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.

Facebook to pay UK media millions to license news stories

Facebook to pay UK media millions to license news stories

Facebook is to pay mainstream UK news outlets millions of pounds a year to license their articles, as the social network faces the threat of a government crackdown over its dominance of online advertising.

France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones

France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones

The proposed legislation would bring in wide-ranging police surveillance in France, but the main concern of demonstrators is Article 24, which is designed to penalize the “malicious” dissemination of images of French police officers: Pending legislation in France’s parliament would create a new criminal offense for publishing images of police officers with intent to cause them harm.

Inside the French government’s mission to develop an encrypted messaging platform

Inside the French government’s mission to develop an encrypted messaging platform

Although DINUM wasn’t looking for an open source solution specifically, it discovered Matrix; a decentralised communication protocol developed with interoperability and privacy in mind.

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Sean Joyce, former Airbnb chief trust officer – also a former deputy director of the FBI – reportedly resigned last year over concerns about how much user data the company shared with China.

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

First there’s Trump himself, whose attacks on Chinese tech companies appear to be part of a broader strategy aimed at getting a better trade deal out of China.

New proposed law to better protect Canadians’ privacy and increase their control over their data and personal information

New proposed law to better protect Canadians’ privacy and increase their control over their data and personal information

The proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 builds a foundation of trust and transparency between citizens, companies and government, while ensuring that innovators and businesses benefit from a modernized framework with clear rules.

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Zoom and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to a tentative settlement agreement regarding the video conferencing company’s false advertising of end-to-end encryption along with other issues.

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

The Liberals have signalled their intention on the parliamentary notice paper to introduce a bill that would create the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act. Story continues below advertisement.

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

At WIRED's request, Albright then broke down the dataset further to focus specifically on the 359 apps that handle contact tracing, exposure notification, screening, reporting, workplace monitoring, and COVID-19 information from public health authorities around the globe.

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Concern is growing within Canada’s spy agency about the threat posed by hostile state actors, especially China and Russia, looking to steal intellectual property and “large digital data sets” from private companies and academic institutions.

Dahua, Amazon Partner in China, Is Making Facial-Recognition Tech to Track Uighurs

Dahua, Amazon Partner in China, Is Making Facial-Recognition Tech to Track Uighurs

In what can only be described as a massive fuck-up, someone—likely a software engineer employed by Dahua Technology, the surveillance-gear supplier—posted the company’s software development kit for video tracking tools, which are built specifically to identify Uighurs.

Government Mandated Backdoors

Government Mandated Backdoors

We cover the current processes for gaining lawful access to data and how these new proposals don't amount to any true improvement upon existing capabilities.These new positions reflect a stark step in the wrong direction if you care to preserve human privacy.

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

ByteDance on Tuesday appealed to a federal appellate court seeking to overturn a sweeping Trump administration order requiring the company to divest itself of its popular TikTok platform—at least in the United States.

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India’s government has issued an order bringing the regulation of online news portals and content providers such as Netflix under the authority of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a first step to regulate digital media.

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

A leaked draft resolution from the Council of the European Union highlights that the government is planning to crack down on the end-to-end (e2e) encryption used by messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp. What the EU is calling for is a “balance” between regular encryption use and lawful access to encrypted data.

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Technical know-how, whether in government or in the technology industry, cannot substitute for contextual understanding and lived experiences in determining whether it’s appropriate to apply AI systems in sensitive social domains.

US Government Continues Encryption War

US Government Continues Encryption War

Weakening encryption will not solve these issues, and that's probably because they were not the the focus of the Act. Instead, it seems that this law seeks to criminalises strong encryption that does not have backdoors, even though the government knows full well that this will not stop criminals.

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

Mizelle states in his memo that there are ways for CBP and ICE to “minimize the risk” of possible constitutional violations, pointing out that they could limit their searches to defined periods, require supervisors to sign off on lengthy searches, only use the data when more “traditional” techniques fail, and limit the tracking of one device to when there is “individualized suspicion” or relevance to a “law enforcement investigation.”.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 30, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 30, 2020

Three members of Congress have sent a letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to call for an investigation into federal surveillance on protests.

Breaking Down China's Social Credit System [Advanced Guide]

Breaking Down China's Social Credit System [Advanced Guide]

The following factors are used by the Chinese government when calculating a social credit score for a business: If the company has consistently paid their taxes on time Whether the business acquires and maintains necessary licenses If the organization in question is compliant with relevant environmental-protection requirements Whether the quality of the business’s products or service meet the national standards.

Spy agency ducks questions about 'back doors' in tech products

Spy agency ducks questions about 'back doors' in tech products

The NSA has long sought agreements with technology companies under which they would build special access for the spy agency into their products, according to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reporting by Reuters and others.

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

The aggressive offensive by a Russian-speaking criminal gang coincides with the U.S. presidential election, though there was no immediate indication it was motivated by anything but profit.“We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement.

Grayshift, The Startup That Breaks Into iPhones For The Feds, Raises $47 Million

Grayshift, The Startup That Breaks Into iPhones For The Feds, Raises $47 Million

It’s a huge round for a phone forensics company, especially one that’s focused almost exclusively on breaking through the security of Apple’s famous device.The GrayKey is believed to be capable of hacking iPhones up to the iPhone 11, though it’s unclear how effective the tool is against the iPhone 12.

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.

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

In an interview in September last year, Snowden said he would be willing to return to the US if he is guaranteed a fair trial.What I'm asking for is a fair trial.

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

The letter submitted by the senators opposes the substance of the rule and points out past instances wherein DHS failed to protect biometric data as evidence the agency and its components aren’t fit to enact this kind of change.

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

The government of Thailand has ordered Thai internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Telegram encrypted messaging service.According to this leaked document that is marked “Top Secret”, the Thai government has ordered all internet providers to block the @telegram messaging app.

Dissidence Recommendation and Interview with Matthew Brdlik

Dissidence Recommendation and Interview with Matthew Brdlik

Brdlik: “The number one response I get is that it’s like Black Mirror.It’s almost like the new benchmark of quality for this type of film.THiNC: “Having just re-watched the film, it’s all becoming more clear!

Singapore’s world-first face scan plan sparks privacy fears

Singapore’s world-first face scan plan sparks privacy fears

“We want to be innovative in applying technology for the benefit of our citizens and businesses,” Kwok Quek Sin, who works on digital identification at Singapore’s technology agency GovTech, told AFP.