Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant.

Facial recognition thermometer installed in buses in south China

Facial recognition thermometer installed in buses in south China

The smart thermometer can take body temperature in seconds and issue an alert if abnormal data is detected, according to the Guangzhou Municipal Transportation Bureau.

The industry is looking to first-party data to replace cookies, but the open web may lose out

The industry is looking to first-party data to replace cookies, but the open web may lose out

At the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Palm Springs, California, on Feb. 10, the IAB Tech Lab proposed developing a new identifier based on people’s email addresses or phone numbers, which provide a more consistent, deterministic way of recognizing someone than the third-party cookie ever did.

Researchers warn census privacy efforts may muddy federal data

Researchers warn census privacy efforts may muddy federal data

The policy change came after Census Bureau research found that an attacker could isolate almost half of the respondents using public data, allowing them to be cross referenced with commercially available medical data, purchasing information and the like.

Moscow Cops Sell Access to City CCTV, Facial Recognition Data

Moscow Cops Sell Access to City CCTV, Facial Recognition Data

Andrey Kaganskikh, the journalist that did the investigation says that the sellers are law enforcement individuals as well as government bureaucrats that can log into the Integrated Center for Data Processing and Storage (YTKD), the very system that keeps the data from cameras in Moscow.

FBI warns that smart TV you just bought may be spying on you

FBI warns that smart TV you just bought may be spying on you

In addition to outlining how new advanced technological features risk allowing television manufacturers and app developers to snoop on consumers, the bureau says malicious cyber actors can also take control of unsecured smart TVs and potentially wreak havoc on unsuspecting owners.

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

FBI tells people to put black tape over smart TV cameras to protect against hackers

According to the intelligence agency's Portland, Oregon, bureau, which issued a reminder last week, the useful features of a smart TV, such as internet connection, microphones and cameras, are also means that hackers can use to gain access to your home.

FBI Wants Tech to Track Social Media for Criminals and Terrorists Before They Act

FBI Wants Tech to Track Social Media for Criminals and Terrorists Before They Act

The Federal Bureau of Investigations aims to acquire access to a “social media early alerting tool” that will help insiders proactively and reactively monitor how terrorist groups, foreign intelligence services, criminal organizations and other domestic threats use networking platforms to further their illegal efforts, according to a request for proposal amended this week.

Photo ID is Obsolete and Unnecessary. Facial Recognition Technology Makes it Dangerous.

Photo ID is Obsolete and Unnecessary. Facial Recognition Technology Makes it Dangerous.

Citing documents gathered by Georgetown Law researchers, the Post reports that at least two federal agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have — for years — mined state photo ID databases to populate their own facial recognition databases.

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax Inc. has agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories, which alleged that the credit reporting company’s failure to take reasonable steps to secure its network led to a data breach in 2017 that affected approximately 147 million people.

FBI plans to look at your social media even more than it already does

FBI plans to look at your social media even more than it already does

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently looking to acquire new tools to monitor the social media accounts of individuals it believes pose a threat to national security.

A Second U.S. City Has Banned Facial Recognition

A Second U.S. City Has Banned Facial Recognition

The "Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance," which passed through Somerville's City Council on Thursday night, forbids any “department, agency, bureau, and/or subordinate division of the City of Somerville” from using facial recognition software in public spaces.

Ron Paul Warns: Medical IDs Are The Enemy Of Privacy, Liberty, & Health

Ron Paul Warns: Medical IDs Are The Enemy Of Privacy, Liberty, & Health

A unique patient identifier would allow federal bureaucrats and government-favored special interests to access health information simply by entering an individual’s unique patient ID into a database.

Big Brother Has Terrible Eyesight

Big Brother Has Terrible Eyesight

Back in 2016, GAO found that the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lacked proper privacy safeguards and had done little to test the accuracy of their facial recognition databases.

Charles Koch and George Soros team up with Patreon, Mozilla, Pinterest and more to stamp out “hate” online

Charles Koch and George Soros team up with Patreon, Mozilla, Pinterest and more to stamp out “hate” online

Pinterest insider, Eric Cochran, who exposed internal blacklist speaks out - calls big tech companies “dark censorship bureaus”. Pinterest insider, Eric Cochran, who exposed internal blacklist speaks out - calls big tech companies “dark censorship bureaus”.

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs

It contains about 36 million photographs, according to Gretta Goodwin of the GAO.But taking into account the bureau contracts providing access to driver’s licenses in 21 states, and its use of photos and other databases, the FBI has access to about 640 million photographs, Goodwin told lawmakers at the House oversight committee hearing.

Hundreds of agencies, including the FBI and ICE, have access to Ohio AG’s facial recognition platform

Hundreds of agencies, including the FBI and ICE, have access to Ohio AG’s facial recognition platform

More than 4,500 individuals at federal and local law enforcement agencies currently have access to a facial recognition database hosted by the Ohio Attorney General’s office, including at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

US Government proves again that it has no problem spying on American citizens

US Government proves again that it has no problem spying on American citizens

Over fifty individuals – including eight American citizens – are accusing the US government of violating their privacy rights by tracking them in a secret database compiled and shared between Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and even agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in San Diego.

Citrix Internal Network Ravaged By Foreign Hackers, 6TB Of Data Stolen

Citrix Internal Network Ravaged By Foreign Hackers, 6TB Of Data Stolen

home IT/Enterprise by Paul Lilly — Saturday, March 09, 2019 Citrix Internal Network Ravaged By Foreign Hackers, 6TB Of Data Stolen Citrix Systems said it is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate a major data breach by international cyber criminals into the company's internal network.

Ad industry groups scramble to push federal regulation for consumer privacy

Ad industry groups scramble to push federal regulation for consumer privacy

The trade bodies—Interactive Advertising Bureau, Internet Association, Retail Industry Leaders Association, The Software Alliance and the 21st Century Privacy Coalition, which represents telecom interests—met with lawmakers on Wednesday during a Senate committee hearing titled "Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States." The groups unanimously agreed that preempting California's Privacy Act with federal regulation would best serve consumers.

The FBI Wants Your Spit

The FBI Wants Your Spit

While many people are enjoying the genealogical research aided by companies such as 23andMe, Ancestry.com , and MyHeritage, they are also unaware that law enforcement is using them as “genetic informants.” In fact, Family Tree DNA has been allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to submit suspects’ DNA in order to investigate unsolved violent crimes.

Australia’s government and political parties hit by cyber attack from ‘sophisticated state actor’

Australia’s government and political parties hit by cyber attack from ‘sophisticated state actor’

Reportedly, the incident sports “the digital fingerprints of China” but there remains the possibility that the attack was framed to look like it originated from China. The national government was attacked in 2015 by a “foreign government” (later named as China) that reportedly used computers at the Bureau of Meteorology as its entry point.

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

"Whether they’ll be able to be effective inside what’s become a big bureaucracy that makes money off of knowing a ton about us remains to be seen." Jen King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, thinks it's a sign Facebook may be ready to actually take privacy seriously.

Google and IAB ad category lists show “massive leakage of highly intimate data”, GDPR complaint claims

Google and IAB ad category lists show “massive leakage of highly intimate data”, GDPR complaint claims

The individuals filing the complaints have now submitted additional evidence showing lists of ad categories used by Google and online ad industry association, the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), that they say show sensitive inferences are systematically made.

The FBI ‘Can Neither Confirm nor Deny’ That It Monitors Your Social Media Posts

The FBI ‘Can Neither Confirm nor Deny’ That It Monitors Your Social Media Posts

Indeed, in its letter responding to our FOIA request, the FBI said that simply acknowledging its use of social media surveillance would “risk circumvention of the law.” The bureau seems to be saying that if people knew that the government is monitoring what they’re saying on social media, they’d be less likely to say it.

Establishing identity is a vital, risky and changing business

Establishing identity is a vital, risky and changing business

The economic incentives of the internet mean that these systems, like government bureaucracies, associate identity with ever greater swathes of information built up by the data-brokers who manage the flows of information between advertisers, tech firms and consumer companies.

1-800-Surveillance State: Agencies Can Snoop On Any Computer, Says Centre

1-800-Surveillance State: Agencies Can Snoop On Any Computer, Says Centre

Highlights Home Ministry gives 10 central agencies sweeping powers Can now intercept, monitor data on any computer, not just emails, calls Includes Intelligence Bureau, anti-narcotics and tax agencies

Hearing Thursday: EFF Asks Court to Require FBI Disclosure of National Security Letter Recipients Who've Been Released From Gag Orders

Hearing Thursday: EFF Asks Court to Require FBI Disclosure of National Security Letter Recipients Who've Been Released From Gag Orders

San Francisco, California—On Thursday, December 20, at 10 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge to order the FBI to release the names of national security letter (NSLs) recipients that are no longer under a bureau gag order blocking them from speaking out.

Confidentiality Of Responses To U.S. Census May Come Up For 'Renewed Debate'

Confidentiality Of Responses To U.S. Census May Come Up For 'Renewed Debate'

The confidentiality of census information came up after Rep. Jimmy Gomez — a Democrat from California who serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — asked a follow-up question after the acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, John Gore, appeared at a congressional hearing in May. Gomez requested a written response on whether there are any laws that could compel the Census Bureau "to disclose confidential census data for law enforcement or national security purposes."

China's Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

China's Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

The new social credit system under development will consolidate reams of records from private companies and government bureaucracies into a single “citizen score” for each Chinese citizen.

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