Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Ring will add a second layer of authentication by requiring users to enter a one-time code shared via email or SMS when they try to log in to see the feed from their cameras starting this week.

Ring cameras are more secure now, but your neighbors still snoop with them

Ring cameras are more secure now, but your neighbors still snoop with them

Earlier this month, the company chased that up with a new account control panel, making it easier for users to find and opt-in to two-factor authentication; now, finally, the setting is not optional.

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

Ron Taig, with the Livonia Police Department in Michigan, shows the Neighbors portal made available to law enforcement agencies who sign agreements with Amazon's Ring subsidiary.Last year, Livonia PD signed a partnership with the Amazon subsidiary allowing citizens using Ring's Neighbors app to report suspicious activity caught on surveillance.

A simple introduction to mixnets

A simple introduction to mixnets

The Sphinx packets traverse multiple mixnodes and get delivered to Bob. Assuming there is a sufficiently large number of people using the mixnet (that we have a big anonymity set of stormtroopers, or sheep, in the street), it’s impossible for anybody watching the network to determine whether Alice was talking to Bob, talking to someone else, or just automatically sending cover traffic while she was out eating a sandwich.

Street-Level Surveillance

Street-Level Surveillance

EFF’s “Street-Level Surveillance” project shines light on the advanced surveillance technologies that law enforcement agencies routinely deploy in our communities.Every day, the threats to our rights expand as police use surveillance technologies to compile enormous databases filled with our personal information.

Coronavirus brings China's surveillance state out of the shadows

Coronavirus brings China's surveillance state out of the shadows

Facial recognition firm Megvii said on Tuesday it had developed a new way to spot and identify people with fevers, with support from the industry and science ministries.

Opinion | The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

Opinion | The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

With access to [cellphone location data], the Government can now travel back in time to retrace a person’s whereabouts, subject only to the retention polices of the wireless carriers, which currently maintain records for up to five years.

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIIf Republicans have any appetite for reining in domestic surveillance that they describe as a massive violation of the civil liberties of Donald Trump’s associates, it wasn’t on display when FBI Director Christopher Wray made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the damning Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Trump-Russia investigation.

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Assistant Strafford County Attorney Emily Garod, who is prosecuting Burke, told Motherboard that when she learned of the Ring audio recording she messaged a state-wide group of prosecutors to ask for advice or examples of similar cases.

Bill Would Reform NSA Surveillance Program

Bill Would Reform NSA Surveillance Program

A bipartisan cadre of lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would reform the 9/11-era authorities used by the intelligence community to access Americans’ phone records and other domestic communications.

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now gives Europeans the right to verify data held by individual companies, including marketing and advertising profiles.Companies can still protect their code and algorithms as business secrets, but in theory they can no longer hide personal data they generate about their users.

Top EU court’s advisor: bulk surveillance is “disproportionate”, and national security exemptions do not always apply

Top EU court’s advisor: bulk surveillance is “disproportionate”, and national security exemptions do not always apply

Then, in 2016, the CJEU affirmed that decision by ruling specifically that “EU law precludes national legislation that prescribes general and indiscriminate retention of data,” in what is known as the Tele2 Sverige and Watson judgment.

Police force to roll out '81% inaccurate' live facial recognition

Police force to roll out '81% inaccurate' live facial recognition

However, this claim has been described as misleading by an independent report into the force's use of the technology, commissioned by the Met itself and revealed by Sky News, which found the technology was actually 81% inaccurate .Ms Morley's figures do not account for false negatives, but also misrepresent the number of false positives compared to accurate positives.

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

The thing about internet tracking and surveillance is that when it comes to online privacy both companies and governments have been historically caught lying to the public or just straight up selling private data legally .

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

What is known, is that GE earned 30 million USD from San Diego’s city council to install these cameras and microphones in street lights under the guise of looking at traffic flows and environmental data and has the legal, government granted rights to sell whatever “source data” is gleaned from the surveillance equipment.

Opinion | Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

Opinion | Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

The problem is that we are being identified without our knowledge or consent, and society needs rules about when that is permissible.Discrimination based on protected characteristics like race and gender is already illegal, but those rules are ineffectual against the current technologies of surveillance and control.

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

Under the proposal, a new regulatory framework for artificial intelligence could “include a time-limited ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces”.

Top Euro court advised: Cops, spies yelling 'national security' isn’t enough to force ISPs to hand over massive piles of people's private data

Top Euro court advised: Cops, spies yelling 'national security' isn’t enough to force ISPs to hand over massive piles of people's private data

This is the key part of the legal argument: “The provisions of the directive will not apply to activities which are intended to safeguard national security and are undertaken by the public authorities themselves, without requiring the cooperation of private individuals and, therefore, without imposing on them obligations in the management of business” (UK Case C-623/17, paragraph 34/79).”.

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

"The company has sold its products to dozens of US agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and ICE.But Special Services Group has gone to great lengths to keep its products secret, even threatening to sue journalists at Vice for reporting on its sales brochure earlier this week.

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

On Monday, in time for this year's CES in Las Vegas, the home surveillance camera and internet-connected doorbell specialist made a point of unveiling an account control panel it hopes will allow users to better manage the access settings on their devices and keep hackers and other intruders out.

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

In an interview at the annual CES conference in Las Vegas this week, Amazon’s top hardware executive said he’s proud of the program, believes the partnerships with police departments are good for neighborhoods, and hinted at a future in which Ring cameras could use Amazon’s facial recognition technology—a scenario that some of Ring’s critics have already expressed concerns about.

Tracking College Students Everywhere They Go On Campus Is The New Normal

Tracking College Students Everywhere They Go On Campus Is The New Normal

One company that uses school WiFi networks to monitor movements says it gathers 6,000 location data points per student every day.How anyone is supposed to determine a student's mental health by non-stop location tracking isn't explained, but the article says schools are adding "risk factors" like, um, not going to the library enough.

The Delhi Police must stop it's facial recognition system

The Delhi Police must stop it's facial recognition system

As per a report published yesterday in the Indian Express, the Delhi Police is using a “Automated Facial Recognition System” (AFRS) at public congregations.The software for the facial recognition system as per the Indian Express report was sourced from M/s Innefu Labs Private Limited which claims on its website offers various law enforcement solutions.

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

The Times Privacy Project was given access to a data set with more than 50 billion location “pings” from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

2010s = 1984: The decade we finally understood Orwell

2010s = 1984: The decade we finally understood Orwell

Popular culture reduced it to a single slogan — Big Brother is Watching You — and those with only a vague memory of studying the book in school thought the surveillance state was the main thing Orwell was warning against.

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

"We need solutions that work, and Commissioner Harrison has told the City Council multiple times this year, as recently as October, that there is no evidence the surveillance plane is an effective crime-fighting tool.".

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We buy DNA tests from 23AndMe that could one day end up in a police database, we buy Amazon Echo and smartphone technology used to target us with ads, and, increasingly, we are buying Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras that are being used to watch ourselves and our neighbors, create a warrantless police surveillance apparatus, and serve as an attack surface that can allow hackers to enter our homes.

It's Hard to Ban Facial Recognition Tech in the iPhone Era

It's Hard to Ban Facial Recognition Tech in the iPhone Era

After San Francisco in May placed new controls, including a ban on facial recognition, on municipal surveillance, city employees began taking stock of what technology agencies already owned.

We need to act fast to protect the open internet in India.

We need to act fast to protect the open internet in India.

As a leader in our democracy, you have a responsibility to allow for public review and inform all stakeholders of the outcome before enacting laws that could fundamentally change the rules that govern the internet in India.