Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

By contrast, it is the big ad-tech companies — especially Facebook and Google — that do not want to make it easy for consumers to avoid profiling, because their business models rely on it.

'The Charter still applies': Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic

'The Charter still applies': Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic

Provincial police spokesman Guy Lapointe told Montreal's La Presse on Friday that under the public health emergency, officers do not need a warrant signed by a judge to track people using geolocation.

Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications

Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications

“We do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy, or that the process is working as it was intended to help achieve the ‘scrupulously accurate’ standard for FISA applications,” Horowitz wrote in a “management advisory” addressed to FBI Director Chris Wray.

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Of course, such measures are effective tools to enforce a quarantine, and to prevent further spread of a deadly virus that is confirmed to have infected almost one million people, according to data from Worldometers.

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

While the details of the new monitoring system have not been confirmed, official statements and leaked plans have indicated they could include mobile apps that track users’ location, CCTV cameras with facial recognition software, QR codes, mobile phone data and credit card records.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz issued interim findings of an ongoing review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications beyond the Page application.

At Home with EFF: An Online Discussion of COVID-19 and Digital Rights

At Home with EFF: An Online Discussion of COVID-19 and Digital Rights

Then, join Staff Attorney Saira Hussain, who will talk to Cindy about surveillance, the spread of coronavirus, and the need to preserve our privacy.6:00-6:30: Surveillance and the Spread of COVID-19: Protecting Privacy During a Pandemic with Staff Attorney Saira Hussain and Cindy Cohn.

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

After reading NSA files, I wouldn’t be surprised if NSA already hacked some of the big CAs. I don’t see what stops governments from issuing a subpoena for the CAs in their countries to sign a certificate so they could sniff the communication of whoever they want.

Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US

Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US

Saudi Arabia appears to be exploiting weaknesses in the global mobile telecoms network to track its citizens as they travel around the US, according to a whistleblower who has shown the Guardian millions of alleged secret tracking requests.

Snowden warns government surveillance amid COVID-19 could be long lasting

Snowden warns government surveillance amid COVID-19 could be long lasting

During this pandemic, for example, governments might say they're worried about public health and could send an order to every fitness tracker to look at measures like pulse and heart rate, and then demand access to that kind of activity, he said.

Microsoft pulls out of facial recognition startup AnyVision

Microsoft pulls out of facial recognition startup AnyVision

James Martin/CNET Microsoft has pulled its minority investment out of a facial recognition startup that made headlines last year for allegedly surveilling Palestinians, the tech giant said Friday.

Employees at home are being photographed every 5 minutes by an always-on video service to ensure they're actually working — and the service is seeing a rapid expansion since the coronavirus outbreak

Employees at home are being photographed every 5 minutes by an always-on video service to ensure they're actually working — and the service is seeing a rapid expansion since the coronavirus outbreak

Sneek's user base has rapidly expanded in recent weeks as companies transition en masse to work-from home — signups have increased tenfold in in the past few weeks, cofounder Del Currie told Business Insider.

Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act

Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act

In those cases where an organisation which is subject to confidentiality (see section 11) uses Mullvad as a permanent element in its operations, and if the service is used for any purpose of the operations’ activities or the service is specifically intended to be used in the operations, there is no possibility for law enforcement agencies to be granted authorisation for covert surveillance of data of data before it is encrypted by the service (or via, for example, remote control).

11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

A new live index of ramped up security measures by Top10VPN details the countries which have already brought in measures to track the phones of coronavirus patients, ranging from anonymized aggregated data to monitor the movement of people more generally, to the tracking of individual suspected patients and their contacts, known as "contact tracing.".

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

As President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders called on Americans to flout the advice of public health experts and consider returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, digital rights group Fight for the Future launched a campaign on Tuesday urging supporters to help "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of the respiratory virus while warning that government agencies are liable to use widespread anxiety about the pandemic to undermine civil liberties and human rights.

Netanyahu Imposes Dangerous “Big Brother” Surveillance Under the Pretext of a Security Response to the Coronavirus

Netanyahu Imposes Dangerous “Big Brother” Surveillance Under the Pretext of a Security Response to the Coronavirus

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media warns of Israel committing mass violations of digital rights, especially the right to privacy, under the pretext of managing the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus.

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.

Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Tech companies, governments, and international agencies have all announced measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.Many of those measures are based on extraordinary powers, only to be used temporarily in emergencies.

Israel to use ‘anti-terrorism’ tech to monitor infected citizens, as Netanyahu declares ‘war’ on coronavirus

Israel to use ‘anti-terrorism’ tech to monitor infected citizens, as Netanyahu declares ‘war’ on coronavirus

While touting measures to protect Israelis from the coronavirus, Netanyahu did not touch on what the Jewish state is planning to do to stop the spread of the disease in the Palestinian territories it occupies and effectively controls.“Not a single word about Israel’s actions to protect millions of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation,” ACLU Human Rights Program Director Jamil Dakwar tweeted.

Big Brother hasn’t won—yet

Big Brother hasn’t won—yet

In an exclusive interview for the latest New Money Review podcast, Dave Hrycyszyn, co-founder and chief technology officer at Nym, talks about the battle for internet privacy in an era of mass surveillance.

Even mask-wearers can be ID'd, China facial recognition firm says

Even mask-wearers can be ID'd, China facial recognition firm says

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease.

Facial recognition technology is getting out of control

Facial recognition technology is getting out of control

Business Insider Clearview AI, a facial recognition technology company, has been using social media images to help law enforcement agencies.Lawmakers should take steps to ensure that police and other government officials can't use facial recognition technology to identify law abiding residents and citizens.

Clearview: Let's all opt out now!

Clearview: Let's all opt out now!

Clearview collects pictures posted online, combines them in a huge database and lets others - law enforcement agencies, companies, but also some elites - search for your data.

Dressing for the Surveillance Age

Dressing for the Surveillance Age

Later, when I spoke to Arun Ross, a computer-vision researcher at Michigan State University, he told me that a surgical mask alone might not block enough of my face’s pixels in a digital shot to prevent a face-recognition system from making a match; some algorithms can reconstruct the occluded parts of people’s faces.

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

'The new normal': China's excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay

Wang Aizhong, an activist based in Guangzhou, said: “This epidemic undoubtedly provides more reason for the government to surveil the public.

With painted faces, artists fight facial recognition tech

With painted faces, artists fight facial recognition tech

They’re two of the four founders of the Dazzle Club, a group of artists set up last year to provoke discussion about the growing using of facial recognition technology.

This is where workplace surveillance leads: towards algorithmic, automated management

This is where workplace surveillance leads: towards algorithmic, automated management

The experience of Angela, who worked in an insurance call center, points to what is likely to become an increasingly serious issue with the algorithmic management of jobs that require inter-personal skills.

‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance

‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance

The request follows an earlier decision, made public last month, to deploy elite tactical BORTAC agents — immigration SWAT teams that are normally assigned to risky border smuggling, rescue and intelligence operations — to help arrest and deport immigrants in sanctuary cities.

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.