In South Korea, Covid-19 Comes With Another Risk: Online Bullies

In South Korea, Covid-19 Comes With Another Risk: Online Bullies

Governments, including those of Italy, Israel and Singapore, have used cellphone data to track potentially infected people and their contacts.Other than China, South Korea is virtually the only country in the world whose government has the power to collect such data at will during an epidemic, according to Prof.

Los Angeles settles Weather Channel lawsuit, lets it keep selling location data to advertisers

Los Angeles settles Weather Channel lawsuit, lets it keep selling location data to advertisers

We collect your device’s location information and pressure sensor data through our applications so that we can offer you certain location-based features like forecasts, weather alerts, and ads, and to provide and improve our Services.

Tokyo's latest attraction: Transparent public toilets

Tokyo's latest attraction: Transparent public toilets

Designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, a Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm, the two new sets of transparent toilets have been installed in two Shibuya parks -- Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park.

Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better

Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better

For most of us, it has been turned into choosing things to use.It was only at the last minute that we found out how to use all these new technologies for better purposes than just killing time.

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago is doubling down on efforts to enforce its emergency coronavirus travel order, as officials will now be reviewing the social media posts of possible violators as the pandemic continues.

China Is What Orwell Feared

China Is What Orwell Feared

Having set up beachheads in Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s AI companies are now pushing into Latin America, a region the Chinese government describes as a “core economic interest.” China financed Ecuador’s $240 million purchase of a surveillance-camera system.

Boston Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology. It's The 2nd-Largest City To Do So

Boston Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology. It's The 2nd-Largest City To Do So

Boston has banned the use of facial surveillance technology in the city, becoming the second-largest community in the world to do so.Boston is now the second-largest city in the world to ban facial recognition technology, behind San Francisco.

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Victory! Boston Bans Government Use of Face Surveillance

Thanks to the tireless efforts of activists and organizations in Massachusetts and around the country, including EFF, this week Boston joins the ranks of cities that have banned government use of face surveillance.

New York City oversight bill to force police to detail surveillance tools

New York City oversight bill to force police to detail surveillance tools

City council members will vote on June 18 on a long-delayed oversight bill that would force the New York Police Department to give details about its surveillance tools, the council’s speaker’s office said on Friday.

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

Vancouver woman sues city and police chief over surveillance trailers

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver woman is taking the City of Vancouver and its chief of police to court over what she calls an invasion of privacy because of trailers with surveillance cameras set up in her neighbourhood.

EFF, ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Los Angeles From Collecting Real-Time Tracking Data on Citizens’ Rental Scooters

EFF, ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Los Angeles From Collecting Real-Time Tracking Data on Citizens’ Rental Scooters

Los Angeles—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today joined the ACLU of northern and southern California in filing a lawsuit against Los Angeles for collecting detailed trip data and real-time locations and routes of the electric scooters thousands of residents use each day.

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

American police have used technology to combat dissent—especially dissent by communities of color—since before there was a United States of America.Empowered by wiretaps, eavesdropping bugs, and then-cutting-edge recording devices, it became routine for police to monitor those who would dare to dissent.

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

The cable will use Spatial Division Multiplexing and up to 16 fiber pairs, delivering capacity that Facebook says will “provide nearly three times the total network capacity of all the subsea cables serving Africa today.” Helping that along is aluminium conductors instead of copper, an innovation developed by Facebook and Alcatel as a way of reducing voltage drop along the very long transmission distances required of submarine cables.

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs shuts down Toronto smart city project

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs shuts down Toronto smart city project

The plan, which was projected to cost over a billion dollars and has been under development for over two years, had run into community opposition from local residents who objected to the company’s high-tech, sensor-laden vision for the city’s waterfront.

Missourians who tipped off county about lockdown rule-breakers fear retaliation after detail release

Missourians who tipped off county about lockdown rule-breakers fear retaliation after detail release

The names and addresses of approximately 900 people in Missouri were released as part of a media request under the Sunshine Law, which allows for the release of information submitted to a public agency (except for wrongdoing and abuse tips).St. Louis County had urged the community to share details of anyone not following guidelines in response to the coronavirus pandemic and noted in the terms and conditions that information may be shared publicly.

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers

Called “SafeEntry”, the system is designed to enhance Singapore's coronavirus contact-tracing capabilities and requires visitors to either scan a QR code or allow their phones to be scanned to record a barcode in the national e-services app.

Clinton Foundation Discusses creating Army Of “Contact Tracers” to Monitor Citizens who had COVID-19

Clinton Foundation Discusses creating Army Of “Contact Tracers” to Monitor Citizens who had COVID-19

Former President Clinton, Governor Cuomo, Chelsea Clinton, Governor Newsom, discuss hiring an army of unemployed people or college students to contact people who have been tested positive for COVID-19 to learn about where they have been, who they have engaged with.

Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance to combat homicides

Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance to combat homicides

Analysts alerted to a crime will be able to zoom in from the city-wide image and move backward and forward in time to identify the movements of potential suspects and witnesses, telling officers within hours just where to look for people who traveled to and from the scene.

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, April 24, 2020, ruled against a grassroots think tank and area activists who asked him to keep the surveillance program from taking off, arguing that it violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

The Coronavirus Class Divide: Space and Privacy

The Coronavirus Class Divide: Space and Privacy

“Bleak House,” the 1852 novel some consider Dickens’s best, even traces the class lines of an epidemic, revealing its two-sided logic: Its threat is universal, but its real-world damage concentrates on the poor.

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Russia’s coronavirus app is turning it into a police state

Of course, such measures are effective tools to enforce a quarantine, and to prevent further spread of a deadly virus that is confirmed to have infected almost one million people, according to data from Worldometers.

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

'Cybergulag': Russia looks to surveillance technology to enforce lockdown

While the details of the new monitoring system have not been confirmed, official statements and leaked plans have indicated they could include mobile apps that track users’ location, CCTV cameras with facial recognition software, QR codes, mobile phone data and credit card records.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

Toronto, Canada is now using phone location data to track if people are congregating

Toronto, Canada is now using phone location data to track if people are congregating

This past Monday, Toronto Mayor Tory announced at a virtual TechTO meetup that the government has been receiving location data from wireless carriers and telecommunication companies in the area to show where people are still congregating and flouting social distancing – The Logic reports.

You Can’t Fight City Hall. But Maybe You Can Fight Google.

You Can’t Fight City Hall. But Maybe You Can Fight Google.

A corporate sibling of Google had been selected to transform a largely abandoned port area in Toronto into an innovative, sensor-laden, tech-centric city of tomorrow.After admitting that it had underestimated privacy worries with its original plan, the Google sibling, Sidewalk Labs, has retreated.

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

New York City’s restaurants and other retail establishments will no longer be allowed to reject cash payments under legislation passed by the City Council on Thursday.The legislation, which was approved 43-3, also prohibits businesses from charging cash-paying customers a higher price than those using credit.

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

4000 “smart” streetlights in San Diego contain always recording cameras and microphones

What is known, is that GE earned 30 million USD from San Diego’s city council to install these cameras and microphones in street lights under the guise of looking at traffic flows and environmental data and has the legal, government granted rights to sell whatever “source data” is gleaned from the surveillance equipment.

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

A secretive spyware company is selling cameras and listening devices disguised as tombstones and car seats to police and federal agencies like the FBI and ICE. Here’s some of the most outrageous surve

"The company has sold its products to dozens of US agencies, including the FBI, DEA, and ICE.But Special Services Group has gone to great lengths to keep its products secret, even threatening to sue journalists at Vice for reporting on its sales brochure earlier this week.

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

The Times Privacy Project was given access to a data set with more than 50 billion location “pings” from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

Baltimore to become first city monitored by police surveillance planes

"We need solutions that work, and Commissioner Harrison has told the City Council multiple times this year, as recently as October, that there is no evidence the surveillance plane is an effective crime-fighting tool.".