When the revelation that Instagram was accessing user cameras was revealed by an iOS update in July of 2020, Facebook was quick to dismiss it as a bug that would soon be fixed.
Fight for the Future has unveiled a new website and campaign to Save Free Speech Online: .The website helps you make a comment on the public record against President Trump’s most recent plan to destroy free speech online.
CBP has spent tens of thousands of dollars for access to LEARN, a system sold by a commercial vendor called Vigilant that uses hundreds of cameras across the US to monitor highways and automatically alert authorities when specific license plates drive by.
Texas is among a group of states whose attorneys general are probing Apple over potential violations of a consumer protection law, according to a document obtained by the Tech Transparency Project through an open records request and shared with CNBC.
That may already be happening — the FBI reportedly used the All Writs Act, the same controversial measure it tried to use to force Apple to hand over iPhone data, to request Kher’s information.The data isn’t very useful during the pandemic, but it could be problematic whenever normal travel resumes.
The federal law enforcement agency’s records show a growing focus on harnessing the latest private sector tools for mass surveillance, including recent contracts with companies that monitor social media posts and collect cellphone location data.
The letter says that in the last two weeks, all four agencies have been using tech that's a "vast overreach" of power -- like the FBI and National Guard using aircraft equipped with infrared and electro-optical cameras; CBP using Predator drones to collect live video feeds of protests; and the DEA being given authority for "covert surveillance" over people protesting the death of Floyd.
The group’s board is set to include Susana Martinez, the former Republican governor of New Mexico; Bradley Smith, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission; and Chris Carney, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who’s now at a consulting firm, two people said.
The federal government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about ways to use smartphone location data to tackle the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.
LightRocket via Getty ImagesQuestions are being asked about the FBI’s motivations over demanding Apple help it unlock the iPhones of the Pensacola shooting suspect, after Forbes uncovered a search warrant that strongly indicates the feds have access to a tool that can grab data on the latest, and most secure, iPhones.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to launch a nationwide system to track drones in the sky in real-time, as well as connected pilot IDs. The proposed tracking network, unveiled in a draft document released by the FAA this week, would cover everything from small consumer drones to larger unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operated for commercial purposes, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
But some, including NSO Group, as well as Gamma Group (an Anglo-German firm) and Hacking Team (an Italian one which in April merged with another company to create Memento Labs), sell software to help governments access online data on persons of interest.
One of the largest civil liberties groups in the U.S. is suing two Homeland Security agencies for failing to turn over documents it requested as part of a public records request about a controversial cell phone surveillance technology.
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the use of facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded complies with its ethics principles, the company said on Friday.
A number of popular “camgirl” sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected.The logs also included users’ private chat messages with other users, as well as promotional emails they were receiving from the various sites.
Apple said in a statement that it had began an immediate investigation after "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" contacted the company about the app and Apple found it had endangered law enforcement and residents.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. online privacy bill is not likely to come before Congress this year, three sources said, as lawmakers disagree over issues like whether the bill should preempt state rules, forcing companies to deal with much stricter legislation in California that goes into effect on Jan. 1.
The US government's Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) nonetheless has been relying on online translation services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo to read refugees' non-English social media posts and judge whether or not they should be allowed into the Land of the Free™.
The Journal said t he Facebook probe will be led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has voiced concern before over how tech giants handle personal data.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app, will allow users to cloak their telephone numbers to safeguard Hong Kong protesters against monitoring by authorities, according to a person with direct knowledge of the effort.
The fashion and sneaker trading platform pushed out a password reset email to its users on Thursday citing “system updates,” but left users confused and scrambling for answers. An unnamed data breached seller contacted TechCrunch claiming more than 6.8 million records were stolen from the site in May by a hacker.
EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.
The settlement concludes that Google did not adequately shield children who were using the platform and collected their data in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), The Washington Post reports, citing two sources.
WASHINGTON/LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hackers working for Western intelligence agencies broke into Russian internet search company Yandex in late 2018 deploying a rare type of malware in an attempt to spy on user accounts, four people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei is reviewing its relationship with FedEx Corp after it claimed the U.S. package delivery company, without detailed explanation, diverted two parcels destined for Huawei addresses in Asia to the United States and attempted to reroute two others.
Farrell and Schneier propose greater transparency as one means of strengthening democracy against information attacks that undermine trust. Chilling legitimate participation and reducing the diversity of opinions voiced would not fix the broken public comment process.