Snowden warns: The surveillance states we’re creating now will outlast the coronavirus

Snowden warns: The surveillance states we’re creating now will outlast the coronavirus

Governments around the world are using high-tech surveillance measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.“When we see emergency measures passed, particularly today, they tend to be sticky,” Snowden said in an interview with the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.”.

Toronto, Canada is now using phone location data to track if people are congregating

Toronto, Canada is now using phone location data to track if people are congregating

This past Monday, Toronto Mayor Tory announced at a virtual TechTO meetup that the government has been receiving location data from wireless carriers and telecommunication companies in the area to show where people are still congregating and flouting social distancing – The Logic reports.

Israel Passes Emergency Law to Track and Trace Mobile Users With Suspected COVID-19

Israel Passes Emergency Law to Track and Trace Mobile Users With Suspected COVID-19

Israel has passed emergency measures that will allow security agencies to track the smartphone data of people with suspected COVID-19 and find others they may have come into contact with (via BBC News).

Facebook temporarily bans ads for medical face masks to prevent coronavirus exploitation

Facebook temporarily bans ads for medical face masks to prevent coronavirus exploitation

Facebook is temporarily banning ads and commerce listings for medical face masks amid growing concern over coronavirus-related exploitation, CNBC reports.Update: We’re banning ads and commerce listings selling medical face masks on Instagram and Facebook.

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Police using AI tech with 'troubling' secrecy, says former MI5 chief

Last week it emerged that the emergency services could in the future remotely deploy drones to monitor accidents or ongoing crimes.

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

Last week, the researchers found several security flaws in the baseband protocol of popular Android models — including Huawei’s Nexus 6P and Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ — making them vulnerable to snooping attacks on their owners.

Hong Kong protests: Authorities to announce face mask ban

Hong Kong protests: Authorities to announce face mask ban

The laws would grant Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, the authority to "make any regulations whatsoever which he [or she] may consider desirable in the public interest" in case of "emergency or public danger".Last used in 1967 to help stop violent riots in the territory's trading hub, the laws could also give the government greater authority to make arrests, censor publications and search premises.

China’s government has given location-tracking watches to 17,000 children

China’s government has given location-tracking watches to 17,000 children

The smart watches use chips developed and designed by BeiDou, a Chinese satellite navigation system, to pinpoint a child’s position within 10 meters. The tech: The watches are equipped with a positioning chip, developed by BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, China’s GPS equivalent.

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

AT&T then falsely stated it had suspended Securus’ and other aggregators’ access to customer data, the plaintiffs say, but just a few days later, a Motherboard article reported the carrier was selling customers’ phone locations to car salesmen, bail bondsmen, landlords and bounty hunters for as little as $7.50.

In Europe, cars automatically call for help if they crash

In Europe, cars automatically call for help if they crash

The EU says citizens should be more worried about similar onboard systems provided by carmakers, saying that to use these private services, the driver typically agrees to a written consent with the operator that may allow their location to be continuously tracked.

WhatsApp assisting police in Hayez investigation

WhatsApp assisting police in Hayez investigation

WhatsApp has published Information for Law Enforcement Authorities that outlines the kinds of information they can disclose when they receive a valid legal request. WhatsApp respond to government requests for data in accordance with applicable law and their terms of service.

'Police given secret access to hospital database'

'Police given secret access to hospital database'

The police were able to find and arrest people injured in last Wednesday's extradition bill protests because officers have been given secret backdoor access to the Hospital Authority's patient database, medical sector lawmaker Pierre Chan said on Monday.

Comcast is reportedly developing a device that would track your bathroom habits

Comcast is reportedly developing a device that would track your bathroom habits

It’s said that Comcast aims to offer the device and a companion health tracking service to “at-risk people, including seniors and people with disabilities.” The company is also in discussions with hospitals about potentially “using the device to ensure that patients don’t end up back in the hospital after they’ve been discharged.” Your ISP, doctors, and insurers all having a direct, unfettered view into your day-to-day vitals?

Comcast is working on an in-home device to track people's health

Comcast is working on an in-home device to track people's health

It will start to experiment with pilots, which are not limited to Comcast customers, by the end of 2019, with potential commercial release in 2020.Unlike most home speakers, the device won't be positioned as a communications or assistant tool, and won't be able to do things like search the web or turn lights on and off.

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State

“Where there are cameras, they often don’t work,” said Ms. Rueda, 61. But during a Times visit, 30 police officers were on duty to check the footage. The best way to fix the neighborhood’s crime problems is to fix the surveillance system, she said.

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

The additional obligatory equipment for cars, trucks and buses will help to save people’s lives”, said Róża Thun (EPP, PL) , who steered this legislation through Parliament.

Top Gear on Google

Top Gear on Google

The intelligent speed assistance (ISA) system uses both GPS data and sign recognition technology to check speed limits, and then automatically keeps the car below the required limits.

U.S. agency error exposes 2.3 million disaster survivors to fraud: watchdog

U.S. agency error exposes 2.3 million disaster survivors to fraud: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exposed 2.3 million disaster survivors to possible identity theft and fraud by improperly sharing sensitive personal information with an outside company, according to an internal government watchdog.

Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls

Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls

Around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data, according to documents obtained by Motherboard.

DHS: Multiple US gov domains hit in serious DNS hijacking wave

DHS: Multiple US gov domains hit in serious DNS hijacking wave

Further Reading A DNS hijacking wave is targeting companies at an almost unprecedented scale The DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued the directive on Tuesday, 12 days after security firm FireEye warned of an unprecedented wave of ongoing attacks that altered the domain name system records belonging to telecoms, ISPs, and government agencies.

Huawei's kit removed from emergency services 4G network

Huawei's kit removed from emergency services 4G network

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 4G-based Emergency Services Network should be less costly to run than the existing system used by police BT has confirmed that equipment made by Huawei is being removed from the heart of a communication system being developed for the UK's police forces and other emergency services.

Recapitulation of 2018

Recapitulation of 2018

Emergency Codes Its important that your passwords are secure, yet in some cases you want that others may be able to access your passwords. All backend by modern cryptography, so only the holder of the code can actually access your passwords.

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EXCLUSIVE: Victoria’s emergency services have suffered a massive data breach, with the personal medical information of hundreds of staff circulating on the dark web. media_camera Victoria’s emergency services have suffered a massive data breach, with the personal medical information of hundreds of staff circulating on the dark web.

There are Many Problems With Mobile Privacy but the Presidential Alert Isn’t One of Them

There are Many Problems With Mobile Privacy but the Presidential Alert Isn’t One of Them

While there are legitimate concerns about the misuse of the WEA system and myriad privacy concerns with cellular phones and infrastructure (including the Enhanced 911, or E911, system) the tweet by McAfee gets it wrong.

'Presidential Alert': FEMA to send test emergency alert to all US cellphones

'Presidential Alert': FEMA to send test emergency alert to all US cellphones

Cellphone users may receive a text from President Donald Trump as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducts its first presidential-level Wireless Emergency Alerts test.

Why You Might Not Want Your Watch Calling 911

Why You Might Not Want Your Watch Calling 911

But no matter what age you are, you should be aware of the legal ramifications: You’re allowing police into your home without a warrant, and you may not actually want that.

Apple Watch’s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal trouble

Apple Watch’s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal trouble

In other words, if police are alerted by an Apple Watch of a possible injury, they do not need a warrant to enter a home under the "community caretaking" exception to the Fourth Amendment.

First Responders for Net Neutrality

First Responders for Net Neutrality

While Santa Clara County firefighters were fighting some of the biggest forest fires in America’s history, Verizon was throttling their internet speeds, preventing firefighters from providing crisis response and emergency services to those in need.

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

In addition, The Intercept reports that FirstNet will make data from “fusion centers“, which enable criminal intelligence-sharing between government agencies, available to local officers using the first responder network.