Tesla’s Self-Driving Spies Cruise the Streets, Watching Daily Life in High-Definition 3D

Tesla’s Self-Driving Spies Cruise the Streets, Watching Daily Life in High-Definition 3D

A recent video released by Tesla on Twitter reveals the vast amount of visual data that is collected by its driverless cars, sparking a reaction from Vitalik Buterin who believes that in-person privacy is no longer a winnable fight.

Victory! Fairfax, Virginia Judge Finds That Local Police Use of ALPR Violates the State’s Data Act

Victory! Fairfax, Virginia Judge Finds That Local Police Use of ALPR Violates the State’s Data Act

In its reversal, the Virginia Supreme Court found that the photographic and location data stored in the department’s database did meet the Data Act’s definition of ‘personal information,’ but sent the case back to the Circuit Court to determine whether the database met the Act’s definition of an “information system.” Judge Smith’s ruling affirms EFF’s view that the ALPR system does indeed provide a means through which a link to the identity of a vehicle's owner can be readily made.

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Deactivating isn't as extreme, the company says, and the social network continues collecting your data in case you change your mind and want to return to your profile.

The Challenges Facing Privacy Apps

The Challenges Facing Privacy Apps

Using software that is open source is a critical piece of the puzzle, because this allows peer review to verify that the developer isn’t collecting unnecessary data to make the app or service work, and that the developers have considered all of the external privacy threats.

Does Google meet its users’ expectations around consumer privacy? This news industry research says no

Does Google meet its users’ expectations around consumer privacy? This news industry research says no

Do you expect Google to collect data about a person’s locations when a person is not using a Google platform or app?.

Launching the Mozilla Plugin Privacy Test Database

Launching the Mozilla Plugin Privacy Test Database

The results are interesting from a passive collection perspective - plugins that store user data when clicked are significantly safer than plugins that track all web activity all the time.

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls to and receive them from, when, and the call duration.

Losing Face: Two More Cases of Third-Party Facebook App Data Exposure

Losing Face: Two More Cases of Third-Party Facebook App Data Exposure

A separate backup from a Facebook-integrated app titled “At the Pool” was also found exposed to the public internet via an Amazon S3 bucket. The At the Pool discovery is not as large as the Cultura Colectiva dataset, but it contains plaintext (i.e. unprotected) Facebook passwords for 22,000 users.

Patriot Act renewal gives privacy advocates an opening

Patriot Act renewal gives privacy advocates an opening

Thirty-nine groups have signed on to a recent letter to Congress asking lawmakers to consider limiting large-scale collection of data by the NSA, saying the 2015 USA Freedom Act has not achieved its goal of preventing bulk surveillance.

A Bipartisan Coalition Says Congress Should Reform Surveillance Powers—And It’s Right

A Bipartisan Coalition Says Congress Should Reform Surveillance Powers—And It’s Right

That’s why the bipartisan coalition, which includes organizations ranging from the right-leaning FreedomWorks to the progressive legal advocacy group the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is arguing that the 2015 USA Freedom Act—meant to reform the bulk phone collection program authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act after Edward Snowden’s bombshell revelations of broad surveillance of Americans—hasn’t achieved its intended goals and has only allowed the abuse to continue.

DEA Never Checked If Its Massive Surveillance Operations Are Legal, Watchdog Says

DEA Never Checked If Its Massive Surveillance Operations Are Legal, Watchdog Says

The administration set no specific standards of proof for issuing subpoenas, and officials often justified data collection using “generic” and “cursory” explanations, the IG found.“The information provided [in subpoena documents] often lacks specificity sufficient to establish the particularized facts or basis for connecting the target number to a drug investigation, even if such review had occurred,” investigators said.

New Bill Would Finally Stop NSA’s Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data

New Bill Would Finally Stop NSA’s Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data

At the same time, however, U.S. officials have conceded that the post-9/11 domestic phone-records dragnet has not stopped a single terrorist attack – despite misleadingly suggesting otherwise after The Guardian exposed the surveillance in June 2013, thanks to Snowden.

FTC tells ISPs to disclose exactly what information they collect on users and what it’s for

FTC tells ISPs to disclose exactly what information they collect on users and what it’s for

The Federal Trade Commission, in what could be considered a prelude to new regulatory action, has issued an order to several major internet service providers requiring them to share every detail of their data collection practices.

FTC votes 5-0 to examine privacy practices of internet service providers and mobile broadband providers

FTC votes 5-0 to examine privacy practices of internet service providers and mobile broadband providers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued seven letters to internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile broadband providers in the United States demanding a special report regarding their privacy practices.

IBM didn’t inform people when it used their Flickr photos for facial recognition training

IBM didn’t inform people when it used their Flickr photos for facial recognition training

NBC obtained the dataset from a different source and made a tool within its article for photographers to check if their Flickr usernames have been included in IBM’s collection.

Location Services: GPS-only no longer protects your privacy on Android 9 “Pie”, Huawei / Honor 10

Location Services: GPS-only no longer protects your privacy on Android 9 “Pie”, Huawei / Honor 10

Having agreed all this data collection, note that you can still turn off wi-fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning in the advanced settings of Google location services.

Taxing your privacy

Taxing your privacy

Yet, while the revenue upside for companies helping smart cities (and states) with taxing and tolling is significant, it is also rife with contradictions and complications that could, ultimately, pose serious problems to those companies’ underlying business models and for the investors that bet heavily on them.

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

Your voice is heard A February 22 China National Computer Emergency Response Team (CNCERT) alert warned that 486 MongoDB database servers out of approximately 25,000 such servers connected to the Internet had "information leakage risks." Apparently, some of those MongoDB servers were part of a social media and messaging collection and processing system used by Chinese law enforcement and security personnel to monitor and investigate citizens' communications.

House aide: NSA has shut down phone call record surveillance

House aide: NSA has shut down phone call record surveillance

In a discussion recorded for the Lawfare Podcast released on March 2, Luke Murry said that the NSA was no longer collecting call detail records—the metadata associated with phone calls and text messages—and that the Trump administration had not used the program for over six months.

Pinstagram? Instagram code reveals Public Collections feature

Pinstagram? Instagram code reveals Public Collections feature

Code buried in Instagram for Android shows the company has prototyped an option to create public “Collections” to which multiple users can contribute. Instagram launched private Collections two years ago to let you Save and organize your favorite feed posts.

Surveillance Capitalism is Ruining The Internet As We Know It

Surveillance Capitalism is Ruining The Internet As We Know It

Surveillance capitalism refers to the business of collecting user data through internet connected products and services and then monetizing that information through ad targeting and other means.

These Android apps have been tracking you, even when you say stop

These Android apps have been tracking you, even when you say stop

The company said its policies allow for the collection of hardware identifiers and the Android ID for some purposes, like fraud detection, but not for the targeting of ads.

What Is A-GPS Data?

What Is A-GPS Data?

In addition to location data gleaned directly from cell towers, a new Motherboard investigation has revealed that cellular carriers have also been providing access to A-GPS data to data brokers, bounty hunters, and related businesses.

German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook's Whole Ad Business

German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook's Whole Ad Business

But Facebook says that tracking people makes the services safer and better, and that the FCO misses how much the company has done in order to comply with the General Data Protection regulation passed by the European Union in 2018.

Antitrust is beginning to bite the big tech companies

Antitrust is beginning to bite the big tech companies

Image source Today the German Antitrust authority (Bunderskartellamt), whose job it is to keep companies’ power in check, found that Facebook abused its dominance of the social network market to track and collect users’ personal data in ways users do not know about.

Data Privacy Concerns with Google

Data Privacy Concerns with Google

Within Google’s range of products, there are seven with at least one billion users. The data collection extends to Google’s entire suite of products, meaning the amount of data the company stores is enormous.

Google also monitored iPhone usage with a private app

Google also monitored iPhone usage with a private app

Screenwise is open to anyone above 18, but allows users 13 and up to join the program if they’re in the same household; that’s different than Facebook’s tracking app, which specifically targeted people between the ages of 13 and 25.

Apple says it’s banning Facebook’s research app that collects users’ personal information

Apple says it’s banning Facebook’s research app that collects users’ personal information

The company actually collected similar user data through a separate app Facebook owns called Onavo Protect, which was just removed from the App Store in August for violating Apple’s guidelines.

Facebook has been paying teens $20 a month for total access to their phone activity

Facebook has been paying teens $20 a month for total access to their phone activity

TechCrunch reported that the company has been paying people ages 13 to 25 as much as $20 month in exchange for installing an app called Facebook Research on iOS or Android, which monitors their phone and web activity and sends it back to Facebook.

Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

Has the fight over privacy changed at all in 2019?

“While privacy regulation seeks to make tech companies betters stewards of the data they collect and their practices more transparent, in the end, it is a deception to think that users will have more “privacy.”” For one thing, large tech companies have grown huge privacy compliance organizations to meet their new regulatory obligations.

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