US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years

US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years

Since the introduction of the current system , facial recognition identified 7,000 passengers who overstayed their visas on the 15,000 flights tracked.

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

In April, Twitter was also penalized $47 for similar violations as the two social media platforms continue to resist the 2015 law that forbids the storing of personal data of Russian citizens on servers abroad.

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament

Through a network of corporate partners, the Hangzhou-based security firm has supplied its surveillance cameras for use on the British parliamentary estate, as well as to police, hospitals, schools, and universities throughout the country, according to sources and procurement records.

The march to mandatory, nationwide DNA databases picks up pace around the world

The march to mandatory, nationwide DNA databases picks up pace around the world

It is likely to spread thanks to a new generation of small, quick and low-cost DNA sequencers that can be installed in police stations and run by officers, as this New York Times story explains: in early 2017, the police booking station in Bensalem became the first in the country to install a Rapid DNA machine, which provides results in 90 minutes, and which police can operate themselves.

The UK porn block hasn’t started yet, but experts are already doubting its potency

The UK porn block hasn’t started yet, but experts are already doubting its potency

Given the repeated delays and potential paths forward, it’s no wonder that the porn blocks are failing before they even have an announcement date set. Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization.

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

Whatever Internet companies and organizations do to comply with twenty-seven or more national laws – from dropping links to European news sites entirely, to upping their already over-sensitive filtering systems, or seeking to strike deals with key media conglomerates – will be challenged by one rightsholder faction or another.

5/9/14 Eyes Alliances – Protectors from Terror or Invaders of Privacy?

5/9/14 Eyes Alliances – Protectors from Terror or Invaders of Privacy?

Similar to other Five Eyes Countries, Australia does not place any restrictions on the use of VPNs. However, this does not stop them for imposing invasive laws, due to their intelligence sharing agreements.

HMD admits the Nokia 7 Plus was sending personal data to China

HMD admits the Nokia 7 Plus was sending personal data to China

HMD is in hot water following a report from Norwegian site NRKbeta, which found that HMD's Nokia 7 Plus was sending users' personal information to a server in China.

Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail

Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail

Russia’s crackdown on the internet intensified in 2014 when it ratified a law ordering tech companies operating in the country to store Russian data within its borders.

China’s electric cars are government spies

China’s electric cars are government spies

Though the Volkswagen chief doesn’t explicitly say it, for automakers, providing electric-car data to China’s one-party government is just another cost of doing business in the country.

An NSA Program Fizzled Out. The World Didn’t End.

An NSA Program Fizzled Out. The World Didn’t End.

So when Congress sought to reform the government’s surveillance powers, starting in 2014, the phone-records program was a natural priority. It made the NSA’s job slightly harder by requiring a court order to get targeted records from phone companies.

It looks like Facebook is giving up on its years-long effort to bring its social network to China

It looks like Facebook is giving up on its years-long effort to bring its social network to China

For example, data that's collected in China must be stored in that country, and companies must comply with strict rules like undergoing a security assessment if they want to send or move the data outside of China.

Why Democracies Die: The Reason Privacy Is the Source of Power in the 21st Century

Why Democracies Die: The Reason Privacy Is the Source of Power in the 21st Century

He said that democracies have been formed through waves — that means, every time there’s been a liberal revolution that established a democracy, other countries tend to follow the pioneer and adopt a democratic process as well.

Commentary: Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first

Commentary: Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first

BEIJING: Western media reports have swirled about China’s social credit system, which is intended to nudge Chinese citizens to adopt good behaviour, including motivating them to pay outstanding debts and fines, as well as encouraging them to obey the country’s laws and regulations.

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo Joseph Cannataci, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, submitted the draft questionnaire - touching on everything from chatrooms to systematic surveillance - to the U.N. Human Rights Council, and invited comments by June 30.

EFF Supporting California’s Privacy For All Bill, Which Puts People, Not Tech Companies, in Control of Personal Data

EFF Supporting California’s Privacy For All Bill, Which Puts People, Not Tech Companies, in Control of Personal Data

San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is standing with Californians demanding more control over their personal data by supporting the Privacy For All bill, which requires tech companies to get their permission to share and use private information.

Australia’s government and political parties hit by cyber attack from ‘sophisticated state actor’

Australia’s government and political parties hit by cyber attack from ‘sophisticated state actor’

Reportedly, the incident sports “the digital fingerprints of China” but there remains the possibility that the attack was framed to look like it originated from China. The national government was attacked in 2015 by a “foreign government” (later named as China) that reportedly used computers at the Bureau of Meteorology as its entry point.

Nigerian election 2019: how to access social media and blocked websites during the election day

Nigerian election 2019: how to access social media and blocked websites during the election day

Use a VPN With the possible social media blocks, even the real news and key figures as well as election observers won’t be able to get or receive information, not to mention that there will be no way to pass on the information across the country or internationally.

How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition

How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition

Surveillance fears grow after Taylor Swift uses face recognition tech on fans Read more ISM Connect uses “smart screens” to simultaneously enhance security, advertise and collect demographic data for brands.

How To Stay Safe Online When You're Traveling

How To Stay Safe Online When You're Traveling

Whether you’re traveling for business, for pleasure, or to visit your family in your hometown, it’s always great to get away from the drudgery of your daily routine to see new things and meet new people.

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet

Major disruption The draft law, called the Digital Economy National Program, requires Russia's ISPs to ensure that it can operate in the event of foreign powers acting to isolate the country online.

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russia to disconnect from the internet as part of a planned test

Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

Hidden Services And At-Risk Communities

Hidden Services And At-Risk Communities

While some at-risk communities, like criminals are going to always be considered harmful to society regardless of the social context, others like ethnic minorities are not as clear-cut.

Saudi Arabia: An app to track women

Saudi Arabia: An app to track women

A surveillance system has been set up by the Saudi government to control women and prevent them from fleeing the country, known as the ‘Absher’ application, it allows guardians of women (brothers, husbands, and fathers) to track down their movements.

India’s largest bank SBI leaked account data on millions of customers

India’s largest bank SBI leaked account data on millions of customers

India’s largest bank has secured an unprotected server that allowed anyone to access financial information on millions of its customers, like bank balances and recent transactions. The passwordless database allowed us to see all of the text messages going to customers in real-time, including their phone numbers, bank balances, and recent transactions.

Japan plans to hack into millions of its citizens’ connected devices

Japan plans to hack into millions of its citizens’ connected devices

The Japanese government will try to hack into internet-connected devices in homes and offices around the country starting from next month as part of efforts to improve cybersecurity, NHK World-Japan reports . It will be conducted by Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

Mapping Who Lives in Border Patrol's '100-Mile Zone'

Mapping Who Lives in Border Patrol's '100-Mile Zone'

Congress also authorized CBP to set permanent and temporary checkpoints, patrol highways, and board buses, trains, and other vehicles “within a reasonable distance” of the U.S. border, which regulations in 1953 set as “up to a 100 miles.” These regulations were made to allow border officers to intercept unauthorized entrants who had bypassed checks at ports of entry.

China Starts "Debt Shaming": New App Warns Users If They Are Walking Near Someone In Debt

China Starts "Debt Shaming": New App Warns Users If They Are Walking Near Someone In Debt

The "map of deadbeat debtors" is yet the latest in China's push towards a shame-based "social credit score" system which has already been deployed in several parts of the country.

Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 40+ companies – SimpleOptOut.com

Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 40+ companies – SimpleOptOut.com

Opt-out Details Rents/sells print subscriber data Email privacy@nytimes.com On Policy , see "Sharing With Other Third Parties" for instructions.

China reportedly made an app to show people if they're standing near someone in debt — a new part of its intrusive 'social credit' policy

China reportedly made an app to show people if they're standing near someone in debt — a new part of its intrusive 'social credit' policy

The app, named the "map of deadbeat debtors," rolled out to people in Hebei, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported .

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