These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

The Washington Post reported last week that the U.S. government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about using anonymous location data to combat the coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping at safe distances from one another.

Google and Facebook Should Not Give Your Location Data to the Government. Even to Stop Coronavirus

Google and Facebook Should Not Give Your Location Data to the Government. Even to Stop Coronavirus

We don't need the government tracking our location.The government wants to track your location to make sure you're not getting too close to other people.

Federal government in talks with tech groups to use phone location data to track coronavirus: report

Federal government in talks with tech groups to use phone location data to track coronavirus: report

The federal government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about ways to use smartphone location data to tackle the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Imperiled information

Imperiled information

Metropolitansky and Attari wondered if they could identify an individual across all other leaks that have occurred, combining stolen personal information from perhaps hundreds of sources.

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a UK decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Russia successfully tests country-wide alternative to global internet

Russia successfully tests country-wide alternative to global internet

Russia has run a successful test of a country-wide alternative to the global internet, according to BBC News.Iran’s National Information Network is run by a state-owned media company that allows users to access the internet but polices all content on the network and limits external information.

U.S. online privacy rules unlikely this year, hurting big tech

U.S. online privacy rules unlikely this year, hurting big tech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. online privacy bill is not likely to come before Congress this year, three sources said, as lawmakers disagree over issues like whether the bill should preempt state rules, forcing companies to deal with much stricter legislation in California that goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Chrome Extension turns out to be a watchdog on User’s actions: An expert says.

Chrome Extension turns out to be a watchdog on User’s actions: An expert says.

The experimentalist switched between Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to compare the experiences with cookies blocking and privacy policy.To the obvious outcome, Chrome proved to be sharing user information with third-party content developers in order to customize the ads and contents presented while surfing the web.

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers leveled stinging criticism and sharp questions at Big Tech executives on Tuesday, attacking Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market power, their perceived bias as gatekeepers of communication and Facebook’s ambitions to reshape the financial industry.

Canadian News Outlet Warns Canadians That US Law Enforcement Officers Will Pull Them Over And Seize Their Cash

Canadian News Outlet Warns Canadians That US Law Enforcement Officers Will Pull Them Over And Seize Their Cash

He points out that the Canadian government has no law limiting the amount of cash Canadians can take into or out of the country, but that has no bearing on what any local police force inside the US would consider to be the "legal" amount of cash a person -- especially a foreign citizen -- can carry.

Researchers Turn to Amazon and Google For Bedroom Health Surveillance

Researchers Turn to Amazon and Google For Bedroom Health Surveillance

A new press release from the University of Washington highlights how researchers are aiming to leverage the growth of in-home smart tech devices to not only detect adverse health events but trigger calls for professional assistance.

Face off? Americans fear privacy loss to recognition software

Face off? Americans fear privacy loss to recognition software

“There are interesting alliances and strange bedfellows in the privacy world,” says Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty program at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs

Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs

It contains about 36 million photographs, according to Gretta Goodwin of the GAO.But taking into account the bureau contracts providing access to driver’s licenses in 21 states, and its use of photos and other databases, the FBI has access to about 640 million photographs, Goodwin told lawmakers at the House oversight committee hearing.

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

Benkler says the program is an example of how the tech industry is becoming too influential over how society governs and scrutinizes the effects of AI.

Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it's hard to delete

Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it's hard to delete

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google, is sworn in during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.Google tracks a lot of what you buy, even if you purchased it elsewhere, like in a store or from Amazon.

Motel 6 to pay $12M to settle lawsuit over guest privacy

Motel 6 to pay $12M to settle lawsuit over guest privacy

SEATTLE — The national hotel chain Motel 6 has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the state of Washington for providing the names of hotel guests to immigration officials for two years.

Saudis gained access to Amazon CEO Bezos' phone: Bezos' security chief

Saudis gained access to Amazon CEO Bezos' phone: Bezos' security chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The security chief for Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said on Saturday that the Saudi government had access to Bezos’ phone and gained private information from it.

Robots Vs Robocalls

Robots Vs Robocalls

AI-backed text-to-speech technology applied to sales solicitation enables the robocall to simulate a back-and-forth conversation and make real-time adjustments to follow-up questions based on keywords, context, etc., making human-robot differentiation more difficult.

The privacy risks of unchecked facial-recognition technology

The privacy risks of unchecked facial-recognition technology

The Washington state Legislature this session took up what would have been a landmark bill to put a moratorium on the acquisition and use of facial recognition technology by government agencies.

Turn in your smartphones! How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probe

Turn in your smartphones! How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election have arrived for work each day, they have placed their mobile phones in a locker outside of their office suite before entering.

Privacy group sues for public release of Mueller probe report

Privacy group sues for public release of Mueller probe report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. civil liberties privacy group has filed a lawsuit seeking the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Microsoft president says WA state privacy bill could impact facial recognition technology globally

Microsoft president says WA state privacy bill could impact facial recognition technology globally

Two of the top companies developing facial recognition software are in Washington state, where a bill that would regulate the technology is working its way through the legislature. A few weeks before, Smith outlined his concerns about facial recognition technology and the need for regulation during a speech in Washington D.C.

Inside the lobbying war over California’s landmark privacy law

Inside the lobbying war over California’s landmark privacy law

— A landmark law adopted in California last year to rein in the data-collection practices of Facebook, Google and other tech giants has touched off a lobbying blitz that could water it down, potentially undermining new protections that might apply to Internet users across the country.

Washington state proposes privacy legislation as data debate heats up

Washington state proposes privacy legislation as data debate heats up

“It doesn’t necessarily contemplate the same broader set of rights that the Washington one does – it’s two different ways of tackling similar problems.” But how far the Washington legislation actually goes to mirror GDPR efficiency is not without its criticisms – administering the law is an issue of particular notability.

Facebook just hired a handful of its toughest privacy critics

Facebook just hired a handful of its toughest privacy critics

On Tuesday, Facebook acknowledged that it had hired three veteran privacy law activists, including Nate Cardozo , an attorney formerly of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who has been very publicly critical of the company in recent years.

Congress not likely to tackle high-tech laws this year

Congress not likely to tackle high-tech laws this year

Rep. Frank Pallone, a a New Jersey Democrat who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which covers an array of internet issues, said he will push “policies that protect net neutrality, promote public safety, and provide meaningful privacy and data security protections that are seriously lacking today.” SIGN UP Will that lead to concrete legislation?

Democrats likely to probe tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram over data privacy

Democrats likely to probe tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram over data privacy

While they may not have the same complaints Republicans have about ideological bias, panels run by Democrats are likely to probe Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram and the like over data privacy and the role their users have played in political battles.

Google CEO: 'We can do better' on explaining privacy controls to users

Google CEO: 'We can do better' on explaining privacy controls to users

The question came from Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, who said that even though Google offers a privacy dashboard where users can tailor their settings, it's not always obvious how to use it.

U.S. House panel reschedules Google CEO testimony for Dec. 11

U.S. House panel reschedules Google CEO testimony for Dec. 11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, the panel said in a statement on Tuesday as Washington prepared for the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

Governments want your encrypted data, Australia wants them to have it, and you should be worried

Governments want your encrypted data, Australia wants them to have it, and you should be worried

This legislation comes after the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S., and the U.K., released a statement calling for government access to encrypted files on the basis of national security and crime prevention.