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  • House Republicans demand answers from Apple, Alphabet on privacy, data practices

    07/09/2018 2:15:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 9, 2018 | By David Shepardson
    (Reuters) - Four senior U.S. House Republicans sent letters on Monday to the chief executives of Apple Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc asking questions about location data and mobile phone privacy practices and the handling of customer data. The chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Greg Walden, along with three other senior Republicans on the panel, wrote the companies “to probe the companies’ representation of third-party access to consumer data, and the collection and use of audio recording data as well as location information via iPhone and Android devices.” Alphabet did not immediately respond to a request for...
  • Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees

    07/03/2018 1:09:46 PM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 11 replies
    Wired ^ | Monday 2 July 2018 | Morgan Meaker
    European leaders need to bring immigration numbers down, and metadata on smartphones could be just what they need to start sending migrants back. Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family – or with people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp. Now, governments are using migrants' smartphones to deport them. Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming...
  • Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy

    06/22/2018 7:42:59 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 78 replies
    cnet ^ | 22 JUN 18 | Alfred Ng
    The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of digital privacy. In a 5-4 decision on Friday the justices decided that police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for trials. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Sixth Circuit court's decision. Carpenter v. United States is the first case about phone location data that the Supreme Court has ruled on. That makes it a landmark decision regarding how law enforcement agencies can use technology as they build cases. The court heard arguments in the case on Nov. 29. The dispute dates back to a 2011 robbery in...
  • Cops Are Confident iPhone Hackers Have Found a Workaround to Apple’s New Security Feature

    06/15/2018 3:34:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Motherboard.vice.com ^ | June 14, 2018 | By Joseph Cox and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    “Grayshift has gone to great lengths to future proof their technology and stated that they have already defeated this security feature in the beta build.” Image: Malwarebytes Apple confirmed to The New York Times Wednesday it was going to introduce a new security feature, first reported by Motherboard. USB Restricted Mode, as the new feature is called, essentially turns the iPhone’s lightning cable port into a charge-only interface if someone hasn’t unlocked the device with its passcode within the last hour, meaning phone forensic tools shouldn’t be able to unlock phones. Naturally, this feature has sent waves throughout the mobile...
  • Apple to undercut GrayShift, Cellebrite tools for cracking iPhones

    06/13/2018 5:08:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | June 13, 2018
    Apple Inc said on Wednesday it will change its iPhone settings to undercut the most popular means for law enforcement to break into the devices,” Joseph Menn reports for Reuters. “The company told Reuters it was aiming to protect customers in countries where police seize phones at will and all users from the risk that the attack technique will leak to spies and criminals.” “The privacy standard-bearer of the tech industry said it will change the default settings in the iPhone operating system to cut off communication through the USB port when the phone has not been unlocked in the...
  • All the people Apple just pissed off to better protect your privacy

    06/07/2018 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    FastCompany ^ | June 3, 2018 | BY MICHAEL GROTHAUS
    Apple is turning its oft-expressed stance on privacy into features that are bad news for everyone from other tech companies to government agencies. When Apple previewed the upcoming iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave at this week’s WWDC keynote, the killer new features that got both developers and users most excited were the ones you’d would expect: the visually stunning Dark Mode on MacOS, the insanely customizable Memojis on iOS, FaceTime group-calling features on both platforms, massive improvementsto Siri, and Apple’s all-new Screen Time digital health tracking tools. All those features deserved the applause they got from the crowd. But it...
  • Coconut Creek cop facing discipline over Facebook post aimed at Parkland's David Hogg

    05/28/2018 11:19:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Fort Lauderdale Shun-Sentinel ^ | 5/27/18 | Susannah Bryan
    ...police K-9 officer Brian Valenti is in hot water after posting an offensive comment on Facebook related to Friday’s “die-in” protest at Publix, saying he hoped “some old lady loses control of her car in that lot.” Valenti, 45, posted the comment under a photo of David Hogg, the Parkland student and activist who organized the anti-NRA event. ....Valenti, who has been with the department 23 years, has taken the post down. But a woman who spotted and took a screenshot of his comment sent an email Saturday night to Coconut Creek commissioners and Police Chief Butch Arenal urging that...
  • Can 30,000 Cameras Help Solve Chicago’s Crime Problem?

    05/26/2018 1:33:10 PM PDT · by Theoria · 59 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 May 2018 | Timothy Williams
    Armed with advanced gadgets and mapping, officers can get to crime scenes “in time to see the guy still shooting.” But what does it mean for residents’ privacy? Just after 3 a.m. on May 4, a police officer received an alert that gunshots had been fired near an alley in a neighborhood known as the Back of the Yards. The alert came from a hidden street sensor called a ShotSpotter, and the officer was able to pull up a map of nearby police cameras and review the video. Without leaving a room the size of a walk-in closet, he watched...
  • Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full (but no "None" option)

    05/24/2018 10:28:16 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | May 24, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Would you like to send all or some telemetry back to the Windows goliath? Microsoft is rolling out an update to Office products to introduce Windows 10-style telemetry data slurping. Or rather the software business has made it very clear to users it is doing so and they cannot opt out.With a certain piece of European legislation around the corner concerning privacy, the timing is interesting to say the least.El Reg was last week informed by a reader that the standalone version of Word 2016 had begun displaying a message forcing users to “Share how you use Office” with options...
  • 'I felt exposed online': how to disappear from the internet

    05/21/2018 9:09:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 5/19/2018 | Simon Parkin
    Money, violence, indiscretion: the motivation for any person who wants to disappear, either physically or digitally, usually wends back to one of these. Whatever the reason and whatever the scale of the ambition – from starting a new life in a foreign country to scrubbing one’s name and address from the phonebook – it has never been harder to vanish. In a world where almost any action outside your garden shed leaves some kind of digital footprint, there is no clear path back to the realm of the unknown.
  • Masters of the Universe: Leaked Video Shows Google’s Vision of ‘Total Data Collection’

    05/17/2018 10:54:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 17, 2018 | Charlie Nash
    A leaked internal video from Google portrays the company’s vision of “total data collection.” The 2016 video made by Google X’s Head of Design Nick Foster was obtained by the Verge, and discusses how users could choose a “life goal,” which Google then attempts to steer them towards through personalization. “It imagines a future of total data collection, where Google helps nudge users into alignment with their goals, custom-prints personalized devices to collect more data, and even guides the behavior of entire populations to solve global problems like poverty and disease,” declared the Verge, who reported that “the middle section...
  • California Newborn DNA Database Shocks Parents

    05/14/2018 10:00:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | May 14, 2018
    SACRAMENTO - DNA is back in the spotlight, cracking cold cases. But questions are being raised after the state spent decades collecting the DNA of infants without parents realizing it. California has been collecting newborn blood samples since 1983. Many parents were shocked to hear their children’s blood is being stored in a state database, and possibly even sold to outside researchers. Pricking the toes newborns, to test their blood for certain disorders. The remaining blood becomes “property of the state,” and could be shared with outside researchers. “I feel like that’s something that should have been discussed with us,...
  • Facebook Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Saving Text and Call Logs of Users

    05/12/2018 1:51:23 PM PDT · by upchuck · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 11, 2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Facebook is facing a class-action lawsuit following the revelation that the company logged users’ text and call logs using the Facebook smartphone app. Facebook is now reportedly facing a class-action lawsuit relating to the company’s collection of user text and audio logs via the Facebook smartphone app, Fast Company reports. A lawsuit filed in the northern district of California names John Condelles III as the main plaintiff and states that Facebook “presents several wrongs, including a consumer bait-and-switch, an invasion of privacy, wrongful monitoring of minors and potential attacks on privileged communications.” It was revealed recently that Facebook was collecting...
  • [EU] GDPR Compliance Collides with U.S. Law at Supreme Court

    05/13/2018 8:17:11 AM PDT · by CodeToad · 20 replies
    LEXOLOGY ^ | 7 March 2018 | Fisher Phillips
    European Union, USA March 7 2018 The EU’s General Data Protective Regulation (“GDPR”) has been a popular topic of late. Fisher Phillips’ Employment Privacy Blog has covered the evolution of this regulation, starting with the roll back of the previous “safe harbor” regime, as well as providing updates to GDPR compliance standards, and training recommendations. As if to highlight the seriousness with which the EU is pursuing this directive, the GDPR has even made a recent appearance in Supreme Court arguments on Tuesday. United States v. Microsoft, No. 17-2, raised the issue of whether the United States may issue a...
  • Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

    05/13/2018 4:38:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 10, 2018 | Craig S, Smith
    Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too. Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that they can send hidden commands that are undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Inside university labs, the researchers have been able to secretly activate the artificial intelligence systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them dial phone numbers or open websites. In the...
  • Bush: NSA Wiretapping Hearings Good for Democracy

    01/12/2006 4:37:17 AM PST · by IrishMike · 5 replies · 463+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday 11 Jan 2006 | Associated Press
    Louisville, KY- "President BUSH said Wednesday that Congressional hearings to 'investigate" his domestic eavesdropping program will be good for DEMOCRACY......... as long as they don't give secrets away to the ENEMY." .............................. My thoughts: - How is giving secrets to the Democrats in Congress, on spying on known terrorist contacts within the United States .... helpful in the War on Terror ? ...............................................What is to stop Patrick 'leaky' from giving press conferences? ...........................................What is to stop Jay Rocherfeller 'from flying' to the Middle East to brief his ALLIES ?
  • Tech Rivals Tout Surveillance Visions [semi-satire]

    04/24/2018 10:34:45 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Apr 2018 | John Semmens
    Facebook Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman boasted that his firm “will force users to accept being tracked everywhere they go. That’s just the way it is. This decision was not made in the interest of the users of Facebook, but explicitly to ensure maximum profits for the company. Our business model is based on inducing our users to freely provide us detailed personal information, which we then sell to the highest bidders. It’s a virtual license to print money. Why should we stop?” Sherman dismissed the possibility that customers would be turned off by FaceBook’s pervasive invasion of privacy....
  • Yahoo Changes Privacy Agreement

    04/17/2018 7:35:57 PM PDT · by econjack · 18 replies
    Yahoo email ^ | April 17, 2018 | Econjack
    [Yahoo has] updated how we collect and use data. We’ve updated some of the ways we collect and analyze user data in order to deliver services, content, and relevant advertising to you and protect against abuse. This includes: Analyzing content and information (including emails, instant messages, posts, photos, attachments, and other communications) when you use our services. This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and services Linking your activity on third-party sites and apps with information we have about you
  • Israeli ex-Spies Harvesting Facebook Photos for Massive Facial Recognition Database

    04/16/2018 1:57:00 PM PDT · by gaijin · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 16th, 2018 | Thomas Fox-Brewster
    --snip-- over the last five years a secretive surveillance company founded by a former Israeli intelligence officer has been quietly building a massive facial recognition database consisting of faces acquired from the giant social network, YouTube and countless other websites. Privacy activists are suitably alarmed. --snip--
  • The Student Data-Mining Scandal Under Our Noses

    04/15/2018 7:53:52 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | April 11, 2018 | Michelle Malkin
    While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook’s intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley–Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American schoolchildren. It doesn’t take undercover investigative journalists to unmask the massive privacy invasion enabled by educational technology and federal mandates. The kiddie data heist is happening out in the open — with Washington politicians and bureaucrats as brazen co-conspirators. ... Under the guise of customizable assessments, public and private preschools in Colorado experimented with toddlers whose student activities and social/emotional...