H&M Fined €35.2 Mn for Violating Employees’ Privacy

H&M Fined €35.2 Mn for Violating Employees’ Privacy

& Co KG (H&M) was fined €35.2 (US$41.1 million) by the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The amount of the fine imposed is therefore adequate and effective to deter companies from violating the privacy of their employees.

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.

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

Today, EFF is publishing “The Failed Fix to NSL Gag Orders,” a new report based on an in-depth analysis of records EFF obtained after we won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit earlier this year.

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

Judge Rules FBI Cannot Hide Use of Social Media Surveillance Tools

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Justice in January, claiming the government wrongly refused to confirm or deny the existence of social media surveillance records in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU claims multiple government agencies are ramping up efforts to monitor activity on online social networks, a surveillance tactic that “implicates the free speech of millions of social media users.”.

Over 230 UK Police Disciplined for Computer Misuse

Over 230 UK Police Disciplined for Computer Misuse

Hundreds of UK police officers have been disciplined over the past two financial years for misusing computer systems, a new Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

End the NSA's Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

End the NSA's Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

Ever since USA FREEDOM reformed the CDR program in 2015, the civil liberties community and members of Congress have repeatedly asked the NSA for information about how widespread the NSA’s surveillance is, but the agency has been unable or unwilling to provide that information.

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

This time around, the Hessian commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal.

Don't Trust the FBI to Properly Use Its Massive Facial Recognition Database

Don't Trust the FBI to Properly Use Its Massive Facial Recognition Database

"Using a series of Freedom of Information requests Big Brother Watch" found that "Metropolitan Police's facial recognition matches were 98% inaccurate, misidentifying 95 people at last year's Notting Hill Carnival as criminals," the civil liberties organization reports.

Spies with that? Police can snoop on McDonald's and Westfield wifi customers

Spies with that? Police can snoop on McDonald's and Westfield wifi customers

A briefing by the department, obtained under freedom of information, reveals that police can use new powers to compel a broad range of companies including social media giants, device manufacturers, telcos, retailers and providers of free wifi to provide information on users.

Privacy researchers push back on judge’s order to destroy NYPD public records

Privacy researchers push back on judge’s order to destroy NYPD public records

Privacy researchers obtained documents about the New York City Police Department’s use of facial recognition technology through a public records lawsuit. Any time a government agency orders documents that were obtained legally to be returned or destroyed is a threat to freedom of information and constitutional rights of reporters everywhere.

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

Key points: Privacy International have today published a report entitled 'Digital Stop and search: how the UK police can secretly download everything from your mobile phone' , based on Freedom of Information requests to 47 police forces across the UK about their use of 'mobile phone extraction' technologies, which enable them to download all the content and data from a mobile phone.

End the NSA's Invasive Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

End the NSA's Invasive Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

Under the CDR program, the NSA has collected information about millions of Americans’ phone calls. Ever since USA FREEDOM reformed the CDR program in 2015, the civil liberties community and members of Congress have repeatedly asked the NSA for information about how widespread the CDR program is, but the NSA has been unable or unwilling to provide that information.

Pentagon Says All of Google’s Work on Drones Is Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act

Pentagon Says All of Google’s Work on Drones Is Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act

According to a Pentagon memo signed last year, however, no one at Google needed worry: All 5,000 pages of documents about Google’s work on the drone effort, known as Project Maven, are barred from public disclosure, because they constitute “critical infrastructure security information.”.

Police are illegally giving personal location data to ICE, says ACLU

Police are illegally giving personal location data to ICE, says ACLU

Yet a trove of ICE documents obtained by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information lawsuit may show law enforcement agencies violating the provisions by handing license plate data over to the federal government.

Data Privacy Week: Privacy in Public Spaces

Data Privacy Week: Privacy in Public Spaces

The case emerged from a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests submitted by PI to police forces across the UK to find out which ones among them had purchased IMSI catchers.

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld The D.C. Circuit ruled today that the IRS "misunderstands its FOIA disclosure obligations" in EPIC v. IRS, EPIC's Freedom of Information Act case to obtain public release of President Trump's tax returns.

Revealed: FBI kept files on peaceful climate change protesters

Revealed: FBI kept files on peaceful climate change protesters

But according to documents obtained by the Guardian through a Freedom of Information Act (Foia) lawsuit, the file on the Iowa protesters was part of a larger effort by the FBI to assess the danger posed by the climate change activist group 350.org in the run-up to a series of actions that were part of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels campaign.

Opinion | The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

Opinion | The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

American companies remained free to gather data on the people who used their products. Congress is again wrestling with the balance between freedom of information and the right to privacy.

The Government Is Trying to Keep Key NSA Spying Rules Secret

The Government Is Trying to Keep Key NSA Spying Rules Secret

The Freedom of Information Act suit seeks the release of secret memos written by government lawyers that provided the foundation for the warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international communications. It’s also withholding six other memos that set out the legal basis for surveillance activities under the order.

#TeleormanLeaks explained: privacy, freedom of expression, and public interest

#TeleormanLeaks explained: privacy, freedom of expression, and public interest

However, both “clarifications” published on their website fail to explain why the authority interpreted the situation not to fall under the derogations of Article 7 of the Romanian law 190/2018 (that implemented Article 85 of GDPR which requires reconciliation of the right to the protection of personal data with the right to freedom of expression and information, including processing for journalistic purposes).

With No Laws To Guide It, Here's How Orlando Is Using Amazon's Facial Recognition Technology

With No Laws To Guide It, Here's How Orlando Is Using Amazon's Facial Recognition Technology

The documents, obtained by BuzzFeed News via a Freedom of Information request, show that Amazon marketed its facial recognition tools to Orlando’s police department, providing tens of thousands of dollars of technology to the city at no cost, and shielding the Rekognition pilot with a mutual nondisclosure agreement that kept its details out of the public eye.

Petition · European Parliament: Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet! · Change.org

Petition · European Parliament: Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet! · Change.org

For the next vote we need as many as possible supporters. This is intended to send a clear, Europe-wide message from both critics and activists against the copyright law reform and in favour of freedom of information.

Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?

Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?

Google will expand into China and launch a new search engine compliant with the Chinese government’s strict censorship rules, according to a recent report by The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher.