What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

But buried within its business-like announcement of the indictment of four Chinese military hackers, there is the following statement, which has huge implications for privacy: For years, we have witnessed China’s voracious appetite for the personal data of Americans, including the theft of personnel records from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the intrusion into Marriott hotels, and Anthem health insurance company, and now the wholesale theft of credit and other information from Equifax.

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

For months, legal experts who follow investigative genetic genealogy have expected search warrants to be issued to Ancestry and its main competitor, 23andMe, which has about 10 million DNA profiles in its database.

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

What the database contained: 138 Million log records in total.I sent multiple requests to KickBack Apps and PrankDial but no one every replied or acknowledged my discovery, instead they simply closed public access to the logs.

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Using a brute-force attack, the researcher busted into an unencrypted database backup file containing the private information of more than 1.2 million passengers who flew with SpiceJet last month.

New Jersey cops told to halt all use of controversial facial-recognition technology

New Jersey cops told to halt all use of controversial facial-recognition technology

The order was issued Friday to county prosecutors, concerning a New York-based company called Clearview AI.“Like many people, I was troubled,” state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said about the company’s techniques, which were first reported by The New York Times.

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible, and its app is currently being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI, says a Saturday report in The New York Times.

Law enforcement is using a facial recognition app with huge privacy issues

Law enforcement is using a facial recognition app with huge privacy issues

Read – Emotion-Detecting Technology Should be Banned, Says AI Now. In fact, the software is already noted to be violating the policies of a lot of the websites that it collects the images from.

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m children

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m children

Betting companies have been given access to an educational database containing names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students in one of the biggest breaches of government data.

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Prompted by the post, many users noticed that the storage scanner in the Device Care section included a little note: “powered by 360.” Even in China, Qihoo 360 is well known for its past privacy transgressions and controversies and it’s understandable why Samsung users would be incredibly concerned that anything at all from Qihoo is preinstalled on their phone.

Alarm at ‘secret’ NHS meeting with tech firms on sharing patient data

Alarm at ‘secret’ NHS meeting with tech firms on sharing patient data

NHS chiefs held a closed meeting with giant technology and pharmaceutical companies to consider how billions of pounds could be made from a central database of patient records.

Wyze allegedly suffers data breach, logs out all users as a safe measure [Updated]

Wyze allegedly suffers data breach, logs out all users as a safe measure [Updated]

As it stands, Wyze Camera users will need to log back into their accounts and generate new 2-factor authentication (2FA) codes.

Over 267 million Facebook users had their names, phone numbers, and profiles exposed thanks to a public database, researcher says

Over 267 million Facebook users had their names, phone numbers, and profiles exposed thanks to a public database, researcher says

An online database exposed the names, Facebook IDs, and phone numbers of more than 267 million people, said Bob Diachenko, a data-security researcher, and Comparitech, a tech website.

267 Million Names And Phone Numbers Leaked Online — And They’re All From Facebook

267 Million Names And Phone Numbers Leaked Online — And They’re All From Facebook

Recently, a security researcher named Bob Diachenko found a database of user account info including their name and phone numbers for 267 million Facebook users.There’s no new information about how users can find out if their data was hacked and if the database is still being shared on hacker forums.

Facebook faces another huge data leak affecting 267 million users

Facebook faces another huge data leak affecting 267 million users

More than 267 million Facebook users’ IDs, phone numbers, and names were exposed to an online database that could potentially be used for spam and phishing campaigns.

Location-tracking database of 12M phones may include you

Location-tracking database of 12M phones may include you

Anyone who has ever granted a third-party app access to Location Services could be in a location-tracking database of 12 million phones, says a new report today.

FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US peeps is probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US peeps is probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

In a decision [PDF] that could put an end to a practice that civil-liberties groups have decried as illegal for years, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit noted that the way the Feds today use a database of seized communications “would be at odds with the bedrock Fourth Amendment concept that law enforcement agents may not invade the privacy of individuals without some objective reason to believe that evidence of crime will be found by a search.”.

The rise of facial data collection and mobile finger print scanning in the UK

The rise of facial data collection and mobile finger print scanning in the UK

In England and Wales, more than half of police forces have deployed mobile fingerprint scanners – devices that carry out on-the-spot ID checks against immigration databases, turning officers into border guards.

Password data for ~2.2 million users of currency and gaming sites dumped online

Password data for ~2.2 million users of currency and gaming sites dumped online

The other contains data for about 800,000 accounts on RuneScape bot provider EpicBot. The databases include registered email addresses and passwords that were cryptographically hashed with bcrypt, a function that's among the hardest to crack.

NYPD Forced to Destroy Illegally Stored Juvenile Fingerprints

NYPD Forced to Destroy Illegally Stored Juvenile Fingerprints

"The NYPD's fingerprint database of juveniles included children who were never even prosecuted, children whose cases may have been dismissed or they may have been acquitted," said Lisa Freeman, the director of the Legal Aid Society.

The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years

The NYPD Kept an Illegal Database of Juvenile Fingerprints for Years

For years, the New York Police Department illegally maintained a database containing the fingerprints of thousands of children charged as juvenile delinquents — in direct violation of state law mandating that police destroy these records after turning them over to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.

The Fear of Biometric Technology in Today’s Digital World

The Fear of Biometric Technology in Today’s Digital World

With access to biometric data, hackers can easily steal someone’s identity or even use and tamper the private information that could be detrimental to someone’s life.The security issues regarding biometric data focus on how sensitive information is captured, stored, processed, transmitted, and accessed.

Over 230 UK Police Disciplined for Computer Misuse

Over 230 UK Police Disciplined for Computer Misuse

Hundreds of UK police officers have been disciplined over the past two financial years for misusing computer systems, a new Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

These contracts, combined with revelations surrounding the military’s massive biometric database initiatives, paint an alarming picture: A large and quickly growing network of surveillance systems operated by the U.S. military and present anywhere the U.S. has deployed troops, vacuuming up biometric data on millions of unsuspecting individuals.

Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification

Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification

The Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs has proposed using facial recognition for online age verification for pornography and gambling websites visited by Australians as an update to Australia’s National Identity Security Strategy.

A network of ‘camgirl’ sites exposed millions of users and sex workers

A network of ‘camgirl’ sites exposed millions of users and sex workers

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.

Why Adding Client-Side Scanning Breaks End-To-End Encryption

Why Adding Client-Side Scanning Breaks End-To-End Encryption

Let’s say that when the client-side scan finds a hash match, it sends a message off to the server to report that the user was trying to send a blocked image.

Beyond Aadhaar: India wants to create a giant centralized facial recognition database

Beyond Aadhaar: India wants to create a giant centralized facial recognition database

As that indicates, the idea is that any kind of image – whether a photograph, a drawing, or a CCTV feed capture – can be run against the database to search for matches.

Regulating Facial Recognition Tech – Where Are We Now?

Regulating Facial Recognition Tech – Where Are We Now?

In the United Kingdom, Artificial Lawyer spoke to human rights campaigners on updates on their court cases against British police forces over their use of FRT.The efforts above range from limited bans within the public sector, to reviews of new implementations of the tech, to specific court cases against police use of FRT.

Adobe Error Exposes 7.5 Million Users’ Personal Data

Adobe Error Exposes 7.5 Million Users’ Personal Data

Security researchers have recently discovered that Adobe accidentally exposed and compromised the private data of around 7.5 million accounts, including those of its own employees.Diachenko found that around 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users had their accounts’ details exposed to the public.

In Germany, controversy still surrounds video surveillance

In Germany, controversy still surrounds video surveillance

The interior minister, who is responsible for ensuring the safety of the German public, was referring to a pilot project to test facial recognition technology at Berlin's Südkreuz train station, a major hub for local and international travelers.