The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Governments in the G7 and around the world need to resist this seemingly benign request from their law enforcement establishments, and resolve instead to make sure that their citizens have the best tool to protect them: strong encryption, from end to end, deployed widely, to defend the society against its attackers.

California bill to expand privacy protections fails

California bill to expand privacy protections fails

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California’s senate blocked a bill on Thursday that would have expanded the ability of consumers to sue companies over their handling of personal data, a win for tech industry groups concerned about wide-ranging privacy lawsuits.

NSO owner tells Amnesty it will prevent abuse of spyware linked to WhatsApp breach

NSO owner tells Amnesty it will prevent abuse of spyware linked to WhatsApp breach

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - NSO Group’s owner said it will do whatever necessary to ensure the Israeli firm’s spyware does not undermine human rights, after Amnesty International sought to revoke the export license for NSO, which has been linked to a WhatsApp breach.

Should Police Facial Recognition Be Banned?

Should Police Facial Recognition Be Banned?

While San Francisco officials ponder a ban we should consider if there are policies that could allow for police to use facial recognition without putting our civil liberties at risk or if the potential for abuse is so great that it warrants a ban.

Phone and laptop searches at US border 'quadruple'

Phone and laptop searches at US border 'quadruple'

There were 33,295 searches of travellers' devices in the 2018 financial year. "And that would be a factor that might give an agent reasonable suspicion for a border search.".

Detroit Police Used Cellphone Location Tracking Dozens Of Times In 2018

Detroit Police Used Cellphone Location Tracking Dozens Of Times In 2018

In October 2017, the Detroit Police Department (DPD) obtained a cell-site simulator, which is a type of surveillance technology that locates and tracks phones by mimicking cell phone towers.

California: Tell the Senate To Empower You To Protect Your Own Privacy

California: Tell the Senate To Empower You To Protect Your Own Privacy

Speak up to protect your privacy rights, and demand that Sen. Portantino and the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee do the same by supporting S.B.

How the U.K. Won’t Keep Porn Away From Teens

How the U.K. Won’t Keep Porn Away From Teens

The British government has touted its mandatory age check as a “world-first” that will help make Britain the “safest place in the world to be online,” particularly for children.

We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here’s What We Found Out.

We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here’s What We Found Out.

The information we uncovered through our lawsuit shows that CBP and ICE are asserting near-unfettered authority to search and seize travelers’ devices at the border, for purposes far afield from the enforcement of immigration and customs laws.

New Documents Reveal DHS Asserting Broad, Unconstitutional Authority to Search Travelers’ Phones and Laptops

New Documents Reveal DHS Asserting Broad, Unconstitutional Authority to Search Travelers’ Phones and Laptops

The request for summary judgment comes after the groups obtained documents and deposition testimony revealing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorize border officials to search travelers’ phones and laptops for general law enforcement purposes, and consider requests from other government agencies when deciding whether to conduct such warrantless searches.

A court ruling ‘chalking’ illegal could make way for more privacy-invasive tech

A court ruling ‘chalking’ illegal could make way for more privacy-invasive tech

The city initially won but the U.S. Sixth Circuit Appeals Court reversed the decision, said that chalking is a form of trespass that requires a warrant, similar to attaching a tracker to a car to monitor its real-time location, according to the court’s ruling.

Congress sends letter to Google for details on Sensorvault location tracking database

Congress sends letter to Google for details on Sensorvault location tracking database

Online security 101: How to protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government Source code of Iranian cyber-espionage tools leaked on Telegram Microsoft loses control over Windows Tiles subdomain Failed student jailed for Silk Road, dark web drug profiteering US legislators have sent an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for details about Sensorvault, an internal Google database that keeps track of users' historical geo-location details.

Court Says Using Chalk On Tires For Parking Enforcement Violates Constitution

Court Says Using Chalk On Tires For Parking Enforcement Violates Constitution

"Trespassing upon a privately-owned vehicle parked on a public street to place a chalk mark to begin gathering information to ultimately impose a government sanction is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment," Taylor's lawyer, Philip Ellison, wrote in a court filing.

California's Assembly Will Consider Only Industry Bills

California's Assembly Will Consider Only Industry Bills

We are disappointed the California Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee will not hear A.B. 1760 , which would have substantially strengthened the California Consumer Privacy Act. Tomorrow, the Privacy Committee will instead vote on several bills backed by Big Tech interests that will erode the CCPA and the promises this law made to give all Californians the privacy rights they want and deserve.

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.

DEA Continues Mass Surveillance of Americans Phone Call Records

DEA Continues Mass Surveillance of Americans Phone Call Records

According to a report recently released by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing to operate its mass surveillance program which collects billions of call detail records of Americans and foreigners every day.

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Even ignoring this obvious potential for new abuse, it’s also substantially closer to that dystopian reality of a world where law enforcement is 100% effective, eliminating the possibility to experience alternative ideas that might better suit us.

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

On April 12, Media Alliance and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a request for investigation into possible misuse of the CLETS database and a request that the agency cease all similar background checks on journalists and advocates engaged in oversight roles.

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.

Feds Helping to Create 9,000 Spy Zones in U.S. Cities

Feds Helping to Create 9,000 Spy Zones in U.S. Cities

In three years, the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, will be transformed into a massive surveillance city equipped with facial recognition cameras, license plate readers and spying public Wi-Fi zones.

Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data

Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data

However, people don't necessarily realize that Google keeps the info for an indefinite period, or that the history is detailed enough to provide a picture of street-by-street movements to investigators.

Four Steps Facebook Should Take to Counter Police Sock Puppets

Four Steps Facebook Should Take to Counter Police Sock Puppets

Despite Facebook’s repeated warnings that law enforcement is required to use “authentic identities” on the social media platform, cops continue to create fake and impersonator accounts to secretly spy on users.

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

In a network of suspicious Facebook accounts linked to the University of Farmington, the college’s alleged president, Ali “AJ” Milani, liked the Michigan Jaguars sports club and had a 51-person friend list that was mostly people from south Asia, despite Milani ostensibly living in Detroit.

Which DNA Databases Are the Best and Worst for Privacy?

Which DNA Databases Are the Best and Worst for Privacy?

Rather, privacy concerns are greatest for databases where a person can upload DNA data and trawl for matches. Ever since the Golden State Killer suspect was identified last year, law enforcement has been turning to public DNA databases to solve cold cases.

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.

Family Tree DNA offers to trade privacy to catch criminals

Family Tree DNA offers to trade privacy to catch criminals

Buzzfeed reported in January that Family Tree DNA , one of the largest genetic testing companies in the country, regularly allowed FBI agents to search its database in order to solve crimes. Family Tree DNA, along with similar DNA testing services 23andMe and allows customers to opt-out of sharing such information with law enforcement.

The privacy risks of unchecked facial-recognition technology

The privacy risks of unchecked facial-recognition technology

The Washington state Legislature this session took up what would have been a landmark bill to put a moratorium on the acquisition and use of facial recognition technology by government agencies.

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.

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Rather than wait for court action, Utah legislators passed this latest privacy law, which requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant with probable cause in order to access any electronic data held by a third party, at least in most cases.

Criminal Suspects Deserve Genetic Privacy, Too

Criminal Suspects Deserve Genetic Privacy, Too

Both sites allow individuals to obtain raw DNA data files, which they can then upload to an open-source database like GEDmatch in order to connect them to distant family members.

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