Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR

Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR

Investigators said that Microsoft collects up to 25,000 types of Office events, data which is made available to up to 30 engineering teams.

Snowden Files Declaration in NSA Spying Case Confirming Authenticity of Draft Inspector General Report Discussing Unprecedented Surveillance of Americans, Which He Helped Expose

Snowden Files Declaration in NSA Spying Case Confirming Authenticity of Draft Inspector General Report Discussing Unprecedented Surveillance of Americans, Which He Helped Expose

Mr. Snowden’s short declaration confirms that a document relied upon in the case, a draft NSA Inspector General Report from 2009 discussing the mass surveillance program known as Stellar Wind, is actually the same document that he came upon during the course of his employment at NSA contractor.

How Congress could rein in Google and Facebook

How Congress could rein in Google and Facebook

After ambitious new data-sharing regulations like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Congress is planning its own data privacy law, and how it’s written will matter immensely for companies like Google and Facebook.

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads

It is a known factor that one’s music listening habits say a lot about one’s personality, and that’s the idea Spotify has been using to bank on its data analytics to help marketers target consumers with advertisements over the years, according to The Guardian.

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook takes aim at Google and Facebook over 'weaponised data'

Apple's Tim Cook has warned that mass data collection from tech companies is "surveillance" as data is "weaponised against us with military efficiency". The Apple chief executive added that companies that harvest data can gather "stockpiles of personal data only serve to enrich the companies that collect them".

Tim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy laws

Tim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for new digital privacy laws in the United States, warning that the collection of huge amounts of personal data by companies is harming society.

Silicon Valley congressman unveils an Internet Bill of Rights

Silicon Valley congressman unveils an Internet Bill of Rights

To nudge such legislation along, Khanna recently unveiled a list of 10 principles amounting to a draft Internet Bill of Rights he hopes will inform sweeping data privacy laws to protect U.S. citizens in the digital age.

The tech industry is suddenly pushing for federal privacy legislation. Watch out.

The tech industry is suddenly pushing for federal privacy legislation. Watch out.

This seeming willingness to subject themselves to federal regulation is, in fact, an effort to enlist the Trump administration and Congress in companies’ efforts to weaken state-level consumer privacy protections. Companies know that many states have mustered the political will to pass strong privacy protections that address consumer concerns.

That sign telling you how fast you’re driving may be spying on you

That sign telling you how fast you’re driving may be spying on you

According to recently released US federal contracting data, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be expanding the footprint of its nationwide surveillance network with the purchase of “multiple” trailer-mounted speed displays “to be retrofitted as mobile LPR [License Plate Reader] platforms.” The DEA is buying them from RU2 Systems Inc., a private Mesa, Arizona company.

Face Recognition Principles are a Step Forward But Congress Needs to Act

Face Recognition Principles are a Step Forward But Congress Needs to Act

Despite the intrinsic sensitivity of such personal data, there are no firm rules governing the use of facial recognition technologies (FRTs), and notwithstanding efforts by CDT and others, there are no federal laws regulating the collection, retention, and sharing of biometric information.

Effectively Measuring Search in Firefox

Last year, we announced new telemetry measurements to count follow-on searches that start in Firefox and continue on search engine pages. The new measurements will give a fuller picture of search activity while maintaining user privacy by limiting collection to aggregate counts.

Endangering Student Privacy in the Name of School Safety - Center for Democracy & Technology

Endangering Student Privacy in the Name of School Safety - Center for Democracy & Technology

Amassing and integrating large amounts of data without first proving it will be effective, establishing boundaries on its use, enacting strong data governance practices that limit access, or articulating clear data retention and deletion timelines and protocols will almost certainly lead to misuse of this information that may harm the very students it is aimed to protect.

Trend Micro backtracks on browser history collection after its apps are removed from mac App Store

It recently came to light that a number of apps in the mac App Store were collecting data about users' browsing histories and uploading them to a remote server.

The NSA Continues to Blame Technology for Breaking the Law

The NSA Continues to Blame Technology for Breaking the Law

The NSA has repeatedly insisted to the American public and Congress that these call records are necessary for “national security,” and yet, the agency’s solution to discovering the over-collection was to delete everything it had grabbed for the past three years.

Why we need better tracking protection

Why we need better tracking protection

Firefox has always offered a baseline set of protections and allowed people to opt into additional privacy features. In addition, research has shown that people rarely take steps to change their default settings — our own data agrees.

Appeals Court Asks the Right Questions in NSA Surveillance Case

Appeals Court Asks the Right Questions in NSA Surveillance Case

Hasbajrami, an important case involving surveillance under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. It is only the second time a federal appeals court has been asked to rule on whether the government can collect countless numbers of electronic communications—including those of Americans—and use these communications in criminal investigations, all without a warrant.

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

For years, watchdogs have been warning about sharing information with data-collecting companies, firms engaged in the relatively new line of business called some academics have called “surveillance capitalism.” Most casual internet users are only now realizing how easy – and common – it is for unaccountable and unknown organizations to assemble detailed digital profiles of them.

At Apple’s request, Facebook is removing its spyware-like Onavo VPN app from the App Store

At Apple’s request, Facebook is removing its spyware-like Onavo VPN app from the App Store

The report explains that apple informed Facebook earlier this month that Onavo Protect violated new App Store Guidelines. Apple introduced new privacy rules as part of its App Store Guidelines back in June that specifically aim to limit collection of data by app developers.

Android Sucks 10X More of Your Private Data Than iPhone

Android Sucks 10X More of Your Private Data Than iPhone

According to a research paper published by Vanderbilt University's Professor Douglas Schmidt on August 15, Google’s Android phones are sucking your private life at a much higher rate than Apple’s iPhones—almost 10 times more, on average.

Google is being sued over 'privacy-invading' location data collection

Google is being sued over 'privacy-invading' location data collection

GOOGLE IS BEING SUED over ongoing claims that it tracks your location in Android and iOS, even if the 'Location History' option is turned off.

Behavioral biometrics: Websites and apps are learning from how you type, hold your phone, and use your mouse

Behavioral biometrics: Websites and apps are learning from how you type, hold your phone, and use your mouse

Few companies are admitting to the use of behavioral biometrics – much less, actively seeking consent from its users to gather and analyze this information.