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:.

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon in a written statement to the WSJ agreed that "like other retailers, we look at sales and store data to provide our customers with the best possible experience," adding, "however, we strictly prohibit our employees from using nonpublic, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch."

Judge Dismisses Twitter’s Lawsuit Over Its Rights to Publish Information About Government Surveillance Orders

Judge Dismisses Twitter’s Lawsuit Over Its Rights to Publish Information About Government Surveillance Orders

And, based on that secret evidence that Twitter’s attorneys were never allowed to access, the judge held that the government’s purported national security concerns were sufficient to justify its censorship of Twitters draft transparency report.

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

New reporting alleges that Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos‘ phone through WhatsApp. The report raises renewed concern about top White House aide Jared Kushner’s reported WhatsApp communications with bin Salman.

What We Learned About the Technology That Times Journalists Use

What We Learned About the Technology That Times Journalists Use

Many editors and reporters also talked about how tech had transformed the industries they cover.And in the entertainment world, video streaming has opened doors to a wealth of new content — so much that reporting on movies and TV shows has become an art of curation.

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

Today, EFF is publishing “The Failed Fix to NSL Gag Orders,” a new report based on an in-depth analysis of records EFF obtained after we won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit earlier this year.

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Turkey fines Facebook $282,000 over privacy breach

Turkey fines Facebook $282,000 over privacy breach

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have fined Facebook Inc (FB.O) 1.6 million lira ($282,000) for violation of data protection laws which affected nearly 300,000 people, the Personal Data Protection Board (KVKK) said on Thursday.

Popular period-tracking apps were found sharing extremely sensitive data to Facebook, including when users last had sex

Popular period-tracking apps were found sharing extremely sensitive data to Facebook, including when users last had sex

An investigation from privacy advocacy group Privacy International found that period-tracking apps downloaded by millions of users shared alarmingly sensitive data with Facebook and other third-parties, including users' drinking habits, medical symptoms, and when they last had sex.

New Report Finds Border Communities Inundated with Surveillance Technologies

New Report Finds Border Communities Inundated with Surveillance Technologies

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today published “The Atlas of Surveillance: Southwestern Border Communities,” the first report from a new research partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism.

More than half of UK businesses not GDPR compliant

More than half of UK businesses not GDPR compliant

The report, which surveyed companies of all sizes across a variety of sectors, suggests mid-size companies (those with 250-999 employees) are the worst compliant, with 39.5 percent reporting full GDPR compliance, compared with 56 percent of large and 51 percent of small companies, Egress said.

China hacked Asian telcos to spy on Uighur travelers: sources

China hacked Asian telcos to spy on Uighur travelers: sources

As part of the campaign, different groups of Chinese hackers have compromised telecoms operators in countries including Turkey, Kazakhstan, India, Thailand and Malaysia, the four sources said.

Ring asks police not to tell public how its law enforcement backend works

Ring asks police not to tell public how its law enforcement backend works

Amazon writes scripts for cops to sling Ring home cameras, report says Law enforcement has access to a companion portal that allows police to see an approximate map of active Ring cameras in a given area and request footage from them in the course of an investigation.

Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up

Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up

The latest figures in the company’s transparency report, published quietly on its website late Wednesday, said the number of subpoenas it received went up by 14% and search warrants went up by close to 35%.

Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App

Reverse Engineering a Xinjiang Police Mass Surveillance App

Launch Map. Human Rights Watch finds that officials use the IJOP app to fulfill three broad functions: collecting personal information, reporting on activities or circumstances deemed suspicious, and prompting investigations of people the system flags as problematic.

Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission

Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission

This particular instance is more alarming than previous—not only are some of the most-downloaded apps on the Google Play Store implicated in the report, they also happen to be developed by Chinese companies that may be sharing collected data with the Chinese government.

How to Protect Privacy in a Cashless Economy

How to Protect Privacy in a Cashless Economy

As stated by Jerry Brito of the Coin Center, “a cashless society is a surveillance economy.” Bank-mediated transactions enable unprecedented monitoring, and the “death of cash means the birth of perfect financial control.” For example, China’s Social-Credit System punishes behavior the regime deems unfavorable, aided by monitoring via payment platforms.

China is reportedly using US satellite technologies to bolster its surveillance capabilities

China is reportedly using US satellite technologies to bolster its surveillance capabilities

The Chinese government has been using a private company jointly owned by a U.S. investment firm and its Chinese counterpart to expand its surveillance and telecommunications capabilities using American technology, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

Instead of surveillance, what if we told advertisers what they wanted to know?

As of October, the company has permanently eliminated its “Partner Categories” feature, which had enabled advertisers targeting hyper-specific user demographics to do so by purchasing access, through Facebook, to consumer data gathered by third-party brokers like Acxiom, Datalogix, Epsilon, BlueKai, Oracle, and others.

Verizon launches free service for identifying and blocking spam calls

Verizon launches free service for identifying and blocking spam calls

When activated, Verizon says the filter will let customers “get alerts when a call is likely spam, report unsolicited numbers, and automatically block robocalls based on their preferred level of risk.”.

Our Mission -

Our Mission -

In 2012, a report by the Federal Trade Commission recommended that the industry set up a public Web portal that would display the names and contact information of every data broker doing business in the United States, as well as describe consumers’ data access rights and other choices.

Finland to investigate Nokia-branded phones after data breach report

Finland to investigate Nokia-branded phones after data breach report

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland’s data protection ombudsman said on Thursday he would investigate whether Nokia-branded phones had breached data rules after a report said the handsets sent information to China.

John Oliver says he’s going to ‘unleash hell’ on FCC by creating his own robocalls

John Oliver says he’s going to ‘unleash hell’ on FCC by creating his own robocalls

Let’s dance, you and I.” Don’t miss: Here’s why you’re getting so many spam phone calls This isn’t the first time Oliver has slammed AT&T or the FCC.

Twitter will let users be much more specific when reporting tweets with personal information

Twitter will let users be much more specific when reporting tweets with personal information

Twitter is adding new options to its reporting process for tweets that share personal information, adding much more specific fields that users can highlight when submitting reports.

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo Joseph Cannataci, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, submitted the draft questionnaire - touching on everything from chatrooms to systematic surveillance - to the U.N. Human Rights Council, and invited comments by June 30.

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Image copyright Google Image caption The Nest Guard acts as a way to arm and disarm the firm's home security alarm system by use of a code or tap of a key fob In response to criticism, Google said on Tuesday: "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs.

Privacy groups accuse Facebook of deceiving children into spending parents' money

Privacy groups accuse Facebook of deceiving children into spending parents' money

A coalition of child and privacy advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Thursday after court documents that were unsealed last month revealed employees were aware that young children were playing games on the Facebook app and that the company was making it harder for their parents to obtain refunds.

More than 800 data breaches reported to Australian privacy watchdog in 2018

More than 800 data breaches reported to Australian privacy watchdog in 2018

Data from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) reveals that last year it received 812 notifications as part of the mandatory breach reporting regime. Tags privacy cyber security data breaches Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)

Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer is threatening to publish his nude photos

Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer is threatening to publish his nude photos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has published an astonishing personal blog post on the platform Medium detailing what he claims is extortion and blackmail on behalf of the tabloid National Enquirer.

Location Data Mishandling — A Reading List – FOAM

Location Data Mishandling — A Reading List – FOAM

— Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location tech The methods described in three Facebook patent applications use your historical location data - and others' - to…www.buzzfeednews.com So far these two reports have been about downstream data mishandling — what happens several steps after the origin protocols capture and digest location data before selling it off to third parties.