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 accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

San Francisco - In a significant ruling, a judge in the US has directed Google to face a class-action lawsuit seeking $5 billion, that claimed the tech giant is tracking and collecting data even when people use the private 'Incognito' mode on its Chrome browser.

Demand for fee to use password app LastPass sparks backlash

Demand for fee to use password app LastPass sparks backlash

Two investment firms, Elliott Management and Francisco Partners, acquired the service as part of their $4.3 billion buyout of Internet software group LogMeIn in September last year.Experts say it is hard to know whether the new limitations on the free version of LastPass will encourage more paying users to sign up.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 11, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 11, 2020

Now, thanks to a written inquiry by Senator Ron Wyden, we now know that the Patriot Act has been used for internet surveillance, as well.France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones.

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s data privacy watchdog has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Alphabet’s Google for breaching the country’s rules on online advertising trackers (cookies).

France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones

France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones

The proposed legislation would bring in wide-ranging police surveillance in France, but the main concern of demonstrators is Article 24, which is designed to penalize the “malicious” dissemination of images of French police officers: Pending legislation in France’s parliament would create a new criminal offense for publishing images of police officers with intent to cause them harm.

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Starting in early 2021, Apple's operating software will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their advertising identifier, a key number used to deliver targeted ads and check how ad campaigns performed.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

The threat of police exploiting surveillance technology to spy on people exercising their First Amendment rights was a primary motivation for San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passing 2019's groundbreaking Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Fitbits on our wrists collect our health and fitness data; Apple promises privacy but lots of iPhone apps can still share our personal information; and who really knows what they’re agreeing to when a website asks, “Do You Accept All Cookies?” Most people just click “OK” and hope for the best, says former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

San Francisco Police Use Banned Tech to Build Gun Case

San Francisco Police Use Banned Tech to Build Gun Case

(TNS) — San Francisco police investigators may have circumvented the city’s ban on facial recognition technology by building a gun case, in part, on facial recognition software used by another law enforcement agency, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Chronicle.

Despite Denials, LAPD Reportedly Used Facial Recognition Nearly 30,000 Times Since 2009

Despite Denials, LAPD Reportedly Used Facial Recognition Nearly 30,000 Times Since 2009

California has enacted a three-year ban on the use of facial recognition technology in police body cameras.Last year, San Francisco and Oakland banned the use of any facial recognition by police and other city departments.

San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) conducted mass surveillance of protesters at the end of May and in early June using a downtown business district's camera network, according to new records obtained by EFF.

Exclusive: More than 1,000 people at Twitter had ability to aid hack of accounts

Exclusive: More than 1,000 people at Twitter had ability to aid hack of accounts

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More than a thousand Twitter employees and contractors as of earlier this year had access to internal tools that could change user account settings and hand control to others, two former employees said, making it hard to defend against the hacking that occurred last week.

Why Is a Tech Executive Installing Security Cameras Around San Francisco?

Why Is a Tech Executive Installing Security Cameras Around San Francisco?

Longtime San Francisco residents and the tech workers have not historically seen eye-to-eye on many things.Around a quarter of San Francisco parents send their children to private school, a higher percentage than many large cities, including New York.

France passes legislation to block adult websites that don’t comply with new age verification framework

France passes legislation to block adult websites that don’t comply with new age verification framework

France plans to implement an age verification system for pornography and expand website blocking powers to punish non-compliant websites.The new law would grant the French audiovisual authority, CSA, the power to verify that adult websites are properly implementing age verification.

Hundreds of Police Departments with Deadly Histories Partner with Amazon’s Ring Surveillance Cameras

Hundreds of Police Departments with Deadly Histories Partner with Amazon’s Ring Surveillance Cameras

San Francisco – Research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) shows that hundreds of U.S. police departments with deadly histories have official partnerships with Amazon’s Ring—a home-surveillance company that makes it easy to send video footage to law enforcement.

Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional

Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional

The latest ruling by the French court undermines the argument that general filters of this kind should be adopted under the Digital Services Act – something that is already controversial, in any case.

Boston Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology. It's The 2nd-Largest City To Do So

Boston Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology. It's The 2nd-Largest City To Do So

Boston has banned the use of facial surveillance technology in the city, becoming the second-largest community in the world to do so.Boston is now the second-largest city in the world to ban facial recognition technology, behind San Francisco.

Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google's Chrome shows new security weakness

Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google's Chrome shows new security weakness

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tech companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft on Thursday pledged to improve and standardise annual disclosures around online child exploitation, as they fight off moves to limit encryption.

Coinbase wants to identify Bitcoin users for DEA, IRS

Coinbase wants to identify Bitcoin users for DEA, IRS

However, a spokesperson for the San Francisco-based company told Decrypt that the firm offers its Coinbase Analytics product to financial institutions and law enforcement agencies to support compliance and investigation purposes.

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

The different European apps use low-energy signals shared by devices with Bluetooth technology to anonymously record whether there are people nearby.Like Britain, France rejected new mobile software for tracing apps jointly developed by United States technology companies Google and Apple.

Flaw in iPhone, iPads may have allowed hackers to steal data for years

Flaw in iPhone, iPads may have allowed hackers to steal data for years

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is planning to fix a flaw that a security firm said may have left more than half a billion iPhones vulnerable to hackers.

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

In the mind of France’s Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, there is no question: If an application can help fight the Covid-19 pandemic in France by alerting smartphone users that they have been close to a sick person, it should be used.

Facebook asks users about coronavirus symptoms, releases friendship data to researchers

Facebook asks users about coronavirus symptoms, releases friendship data to researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday it would start surveying some U.S. users about their health as part of a Carnegie Mellon University research project aimed at generating “heat maps” of self-reported coronavirus infections.

New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data

New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday sued Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google search engine, alleging that its educational software collects young students’ personal information without the required parental consent.

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.

Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail

Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail

Francis Rawls, a former police officer, had been in jail since 2015, when a federal judge held him in contempt for failing to decrypt two hard drives taken from his home.

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

“Perhaps the greatest overarching question related to the investigation of this case is how the government was able to pierce Tor’s veil of anonymity and locate the IP address of the server in France,” Marques’s defense lawyers wrote in a recent filing.

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