BioStar 2 Leak Exposes 23GB Data, 1M Fingerprints

BioStar 2 Leak Exposes 23GB Data, 1M Fingerprints

Thousands of organizations, including banks, governments, and the UK Metropolitan Police, use the biometric security tool to authenticate users. Researchers with VPNMentor have discovered a massive leak in biometric security platform BioStar 2, which uses facial recognition and fingerprint scanning as part of its means to identify users.

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

“In their evidence, Facebook representatives truthfully answered questions about when the company first learned of Aleksandr Kogan/GSR’s improper transfer of data to Cambridge Analytica, which was in December 2015 through The Guardian’s reporting.

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Governments in the G7 and around the world need to resist this seemingly benign request from their law enforcement establishments, and resolve instead to make sure that their citizens have the best tool to protect them: strong encryption, from end to end, deployed widely, to defend the society against its attackers.

81 women sue California hospital that put cameras in delivery rooms

81 women sue California hospital that put cameras in delivery rooms

The new suit, which was filed Friday in San Diego County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages at a jury trial for invasion of privacy, unlawful recording of confidential information, negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of fiduciary duty involving as many as 1,800 women.

How a Bitcoin Evangelist Made Himself Vanish, in 15 (Not So Easy) Steps

How a Bitcoin Evangelist Made Himself Vanish, in 15 (Not So Easy) Steps

After the police left, Mr. Lopp received a call threatening more mayhem if he did not make a large ransom payment in Bitcoin.

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Mr. Augustine also said that the National Security Agency expected to “provide input” about whether to push for renewed authority to pursue the bulk data collection, but he made clear that the White House would make the final call about whether to ask Congress to extend the Freedom Act.

Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted

Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted

When in 2011, for example, the Guardian printed shocking revelations of tabloid phone-hacking and, particularly, the news that reporters had hacked the mobile phone of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, many observers concluded that this indicated a crisis for the British newspaper industry. Social media platforms will only change their behaviour when compelled to do so by legislation.

Woman uses DNA test, finds sperm donor — and pays a "devastating" price

Woman uses DNA test, finds sperm donor — and pays a "devastating" price

When Teuscher wanted to know more about her daughter's ancestry and possible health issues, she and other family members decided to get DNA tests from 23andMe and added one for Zoe. What turned up appeared to be one of the anonymous donor's immediate relatives.

FBMessage Explorer

FBMessage Explorer

On the left, and below this central pane, you can see a graph showing the quantity of messages sent depending on the date / the time of day.

Facebook can now tell who you live with based on your pictures and captions

Facebook can now tell who you live with based on your pictures and captions

Then, it would assess information from comments on the photos, captions, or tags (#family, #mom, #kids)–anything that indicates whether someone is a husband, daughter, cousin, etc.–to predict what your family/household actually looks like.

NSA metadata program “consistent” with Fourth Amendment, Kavanaugh once argued

NSA metadata program “consistent” with Fourth Amendment, Kavanaugh once argued

On Friday, during the final day of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had an interesting exchange over recent privacy cases with the Supreme Court judicial nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

One email from Kavanaugh, who was working at the White House at the time, to John Yoo at the Justice Department in September 2001, appears to directly contradict Kavanaugh's claims (made under oath) not to have heard about the warrantless surveillance program known as Stellar Wind until it was exposed in an article in 2005.

Kavanaugh's support for surveilling Americans raises concern

Kavanaugh's support for surveilling Americans raises concern

"As several colleagues have stated, and Judge Kavanaugh accurately said in his 2006 testimony, he was not involved in crafting legal policies that formed the rules governing detention of combatants," Shah said in an emailed statement.

Leaker of secret report on Russian hacking faces sentencing

Leaker of secret report on Russian hacking faces sentencing

— A Georgia woman who leaked a secret report on Russian hacking of U.S. voting systems could get a tough sentence. The 26-year-old former National Security Agency contractor pleaded guilty in June to copying a classified U.S. report and mailing it to an unidentified news organization.

EFF & Privacy Coalition Oppose Efforts to Undo New California Data Privacy Law

EFF & Privacy Coalition Oppose Efforts to Undo New California Data Privacy Law

August has just begun, and that means the start of the summer recess for Congress. And that means that you have the opportunity to meet and talk to them without traveling to Washington...