Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Over 7,000 police officers and public servants in the US have been using or testing Clearview AI's facial recognition software without authorization from their departments, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Hanna from Tutanota

Privacy Talks | Interview with Hanna from Tutanota

[4:40] – Some people use Tutanota as an example of a more private version of Gmail.I see that Tutanota also has a calendar now.[6:05] – What is something you, or Tutanota, are looking forward to?.Learn more about Tutanota at

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Under the bill, any law enforcement agency using facial recognition technology must stop, and they can only get approval to use it if they seek special permission from the legislature beginning July 1.Democratic Delegate Lashrecse Aird was one of the bill's lead sponsors.

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

(Reuters) - Two advocacy groups on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

Ex-policeman says Synesis did help to identify Belarus protesters

Ex-policeman says Synesis did help to identify Belarus protesters

The Synesis-made Kipod software was used by law enforcement agencies to identify participants of peaceful protests in Belarusian cities, according to a former employee with the Organized Crime and Corruption Task Force (GUBOPIK) Stanislau Lupanosau .

CEO of Sky Global encrypted chat platform indicted by US

CEO of Sky Global encrypted chat platform indicted by US

The US Department of Justice has indicted the CEO of encrypted messaging company Sky Global, and an associate for allegedly aiding criminal enterprises avoid detection by law enforcement.Earlier this week, Europol announced that law enforcement in Belgium and the Netherlands made arrests after monitoring the Sky ECC encrypted chat platform for illegal activity.

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Civil liberties activists are suing a company that provides facial recognition services to law enforcement agencies and private companies around the world, contending that Clearview AI illegally stockpiled data on 3 billion people without their knowledge or permission.

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI enhances law enforcement agencies’ efforts to monitor these activists, as well as immigrants, people of color and those perceived as “dissidents,” such as Black Lives Matter activists, and can potentially discourage their engagement in protected political speech as a result, the plaintiffs say.

Saleforce's LinkedIn hacked to show BLM support after employees speak out - TheGrio

Saleforce's LinkedIn hacked to show BLM support after employees speak out - TheGrio

A pair of Black former employees recently came forward to express their frustration while working at the software giant Salesforce.A hacker breached the LinkedIn account of the software giant Salesforce during the CPAC conference last Friday, posting a supportive message about Black Lives Matter from the page.

Private dollars are seeding surveillance tech across the US

Private dollars are seeding surveillance tech across the US

Companies including Axon – which makes tasers, cameras and drones, and Verizon – which provides video surveillance technologies and 5G connectivity services – they’re in the Chula Vista Police Foundation’s Captain’s Circle of sponsors.

2020: Palantir Posts $1.1B Revenue, $1.17B Loss

2020: Palantir Posts $1.1B Revenue, $1.17B Loss

The data mining and analytics company Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) has posted its first annual earnings as a public company for the year 2020, reporting $1.1 billion in revenue and a net loss of $1.17 billion.

Facebook has been helping law enforcement identify Capitol rioters

Facebook has been helping law enforcement identify Capitol rioters

Facebook has gone out of its way to help law enforcement officials identify those who participated in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, the company said in a Thursday conference call with reporters.

Don’t Make Parents Raise Kids in a World without Encryption

Don’t Make Parents Raise Kids in a World without Encryption

Governments and law enforcement agencies are trying to ban or weaken a critical tool for keeping our children safe online.Despite this, some governments, law enforcement agencies, and even some child protection agencies are trying take away the strongest digital tool we have as parents to keep children safe online.

Opinion | They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

Opinion | They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

But to think that the information will be used against individuals only if they’ve broken the law is naïve; such data is collected and remains vulnerable to use and abuse whether people gather in support of an insurrection or they justly protest police violence, as happened in cities across America last summer.

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

The facial recognition app Clearview AI is not welcome in Canada and the company that developed it should delete Canadians’ faces from its database, the country’s privacy commissioner said on Wednesday.

U.S. technology company Clearview AI violated Canadian privacy law: report

U.S. technology company Clearview AI violated Canadian privacy law: report

The report found that Clearview AI's technology created a significant risk to individuals by allowing law enforcement and companies to match photos against its database of more than three billion images, including Canadians and children.

Amazon’s Ring now reportedly partners with more than 2,000 US police and fire departments

Amazon’s Ring now reportedly partners with more than 2,000 US police and fire departments

All but two US states — Montana and Wyoming— now have police or fire departments participating in Amazon’s Ring network, which lets law enforcement ask users for footage from their Ring security cameras to assist with investigations, the Financial Times reported, Figures from Ring show more than 1,189 departments joined the program in 2020 for a total of 2,014.

Element on Google Play Store

Element on Google Play Store

In order to enforce our terms of use on the Matrix servers we run as Element, we have a formal Trust and Safety team hired full-time who are dedicated to investigating and tracking abuse reports sent to or reported from the app.

Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

In October, BuzzFeed reported on the existence of a legal memo from the Department of Homeland Security opining that it was lawful for law enforcement agencies to buy and use smartphone location data without a warrant.

How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

“It just really shocked me, because I came into this project thinking that these phones are really protecting user data well,” says Johns Hopkins cryptographer Matthew Green, who oversaw the research.

Facial recognition use surges after Capitol riot

Facial recognition use surges after Capitol riot

With many of the participants posting footage of the riot to social media, officials nationwide are relying on software like Clearview AI — which matches photos of unidentified people with publicly posted images — including in jurisdictions that have enacted recent reforms about police use of the technology.

Use of Clearview AI facial recognition tech spiked as law enforcement seeks to identify Capitol mob

Use of Clearview AI facial recognition tech spiked as law enforcement seeks to identify Capitol mob

Clearview AI’s CEO says that use of his company’s facial recognition technology among law enforcement spiked 26 percent the day after a mob of pro-Trump rioters attacked the US Capitol.Some 2,400 law enforcement agencies across the US use Clearview’s software, according to the company.

T-Mobile data breach: ‘Malicious, unauthorized’ hack exposes customer call information

T-Mobile data breach: ‘Malicious, unauthorized’ hack exposes customer call information

A security incident at T-Mobile has resulted in customer call data being accessed, the telecommunications giant has said.This latest incident follows a data breach back in March 2020, when customer financial information was exposed due to a third-party hack.

Privacy Commissioner Launches Investigation of RCMP Internet Unit

Privacy Commissioner Launches Investigation of RCMP Internet Unit

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has launched an investigation into the RCMP’s Tactical Internet Operational Support unit and Project Wide Awake, the unit’s advanced web monitoring program using digital tools it kept secret.

Encryption: Council adopts resolution on security through encryption and security despite encryption

Encryption: Council adopts resolution on security through encryption and security despite encryption

At the same time, the Council notes the need to ensure that competent law enforcement and judicial authorities are able to exercise their legal powers, both online and offline, to protect our societies and citizens.

Former Salesforce science boss founds You.com to take on Google Search

Former Salesforce science boss founds You.com to take on Google Search

Here’s a conspiracy theory for you: According to the aforementioned TechCrunch article, Socher says he can compete with Search on account of his clever AI, nuanced approach that Google can’t just imitate and obliterate (the Innovator’s Dilemma), and the fact that Google’s embroiled in anti-trust suits.

MSF: Moderna’s decision to not enforce COVID-19 vaccine patents during the pandemic isn’t enough

MSF: Moderna’s decision to not enforce COVID-19 vaccine patents during the pandemic isn’t enough

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 8, 2020— US-based pharmaceutical corporation Moderna's announcement today to not enforce patents on its COVID-19 vaccine throughout the duration of the pandemic will not ensure broad access for everyone who needs it, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

But it violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution for the government to purchase commercially available location data it would otherwise have to get a warrant to acquire.

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the first state to fully ban the technology, following bans barring the use of facial recognition in police body cameras and other, more limited city-specific bans on the tech.

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

This post covers six of the biggest issues in the bill: the new privacy law structure, stronger enforcement, new privacy rights on data portability, de-identification, and algorithmic transparency, standards of consent, bringing back PIPEDA privacy requirements, and codes of practice.