‘Ignorance is not an excuse’: California draft rules on data privacy released

‘Ignorance is not an excuse’: California draft rules on data privacy released

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a series of draft regulations Thursday aimed at getting businesses to comply with the state’s landmark data privacy law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US heading in 'same direction as China' with online privacy

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US heading in 'same direction as China' with online privacy

While Cambridge Analytica has since shut down, Wylie said the tactics it used could be deployed elsewhere, and that is why data privacy regulation needs to be dramatically enhanced.

US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws

US Court says that states can ignore FCC and pass their own net neutrality laws

However, a federal court has now ruled and opined the other way – that states do have the right to pass their own net neutrality laws, that internet service providers (ISPs) need to follow if they wish to do business in said states.

Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple said in a statement that it had began an immediate investigation after "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" contacted the company about the app and Apple found it had endangered law enforcement and residents.

Court says FCC’s ‘unhinged’ net neutrality repeal can’t stop state laws

Court says FCC’s ‘unhinged’ net neutrality repeal can’t stop state laws

The FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules has been significantly weakened by a federal appeals court, which ruled that the Commission could not preempt state laws like those pending in California.

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

In a statement given to The Verge, Dante Disparte, the Libra Association’s head of policy and communications, reaffirmed the nonprofit’s commitment to “build a generational payment network.

U.S. online privacy rules unlikely this year, hurting big tech

U.S. online privacy rules unlikely this year, hurting big tech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. online privacy bill is not likely to come before Congress this year, three sources said, as lawmakers disagree over issues like whether the bill should preempt state rules, forcing companies to deal with much stricter legislation in California that goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Dunkin do-nots: Deep-fried cake maker did not warn its sugar addicts that crooks raided web accounts, says NY AG

Dunkin do-nots: Deep-fried cake maker did not warn its sugar addicts that crooks raided web accounts, says NY AG

NY Attorney General Letitia James said today the complaint stems from a 2015 raid on Dunkin’s website: fraudsters broke into individual customer accounts, stole those victims’ payment card info from the compromised Dunkin profiles, and sold that sensitive information online.

Thanks For Helping Us Defend the California Consumer Privacy Act

Thanks For Helping Us Defend the California Consumer Privacy Act

We want to thank everyone who called or wrote to their lawmakers to protect the CCPA this year and amplified how important data privacy is to the people of California.

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Rai, whose company has developed facial recognition for eight local police forces, said India doesn’t have the same quality cameras as China — making it harder to meet the goal of being able to identify any person with an integrated system.

Opinion | Equifax Doesn’t Want You to Get Your $125. Here’s What You Can Do.

Opinion | Equifax Doesn’t Want You to Get Your $125. Here’s What You Can Do.

Frank, a lawyer who specializes in class-action suits, told me this week that only 3 percent of the people who get class-action emails actually respond.

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

The Chinese government intends to use social media data, surveillance, and purchasing trends to develop a “score” for its citizens to gauge their “buy-in” to the state.A law at the state and federal level guaranteeing social platform access as a citizen’s civil rights would be one example of such legislation.

Neighbors are using these smart cameras to track strangers’ cars — and yours

Neighbors are using these smart cameras to track strangers’ cars — and yours

Residents of the neighborhood had pooled their money to rent these cameras, and the software behind them, from Flock Safety — an Atlanta-based company that has found clients for its automatic license plate readers in safety-conscious communities, homeowners’ associations and local police departments across 30 states.

America’s largest companies push for federal online privacy laws to circumvent state regulatory efforts

America’s largest companies push for federal online privacy laws to circumvent state regulatory efforts

Chief executives at Amazon, AT&T, Dell, Ford, IBM, Qualcomm, Walmart and other leading financial services, manufacturing and technology companies have issued an open letter to congressional leadership pleading with them to take action on online privacy, through the pro-industry organization, The Business Roundtable.

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Departments of Motor Vehicles should not profit from drivers' personal information after a Motherboard investigation found DMVs across the country selling data to a wide array of companies, including private investigators.

Google Faces New Antitrust Probe From 50 Attorneys General

Google Faces New Antitrust Probe From 50 Attorneys General

Google has another antitrust probe to worry about, after 50 attorneys general said on Monday they’re opening a collective investigation into the tech giant’s dominance of online advertising.Read original story Google Faces New Antitrust Probe From 50 Attorneys General At TheWrap.

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Gen. Letitia James is leading a bipartisan coalition of states looking into whether Facebook “stifled competition and put users at risk” by increasing the price of advertising, reducing consumer-choice quality and mishandling personal information, according to a statement Friday.

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Other parties and experts have also pointed out that Austria would not have the unilateral right to protect cash through constitutional changes because it uses the euro, which is under the purview of the European Central Bank.

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.

South African authorities admit to mass surveillance

South African authorities admit to mass surveillance

This was revealed in the former State Security Agency Director General Arthur Fraser's affidavit and other documents filed in 2017 during a court case relating to amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism - a South African non-profit investigative journalism organisation.

Another Big Privacy Fine for Social Media Violations

Another Big Privacy Fine for Social Media Violations

This is just the latest in a number of privacy-related settlements and fines that various social media companies have been paying in the past year.With campaigns to manipulate people through social media adding to the mix, state legislatures have begun enacting laws that the federal government has yet to figure out.

A website that revealed personal information about porn actors has been shut down by a porn company: 'We simply didn't want it out there for the world to see anymore'

A website that revealed personal information about porn actors has been shut down by a porn company: 'We simply didn't want it out there for the world to see anymore'

This week, the site was abruptly shuttered and replaced with a message from the porn production company Bang Bros.On Wednesday, a website named PornWikiLeaks went offline and was replaced with a message: "We have purchased this site with the intention of shutting it down and removing all information associated with it," the message reads.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services Reports Data Security Breach

Presbyterian Healthcare Services Reports Data Security Breach

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) issued a statement on its website acknowledging a data security incident from early May that affected more than 180,000 patients.

Harvard student denied entry into US due to friends' social media posts

Harvard student denied entry into US due to friends' social media posts

Ismail Ajjawi, who lives in Lebanon, was questioned for hours at Boston's Logan airport and ultimately had his visa canceled after immigration officials searched his phone and laptop, according to The Harvard Crimson.

Arizona’s constitutional right to privacy extends to internet privacy, rules judge – other states left in the cold

Arizona’s constitutional right to privacy extends to internet privacy, rules judge – other states left in the cold

Notably, the court emphasizes that the Fourth Amendment of the federally binding US Constitution does not protect internet users from having their information handed over to law enforcement without a warrant because users willingly give that information to the third party (the ISP in this case).

Upcoming Film ‘Claws of the Red Dragon’ Seeks to Expose Huawei’s Role in Beijing’s Tech Ambitions

Upcoming Film ‘Claws of the Red Dragon’ Seeks to Expose Huawei’s Role in Beijing’s Tech Ambitions

One of the film’s executive producers, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, said “Claws of the Red Dragon” attempts to expose “the inner workings of the [Chinese Communist Party] and Huawei.”.

Opinion | I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.

Opinion | I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.

For several days this spring, I lived my life through this Invasive Firefox, which logged every site I visited, all the advertising tracking servers that were watching my surfing and all the data they obtained.

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.

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

Microsoft has updated its privacy policy and other online pages to explicitly state that human employees or contractors may listen to recordings captured by the company's Cortana and Skype Translator products.

Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matches 26 Lawmakers To Mugshots As California Bill To Block Moves Forward

Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matches 26 Lawmakers To Mugshots As California Bill To Block Moves Forward

In May, the California State Assembly approved Ting’s bill to ban law enforcement’s use of facial recognition and biometric scanners, which identify things such as how a person walks, in body cameras.