EU votes to create gigantic biometrics database

EU votes to create gigantic biometrics database

The European Parliament voted last week to interconnect a series of border-control, migration, and law enforcement systems into a gigantic, biometrics-tracking, searchable database of EU and non-EU citizens.

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.

Austria draft law would require real names for internet comments

Austria draft law would require real names for internet comments

There's even a potential conflict of interest -- the law might protect the ruling party's junior partner in government, the populist Freedom Party, from having to curb hate speech on its sites.

Google's Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You've Been

Google's Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You've Been

The data Google is turning over to law enforcement is so precise that one deputy police chief said it “shows the whole pattern of life.” It’s collected even when people aren’t making calls or using apps, which means it can be even more detailed than data generated by cell towers.

Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data

Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data

Between all eight databases, there was a combined total of approximately 60 million records that contained what appeared to be scraped public information of LinkedIn users.

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.

Google Helps Police Identify Devices Close to Crime Scenes Using Location Data

Google Helps Police Identify Devices Close to Crime Scenes Using Location Data

It's no surprise that law enforcement seeks help from tech companies during criminal investigations, but the use of location history databases like Sensorvault has raised concerns...

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault From Sharing Your Location With Law Enforcement

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault From Sharing Your Location With Law Enforcement

Google gathers that location history data you’ve provided into a database named “Sensorvault,” and law enforcement can query it with a warrant: For years, police detectives have given Google warrants seeking location data tied to specific users’ accounts.

Employee privacy is at stake as surveillance tech monitors workers

Employee privacy is at stake as surveillance tech monitors workers

Earlier this year, Amazon received a patent for an ultrasonic bracelet that can detect a warehouse worker's location and monitor their interaction with inventory bins by using ultrasonic sound pulses.

List of alternative services that truly respect your privacy

List of alternative services that truly respect your privacy

Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, The main issue with using Telegram is that they use a slightly less secure encryption protocol than that used by Signal. The main issue with WhatsApp and Facebook messenger, though they use strong end-to-end encryption by default (just like Signal), is their collection of metadata.

Privacy Is Just the First Step, the Goal Is Data Ownership

Privacy Is Just the First Step, the Goal Is Data Ownership

Well for one, there is no real way for you to monetize that data on your own, so it's hard to say a company stole X amount of money from you. And hey, it looks like Applebook is selling our apples and making gobs of money off of them.

Millions of Facebook records were exposed on public Amazon server

Millions of Facebook records were exposed on public Amazon server

James Martin/CNET A treasure trove of data containing more than 540 million records was exposed online in a public database, security researchers from UpGuard said Wednesday. The exposed database for At the Pool contained data including photos, events and passwords, though UpGuard believes the passwords stored were for the app, not for Facebook accounts.

Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers

Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers

In one instance, Mexico City-based digital platform Cultura Colectiva, openly stored 540 million records on Facebook users, including identification numbers, comments, reactions and account names.

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.

Massive Spam Operation Uncovered In A Database Leak

Massive Spam Operation Uncovered In A Database Leak

The structure of the records left almost no doubts on the malicious nature of the dataset: IP with database was hosted on a domain called ‘‘ which is blacklisted by Spamhaus – an international nonprofit organization that tracks spam and related cyber threats.

Indian govt agency left details of millions of pregnant women exposed online

Indian govt agency left details of millions of pregnant women exposed online

A database managed by an Indian government healthcare agency was left connected to the Internet without a password, where it exposed more than 12.5 million medical records for pregnant women, ZDNet has learned.

Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

As of October, the company has permanently eliminated its “Partner Categories” feature, which had enabled advertisers targeting hyper-specific user demographics to do so by purchasing access, through Facebook, to consumer data gathered by third-party brokers like Acxiom, Datalogix, Epsilon, BlueKai, Oracle, and others.

Mark Zuckerberg calls for stronger regulation of internet

Mark Zuckerberg calls for stronger regulation of internet

Zuckerberg said he believed new regulation was needed in four areas – harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. Zuckerberg said legislation was important for “protecting elections” and it should be updated, adding that Facebook had already made “significant changes around political ads”.

Don’t Buy California’s Callous Attempt to Ignore People’s DNA Privacy Rights, EFF Tells Court

Don’t Buy California’s Callous Attempt to Ignore People’s DNA Privacy Rights, EFF Tells Court

Analyzing and indefinitely keeping the DNA profiles of thousands of Californians arrested for felonies, but never charged with a crime, is not just an ominously overbroad practice by law enforcement—it’s an invasion of privacy that violates the state’s constitution.

Toyota Security Breach Exposes Personal Info of 3.1 Million Clients

Toyota Security Breach Exposes Personal Info of 3.1 Million Clients

The personal information of roughly 3.1 million Toyota customers may have been leaked following a security breach of multiple Toyota and Lexus sales subsidiaries, as detailed in a breach notification issued by the car maker today.

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Our Mission -

In 2012, a report by the Federal Trade Commission recommended that the industry set up a public Web portal that would display the names and contact information of every data broker doing business in the United States, as well as describe consumers’ data access rights and other choices.

UK Drivers File GDPR Lawsuit Against Uber

UK Drivers File GDPR Lawsuit Against Uber

Four U.K. Uber drivers are filing a lawsuit against the company for alleged violations of EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, according to a report by.

KeePassXC 2.4.0 released

KeePassXC 2.4.0 released

Among the highlights of this release are a new database creation wizard, advanced search, KeeShare database sharing and synchronization, update checks, OpenSSH for Windows support, and a QR Code generator for TOTP.

SDPD Quietly Stopped Sharing License Plate Data With the Feds

SDPD Quietly Stopped Sharing License Plate Data With the Feds

Last April, Voice of San Diego revealed that the department was sharing data it collected through a network of cameras that scan license plates and record the date, time and GPS location of the cars that pass them.

Investigation into at least 11 iOS apps sending sensitive data to Facebook, inc sexual activity

Investigation into at least 11 iOS apps sending sensitive data to Facebook, inc sexual activity

The state’s Department of Financial Services on Wednesday sent a series of letters seeking information and documents from Facebook and the developers behind the at least 11 apps mentioned in the Journal’s reporting, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data

A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data

A popular family tracking app was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks after the developer left a server exposed without a password.

This Spyware Data Leak Is So Bad We Can't Even Tell You About It

This Spyware Data Leak Is So Bad We Can't Even Tell You About It

A company that sells consumer-grade software that lets customers spy on other people’s calls, messages, and anything they do on their cell phones left more than 95,000 images and more than 25,000 audio recordings on a database exposed and publicly accessible to anyone on the internet.

To Search Through Millions of License Plates, Police Should Get a Warrant

To Search Through Millions of License Plates, Police Should Get a Warrant

Yang, argues that when a U.S. Postal Service inspector used a commercial ALPR database to locate a suspected mail thief, it was a Fourth Amendment search that required a warrant.

Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says

Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says

In a blog post, Paine said the server contained between 25-40 million daily logs, which he said could have identified all the videos searched for and watched from a user’s IP address.

The U.S. May Soon Have a De Facto National DNA Database

The U.S. May Soon Have a De Facto National DNA Database

One is traditional law enforcement DNA databases: Every state and the federal government has enacted legislation identifying whose DNA is subject to government collection and search for crime detection purposes, and each has limited its database to some subset of individuals arrested or convicted of crimes.

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