Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer

Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer

A Melbourne dentist who claims he was defamed in an anonymous online review has convinced a Federal Court judge to order technology giant Google to unmask the disgruntled customer so he can launch "groundbreaking" legal action.

Worker fired for declining a face scan awarded $23,200

Worker fired for declining a face scan awarded $23,200

Fensom worked for construction company KME Services for eight months as a lead electrician during the construction of Christchurch's new hospital before he was fired on October 30, 2018, the Employment Relations Authority said in its determination.

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s competition watchdog fined Google (GOOGL.O) 150 million euros ($167 million) on Friday for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers, saying it applied opaque rules and changed them at will.

Pager systems used in healthcare could be exposing patient data across Canada

Pager systems used in healthcare could be exposing patient data across Canada

VCH declined an interview and provided an email statement that said, in part, their health authority “has clear privacy protocols to protect patient information and we take breaches of privacy extremely seriously.” They also said they recently made changes to their systems to limit patient information sent through paging broadcasts and are working with B.C.’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner as they “move to alternate technologies.”.

Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online

Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online

An online company that allows users to obtain a copy of their birth and death certificates from U.S. state governments has exposed a massive cache of applications — including their personal information.

California Woman Sues TSA For Detaining Her, Forcing Her to Submit to “Groin Search”

California Woman Sues TSA For Detaining Her, Forcing Her to Submit to “Groin Search”

I knew that TSA screeners were unable to force a traveler to comply, and that their only lawful option is to allow the traveler to leave the checkpoint into the non-secure area, so I continued my refusal until they let me go.

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 ..

Court says FCC’s ‘unhinged’ net neutrality repeal can’t stop state laws

Court says FCC’s ‘unhinged’ net neutrality repeal can’t stop state laws

The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules has been significantly weakened by a federal appeals court, which ruled that the Commission could not preempt state laws like those pending in California.

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

U.S. intelligence officials have asked Congress to permanently extend a controversial program that has allowed the National Security Agency to collect millions of telephone records.Since the call records program was voluntarily suspended, there’s no legal impediment to the NSA resuming collection before Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires in December.

Don't Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

Don't Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

That’s despite earlier reports the NSA had shuttered its Call Details Record (CDR) Program because it ran afoul of the law, violated the privacy of scores of Americans, and reportedly failed to produce useful intelligence.

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

The administration claimed in its letter to Congress—which was signed by outgoing National Intelligence chief Dan Coats—that the NSA has suspended the spying program, but Free Press Action government relations director Sandra Fulton said in a statement that this "should give little comfort to those whose privacy rights are routinely violated by authorities.".

German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

News Hub. German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe. Hamburg’s Data Protection Authority has banned Google from listening to conversations recorded on Google Home devices for three months across Europe.

Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU

Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU

Caspar's office said in a statement that Google told the Hamburg authority transcripts of speech recordings are already suspended and won't take place for at least three months from Thursday.

NSA Still Grappling With Controls to Guard Against Surveillance Abuse

NSA Still Grappling With Controls to Guard Against Surveillance Abuse

In another case, a former Senior Executive, “who at the time of the investigation was a reemployed annuitant and employee of a private company, recommended that a Senior Agency Technical Director meet with his private employer,” the report said.

The Salmon Project: How To Effectively Fight Online Censorship Using A Proxy With Trust Levels

The Salmon Project: How To Effectively Fight Online Censorship Using A Proxy With Trust Levels

The main idea behind the method is that censors might have agents that use the circumvention system in the same way that regular users do in order to find out the IP addresses of proxy servers so as to easily block them.

Police can access full details of injured protesters in hospital, says medical sector lawmaker following patient arrests

Police can access full details of injured protesters in hospital, says medical sector lawmaker following patient arrests

Chan said that he received an internal email from the Hospital Authority stating that staff members should label the injured patients accepted on Wednesday using the description “Mass gathering outside Legco” and identify them as “police,” “reporter,” “civilian,” or “others.”.

'Police given secret access to hospital database'

'Police given secret access to hospital database'

The police were able to find and arrest people injured in last Wednesday's extradition bill protests because officers have been given secret backdoor access to the Hospital Authority's patient database, medical sector lawmaker Pierre Chan said on Monday.

Swedish data-protection authority launches Spotify GDPR investigation

Swedish data-protection authority launches Spotify GDPR investigation

There may be trouble brewing for Spotify in its home country, with the Swedish data-protection authority (Datainspektionen) launching a review of how Spotify handles requests for people to see what information it holds about them.

London Underground to start tracking all phones using Wi-Fi starting in July

London Underground to start tracking all phones using Wi-Fi starting in July

Wi-Fi access points across 260 of the capital’s stations will track customers using their phones’ MAC addresses, which will allow TfL to see the routes they take through the network as well as through individual stations as they move from platform to platform.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowksy did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.

Regulators implore Congress for more privacy powers

Regulators implore Congress for more privacy powers

The FTC commissioners asked Congress to update the agency's statutory authority to give it the power to make rules and to assess fines against companies that break the law.

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls to and receive them from, when, and the call duration.

New Bill Would Finally Stop NSA’s Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data

New Bill Would Finally Stop NSA’s Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data

At the same time, however, U.S. officials have conceded that the post-9/11 domestic phone-records dragnet has not stopped a single terrorist attack – despite misleadingly suggesting otherwise after The Guardian exposed the surveillance in June 2013, thanks to Snowden.

Lords urge tougher rules for tech firms

Lords urge tougher rules for tech firms

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright PA Image caption A Lords committee wants tech companies to have one overarching regulator setting rules for user privacy, data and anti-social content Tech firms, such as Google and Facebook, must improve their "inadequate" responses to privacy and data breaches and anti-social content, a House of Lords report says.

Cyber-Mercenary Groups Shouldn't be Trusted in Your Browser or Anywhere Else

Cyber-Mercenary Groups Shouldn't be Trusted in Your Browser or Anywhere Else

Browsers rely on this list of authorities, which are trusted to verify and issue the certificates that allow for secure browsing, using technologies like TLS and HTTPS.

What Is A-GPS Data?

What Is A-GPS Data?

In addition to location data gleaned directly from cell towers, a new Motherboard investigation has revealed that cellular carriers have also been providing access to A-GPS data to data brokers, bounty hunters, and related businesses.

Antitrust is beginning to bite the big tech companies

Antitrust is beginning to bite the big tech companies

Image source Today the German Antitrust authority (Bunderskartellamt), whose job it is to keep companies’ power in check, found that Facebook abused its dominance of the social network market to track and collect users’ personal data in ways users do not know about.

Wyden pitches jail time, billions in fines for online privacy violators with ‘Do Not Track’ bill

Wyden pitches jail time, billions in fines for online privacy violators with ‘Do Not Track’ bill

“Providing more authority and resources to the US Federal Trade Commission is a critical foundation for robust privacy protection.” The bill’s eye-popping penalties are reserved for large companies and wouldn’t apply to privacy violations themselves.

Police Scotland Failed to "Fully Assess" The Legality of Cyber Kiosks

Police Scotland Failed to "Fully Assess" The Legality of Cyber Kiosks

Related: Concerns Raised Over Police Scotland’s Use of Cyber Kiosks John Finnie, convener of the sub-committee, asked whether Police Scotland will roll out a programme if it did not feel it had the “comprehensive legal authority” to do so.

A Surveillance Wall Is Not a Good Alternative to a Concrete Wall

A Surveillance Wall Is Not a Good Alternative to a Concrete Wall

However, any bill Congress considers related to border security should avoid–at minimum–invasive surveillance technologies like biometric screening and collection, DNA collection, social media snooping, unregulated drones along the border, and automatic license plate readers aimed at interior traffic.