Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

But it violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution for the government to purchase commercially available location data it would otherwise have to get a warrant to acquire.

U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

Demands to ban using Section 215 for library records gradually faded — it appeared that in practice, the F.B.I. was not using it to monitor what books people had checked out — and Congress ended the use of Section 215 for bulk collection of calling data in 2015.

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.

DuckDuckGo's privacy abuses-- current, historic, and by proxy

DuckDuckGo's privacy abuses-- current, historic, and by proxy

A place to discuss privacy and freedom in the digital world.In this community everyone is welcome to post links and discuss topics related to privacy.

College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software

College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software

Molina didn’t think much of the company until he started using its monitoring software for a business administration course over the summer and his webcam became a device to observe, record and study him during an exam.

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Omnisec meanwhile also sold its faulty OC-500 series devices to several federal agencies in Switzerland, including its own intelligence agencies, as well as to Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, and other private companies in the country, the SRF investigation showed.

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Far from a theoretical blockchain application that might be of value at some future date, the app, which lets users prove a wide range of personal information, as well as spend bitcoin, ether, a version of the U.S. dollar issued on the ethereum blockchain, and Civic’s own token is available today on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow developers to track how they use other apps, would still be launched.

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

Official Trump 2020 App collected phone numbers from contact lists without consent and could sell that data

Official Trump 2020 App collected phone numbers from contact lists without consent and could sell that data

It’s worth noting that the official campaign app from President elect Joe Biden – Team Joe and later Vote Joe – also collected IP addresses, location information, and even contact lists; however if the user declined to consent to sharing this information, the app would respect that request as opposed to siphoning the information anyways with invisible code.

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Ghostery’s Making a Privacy Browser—and Ad-Free Search Engine

Which is why using Ghostery’s new ad-free search engine and desktop browser, even in their pre-beta form, feels at once like a throwback to a simpler internet and a glimpse of a future where browsing that puts results ahead of revenue is once again possible.

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

In an open letter, ProPrivacy and other groups say that that many charity pages dealing with extremely sensitive issues such as mental health, debt, end-of-life care, and disability contained various trackers allowing advertisers to profile vulnerable users based on the topic of the page – for example, alcohol addiction or mental health issues.

Hawley Reveals Existence of Coordination Tool Used By Big Tech Firms to Censor Users & Facebook Tool to Covertly Track Users Across Internet

Hawley Reveals Existence of Coordination Tool Used By Big Tech Firms to Censor Users & Facebook Tool to Covertly Track Users Across Internet

Senator Hawley also revealed an internal tool used by Facebook to track the actions of users across the internet that was previously believed to be private.Senator Hawley questioned the CEOs on whether Facebook used the Tasks platform to coordinate in their censorship of users.

Los Angeles Police Just Banned The Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

Los Angeles Police Just Banned The Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News via public records requests showed that Clearview AI previously misrepresented how law enforcement used its software and once told police officers to "run wild" with the tool by testing it on friends and family members.

Israeli spyware maker NSO channels Hollywood spy thrillers in appeal for legal immunity in WhatsApp battle

Israeli spyware maker NSO channels Hollywood spy thrillers in appeal for legal immunity in WhatsApp battle

Israeli spyware maker NSO Group has taken a leaf out of Hollywood in an attempt to avoid any legal repercussions from making and selling tools that hack WhatsApp users' phones.

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

This post covers six of the biggest issues in the bill: the new privacy law structure, stronger enforcement, new privacy rights on data portability, de-identification, and algorithmic transparency, standards of consent, bringing back PIPEDA privacy requirements, and codes of practice.

Dating Site Bumble Leaves Swipes Unsecured for 100M Users

Dating Site Bumble Leaves Swipes Unsecured for 100M Users

Bumble fumble: An API bug exposed personal information of users like political leanings, astrological signs, education, and even height and weight, and their distance away in miles.

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Zoom and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to a tentative settlement agreement regarding the video conferencing company’s false advertising of end-to-end encryption along with other issues.

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

The Liberals have signalled their intention on the parliamentary notice paper to introduce a bill that would create the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act. Story continues below advertisement.

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

United States secret service NSA for years abused a cooperation agreement with Denmark to spy on allies in Europe, including the Netherlands, Danish public broadcaster DR reported based on reports from a whistleblower and confirmation from various sources.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

At WIRED's request, Albright then broke down the dataset further to focus specifically on the 359 apps that handle contact tracing, exposure notification, screening, reporting, workplace monitoring, and COVID-19 information from public health authorities around the globe.

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

An insurance software company called Vertafore, which has legal access to that DMV information, said in a statement the data was inadvertently stored in an unsecured storage service that was hacked between March and August of this year.

Informational privacy: a precondition for democratic participation?

Informational privacy: a precondition for democratic participation?

Democratic theory accords five functions to the public sphere in general and citizen’s participation in particular: the aggregation of political opinions or individual interests; the public deliberation about values and policies; the translation of these public discourses for political institutions; the control of state actors and political officials; and finally a basic social integration of citizens in the sense of a feeling of being connected to a political community through a common democratic project.

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

In a virtual meeting on Thursday, Sundar Pichai told Mr. Breton, the internal market commissioner, that Google was a very large company and that the document “was never shown to me.” He added that he had not “sanctioned” the plan, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Concern is growing within Canada’s spy agency about the threat posed by hostile state actors, especially China and Russia, looking to steal intellectual property and “large digital data sets” from private companies and academic institutions.

Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Google’s “Web & App Activity” settings describe how the company collects data, such as user location, to create a faster and “more personalised” experience.If you open your Google Maps app, you’ll see a circle in the top right corner that signifies you’re logged in with your Google account.

Dahua, Amazon Partner in China, Is Making Facial-Recognition Tech to Track Uighurs

Dahua, Amazon Partner in China, Is Making Facial-Recognition Tech to Track Uighurs

In what can only be described as a massive fuck-up, someone—likely a software engineer employed by Dahua Technology, the surveillance-gear supplier—posted the company’s software development kit for video tracking tools, which are built specifically to identify Uighurs.

Facebook extends temporary ban on all political ads

Facebook extends temporary ban on all political ads

"The temporary pause for ads about politics and social issues in the U.S. continues to be in place as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the election," the social media giant said in update to a blogpost.

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used.

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