CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has filed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that highlights their ongoing plans to create a facial recognition database with mugshots of all non-US citizen travelers.

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts General Assembly voted to pass a new police reform bill banning police stations and public agencies from using facial recognition technology throughout the state.

Microsoft apologises for feature criticised as workplace surveillance

Microsoft apologises for feature criticised as workplace surveillance

The company says it will now make changes to the service, which lets IT administrators “help their people get the most” from its products, in order to limit the amount of information about individual employees that is shared with managers.

DuckDuckGo's privacy abuses-- current, historic, and by proxy

DuckDuckGo's privacy abuses-- current, historic, and by proxy

A place to discuss privacy and freedom in the digital world.In this community everyone is welcome to post links and discuss topics related to privacy.

Amazon Sidewalk shares your home WiFi network with other Amazon devices unless you opt out

Amazon Sidewalk shares your home WiFi network with other Amazon devices unless you opt out

Amazon Sidewalk turns your home’s Amazon Alexa device into a bridge device – a router that takes a chunk of your home’s WiFi bandwidth and gives it to neighboring “Sidewalk-enabled” devices such as the Amazon Echo and Amazon Ring devices.

Opinion: What ‘The Social Dilemma’ Documentary Got Wrong

Opinion: What ‘The Social Dilemma’ Documentary Got Wrong

What ‘The Social Dilemma’ does very well is point out and talk about problems with the state of modern internet/social media companies.There is no mention of FOSS (Free Open Source Software) , which in my opinion is the fundamental first step to solving the problems that ‘The Social Dilemma’ outlines.

College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software

College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software

Molina didn’t think much of the company until he started using its monitoring software for a business administration course over the summer and his webcam became a device to observe, record and study him during an exam.

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, which turns Alexa devices into neighborhood WiFi networks that owners have to opt out of

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, which turns Alexa devices into neighborhood WiFi networks that owners have to opt out of

Amazon customers are being automatically opted in to Sidewalk, a feature set to launch later this year that the company says will connect Alexa devices to nearby WiFi networks, even those owned by someone else.

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

Sony is not always recording your audio, and in fact, the user can entirely opt-out of it if they are uncomfortable with this feature.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 27, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 27, 2020

New details about the official app used by the Trump 2020 campaign have been revealed and things aren’t looking good.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

The ones who brought you Let's Encrypt, bring you: Tools for gathering anonymized app usage metrics from netizens

The ones who brought you Let's Encrypt, bring you: Tools for gathering anonymized app usage metrics from netizens

The Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) has a plan to allow companies to collect information about how people are using their products while protecting the privacy of those generating the data.

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.

The Ongoing Evolution of Digital Identity

The Ongoing Evolution of Digital Identity

Neither of these third parties can act in isolation to identify any user, offering businesses and individuals an assurance of privacy in their everyday transactions when using the Concordium platform.

O&O ShutUp10: Free antispy tool for Windows 10

O&O ShutUp10: Free antispy tool for Windows 10

O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.Adapt your security settings Protect your privacy Control location services Do not pass on your user data and diagnostics Further information.

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

The group, made up of online businesses “who share a concern that Google is threatening the open web model that is vital to the functioning of a free and competitive media and online economy”, has asked the UK Competition and Markets Authority to delay the introduction of Privacy Sandbox until the law is changed to ensure a level playing field.

Google’s new advertising technology is under the regulatory microscope after a group of businesses called for it to be legally blocked

Google’s new advertising technology is under the regulatory microscope after a group of businesses called for it to be legally blocked

The U.K. competition regulator is considering a formal investigation into Google’s new digital advertising tool, following a complaint from a group of online businesses that called on intervention to block the launch of the technology.

Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Probe in the UK Over Ad Data Revamp Plans

Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Probe in the UK Over Ad Data Revamp Plans

According to AP, UK’s antitrust watchdog, Competition and Markets Authority, initiated its investigation after receiving a complaint from an organization called ‘Marketers for an Open Web’, which is said to be a coalition of technology and publishing companies.

New privacy bill is a data protection reset for Canada

New privacy bill is a data protection reset for Canada

Bill C-11 – and the recently launched consultation on reforming the federal Privacy Act – are both aimed at meeting the new technological challenges and international pressure on Canada to up its personal data protection game.

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

Facebook has threatened legal action against the Ad Observatory team, claiming that the Ad Observer plug-in violates its terms of service.Even more of a stretch: Facebook's claims that it is only acting to protect its users' privacy.

Once Again, Facebook Is Using Privacy As A Sword To Kill Independent Innovation

Once Again, Facebook Is Using Privacy As A Sword To Kill Independent Innovation

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Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow developers to track how they use other apps, would still be launched.

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

MacOS Big Sur(veillance) bypasses Firewall/VPN to tell Apple what programs you run on your computer

MacOS Big Sur(veillance) bypasses Firewall/VPN to tell Apple what programs you run on your computer

Namely, the Apple App store and 50 other Apple apps are allowed to bypass user based internet routing rules which means Apple could know your real IP address even when you try to get behind a VPN on MacOS Big Sur. Additionally, this type of exemption can be exploited by malware.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: November 20, 2020

In a new blogpost on Microsoft’s blog, Alex Weinert – Director of Identity Security – has urged users to stop using SMS and call based multi-factor authentication.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Craig Federighi says new iOS 14 anti-tracking feature will still launch, regardless of opposition

Craig Federighi says new iOS 14 anti-tracking feature will still launch, regardless of opposition

Apple is facing criticism over a new iOS 14 feature officially called ATT or App Tracking Trasnpsereny that will roll out next year that requires apps to ask users for their permission before tracking them across other apps and websites.

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

In a statement that seems aimed directly at Facebook's complaint about the impact on small businesses, Apple says that advertising that respects privacy was the standard prior to the growth of the internet.

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Starting January 2021, each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language.

Apple doubles down on upcoming iOS 14 privacy features, slams Facebook for collecting ‘as much data as possible’

Apple doubles down on upcoming iOS 14 privacy features, slams Facebook for collecting ‘as much data as possible’

In a letter sent to the Ranking Digital Rights organization, Apple’s Jane Horvath, senior director of global privacy, reiterated that the company believes that “privacy is a fundamental human right.” Horvath explains that Apple delayed the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature in an effort to give developers more time to prepare for the changes.

Canada unveils its new privacy legislation – with even bigger fines than the GDPR

Canada unveils its new privacy legislation – with even bigger fines than the GDPR

Even though the current text is likely to change in various ways, it is clear that Canada’s proposed privacy law will be one of the most important, alongside the GDPR, and a useful further example of how to draft legislation offering strong privacy protection in the digital world.

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

In an open letter, ProPrivacy and other groups say that that many charity pages dealing with extremely sensitive issues such as mental health, debt, end-of-life care, and disability contained various trackers allowing advertisers to profile vulnerable users based on the topic of the page – for example, alcohol addiction or mental health issues.