Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right

Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right

The history of surveillance in any society is the story of the interplay between these two tendencies: a positive conception of surveillance as a necessary means of social control and a negative conception of it as a tool used to constrain liberty and privacy.

Google is not a search engine, but an ad engine

Google is not a search engine, but an ad engine

DHH, CTO of BaseCamp, tweets the following:Google is not a search engine, it’s an ad engine.This is so ludicrously user hostile that it’s only tenable when you operate a monopoly.Google are able to raise the cognitive price on users because they’ve cornered the market.

Dental Practice Gets $10,000 HIPAA Penalty for PHI Disclosures on Social Media

Dental Practice Gets $10,000 HIPAA Penalty for PHI Disclosures on Social Media

A dental practice has been fined $10,000 by the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights for violating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules by disclosing patients’ protected health information (PHI) on Yelp when responding to patient reviews.

Order on Motion to Expedite – #5 in The Pokemon Company International Inc v. Does 1-3 (W.D. Wash., 2:19-cv-01911-MJP) – CourtListener.com

Order on Motion to Expedite – #5 in The Pokemon Company International Inc v. Does 1-3 (W.D. Wash., 2:19-cv-01911-MJP) – CourtListener.com

C19-1911 MJP INTERNATIONAL INC, 11 ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S Plaintiff, EX PARTE MOTION FOR 12 EXPEDITED DISCOVERY v.22 // 23 // 24 // ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S EX PARTE MOTION FOR EXPEDITED DISCOVERY - 1 Case 2:19-cv-01911-MJP Document 5 Filed 12/10/19 Page 2 of 2 1 The clerk is ordered to provide copies of this order to all counsel.

Firms and governments use the internet to spy on us. Should we care?

Firms and governments use the internet to spy on us. Should we care?

In the internet era, invasions of privacy come from two main directions.Second, governments and other public bodies have begun to take advantage of the tools of mass surveillance the internet provides in the name of better public security.

The Loss Of Micro-Privacy

The Loss Of Micro-Privacy

The online status was the first wide-spread instance in digital communication where users gave up a tiny bit of privacy to make a service more engaging and useful.

Hassrede: Bundesregierung will an E-Mail-Passwörter

Hassrede: Bundesregierung will an E-Mail-Passwörter

In ihrem Entwurf für ein Gesetz gegen Rechtsextremismus und Hassrede hat die Bundesregierung sich auch auf einen neuen Behördenanspruch auf Passwörter zu Onlinediensten geeinigt.Richtig ist, dass auch nach Vorgaben des Bundesamts für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnologie für die Cloud-Zertizierung (PDF) Passwörter verschlüsselt gespeichert werden müssen – Google hat so eine Zertifizierung.

Offering software for snooping to governments is a booming business

Offering software for snooping to governments is a booming business

But some, including NSO Group, as well as Gamma Group (an Anglo-German firm) and Hacking Team (an Italian one which in April merged with another company to create Memento Labs), sell software to help governments access online data on persons of interest.

FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

Three lawmakers — Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren, and Republican senator Rand Paul — have sent letters to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, expressing their “alarm” as to why the credit giants have failed to disclose the number of government demands for consumer data they receive.

US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook

US senators on encryption back doors: “We will impose our will” on Apple and Facebook

“Because this time next year, if we haven’t found a way that you can live with, we will impose our will on you.” Apple and Facebook representatives at the hearing came under fire from senators in both parties, while Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance, one of the biggest advocates of back doors, was treated as a star witness.

Google Now Bans Some Linux Web Browsers From Their Services

Google Now Bans Some Linux Web Browsers From Their Services

Google is now banning the popular Linux browsers named Konqueror, Falkon, and Qutebrowser from logging into Google services because they may not be secure.When attempting to do so, we were told to try a different browser as Konqueror or Falkon may not be secure.

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

NHS Digital said in an “opportunity overview” document, seen by The Register , that it has the “foundations” to create an England-wide “single, national, standardised, event-based longitudinal record for 65 million citizens within two years,” that as well as being vital for “effective, efficient and safe patient care,” will service the “delivery data and insights to medical research organisations in the NHS, academia and Life Services.”.

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

Today, EFF is publishing “The Failed Fix to NSL Gag Orders,” a new report based on an in-depth analysis of records EFF obtained after we won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit earlier this year.

Apple is offering free genetic tests to all its Silicon Valley employees

Apple is offering free genetic tests to all its Silicon Valley employees

Apple, which recently set up dedicated health clinics known as "AC Wellness" for employees and their dependents near its headquarters, has been working with Color for several months, according to several people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

Personal Data Protection Bill can turn India into ‘Orwellian State’: Justice BN Srikrishna

BENGALURU: Justice BN Srikrishna, who led the committee that drafted the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP), said the bill placed in Parliament on Wednesday, which allows the Centre to exempt its agencies from some or all provisions, is “dangerous” and can turn India into an “Orwellian State”.

Facebook Scraping, Still a Privacy Disaster

Facebook Scraping, Still a Privacy Disaster

If someone were to scrape a list of people who belong to a particular Facebook group, or who like a certain page, they could easily upload their profile URLs to a PSE.

Pager systems used in healthcare could be exposing patient data across Canada

Pager systems used in healthcare could be exposing patient data across Canada

VCH declined an interview and provided an email statement that said, in part, their health authority “has clear privacy protocols to protect patient information and we take breaches of privacy extremely seriously.” They also said they recently made changes to their systems to limit patient information sent through paging broadcasts and are working with B.C.’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner as they “move to alternate technologies.”.

Facebook Will Now Use Oculus VR Data for Ads Just as Everyone Expected

Facebook Will Now Use Oculus VR Data for Ads Just as Everyone Expected

As far as what data the company is going to collect and use, here’s the official statement:Facebook will now use information about your Oculus activity, like which apps you use, to help provide these new social features and more relevant content, including ads.

Digital Privacy 101 – Best Practices for Enterprises

Digital Privacy 101 – Best Practices for Enterprises

With a digital privacy response plan, you can tell your customers what to do, discuss their roles, and show them how to communicate internally and externally in the event of a data breach.

Join the Open Sourced Reporting Network

Join the Open Sourced Reporting Network

Join the Open Sourced Reporting Network for updates on how to get involved with our reporting and be the first to know what we discover throughout the year, along with insights from our reporters on the process.The language in the Google Form below has been reviewed by our legal team and follows Vox Media’s own privacy policy.

Barr DOJ Argues TSA Screeners Can Never Be Sued for Checkpoint Abuse

Barr DOJ Argues TSA Screeners Can Never Be Sued for Checkpoint Abuse

But earlier this week, in the case of grandmother Rhonda Mengert who was strip searched by TSA without suspicion and in blatant violation of TSA policy, the TSA added it all up and argued that because of all of these immunities, there actually doesn’t need to be a way to sue screeners for checkpoint abuse, no matter how egregious, at all.

Jack Dorsey wants to decentralize Twitter

Jack Dorsey wants to decentralize Twitter

Ultimately, Dorsey hopes that the work will go beyond the creation of an open standard for decentralized social media, building a community around it too.There are several ways in which Web3 technology, such as blockchain, could help address the problems with social media sites that we see today.

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

Though Apple has been using differential privacy since 2017, it’s been combined with federated learning only as of iOS 13, which rolled out to the public in September of this year.

Victory: San Diego to Suspend Face Recognition Program, Limits ICE Access To Criminal Justice Data

Victory: San Diego to Suspend Face Recognition Program, Limits ICE Access To Criminal Justice Data

We just stopped one of the largest, longest running, and most controversial face recognition programs operated by local law enforcement in the United States.For more information on San Diego’s face recognition program, read our October 2019 report and letter.

New Intel CPU Vulnerability Puts Protected Data At Risk

New Intel CPU Vulnerability Puts Protected Data At Risk

Intel CPUs are at the center of controversy once again as yet another vulnerability is discovered by Cybersecurity researchers.According to their findings, the security vulnerability can compromise SGX (software guard extensions) protected by undervolting the CPU when executing protected computations, to the degree that the SGX memory encryption failed to protect data.

Google Gives Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented ‘Geofence’ Search

Google Gives Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented ‘Geofence’ Search

To investigators, this kind of “geofence” demand is useful, allowing them to go through the data trove provided by Google, look for devices of interest such as a known suspect’s phone and ask for more personal information on the user of that mobile.

ACLU sues Homeland Security over ‘stingray’ cell phone surveillance

ACLU sues Homeland Security over ‘stingray’ cell phone surveillance

One of the largest civil liberties groups in the U.S. is suing two Homeland Security agencies for failing to turn over documents it requested as part of a public records request about a controversial cell phone surveillance technology.

Private Internet Access updates Linux desktop client to prevent against [CVE-2019-14899]

Private Internet Access updates Linux desktop client to prevent against [CVE-2019-14899]

[CVE-2019-14899] affects many different types of VPN protocols including OpenVPN, WireGuard, and IKEv2/IPSec. Private Internet Access has released an update to its Linux client that mitigates [CVE-2019-14899] from being used to infer any information about our users’ VPN connections.

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard.Lawmakers introduced the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) in 1994 after a private investigator hired by a stalker obtained the address of actress Rebecca Schaeffer from the DMV.

U.S. senators threaten Facebook, Apple with encryption regulation

U.S. senators threaten Facebook, Apple with encryption regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. senators grilled Apple Inc and Facebook Inc executives over their encryption practices on Tuesday and threatened to regulate the technology unless the companies make encrypted user data accessible to law enforcement.

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