How a 30-year-old technology – WiFi – will turn into our next big privacy problem

How a 30-year-old technology – WiFi – will turn into our next big privacy problem

Even if viable approaches could be developed, which is by no means clear, it’s easy to imagine that the default state for WiFi stations supporting the new 802.11bf will be for the privacy algorithms to be turned off.

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

SENS is envisioned as a way for devices capable of sending and receiving wireless data to use Wi-Fi signal interference differences to measure the range, velocity, direction, motion, presence, and proximity of people and objects.

This is how we lost control of our faces

This is how we lost control of our faces

But then, spurred by the realization that facial recognition could track and identify individuals more effectively than fingerprints, the US Department of Defense pumped $6.5 million into creating the first large-scale face data set.

Russia blocks mailbox.org again

Russia blocks mailbox.org again

I'm not quite sure whether you are aware or not, but Russian authorities put IPs and hostnames in the country-wide block list (22-Sep-2020).2) Unofficial web-site with aggregated data about blocked IPs and hostnames.

Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US

Portland passes broadest facial recognition ban in the US

In addition to halting city use of the surveillance technology, the new rule prevents "private entities in places of public accommodation" in Portland from using it, too, referring to businesses that serve the general public — a grocery store or a pizza place, for instance.

US official alleges big tech has started giving Hong Kong user data to China under new national security law

US official alleges big tech has started giving Hong Kong user data to China under new national security law

Back when the new national security law passed, some companies vowed to no longer respond to data requests from Hong Kong authorities.However, like Google and Facebook, Microsoft declined to comment to The Guardian on the state official’s allegations.

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Using data collected by the app, Postma was able to follow the movements of users military and intelligence personnel, typically through check-ins at bars or breweries near their workplaces—and even at a secret CIA base.

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter have filed supporting evidence in a lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the requirement that nearly all visa applicants submit their social media handles for scrutiny.

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

Facial-recognition technology in London is seen by police as a high-tech solution to their woes – and managers are determined to roll it out regardless of public opposition to the China-style surveillance.

Israel suspends cellphone-tracking for coronavirus quarantine enforcement

Israel suspends cellphone-tracking for coronavirus quarantine enforcement

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli parliamentary oversight committee on Wednesday suspended police use of cellphone data to enforce coronavirus quarantines, with one lawmaker citing privacy concerns.

Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants

Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants

The personal data of some small business owners seeking help via the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program may have been exposed to other applicants.The official said that 4 million small business owners applied for $383 billion in aid via the EIDL program and emergency grants.

Surveillance Firm Says It’s Selling ‘Coronavirus-Detecting’ Cameras in US

Surveillance Firm Says It’s Selling ‘Coronavirus-Detecting’ Cameras in US

Athena's new system claims to do much the same but for people exhibiting a fever, with the system designed to send an alert if it detects someone with a higher than normal body temperature, a company representative told Motherboard in an email.

Secure Messaging: A Spy Primer

Secure Messaging: A Spy Primer

When I choose a secure messaging app, I pick apps that protect the most important thing to me… my personal data.Terms of Use/Service offer little/no data protection because they assume a user is engaging in a free service with the company.

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

EFF Challenges Ring Spokesperson Shaq Over Privacy Concerns

EFF Challenges Ring Spokesperson Shaq Over Privacy Concerns

Instead, we’re challenging Shaq to a one-on-one: not on the basketball court, but across the table, so we can discuss with him how the ubiquitous surveillance facilitated by Ring and its privacy-invasive partnerships with police can harm communities.

Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay all quit Facebook’s Libra in one day

Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, and eBay all quit Facebook’s Libra in one day

Facebook's embattled Libra project suffered a major blow on Friday as four payment processors—Stripe, Visa, Mastercard, and Mercado Pago—withdrew from participation in the Libra Association, the Geneva-based group Facebook created to develop the virtual currency.

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

In a statement given to The Verge, Dante Disparte, the Libra Association’s head of policy and communications, reaffirmed the nonprofit’s commitment to “build a generational payment network.

Amazon’s annual product launch fails to address privacy and surveillance concerns

Amazon’s annual product launch fails to address privacy and surveillance concerns

Amazon statements on privacy do not address growing privacy and civil liberties concerns surrounding controversial Ring-police partnerships.Today, Amazon held their annual product launch amid growing concerns about the company’s internal privacy practices, as well as controversial surveillance partnerships between Amazon Ring and local police departments.

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Unlike other video doorbells and surveillance products, police often end up promoting Ring sales through partnerships with the company."When an industry association that represents security and surveillance camera companies thinks that your practices are too invasive and lack transparency, that really says something," Fight for the Future's deputy director Evan Greer said in a statement.

How to Thwart Facial Recognition

How to Thwart Facial Recognition

To enable people to obfuscate facial-recognition software programs, Selvaggio, who is 34 and white, made available 3-D, photo-realistic prosthetic masks of his own face to anyone who wants one.

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Russian lawmakers want to restrict email access by telephone verification, and force providers to block banned information

Led by senators Andrey Klishas and Alexander Bashkin, the lawmakers have also proposed requiring email services to block messages containing information banned in Russia within 24 hours of being notified by the state authorities.“The adoption of this legislation will significantly reduce the number of false terrorist messages distributed through email services, create the legal conditions for bringing criminals to justice, and reduce the economic damage from such communications,” claims the draft law’s explanatory note.

Data of Nearly Every Adult in Bulgaria Likely Stolen in Cyberattack

Data of Nearly Every Adult in Bulgaria Likely Stolen in Cyberattack

The Bulgarian public first caught light of the hack on Monday, after someone claiming to be the hacker behind the attack contacted several local media outlets to say that they had stolen the personal information of more than five million citizens (in a country with a population of 7 million), and shared some of the data they had stolen.

Exclusive: Britons abandon Facebook as usage plummets by more than a third

Exclusive: Britons abandon Facebook as usage plummets by more than a third

Interactions, which occur when users click on a web link or advert inside the Facebook app, declined in seven of the last 12 months, with an average monthly fall of 2.6pc.

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain Mozilla tells UK ISP's

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain Mozilla tells UK ISP's

The UK ISPA earlier this week proposed Mozilla, self-styled defender of internet freedom, as a black hat for its "proposed approach to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS in such a way as to bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK.".

Internet group brands Mozilla ‘internet villain’ for supporting DNS privacy feature

Internet group brands Mozilla ‘internet villain’ for supporting DNS privacy feature

The U.K.’s Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA), the trade group for U.K. internet service providers, nominated the browser maker for its proposed effort to roll out the security feature, which they say will allow users to “bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK.”.

The CIA Spied on People Through Their Smart TVs, Leaked Documents Reveal

The CIA Spied on People Through Their Smart TVs, Leaked Documents Reveal

Hackers at the Central Intelligence Agency, with the help of colleagues from the British spy agency MI5, developed malware to secretly spy on targets through their Samsung Smart TVs, according to new documents published by WikiLeaks.

The US just added one more requirement for visa applicants to stress about

The US just added one more requirement for visa applicants to stress about

From this month, almost all visa applicants looking to travel or immigrate to the US will have to list five years worth of social media profiles on their visa applications, a move first proposed last year (pdf) as part of the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” policy toward visitors.

Want a Visa for the U.S.? You’ll Have to Hand Over Your Social Media Handles

Want a Visa for the U.S.? You’ll Have to Hand Over Your Social Media Handles

Although applicants will be able to say they don’t use social media, lying about it could lead to “serious immigration consequences,” a State Department official said in an interview with the Hill.

Trump administration to ask most US visa applicants for social media information

Trump administration to ask most US visa applicants for social media information

The Trump administration will implement a new policy Friday asking most applicants for U.S. visas to provide information on their use of social media, a U.S. Department of State official tells Hill.