Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 5th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 5th, 2020

Top EU data protection agency under pressure to act against Internet giants as GDPR turns 2 years old.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

— Google violated federal wiretap laws when it continued to collect information about what users were doing on the internet without their permission even though they were browsing in so-called private browsing mode, according to a potential class-action lawsuit filed against the internet giant on Tuesday.

Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for “deceptive and unfair practices used to obtain users’ location data.” Specifically, Google has been collecting location history in its Search and Maps app to tie to your Google account even if you have explicitly told Google that you want to opt out of storing your Location History.

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

The FISA renewal vote came up as H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and was pulled from the House floor on Wednesday and Thursday.

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

House to vote on whether the FBI can access internet history without a warrant: Act now to Save Internet Privacy

Since Congress is likely voting tomorrow on the Lofgren-Davidson amendment to the PATRIOT Act, today is the day to contact your representatives and tell them how you’d like them to vote.

The House Is Voting on Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, Again. The Bill Still Needs More Reform

The House Is Voting on Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, Again. The Bill Still Needs More Reform

Later this week, the House of Representatives is once again voting on whether or not to extend the authorities in Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act—a surveillance law with a rich history of government overreach and abuse, along with two other PATRIOT Act provisions, and possibly, an amendment.

How to Stop Google From Tracking Your Location

How to Stop Google From Tracking Your Location

If, like most people, you thought Google stopped tracking your location once you turned off Location History in your account settings, you were wrong.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 22nd, 2020

The Patriot Act is up for renewal in Congress as the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has added in an amendment that would open up internet history to the list of information that the FBI and DOJ would be able to access without a warrant.

Private Internet Access implores Representative Crow to protect internet privacy by voting “NO” on H.R. 6172

Private Internet Access implores Representative Crow to protect internet privacy by voting “NO” on H.R. 6172

Private Internet Access implores you to vote “NO” on H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 which would extend and expand the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to allow access to internet history without a warrant.

How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI

How a VPN can protect your internet history from The Patriot Act & the FBI

If the law passes and the Patriot Act grants the FBI warrantless access to the internet history of Americans, the best way to protect your internet history is with a VPN.

The FBI monitoring your browsing history without a warrant might just be the beginning

The FBI monitoring your browsing history without a warrant might just be the beginning

Although it was arguably created with good intentions, some believe this is just the beginning of governments around the world using the coronavirus pandemic to usher in new surveillance measures.

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant.

Activists Are Trying to Stop the FBI From Snooping on Your Web History

Activists Are Trying to Stop the FBI From Snooping on Your Web History

Privacy advocates have launched a campaign calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—who impeached Donald Trump and called him “the most dangerous person in the history of our country”—to reintroduce the privacy amendment, which has enough support to pass in both chambers of Congress.

These are the 37 Senators that voted to let the FBI seize your internet history without a warrant

These are the 37 Senators that voted to let the FBI seize your internet history without a warrant

A key amendment to the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 that would have required authorities to obtain a warrant before gaining access to American internet browsing and search history just failed on the Senate floor by a single vote.

Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant

Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant

As if the original phone metadata siphoning provisions of the Patriot Act aren’t enough, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has introduced an amendment which would allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) to have access to anybody’s web browsing and search history under Section 215.

Half of Americans won’t trust contact-tracing apps, new poll finds

Half of Americans won’t trust contact-tracing apps, new poll finds

Overall, the poll indicates that only 41 percent of American adults have both the technological capacity and the will to use a contact-tracing app.2 billion phones cannot use Google and Apple contact-tracing tech The University of Washington and Microsoft together are also planning to launch a contact-tracing app.

COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

Each Community Mobility Report is broken down by location and displays the change in visits to places like grocery stores and parks.Visit Google's Privacy Policy to learn more about how we keep your data private, safe and secure.

Schools Are Spying on Students – But Students Can Fight Back

Schools Are Spying on Students – But Students Can Fight Back

In the new guide, EFF shows students and concerned parents what kind of technologies to watch for, how they can track you, and what it means for privacy.

A new report shows the most popular web browsers in the world are sending companies your history or personal data. Here’s how each browser’s privacy stacks up.

A new report shows the most popular web browsers in the world are sending companies your history or personal data. Here’s how each browser’s privacy stacks up.

Chrome, Firefox, and Safari were each ranked in the second-lowest privacy tier, while Microsoft Edge and Yandex were ranked as „least private.“ „For users of Edge and Yandex … my advice would be to change browser,“ the study’s author told Business Insider.

Facebook's new privacy tool lets you manage how you're tracked across the web

Facebook's new privacy tool lets you manage how you're tracked across the web

In a blog post on Data Privacy Day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that its "Off-Facebook Activity" tool -- which lets you manage how Facebook tracks you across the internet -- will finally be launched globally.

The Mining & Monetization of Personal User Data

The Mining & Monetization of Personal User Data

This recent significant shift within the realm of Information Technology has been the mining and monetization of personal user data, which comes with both positive and negative effects.

Privacy guide for MyAnalytics users

Privacy guide for MyAnalytics users

Note that these insights are derived from data that is already available to you in the following places: your Exchange Online mailbox your activity in OneDrive and SharePoint documents your chat and call history from Teams and from Skype for Business MyAnalytics simply applies some basic calculations and rules to make this data more actionable.

Samsung smart TVs are set to upload screenshots of what you’re watching

Samsung smart TVs are set to upload screenshots of what you’re watching

If you enable Samsung’s IBA (Internet Based Advertising) service, your TV viewing history will be siphoned up and sent back to Samsung to be shared with third parties that pay Samsung to send advertising directly to your screen.

Adversarial Interoperability

Adversarial Interoperability

For a really competitive, innovative, dynamic marketplace, you need adversarial interoperability: that’s when you create a new product or service that plugs into the existing ones without the permission of the companies that make them.

Invisible Ink Could Reveal whether Kids Have Been Vaccinated

Invisible Ink Could Reveal whether Kids Have Been Vaccinated

“Especially in developing countries where medical records may not be as complete or as accessible, there can be value in having medical information directly associated with a person,” says Mark Prausnitz, a bioengineering professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the new study.

‘Data Privacy’ Searches Skyrocket to All-Time Highs in the U.S.

‘Data Privacy’ Searches Skyrocket to All-Time Highs in the U.S.

‘Data Privacy’ Searches Skyrocket to All-Time Highs in the U.S. Interest in data privacy has skyrocketed to the highest level in history since data started being gathered in 2004.Google Trends’ levels represent the search interest relative to the highest point in a specific date range.

Introducing Private.sh: A search engine that cryptographically protects your privacy

Introducing Private.sh: A search engine that cryptographically protects your privacy

With non-private search engines, being able to identify you – the searcher – and tie your search terms to your user profile while targeting advertising at you is all an essential part of the business model.

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

That said, as big a deal as this was, on Friday, Google Maps announced it's finally started to roll out something more consequential in the long run: Incognito Mode.Back in May, Google had said Incognito Mode would be rolling out on Android first, followed by a version for iPhone.

ACCC slams Google over location data in the Federal Court

ACCC slams Google over location data in the Federal Court

"We are taking court action against Google because we allege that as a result of these on-screen representations, Google has collected, kept and used highly sensitive and valuable personal information about consumers' location without them making an informed choice," Mr Sims said.

Thailand orders restaurants and internet cafes offering public WiFi to log your internet history

Thailand orders restaurants and internet cafes offering public WiFi to log your internet history

As mentioned before, explicit government orders to store your internet history and log your web traffic are a great reason to use VPN when on WiFI at an internet cafe – and not just in Thailand.