An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits

An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits

In August, as colleges and universities prepared for a fall semester that would mark the biggest experiment in online learning in history, Ian Linkletter, a learning technology specialist at the University of British Columbia, began researching Proctorio, the exam proctoring software many of the instructors at the school planned to use.

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

The letter submitted by the senators opposes the substance of the rule and points out past instances wherein DHS failed to protect biometric data as evidence the agency and its components aren’t fit to enact this kind of change.

The IRS Is Being Investigated for Using Location Data Without a Warrant

The IRS Is Being Investigated for Using Location Data Without a Warrant

The body tasked with oversight of the IRS announced in a letter that it will investigate the agency's use of location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples' phones, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Motherboard.

EFF Joins Coalition Urging Senators to Reject the EARN IT Act

EFF Joins Coalition Urging Senators to Reject the EARN IT Act

Recently, EFF joined the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and 26 other organizations to send a letter to the Senate opposing the EARN IT Act (S.Contact your Senators and tell them to oppose the EARN IT Act. TAKE ACTION.

UN human rights experts condemn China’s new national security law for Hong Kong

UN human rights experts condemn China’s new national security law for Hong Kong

ShareTweet Human rights experts from the United Nations have published a 14-page letter which was sent to China in which they lay out their concerns that China is violating international human rights agreements with their new law.

DBD#5: Would you trust Google with your finances?

DBD#5: Would you trust Google with your finances?

This week I am covering Google branching out to banking and how Starling will beat Monzo and Revolut to the post to become the first profitable UK challenger bank.

Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

In an earlier email to Motherboard, the California DMV said data requesters may include insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and prospective employers.

Stop Email Tracking

Stop Email Tracking

Next time asking me you want to connect and discuss a "opportunity" via email, don't put click tracking and open tracking on your disgusting : In any email providers we used by default had this feature enabled, although it was interesting for our metrics to know them, but we simply turn them off.

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

During a panel on technology and surveillance hosted by Motherboard and Mijente, Snowden was asked by Mijente campaign organizer Jacinta González what needs to be done to get workers within the tech industry to take a stronger position in the dismantling of oppressive systems.

35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests

35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests

Eshoo (D-CA) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) have published a letter which was sent to multiple federal agencies demanding that the federal agencies stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests happening across the country.

House Dems demand FBI, others stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests

House Dems demand FBI, others stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests

The letter says that in the last two weeks, all four agencies have been using tech that's a "vast overreach" of power -- like the FBI and National Guard using aircraft equipped with infrared and electro-optical cameras; CBP using Predator drones to collect live video feeds of protests; and the DEA being given authority for "covert surveillance" over people protesting the death of Floyd.

IBM announces exit of facial recognition business

IBM announces exit of facial recognition business

"IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency," IBM CEO Arvind Krishna wrote in a letter to Congress on Monday.

$270 for 5G & 90hz screen smartphone: Honor X10's first impressions

$270 for 5G & 90hz screen smartphone: Honor X10's first impressions

But now the price of a 5G smartphone has dropped to less than 2,000 yuan (about 280 U.S. dollars) a piece, which is not dissimilar to that of mid-tier 4G devices.This trick, which has been applied to smartphones since mid-2018, sacrifices a bit of front-cam image quality for a notch-free front.

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.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

In a letter [PDF] sent to data protection authorities in Europe, Thomas Le Bonniec expresses his frustration that, despite exposing in April 2019 that Apple has hired hundreds of people to analyze recordings that its users were unaware had been made, nothing appears to have changed.

Wyden, Rounds and Eshoo Lead Bipartisan Call to Secure U.S. Capitol Phone Networks

Wyden, Rounds and Eshoo Lead Bipartisan Call to Secure U.S. Capitol Phone Networks

– U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D., with Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., led 20 members of the House and Senate in a request to encrypt phone calls between the chambers to protect communications against foreign surveillance.

Google's Coronavirus Test Sites May Be Scooping Up People's Sensitive Information

Google's Coronavirus Test Sites May Be Scooping Up People's Sensitive Information

“What is concerning is that the state of California is partnering with these private companies, I think probably out of desperation, but there is very, very sensitive information that's at stake,” said Mary Stone Ross, an Oakland-based consumer privacy expert.

Ontario Has Given Its Police Access To People's COVID-19 Test Data

Ontario Has Given Its Police Access To People's COVID-19 Test Data

In a letter sent to Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, which was cosigned by other advocacy organizations, the CCLA said it was concerned about the legality of the measures.

Netherlands commits to Free Software by default

Netherlands commits to Free Software by default

In an open letter to the Parliament, the Dutch minister for internal affairs Raymond Knops commits to a "Free Software by default" policy and underlines its benefits for society.

Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants

Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants

The personal data of some small business owners seeking help via the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program may have been exposed to other applicants.The official said that 4 million small business owners applied for $383 billion in aid via the EIDL program and emergency grants.

U.S. lawmaker says any COVID-19 contact tracing tech should be voluntary and limited

U.S. lawmaker says any COVID-19 contact tracing tech should be voluntary and limited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat and online privacy advocate, said in a letter released Wednesday that any digital coronavirus contact tracing should be voluntary, transparent and collect only the information needed to identify who might be at risk of contracting the respiratory ailment that has killed more than 45,000 people in the United States.

US bars Google from enabling high-speed internet link to Hong Kong citing national security risk

US bars Google from enabling high-speed internet link to Hong Kong citing national security risk

Authorities in the US have given the green light to Google to switch on a high-speed internet link to Taiwan, but the submarine cable cannot extend to Hong Kong because of national security risks, the US Department of Justice said in a ruling last week.

Rep. DelBene and other lawmakers voice privacy concerns over virus-tracking plans

Rep. DelBene and other lawmakers voice privacy concerns over virus-tracking plans

But they urged the White House to implement a set of procedures to protect individual privacy: The federal government should aggregate or minimize data to what public health experts identify as necessary.

Facial Recognition Surveillance Technology Should Be Suspended in the U.S. Says Coalition of 40 Privacy and Free Speech Groups

Facial Recognition Surveillance Technology Should Be Suspended in the U.S. Says Coalition of 40 Privacy and Free Speech Groups

Concerns over the potential for abuse have driven all of this, and that is also what has motivated 40 groups headed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to draft a letter recommending that federal agencies suspend the use of facial recognition surveillance systems.

Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Department of Defense spokesperson Charles Prichard confirmed Thursday the agency had detected a breach of personally identifiable information on a system it hosts, and was in the process of notifying those affected by letter.

40 groups have called for a US moratorium on facial recognition technology

40 groups have called for a US moratorium on facial recognition technology

The news: US government use of facial recognition technology should be banned “pending further review,” according to 40 organizations that signed a letter calling for a recommendation to be made to the president.

FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling customer location data

FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling customer location data

“Following our longstanding calls to take action, the FCC finally informed the Committee today that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal privacy protections by turning a blind eye to the widespread disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data,” Pallone said in a statement after receiving the letter.

Children’s apparel company Hanna Andersson discloses data breach

Children’s apparel company Hanna Andersson discloses data breach

Hanna Andersson, a children’s clothing company with stores across the country, has told customers that their card payment data may have been compromised in a security breach last year.

IWantClips Admits Performer Data Breach

IWantClips Admits Performer Data Breach

In this isolated incident, there was a minor inadvertent data release that affected a very small number of our artists (483 United States based artists out of our community of more than 30,000 artists) who had previously received a 1099 from us in the year 2017.

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

The concern surrounding bloatware hinges on the fact they exist without the standard Android security model, with pre-installed apps able to access the microphone, camera, and location by default.The letter calls on Google to allow users to remove pre-installed bloatware, including all related background services.