We need more than deplatforming

We need more than deplatforming

Commit to meaningful transparency of platform algorithms so we know how and what content is being amplified, to whom, and the associated impact.These are actions the platforms can and should commit to today.

Google admits to censoring the World Socialist Web Site

Google admits to censoring the World Socialist Web Site

In a statement before a Senate hearing on October 28, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, admitted that the dominant online search company has censored the World Socialist Web Site.

How to publish git repos that cannot be republished to github

How to publish git repos that cannot be republished to github

What would then happen if you cloned my git repo and pushed it to Github?

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

As part of the preparatory work for drafting the DSA, three of the European Parliament’s specialist committees have drawn up recommendations for what should be included: those for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Legal Affairs, and Civil Liberties.

Amazon refuses to appear before Indian parliamentary panel on data privacy - MP

Amazon refuses to appear before Indian parliamentary panel on data privacy - MP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Representatives of Inc in India have refused to appear before a parliamentary panel reviewing the country’s privacy bill, an Indian lawmaker said on Friday, an allegation the U.S. commerce giant said was a result of a misunderstanding.

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

At the subcommittee hearing Kendall testified at on Thursday, lawmakers said the spread of misinformation on Facebook could be cause for future government regulation of social media platforms.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke about a policy intended to prevent the company from using seller-specific data to help determine what products it should manufacture and sell itself.

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up. Tens of thousands of Israelis attempted to appeal after the phone tracking system identified them as needing to quarantine and about half the appeals were upheld, Ayelet Grinbaum, who was representing the Health Ministry at the hearing, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India needs a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization and privacy of information collected online, an expert committee appointed by the government has recommended.

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

State lawmakers will be able to create new laws allowing private lawsuits and criminal prosecutions against Internet platforms, as long as they say their purpose is to stop crimes against children.

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

US policy arm of major computing association urges suspension of facial recognition technology

The Association for Computing Machinery's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) today called for "an immediate suspension of the current and future private and governmental use of facial recognition (FR) technologies in all circumstances known or reasonably foreseeable to be prejudicial to established human and legal rights" in its "Statement on Principles and Prerequisites for the Development, Evaluation and Use of Unbiased Facial Recognition Technologies.".

Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed

Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed

This bill is a heinous attack on our free speech right to use encryption and will have drastic impacts on privacy if passed.By participating in the Day of Action, you’ll be making a political difference by exerting pressure on the Senate Judiciary Committee to kill the EARN IT Act in committee.

Amazon bans police use of facial recognition technology for one year

Amazon bans police use of facial recognition technology for one year

Amazon said on Wednesday that it's banning use of its facial recognition software by police for one year, as pressure on tech companies builds to respond to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Israel spy agency must stop virus phone tracking: committee

Israel spy agency must stop virus phone tracking: committee

Israel's government must stop using its domestic security agency to tackle the novel coronavirus by tracking mobile phone data, the head of a parliamentary committee said Wednesday.

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

The FISA renewal vote came up as H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and was pulled from the House floor on Wednesday and Thursday.

NHS will keep personal data of people with coronavirus for 20 years

NHS will keep personal data of people with coronavirus for 20 years

The NHS will keep personal data about people with coronavirus for 20 years as part of the test-and-trace programme, according to a privacy notice posted by Public Health England.

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

A spokesperson for Sen. Ron Wyden, an intelligence committee member and a sponsor of the pro-privacy amendment the talking points seek to undermine, said that if an individual is a known spy, “then obviously there’s probable cause that he is an agent of a foreign power and a warrant is readily available.”.

Privacy News Online Week in Review (May 15th, 2020)

Privacy News Online Week in Review (May 15th, 2020)

As an example, North Dakota released a COVID-19 contact tracing app that is centralized and based on location data tracking – and has only seen 3% of its population use it.

Does California’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee actually care about privacy?

Does California’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee actually care about privacy?

There’s a new “online privacy” bill in the California legislature that is seeking to grossly normalize facial recognition technology and it just received an 8-3 vote to continue from the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee.

Acting Intelligence Chief says he's "increasingly concerned" over handling of sensitive U.S. person information among agencies and orders broad review

Acting Intelligence Chief says he's "increasingly concerned" over handling of sensitive U.S. person information among agencies and orders broad review

But Grenell wrote, "As the Acting Director of National Intelligence, I serve as the approving official for dissemination of unmasked congressional identity information...I have become increasingly concerned with intelligence reports that inconsistently apply the policies and procedures governing how U.S. person identities are masked.".

UK privacy advocates warn over COVID-19 contact tracing app

UK privacy advocates warn over COVID-19 contact tracing app

LONDON (Reuters) - Leading privacy advocates in Britain have urged the government to prevent a soon-to-be launched COVID-19 contact tracing app from turning into a form of state surveillance.Gould told the parliamentary committee he believed the British app would protect privacy even though it would build a centralised system.

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.

Australia could implement mandatory age verification for pornography websites

Australia could implement mandatory age verification for pornography websites

A House of Representatives committee issued a report on Thursday calling for the e-safety commissioner to develop a roadmap for bringing in mandatory age verification for online pornography sites in the next 12 months.

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIIf Republicans have any appetite for reining in domestic surveillance that they describe as a massive violation of the civil liberties of Donald Trump’s associates, it wasn’t on display when FBI Director Christopher Wray made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the damning Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Trump-Russia investigation.

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

According to the report: *-- The FBI has reconstructed an iPhone belonging to the shooter behind the December Naval Air Station attack in Pensacola, Florida, but still can't access the encrypted data on the device, Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling customer location data

FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling customer location data

“Following our longstanding calls to take action, the FCC finally informed the Committee today that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal privacy protections by turning a blind eye to the widespread disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data,” Pallone said in a statement after receiving the letter.

A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption

If companies don’t follow these rules, they could lose some protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely shields companies from liability over users’ posts.Under the EARN IT Act, though, a committee could require Facebook and other companies to add a backdoor for law enforcement.

Facial recognition's accuracy is the least of our worries, lawmakers say

Facial recognition's accuracy is the least of our worries, lawmakers say

Instead of focusing on its racial and gender bias, lawmakers argued that facial recognition legislation should focus on protecting people's rights and privacy concerns.

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‚This is some real-life „Black Mirror“ stuff‘

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‚This is some real-life „Black Mirror“ stuff‘

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising concerns about the spread of facial recognition, arguing that the technology will quickly become dystopic without regulation.„This is some real life Black Mirror stuff that we’re seeing here,“ Ocasio-Cortez said during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on facial recognition technology.

America should demand privacy protection — before it's too late

America should demand privacy protection — before it's too late

Having worked and legislated in this space since long before the first mainstream thinkpiece was written about data privacy, I know for certain that a balanced approach will protect American consumers from bad actors, while ensuring the innovators can keep innovating.