Government defeated over child spy law

Government defeated over child spy law

Peers have forced through an amendment to the spycops bill to curtail the use of child spies by the police and security services.

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

The policing minister, Kit Malthouse, said Home Office and law enforcement officials were working at pace to recover the data.“While the loss relates to individuals who were arrested and then released with no further action, I have asked officials and the police to confirm their initial assessment that there is no threat to public safety,” he said.

Minimum age of marriage for women should be raised to 21, says Shivraj Chouhan

Minimum age of marriage for women should be raised to 21, says Shivraj Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said the minimum age of marriage for women should be raised from the current 18 years to 21 years.

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

The Singapore government has decided to use data gathered by its TraceTogether COVID-19-coronavirus contact-tracing app in criminal investigations.Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan by saying that Singapore’s Criminal Procedure Code means its Police can obtain any data for criminal investigations, including data gathered by TraceTogether.

Introducing Blanc, a thousand masks in one: Developed by a pair of entrepreneurs this modular full-face mask features changeable front panels and filters to help drive more people to use personal prot

Introducing Blanc, a thousand masks in one: Developed by a pair of entrepreneurs this modular full-face mask features changeable front panels and filters to help drive more people to use personal prot

Blanc is a thousand masks in one: its front panel is changeable, with any material, color and texture, channeling only the harmonies the owner is willing to share with the world.

No Safety without (Cyber-)Security!

No Safety without (Cyber-)Security!

It’s a common experience: I talk to people developing safety-critical embedded systems, be it cars or medical devices, and, while clearly serious about product safety, they show little interest in security.

Low-flying helicopters over DC this weekend assessing radiation ahead of inauguration

Low-flying helicopters over DC this weekend assessing radiation ahead of inauguration

The flights are expected to conclude by Nov. 6) The agency’s nuclear emergency support team aircraft will measure naturally occurring background radiation as part of standard preparations to protect public health and safety on the day of the event, according to a news release.

How To Protect Your Child On The Internet

How To Protect Your Child On The Internet

The Internet can be a great place for kids to learn, be entertained, and to communicate with others.Kids today have tons of social media options, download music both legally and illegally, publish information about themselves that others can see, enter into online dialogue with strangers, and surf the Internet for the latest information, both good and bad.

Five Eyes, India, And Japan Want ‘Backdoor’ To End-To-End Encryption

Five Eyes, India, And Japan Want ‘Backdoor’ To End-To-End Encryption

Their press release talks about the dangers of end-to-end encryption and how it’ll create a zone where no governments or even the companies implementing it, will be able to locate illegal activities.

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

On Monday, the US Department of Justice signed on to a new international statement warning of the dangers of encryption and calling for an industry-wide effort to enable law enforcement agencies to access encrypted data once a warrant has been obtained.

DOJ formalizes request for encryption back-doors

DOJ formalizes request for encryption back-doors

The US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the "Five Eyes" nations, has issued a statement asking Apple and other tech companies to effectively create backdoors that will weaken encryption strength overall to provide law enforcement access to data.

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

The nations of the Five Eyes security alliance – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and the UK – plus Japan and India, have called on technology companies to design their products so they offer access to encrypted messages and content.

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

The NCA believes there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children, with 86,832 UK-related referrals to NCMEC last year, including 52% from Facebook and 11% from Instagram.

Why You Should Embrace Automated License Plate Readers

Why You Should Embrace Automated License Plate Readers

If you want to keep your community safe, you can use technology that identifies vehicles, tracks leads, and helps law enforcement capture the evidence to solve crime.In fact, with the use of automated license plate readers, law enforcement officers have a better chance of decreasing the crime rate.

License plate tracking for police set to go nationwide

License plate tracking for police set to go nationwide

With TALON, Flock Safety wants to provide that capability across the entire country, meaning police in one state could track a car's movements as it goes hundreds of miles away.

Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data

Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data

Task force chief and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said such data would only be made available to people living in the patients’ neighborhoods.The task force was also looking for other solutions to help protect people from the disease, Doni said.

Homeland Security fears widespread mask-wearing will break facial recognition software

Homeland Security fears widespread mask-wearing will break facial recognition software

Under the heading "Violent Adversaries Likely to Use Protective Masks to Evade Face Recognition Systems," the agency's bulletin warns that "violent extremists and other criminals who have historically maintained an interest in avoiding face recognition are likely to opportunistically seize upon public safety measures recommending the wearing of face masks to hinder the effectiveness of face recognition systems in public spaces by security partners.".

TunnelBear Removes Hong Kong Servers

TunnelBear Removes Hong Kong Servers

Privacy and human rights organizations have expressed concerns that the new law gives the Chinese government legal means to force Hong Kong’s ISPs to turn over user data, or even make arrests over online content.

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook ‘Privacy Matters’ reveals 5000 app developers continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.But in a satirical turn of events, Facebook announced via Privacy Matters that some third-party applications continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.

Motorists ‘leaving sensitive data on their old cars’

Motorists ‘leaving sensitive data on their old cars’

Meanwhile, a separate poll by auto-parts retailer Halfords has demonstrated a concern among UK drivers about the safety of other vehicles on the road, in light of the government's extension to MOT testing due to the coronavirus lockdown.

FBI reportedly used top spy plane to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

FBI reportedly used top spy plane to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

The FBI used one of its most advanced spy plans to monitor the Black Lives Matter protests in DC earlier this month, Buzzfeed's Peter Aldhous reported.

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.

Questioning the usefulness and future of Citizen

Questioning the usefulness and future of Citizen

Citizen, a community safety app that tracks and notifies users of 911 police alerts, was downloaded roughly 440,000 times on smartphones in the last week according to Sensor Tower.As of May 2020, Citizen shares coronavirus updates in its app from local authorities to keep people informed.

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.