EU privacy watchdog calls for a pan-European smartphone app to track coronavirus

EU privacy watchdog calls for a pan-European smartphone app to track coronavirus

Faced with tens of thousands of coronavirus-related deaths, governments across the continent have launched, or plan to quickly launch smartphone tracking apps to trace people who came into contact with those infected and to monitor people under quarantine.

Coronavirus is halting US data privacy efforts across tech companies

Coronavirus is halting US data privacy efforts across tech companies

Data privacy has taken a backseat in terms of national priorities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, as Congress has shifted its whole focus to the virus and US tech companies have begun working with state and federal authorities to reach potential patients.

How to Protect Privacy When Aggregating Location Data to Fight COVID-19

How to Protect Privacy When Aggregating Location Data to Fight COVID-19

Ordinarily, users should have the choice of whether to opt-in to every new use of their data, but we recognize that obtaining consent to aggregate previously acquired location data to fight COVID-19 may be difficult with sufficient speed to address the public health need.

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

By contrast, it is the big ad-tech companies — especially Facebook and Google — that do not want to make it easy for consumers to avoid profiling, because their business models rely on it.

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Australia has become the latest country to track the movements of the public, with the federal and New South Wales governments having received the location data of millions of Vodafone Australia customers.

'The Charter still applies': Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic

'The Charter still applies': Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic

Provincial police spokesman Guy Lapointe told Montreal's La Presse on Friday that under the public health emergency, officers do not need a warrant signed by a judge to track people using geolocation.

COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

Each Community Mobility Report is broken down by location and displays the change in visits to places like grocery stores and parks.Visit Google's Privacy Policy to learn more about how we keep your data private, safe and secure.

In Italy, Going Back to Work May Depend on Having the Right Antibodies

In Italy, Going Back to Work May Depend on Having the Right Antibodies

The British government has floated the idea of “immunity passports,” though it is still struggling to complete even swab tests for an accurate snapshot of current infection levels, and the virus has not been present long enough in the British population to provide enough antibody data.

Google and Facebook are using aggregated location data to track lockdown effectiveness

Google and Facebook are using aggregated location data to track lockdown effectiveness

Google explained the process on Friday: The reports use aggregated, anonymized data to chart movement trends over time by geography, across different high-level categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

China’s “New IP” proposal to replace TCP/IP has a built in “shut up command” for censorship

China’s “New IP” proposal to replace TCP/IP has a built in “shut up command” for censorship

In it, the Chinese government and its state controlled telecommunications service and hardware providers (i.e. Huawei) make the case that TCP/IP is broken and won’t scale for use in the future internet which will include things like holographs and space-terrestrial communications.

Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims

Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims

Facebook representatives approached controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group to try and buy a tool that could help Facebook better monitor a subset of its users, according to an extraordinary court filing from NSO in an ongoing lawsuit.

Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications

Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications

“We do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy, or that the process is working as it was intended to help achieve the ‘scrupulously accurate’ standard for FISA applications,” Horowitz wrote in a “management advisory” addressed to FBI Director Chris Wray.

Privacy is not free

Privacy is not free

How Google or any company that offers free products to its users is generating revenue?You get a free product and no company is there to target you with ads or sell your data or other shenanigans.

Warning: Zoom Sends Encryption Keys To China (Sometimes)

Warning: Zoom Sends Encryption Keys To China (Sometimes)

When Citizen Lab looked at where their U.S.- and Canada-based Zoom conversations were being routed, the researchers discovered encryption keys were sometimes sent to Beijing, though would be handled by servers in other countries, too.

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Of course, such measures are effective tools to enforce a quarantine, and to prevent further spread of a deadly virus that is confirmed to have infected almost one million people, according to data from Worldometers.

Zoom's CEO apologizes for its many security issues as daily users balloon to 200 million

Zoom's CEO apologizes for its many security issues as daily users balloon to 200 million

In a blog post published Wednesday, Yuan said usage had increased by 1,900%, with 200 million daily free and paying users in March, up from 10 million at the end of December.

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

While the details of the new monitoring system have not been confirmed, official statements and leaked plans have indicated they could include mobile apps that track users’ location, CCTV cameras with facial recognition software, QR codes, mobile phone data and credit card records.

​People In Kentucky Are Getting Ankle Monitors For Breaking Quarantine Measures

​People In Kentucky Are Getting Ankle Monitors For Breaking Quarantine Measures

As many parts of the world remain on lockdown to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, authorities in Kentucky have introduced news measures to ensure people are following orders - by making them wear ankle monitors.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread

Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread

Additionally, legal safeguards on location data in the UK mean that the government only receives information from mobile carriers in aggregated form, which prevents individuals from being identified.

Saudi Arabia Exploiting Wireless SS7 Flaw to Track Targets In The United States

Saudi Arabia Exploiting Wireless SS7 Flaw to Track Targets In The United States

U.S. carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile routinely receive Provide Subscriber Information (PSI) messages from foreign phone companies to help them track roaming costs for users on foreign cell plans traveling abroad.

The govt can now track cellphone locations back to 5 March: how Covid-19 tracing will work

The govt can now track cellphone locations back to 5 March: how Covid-19 tracing will work

As of Thursday the South African government can trace the movements of any South African cellphone user back as far as 5 March, in order to fight Covid-19.That movement data will go into a special database to identify anyone who may have had physical contact with a person known to be carrying the SARS-Cov-2 virus, for possible testing and quarantine.

Elon Musk's SpaceX bans Zoom over privacy concerns: memo

Elon Musk's SpaceX bans Zoom over privacy concerns: memo

(Reuters) - Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX has banned its employees from using video conferencing app Zoom, citing “significant privacy and security concerns,” according to a memo seen by Reuters, days after U.S. law enforcement warned users about the security of the popular app.

Open Source Code – The Future of User Privacy

Open Source Code – The Future of User Privacy

Here’s why open source code is the only way to enjoy true privacy, and why you should use an open source VPN client if you want to secure your online data.

Memento Labs, the Reborn Hacking Team, Is Struggling

Memento Labs, the Reborn Hacking Team, Is Struggling

"There’s only two developers left, and none of them are competent enough to keep up certain projects," a former Hacking Team and Memento Labs employee, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss internal issues, told Motherboard.

Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing

Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing

This is known as transport encryption, which is different from end-to-end encryption because the Zoom service itself can access the unencrypted video and audio content of Zoom meetings.

Marriott Suffers Second Breach Exposing Data of 5.2 Million Hotel Guests

Marriott Suffers Second Breach Exposing Data of 5.2 Million Hotel Guests

The company has already taken the step of disabling the passwords of Marriott Bonvoy members who had their information potentially exposed in the incident, and they will be notified to change their passwords during the next login, as well as prompted to enable multi-factor authentication.

Zoom is a work-from-home privacy disaster waiting to happen

Zoom is a work-from-home privacy disaster waiting to happen

We reached out to Zoom in an effort to determine whether meeting participants are notified if and when hosts enable attendee attention tracking, but received no immediate response.However, there's more: That said, Zoom does use certain standard advertising tools which require Personal Data (think, for example, Google Ads and Google Analytics).

Coronavirus Confinement Challenges Intelligence Services

Coronavirus Confinement Challenges Intelligence Services

The home confinement of hundreds of millions of people worldwide to halt coronavirus contagion has presented intelligence services with a challenge: monitoring an explosion in internet traffic, above board and not, even as their own capacity is reduced.

Zoom is Leaking Peoples' Email Addresses and Photos to Strangers

Zoom is Leaking Peoples' Email Addresses and Photos to Strangers

The issue lies in Zoom's "Company Directory" setting, which automatically adds other people to a user's lists of contacts if they signed up with an email address that shares the same domain.

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