Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras

Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras

Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to "systemic design flaws" discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.

Computer science student discovers privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras

Computer science student discovers privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras

Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to systemic design flaws discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.

Scraping Court Records Data to Find Dirty Cops

Scraping Court Records Data to Find Dirty Cops

Below, we’ve provided a detailed breakdown of what this potential reality could look like when applied to one South Florida county’s public databases, along with information on how citizens and communities can use public data to better understand the behaviors of local law enforcement and even individual police officers.

Google location data turned a random biker into a burglary suspect

Google location data turned a random biker into a burglary suspect

A Florida man who used a fitness app to track his bike rides found himself a suspect in a burglary when police used a geofence warrant to collect data from nearby devices, an NBC News investigation finds.

Massive data leak exposes medical records, mugshots and IDs of more than 36,000 US inmates

Massive data leak exposes medical records, mugshots and IDs of more than 36,000 US inmates

JailCore was left unsecure and unencrypted on an Amazon server, impacting locations in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia The bucket was discovered by vpmMentor on January 3rd, but was not closed until nearly two weeks later.

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

According to the report: *-- The FBI has reconstructed an iPhone belonging to the shooter behind the December Naval Air Station attack in Pensacola, Florida, but still can't access the encrypted data on the device, Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter

FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter

The FBI asked Apple this week to help extract data from iPhones that belonged to the Saudi aviation student who investigators say fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida last month.

Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

Alexa, did he do it? Smart device could be witness in suspicious Florida death

But police believe the Amazon Echo smart speaker devices in the home, known as Alexa because of the common “wake” word used to activate them, may have heard and recorded something relevant during the fatal altercation when the couple argued after a night out, the Sun Sentinel reported.

What the first porta-potty can teach designers about digital privacy

What the first porta-potty can teach designers about digital privacy

“Physical and digital privacy are more closely aligned than different, but data is abstracted from a person or community,” explains University of Florida associate professor Jasmine McNealy.What do we call this era of digital privacy?

The Florida DMV sells your personal information and there’s no way to opt out

The Florida DMV sells your personal information and there’s no way to opt out

ABC News Florida’s I-Team issued a breaking news story last week, revealing government documents that prove that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV) sells personal information of residents to third party companies.

Florida’s DMV is selling drivers’ personal information to bill collectors and data brokers

Florida’s DMV is selling drivers’ personal information to bill collectors and data brokers

A state spokesperson told WFTS there’s no way for Florida residents to opt out if they don’t want their personal information sold:The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides public records as legally required, in accordance with federal and state law, and as a necessary function in order for customers to efficiently conduct everyday business.

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

The letter describes the database as “part of an alarming trend in Florida over the past year,” alongside other new record-collection requirements outlined in the Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. Across the country, too, more and more schools and governments are looking toward surveillance technology to ease their security concerns.

Digital license plates now in 3 states, with more on the way

Digital license plates now in 3 states, with more on the way

Reviver CEO Neville Boston with the digital license plate that can be updated wirelessly with registration, Amber Alerts and other information in real time. California is one of three states that have legalized the use of digital license plates, and several more -- like Texas and Florida -- are considering them.

Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

He has retained counsel and informed Airbnb that he is considering filing a civil suit against it under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. He says the company should have flagged his host sooner for the name discrepancy and the fact that he did not have his landlord’s permission to rent out the property, which is in violation of Airbnb’s terms of service.

When Facial Recognition Is Used to Identify Defendants, They Have a Right to Obtain Information About the Algorithms Used on Them, EFF Tells Court

When Facial Recognition Is Used to Identify Defendants, They Have a Right to Obtain Information About the Algorithms Used on Them, EFF Tells Court

We urged the Florida Supreme Court yesterday to review a closely-watched lawsuit to clarify the due process rights of defendants identified by facial recognition algorithms used by law enforcement.

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

According to Securus’s 2019 Investigator Pro contract with Alachua County, Florida (which includes Gainesville), “Inmates will participate in a covert voice print enrollment process.” In Texas, state prisoners must enroll in the voice recognition program if they want to make calls.

'Lax' Security At TwitchCon Causes Anxiety In Wake Of Deadly Shooting

'Lax' Security At TwitchCon Causes Anxiety In Wake Of Deadly Shooting

Twitch TwitchCon attendees complained of inadequate security at the convention in San Jose, California, this weekend despite the deadly shooting at the Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Aug. 26.

Court: Teen’s driving killed someone, but he can’t be forced to give up passcode

Court: Teen’s driving killed someone, but he can’t be forced to give up passcode

A Florida state appellate court has ruled that an inebriated teenager involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of another person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode to his iPhone 7—the boy can indeed invoke a Fifth Amendment privilege, protecting him against self-incrimination.

Could Monitoring Students on Social Media Stop the Next School Shooting?

Could Monitoring Students on Social Media Stop the Next School Shooting?

In 2015, as the first anniversary of a shooting at Florida State approached, a post expressing sympathy for the gunman and an intent to visit the campus was intercepted by Social Sentinel, the campus police chief said.

“Get a warrant”—Florida appeals court admonishes cops in two murder cases

“Get a warrant”—Florida appeals court admonishes cops in two murder cases

Florida, the Fourth District reversed a lower court ruling that denied the suppression of cell-site location information (CSLI).