Netflix’s new documentary “The Not So Surprising Hack”

Netflix’s new documentary “The Not So Surprising Hack”

Earlier this month, Facebook got fined with 5 billion dollars.“The Great Hack” unfolds the true story of the data and privacy scandal in a narrative that is thrilling, but foremost frightening.Will they actually listen when, as mentioned in the documentary, data has surpassed oil in value?

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Google’s class-action settlement meant to resolve claims it invaded the privacy of millions of computer users by installing “cookies” in their browsers, but paying those users nothing for their troubles.

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for patent filings from Google that used a smartphone camera to look at the expression of a user of that device in order to try to understand the emotions of that person better.

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge.

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The news provides the first instance of individual telco customers pushing to be awarded damages after Motherboard revealed in January that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had all sold access to the real-time location of their customers’ phones to a network of middlemen companies, before ending up in the hands of bounty hunters.

Startups and the Rise of Digital Identity

Startups and the Rise of Digital Identity

Well, if you want to keep your identity safe from hackers, see people in developing nations open a bank account for the first time, and take control over your personal data—digital identity matters.

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Are the kids all right? These school surveillance apps sure want to tell you

Products like Securly and Gaggle, which surveil typically private online spaces like email accounts, documents, private calendars, and search histories and, unlike locker or backpack searches, can involve reaching into the documents and communications that a student creates while at home, sit on the extreme end of the spectrum of ways schools monitor and safeguard students.

Camera Above the Classroom

Camera Above the Classroom

Let alone knowing there’s a camera.” And when students from other schools asked why their teachers started collecting facial data, someone responded: “The whole country is advocating ‘intelligent education.’ It’s probably your principal who wants to add glory to his career accomplishments.”.

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online

“These parents act as both gatekeepers of their children’s personal information and as narrators of their children’s personal stories.” Read: The perils of “sharenting” Preschools and elementary schools often keep blogs or upload photos of kids to Instagram accounts and Facebook pages so that working parents can feel like a part of their kids’ day.

A thread written by @cynthiablee

A thread written by @cynthiablee

Even if your child didn't install this app, if your child disclosed sensitive information to a friend who did, Facebook now has full access to that data, not anonymized.

Defining the tracking practices that will be blocked in Firefox

Defining the tracking practices that will be blocked in Firefox

In support of this effort, today we are releasing an anti-tracking policy that outlines the tracking practices that Firefox will block by default. With the release of our new policy, we’ve defined the set of tracking practices that we think users need to be protected against.

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a class-action settlement requiring smart tv manufacturer Vizio to pay $17 million for allegedly violating users' privacy.

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Chinese schools make pupils wear micro-chipped uniforms to thwart truancy

Schools in southern China are forcing children to wear uniforms embedded with computer chips that track their movement and trigger an alarm if they skip class.

EFF to Appellate Court: Protect Biometric Privacy

EFF to Appellate Court: Protect Biometric Privacy

But now Facebook is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to defang BIPA, by narrowly interpreting its enforcement tool and thus depriving injured parties of their day in court. EFF has joined an amicus curiae brief urging the Ninth Circuit to properly interpret BIPA to provide strong protection of biometric privacy.

‘Google You Owe Us’ claimants aren’t giving up on UK Safari workaround suit

‘Google You Owe Us’ claimants aren’t giving up on UK Safari workaround suit

Lawyers behind a UK class-action style compensation litigation against Google for privacy violations have filed an application requesting permission to appeal against a recent High Court ruling blocking the proceeding.

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Google privacy settlement

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Google privacy settlement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices, in an internet privacy case involving Google(GOOGL.O), disagreed on Wednesday over whether to rein in a form of settlement in class action lawsuits that awards money to charities and other third parties instead of to people affected by the alleged wrongdoing.

Edtech poses privacy and safety risks for students, FBI warns

Edtech poses privacy and safety risks for students, FBI warns

The announcement warns parents, students and teachers of the potential exploitation of information stored on these technologies, which include personalized learning experiences, tracking academics, disciplinary issues, student information systems and classroom management programs.

After Spying On You, Your Vizio TV Will Ask You to Sue

After Spying On You, Your Vizio TV Will Ask You to Sue

As part of the legal process against the company, the plaintiffs — lead by the law firm Girard Gibbs — and defendant Vizio agreed to push a notice to all affected smart TVs alerting consumers of what happened and what are their rights to join the class action lawsuit on September 12.

Vizio, sued for making creepy smart TVs, will notify customers via the TVs

Vizio, sued for making creepy smart TVs, will notify customers via the TVs

In what is likely a first in the industry, Vizio is on the verge of agreeing to display a class-action lawsuit message through its previously sold "Smart TV" televisions as part of a legal settlement.

Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits

Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits

Using a state-of-the-art machine learning method and a rich set of features encoding different eye movement characteristics, we were able to reliably predict four of the Big Five personality traits (neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness) as well as perceptual curiosity only from eye movements.

Facebook Censorship and Surveillance (Workers Vanguard) 24 Aug 2018 |…

Facebook Censorship and Surveillance (Workers Vanguard) 24 Aug 2018 |…

The content shared by the users was generally left-liberal, with pages like “Black Elevation,” “Aztlan Warriors” and “Resisters.” As we go to press, Facebook announced it had taken down another 652 “fake accounts,” linking them to a purported new “political influence campaign” with ties to Russia and Iran.

Privatizing Poverty

Privatizing Poverty

Emphasizing incarceration, interrogation, and the ways that the lives of poor people take shape in a legal context profoundly different from that of the middle class, the real appeal of this mode of argument is that it turns questions about poverty into ones that have to do with basic political rights and justice.

Man sues over Google’s “Location History” fiasco, case could affect millions

Man sues over Google’s “Location History” fiasco, case could affect millions

Until the Associated Press story on August 13, Google's policy simply stated: "You can turn off Location History at any time.