Vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to devices that can spy on us

Vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to devices that can spy on us

A device equipped with a hardware “off” switch for the camera and microphone isn’t yet on the market, as far as I know.

Apple's New MacBook Disconnects Microphone "Physically" When Lid is Closed

Apple's New MacBook Disconnects Microphone "Physically" When Lid is Closed

Apple's custom T2 security chip in the latest MacBooks includes a new hardware feature that physically disconnects the MacBook's built-in microphone whenever the user closes the lid, the company revealed yesterday at its event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Airbnb says sorry after man detects hidden camera with network scan

Airbnb says sorry after man detects hidden camera with network scan

As Nealie tells it in her Facebook post, it took 33 days and 10 more unsuspecting guests staying in the property (she knows because at least some of those guests contacted her, she says) before Airbnb told her, on 5 April, that it had removed the listing and the host.

How to increase your chances of finding a hidden camera

How to increase your chances of finding a hidden camera

Step 3: Scan the house network to identify potential cameras. That is, if a host wants to hide a camera they can connect it to a network that you may not have access to.

Airbnb guest found hidden surveillance camera by scanning Wi-Fi network

Airbnb guest found hidden surveillance camera by scanning Wi-Fi network

Nealie Barker posted an image on Facebook showing the location of the camera in the living room and a shot of the family from the sneaky video feed: We're not certain which of the two devices on the ceiling contains the camera.

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They’re Not On (Yet)

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They’re Not On (Yet)

“We use it to allow the passenger to ask the crew for something, and they have a crew screen and camera in the galley,” said Patrick Brannelly, vice president for passenger experience at Emirates.

Privacy News Daily

Privacy News Daily

Today, the VPN industry let the world know that Russia had asked the world’s VPNs to censor websites. Read below for other privacy news from today. Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization.

Big Tech is Spying on Us: a collection of articles to freak you out and convince your doubting friends.

Big Tech is Spying on Us: a collection of articles to freak you out and convince your doubting friends.

It's in Big Tech's DNA to spy on us, and the proliferation of IoT / smart home gadgets along with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are only going accelerate the problem.

Airplane seat cameras: US senators raise concerns

Airplane seat cameras: US senators raise concerns

'Standard feature' Concerns about seatback cameras have prompted a response from two US senators.Courtesy American Airlines American Airlines told CNN Travel in early March that cameras are "a standard feature," but not activated and that the carrier has no plans to use them.

In-flight displays could be watching you

In-flight displays could be watching you

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) asserts these fears are misplaced, however, with their CEO Joe Leader claiming that “the greatest risk to airline passenger privacy breaches come from their own smartphones, tablets, cameras, computers, and smart devices used in private settings.” Kamluk disagrees, arguing that “the true risk comes from potential unauthorized access to these devices from powerful malicious attackers.” Until a scandal breaks out we’re likely not going to know who’s right here.

Can airplane seat cameras spy on passengers?

Can airplane seat cameras spy on passengers?

"Some of our 777 aircraft have cameras that came pre-installed with the inflight entertainment hardware that we had purchased from the manufacturer (Panasonic)," a spokeperson for the Dubai-based airline told CNN Travel.

LG’s latest flagship uses your hand veins to unlock

LG’s latest flagship uses your hand veins to unlock

And a few weeks back, LG made the whole camera rig official, announcing that the handset would be getting a ToF image sensor on its front-facing camera, bring, among other things, advanced face unlock technology.

Airline seats now equipped with cameras — aimed at passengers

Airline seats now equipped with cameras — aimed at passengers

Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines AAL, +1.46% , United Airlines UAL, +0.66% and Singapore Airlines SINGY, +3.21% have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.

Anonymized Data is Not Subject to Privacy Regulations

Anonymized Data is Not Subject to Privacy Regulations

Anonymized Data is Not Subject to Privacy Regulations Data protection authority ruled that anonymizing personal information is sufficient to fulfill GDPR’s ‘right to be forgotten’ Brighter AI Feb 19 Natural License Plate Anonymization by Brighter AI Since the start of EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, the erasure requirement, also known as the ‘right to be forgotten’ , has been one of the most-debated principles.

People Are Worried About Singapore Airlines' Entertainment System Cameras. Turns Out, American Airlines Has Cameras, Too.

People Are Worried About Singapore Airlines' Entertainment System Cameras. Turns Out, American Airlines Has Cameras, Too.

Sri Ray was aboard an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight to Tokyo in September 2018 when he noticed something strange: a camera embedded in the seat back of his entertainment system.

Mark Zuckerberg said he doesn't want 'a camera in everyone’s living room,' but seemed to forget that Facebook sells a camera that goes in living rooms

Mark Zuckerberg said he doesn't want 'a camera in everyone’s living room,' but seemed to forget that Facebook sells a camera that goes in living rooms

In an interview with Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain that spanned almost two hours, Zuckerberg was asked to discuss Facebook's efforts to bring more privacy to online messaging. The Facebook CEO invoked a metaphor in which he compared messaging platforms to people's living rooms.

Someone found cameras in Singapore Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system

Someone found cameras in Singapore Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system

Now, there’s the camera, which was discovered by a traveler who tweeted out the discovery, asking Singapore Airlines to clarify how it was being used.

In just two years, 9,000 of these cameras were installed to spy on your car

In just two years, 9,000 of these cameras were installed to spy on your car

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based digital privacy nonprofit, has described the technology as “a form of mass surveillance .” Now, a new generation of tech firms has made it possible for private citizens to use the devices, known as automatic license plate readers, or ALPRs—without the strict oversight that governs this type of data collection by law enforcement.

On Covering Webcams

On Covering Webcams

Mac users should install Malwarebytes or other malware-fighting software — and don’t turn off any security features just because someone asks you to. […] So, no, I don’t believe that malware could be installed to enable the camera without lighting the LED.

“5 minutes of sheer terror”: Hackers infiltrate East Bay family’s Nest surveillance camera, send warning of incoming North Korea missile attack

“5 minutes of sheer terror”: Hackers infiltrate East Bay family’s Nest surveillance camera, send warning of incoming North Korea missile attack

Lyons said a Nest supervisor told them Sunday they likely were the victims of a “third party hack” that gained access to their camera and its speakers.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s 10 Most Surveilled Neighborhoods

The San Francisco District Attorney’s 10 Most Surveilled Neighborhoods

According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency , “The system is designed so that it can only take a photograph during a red light and cannot take a photograph during a yellow or green light.” Although the SFMTA reports it has 20 red light cameras across the city, the District Attorney data includes 26 of these cameras.

The Nest in my son's room was acting weird. Here's what I did next

The Nest in my son's room was acting weird. Here's what I did next

Growing up with Alexa: A child's relationship with Amazon's voice assistant Read More "We're aware of an issue that caused a small amount of Nest cameras to incorrectly indicate they were being viewed even after the live stream was closed," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Various Google Play ‘Beauty Camera’ Apps Send Users Pornographic Content, Redirect Them to Phishing Websites and Collect Their Pictures

Various Google Play ‘Beauty Camera’ Apps Send Users Pornographic Content, Redirect Them to Phishing Websites and Collect Their Pictures

Screenshots of the malicious beauty camera apps on Google Play Technical Analysis A user downloading one of these apps will not immediately suspect that there is anything amiss, until they decide to delete the app.

PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call

PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call

Here's the steps to reproduce the security blunder: on an iPhone, video call a contact using FaceTime on a vulnerable device, and while connecting, swipe up and add a person to the call.

Huawei Is Blocked in U.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

Huawei Is Blocked in U.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

In a statement last year, Dahua said it operates with "a high level of business integrity." That’s made non-Chinese security camera makers increasingly reluctant to work with HiSilicon on devices for the U.S. market and government projects, Silicon Valley chip company Ambarella Inc. told analysts during a late November conference call.

How to Find Hidden Cameras and Spy Bugs (The Professional Way)

How to Find Hidden Cameras and Spy Bugs (The Professional Way)

Sweeping For Hidden Cameras & Devices Is Becoming A Necessity Just in the past couple of years, we have seen a rise in hidden cameras and spy gear being used in nefarious ways, targeting guests that stay on cruise lines, in hotel rooms, Airbnb houses, the list goes on.

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

As Guardian Optical CEO Gil Dotan said, “What automakers want is what either sells cars, or what regulators tell them to do.” Occupants, inside a car, are seen on a monitor using technology by Silicon Valley company Eyeris, which uses cameras and AI to track drivers and passengers for safety benefits, shown during an interview in San Jose, California, U.S., December 28, 2018.

Inside the City That Spies on You

Inside the City That Spies on You

Estimates vary, but when it was created by the elusive graffiti artist and social critic Banksy in 2008, there were something like four million surveillance cameras operating in the U.K. In a nation with a population of 66 million, the “One Nation Under CCTV” claim is no hyperbole.

Your Face is Going Places You May Not Like

Your Face is Going Places You May Not Like

Companies like Facebook also have huge datasets at their fingertips, matching photos with the person in the photo, then tying your friend list to the facial recognition to get a high likelihood of accurate identification of other faces in the photos.

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