Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the first state to fully ban the technology, following bans barring the use of facial recognition in police body cameras and other, more limited city-specific bans on the tech.

U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

Demands to ban using Section 215 for library records gradually faded — it appeared that in practice, the F.B.I. was not using it to monitor what books people had checked out — and Congress ended the use of Section 215 for bulk collection of calling data in 2015.

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition – TechCrunch

Massachusetts General Assembly voted to pass a new police reform bill banning police stations and public agencies from using facial recognition technology throughout the state.

France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones

France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones

The proposed legislation would bring in wide-ranging police surveillance in France, but the main concern of demonstrators is Article 24, which is designed to penalize the “malicious” dissemination of images of French police officers: Pending legislation in France’s parliament would create a new criminal offense for publishing images of police officers with intent to cause them harm.

Inside the French government’s mission to develop an encrypted messaging platform

Inside the French government’s mission to develop an encrypted messaging platform

Although DINUM wasn’t looking for an open source solution specifically, it discovered Matrix; a decentralised communication protocol developed with interoperability and privacy in mind.

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

Sony is not always recording your audio, and in fact, the user can entirely opt-out of it if they are uncomfortable with this feature.

The Ongoing Evolution of Digital Identity

The Ongoing Evolution of Digital Identity

Neither of these third parties can act in isolation to identify any user, offering businesses and individuals an assurance of privacy in their everyday transactions when using the Concordium platform.

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

When users were logged into other third-party apps using their Facebook accounts, their information and those of their friends was shared with the services they were using, the PIPC said.

New privacy bill is a data protection reset for Canada

New privacy bill is a data protection reset for Canada

Bill C-11 – and the recently launched consultation on reforming the federal Privacy Act – are both aimed at meeting the new technological challenges and international pressure on Canada to up its personal data protection game.

Police in Mississippi To Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Police in Mississippi To Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Red alert: The police surveillance center in Jackson, Mississippi, will be conducting a 45-day pilot program to live stream the security cameras, including Amazon Ring cameras, of participating residents.

Once Again, Facebook Is Using Privacy As A Sword To Kill Independent Innovation

Once Again, Facebook Is Using Privacy As A Sword To Kill Independent Innovation

Friendly is a web browser with plugins geared towards Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites.

MacOS Big Sur(veillance) bypasses Firewall/VPN to tell Apple what programs you run on your computer

MacOS Big Sur(veillance) bypasses Firewall/VPN to tell Apple what programs you run on your computer

Namely, the Apple App store and 50 other Apple apps are allowed to bypass user based internet routing rules which means Apple could know your real IP address even when you try to get behind a VPN on MacOS Big Sur. Additionally, this type of exemption can be exploited by malware.

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Starting January 2021, each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language.

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

The so-called "smart streetlights" were originally approved as an initiative to monitor and mitigate traffic, but quietly became a crime-solving tool for local police and faced public outcry from privacy-concerned residents.Last week, the San Diego city council unanimously passed two privacy ordinances aimed at providing transparency into the use of surveillance tech by police.

Hawley Reveals Existence of Coordination Tool Used By Big Tech Firms to Censor Users & Facebook Tool to Covertly Track Users Across Internet

Hawley Reveals Existence of Coordination Tool Used By Big Tech Firms to Censor Users & Facebook Tool to Covertly Track Users Across Internet

Senator Hawley also revealed an internal tool used by Facebook to track the actions of users across the internet that was previously believed to be private.Senator Hawley questioned the CEOs on whether Facebook used the Tasks platform to coordinate in their censorship of users.

Los Angeles Police Just Banned The Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

Los Angeles Police Just Banned The Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News via public records requests showed that Clearview AI previously misrepresented how law enforcement used its software and once told police officers to "run wild" with the tool by testing it on friends and family members.

Israeli spyware maker NSO channels Hollywood spy thrillers in appeal for legal immunity in WhatsApp battle

Israeli spyware maker NSO channels Hollywood spy thrillers in appeal for legal immunity in WhatsApp battle

Israeli spyware maker NSO Group has taken a leaf out of Hollywood in an attempt to avoid any legal repercussions from making and selling tools that hack WhatsApp users' phones.

Apple hits back at European activist complaints against tracking tool

Apple hits back at European activist complaints against tracking tool

BERLIN (Reuters) - An Austrian privacy advocacy group drew a strongly critical response from Apple on Monday after it said an online tracking tool used in its devices breached European law.

Dating Site Bumble Leaves Swipes Unsecured for 100M Users

Dating Site Bumble Leaves Swipes Unsecured for 100M Users

Bumble fumble: An API bug exposed personal information of users like political leanings, astrological signs, education, and even height and weight, and their distance away in miles.

European privacy activists file complaint over iPhone tracking software

European privacy activists file complaint over iPhone tracking software

But the non-profit group says that Apple's iOS operating system creates unique codes for each iPhone that allow the company and other third parties to "identify users across applications and even connect online and mobile behaviour.".

Microsoft Warns: A Strong Password Doesn’t Work, Neither Does Typical Multi-Factor Authentication

Microsoft Warns: A Strong Password Doesn’t Work, Neither Does Typical Multi-Factor Authentication

picture alliance via Getty Images The Director of Identity Security at Microsoft has been warning about the inefficacy of passwords and more recently about standard Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA.He should know: the team he works with at Microsoft defends against hundreds of millions of password-based attacks every day.

Facebook extends temporary ban on all political ads

Facebook extends temporary ban on all political ads

"The temporary pause for ads about politics and social issues in the U.S. continues to be in place as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the election," the social media giant said in update to a blogpost.

130k+ extremely NSFW sexual photos, video and audio leaked by ‘private social network’

130k+ extremely NSFW sexual photos, video and audio leaked by ‘private social network’

Given that this bucket belongs to LimitChat, which we believe is a product of FaceChance, then LimitChat users have just had their most sensitive, explicit moments leaked online for anyone who knows where to look.

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Khan began to suspect that it was his dark skin tone that rattled Examplify, a test proctoring platform adopted by New York state's law exams board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How To: Privacy-centric DNS

How To: Privacy-centric DNS

After that is out of the way (please don’t reboot now because you won’t have the necessary other bits configured, please be patient), edit your local /etc/dnscrypt-proxy/ configuration file to set up the upstream server you want to use.

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

They changed all of their passwords, email service, web browser, downloaded Signal, deleted Facebook and SnapChat, went and registered for a PO box, and shredded their credit cards all in the same week and are trying to cold turkey their way into privacy.

US Government Continues Encryption War

US Government Continues Encryption War

Weakening encryption will not solve these issues, and that's probably because they were not the the focus of the Act. Instead, it seems that this law seeks to criminalises strong encryption that does not have backdoors, even though the government knows full well that this will not stop criminals.

Proctorio used DMCA to take down a student’s critical tweets – ProWellTech

Proctorio used DMCA to take down a student’s critical tweets – ProWellTech

But six weeks later, Johnson received an email from Twitter saying that three of those tweets had been removed from his account in response to a Proctorio request filed under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Proctoring software isn’t new, but its use has skyrocketed due to the pandemic.

Michigan Voters Demand That Police Get Warrants for Electronic Data

Michigan Voters Demand That Police Get Warrants for Electronic Data

The relevant part of the state's constitution will now read:The person, houses, papers, possessions, and electronic data and electronic communications of every person shall be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Police Will Pilot a Program to Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras

Red alert: The police surveillance center in Jackson, Mississippi, will be conducting a 45-day pilot program to live stream the Amazon Ring cameras of participating residents.