Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional

But it violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution for the government to purchase commercially available location data it would otherwise have to get a warrant to acquire.

Senator Wyden to introduce legislation to stop the IRS from spying on Americans

Senator Wyden to introduce legislation to stop the IRS from spying on Americans

Motherboard has seen the contract between Venntel and the IRS that confirms how the IRS was spying on American citizens.Now, Senator Wyden has unveiled plans to introduce legislation that will stop the IRS from buying location data from third party companies like Venntel.

Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains Backdoor To Control Devices

Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains Backdoor To Control Devices

A Walmart exclusive Wi-Fi router, and others sold on Amazon & eBay contain hidden backdoors to control devices reports CyberNews.CyberNews researchers also discovered that ‘Wavlink’ branded routers, often sold on Amazon or eBay, contain similar backdoors (source).

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice's Motherboard.Muslim Pro sells location data to a third-party broker called X-Mode, according to Motherboard's report.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

At WIRED's request, Albright then broke down the dataset further to focus specifically on the 359 apps that handle contact tracing, exposure notification, screening, reporting, workplace monitoring, and COVID-19 information from public health authorities around the globe.

Amazon's Software Is Malware

Amazon's Software Is Malware

Amazon Alexa collects a lot more information from users than is necessary for correct functioning (time, location, recordings made without a legitimate prompt), and sends it to Amazon's servers, which store it indefinitely.

Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Google’s “Web & App Activity” settings describe how the company collects data, such as user location, to create a faster and “more personalised” experience.If you open your Google Maps app, you’ll see a circle in the top right corner that signifies you’re logged in with your Google account.

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

Mizelle states in his memo that there are ways for CBP and ICE to “minimize the risk” of possible constitutional violations, pointing out that they could limit their searches to defined periods, require supervisors to sign off on lengthy searches, only use the data when more “traditional” techniques fail, and limit the tracking of one device to when there is “individualized suspicion” or relevance to a “law enforcement investigation.”.

CDO Question to Ask About Data Protection

CDO Question to Ask About Data Protection

Unless you know what data your organization holds, you can’t track and protect it.Mapping how data is transferred from one system to another helps you understand how personal data moves inside your organization and identify critical privacy compliance issues such as cross-border transfers.

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

While cookies are typically used to identify you and store some of your online preferences when visiting websites, site data is on another level: it includes, among other things, a storage database in which a site can store personal information about you, on your computer, that can be accessed again by the site the next time you visit.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 16, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 16, 2020

Location data shouldn’t be accessible to government agencies without a warrant thanks to a 2017 Supreme Court ruling.Court documents from an arson case have revealed that Google regularly gives information to law enforcement on anyone who has searched a particular keyword, including physical addresses.

8 Privacy Features iOS 14 Users Need to Know

8 Privacy Features iOS 14 Users Need to Know

Certain apps will request local network access the first time you launch them after the update.Some apps will try to use your camera or microphone for certain reasons even when they don’t need that access.

3 Questions: The price of privacy in ride-sharing app performance

3 Questions: The price of privacy in ride-sharing app performance

The study compares different methods for masking data and different levels of location data anonymization, and provides useful insights into the trade-off between user privacy and the performance of mobility-sharing applications.

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

According to court records from an arson case in Florida, Google regularly provides information to law enforcement about people that search a particular term or physical location using a Google service like Google Search or Google Maps.

IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant

IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant

The IRS revealed to Senator Wyden’s office in June that the tax agency had bought a set of location data from a data broker known as Venntel.

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.

EU laws may not require general and indiscriminate data retention

EU laws may not require general and indiscriminate data retention

On the plus side, the CJEU does say that information and evidence obtained as a result of indiscriminate retention of traffic and location data in breach of EU law should be disregarded in court cases.

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Several of the watches had even more severe vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to send voice and text messages to children that appear to come from their parents, to intercept communications between parents and children, and even to record audio from a child's surroundings and eavesdrop on them.

Bing mobile app database left open to hackers, millions of user data sets compromised

Bing mobile app database left open to hackers, millions of user data sets compromised

Bing is the search engine owned by Microsoft and data related to the mobile app for iOS and Android has been found in an open server.Nearly 100 million records had been collected by bad-actors by the time a second Meow attack hit the server on September 14.

Smartphone Data Can Predict Depression and Anxiety

Smartphone Data Can Predict Depression and Anxiety

For the study, the researchers analyzed passively-collected cell phone data on social activity, screen time, location, physical exercise, and sleep patterns from volunteer participants.The researchers then matched the phone data against the fMRI results to predict higher or lower connectivity between the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and the amygdala.

A Bug Could Let Attackers Hijack Firefox for Android via Wi-Fi Network

A Bug Could Let Attackers Hijack Firefox for Android via Wi-Fi Network

Discovered originally by Australian security researcher Chris Moberly, the vulnerability resides in the SSDP engine of the browser that can be exploited by an attacker to target Android smartphones connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the attacker, with Firefox app installed.

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

After a long wait and months of beta testing, Google last week finally released Android 11, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system—with features offering billions of its users more control over their data security and privacy.

Five iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 security and privacy features you need to know about

Five iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 security and privacy features you need to know about

Also, if you access Control Center, there's a notice at the top showing you recent apps that have accessed the camera or microphone.Apps requesting local network access.Another thing that you'll see after installing iOS 14/iPadOS 14 is apps requesting local network access.

App privacy details on the App Store

App privacy details on the App Store

You’ll need to identify whether each data type is linked to a user’s account, device, or identity by you and/or your third-party partners.You’ll need to understand whether you and/or your third-party partners use data from your app to track users and, if so, which data is used for this purpose.

Creepy ‘Geofence’ Finds Anyone Who Went Near a Crime Scene

Creepy ‘Geofence’ Finds Anyone Who Went Near a Crime Scene

Geofence warrants work in reverse: Police start with a time and location, and request data from Google or another tech company about the devices in the area at the time.“This is as clear as day a fishing expedition that violates people's basic constitutional rights,” says New York state assemblymember Dan Quart.

Feds can’t ask Google for every phone in a 100-meter radius, court says

Feds can’t ask Google for every phone in a 100-meter radius, court says

Federal courts in the Chicago area have three times rejected government applications for warrants to force Google to produce a list of smartphones near two particular commercial establishments during one of three 45-minute intervals.

Federal courts rule that reverse location requests by police violate the Fourth Amendment

Federal courts rule that reverse location requests by police violate the Fourth Amendment

Federal courts have started to rule that police can’t ask for information on every device near the scene of a crime, otherwise known as a geofencing warrant or reverse location request.

Apple and Google will alert you to COVID-19 contact

Apple and Google will alert you to COVID-19 contact

Apple and Google teamed up to develop push notifications that let iOS and Android users know if they might have been exposed to COVID-19.The companies announced the news on Tuesday and the effort is called Exposure Notifications Express.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 28, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 28, 2020

UK class action style claim filed over Marriott data breach.A new class action lawsuit has been filed in the United Kingdom against Marriott for failing to protect personal data.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.