Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

If tech companies won’t self-regulate their data collection practices and impose meaningful privacy-protecting restrictions on the way they handle our data, then it’s time for Congress to step up and take action.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 30, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 30, 2020

Three members of Congress have sent a letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to call for an investigation into federal surveillance on protests.

Netflix-style services undercut military recruiting ads, so DoD wants new authorities from Congress

Netflix-style services undercut military recruiting ads, so DoD wants new authorities from Congress

To combat the oversaturated market and the trend toward customized media consumption, which often eschews traditional advertising, the Defense Department asked Congress for authorities that expand information collection, mirror private sector ads and help tailor content to youths, according to Stephanie Miller, director of military accession policy within the Pentagon.

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu of Oakland, CA has issued a subpoena to Twitter asking the social media platform to provide the IP address and account registration information used to create and operate the Twitter account that has been established as the first link to an allegedly forged FBI document which some say is the root of the conspiracy surrounding the death of Seth Rich – a Democratic National Congress staffer who died in 2016.

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives antitrust report on Big Tech firms contains a “thinly veiled call to break up” the companies, Republican Congressman Ken Buck said in a draft response seen by Reuters.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, were prepared to testify virtually on Monday before the House Antitrust Subcommittee.

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

That’s why we’re asking you to contact your elected officials and tell them to co-sponsor and vote yes on the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020.

35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests

35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests

Eshoo (D-CA) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) have published a letter which was sent to multiple federal agencies demanding that the federal agencies stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests happening across the country.

IBM announces exit of facial recognition business

IBM announces exit of facial recognition business

"IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency," IBM CEO Arvind Krishna wrote in a letter to Congress on Monday.

House leadership is trying to ram through a reauthorization of FISA and PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities using an obscure Congressional mechanism

House leadership is trying to ram through a reauthorization of FISA and PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities using an obscure Congressional mechanism

Not only would this prevent the House of Representatives from voting on the popular Wyden-Daines amendment which would force the government to obtain a warrant before spying on people’s Internet activity, but it would also prevent the House from ratifying the Lee-Leahy amendment which has been passed by the Senate to protect journalists, political candidates, and religious groups from government surveillance.

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

Since Congress is likely voting tomorrow on the Lofgren-Davidson amendment to the PATRIOT Act, today is the day to contact your representatives and tell them how you’d like them to vote.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

The Patriot Act is up for renewal in Congress as the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has added in an amendment that would open up internet history to the list of information that the FBI and DOJ would be able to access without a warrant.

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

Civil liberties groups are urging Congress to block the FBI from viewing Americans' web-browsing history without a warrant

The Senate last week passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act that included language from Mitch McConnell granting the FBI authority to see web-browsing records without a warrant.

China moves to take full control over Hong Kong with a proposed national security law in China’s National People’s Congress

China moves to take full control over Hong Kong with a proposed national security law in China’s National People’s Congress

The National People’s Congress (NPC) in China is starting its bimonthly meetings and at the top of the agenda is a new national security law for Hong Kong.

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.

Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant

Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant

As if the original phone metadata siphoning provisions of the Patriot Act aren’t enough, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has introduced an amendment which would allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) to have access to anybody’s web browsing and search history under Section 215.

Senator Wyden Wants Congress to Investigate Which Local Cops Have Hacking Tools

Senator Wyden Wants Congress to Investigate Which Local Cops Have Hacking Tools

"Government hacking is among the most invasive forms of surveillance—tracking someone’s movements, turning on their webcam and microphone, or accessing photos and other sensitive data on a phone or computer," Senator Wyden told Motherboard in a statement.

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

The group’s board is set to include Susana Martinez, the former Republican governor of New Mexico; Bradley Smith, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission; and Chris Carney, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who’s now at a consulting firm, two people said.

Acting Intelligence Chief says he's "increasingly concerned" over handling of sensitive U.S. person information among agencies and orders broad review

Acting Intelligence Chief says he's "increasingly concerned" over handling of sensitive U.S. person information among agencies and orders broad review

But Grenell wrote, "As the Acting Director of National Intelligence, I serve as the approving official for dissemination of unmasked congressional identity information...I have become increasingly concerned with intelligence reports that inconsistently apply the policies and procedures governing how U.S. person identities are masked.".

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon in a written statement to the WSJ agreed that "like other retailers, we look at sales and store data to provide our customers with the best possible experience," adding, "however, we strictly prohibit our employees from using nonpublic, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch."

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.

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.”.

New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill In Congress Creates U.S. Digital Dollar

New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill In Congress Creates U.S. Digital Dollar

Both Speaker Pelosi’s ‘Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act’ and the ‘Financial Protections and Assistance for America’s Consumers, States, Businesses, and Vulnerable Populations Act (H.R. 6321),’ introduced by Chairwoman Maxine Waters of Financial Services Committee, introduced these concepts today as a way of delivering the economic stimulus payments to U.S. citizens.

Reject the "EARN IT Act" (s. 3398) which threatens free speech, encryption, privacy, and the nation's cybersecurity.

Reject the "EARN IT Act" (s. 3398) which threatens free speech, encryption, privacy, and the nation's cybersecurity.

We the people call upon Congress & this administration to protect our liberties, privacy, and security online as a nation by rejecting the EARN IT Act.

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of which I am a member, recently issued a comprehensive public report on the government's use of the now-defunct call detail records (CDR) program under the USA FREEDOM Act. The report includes never before released facts about the program and its compliance and data integrity challenges that ultimately led the National Security Agency (NSA), wisely, to suspend the program in early 2019.

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Roberts and Hawkins recently wrote an op-ed in the journal Science encouraging Congress to require companies to allow people to opt in (or out) of major changes to terms of service on health apps.

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

The EARN IT Act puts that question front and center by giving the attorney general the ultimate say in setting the “best practices” that will give Section 230 immunity for child exploitation suits.

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

If it isn’t stopped, the worst parts of this deal will likely come standard on future agreements, and Americans will be subject to more and more searches by foreign police.TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE U.S.-U.K. CLOUD ACT DEAL.

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing

Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing

channels, Tile has made the decision to continue raising concerns over Apple’s anti-competitive practices,” Tile’s general counsel Kirsten Daru told Reuters in an interview ahead of the hearing.

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