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.

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits to buying citizens’ location data

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits to buying citizens’ location data

In a memo sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and obtained by The New York Times, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) admitted that it buys location data from brokers — and that the data isn’t separated by whether a person lives in the US or outside of it.

SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code, the company says

SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code, the company says

It is not clear how much or what parts of Microsoft’s source code repositories the hackers were able to access, but the disclosure suggests that the hackers who used software company SolarWinds as a springboard to break into sensitive U.S. government networks also had an interest in discovering the inner workings of Microsoft products as well.

Suspected Russian hackers used Microsoft vendors to breach customers

Suspected Russian hackers used Microsoft vendors to breach customers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspected Russian hackers behind the worst U.S. cyber attack in years leveraged reseller access to Microsoft Corp services to penetrate targets that had no compromised network software from SolarWinds Corp, investigators said.

He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says

He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says

Parks attorney, Daniel Sexton of Jersey City, filed suit against the township, the police department and public officials, including Mayor John McCormac, alleging investigators violated his clients rights by relying on facial recognition software that has since been banned by the state.

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws

Facebook’s UK users will remain subject to UK privacy law, which for now tracks the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

But by default, reports also let managers drill down into data on individual employees, to find those who participate less in group chat conversations, send fewer emails, or fail to collaborate in shared documents.“This is so problematic at many levels,” tweeted the Austrian researcher Wolfie Christl, who raised alarm about the feature.

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Sean Joyce, former Airbnb chief trust officer – also a former deputy director of the FBI – reportedly resigned last year over concerns about how much user data the company shared with China.

Trump could be banned from Twitter after he leaves office, company's rules indicate

Trump could be banned from Twitter after he leaves office, company's rules indicate

Donald Trump could be removed from after he leaves office if he continues to break the platform’s rules, according to Twitter’s policy regarding public figures.

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

A new report from the Washington, DC-based research nonprofit Upturn uncovers how police have maintained access to suspects’ phones even as these defenses grow more complex: by contracting with digital forensic firms that specialize in bypassing locks and accessing and copying encrypted data.

Java Edition is moving house

Java Edition is moving house

That’s why we’ve decided that moving forward, all of our games will require a Microsoft account to play – including Minecraft Java Edition.Now just to be clear, migrating from Mojang to Microsoft accounts is mandatory .

Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

Police get access to people told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace

Police forces will be able to access information about people “on a case-by-case” basis, so they can learn whether an individual has been told to self-isolate, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHCS) said.

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

A number of technology companies have come together to create the Global Privacy Control (GPC), a new standard to help ensure consumers can feel safe about how their personal data is used on participating websites.

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.

Why You Should Embrace Automated License Plate Readers

Why You Should Embrace Automated License Plate Readers

If you want to keep your community safe, you can use technology that identifies vehicles, tracks leads, and helps law enforcement capture the evidence to solve crime.In fact, with the use of automated license plate readers, law enforcement officers have a better chance of decreasing the crime rate.

Amazon Pitches New Palm Scanning Tech For Stadiums, Offices As Consumer Privacy Concerns Linger

Amazon Pitches New Palm Scanning Tech For Stadiums, Offices As Consumer Privacy Concerns Linger

New technology announced Tuesday by Amazon that allows the palm of a user’s hand to double as a credit card or company ID could find its way into use in office buildings and sports stadiums, according to the e-commerce giant, which said it chose the palm technology because it's "more private" than other biometric markers as consumers continue to have concerns over data privacy and big tech.

Don’t trust Cloudflare with your personal data

Don’t trust Cloudflare with your personal data

Despite promising an investigation and a response from their Data Protection Office – I’ve received no assurance that they have respected my rights.At the end of August this year – well over 12 months after I unsubscribed – I received another email from Cloudflare.

Hackers, Taking Advantage of At-Home Work, Drilling into Fed Agencies

Hackers, Taking Advantage of At-Home Work, Drilling into Fed Agencies

Housing Data Hit. Four years after reporting that the personal files of almost 500,000 Americans safeguarded in its system had been compromised, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is still failing to protect citizens’s sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses and dates of birth, the GAO said.

A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason.

A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason.

But according to a six-month investigation published this week by the Tampa Bay Times, the high-tech tool deployed by the Pasco Sheriff's Office didn't lead to a reduction in violent crime — instead, 21 families singled out by the algorithm said they were routinely harassed by deputies, even when there was no evidence of a specific crime.

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

image copyrightMind The Gap. image captionThe app sends a notification if you are too close to your colleaguesAlthough many contact-tracing apps have found it hard to accurately detect distances with Bluetooth, Hack Partners says the combination of the technology with audio measuring, gives an accuracy of between 6-8cm.

CIA’s In-Q-Tel Among Backers of German Satellite-Thruster Startup

CIA’s In-Q-Tel Among Backers of German Satellite-Thruster Startup

In June, Morpheus thrusters moved a 10-centimeter, or 1U, cubesat out of the path of a disabled Iridium satellite, marking the first time a satellite of this class performed a collision avoidance maneuver, István Lőrincz, the company’s chief business officer and co-founder, said.

NYPD used facial recognition to track down Black Lives Matter activist

NYPD used facial recognition to track down Black Lives Matter activist

“The NYPD uses facial recognition as a limited investigative tool, comparing a still image from a surveillance video to a pool of lawfully possessed arrest photos,” said a spokesperson.In response to the report, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio told Gothamist that his office would reexamine the standards for police use of facial recognition.

German watchdog launches Amazon third party seller investigation

German watchdog launches Amazon third party seller investigation

“We are currently investigating whether and how Amazon influences how traders set prices on the market-place,” Andreas Mundt, President of the Federal Cartel Office, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.Mundt claimed there had been complaints about Amazon blocking certain traders, accusing them of price gouging following the coronavirus outbreak.

Criminals Will Be Forced to Give Smartphone Passcodes, as per New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling

Criminals Will Be Forced to Give Smartphone Passcodes, as per New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling

As per NorthJersey, the defendant argued that giving his smartphone passcode would amount to be testimony, which would violate his Fifth Amendment rights and protections under the law.

Now-fixed exploit used Microsoft Office macros to hack macOS

Now-fixed exploit used Microsoft Office macros to hack macOS

A now-fixed exploit in the macOS version of Microsoft Office may have allowed attackers to hack a Mac user just by getting them to open a document.

States probe Apple for potential consumer protection violation

States probe Apple for potential consumer protection violation

Texas is among a group of states whose attorneys general are probing Apple over potential violations of a consumer protection law, according to a document obtained by the Tech Transparency Project through an open records request and shared with CNBC.

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs

Updated Microsoft is being sued for allegedly sharing its Office 365 customers' business data with Facebook app developers, partners, and subcontractors in violation of its data privacy promises.

Australia, U.K. Open Probe Into Clearview Over Data Privacy

Australia, U.K. Open Probe Into Clearview Over Data Privacy

(Bloomberg) -- Australian and British privacy regulators opened a joint probe into Clearview AI Inc., saying they want to examine how the company’s facial-recognition technology uses people’s data, just days after the company suspended operations in Canada.

Privacy Commissioner to investigate Tim Hortons app after privacy concerns

Privacy Commissioner to investigate Tim Hortons app after privacy concerns

“Since Tim Hortons launched our mobile app, our guests always had the choice of whether they share location data with us, including ‘always’ sharing location data - an option offered by many companies on their own apps.