill Allowing Police Drones to Surveil Protestors

5/5: New California Ballot Measure Demands Groundbreaking Privacy Rights

5/5: Georgia Could Pass a Vaguely Written ‘Unauthorized Computer Access’ Law This Week

4/24: Google Aims at Privacy Law After Facebook Lobbying Failed

4/23: Bungling cops try to use dead chap’s fingers to unlock his smartmobe

Policy & Opinion:

5/24: Don’t Freak Out About That Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Situation

5/21: The Line Between Big Tech and Defense Work

5/16: People like convenience more than privacy – so no, blockchain will not ‘decentralise the web’

5/15: Should the FTC Investigate Google’s Location Data Collection?

5/8: Android P should be about privacy

5/8: Privacy in a connected world: What does it mean to you?

5/7: Microsoft’s Nadella says privacy is a human right that needs protecting

5/5: Four features that would tame Facebook

5/5: Are We Living in a World Where You Can’t Opt Out of Data Sharing?

5/3: Former Senator Al Franken says Facebook has gotten too big

5/1: Scott Pruitt’s new ‘secret science’ proposal is the wrong way to increase transparency

4/26: Citizen engagement key to successful smart cities(NOTE: pro industry)

4/24: Oh dear… Netizens think ‘private’ browsing really means totally private

4/18: Richard Stallman On Facebook’s Privacy Scandal: We Need a Law. There’s No Reason We Should Let Them Exist if the Price is Knowing Everything About Us

4/17: Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

4/15: Is It Time To Stop Using Social Media?

4/14: App Permissions Don’t Tell Us Nearly Enough About Our Apps

4/9: Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself

4/9: Steve Wozniak Drops Facebook: ‘The Profits Are All Based On the User’s Info’

4/3: When it Comes To Privacy, Consent is Immaterial. Corporate and Gov’t Surveillance Systems Must Be Stopped Before They Ask For Consent: Richard Stallman

3/5: Should we forget about the ‘right to be forgotten’?

Overseas:

5/29: GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

5/25: Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint (Europe)

5/25: How Your Favorite Tech Blog Is Grappling With Europe’s New Privacy Law

5/25: Zimbabwe is Introducing a Mass Facial Recognition Project With Chinese AI Firm CloudWalk

5/25: Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

5/25: Everything you need to know about GDPR

5/24: Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit

5/24: UK’s spy auditor: What should we ask when reviewing super-slurp warrants?

5/24: Microsoft expands data privacy tools ahead of GDPR

5/23: Apple users in the EU can now download all the info the company has on them

5/23: Facebook Asks British Users To Submit Their Nudes as Protection Against Revenge Porn

5/22: Victoria’s educational apps-for-students let creeps contact kids (Canada)

5/21: Google Sued For ‘Clandestine Tracking’ of 4.4 Million UK iPhone Users’ Browsing Data

5/21: Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

5/18: New privacy rules could make her one of tech’s most important regulators

5/16: Privacy group asks UK politicos to pinky swear not to use personal data for electioneering

5/15: Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK’s National Crime Agency

5/15: You’ve been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

5/15: UK Watchdog Calls for Face Recognition Ban Over 90 Percent False-Positive Rate

5/13: Facial-recognition software inaccurate in 98% of cases, report finds

5/6: A facial recognition program used by British police yielded thousands of false positives

5/4: Sky News will use facial recognition to identify celebs and nobility at the upcoming royal wedding (UK)

5/2: Australian government plans to do a Facebook on citizens’ data

5/2: Black Mirror too real in China as schools shun parents with bad social credit

5/1: Brain-scanning in Chinese factories probably doesn’t work — if it’s happening at all

5/1: Iran Bans Use of Telegram Messaging App To Protect ‘National Security’

5/1: Singapore Airport May Use Facial Recognition Systems To Find Late Passengers

4/30: Chinese Government Admits Collection of Deleted WeChat Messages

4/30: Facebook furiously pumps brakes on Euro probe into transatlantic personal data slurping

4/30: Companies in Israel Facing New Data Security Regulations

4/27: High Court gives UK.gov six months to make the Snooper’s Charter lawful

4/19: Facebook To Put 1.5 Billion Users Out of Reach of New EU Privacy Law

4/18: You’re a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid! (Canada)

4/12: A Wanted Man in China Has Been Caught Because of Facial Recognition Software

4/8: ‘Big Brother’ In India Requires Fingerprint Scans For Food, Phones, Finances

4/6: Google Seeks To Limit ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ By Claiming It’s Journalistic (UK)

4/5: City of Melbourne’s Data Speeds Up On-Street Parking (Oz)

3/28: India’s prime minister accused of privacy breaches

Tech:

5/30: Digital license plates finally hit the road in California

5/29: California proposes location-tracking, e-ink license plates that display “STOLEN” if a car is boosted

5/25: Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

5/25: Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

5/24: Doc ‘Cluetrain’ Searls’ privacy engine project is just the ticket for IEEE

5/24: Microsoft and boffins cook up hardware-secured database

5/18: LocationDumb: Phone tracker foul-up exposes world+dog to tracking

5/17: Ask Slashdot: Which Is the Safest Router?

5/17: Voice squatting attacks: Hacks turn Amazon Alexa, Google Home into secret eavesdroppers

5/17: Amazon now offers Alexa-centric home security

5/15: YouTube Might Finally Get An Incognito Mode

5/14: Researchers have found a vulnerability in two popular email encryption protocols

5/12: The Tech Used To Monitor Inmate Calls Is Able To Track Civilians Too

5/8: Adobe, ‘hyper personalisation’ and your privacy

5/8: In first move since Amazon acquisition, Ring launches Neighbors app to help users fight crime

5/7: Connected Cars Don’t Necessarily Disconnect Previous Owners When Resold

5/1: Facebook to introduce Clear History privacy tool in coming months

5/1: What could Facebook possibly do next to reassure privacy fears? Yup – make a dating app

4/30: Volkswagen, Audi Cars Vulnerable To Remote Hacking

4/26: ‘Alexa, listen in on my every word and send it all to a shady developer’

4/21: Time to ditch the front door key? Nest’s new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

4/17: Microsoft Supreme Court Case May Be Over But Challenges Persist

4/13: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/04/13/1442249/google-chrome-to-boost-user-privacy-by-improving-cookies-handling-procedure4/13: Google Chrome To Boost User Privacy by Improving Cookies Handling Procedure

4/12: Boffins find new ways to slurp private info from Facebook addicts using precision-targeted ads

4/11: Steam Spy Announces It’s Shutting Down, Blames Valve’s New Privacy Settings

4/3: One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

4/3: Tor ‘sunsets’ secure Messenger that never exited beta

3/29: Facebook Will No Longer Allow Third-Party Data For Targeting Ads

3/27: Adobe: New Unified Customer Profile will personalise ads as never before

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

5/25: Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump and Facebook

5/8: How a suspected gang member’s traffic stop led to a crucial privacy case

5/4: Netflix’s Anon is an augmented reality neo-noir nightmare

5/3: Gattaca director Andrew Niccol on conformity, technology, and his new Netflix film Anon

4/10: The Revelation of Cardi B

Privacy News Update, 4-1-18

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Featured:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/24: Can Facebook restore public trust?

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

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

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

3/23: My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/7: MoviePass: How to disable location tracking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/8: Identity Hygiene 101

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/23: 5 privacy tips for iPhone texting

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

Local (PNW):

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

3/25: Oregon attorney general considers investigating Facebook

3/22: Tougher regulations needed for Facebook

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

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

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

3/26: FTC Confirms Facebook Probe Over Privacy Practices

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

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

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

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

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

3/16: Facial Scanning Now Arriving At US Airports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/11; Police turn to drones in tough situations

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

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

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

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

Policy & Opinion:

3/26: Only a tech revolution will restore privacy

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

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

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

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

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

3/23: Zuckerberg’s outsize influence must end

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/15: ProtonMail posts workaround for Turkish government block

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/15: VPN tests reveal privacy-leaking bugs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/26: Let’s Talk About Cars

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

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

 

Privacy News Update, 2-18-18

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Featured:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/8: Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

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

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

2/7: The House That Spied on Me

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

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

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

2/6: Surveillance Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/2: Amazon secures employee-tracking wristband patents

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

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

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

1/31: Privacy questions around DNA tests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/24: DNA sharing leads to privacy concerns

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

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

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

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

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

Local (PNW):

2/16: The Really Weird World Of Smart Meters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Govt (Fed):

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

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

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

2/7: FTC releases PrivacyCon 2018 agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govt (States & Cities):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy & Opinion:

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

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

2/15; TLS/SSL security for websites

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

2/13: When privacy becomes public

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

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

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

2/6: Identity and the smart city

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

2/1: Whose data is it anyway?

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

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

1/31: Could Brexit derail ePrivacy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/25: The moving target of IoT security

1/23: Is privacy the new security?

1/22: Data privacy, a growing strategic initiative

1/17: Personal Data Representatives: An Idea

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

Overseas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech:

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

2/16: People Will Always Get Lost

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

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

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

2/13: Researchers find vulnerabilities in Faraday cages

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

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

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

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

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

2/1: Age-verification tool raises privacy concerns

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

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

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

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

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

1/26: Lyft investigates privacy abuse claim

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

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

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

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

Books/Media/Podcasts/Misc:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Privacy News Update, 10-17-17

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

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

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

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

10/7: Co-Parenting With Alexa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/29: How The Intercept Preserves Your Privacy

9/29: Mattel Gadget Listens to Babies, Setting Off Privacy Alarms

9/28: Q&A: How Apple’s Face ID facial recognition works

9/28: Google reports all-time high of government data requests

9/28: Apple reports most national security orders ever this year

9/27: Apple is opening up amid privacy questions about Face ID, personal data collection

9/27: Amazon Wants You to Wake Up With Alexa, and That’s Just the Start

9/26: Boffins take biometric logins to heart, literally: Cardiac radar IDs users to unlock their PCs

9/26: Tinder stores a scary amount of information about what you do, including your Facebook history

9/26: Signal Has a Fix for Apps’ Contact-Leaking Problem

9/25: Equifax’s breach is not its first brush with concerns over handling of personal data

9/21: Face ID can protect iPhone X from thieves, but not the law

9/21: Police need warrant to track cellphones, appeals court says

9/20: Apple Face ID: Is it Creepy or Cool?

9/18: Biometrics like Face ID are coming to your smartphone whether you like it or not

9/15: Verizon gives away cool freebies, as long as you give away your privacy

9/15: Google and Verizon are suddenly allies on California privacy bill

9/15: How One of Apple’s Key Privacy Safeguards Falls Short

9/15: Face ID and the Fifth Amendment: Can Cops Make You Open the New iPhone?

9/14: Microsoft Adds Cloud Security to Keep Out Hackers — and Government Snoops

9/14: Sen. Al Franken wants Apple to answer Face ID privacy concerns

9/13: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update shaking up privacy settings some more

9/13: Homeland Security hit with lawsuit over phone, laptop searches

9/13: Hey, Turn Bluetooth Off When You’re Not Using It

9/12: Sept. 12 Letters: Equifax proves need for privacy protections

9/12: How Secure Is the iPhone X’s FaceID? Here’s What We Know

9/12: Edward Snowden offers mixed review on Apple’s Face ID

9/8: Google tailors its privacy control tool for your phone, too

9/7: Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they’re surveillance cities

9/7: Wonder why Congress doesn’t clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more

9/7: Street art project puts a price on your personal data

 

Local (PNW):

10/12: After massive email leak, the city scrambles

10/5: Supreme Court rules random urinalysis is unconstitutional

10/4: A Look at the Eastside Race that Abortion Coverage, Taxes, and Internet Privacy Hinges On

9/26: Why your ‘personal’ data is anything but: Q&A with Washington state’s first chief privacy officer

9/19: Glenn Greenwald in Portland: Q&A on privacy, the law and journalism

 

Govt (Fed):

10/16: Supreme Court will take up Microsoft email warrant fight

10/14: Intel leaders urge Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program

10/10: DOJ grows frustrated with tech firms over encryption

10/5: Bipartisan bill seeks to limit use of foreign surveillance

10/4: DOJ’s Rosenstein takes aim at Silicon Valley encryption

10/4: Senators: Tech firms didn’t take election meddling ‘seriously’

10/3: White House official: Let’s replace Social Security numbers

10/1: FBI doesn’t have to reveal iPhone hack details, judge rules

9/29: Feds asking Facebook for info on anti-Trump activists

9/28: US Homeland Security Says Tracking Social Media of Immigrants is Nothing New

9/26: Homeland Security plans to collect immigrants’ social media info

9/25: Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

9/25: Government wants foreign surveillance authority renewed

9/21: Police use of ‘Stingray’ cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules

9/17; Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government

9/15: DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

9/13: Trump Administration Sued Over Phone Searches at U.S. Border

9/13: Intelligence director pulls national security BS on spying question

8/31: NSA enters stage two of its spying revival plan: Getting Trump onboard

8/25: NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

 

Govt (States & Cities):

10/17: LAPD wins OK to test drones despite privacy concerns

10/17: Commission approves controversial yearlong test of drones by LAPD

10/16: Georgia’s conservative Supreme Court: Compelled breathanalyzer tests violate state privilege against self-incrimination

10/5: Commissioner: Raid violated Oakland sanctuary city policy

10/5: Wisconsin Assembly committee to consider body camera limits

10/5: The Latest: Police support bill setting body camera policy

10/3: Civilian oversight panel hears guidelines for LAPD use of drones

9/29: Port Authority Must Face Officers’ Cellphone Search Lawsuit: NY Ruling

9/28: New Texas law criminalizes drone use near animal farms

9/28: Missouri officials push to expand address secrecy program

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

9/26: In North Carolina, police wear body cameras, but laws prevent the public from seeing footage

9/25: Loud talkers beware: Reno buses will be listening

9/22: Illinois governor vetoes data privacy measure

9/21; Wary of employee microchips, state senator proposes regulation

9/20: St. Louis police to get body cameras

9/19: Border agents want to search a traveler’s laptop and phone? Get a warrant

9/18: Nebraska city on the verge of regulating drone flights

9/18: Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on highway surveillance bill

9/18: California Democrats sell out online privacy in the dead of night

9/17: Ravens’ plan to give out DNA tests at home opener get delayed as company faces questions from state officials

9/16: Closely watched California Internet privacy bill dies in final minutes of legislative session

9/15: California Internet privacy bill could have nationwide sway — if it passes

9/13: New driver’s license requirements are coming to U.S. airports

9/1: US cops can’t keep license plate data scans secret without reason

 

Policy & Opinion:

10/17: Who can access your e-mails after you die?

10/5: The End of Privacy

10/5: Hey, IoT vendors. When a paediatric nurse tells you to fix security, you definitely screwed up

10/5: The Equifax Hack Started the Wrong Conversation

9/29: Here’s a way to make companies with large databases keep our info safe

9/27: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says companies need to take stances on controversial issues

9/26: How to Kill Fake Facebook Accounts and Preserve Privacy

9/24: A petition to demand accountability from the NSA

9/21; Driverless cars: safer perhaps, but professor warns of privacy risks

9/16: The phone that every stalker will want

9/14: Editorial: Privacy risk in self-driving cars? Senate has to fix that loophole in federal bill

9/14: Face fracas: We’re all worked up about the iPhone X’s Face ID

9/14: Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

 

Overseas:

10/18: EU says data privacy deal with US can be improved

10/17: UK spy agencies may be circumventing data-sharing law, tribunal told

10/6: Kuwait’s Constitutional Court: Mandatory DNA collection law is no good

10/6: Privacy concerns voiced over photo database link to real-time surveillance (OZ)

10/5: Australia approves national database of everyone’s mugshots

10/5: Turnbull denies new facial recognition measures amount to ‘mass surveillance’ (Oz)

10/5: Australia to use drivers license photos to create facial recognition database

10/4: Australia Wants All Citizens’ Driver’s License Photos, Citing Terror Fight

10/3: Australia to get in your face with facial recognition system

10/3: UK Says WhatsApp Lets Paedophiles and Gangsters Operate Beyond the Law

10/2: Spanish tech activists publish a “how-to guide for preserving fundamental rights on the Internet”

10’2: The London Underground thinks it can sell travelers’ attention and wifi data for £322m

9/28: Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition to Spy on Citizens in Streets

9/21; EU Official Says Privacy Shield Is Trust & Check Exercise

9/15: Spy-Camera Allegation Sure to Heat Up Ecuador Presidents’ Feud

9/14: Canada’s Mounties use a 6-year-old “interim policy” to justify warrantless mass surveillance

9/13: Cops’ use of biometric images ‘gone far beyond custody purposes’

9/11: Fitness Tracking Startups Are Sweating Due to EU Privacy Regulators

9/8: EU court must rule on legality of UK’s mass surveillance – tribunal

9/5: Spying on Worker Emails Gets New Hurdle in EU Court Ruling

9/3: This Chinese KFC lets you put your money where your mouth is

8/28: China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

8/25: India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

8/24: Biometrics watchdog breaks cover, slams UK cops over facial recog

 

Tech:

10/18: What the future holds for fitness technology

10/17: Self-driving Chevy Bolts will roam New York City streets next year

10/12: How to transform your home into a smart home

10/12: New sensor pill like a “Fitbit” you can swallow to monitor your stomach

10/6: Mattel’s Internet-of-kiddies’-Things Aristotle canned before release

10/2: Protect your home with Ring’s DIY security system

9/29: Qualcomm teams with Benchmark Electronics on wearable patches to monitor vital signs

9/28: Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus on Self-Policing Not Regulation Fears

9/28: iOS apps can read metadata revealing users’ location histories

9/27: Is Face ID secure? Apple takes on lingering questions

9/26: Alexa and her kind let the disabled or illiterate make the web work

9/25: Levi’s, Google unveil $350 denim jacket that connects to smartphones

9/25: Here’s how to keep up with Nest’s growing smart home

9/22: As smart homes become smarter, tech companies rush to get in the door

9/21; Global privacy management software firm expanding in Atlanta

9/21: Apple makes it harder to track you online, ad industry has an aneurysm

9/21: Crime-fighting robot can detect weapons in a crowd

9/20: Nest Hello doorbell camera can recognize your face

9/20: Nest’s next product? The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

9/15: Microsoft adds cloud security to keep out hackers — and government snoops

9/14: Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

9/12: Want to unlock the iPhone X? Just stare at it

8/31: Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

 

Books/Media/Misc:

9/30: The troubling surveillance state of Jeremy Piven’s tech visionary in ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’

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

 

Books/Media/Misc:

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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