Mexico will require new cell phone users to provide biometric data to the government

Mexico will require new cell phone users to provide biometric data to the government

In addition, it will contain the biometric data of the user, or, where appropriate, of the legal representative of the business registering the cell phone; the user’s address; the data of the telecommunications company, or where appropriate, of the authorized ones; and the contact information for the mobile phone line, either postpaid or prepaid.

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

“Out of Control: Failing EU Laws for Digital Surveillance Export”, noted that “The current European Union export regulation framework fails to protect human rights.” The document provides a good introduction to the region’s digital surveillance exports, and how these tools are already being abused, notably by the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang.

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

A new law in Russia requires devices to have Russian software preinstalled.Russia now requires all smart devices — including phones, computers, and TVs — in the country to have Russian software preinstalled, in what some locals have called a "law against Apple.".

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

The government is considering forcing users of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — as well as online dating platforms like Tinder — to upload 100 points of identification in order to use them.

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Facebook on Thursday in a case about what counts as an "automatic telephone dialing system" under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.The Supreme Court said in the ruling that Facebook's text alerts about suspicious login attempts do not qualify as robocalls deemed illegal under that act.

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Under the bill, any law enforcement agency using facial recognition technology must stop, and they can only get approval to use it if they seek special permission from the legislature beginning July 1.Democratic Delegate Lashrecse Aird was one of the bill's lead sponsors.

Ex-policeman says Synesis did help to identify Belarus protesters

Ex-policeman says Synesis did help to identify Belarus protesters

The Synesis-made Kipod software was used by law enforcement agencies to identify participants of peaceful protests in Belarusian cities, according to a former employee with the Organized Crime and Corruption Task Force (GUBOPIK) Stanislau Lupanosau .

California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns,' a sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult

California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns,' a sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult

California banned companies from using "dark patterns," or tricks to get users to sell information.As of March 15, the California Consumer Privacy Act bans companies from using "dark patterns," or website designs that can confuse or trick users into opting into selling their information.

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Facebook to intervene in a $15 billion class-action lawsuit charging the company with illegally tracking the online activities of its users even when they are not on the platform.

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

According to an investigation by Vice, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in several states is supplementing its income by selling the personal information of drivers in their state to third parties.This information includes their names, addresses, dates of birth and which cars they own.

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit

The justices declined to hear Facebook’s appeal of a lower court ruling that revived the proposed nationwide litigation accusing the company of violating a federal law called the Wiretap Act by secretly tracking the visits of users to websites that use Facebook features such as the “like” button.

DMVs Can (And Do) Collect and Sell Your Personal Data

DMVs Can (And Do) Collect and Sell Your Personal Data

An investigation by Vice found that, in several states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) supplements its income by selling drivers' personal information—including their names, dates of birth, addresses, and the cars they own—to third parties.

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple's plan still leaves multiple opportunities for users to remove government-imposed apps, but promoting them during setup will inevitably result in broader distribution of Russia's chosen software.

EFF Joins Effort to Restrict Automated License Plate Readers in California

EFF Joins Effort to Restrict Automated License Plate Readers in California

One year ago, the California State Auditor released a damning report on the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by local law enforcement agencies that confirmed concerns EFF has raised for years.

An Antitrust Exemption for News Media Won’t Take Us Back to the Time Before Big Tech

An Antitrust Exemption for News Media Won’t Take Us Back to the Time Before Big Tech

The fundamental innovation behind Australia’s law is that it would create a direct conduit of revenue from (explicitly) Google and Facebook to media institutions, who could engage in collective bargaining to set rates for the tech companies use of their material.

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Google in December, claiming the company was too large and the competition was fierce.Nevada was the first state to be signed by a Democratic Attorney General.

ISP Wrongfully Handed Customer Data to Pirate-Chasing Law Firm

ISP Wrongfully Handed Customer Data to Pirate-Chasing Law Firm

Swedish ISP Telia has handed over more information about its customers to so-called copyright troll law firms than any other in the country.In 2020, law firms acting for these so-called copyright trolls obtained permission to force Swedish ISPs to hand over the personal details of subscribers behind 46,200 IP addresses.

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

On 6 October 2020, the EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), issued its judgments for three related cases: the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that mass data retention and collection practices for national security purposes undertaken by member states, must comply with EU law, and therefore have to be subjected to its privacy safeguards.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Ruth Smeeth, CEO of Index on Censorship

Privacy Talks | Interview with Ruth Smeeth, CEO of Index on Censorship

[] – How do you feel about the effects of China’s new national security law in Hong Kong on freedom of expression there?[] – What’s the best way for viewers to get involved with Index on Censorship?

CEO of Sky Global encrypted chat platform indicted by US

CEO of Sky Global encrypted chat platform indicted by US

The US Department of Justice has indicted the CEO of encrypted messaging company Sky Global, and an associate for allegedly aiding criminal enterprises avoid detection by law enforcement.Earlier this week, Europol announced that law enforcement in Belgium and the Netherlands made arrests after monitoring the Sky ECC encrypted chat platform for illegal activity.

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

San Francisco - In a significant ruling, a judge in the US has directed Google to face a class-action lawsuit seeking $5 billion, that claimed the tech giant is tracking and collecting data even when people use the private 'Incognito' mode on its Chrome browser.

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Civil liberties activists are suing a company that provides facial recognition services to law enforcement agencies and private companies around the world, contending that Clearview AI illegally stockpiled data on 3 billion people without their knowledge or permission.

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

The CCOPS scheme aligns in this way with other policing reforms, like community “advisory” boards and “community policing” that police use to work with people and organizations who they know will compromise in their favor.

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI enhances law enforcement agencies’ efforts to monitor these activists, as well as immigrants, people of color and those perceived as “dissidents,” such as Black Lives Matter activists, and can potentially discourage their engagement in protected political speech as a result, the plaintiffs say.

IPhone Call Recorder bug gave acess to other people's conversations

IPhone Call Recorder bug gave acess to other people's conversations

By passing the app’s network traffic through a web proxy tool like Burp or Zap, an attacker could insert the phone number of any app user in the recordings request.

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Lawmakers in at least a dozen other states have proposed legislation addressing user privacy, almost entirely with rights provisions only to opt out of data collection.

Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy settlement over facial recognition feature

Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy settlement over facial recognition feature

Chicago attorney Jay Edelson sued Facebook in Cook County Circuit Court back in 2015, alleging that the platform’s use of facial recognition tagging was not allowed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The lawsuit claimed that Facebook’s Tag Suggestions tool, which scanned faces in users’ photos and offered suggestions about who the person might be, stored biometric data without users’ consent in violation of the Illinois law.

Why Are Prosecutors Keeping a Huge, Secretive DNA Database in Orange County?

Why Are Prosecutors Keeping a Huge, Secretive DNA Database in Orange County?

Collecting DNA to help solve crimes is a common practice, but databases are typically created by legislation and contribute to the federal government’s nationwide database, called the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, according to a 2019 California Law Review article about Orange County’s program by Andrea Roth, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Judge in Google case disturbed that 'incognito' users are tracked

Judge in Google case disturbed that 'incognito' users are tracked

Weighing Google’s attempt to get the suit dismissed, Koh said she finds it “unusual” that the company would make the “extra effort” of data collection if it doesn’t use the information to build user profiles or targeted advertising.

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

“Today’s federal court ruling allowing California to enforce our net neutrality law is a huge victory for open access to the Internet, our democracy, and our economy.