CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has filed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that highlights their ongoing plans to create a facial recognition database with mugshots of all non-US citizen travelers.

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

ByteDance on Tuesday appealed to a federal appellate court seeking to overturn a sweeping Trump administration order requiring the company to divest itself of its popular TikTok platform—at least in the United States.

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The EDPS strongly encourages [European Union Institutions] to ensure that any new processing operations or new contracts with any service providers does not involve transfers of personal data to the United States.

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

The aggressive offensive by a Russian-speaking criminal gang coincides with the U.S. presidential election, though there was no immediate indication it was motivated by anything but profit.“We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement.

Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

Supporters of data dividends correctly recognize one thing: when it comes to privacy in the United States, the companies that collect information currently hold far more power than the individual consumers continually tapped for that information.

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

If history is any guide, the longer that companies like Facebook and Google stay dominant, the more likely it becomes that they will serve as intelligence partners to the United States and other governments.

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

Member nations of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance—which includes the United States— along with Japan and India published a statement on Sunday calling on tech companies to allow law enforcement to gain backdoor access to communication that uses unbreakable end-to-end encryption.

Time to Pardon Edward Snowden?

Time to Pardon Edward Snowden?

In 2013, Edward Snowden, a contractor with the NSA, leaked documents to journalists that exposed the United States mass surveillance program of Americans’ telephone records.

Study: The Average American is Filmed by At Least an Estimated 238 Security Cameras a Week

Study: The Average American is Filmed by At Least an Estimated 238 Security Cameras a Week

CNBC reports that there will be an estimated one billion security cameras filming around the world by 2021, with somewhere between 10-18% of those being in the United States alone.

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

The news comes from a U.S. Department of Commerce press release which is titled: “Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States.” Where many people use VPNs in China to bypass Chinese censorship of American apps and services, the reverse is now going to become a thing.

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has three interactive tools that help you learn about the new technologies being deployed around the United States and how they impact you: the Atlas of Surveillance, Spot the Surveillance, and Who Has Your Face?.

Transatlantic privacy is over

Transatlantic privacy is over

The Safe Harbor Privacy Principles issued by the US Department of Commerce in July 2000 was the first framework for regulating transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the European Union and the United States.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 11, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 11, 2020

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled what many of us knew for a long time: that the NSA program to spy on American phone records was completely illegal.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

A few weeks ago, President Trump issued an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to either ban TikTok’s operations in the U.S. market or sell them to an American company in order to continue its activity.

Freedom of expression hangs in the balance at Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

Freedom of expression hangs in the balance at Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

ShareTweet Julian Assange, the editor and founder of WikiLeaks, will be taken into a London courtroom on Monday for a hearing which will determine whether he will be extradited to the United States to face charges.

Federal appeals court finds the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records was illegal

Federal appeals court finds the NSA’s mass surveillance of American phone records was illegal

ShareTweet The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has just ruled that the “NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records was illegal.” For years, the NSA has conducted a domestic mass surveillance program on Americans’ phone records with little to no resistance from other arms of the government but lots of resistance from civil liberties and privacy advocates within the States.

The American Scholar: Our Post-Privacy World - <a href='https://theamericanscholar.org/author/thomas-a-bass/'>Thomas A. Bass</a>

The American Scholar: Our Post-Privacy World - <a href='https://theamericanscholar.org/author/thomas-a-bass/'>Thomas A. Bass</a>

Called Total Information Awareness (TIA), it was the “biggest surveillance program in the history of the United States,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), whose Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had nominal oversight.

Bishop International Airport to utilize Smart Helmets to measure temperatures, facial recognition

Bishop International Airport to utilize Smart Helmets to measure temperatures, facial recognition

– Authorities with Bishop International Airport in Flint announced Friday it will be the first airport in the United States to utilize Smart Helmets.The Smart Helmet, developed by Italian company KeyBiz, can detect the temperature of multiple people, run facial recognition, license plate recognition and scan QR codes.

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

MOSCOW — Russia’s Defence Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to Russia — allegations the Pentagon angrily rejected.

United States Postal Service (USPS) Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System

United States Postal Service (USPS) Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has reportedly filed a patent for a blockchain-based mail-in voting system.Following President Donald Trump’s conclusion that mail-in voting would represent ballots all over the place and fraudulent ballots would be named after dogs and dead people, the patent that was filed back in February 2020 was made public on Thursday 13th August.

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

“Our entire leadership team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Blackstone to further accelerate Ancestry’s global leadership in family history and consumer genomics, and to help us achieve our mission to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives,” Margo Georgiadis, Ancestry president and CEO, said in a statement.

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Despite the FCC's preemption order being overturned in court, the DOJ's amended complaint yesterday argued that California's net neutrality law "is preempted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.".

Trump says he's banning TikTok in the U.S.

Trump says he's banning TikTok in the U.S.

A spokesperson for TikTok said in a statement that the app is a job creator committed to the privacy of its 100 million users in the United States.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 31, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 31, 2020

The Privacy Shield framework, which allowed the large companies like Facebook to send data from Europe to the United States, has been ruled invalid by the Court of Justice.

Rite Aid deployed facial recognition system in hundreds of U.S. stores

Rite Aid deployed facial recognition system in hundreds of U.S. stores

Over about eight years, the American drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp quietly added facial recognition systems to 200 stores across the United States, in one of the largest rollouts of such technology among retailers in the country, a Reuters investigation found.

Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Cybersecurity researchers revealed on Thursday a newfound vulnerability in an app that controls the world’s most popular consumer drones, threatening to intensify the growing tensions between China and the United States.

Plaid Faces Second Lawsuit for Violating Data Privacy

Plaid Faces Second Lawsuit for Violating Data Privacy

Visa subsidiary Plaid is facing a new class-action lawsuit in the United States for violation of user data privacy.Moreover, when users allow permission of data access to the fintech, the company gets access to the entire year of banking details of the customer, the lawsuit alleged.

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday, July 16, 2020 that an agreement that allows big tech companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid, and that national regulators need to take tougher action to protect the privacy of users' data.

Huawei 5G banned in the United Kingdom; must be removed by 2027

Huawei 5G banned in the United Kingdom; must be removed by 2027

Following sanctions put on Huawei by the United States, United Kingdom Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the press on Tuesday that the UK will forbid mobile providers from buying Huawei 5G kits and must retire already bought hardware by 2027.

Top EU court ditches transatlantic data transfer deal

Top EU court ditches transatlantic data transfer deal

The ruling effectively ends the privileged access companies in the United States had to personal data from Europe and puts the country on a similar footing to other nations outside the bloc, meaning data transfers are likely to face closer scrutiny.

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