As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

In Lombardy, Italy, the authorities are analyzing location data transmitted by citizens’ mobile phones to determine how many people are obeying a government lockdown order and the typical distances they move every day.

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

An investigation by The Washington Post, however, has revealed that Whisper left the information of nearly 900 million users exposed to anyone that wanted to view it, located in a database that wasn’t password protected and was accessible by the public.

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

What the database contained: 138 Million log records in total.I sent multiple requests to KickBack Apps and PrankDial but no one every replied or acknowledged my discovery, instead they simply closed public access to the logs.

AmIUnique

AmIUnique

This website aims at studying the diversity of browser fingerprints and providing developers with data to help them design good defenses.Contribute to the efforts by viewing your own browser fingerprint or consult the current statistics of data provided by users around the world!.

Startpage replies to questions about ownership change

Startpage replies to questions about ownership change

The change raised fears and questions, especially since Startpage or System1/Privacy One Group Ltd provided little information about specifics off the deal.Startpage published an article on its site recently that attempts to answer some of these questions and reassure users of the service that the deal has no privacy implications.

Adobe Error Exposes 7.5 Million Users’ Personal Data

Adobe Error Exposes 7.5 Million Users’ Personal Data

Security researchers have recently discovered that Adobe accidentally exposed and compromised the private data of around 7.5 million accounts, including those of its own employees.Diachenko found that around 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users had their accounts’ details exposed to the public.

Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else

Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else

It's one of three products made by the Chicago-based artist's URME Surveillance, a venture dedicated to "protecting the public from surveillance and creating a safe space to explore our digital identities.".

Aussie ex-pat will ‘never return’ after digital strip search reveals sex tapes

Aussie ex-pat will ‘never return’ after digital strip search reveals sex tapes

“I informed the female customs officer that I have intimate material of my partner on my phone, and that I would be breaking her trust, (as well as several privacy laws) by giving anyone access to those files.”.

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says everyone else

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says everyone else

The US government's Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) nonetheless has been relying on online translation services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo to read refugees' non-English social media posts and judge whether or not they should be allowed into the Land of the Free™.

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

– The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA.

Feds Sue Edward Snowden, Move to Seize Book Proceeds

Feds Sue Edward Snowden, Move to Seize Book Proceeds

"The United States' ability to protect sensitive national security information depends on employees' and contractors' compliance with their non-disclosure agreements, including their pre-publication review obligations," said US assistant attorney general Jody Hunt in a statement.

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

The students were helping ProPublica test an aggression detector that’s used in hundreds of schools, health care facilities, banks, stores and prisons worldwide, including more than 100 in the U.S. Sound Intelligence, the Dutch company that makes the software for the device, plans to open an office this year in Chicago, where its chief executive will be based.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

Microsoft discreetly wiped its massive facial recognition database

Microsoft discreetly wiped its massive facial recognition database

Speaking to the , Harvey -- who runs a project called Megapixels which reveals details on such data sets -- also says that even though MS Celeb has been deleted, its contents are still being shared around the web.

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

In a letter to key senators, the commission’s acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said officials had directed 29 people – including journalists, lawyers, engineers and company officials – to destroy or return records that the agency had improperly released to them.

Abusing the GDPR to get someone’s intimate personal data.

Abusing the GDPR to get someone’s intimate personal data.

In other words: by only knowing your name, date of birth and home address; a criminal, your angry sister, your ex-partner or a disgruntled colleague is able to get all that personal information listed above and abuse it in any way possible.

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

The authors of the Restatement — three professors from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School — contend that courts have reasoned there’s no need for businesses to do more, because nobody reads these contract terms anyway.

Dark Data

Dark Data

Rather, through this publication we aim to shine a light on topics surrounding personal data, our consent to and awareness of its collection, and consider its usage within an ecosystem beyond the screen of a computer.

Judge: New Orleans must release crime camera locations

Judge: New Orleans must release crime camera locations

The ACLU of Louisiana and Southern Poverty Law Center went to court in February, after the city turned down a public defender's public records request for a map of all publicly visible real-time surveillance cameras.

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

Key points: Privacy International have today published a report entitled 'Digital Stop and search: how the UK police can secretly download everything from your mobile phone' , based on Freedom of Information requests to 47 police forces across the UK about their use of 'mobile phone extraction' technologies, which enable them to download all the content and data from a mobile phone.

Publicis to buy Epsilon for $4.4 billion

Publicis to buy Epsilon for $4.4 billion

French ad holding company Publicis said Sunday it would pay about $4.4 billion for marketing services company Epsilon to give it a leg up in digital marketing and to help clients better personalize their advertising.

BEST APP TO HELP YOU TRACK EMBEDDED IN YOUR PHONES?

BEST APP TO HELP YOU TRACK EMBEDDED IN YOUR PHONES?

For Android clients, the application Exodus Privacy can enable you to distinguish what trackers are on your telephone, and what publicizing systems they are giving data. For Android clients, the application Exodus Privacy can enable you to distinguish what trackers are on your telephone, and what publicizing systems they are giving data.

The Rutherford Institute :: Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data

The Rutherford Institute :: Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data

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UK political groups spied on by undercover police – the list

UK political groups spied on by undercover police – the list

Undercover police officers have spied on more than 1,000 political groups since 1968. The information has been compiled following investigations by the Guardian and the Undercover Research Group , a network of activists that scrutinises the covert infiltration of political movements.

Facebook blocks third-party tools that collect information on political ads

Facebook blocks third-party tools that collect information on political ads

Plugins that scrape ads can expose people’s info if misused.” Considering the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal that rocked the company last year, this sounds like a reasonable measure to take, although shutting out nonprofits from the process of holding political ad buyers accountable does not help Facebook’s public image.

Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools —… — ProPublica

Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools —… — ProPublica

Just this month, we noticed four groups running ads that haven’t been in Facebook’s archive: After we contacted Facebook, the company canceled the ads and said it is “investigating why these particular ads weren’t classified as political so we can learn and update our protocols.” Journalists in other countries — including those with impending elections like Canada, Ukraine, Guatemala and Israel — currently have no way to track political ads or targeting information.

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You Last weekend, WikiLeaks sent an email to journalists with a list of 140 things not to say about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange because they are "false and defamatory." Reuters first broke the story, and the next day Emma Best published the complete list.

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 2: The 60’s and 70’s

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 2: The 60’s and 70’s

Complacency or a sense of immunity started to catch up with the NSA in the early 1960s when January of 1970 Captain Pyle reports on the domestic spying operation and hopes to make some waves.

Security flaws let anyone snoop on Guardzilla smart camera video recordings

Security flaws let anyone snoop on Guardzilla smart camera video recordings

Guardzilla were given three months to fix the security lapse and roll out new firmware to affected devices after the researchers privately reached out, but the company neither acknowledged nor patched the issue, prompting the researchers to go public with their findings.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

The spy agencies would be allowed to order a company to silently add government snoops to conversations, presumably turning off any notifications that alert users to the fact that a new person has been added to the chat, or an existing one changed.