Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

Stop the EARN IT Bill Before It Breaks Encryption

The bill uses crimes against children as an excuse to subject Internet platforms to new laws that can be created by all 50 states.Those state laws may well follow the set of "best practices" that will be drafted by a federal commission dominated by Attorney General Barr and law enforcement agencies.

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.

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.

How the EARN IT Bill Undermines American’s Rights Online

How the EARN IT Bill Undermines American’s Rights Online

The bill, known as Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (or EARN IT for short), undermines American people and companies online rights by letting the Attorney General dictate how online services operate.

AP Exclusive: Barr ‘vehemently opposed’ to pardoning Snowden

AP Exclusive: Barr ‘vehemently opposed’ to pardoning Snowden

The attorney general’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press come days after President Donald Trump said he would “look at” whether to pardon Snowden, who was charged under the Espionage Act in 2013 with disclosing details of highly classified government surveillance programs.

Securus sued for 'recording attorney-client jail calls, handing them to cops' – months after settling similar lawsuit

Securus sued for 'recording attorney-client jail calls, handing them to cops' – months after settling similar lawsuit

Jail phone telco Securus provided recordings of protected attorney-client conversations to cops and prosecutors, it is claimed, just three months after it settled a near-identical lawsuit.Just three months ago, in May this year, the company settled a similar class-action lawsuit this time covering jails in California.

Attorney General Becerra Announces Approval of Final Regulations Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

Attorney General Becerra Announces Approval of Final Regulations Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced approval by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) of final regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).Proposed final regulations were submitted to the OAL by Attorney General Becerra on June 1, 2020.

Attorney General Becerra Reminds Consumers of Data Privacy Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

Attorney General Becerra Reminds Consumers of Data Privacy Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

“Under the CCPA, Californians have the right to access and stop the sale of their personal data if they choose to exercise it,” said Attorney General Becerra .These data brokers are required to provide information on how consumers can opt-out of the sale or submit requests under the CCPA.

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd, according to a two-page memorandum obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Attorney General Becerra Submits Proposed Regulations for Approval Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

Attorney General Becerra Submits Proposed Regulations for Approval Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

The California Consumer Privacy Act went into effect on January 1, 2020 and will be enforced starting July 1, 2020.SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL).

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Google over allegations the company illegally tracked Android users’ location without their consent and even when the location tracking features had been manually disabled, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for “deceptive and unfair practices used to obtain users’ location data.” Specifically, Google has been collecting location history in its Search and Maps app to tie to your Google account even if you have explicitly told Google that you want to opt out of storing your Location History.

U.S. state of Arizona files consumer fraud lawsuit against Google

U.S. state of Arizona files consumer fraud lawsuit against Google

(Reuters) - Arizona filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday, alleging that the U.S. tech giant used “deceptive” and “unfair” practices to obtain the location data of users.

Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant

Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant

As if the original phone metadata siphoning provisions of the Patriot Act aren’t enough, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has introduced an amendment which would allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) to have access to anybody’s web browsing and search history under Section 215.

Banjo had a contract to collect coronavirus data from Intermountain Healthcare

Banjo had a contract to collect coronavirus data from Intermountain Healthcare

The coronavirus data Intermountain agreed to provide aligns with information requested or required by the federal government from all hospitals, Cowley said.

Vermont attorney general is suing Clearview AI over its controversial facial recognition app

Vermont attorney general is suing Clearview AI over its controversial facial recognition app

Vermont’s Attorney General alleges that this database violates the Vermont Consumer Protection Act, as well as the Data Broker Law. Clearview AI built its controversial app by scraping billions of publicly available images of individuals from the internet without their knowledge or consent.

Google sued by New Mexico over claims it spies on US students

Google sued by New Mexico over claims it spies on US students

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pupils in California open new Chromebook laptop computers The attorney general of the US state of New Mexico is suing Google, accusing the company of illegally collecting the personal data of school children.

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.

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

The EARN IT Act puts that question front and center by giving the attorney general the ultimate say in setting the “best practices” that will give Section 230 immunity for child exploitation suits.

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

The Graham-Blumenthal bill would finally give Barr the power to demand that tech companies obey him or face overwhelming liability from lawsuits based on their users’ activities.

Today's kids need end-to-end encryption.

Today's kids need end-to-end encryption.

One of the surest ways to forbear that healing and maturity is to bury the head of our body politic in the sandy shores of a sort of neverland, with Uncle Sam typecast as the petulant child refusing to grow up and accept the realities of evolution - in this case, evolution of mathematics, cryptography, and a connected society of adults and children.

A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

If companies don’t follow these rules, they could lose some protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely shields companies from liability over users’ posts.Under the EARN IT Act, though, a committee could require Facebook and other companies to add a backdoor for law enforcement.

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Assistant Strafford County Attorney Emily Garod, who is prosecuting Burke, told Motherboard that when she learned of the Ring audio recording she messaged a state-wide group of prosecutors to ask for advice or examples of similar cases.

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

What is known, is that GE earned 30 million USD from San Diego’s city council to install these cameras and microphones in street lights under the guise of looking at traffic flows and environmental data and has the legal, government granted rights to sell whatever “source data” is gleaned from the surveillance equipment.

Barr Asks Apple to Unlock iPhones of Pensacola Gunman

Barr Asks Apple to Unlock iPhones of Pensacola Gunman

Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., was an act of terrorism, and he asked Apple in an unusually high-profile request to provide access to two phones used by the gunman.

US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook

US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook

“Because this time next year, if we haven’t found a way that you can live with, we will impose our will on you.” Apple and Facebook representatives at the hearing came under fire from senators in both parties, while Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance, one of the biggest advocates of back doors, was treated as a star witness.

California reveals it is investigating Facebook over privacy practices

California reveals it is investigating Facebook over privacy practices

Facebook has been under investigation by California officials over its privacy practices for more than a year, the state attorney general Xavier Becerra said on Wednesday, and may now be forced to turn over key documents.

CNIL bans high schools' facial-recognition programs

CNIL bans high schools' facial-recognition programs

The French data protection authority, the CNIL, announced it has ordered high schools in Nice and Marseille to end their facial-recognition programs.Prior to serving as attorney general, Carr spent six years working as ..

‘Ignorance is not an excuse’: California draft rules on data privacy released

‘Ignorance is not an excuse’: California draft rules on data privacy released

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a series of draft regulations Thursday aimed at getting businesses to comply with the state’s landmark data privacy law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.

Dunkin do-nots: Deep-fried cake maker did not warn its sugar addicts that crooks raided web accounts, says NY AG

Dunkin do-nots: Deep-fried cake maker did not warn its sugar addicts that crooks raided web accounts, says NY AG

NY Attorney General Letitia James said today the complaint stems from a 2015 raid on Dunkin’s website: fraudsters broke into individual customer accounts, stole those victims’ payment card info from the compromised Dunkin profiles, and sold that sensitive information online.