Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Aggregated data from Three mobile customers used to monitor Covid-19 travel restriction compliance

Mobile phone carrier Three is providing the aggregated movement data of its 2.4m Irish customers to the Department of Health and the CSO in order to monitor compliance with Covid-19 public health and movement restrictions.

Home alarm tech backdoored security cameras to spy on customers having sex

Home alarm tech backdoored security cameras to spy on customers having sex

Telesforo Aviles, a 35-year-old former employee of home and small office security company ADT, said that over a five-year period, he accessed the cameras of roughly 200 customer accounts on more than 9,600 occasions—all without the permission or knowledge of customers.

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

In a report by Metro, unions warn that employers are taking advantage of Covid-19 restrictions to monitor remote workers covertly.According to TUC research, one in seven employees has seen surveillance increase since they started working from home.

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

The policing minister, Kit Malthouse, said Home Office and law enforcement officials were working at pace to recover the data.“While the loss relates to individuals who were arrested and then released with no further action, I have asked officials and the police to confirm their initial assessment that there is no threat to public safety,” he said.

Ring adds end-to-end video encryption to its doorbells and security cameras at CES 2021

Ring adds end-to-end video encryption to its doorbells and security cameras at CES 2021

Ring has updated its policies since, including making privacy and security settings more accessible via a Control Center dashboard and introducing mandatory two-factor authentication.Customers using Ring's end-to-end encryption feature would need to decrypt the video before sharing it with police.

Not going dark: personal data from the Internet of Things ushers in a golden age for law enforcement

Not going dark: personal data from the Internet of Things ushers in a golden age for law enforcement

A report from the Brennan Center for Justice provides a good summary of how the authorities are accessing that data in order to help them with their work: The proliferation of connected devices provides expansive opportunities for the government to assemble detailed portraits of people’s lives.

Privacy, schmivacy: 2 in 3 Americans don’t care if their smart devices are recording them

Privacy, schmivacy: 2 in 3 Americans don’t care if their smart devices are recording them

Privacy issues are a constant concern when it comes to digital technology, but a new survey finds many Americans are simply accepting they may not be alone in their own home.

The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

That difference is that I don’t claim to represent or serve (or expect a paycheck from) the people I’m required by law (that is, by Senator Paul and friends) to share my personal information with.

Privacy matters even if "you have nothing to hide"

Privacy matters even if "you have nothing to hide"

The overwhelming majority of people do not seem to care about privacy.The question about privacy is not about hiding, it is about sharing.Increasingly, Big Tech, the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, are sharing more and more information with governments.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

‘No one's safe under these new laws’: Critics rip proposed Surveillance Bill

‘No one's safe under these new laws’: Critics rip proposed Surveillance Bill

Deakin University criminology lecturer and Australian Privacy Foundation vice-president Monique Mann said the government has previously used the rhetoric of national security and terrorism to rush through legislation that has subsequently been used to target journalists and whistleblowers.

Some States Balk After C.D.C. Asks for Personal Data of Those Vaccinated

Some States Balk After C.D.C. Asks for Personal Data of Those Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is instructing states to sign so-called data use agreements that commit them for the first time to sharing personal information in existing registries with the federal government.

Amazon Sidewalk shares your home WiFi network with other Amazon devices unless you opt out

Amazon Sidewalk shares your home WiFi network with other Amazon devices unless you opt out

Amazon Sidewalk turns your home’s Amazon Alexa device into a bridge device – a router that takes a chunk of your home’s WiFi bandwidth and gives it to neighboring “Sidewalk-enabled” devices such as the Amazon Echo and Amazon Ring devices.

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

One other thing that the lawsuit brings up is that Google sends preloaded tokens that represent ads to Android mobile users, but these ads sometimes aren’t even loaded even though Google counts the impression.

Worried Alexa is spying on you? Edward Snowden’s head can help

Worried Alexa is spying on you? Edward Snowden’s head can help

Safwat – who says she’s not necessarily anti-Amazon, but wants to spark a conversation – created a 3D render of Snowden’s head based on publicly available imagery, and worked with a special effects company to create the bust.

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google, one of the most repeated lines you’ve used to fend off antitrust inquiries is to say search competition is “only one click away.” The recent House Antitrust Subcommittee report notes that “in an internal presentation about [Microsoft] Internet Explorer’s default search selection, Google recommended that users be given an initial opportunity to select a search engine and that browsers minimize the steps required to change the default search provider.” Finally, something we can agree on!

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

The NCA believes there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children, with 86,832 UK-related referrals to NCMEC last year, including 52% from Facebook and 11% from Instagram.

'You can't ever get privacy back': ACT delays uploading driver licences to national biometric database until laws pass parliament

'You can't ever get privacy back': ACT delays uploading driver licences to national biometric database until laws pass parliament

The ACT government will delay uploading drivers' licences to the federal government's planned biometric database until federal legislation passes in a move that has been applauded by privacy advocates.'You can't ever get privacy back': ACT delays uploading driver licences to national biometric database until laws pass parliament.

Becoming Virtually Untraceable #16_9.20_pr1v4cy_1s_no7_d34d.pst

Becoming Virtually Untraceable #16_9.20_pr1v4cy_1s_no7_d34d.pst

Some of these affronts to personal freedom like the First Amendment right to say whatever you want are being stripped away from Americans by the exploiting apps for their privacy exposures.

'I monitor my staff with software that takes screenshots'

'I monitor my staff with software that takes screenshots'

Image copyright Shibu Philip Image caption Shibu Philip's firm has used the software Hubstaff for the last year and a half Shibu Philip admits he knows what it's like to "maybe waste a bit of time at work".Shibu is the founder of Transcend - a small London-based firm that buys beauty products wholesale and re-sells them online.

Ring's new tiny drone can autonomously fly around your home and send alerts if it detects intruders, fire, or emergencies while you're away

Ring's new tiny drone can autonomously fly around your home and send alerts if it detects intruders, fire, or emergencies while you're away

Amazon's Ring on Thursday announced a new smart home security camera called the Always Home Cam. It's a tiny drone that can fly around the house when you're away, following a path you set.

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house

In an interview ahead of the announcement, he said the company has spent the past two years on focused development of the device, and that it is an “obvious product that is very hard to build.” Thanks to advancements in drone technology, the company is able to make a product like this and have it work as desired.

Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year

Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year

Amazon plans to add Ring cameras to the network later, notifying device owners directly when Sidewalk is available to use.Similar to a mesh network, adding more devices will extend Sidewalk’s range and functionality, so it’s critical for Amazon to integrate Sidewalk into as many home devices as possible.

With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

Emboldened by that new law, Hong Kong security forces are turning to harsher tactics as they close a digital dragnet on activists, pro-democracy politicians and media leaders.

DART by VMO - Val Morgan Outdoor

DART by VMO - Val Morgan Outdoor

DART 2.0 anonymously tracks over 2 million Australians and measures those viewing content based on their age, gender, when they viewed and how many viewed providing more insights and analytics of real time audience viewing habits.DART – Digital Outdoor Audience in Real Time.

Alexa hack granted attackers access to an Echo user's smart home network

Alexa hack granted attackers access to an Echo user's smart home network

A number of vulnerabilities have been revealed in Amazon's Alexa, highlighting the need for providers of smart home platforms, such as Apple's HomeKit, to maintain security as part of the service.

Google's secret home security superpower: Your smart speaker with its always-on mics

Google's secret home security superpower: Your smart speaker with its always-on mics

"Your Nest speakers and displays will notify you if a critical sound is detected, like a smoke alarm or glass breaking, by sending an alert to the Home app," the company wrote in a blog post.

Google ‘accidentally’ enabled smart speakers to listen passive sounds

Google ‘accidentally’ enabled smart speakers to listen passive sounds

“Your Nest speakers and displays will notify you if a critical sound is detected, like a smoke alarm or glass breaking, by sending an alert to the Home app.”.

Peter Dutton confirms Australia could spy on its own citizens under cybersecurity plan

Peter Dutton confirms Australia could spy on its own citizens under cybersecurity plan

Dutton said law enforcement agencies would target terrorists, paedophiles and drug traffickers operating in the dark web – promising proposed new powers will apply “to those people and those people only”.

Google joins forces with ADT on smart home security push

Google joins forces with ADT on smart home security push

By teaming with an established player like ADT, Google's Nest has a much clearer path into the home, especially with consumers that don't want to fool with the hassle of setting up gear themselves.