Australia Passes Anti-Encryption Bill—Here's Everything You Need To Know

Australia Passes Anti-Encryption Bill—Here's Everything You Need To Know

A notice to request tech companies for providing "voluntary assistance" to law enforcement, which includes "removing electronic protection, providing technical information, installing software, putting information in a particular format and facilitating access to devices or services." Technical Assistance Notice (TAN) : This notice requires, rather than request, tech companies to give assistance they are already capable of providing that is reasonable, proportionate, practical and technically feasible, giving Australian agencies the flexibility to seek decryption of encrypted communications in circumstances where companies have existing means to do it (like at points where messages are not end-to-end encrypted).

New Australian anti-encryption bill ripe for abuse

New Australian anti-encryption bill ripe for abuse

The new anti-encryption bill allows Australia to go to companies such as Facebook and Apple and use “technical notices” to demand that software compromises be made so that law enforcement can access the encrypted messages.

EU governments agree to tougher stance on e-evidence

EU governments agree to tougher stance on e-evidence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments agreed on Friday to toughen up draft rules allowing law enforcement authorities to get electronic evidence directly from tech companies such as Facebook (NASDAQ: ) and Google (NASDAQ: ) stored in the cloud in another European country.

Secret Service to test facial recognition tech around White House

Secret Service to test facial recognition tech around White House

In its post, the ACLU said the test raises privacy concerns because people on the street may be captured by the pilot system and it's unclear how the Secret Service determines who is a "subject of interest."

A Roadmap for Exceptional Access Research

This article is organized into four parts: (1) reviewing the benefits and risks of an EA encryption system from a policy viewpoint; (2) providing a skeletal definition of the security guarantees that EA encryption should provide in order to mitigate the policy risks; (3) listing several possible capabilities that an EA system might provide in an attempt to identify a minimum viable product together with law enforcement; and (4) constructing policy to revive research into EA’s technology challenges, an area that has been mostly dormant for two decades.

Coalition and Labor do deal on law enforcement access to encrypted messages

Coalition and Labor do deal on law enforcement access to encrypted messages

In a deal between the attorney general, Christian Porter, and his shadow, Mark Dreyfus, the government has agreed to limit the powers to investigation of “serious offences” and add new safeguards to agencies’ ability to demand tech companies build backdoors into their products.

New Law Could Give U.K. Unconstitutional Access to Americans’ Personal Data, Human Rights Groups Warn

New Law Could Give U.K. Unconstitutional Access to Americans’ Personal Data, Human Rights Groups Warn

These agreements, the first of which would be with the United Kingdom, would empower foreign law enforcement agencies to order U.S. tech companies to produce data about individual users without a warrant, so long as the search target is not a U.S. citizen or resident.

Data Driven: Explore how cops are collecting and sharing our travel patterns using automated license plate readers

Data Driven: Explore how cops are collecting and sharing our travel patterns using automated license plate readers

EFF and MuckRock are releasing ALPR records obtained from 200 law enforcement agencies, accounting for more than 2.5 -billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017 Today we are releasing records obtained from 200 agencies, accounting for more than 2.5 -billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017.

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

The Washington Post newspaper's online subscription options don't comply with European Union data protection rules – but the UK's privacy watchdog can only issue it with a firm telling off.

Face surveillance as a “security” measure will not stop violence

Face surveillance as a “security” measure will not stop violence

And contrary to claims we’ll hear for the next few decades from law enforcement about the life saving properties of face surveillance tools, it’s unlikely that the technology will ever stop a mass shooting, terrorist attack, or other serious threat to public safety.

Feds using Houston company to put surveillance cameras in streetlights

Feds using Houston company to put surveillance cameras in streetlights

"The targeted use of surveillance equipment used during investigations into drug trafficking, human smuggling, human trafficking and other illicit activities is consistent with other federal law-enforcement agencies," ICE officials wrote in an emailed statement to KHOU 11.

EPIC Urges Department of Defense to Limit Disclosure of Personnel Records

In to the Department of Defense, EPIC has proposed privacy safeguards for the agency's Personnel Vetting system of records. EPIC opposes the records system's disclosure standards that authorize sharing of individuals' personal information with any requesting source as part of an investigation, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and foreign law enforcement entities.

Schneier on Security

Both the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights. It's unclear where the DEA and ICE streetlight cameras have been installed, or where the next deployments will take place.

Microsoft Violates GDPR by Covertly Collecting MS Office Data

Microsoft Violates GDPR by Covertly Collecting MS Office Data

More specifically, at fault of breaking the EU regulations is the telemetry data collection mechanism utilized by Microsoft Office, as reported by Dutch authorities. Apparently, Microsoft collects up to 25,000 types of Office events data which is accessible to at least 30 engineering teams.

The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

Earlier this week, the DEA issued a solicitation for “concealments made to house network PTZ [Pan-Tilt-Zoom] camera, cellular modem, cellular compression device,” noting that the government intended to give the contract to Obsidian Integration LLC, an Oregon company with a sizable number of federal law enforcement customers.

Iris Recognition

Iris Recognition

Making the risk of data breach even greater, law enforcement often stores its iris biometrics on databases operated by vendors and other private third parties.

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

What used to be officers canvassing the area where a crime took place is now a warrant sent to Google to obtain location data and identifying info for all people and devices in the area.

A Busy Week for Data Privacy

A Busy Week for Data Privacy

We at the FTC have an important role to play because we are the ones who are responsible for enforcing that Privacy Shield framework against companies that fail to adhere to it,” Smith said.

Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How

Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How

On Wednesday, he cited sources from the forensic community who’ve told him that Apple’s efforts to keep bad actors and law enforcement from cracking into its users’ phones have paid off. In March, Forbes reported that GrayShift counts at least one ex-Apple security engineer as part of its team.

Amazon worker pushes Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement

Amazon worker pushes Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement

A group of over 400 employees signed a letter in June urging Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to law enforcement and working with Palantir, which provides digital services to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

DNA testing companies put everyone’s privacy at risk

DNA testing companies put everyone’s privacy at risk

“Take home message: Your DNA can identify you whether you took or not a DTC test,” Yaniv Erlich, the lead author of the study, said on Twitter.

Cops Told ‘Don’t Look’ at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out

Cops Told ‘Don’t Look’ at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out

But still, in a set of presentation slides obtained by Motherboard this week, one company specialising in mobile forensics is telling investigators not to even look at phones with Face ID, because they might accidentally trigger this mechanism.

Australian Encryption Bill – An Exploitable Backdoor in the Startup Community -

Australian Encryption Bill – An Exploitable Backdoor in the Startup Community -

Co-founder of block-chain startup Loki, Josh Jessop-Smith is concerned that the Australian encryption bill would entirely undermine their project. The main concern is that by allowing law enforcement to access encrypted data, it is a possibility that the business deal revolving around that data may become vulnerable and thus, get exploited easily.

Cop charged with selling phone tracking service on dark web

Cop charged with selling phone tracking service on dark web

A French police officer has been charged with using police intelligence data to power a mobile phone tracking service sold via the dark web. Operating under the username Haurus, the officer allegedly sold the service via a dark web site called the Black Hand.

Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia's encryption bill

Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia's encryption bill

Tech heavyweights Google and Facebook have joined civil and digital rights groups in an unusual alliance aimed at defeating Australia’s planned encryption laws. The Communications Alliance chief executive, John Stanton, said the government was trying to ram its encryption legislation through without proper consultation.

Police super-database poses a "grave risk" to privacy rights

Police super-database poses a "grave risk" to privacy rights

In one consultation, Liberty claimed, groups were told the new database would include information the goverment and police have no legal right to hold; but will do so regardless.

The Five Eyes Statement on Encryption: Things Are Seldom What They Seem

Earlier this September, law enforcement officials from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance—made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—met in Australia and issued a Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption .

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.

FBI forces Apple iPhone X owner to unlock device through Face ID

FBI forces Apple iPhone X owner to unlock device through Face ID

US law enforcement has forced an Apple iPhone X user to unlock their device with their face as part of an investigation. Law enforcement, search warrant in hand, then demanded that the man unlock his iPhone X which was protected by Face ID.

California Law Could be a Big Step Forward for Police Transparency

California Law Could be a Big Step Forward for Police Transparency

That transparency is especially important when it comes to the actions of local police, who carry weapons and have the power of arrest. In the state of California, accessing records about basic police policies often requires the filing of a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request.

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