Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Last November the European group filed a complaint to the German and Spanish data protection authorities concerning Apple's IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) on iPhones, claiming it was equivalent to a tracking cookie being placed by a website without the user's consent, which is against the EU's e-Privacy law.

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent.

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

(Reuters) - Two advocacy groups on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

"They targeted activists, journalists and dissidents among Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities from Xinjiang in China primarily living abroad in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the United States and other countries," Facebook said in a post Wednesday detailing its findings about the cyber espionage campaign.

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Civil liberties activists are suing a company that provides facial recognition services to law enforcement agencies and private companies around the world, contending that Clearview AI illegally stockpiled data on 3 billion people without their knowledge or permission.

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI enhances law enforcement agencies’ efforts to monitor these activists, as well as immigrants, people of color and those perceived as “dissidents,” such as Black Lives Matter activists, and can potentially discourage their engagement in protected political speech as a result, the plaintiffs say.

EU Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

EU Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

European Parliament services are coming under pressure from a group of lawmakers working with privacy activist Max Schrems over allegations that the institution’s coronavirus test management website is illegally siphoning data to US-based firms.

Apple hits back at European activist complaints against tracking tool

Apple hits back at European activist complaints against tracking tool

BERLIN (Reuters) - An Austrian privacy advocacy group drew a strongly critical response from Apple on Monday after it said an online tracking tool used in its devices breached European law.

European privacy activists file complaint over iPhone tracking software

European privacy activists file complaint over iPhone tracking software

But the non-profit group says that Apple's iOS operating system creates unique codes for each iPhone that allow the company and other third parties to "identify users across applications and even connect online and mobile behaviour.".

Privacy activist files complaints against Apple's tracking tool

Privacy activist files complaints against Apple's tracking tool

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group led by privacy activist Max Schrems on Monday filed complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities over Apple's AAPL.O online tracking tool, alleging that it allows iPhones to store users' data without their consent in breach of European law.

How privacy activists are fighting on multiple fronts to strengthen EU privacy laws that will have a global impact

How privacy activists are fighting on multiple fronts to strengthen EU privacy laws that will have a global impact

This is similar to a case that Privacy News Online wrote about last year, where the CJEU ruled that pre-ticked boxes for cookies are not valid for consent .

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

He gave a surprising reason.“I am involved with developing facial recognition to in fact use on Portland police officers, since they are not identifying themselves to the public,” Mr. Howell said.

Alleged Activision hack, 500,000 Call Of Duty players impacted

Alleged Activision hack, 500,000 Call Of Duty players impacted

More than 500,000 Activision accounts may have compromised as a result of a data breach suffered by the gaming firm on September 20, reported the eSports site Dexerto.

With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

Emboldened by that new law, Hong Kong security forces are turning to harsher tactics as they close a digital dragnet on activists, pro-democracy politicians and media leaders.

NYPD used facial recognition to track down Black Lives Matter activist

NYPD used facial recognition to track down Black Lives Matter activist

“The NYPD uses facial recognition as a limited investigative tool, comparing a still image from a surveillance video to a pool of lawfully possessed arrest photos,” said a spokesperson.In response to the report, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio told Gothamist that his office would reexamine the standards for police use of facial recognition.

Byron Holland: Facebook harms its customers and competitors with little to no consequence

Byron Holland: Facebook harms its customers and competitors with little to no consequence

Civil liberties groups, grassroots activists, multinational corporations and network operators like my group, the Canadian Internet Regulatory Authority (CIRA), have banded together to boycott the social media giant for its failure to curb the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech on its platform.

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Thanks to the tireless efforts of activists and organizations in Massachusetts and around the country, including EFF, this week Boston joins the ranks of cities that have banned government use of face surveillance.

Privacy-Focused OS Wants to Know How Facebook and the FBI Hacked it

Privacy-Focused OS Wants to Know How Facebook and the FBI Hacked it

The hacking tool relied on an unknown flaw—also called a zero-day in hacker lingo—in the default video player included in Tails, a well-known Linux-based operating system that’s used by journalists, dissidents, human rights activists, and security-focused users all over the world.

Refusing to unlock your phone? Jail. UK judge sentences activist under TERRORISM law

Refusing to unlock your phone? Jail. UK judge sentences activist under TERRORISM law

The leader of the anti-immigrant group Britain First was fined and given a suspended sentence for refusing to unlock his phone and computer to police after returning from a trip to Russia last year, under UK anti-terrorism laws.

Activists Are Trying to Stop the FBI From Snooping on Your Web History

Activists Are Trying to Stop the FBI From Snooping on Your Web History

Privacy advocates have launched a campaign calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—who impeached Donald Trump and called him “the most dangerous person in the history of our country”—to reintroduce the privacy amendment, which has enough support to pass in both chambers of Congress.

Google faces Privacy Complaint, accused of tracking EU users

Google faces Privacy Complaint, accused of tracking EU users

The complaint was filed by Max Shrems, an Austrian privacy activist, and accused the search giant of unlawfully monitoring users and passing on the “tracking ID’ to various advertisers.It was filed with the Austrian data protection authority and mainly concerned Android users.

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, April 24, 2020, ruled against a grassroots think tank and area activists who asked him to keep the surveillance program from taking off, arguing that it violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Activists in Minecraft made a digital library to bypass government censorship

Activists in Minecraft made a digital library to bypass government censorship

Different wings of the Uncensored Library feature works from journalists and news sites that have been banned in their respective countries.Worst yet, the Chinese government may leave the map up and instead use their powers to log information on who accesses the Uncensored Library within Minecraft and China and forward that information to their internet police.

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

Wang Aizhong, an activist based in Guangzhou, said: “This epidemic undoubtedly provides more reason for the government to surveil the public.

Activision Subpoenas Reddit to Identify Call of Duty Warzone ‘Leaker’

Activision Subpoenas Reddit to Identify Call of Duty Warzone ‘Leaker’

According to documents obtained by TorrentFreak, the gaming giant has also obtained a DMCA subpoena from a US court, which compels Reddit to hand over the personal details of a user who allegedly posted a leaked image to the site.

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

They had been working on an investigation into surveillance on journalists and human rights activists in a particular Middle Eastern nation, and had been in contact with sources the government was hostile to.One group of foreign correspondents, working on sensitive stories, were finding that their phone calls to some sources were automatically redirected.

Once Again, Two New Election App Breaches Exposed Personal Data on Millions of Israelis

Once Again, Two New Election App Breaches Exposed Personal Data on Millions of Israelis

In addition to the personal details of almost 6.5 million Israelis which leaked for the second time, the new flaws also revealed correspondence between activists and potential voters as well as the app’s source code, according to activist hacker Noam Rotem and Ran Bar-Zik, a senior developer at Verizon Media, who discovered the leaks.

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

The concern surrounding bloatware hinges on the fact they exist without the standard Android security model, with pre-installed apps able to access the microphone, camera, and location by default.The letter calls on Google to allow users to remove pre-installed bloatware, including all related background services.

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists | Caroline McCarthy | TEDxBoulder

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists | Caroline McCarthy | TEDxBoulder

In this talk former technology journalist and longtime media executive Caroline McCarthy offers a basic overview of what makes tech policy different from all the other political issues out there, and a framework for learning about it and getting involved with elected officials.

Facial recognition protesters put smartphones on their heads to scan the faces of 13,000 Washington DC inhabitants

Facial recognition protesters put smartphones on their heads to scan the faces of 13,000 Washington DC inhabitants

Three activists wandered around busy spots in Washington DC on Thursday using cameraphones to run people's faces through facial recognition software in protest against growing use of the technology.Protesters against facial recognition donned white hazmat suits and cameras to collect face scans of more than 13,000 people.

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