Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

A government watchdog tells The Associated Press it will launch a nationwide audit that may shed light on how seniors’ personal Medicare information is getting to telemarketers, raising concerns about fraud and waste.

The Indian government is reportedly cracking down on VPN usage in Jammu & Kashmir

The Indian government is reportedly cracking down on VPN usage in Jammu & Kashmir

The Army stops citizens and checks their phones for VPN applications while the internet service providers (ISPs) in the region are sending written notices to users to attempt to discourage them from VPN use.

Personal Data of 144,000 Canadians Breached by Federal Authorities

Personal Data of 144,000 Canadians Breached by Federal Authorities

Several government departments in Canada have compromised the personal information of 144,000 individuals across 7,992 data breaches that occurred over the past two years, according to a report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

India's use of facial recognition tech during protests causes stir

India's use of facial recognition tech during protests causes stir

Police in the Indian capital and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh - both hotbeds of dissent - have used the technology during protests that have raged since mid-December against a new citizenship law that critics say marginalises Muslims.

Can the Government Buy Its Way Around the Fourth Amendment?

Can the Government Buy Its Way Around the Fourth Amendment?

If you’ve been following privacy issues at all in recent years, you know that websites and smartphone apps are sharing your detailed location information with data brokers and advertisers.

Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies

Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies

Federal departments or agencies have mishandled personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians over the past two years, according to new figures tabled in the House of Commons — and not everyone who was swept up in a privacy breach was told about it.

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.

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

The US alleges that Huawei violated these laws by "buil[ding] equipment that secretly preserves the manufacturer's ability to access networks through these interfaces without the carriers' knowledge," the Journal article said.

Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail

Man who refused to decrypt hard drives is free after four years in jail

Francis Rawls, a former police officer, had been in jail since 2015, when a federal judge held him in contempt for failing to decrypt two hard drives taken from his home.

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike while earning million of dollars from the sales, according the Washington Post and the German public broadcaster ZDF, based on the agencies’ internal histories of the intelligence operation.

Following Mitsubishi, Pasco and Kobe Steel Disclose Data Breaches

Following Mitsubishi, Pasco and Kobe Steel Disclose Data Breaches

Both, Pasco and Kobe Steel’s official statements said that no damage has been done in either of the data breach attempts as no information leakage had been discovered so far during the joint investigations carried out by the Ministry of Defense and various government and state authorities.

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

“Perhaps the greatest overarching question related to the investigation of this case is how the government was able to pierce Tor’s veil of anonymity and locate the IP address of the server in France,” Marques’s defense lawyers wrote in a recent filing.

Opinion | The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

Opinion | The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

With access to [cellphone location data], the Government can now travel back in time to retrace a person’s whereabouts, subject only to the retention polices of the wireless carriers, which currently maintain records for up to five years.

ICE Is Using Location Data From Games and Apps to Track and Arrest Immigrants, Report Says

ICE Is Using Location Data From Games and Apps to Track and Arrest Immigrants, Report Says

The federal government purchased access to a database that tracks millions of cell phones and is using the data as part of its ongoing crackdown on undocumented immigrants, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

DHS uses the data purchased from private marketing companies to generate law enforcement leads and search for undocumented immigrants, according to the Journal, which first broke news of the arrangements on Friday.

Welfare surveillance system violates human rights, Dutch court rules

Welfare surveillance system violates human rights, Dutch court rules

In the UK, where the government is accelerating the development of robots in the benefits system, the chairman of the House of Commons work and pensions select committee, Stephen Timms, said: “This ruling by the Dutch courts demonstrates that parliaments ought to look very closely at the ways in which governments use technology in the social security system, to protect the rights of their citizens.”.

Britain Knows It’s Selling Out Its National Security to Huawei

Britain Knows It’s Selling Out Its National Security to Huawei

On Tuesday, much to the chagrin of the United States, the British government announced its decision to allow the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei involvement in the rollout of the country’s next-generation 5G mobile network that will run everything from self-driving cars and remote health services to industrial production.

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

The thing about internet tracking and surveillance is that when it comes to online privacy both companies and governments have been historically caught lying to the public or just straight up selling private data legally .

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

What is known, is that GE earned 30 million USD from San Diego’s city council to install these cameras and microphones in street lights under the guise of looking at traffic flows and environmental data and has the legal, government granted rights to sell whatever “source data” is gleaned from the surveillance equipment.

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Cyberattacks against North Dakota state government skyrocket to 15M per month

Cyberattacks against North Dakota state government skyrocket to 15M per month

Shawn Riley, North Dakota's chief information officer and head of the information technology department, said there were more than 15 million cyberattacks against the state's government per month in 2019, a 300 percent increase since 2018.In 2018, there were about 5 million attempted cyberattacks per month.

Modi's Thought Control Firewall in Kashmir May Be the Internet's Future in India

Modi's Thought Control Firewall in Kashmir May Be the Internet's Future in India

On January 18, the government issued a new order relaxing the ban a teeny-weeny bit by allowing people in two districts of the Valley to access a limited number of “whitelisted” sites on post-paid mobile connections at 2G speed.

Apple shared customer data with US government in a record-high 90% of cases, even as Trump administration complains it’s not doing enough

Apple shared customer data with US government in a record-high 90% of cases, even as Trump administration complains it’s not doing enough

Apple announced in a report Friday that it received a record-high 3,619 requests from the US government for users‘ account information in the first half of 2019, up 36% from the previous six-month period.

Myths of Email

Myths of Email

Therefore, when considering an offshore email service, it is important to ascertain the status of a government’s independence and the facts pertaining to its privacy and data retention laws.Offshore email services with data retention and weak privacy standards should be avoided.

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

Under the proposal, a new regulatory framework for artificial intelligence could “include a time-limited ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces”.

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

"The company has sold its products to dozens of US agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and ICE.But Special Services Group has gone to great lengths to keep its products secret, even threatening to sue journalists at Vice for reporting on its sales brochure earlier this week.

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

The social media company, as it considered what to do about political ads, faced intense pleas from campaign strategists on both sides, pointing out legitimate uses of microtargeting, especially for challengers, in local races and for advocacy groups.“Over 85% of spend by US presidential candidates on Facebook is for ad campaigns targeted to audiences estimated to be greater than 250,000,” Facebook said.

China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial

China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial

In a recent article posted online that generated wide discussion in China, Lao Dongyan, a law professor at prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, called abuse of facial recognition data "a deal with the devil".

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a UK decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.