US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks

US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks

US officials say they have evidence that Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks around the world, according to a Wall Street Journal article published today.

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.

As Moscow’s facial recognition system activates, journalists find access to it for sale on the black market

As Moscow’s facial recognition system activates, journalists find access to it for sale on the black market

Andrey Kaganskikh, a journalist for MBK Media, has found that access to Moscow’s surveillance cameras — and their new facial recognition technology — is being sold on the black market.

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists | Caroline McCarthy | TEDxBoulder

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists | Caroline McCarthy | TEDxBoulder

In this talk former technology journalist and longtime media executive Caroline McCarthy offers a basic overview of what makes tech policy different from all the other political issues out there, and a framework for learning about it and getting involved with elected officials.

'When Will Someone Go to Jail?': New Report Shows Google Secretly Storing Health Data of Millions of Americans

'When Will Someone Go to Jail?': New Report Shows Google Secretly Storing Health Data of Millions of Americans

A "bombshell" new report from The Wall Street Journal describes a secret project from Google and healthcare giant Ascension to store data on millions of Americans, a move that critics of the tech conglomerate decried as another example of overreach.

Dozens of US states are reportedly ganging up on Facebook and Google by launching antitrust investigations

Dozens of US states are reportedly ganging up on Facebook and Google by launching antitrust investigations

The Journal said t he Facebook probe will be led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has voiced concern before over how tech giants handle personal data.

Metadata is Data!

Metadata is Data!

Let’s use the above graph as an example and assume that A is a journalist currently working with a group of dissidents (B, C and D) and an unrelated source (E).

Huawei technicians have been helping governments in Uganda and Zambia spy on their political opponents, a new report says

Huawei technicians have been helping governments in Uganda and Zambia spy on their political opponents, a new report says

Huawei employees stationed in Uganda and Zambia have helped the Ugandan and Zambian governments spy on their political opponents, which has led to the opponents' arrests in both countries, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Another ESA-esque Journalist Data Leak Is Just Waiting to Happen

Another ESA-esque Journalist Data Leak Is Just Waiting to Happen

Another ESA-esque Journalist Data Leak Is Just Waiting to Happen. Many journalists who sign up for events aren’t aware of this piece of information that private data is shared with a ton of exhibitors.

ACT police admit they unlawfully accessed metadata more than 3,000 times

ACT police admit they unlawfully accessed metadata more than 3,000 times

In the statement ACT Policing revealed it is still seeking legal advice about how to deal with two cases where invalidly obtained metadata was used in “a missing persons case and a criminal matter where the data in question may have been used in a prosecution”.

Portland may ban masked protesters like antifa in effort to crack down on violent clashes

Portland may ban masked protesters like antifa in effort to crack down on violent clashes

City officials in Portland, Oregon are considering banning masks for protesters in an effort to address clashes between protesters, Th Wall Street Journal reported. Eileen Park, a spokesperson for Mayor Ted Wheeler (D), said officials have been discussing banning the wearing of a mask to evade identification for criminal activity in the city.

Employers spy on their workers more than you think — here’s how: report

Employers spy on their workers more than you think — here’s how: report

Aside from monitoring employees’ emails, some companies are keeping track of texts, chat messages, phone calls and ID badges, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Australia's anti-encryption laws being used to bypass journalist protections, expert says

Australia's anti-encryption laws being used to bypass journalist protections, expert says

“In June 2019, the Australian federal police executed two search warrants in relation to secrecy offences in part 6 (offences by and against public officers) and part 7 (official secrets and unlawful soundings) of the Crimes Act,” the Department of Home Affairs stated.

Genius hid a Morse code message in song lyrics to prove Google was copying them

Genius hid a Morse code message in song lyrics to prove Google was copying them

The report notes that Google partnered with LyricFind in 2016, but the company’s chief executive Darryl Ballantyne told The Journal that it doesn’t source its lyrics from Genius, relying on its own content team for the lyrics.

Facebook CEO may have known of questionable privacy practices: WSJ

Facebook CEO may have known of questionable privacy practices: WSJ

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc emails appear to show Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s involvement in discussions about its much criticized privacy practices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Google fires several lobbying firms amid possible antitrust probe: report

Google fires several lobbying firms amid possible antitrust probe: report

videoGoogle has fired several of its largest lobbying firms and shuffled lobbyists and other political consultants amid a possible antitrust probe by the U.S. Justice Department, a Wednesday report said.

Freedom of press in Europe no longer self-evident

Freedom of press in Europe no longer self-evident

The murder of the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in February provoked a wave of anger, resulting in Prime Minister Robert Fico’s resignation. However, half a year later, the state of press freedom in the country is still in limbo.

Google Chrome Will Soon Let You Stop Advertisers from Tracking You

Google Chrome Will Soon Let You Stop Advertisers from Tracking You

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is readying a Chrome update that will allow you to block marketing companies from tracking you. The new tool will also give you the option to block all third-party tracking from marketing companies that use your information to make their money.

Dear Brian Krebs, no more doxxing as a result of a disagreement, please.

Dear Brian Krebs, no more doxxing as a result of a disagreement, please.

Vincent Canfield showcased tangible proof that Spamhaus lied about their campaign against port scanners. One week later on the 25 of April Brian Krebs, a well-known Journalist and investigative reporter enters the confrontation conversation and doxxed not only Vincent Canfield but also uɐpʇ[email protected] ✸.

China is reportedly using US satellite technologies to bolster its surveillance capabilities

China is reportedly using US satellite technologies to bolster its surveillance capabilities

The Chinese government has been using a private company jointly owned by a U.S. investment firm and its Chinese counterpart to expand its surveillance and telecommunications capabilities using American technology, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Julian Assange's Prosecution is about Much More Than Attempting to Hack a Password

Julian Assange's Prosecution is about Much More Than Attempting to Hack a Password

Here the government says the single charge of attempted, apparently unsuccessful assistance in password cracking can carry five years in prison, although under the sentencing guidelines the actual sentence would likely be lower.

Controversial Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has been Arrested in London

Controversial Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has been Arrested in London

If organizations like Wikileaks are ultimately destroyed, we run the risk of having stolen data being posted unredacted and to untrustworthy sources, increasing the collateral damage of such information.

Report: Face-Scanning Cameras In NYC Recognized No One

Report: Face-Scanning Cameras In NYC Recognized No One

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Privacy advocates are concerned about a pilot program that's scouring faces at MTA bridges and tunnels – but so far the program's been a dud. Kennedy Bridge or through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, cameras keep watch and scan your face using facial recognition.

NSO Group CEO on '60 Minutes': Hacking Lawyers, Reporters Is OK

NSO Group CEO on '60 Minutes': Hacking Lawyers, Reporters Is OK

Screenshot: 60 Minutes ()The founder and CEO of NSO Group, the notorious Israeli hacking company with customers around the world, appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday night to defend the use of his company’s tools in hacking and spying on lawyers, journalists, and minors when the company’s customers determine the ends justify the means.

Internet providers would need permission to use consumer data under proposed MT legislation

Internet providers would need permission to use consumer data under proposed MT legislation

HELENA — Rep. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings) says people have a right to be asked if internet service providers can use their personal data. Zolnikov said providers will still be able to use data to create profiles of people based on their browsing history to make targeted ads.

Privacy Legislation Is Coming in the U.S., Facebook Spies, Tesla Cuts

Privacy Legislation Is Coming in the U.S., Facebook Spies, Tesla Cuts

“This is a long-overdue step by the commission, which has failed to stay abreast of developments in the digital economy on both the consumer protection and competition fronts,” said Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who is a leading light on regulating Big Tech, in a statement.

Smartphone Apps Sending "Intensely Personal Information" To Facebook - Whether Or Not You Have An Account

Smartphone Apps Sending "Intensely Personal Information" To Facebook - Whether Or Not You Have An Account

Source: Wall Street Journal testing of the app Other apps found sending Facebook information include; Instant Heart Rate: HR MOnitor, Realtor.com's app, "at least six of the top 15 health and fitness apps" and BetterMe: Weight Loss Workouts" Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which operate the two dominant app stores, don’t require apps to disclose all the partners with whom data is shared.

Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data

Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data

NEW YORK (AP) — Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook without users' consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Apps are reportedly telling Facebook how much users weigh and when they're menstruating

Apps are reportedly telling Facebook how much users weigh and when they're menstruating

Some of the most popular smartphone apps are uploading to Facebook highly personal information about their users, including their blood pressure and weight, what house listings they were looking at, and whether they were menstruating or pregnant, without users' explicit knowledge or consent, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday .