Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Getty Images The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan

U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan

“This week, reports disclosed that Facebook has been paying third-parties to transcribe private audio conversations of Facebook users. This week, reports disclosed that Facebook has been paying third-parties to transcribe private audio conversations of Facebook users.

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service. "We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

Senator Wyden to AT&T and T-Mobile: You Don’t Need to Store So Much Customer Data

Senator Wyden to AT&T and T-Mobile: You Don’t Need to Store So Much Customer Data

"I write to ask that you protect your customers’ privacy—and U.S. national security—from foreign hackers and spies by limiting the time you keep records about your customers’ communications, web browsing, app usage and movements," Wyden's letter addressed to the CEOs of each teleco reads.

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Opens Investigation into Capital One Data Breach

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Opens Investigation into Capital One Data Breach

The breach is reported to affect approximately 6 million Canadians and 100 million Americans whose personal information has been accessed without authorization. For more information about the Capital One data breach and what the company is doing to respond please see Capital One’s website here.

Google targeted by Republican senators over Huawei project

Google targeted by Republican senators over Huawei project

Three Republican senators sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday, following reports last week that Google is working with Huawei on an internet-enabled speaker with a microphone. After the meeting, Mnuchin said he and Trump had no security concerns about Google's work in the country.

Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube

Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube

The settlement comes after an FTC investigation over whether the tech giant sufficiently protected the data of children using the platform, according to a Friday report from The Washington Post citing two people familiar with the matter.

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

The letter describes the database as “part of an alarming trend in Florida over the past year,” alongside other new record-collection requirements outlined in the Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. Across the country, too, more and more schools and governments are looking toward surveillance technology to ease their security concerns.

Amazon confirms it retains your Alexa voice recordings indefinitely

Amazon confirms it retains your Alexa voice recordings indefinitely

Then in May, the retail behemoth came under further scrutiny for its data collection practices after CNET reported that Alexa assistant not only keeps your voice recordings, but also keeps a record of your voice transcriptions for improving its AI algorithms, with no option to delete them.

Amazon confirms it holds on to Alexa data even if you delete audio files

Amazon confirms it holds on to Alexa data even if you delete audio files

Amazon has admitted that it doesn’t always delete the stored data that it obtains through voice interactions with the company’s Alexa and Echo devices — even after a user chooses to wipe the audio files from their account .

Can the Free Market Save Privacy?

Can the Free Market Save Privacy?

In the midst of this data crisis, lawmakers have started looking to for-profit, privacy-focused companies for ideas on how the free marketplace might help with solutions. and DuckDuckGo just happen to both be search engines, but there are other examples of profitable companies that make money while still respecting user privacy.

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

In a letter to key senators, the commission’s acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said officials had directed 29 people – including journalists, lawyers, engineers and company officials – to destroy or return records that the agency had improperly released to them.

UK “Ghost Proposal” would allow secret government participation in private calls and chats

UK “Ghost Proposal” would allow secret government participation in private calls and chats

GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) is a UK government intelligence organization similar to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).The Letter, spearheaded by Sharon Bradford Franklin and Andi Wilson Thompson of New America’s Open Technology Institute, provides insight into how the Ghost Proposal would allow government agents to slip unseen into private encrypted communications:The “ghost key” proposal put forward by GCHQ would enable a third party to see the plain text of an encrypted conversation without notifying the participants.

Facial recognition is coming to US schools, starting in New York

Facial recognition is coming to US schools, starting in New York

BuzzFeed News got its hands on a copy of a letter distributed to the students' parents, and it describes Aegis as "an early warning system" that can notify officials of threats.

Apple and WhatsApp condemn GCHQ plans to eavesdrop on encrypted chats

Apple and WhatsApp condemn GCHQ plans to eavesdrop on encrypted chats

“Second, in order to ensure the government is added to the conversation in secret, GCHQ’s proposal would require messaging apps, service providers, and operating systems to change their software so that it would 1) change the encryption schemes used, and/or 2) mislead users by suppressing the notifications that routinely appear when a new communicant joins a chat.”.

NSO owner tells Amnesty it will prevent abuse of spyware linked to WhatsApp breach

NSO owner tells Amnesty it will prevent abuse of spyware linked to WhatsApp breach

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - NSO Group’s owner said it will do whatever necessary to ensure the Israeli firm’s spyware does not undermine human rights, after Amnesty International sought to revoke the export license for NSO, which has been linked to a WhatsApp breach.

Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

“We have recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications and and a result, under the terms of our agreement, you are no longer licensed to use them,” Adobe said in the email.

The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

“We want to do more to stay ahead of constantly evolving user expectations.” He reiterated the point in a New York Times Op-Ed , and highlighted the need for federal privacy rules.

Broad Coalition Tells Congress To Bring Back The Office Of Technology Assessment

Broad Coalition Tells Congress To Bring Back The Office Of Technology Assessment

Accordingly, we urge you to prioritize efforts to augment this institutional capacity, including providing funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), as part of the fiscal year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

Opinion | Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good

Opinion | Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good

Third, a small subset of data helps serve ads that are relevant and that provide the revenue that keeps Google products free and accessible. In the future, A.I. will provide even more ways to make products more helpful with less data.

Opinion | I Used to Work for Google. I Am a Conscientious Objector.

Opinion | I Used to Work for Google. I Am a Conscientious Objector.

In October 2005, five years before being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo published an open letter to Jerry Yang, the chairman of Yahoo at the time.

Opinion | Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

Opinion | Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

If they use Facebook (or Instagram or WhatsApp), they have been prompted to upload their contacts to help find their “friends,” which many people do.

Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

An American doctor who conducted several medical and mental health evaluations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London over the last two years says that she believes she was spied on and that the confidentiality of her doctor-patient relationship with Assange was violated.

Wirecutter Weekly: How safe is your privacy in a smart home?

Wirecutter Weekly: How safe is your privacy in a smart home?

This great CNET piece reports that facial recognition in devices like the Nest Cam IQ, Honeywell Smart Home Security, and even the Sony Aibo robot dog don’t comply with Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, which “defines ‘biometric identifiers’ as retina scans, iris scans, fingerprints, hand scans, face scans and voiceprints.” As reported in the New York Times, cameras have been installed (but not yet activated, so they say) on planes.

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

An Illinois bill that sought to empower average people to file lawsuits against tech companies for recording them without their knowledge via microphone-enabled devices was defanged this week after lobbying from trade associations representing Silicon Valley giants.

Patriot Act renewal gives privacy advocates an opening

Patriot Act renewal gives privacy advocates an opening

Thirty-nine groups have signed on to a recent letter to Congress asking lawmakers to consider limiting large-scale collection of data by the NSA, saying the 2015 USA Freedom Act has not achieved its goal of preventing bulk surveillance.

Airplane seat cameras: US senators raise concerns

Airplane seat cameras: US senators raise concerns

'Standard feature' Concerns about seatback cameras have prompted a response from two US senators.Courtesy American Airlines American Airlines told CNN Travel in early March that cameras are "a standard feature," but not activated and that the carrier has no plans to use them.

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

But, following a trust-shattering move by Google last month regarding its Nest Secure product, consensus on one issue has emerged: Companies shouldn’t ship products that can surreptitiously spy on users.

Senators want to know when they've been hacked

Senators want to know when they've been hacked

In a letter signed by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, the senators ask Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger to provide an annual report on the number of times Senate computers have been hacked, and incidents where hackers were able to access sensitive Senate data.

Firefox to add Tor Browser anti-fingerprinting technique called letterboxing

Firefox to add Tor Browser anti-fingerprinting technique called letterboxing

Firefox users will first need to visit the about:config page, enter " privacy.resistFingerprinting " in the search box, and toggle the browser's anti-fingerprinting features to " true ." Image: ZDNet Firefox's letterboxing support doesn't only work when resizing a browser window but also works when users are maximizing the browser window, or entering in fullscreen mode.

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