Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

A spokesperson for the Federal Trade Commission, who didn’t say if the consumer protection agency is examining how retail pharmacies are using data from Covid vaccinations, said companies could be investigated if they mislead customers about how their information is being used.

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

Today, we are at a jurisprudential inflection point as courts grapple with when and how the Fourth Amendment should apply to the data generated by technologies like cell phones, smart cars, and wearable devices.In Carpenter, the Court considered how the Fourth Amendment applies to location data generated when cell phones connect to nearby cell towers.

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports "Individual Covid-19 vaccination records are private health information and should not be shared by a mandate," DeSantis' executive order reads.

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

President Joe Biden's administration is working to establish a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, an administration official said last Sunday .The official said the White House is working with government agencies, tech companies and non-profit organizations to plan and coordinate the effort, which is likely weeks away from being finalized.

UK may compel Facebook to share users data and conversations with police

UK may compel Facebook to share users data and conversations with police

The UK parliament is considering forcing to implement backdoors to share access to messages from its chat services to the police.To compel Facebook to share the access of messages to the police, the Ministry would use a special measure, a technical capability notice.

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

The government is considering forcing users of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — as well as online dating platforms like Tinder — to upload 100 points of identification in order to use them.

Edward Snowden: Bitcoin privacy sucks

Edward Snowden: Bitcoin privacy sucks

Edward Snowden, the famous whistleblower who leaked highly confidential information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, criticized Bitcoin (BTC) for its inability to protect users financial privacy.And people thought that the creation of Bitcoin would solve the privacy concern in the financial space.

Senators Offer to Let NSA Hunt Cyber Actors Inside the US

Senators Offer to Let NSA Hunt Cyber Actors Inside the US

A bipartisan group of senators offered to help expand the National Security Agency’s authorities allowing the spy agency to hunt domestically for signals intelligence against foreign adversaries that U.S. officials have said are behind a string of recent attacks, like the recent SolarWinds hack.

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

"They targeted activists, journalists and dissidents among Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities from Xinjiang in China primarily living abroad in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the United States and other countries," Facebook said in a post Wednesday detailing its findings about the cyber espionage campaign.

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple's plan still leaves multiple opportunities for users to remove government-imposed apps, but promoting them during setup will inevitably result in broader distribution of Russia's chosen software.

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China is prohibiting its military and government personnel from using Tesla vehicles, citing a potential security risk posed by the electric automaker’s data collection, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Line, whose app is used by over 86 million people in Japan, says in its data protection guideline that customers' personal information can be transferred overseas.The app operator said it had reported the matter to the government's Personal Information Protection Commission and will soon set up a third-party panel to investigate the incident.

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

On 6 October 2020, the EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), issued its judgments for three related cases: the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that mass data retention and collection practices for national security purposes undertaken by member states, must comply with EU law, and therefore have to be subjected to its privacy safeguards.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 26, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 26, 2021

Starting in May, WhatsApp users that haven’t accepted the new privacy policy will no longer be able to send or receive messages.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

So Long as You Carry a Cellphone, the Government Can Track You

So Long as You Carry a Cellphone, the Government Can Track You

"[I]t is our understanding that the Carpenter decision concerned historical Cell Site Location Information which is distinct from the opt-in app data available on the Venntel platform," the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently told the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) in response to a query about the use of commercial databases such as Venntel.

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The architect of Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay media companies for content claimed victory on Wednesday, though critics said last-minute changes to appease Facebook favoured Big Tech over smaller news outlets.

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years, days after a high-profile stand-off with the Australian government over paying news outlets for content.

News to remerge on Facebook in Australia after deal struck with government

News to remerge on Facebook in Australia after deal struck with government

The first, they said, makes it clear that a decision to designate a platform under the code must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreement with news media businesses.

Clubhouse Security Risk Follow-up: China Is Listening

Clubhouse Security Risk Follow-up: China Is Listening

The Shanghai-based infrastructure supplier of Clubhouse called Agora Inc. raised security concerns that it may provide information to the Chinese government to identify and monitor users, especially for politically exposed personnel.

40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

A coalition of more than 40 advocacy groups is calling on President Joe Biden to take executive action imposing a moratorium on U.S. government use of facial recognition and other biometric technology, block state and local governments from using federal funds for such tools, and support related legislation introduced in Congress last year.

Facebook is 'schoolyard bully' in Australia news row, says UK media boss

Facebook is 'schoolyard bully' in Australia news row, says UK media boss

Faure Walker said: “Facebook’s actions in Australia demonstrate precisely why we need jurisdictions across the globe, including the UK, to coordinate to deliver robust regulation to create a truly level playing between the tech giants and news publishers.”.

The US Government can search your phone at the border without a warrant

The US Government can search your phone at the border without a warrant

Now that the government officially doesn’t need a warrant to do a digital search on your phone or other devices whenever you cross the United States border, remember to be extra vigilant when crossing the border.

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

Likewise, just because there are people who are hiding destructive things that the people in charge should ultimately know about doesn’t suddenly mean they should allow the police to check EVERYONE.

South Africa’s highest court bans bulk internet surveillance

South Africa’s highest court bans bulk internet surveillance

Highest Court in South Africa reaffirms previous decision against bulk surveillance.This court decision from the highest court in South Africa came about as a result of the Minister of State Security appealing a previous decision from 2019 by a lower court that had already declared bulk surveillance unlawful .

Edward Snowden to do only US virtual book chat through Copperfield’s

Edward Snowden to do only US virtual book chat through Copperfield’s

What: An online interview with author Edward Snowden about the new young adult edition of his memoir, conducted by Canadian-British blogger and journalist Cory Doctorow.Now Snowden has come out with a young adult version of “Permanent Record,” aimed at making expert-level information about privacy accessible to a younger audience.

Bill would allow tech companies to create local governments

Bill would allow tech companies to create local governments

According to a draft of the proposed legislation, obtained by the Review-Journal but not yet introduced in the Legislature, Innovation Zones would allow tech companies like Blockchains, LLC to effectively form separate local governments in Nevada, governments that would carry the same authority as a county, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and justice courts and provide government services, to name a few duties.

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.

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

The NHS, in particular, gave Palantir all kinds of data about patients, employees and members of the public — from contact information to details of gender, race, work, physical and mental health conditions, political and religious affiliation, and past criminal offences10.Prominent among the many privacy challenges citizens face in the wake of the pandemic are data deals that might consolidate widespread surveillance as a requirement to access primary services and opportunities.

UK Police Chief falsely claims that end to end encrypted messaging “puts lives at risk”

UK Police Chief falsely claims that end to end encrypted messaging “puts lives at risk”

In fact, a police chief went so far as to say that offering end to end encryption would “’unequivocally put lives at risk.” The words were uttered by Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth – who head’s the country’s online anti-terrorism efforts.

China releases draft of major new privacy law: why it matters to everyone online

China releases draft of major new privacy law: why it matters to everyone online

A blog post on New America explains: China’s draft PIPL represents a third way between the sectoral U.S. approach, which applies different rules for specific industries or classes of consumers, and the European Union’s comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework, which enshrines fundamental rights across contexts.