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.

Match Group first tech company to back anti-online child abuse bill

Match Group first tech company to back anti-online child abuse bill

Why it matters: Match, the parent company of major dating platforms such as Tinder, is breaking with the internet industry's leading trade group, which worries the bill could open a wedge for law enforcement to crack into encrypted systems, threatening user privacy.

FreePN - Amazon's Ring and the Threat to Privacy - A Real Life Version of Big Brother?

FreePN - Amazon's Ring and the Threat to Privacy - A Real Life Version of Big Brother?

A few months ago, Ring started creating partnerships with police departments nationwide, allowing officers access to surveillance videos of Ring users.The Neighbors app also allows local police departments onto the network where they can access the discussions and videos.

Aspiring terrorists are in every Iowa school, surveillance companies warn

Aspiring terrorists are in every Iowa school, surveillance companies warn

The companies, Gaggle and Securly, track students’ digital lives and flag potential threats for in-house analysts and school officials to review.To show how sneaky kids are on the internet, a Gaggle company representative told School Board members that the average seventh-grader has six Instagram accounts.

The enemy within: welcome to the Internet of gaslighting

The enemy within: welcome to the Internet of gaslighting

As the New York Times article explained, these phenomena had a common cause: women’s abusers were controlling Internet-connected devices in homes, using everyday apps on their smartphones.

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard.Lawmakers introduced the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) in 1994 after a private investigator hired by a stalker obtained the address of actress Rebecca Schaeffer from the DMV.

Your Next Car Will Be Watching You More Than It's Watching the Road

Your Next Car Will Be Watching You More Than It's Watching the Road

Advertisement“These companies can use their AI systems to target us with ads and manipulate us with the aim of controlling us in every way according to the vision of the company.”In-car cameras powered with computer vision algorithms can perform complex tasks such as analyzing the state of drivers and passengers and detecting their interactions with different objects.

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber has plans to ensure its passengers feel safe when using the service by introducing an audio-recording safety feature to all rides.

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will launch a feature to audio-record rides in the United States as a way to ensure passenger and driver safety, according to company communications accessed by The Washington Post and confirmed by Uber itself.

Uber to allow audio recording of rides, aiming to launch feature in US

Uber to allow audio recording of rides, aiming to launch feature in US

Uber will allow passengers and drivers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio of their rides as it attempts to improve its safety record and image, and eventually it hopes to launch the feature into other markets including the United States.

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

Here’s the background: Google has announced that they will soon start changing the way users are connected to websites through its Chrome browser, using a new protocol called DNS over HTTPS (DoH).

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: "End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day.".It allows British law-enforcement agencies to demand from US tech firms data relating to terrorists, child-sexual abusers and other serious criminals.

US, UK and Australia urge Facebook to create backdoor access to encrypted messages

US, UK and Australia urge Facebook to create backdoor access to encrypted messages

The United States, United Kingdom and Australia plan to pressure Facebook to create a backdoor into its encrypted messaging apps that would allow governments to access the content of private communications, according to an open letter from top government officials to Mark Zuckerberg obtained by the Guardian.

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps

Signed by Barr, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, acting US Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, the letter raises concerns that Facebook’s plan to build end-to-end encryption into its messaging apps will prevent law enforcement agencies from finding illegal activity conducted through Facebook, including child sexual exploitation, terrorism, and election meddling.

Should we be more worried about our safety online?

Should we be more worried about our safety online?

We had a comment sent in from Sarah , who thinks young people don’t care enough about their safety online, and are instead obsessed with the number of “views” and “likes” they get.Do young people care about “views” and “likes” more than their safety online?

Rekor Systems Launches Public Safety Network

Rekor Systems Launches Public Safety Network

Any state or local law enforcement agency participating in the RPSN will be able to access real time data from any part of the network at no cost.“The Rekor Public Safety Network provides real time license plate reading (“LPR”), make, model and color alerting for law enforcement use only.

Facebook launches dating service in United States

Facebook launches dating service in United States

Fidji Simo, who recently took over leadership of the core Facebook app, said at the company’s annual F8 developer conference in May that the service was expanding into 14 new countries in Asia and Latin America and would be available in the United States by the end of the year.

The world’s most-surveilled cities

The world’s most-surveilled cities

We compared the number of public CCTV cameras with the crime and safety indices reported by Numbeo, which are based on surveys of that site’s visitors.

Victory: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Government Use of Face Surveillance

Victory: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Government Use of Face Surveillance

On the same day that Oakland’s City Council voted to ban government use of the technology, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 3494) that would require the Director of National Intelligence to report on the use of face surveillance by intelligence agencies.

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

The letter describes the database as “part of an alarming trend in Florida over the past year,” alongside other new record-collection requirements outlined in the Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. Across the country, too, more and more schools and governments are looking toward surveillance technology to ease their security concerns.

Israeli tech company says it can break into all iPhones ever made, some Androids

Israeli tech company says it can break into all iPhones ever made, some Androids

The announcement from Cellebrite came in the form of an update this week to its website promoting the iPhone-hacking technology, dubbed “UFED Premium,” as “the only on-premise solution for law enforcement agencies to unlock and extract crucial mobile phone evidence from all iOS and high-end Android devices.”.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile Hit With FCC Complaint Over Sale of Phone Location Data

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile Hit With FCC Complaint Over Sale of Phone Location Data

On Friday, multiple activist groups and telecommunications experts filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) centering on how AT&T , T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon sold their customers' real-time location data to third parties without those customers' informed consent.

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.

The US just added one more requirement for visa applicants to stress about

The US just added one more requirement for visa applicants to stress about

From this month, almost all visa applicants looking to travel or immigrate to the US will have to list five years worth of social media profiles on their visa applications, a move first proposed last year (pdf) as part of the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” policy toward visitors.

San Francisco becomes the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition software by police

San Francisco becomes the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition software by police

Associated Press The San Francisco board did not spend time Tuesday debating the outright ban on facial recognition technology, focusing instead on the possible burdens placed on police, the transit system and other city agencies that need to maintain public safety.

San Francisco Becomes 1st US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco Becomes 1st US City to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco supervisors voted to pass a surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments.

Calls for “Lightweight” Encryption are Short-Sighted and Dangerous

Calls for “Lightweight” Encryption are Short-Sighted and Dangerous

There is a NIST competition going on right now to adopt a new lightweight encryption standard that targets 112-bits of security. One is the concept of a “barely safe” margin of safety and a the second is that hardware advancements are eliminating the need for lightweight cryptography altogether.

Schools Are Safer Than Ever, But That's Not Stopping Schools From Buying Social Media Monitoring Software

Schools Are Safer Than Ever, But That's Not Stopping Schools From Buying Social Media Monitoring Software

The Brennan Center for Justice reports schools are purchasing social media monitoring tools with increasing frequency, allowing them to track and surveil students far past the borders of the school grounds.

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Israel said that the risk of false positives increases when predictive models use data of “questionable fidelity” such as social media posts.

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles

The additional obligatory equipment for cars, trucks and buses will help to save people’s lives”, said Róża Thun (EPP, PL) , who steered this legislation through Parliament.