Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared

Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared

Israel's parliament passed a law Wednesday allowing the government to share the identities of people not vaccinated against the coronavirus with other authorities, raising privacy concerns for those opting out of inoculation.

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The architect of Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay media companies for content claimed victory on Wednesday, though critics said last-minute changes to appease Facebook favoured Big Tech over smaller news outlets.

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years, days after a high-profile stand-off with the Australian government over paying news outlets for content.

WhatsApp will eventually delete your account if you don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp will eventually delete your account if you don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp has confirmed that users that don’t accept their controversial new privacy policy will eventually have their accounts deleted.When the privacy policy was first announced, a flurry of users migrated from WhatsApp to other end-to-end encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram.

Kidnap capital Mexico eyes biometric phone registry, sparking privacy fears

Kidnap capital Mexico eyes biometric phone registry, sparking privacy fears

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A plan by Mexican lawmakers to put millions of cell phone users’ data in a biometric registry, billed as a tool to fight kidnapping and extortion, has sparked a backlash from telecoms companies and rights groups who warn it could lead to stolen data and higher costs.

Despite Scanning Millions of Faces, Feds Caught Zero Imposters at Airports Last Year

Despite Scanning Millions of Faces, Feds Caught Zero Imposters at Airports Last Year

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesU.S. Customs and Border Protection scanned more than 23 million people with facial recognition technology at airports, seaports, and pedestrian crossings in 2020, the agency recently revealed in its annual report on trade and travel.

Can anyone moderate podcasts?

Can anyone moderate podcasts?

It’s reasonable to want Apple to not benefit from clearly harmful voices, but the incident speaks to how unprepared the podcast industry is to moderate: companies face huge challenges in even finding infringing content, and there’s little to no transparency from the big players in how they monitor the listings in their apps.

New details emerge about Google’s payments to link to French news sites

New details emerge about Google’s payments to link to French news sites

Google will pay $76 million over three years to 121 French news organizations to comply with a new French law requiring Google to pay when it uses "snippets" from news articles, Reuters reports.In effect, the law required Google to use snippets from French news sites and to pay for that use.

Virginians Deserve Better Than This Empty Privacy Law

Virginians Deserve Better Than This Empty Privacy Law

While the Attorney General’s office could bring a lawsuit, it offers no way for people to sue companies for violating their privacy, an enforcement tool known as a private right of action.

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Led by Amazon Echo devices, the shipments of smart home speakers were expected to cross 7.5 lakh units in India by the end of 2020, which is an all-time high, according to market research firm techARC.

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

The facial recognition app Clearview AI is not welcome in Canada and the company that developed it should delete Canadians’ faces from its database, the country’s privacy commissioner said on Wednesday.

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

CityCountryCCTV camerasPopulationCCTV cameras/1000 peopleCrime indexTaiyuanChina482,2563,891,127123.9451.47WuxiChina312,5313,256,02095.997.84LondonEngland631,6279,304,01667.8952.56ChangshaChina 285,0004,577,72365.2622.68BeijingChina1,310,21320,462,61064.0334.52HangzhouChina510,4147,642,14766.7921.46KunmingChina312,0004,443,18670.2329.17QingdaoChina374,4265,619,97766.627.42XiamenChina221,3453,720,14159.5019.09HarbinChina310,0006,387,19548.5330.17SuzhouChina350,0007,069,99249.5016.63ShanghaiChina1,126,22127,058,48041.6235.54UrumqiChina215,4894,368,86549.3226.72ChengduChina399,0009,135,76843.6724.18ShenzhenChina515,00012,356,82041.6833.43HyderabadIndia356,22110,004,14435.6043.46JinanChina250,0005,360,18546.6415.79ShenyangChina324,1297,220,10444.8943.46HefeiChina182,7254,241,51443.0811.03TianjinChina470,00013,589,07834.5830.28ChennaiIndia313,48310,971,10828.5740.68NanjingChina292,5978,847,37233.0713.31WuhanChina329,9838,364,97739.4424.45Changchun China264,8314,425,76159.8423.82GuangzhouChina684,57913,301,53251.4640.08ZhengzhouChina364,8935,322,69668.5521.84ChongqingChina336,57315,872,17921.2029.58BaghdadIraq189,8137,144,26026.5765.49MoscowRussia745,49112,537,95459.4639.68WenzhouChina148,7353,623,64641.0422.79DongguanChina274,5937,407,852,37.0646.73SingaporeSingapore114,7315,935,05319.3332.01DelhiIndia968,32130,290,39631.9858.69FoshanChina273,5427,326,85237.3336.4ShijiazhuangChina118,4764,114,39328.79N/ASydneyAustralia210,7854,925,98742.7933.45St. PetersburgRussia389,1495,467,80871.1739.222NanchangChina89,6743,598,42124.9226.47NanningChina98,5613,859,60825.5322.3LanzhouChina62,2753,080,52220.21N/AXinbei (New Taipei City)Taiwan84,3384,398,38319.1729.03IstanbulTurkey201,64915,190,33613.2747.37Hong KongHong Kong425,1147,547,65256.3220.91GuiyangChina170,5773,317,11051.42N/ADalianChina132,0005,617,84929.4917.53Los AngelesUnited States212,3844,015,94052.8846.5XianChina435,7468,000,96554.46N/ABangkokThailand132,58110,539,41512.5741.46GuadalajaraMexico76,9435,179,47914.8562.66BerlinGermany32,6703,562,0389.1741.08 20 most populated cities comparing with the number of CCTV available.PrivacySavvy researchers used multiple sources to estimate the number of CCTV cameras installed around the world.

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger.

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is considering fines for individuals and companies in the country that use Western-based satellite Internet services.The proposed law seeks to prevent accessing the Internet by means of SpaceX's Starlink service, OneWeb, or other non-Russian satellite constellations under development.

Protect Our Civil Liberties Act would repeal Patriot Act, FISA Amendments Act, and ban encryption backdoors

Protect Our Civil Liberties Act would repeal Patriot Act, FISA Amendments Act, and ban encryption backdoors

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) are cosponsoring a bipartisan bill titled the Protect Our Civil Liberties Act (H.R. If passed, the Act would repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendment Acts – essentially ending domestic surveillance programs siphoning up AMerican’s phone calls and emails.

Encryption: Council adopts resolution on security through encryption and security despite encryption

Encryption: Council adopts resolution on security through encryption and security despite encryption

At the same time, the Council notes the need to ensure that competent law enforcement and judicial authorities are able to exercise their legal powers, both online and offline, to protect our societies and citizens.

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s data privacy watchdog has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Alphabet’s Google for breaching the country’s rules on online advertising trackers (cookies).

'It's a free-for-all': how hi-tech spyware ends up in the hands of Mexico's cartels

'It's a free-for-all': how hi-tech spyware ends up in the hands of Mexico's cartels

An investigation by the Cartel Project can reveal that a 10th Mexican journalist – editor of the country’s foremost investigative magazine – was targeted with the “Pegasus” spyware sold by the Israeli company NSO Group, according to technical analysis by Amnesty International.

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Omnisec meanwhile also sold its faulty OC-500 series devices to several federal agencies in Switzerland, including its own intelligence agencies, as well as to Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, and other private companies in the country, the SRF investigation showed.

Microsoft and OpenAI partner to propose digital transformation of export controls

Microsoft and OpenAI partner to propose digital transformation of export controls

For these reasons, restricting the problematic users and uses of these technologies is the more targeted and balanced of traditional export controls approaches, as it protects national security interests while preserving beneficial uses and tech leadership.

Tesla Hacked and Stolen Again Using Key Fob

Tesla Hacked and Stolen Again Using Key Fob

The key fob for the Model X key uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to interface with a smartphone app to allow for keyless entry, which is where the vulnerabilities lie, researchers said in a press release published online about the hack.

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow developers to track how they use other apps, would still be launched.

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

Charities Urged To Stop Sharing Data With Adtech Industry

In an open letter, ProPrivacy and other groups say that that many charity pages dealing with extremely sensitive issues such as mental health, debt, end-of-life care, and disability contained various trackers allowing advertisers to profile vulnerable users based on the topic of the page – for example, alcohol addiction or mental health issues.

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India’s government has issued an order bringing the regulation of online news portals and content providers such as Netflix under the authority of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a first step to regulate digital media.

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Footage from residents who opt in to the pilot will be accessible through a Real Time Crime Center built by PILEUM and Fusus, two tech companies Jackson tapped for the project.

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Technical know-how, whether in government or in the technology industry, cannot substitute for contextual understanding and lived experiences in determining whether it’s appropriate to apply AI systems in sensitive social domains.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 30, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 30, 2020

Three members of Congress have sent a letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to call for an investigation into federal surveillance on protests.

GDPR watchdog’s investigation finds that tracking and consent pop-ups used by Google and other major websites and apps are unlawful.

GDPR watchdog’s investigation finds that tracking and consent pop-ups used by Google and other major websites and apps are unlawful.

The Belgian Data Protection Authority (APD-GBA) has found serious GDPR infringements in the system Google and others use to legitimise online tracking.