Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Unlike probable cause, which is the standard required for obtaining a search warrant, reasonable suspicion is a more lenient rule that lets law enforcement officials conduct searches without getting a warrant first.

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"These leaks about a potential Executive Order from the White House are troubling on many levels, from the order's potential to violate the First Amendment, to its apparent disregard for the independence of agencies like the FCC and the FTC, to its intent to unilaterally limit Section 230 which promotes moderated online communities free of hate speech and misinformation," said Chris Lewis, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.

How much does Google know about you?

How much does Google know about you?

Alex Hern on how Google’s use of personal data has potentially helped create a new age of mass surveillance.But in doing so has it ushered in a new age of mass surveillance?

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

In each country auction, search providers will state the price that they are willing to pay each time a user selects them from the choice screen in the given country. The three highest bidders that meet or exceed the bid threshold for a given country will appear in the choice screen for that country.

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

The agreement does not provide public transparency regarding how Facebook collects, uses, and shares personal information, or how Facebook implements the FTC settlement.

FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

In addition to the $5 billion fine, which goes straight to the US Treasury, the new order requires Facebook to establish and adhere to a new governance structure for reviewing user privacy on its services, including Instagram and WhatsApp. The company's board of directors must form an independent privacy committee, removing "unfettered control" of decisions affecting user privacy from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook settles with FTC: $5 billion and new privacy guarantees

Facebook settles with FTC: $5 billion and new privacy guarantees

Facebook assessed $5 billion penalty, subjected to sweeping new restrictions on user privacy decisions to settle FTC charges the company violated a 2012 FTC order by deceiving users about their ability to control privacy of their personal info.

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax Inc. has agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories, which alleged that the credit reporting company’s failure to take reasonable steps to secure its network led to a data breach in 2017 that affected approximately 147 million people.

Digital Fingerprints

Digital Fingerprints

Once you’re on one website that has your name, say on Google or Facebook or Amazon, they can tie that to this fingerprint. Then, anywhere else you go online, anyone that has purchased your fingerprint with your name, only needs to see your browser fingerprint, to know that is indeed you.

Lawsuit: US government should not search travelers’ laptops and cellphones without a warrant

Lawsuit: US government should not search travelers’ laptops and cellphones without a warrant

U.S. Department of Justice attorney Michael Drezner, representing the government, said no court has ever required probable cause or a warrant for any border search of a person or property.

Before Being Hacked, Border Surveillance Firm Lobbied to Downplay Security and Privacy Concerns About Its Technology

Before Being Hacked, Border Surveillance Firm Lobbied to Downplay Security and Privacy Concerns About Its Technology

Yet while photos of faces and license plates of some 100,000 U.S. drivers are now freely available online, the CEO of Perceptics, John Dalton, claimed in an email a few years ago that “CBP has none of the privacy concerns at the border that all agencies have inland.”.

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Boston, Massachusetts—On Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 p.m., lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU will ask a federal judge to decide that the constitutional rights of 11 travelers were violated by the suspicionless, warrantless searches of their electronic devices at the border by the U.S. government.

Google suspends Trends feature in New Zealand after naming murder accused

Google suspends Trends feature in New Zealand after naming murder accused

Google had refused to tighten publication standards after it sent an email to users in December that named a man accused of killing a British backpacker, Grace Millane, in violation of a suppression order.

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal.

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian , the New York Times , and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

Incensed by Warrantless Border Searches of Americans' Tech Devices? These Senators Have the Cure.

Incensed by Warrantless Border Searches of Americans' Tech Devices? These Senators Have the Cure.

Senator Paul and I are introducing this bill to start taking back Americans' Constitutional protections," Sen. Wyden said. Our bill will put an end to these intrusive government searches and uphold the fundamental protections of the Fourth Amendment," Sen. Paul said.

Hack of U.S. Border Surveillance Contractor Is Way Bigger Than the Government Lets On

Hack of U.S. Border Surveillance Contractor Is Way Bigger Than the Government Lets On

As of this week, that includes more than 400 GB of data stolen by an unknown actor from Perceptics, a discreet contractor based in Knoxville, Tennessee, that works for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and is, regardless of whatever U.S. officials say, right now the epicenter of a major U.S. government data breach.

List of Canada–United States border crossings

List of Canada–United States border crossings

Four Falls Brown Road New Brunswick East Road Russell Road Maine Canada still provides Customs services seasonally, but US-bound traffic is prohibited, and has been since the US border station closed in the 1960s.

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

Sophia Cope, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has sued CBP over its warrantless device searches, told me that the agency “has for sure said no” as to whether there is a right to counsel during secondary screening.

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Under the bipartisan Protecting Data at the Border Act, border officers would be required to get a warrant before searching a traveler’s electronic device. Further, the bill would prevent border agencies from holding any lawful U.S. persons for over four hours in pursuit of consensual access to online accounts or the information on electronic equipment.

Details of Justice Department Efforts To Break Encryption of Facebook Messenger Must Be Made Public, EFF Tells Court

Details of Justice Department Efforts To Break Encryption of Facebook Messenger Must Be Made Public, EFF Tells Court

Unsealing documents in the Facebook Messenger case is especially important because the public deserves to know when law enforcement tries to compel a company that hosts massive amounts of private communications to circumvent its own security features and hand over users’ private data, EFF said in a filing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Privacy: What Apple does and doesn’t know about you

Privacy: What Apple does and doesn’t know about you

iCloud backups contain a copy of almost all the data on your devices, and although they are encrypted, Apple does hold the key. However, end-to-end encryption is used for all browser data from iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, so then Apple will have no access.

CBP Traveler and License Plate Photos Stolen

CBP Traveler and License Plate Photos Stolen

While there have not been many details released about the people and information contained in the breach, most experts agree that it is highly unlikely to involve any photos of travelers, passports or license plates from the millions of “VPN travelers” who cross the borders virtually to enjoy freedom from censorship and privacy invasion.

Privacy Fears Split German Government on Use of Alexa Data as Evidence

Privacy Fears Split German Government on Use of Alexa Data as Evidence

The federal interior ministry is preparing to back a proposal from the state of Schleswig-Holstein to make evidence from smart devices and virtual assistants admissible in court, the RND news organization reported Wednesday.

Let’s retake control of our events! #JoinMobilizon

Let’s retake control of our events! #JoinMobilizon

We asked professional designers to help us develop our vision for Mobilizon. We asked two designers to work with us on this project, so that Mobilizon would, right from its conception, fit the needs and uses of the people who are going to use it.

Temp SMS - Disposable Temporary Phone Number

Temp SMS - Disposable Temporary Phone Number

We are a free service that allows you to use our phone numbers to receive SMS text messages anonymously online from anywhere in the world regardless of your location. You are allowed to use as many phone numbers as you want and you can receive as many SMS as you want.

Facebook lobbied against Australian privacy regulations, flying in the face of Mark Zuckerberg's PR push

Facebook lobbied against Australian privacy regulations, flying in the face of Mark Zuckerberg's PR push

The documents, which are marked “highly confidential” and have been seen by Business Insider Australia, also suggest Bleich was critical of the Australian government and offered to amplify Facebook’s concerns with relevant policymakers.

Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works

Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works

According to Der Spiegel this month, the Euro nation's Ministry of the Interior wants a new set of rules that would require operators of services like WhatsApp, Signal, Apple iMessage, and Telegram to cough up plain-text records of people's private enciphered chats to authorities that obtain a court order.

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