House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

Lofgren and Davidson advocated for their amendment in a letter Wednesday to the House Rules Committee, noting that the Wyden-Daines proposal had a bipartisan majority of the Senate and that at least two senators indicated they would have voted for it had they been present.The House is expected to pass the surveillance measure next week.

Senate privacy hawks score a win that delays surveillance renewal

Senate privacy hawks score a win that delays surveillance renewal

“My sense from my House counterparts was this is a carefully crafted compromise and that it could potentially unravel if it comes back with this amendment,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told POLITICO.

Why I Decided to Run a Tor Relay

Why I Decided to Run a Tor Relay

But then I watched this talk by the articulate, intelligent and passionate Tor Project developer Jacob Appelbaum (if you do nothing else today, watch it).Jacob couldn’t have made a better case for direct action, requesting of the audience:Raise your hand if you think anonymity is something that is good and you think is a fundamental human right that we should all have...

Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act

Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act

In those cases where an organisation which is subject to confidentiality (see section 11) uses Mullvad as a permanent element in its operations, and if the service is used for any purpose of the operations’ activities or the service is specifically intended to be used in the operations, there is no possibility for law enforcement agencies to be granted authorisation for covert surveillance of data of data before it is encrypted by the service (or via, for example, remote control).

Coronavirus: Pa. senator wants to suspend HIPAA amid COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: Pa. senator wants to suspend HIPAA amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mastriano said HIPAA preventing the public release of the names of people who have tested positive endangers the lives of people who have been in close contact with them.

Mastriano: Federal HIPAA Regs Should be Suspended During Coronavirus Pandemic

Mastriano: Federal HIPAA Regs Should be Suspended During Coronavirus Pandemic

HARRISBURG – As a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) is introducing a measure calling upon the federal government to temporarily suspend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The data we don't have

The data we don't have

In business, following the principles of Privacy by Design and by Default means taking extra measures to limit your own data collection.Because no data is collected on the number of visitors to the comments, it's an unknown how many people opt in at all.

Minister Floats Mandatory GPS for All Private Cars

Minister Floats Mandatory GPS for All Private Cars

BANGKOK — The government may soon require all vehicles on the road, including private cars and motorcycles, to install tracker devices and send location data to the authorities, a minister said Monday.

IoT Information Exposure (IMC ’19)

IoT Information Exposure (IMC ’19)

Dubois, David Choffnes (Northeastern University); Anna Maria Mandalari, Roman Kolcun, Hamed Haddadi (Imperial College London) Venue: Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) 2019 Download Full Text (PDF) Download Presentation (will be published here on October 22, 2019) Citation: @inproceedings{ren-imc19, title={{Information Exposure for Consumer IoT Devices: A Multidimensional, Network-Informed Measurement Approach}}, author={Ren, Jingjing and Dubois, Daniel J.

As World Reliance on Biometric Technology Grows, So Does Opposition

As World Reliance on Biometric Technology Grows, So Does Opposition

“San Francisco did this in May, but is the only city to date that has added a prohibition on government agencies using facial recognition technology,” Hepner says.

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

When it hasn’t acquired its way to dominance, Facebook has used its monopoly position to shut out competing companies or has copied their technology. And unlike Vine, Snapchat wasn’t interfacing with the Facebook ecosystem; there was no obvious way to handicap the company or shut it out.

California's politicians rush to gut internet privacy law with pro-tech giant amendments

California's politicians rush to gut internet privacy law with pro-tech giant amendments

The Privacy And Consumer Protection Committee will hold a special hearing on Tuesday afternoon to discuss and vote on nine proposed amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) – which was passed last year in the US state but has yet to come into force.

Putin Signs 'Sovereign Internet' Law, Expanding Government Control of Internet

Putin Signs 'Sovereign Internet' Law, Expanding Government Control of Internet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a new measure that aims to expand government control over the Internet. Critics have warned that the new law, signed by Putin on May 1 and published on the Kremlin website, will lead to censorship over wide parts of the Internet.

Who Defends Your Data? Report Reveals Peruvian ISPs Progress on User Privacy, Still Room for Improvement

Who Defends Your Data? Report Reveals Peruvian ISPs Progress on User Privacy, Still Room for Improvement

Judicial Order: Companies earned a star in this category if they require that the government obtain a warrant from a judge before handing over user data (either content or metadata).

Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

(AP) — Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash.

The Real Reason Walt Disney World Scans Your Fingerprint

The Real Reason Walt Disney World Scans Your Fingerprint

Both guests and employees are expected to follow certain rules on the Disney premises. But there's one security measure that's unique to Disney World that leaves some guests raising their eyebrows.

Princeton Web Census Data Release

Princeton Web Census Data Release

Now we are releasing the entire Princeton Web Census data -- about 15 terabytes -- containing privacy measurements of 1 million sites conducted each month from December 2015 to June 2018.

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls

The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation and signal drops. The system uses a mathematical model to “see” people in the room based on signal strength and attenuation.

Effectively Measuring Search in Firefox

Effectively Measuring Search in Firefox

Last year, we announced new telemetry measurements to count follow-on searches that start in Firefox and continue on search engine pages. The new measurements will give a fuller picture of search activity while maintaining user privacy by limiting collection to aggregate counts.

Rule 41 Grants New Hacking Powers to FBI

Rule 41 Grants New Hacking Powers to FBI

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies will be able to search multiple computers across the country with a single warrant thanks to a controversial rule change that takes effect on Thursday.

Google is able to track your offline purchases thanks to a secret deal with Mastercard

Google is able to track your offline purchases thanks to a secret deal with Mastercard

When the Store Sales Measurement service was announced last year, Google said that it would have access to "approximately 70 percent" of US cards; Mastercard does not hold such a share of the card market, meaning information must also be coming from elsewhere.

Google and Mastercard in credit card data deal

Google and Mastercard in credit card data deal

Google has reportedly bought Mastercard credit card data in the US to help it track users' offline spending in stores. Mastercard told the BBC it offers its own "media measurement services" to retailers, in which the merchant provides advertising campaign details and it supplies spending data for the duration of the campaign.

California Assembly Acquiesces In Secret Police Surveillance

California Assembly Acquiesces In Secret Police Surveillance

For the second year in a row, the California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has effectively killed a bill that was poised to ensure transparency, community oversight, and civil liberties regarding proliferating police surveillance technology.

Has the GDPR law actually gotten European news outlets to cut down on rampant third-party cookies and content on their sites? It seems so

Has the GDPR law actually gotten European news outlets to cut down on rampant third-party cookies and content on their sites? It seems so

A prequel report from RISJ, released a few weeks before the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect May 25, found that some news sites researchers looked at were worse than popular non-news websites when it came to third-party content.