People in China Need a Green Light From Alipay App to Move Around Country

People in China Need a Green Light From Alipay App to Move Around Country

Ant’s QR-based health code system assigns each user one of three colors -- green, yellow or red -- based on their location, basic health information and travel history.

Coronavirus hits Google: Employee tests positive

Coronavirus hits Google: Employee tests positive

Coronavirus hits tech companies: Google employee tests positive.A Google employee in Switzerland has tested positive for the coronavirus and the internet giant is restricting travel amid growing concerns about the spread of the deadly outbreak.

Hidden Data On Boarding Passes Pose Personal Security Risk

Hidden Data On Boarding Passes Pose Personal Security Risk

They were also able to put all the pertinent information on the airline website and pulled up a full itinerary, along with the cost of travel and a frequent flyer number.

California Woman Sues TSA For Detaining Her, Forcing Her to Submit to “Groin Search”

California Woman Sues TSA For Detaining Her, Forcing Her to Submit to “Groin Search”

I knew that TSA screeners were unable to force a traveler to comply, and that their only lawful option is to allow the traveler to leave the checkpoint into the non-secure area, so I continued my refusal until they let me go.

DHS May Require US Citizens to Submit to Airport Facial Scans

DHS May Require US Citizens to Submit to Airport Facial Scans

The US government may make it mandatory for all travelers, including US citizens, to submit to a facial scan when traveling through an airport.

'No controls in place': Myki details exposed in huge privacy breach

'No controls in place': Myki details exposed in huge privacy breach

Your personal information could be accessed by hackers and stalkers after a massive privacy breach by the government exposed the travel data of millions of Victorians, the state's information watchdog has found.

How Blockchain Technology Can Prevent Non-Consensual Surveillance

How Blockchain Technology Can Prevent Non-Consensual Surveillance

Apparently, when travelers are going through the Chinese border patrol process, workers are taking their phones and other devices into a separate room before returning them later on.

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal.

Nearly All U.S. Visa Applicants Now Required To Submit 5-Year Social Media History

Nearly All U.S. Visa Applicants Now Required To Submit 5-Year Social Media History

Under a State Department policy that took effect Friday, almost all visa applicants to the United States will now be required to submit the social media usernames, email addresses and phone numbers they’ve used in the past five years.

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Under the bipartisan Protecting Data at the Border Act, border officers would be required to get a warrant before searching a traveler’s electronic device. Further, the bill would prevent border agencies from holding any lawful U.S. persons for over four hours in pursuit of consensual access to online accounts or the information on electronic equipment.

The Customer Identity Infrastructure that Cruise Line Passengers Don’t See

The Customer Identity Infrastructure that Cruise Line Passengers Don’t See

The Customer Identity Infrastructure that Cruise Line Passengers Don’t See. Yash Rathi. Cruise lines are well-known for their innovation in creating enormous ships and fun stuff to do on them. But what travelers like me don’t see is the infrastructure that makes them possible: a customer identity solution.

Facial recognition can speed you through airport security, but there's a cost

Facial recognition can speed you through airport security, but there's a cost

"US Customs and Border Protection is changing the face of travel with its cloud-based facial biometric matching service," the agency says in a pamphlet explaining the technology.

Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone

Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone

Wipe: Reinstall OS and Overwrite All Free Space with Garbage Data You can use the “system restore” or “factory reset” feature on a lot of phones in order to roll back all of your apps, settings, and caches to the factory defaults.

Airplane seat cameras: US senators raise concerns

Airplane seat cameras: US senators raise concerns

'Standard feature' Concerns about seatback cameras have prompted a response from two US senators.Courtesy American Airlines American Airlines told CNN Travel in early March that cameras are "a standard feature," but not activated and that the carrier has no plans to use them.

Can airplane seat cameras spy on passengers?

Can airplane seat cameras spy on passengers?

"Some of our 777 aircraft have cameras that came pre-installed with the inflight entertainment hardware that we had purchased from the manufacturer (Panasonic)," a spokeperson for the Dubai-based airline told CNN Travel.

How To Stay Safe Online When You're Traveling

How To Stay Safe Online When You're Traveling

Whether you’re traveling for business, for pleasure, or to visit your family in your hometown, it’s always great to get away from the drudgery of your daily routine to see new things and meet new people.

Saudi Arabia runs a huge, sinister online database of women that men use to track them and stop them running away

Saudi Arabia runs a huge, sinister online database of women that men use to track them and stop them running away

NOS At least 1,000 women try to flee Saudi Arabia each year, and experts told INSIDER the text alerts have enabled many men to catch family members before they make it out.

"Surveillance Capitalism": Google Sister Company To Package And Sell Location Data From Millions Of Cellphones

"Surveillance Capitalism": Google Sister Company To Package And Sell Location Data From Millions Of Cellphones

A subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, Sidewalk Labs, is using real-time mobile location data from millions of cellphone users collected over long periods of time in order to help urban planners make critical decision on transportation and land use.

Popular Android apps sending user data to Facebook without user consent, likely illegally

Popular Android apps sending user data to Facebook without user consent, likely illegally

The Privacy International campaign group found that at least 20 [apps] send certain data to Facebook in the second that they open in a phone, before [users] can be asked for permission.

More popular apps are sending data to Facebook without asking

More popular apps are sending data to Facebook without asking

The concern isn't just that apps are oversharing data, but that they may be violating the EU's GDPR privacy rules by both collecting info without consent and potentially identifying users. Facebook's relevant developer kit didn't provide the option to ask for permission until after GDPR took effect.

Year in Review: Airport Surveillance Takes Off in a New, Dangerous Direction

Year in Review: Airport Surveillance Takes Off in a New, Dangerous Direction

Basically, CBP and TSA want to use face recognition and other biometric data to track everyone from check-in, through security, into airport lounges, and onto flights. The TSA roadmap explicitly outlines plans for collection of any biometrics they want from all travelers, wherever they use the airport.

How To Secure Your Devices Before Travelling

How To Secure Your Devices Before Travelling

Wipe the phone clean and throw it away BEFORE you come home, so you don’t bring any spyware back with you. Take a backup of important documents and wipe the devices clean when you come back.

How to Use a VPN to Watch Local News While Traveling

How to Use a VPN to Watch Local News While Traveling

So when you are abroad and use your hotel’s Wi-Fi to go online, the news channel can see that the request is coming from another country and thus it does not let you connect.

Homeland Security Will Let Computers Predict Who Might Be a Terrorist on Your Plane — Just Don’t Ask How It Works

Homeland Security Will Let Computers Predict Who Might Be a Terrorist on Your Plane — Just Don’t Ask How It Works

According to the technical overview, DHS’s predictive software contract would “complement the GTAS rule engine and watch list matching features with predictive models to enhance identification of high risk passengers.” In other words, the government has decided that it’s time for the world to move beyond simply putting names on a list of bad people and then checking passengers against that list.

If you value privacy, resist any form of national ID cards

If you value privacy, resist any form of national ID cards

Nonetheless, we must remain vigilant for calls for increased data gathering and national ID systems that put our privacy at risk, especially those calls that are couched in the name of immigration enforcement and anti-terrorism efforts.

Your Face Could Soon Replace Your Oyster Card

Your Face Could Soon Replace Your Oyster Card

A prototype face-gate is being trialled in London as a way to pay for your travel without needing a card.

Concerns over privacy in TSA facial recognition program

Concerns over privacy in TSA facial recognition program

“We do expect a record breaking thanksgiving travel season,” said David Pekoske, a TSA administrator during a news conference last week. “If the government has already created the ability to do this in airports, and databases to identify people, it's a really easy leap to use that in other settings,” Scott said.

The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points

The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points

According to New Scientist, some of these questions include “What’s in your suitcase?” and “If you open the suitcase and show me what is inside, will it confirm that your answers were true?” Travelers will answer while facing a webcam and the system will analyze and rate dozens of micro-gestures.

TSA Announces Plans To Subject Domestic Travelers To Biometric Screening

TSA Announces Plans To Subject Domestic Travelers To Biometric Screening

TSA says that by moving toward facial recognition technology in a time where travel volume is rising, it’s hoping to reduce the need for physical documents like passports and paper tickets.

TSA announces “biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers”

TSA announces “biometrics vision for all commercial aviation travelers”

Today the US Transportation Security Administration released a detailed TSA Biometric Roadmap for Aviation Security & the Passenger Experience, making explicit the goal of requiring mug shots (to be used for automated facial recognition and image-based surveillance and control) as a condition of all domestic or international air travel.