Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

Canada’s GDPR Moment: Why the Consumer Privacy Protection Act is Canada’s Biggest Privacy Overhaul in Decades

This post covers six of the biggest issues in the bill: the new privacy law structure, stronger enforcement, new privacy rights on data portability, de-identification, and algorithmic transparency, standards of consent, bringing back PIPEDA privacy requirements, and codes of practice.

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

ByteDance on Tuesday appealed to a federal appellate court seeking to overturn a sweeping Trump administration order requiring the company to divest itself of its popular TikTok platform—at least in the United States.

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India’s government has issued an order bringing the regulation of online news portals and content providers such as Netflix under the authority of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a first step to regulate digital media.

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu of Oakland, CA has issued a subpoena to Twitter asking the social media platform to provide the IP address and account registration information used to create and operate the Twitter account that has been established as the first link to an allegedly forged FBI document which some say is the root of the conspiracy surrounding the death of Seth Rich – a Democratic National Congress staffer who died in 2016.

Representatives Garcia and Wagner introduce EARN IT Act to the House

Representatives Garcia and Wagner introduce EARN IT Act to the House

Protect encryption: Call your House Representative today and tell them to vote “NO” on the EARN IT Act. Around the world, countries use the easily palatable-to-the-public war cries of “anti terrorism” or “protect the children” to launch thinly veiled attacks at encryption technologies and the Internet as a whole.

Avoiding Robocalls

Avoiding Robocalls

As such, some of the more privacy-minded people in your contacts list may not appreciate having their phone number shared to an unknown (and probably unsecured) database without their consent.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 25, 2020

The way that apps like Telegram, WhatsApp, and Signal do contact discovery has privacy flaws – chief among them is the fact that an attacker can enumerate users, that’s when they use contact discovery to test whether certain numbers are registered or not.

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org lets you comment against Trump’s “Censor the Internet” executive order

SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org lets you comment against Trump’s “Censor the Internet” executive order

Fight for the Future has unveiled a new website and campaign to Save Free Speech Online: .The website helps you make a comment on the public record against President Trump’s most recent plan to destroy free speech online.

Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, U.S. sponsors

Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, U.S. sponsors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday formally proposed a sweeping expansion of its collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants, to go beyond detained migrants in order to include U.S. citizen sponsors and others.

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

A few weeks ago, President Trump issued an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to either ban TikTok’s operations in the U.S. market or sell them to an American company in order to continue its activity.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

A Reg reader last night spoke of the horrifying moment he realized an online store used by his wife was mixing up some of its online customers, allowing people to gain access to some strangers' personal information and order carts.

CBP Now Has a Massive Searchable Database for Devices Seized at the Border

CBP Now Has a Massive Searchable Database for Devices Seized at the Border

It will create “a risk that irrelevant information extracted from devices will now be accessible to a larger number of (US Border Patrol) agents with no nexus to that particular case,” according to CBP’s privacy assessment.

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

Google and Apple have both banned apps from collecting MAC addresses, but researchers told The Wall Street Journal that TikTok did so until November last year by exploiting a bug.

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago is doubling down on efforts to enforce its emergency coronavirus travel order, as officials will now be reviewing the social media posts of possible violators as the pandemic continues.

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

The new censorship law also seems to have been brought in partly for personal reasons, as Al Jazeera reports: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has greatly concentrated powers into his own hands during 17 years in office, pledged this month to bring social media platforms under control following a series of tweets that allegedly insulted his daughter and son-in-law after they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.

Trump is moving forward with his plan to regulate social media

Trump is moving forward with his plan to regulate social media

(CNN Business)The Trump administration took a key step on Monday toward fulfilling the president's executive order on social media, formally asking the FCC to develop regulations that could apply to Facebook, Twitter and other tech platforms.

Instacart Customers’ Data Is Being Sold Online

Instacart Customers’ Data Is Being Sold Online

This data includes names, the last four digits of credit card numbers, and order histories, and appears to have affected customers who used the grocery delivery service as recently as yesterday.

The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

As the biggest of three companies that store the vast majority of the world’s travel information—from airline seats to hotel bookings — Sabre has been called on to hand over that travellers’ data and, on at least one occasion, do “real-time” tracking of a suspect.

Customs to Expand License Plate Reading Program Nationwide

Customs to Expand License Plate Reading Program Nationwide

Those databases contain information collected by “private businesses (e.g., parking garages), local governments (e.g., toll booth cameras), law enforcement agencies, and financial institutions via their contracted repossession companies,” the PIA states.“The LPR commercial aggregator services store, index, and sell access to the images, along with the time and location of the collection.

Indian Govt wants Tech Giants Google, Amazon and Facebook to Provide Source Code and algorithms

Indian Govt wants Tech Giants Google, Amazon and Facebook to Provide Source Code and algorithms

India’s government is working on a policy which include tough rule that will require tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook to provide source code and algorithms, said a report by Bloomberg.

Top German Court Reimposes Data Curbs on Facebook

Top German Court Reimposes Data Curbs on Facebook

The Federal Court's stay order, which suspends a decision by a lower court, backs the Federal Cartel Office's view that Facebook abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.

Action: Staying Safe at Protests

Action: Staying Safe at Protests

You should never open your device or consent the search of your belongings — if the officer asks to do so, say “I do not consent to a search of my belongings”.The police cannot arrest you for practicing your fourth amendment right, however in reality the goal is to not antagonize them, so be polite.

Disclosure of income doesn’t invade privacy of schools: Chandigarh admn to HC

Disclosure of income doesn’t invade privacy of schools: Chandigarh admn to HC

Moreover, the law was enacted following high court’s direction to regulate fee and save parents from whimsical decisions of private schools in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the administration told the court.

MeWe Social Media Platform Offers A More Private Alternative To Facebook

MeWe Social Media Platform Offers A More Private Alternative To Facebook

The app, MeWe, calls itself the "Anti-Facebook" and offers the industry's first Privacy Bill of Rights offering members control of their data, newsfeeds and overall privacy on the platform.AFP/Getty Images The MeWe Privacy Bill of Rights includes the following points: You own your personal information & content.

The Feds Are Now Using 'Stingrays' in Planes to Spy on Our Phone Calls

The Feds Are Now Using 'Stingrays' in Planes to Spy on Our Phone Calls

That's according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal indicating that the government has been using Cessna planes outfitted with special phone surveillance equipment to track suspects.

The Government is Regularly Flying Predator Drones Over American Cities

The Government is Regularly Flying Predator Drones Over American Cities

The news comes after Motherboard previously verified that CBP flew a Predator drone above Minneapolis last week as protesters pushed back against police brutality and the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd by a white police officer.

Customs and Border Protection Is Flying a Predator Drone Over Minneapolis

Customs and Border Protection Is Flying a Predator Drone Over Minneapolis

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is flying a Predator drone, military technology used for surveilling and killing terrorists abroad, over Minneapolis as protesters continue to demonstrate against police brutality, according to publicly available flight data.

Why Metadata Matters

Why Metadata Matters

Let’s take a look at how revealing metadata can actually be to the governments and companies that collect it: They know you rang a phone sex line at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes.

Ron Wyden Hints at How the Intelligence Community Hides Its Web Tracking Under Section 215

Ron Wyden Hints at How the Intelligence Community Hides Its Web Tracking Under Section 215

An order in which an IP address used by multiple people is the target An order collecting all the people who visit a particular website An order collecting all the web browsing and internet searches of a single user The government is required to report:.