Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

A new law in Russia requires devices to have Russian software preinstalled.Russia now requires all smart devices — including phones, computers, and TVs — in the country to have Russian software preinstalled, in what some locals have called a "law against Apple.".

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China is prohibiting its military and government personnel from using Tesla vehicles, citing a potential security risk posed by the electric automaker’s data collection, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Line, whose app is used by over 86 million people in Japan, says in its data protection guideline that customers' personal information can be transferred overseas.The app operator said it had reported the matter to the government's Personal Information Protection Commission and will soon set up a third-party panel to investigate the incident.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 12, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 12, 2021

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google.That’s because the bill provides an opt-out framework where tech companies are allowed to take and use your data by default and will only stop when you opt out.

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

The CCOPS scheme aligns in this way with other policing reforms, like community “advisory” boards and “community policing” that police use to work with people and organizations who they know will compromise in their favor.

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

Australia's antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

CANBERRA (Reuters) - The architect of Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay media companies for content claimed victory on Wednesday, though critics said last-minute changes to appease Facebook favoured Big Tech over smaller news outlets.

Virginians Deserve Better Than This Empty Privacy Law

Virginians Deserve Better Than This Empty Privacy Law

While the Attorney General’s office could bring a lawsuit, it offers no way for people to sue companies for violating their privacy, an enforcement tool known as a private right of action.

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Led by Amazon Echo devices, the shipments of smart home speakers were expected to cross 7.5 lakh units in India by the end of 2020, which is an all-time high, according to market research firm techARC.

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

The facial recognition app Clearview AI is not welcome in Canada and the company that developed it should delete Canadians’ faces from its database, the country’s privacy commissioner said on Wednesday.

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

CityCountryCCTV camerasPopulationCCTV cameras/1000 peopleCrime indexTaiyuanChina482,2563,891,127123.9451.47WuxiChina312,5313,256,02095.997.84LondonEngland631,6279,304,01667.8952.56ChangshaChina 285,0004,577,72365.2622.68BeijingChina1,310,21320,462,61064.0334.52HangzhouChina510,4147,642,14766.7921.46KunmingChina312,0004,443,18670.2329.17QingdaoChina374,4265,619,97766.627.42XiamenChina221,3453,720,14159.5019.09HarbinChina310,0006,387,19548.5330.17SuzhouChina350,0007,069,99249.5016.63ShanghaiChina1,126,22127,058,48041.6235.54UrumqiChina215,4894,368,86549.3226.72ChengduChina399,0009,135,76843.6724.18ShenzhenChina515,00012,356,82041.6833.43HyderabadIndia356,22110,004,14435.6043.46JinanChina250,0005,360,18546.6415.79ShenyangChina324,1297,220,10444.8943.46HefeiChina182,7254,241,51443.0811.03TianjinChina470,00013,589,07834.5830.28ChennaiIndia313,48310,971,10828.5740.68NanjingChina292,5978,847,37233.0713.31WuhanChina329,9838,364,97739.4424.45Changchun China264,8314,425,76159.8423.82GuangzhouChina684,57913,301,53251.4640.08ZhengzhouChina364,8935,322,69668.5521.84ChongqingChina336,57315,872,17921.2029.58BaghdadIraq189,8137,144,26026.5765.49MoscowRussia745,49112,537,95459.4639.68WenzhouChina148,7353,623,64641.0422.79DongguanChina274,5937,407,852,37.0646.73SingaporeSingapore114,7315,935,05319.3332.01DelhiIndia968,32130,290,39631.9858.69FoshanChina273,5427,326,85237.3336.4ShijiazhuangChina118,4764,114,39328.79N/ASydneyAustralia210,7854,925,98742.7933.45St. PetersburgRussia389,1495,467,80871.1739.222NanchangChina89,6743,598,42124.9226.47NanningChina98,5613,859,60825.5322.3LanzhouChina62,2753,080,52220.21N/AXinbei (New Taipei City)Taiwan84,3384,398,38319.1729.03IstanbulTurkey201,64915,190,33613.2747.37Hong KongHong Kong425,1147,547,65256.3220.91GuiyangChina170,5773,317,11051.42N/ADalianChina132,0005,617,84929.4917.53Los AngelesUnited States212,3844,015,94052.8846.5XianChina435,7468,000,96554.46N/ABangkokThailand132,58110,539,41512.5741.46GuadalajaraMexico76,9435,179,47914.8562.66BerlinGermany32,6703,562,0389.1741.08 20 most populated cities comparing with the number of CCTV available.PrivacySavvy researchers used multiple sources to estimate the number of CCTV cameras installed around the world.

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger.

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is considering fines for individuals and companies in the country that use Western-based satellite Internet services.The proposed law seeks to prevent accessing the Internet by means of SpaceX's Starlink service, OneWeb, or other non-Russian satellite constellations under development.

Protect Our Civil Liberties Act would repeal Patriot Act, FISA Amendments Act, and ban encryption backdoors

Protect Our Civil Liberties Act would repeal Patriot Act, FISA Amendments Act, and ban encryption backdoors

Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) are cosponsoring a bipartisan bill titled the Protect Our Civil Liberties Act (H.R. If passed, the Act would repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendment Acts – essentially ending domestic surveillance programs siphoning up AMerican’s phone calls and emails.

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

French watchdog fines Google, Amazon for breaching cookies rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s data privacy watchdog has handed out its biggest ever fine of 100 million euros ($121 million) to Alphabet’s Google for breaching the country’s rules on online advertising trackers (cookies).

'It's a free-for-all': how hi-tech spyware ends up in the hands of Mexico's cartels

'It's a free-for-all': how hi-tech spyware ends up in the hands of Mexico's cartels

An investigation by the Cartel Project can reveal that a 10th Mexican journalist – editor of the country’s foremost investigative magazine – was targeted with the “Pegasus” spyware sold by the Israeli company NSO Group, according to technical analysis by Amnesty International.

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Omnisec meanwhile also sold its faulty OC-500 series devices to several federal agencies in Switzerland, including its own intelligence agencies, as well as to Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, and other private companies in the country, the SRF investigation showed.

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Footage from residents who opt in to the pilot will be accessible through a Real Time Crime Center built by PILEUM and Fusus, two tech companies Jackson tapped for the project.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 30, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 30, 2020

Three members of Congress have sent a letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to call for an investigation into federal surveillance on protests.

Ukraine plan to tackle hackers sparks privacy fears

Ukraine plan to tackle hackers sparks privacy fears

Another measure would oblige internet providers to store everyone’s web traffic information for 12 months and grant investigating authorities access to it, in some cases with no need for a court order, said Oksana Pokalchuk, head of Amnesty International Ukraine.

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.

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

As first reported by the Financial Times on Friday, Apple’s four-page policy document commits to “respecting the human rights of everyone whose lives we touch — including our employees, suppliers, contractors, and customers.” But it does not cite any particular country, like China, where the company has been asked to ban apps that allow users to circumvent censorship before.

India Blocks High-Profile Chinese Apps on Political, Privacy Concerns

India Blocks High-Profile Chinese Apps on Political, Privacy Concerns

The ministry said it “has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” according to a statement, which includes the full list of the newly banned apps.

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that between January and May this year, more than 2,000 keywords related to the pandemic were suppressed on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users in the country.

TikTok: Social Media or CCP Spyware?

TikTok: Social Media or CCP Spyware?

On June 29th 2020, the second most populous country in the world, and TikTok’s biggest market, India, banned it and 60 other Chinese apps accused of stealing and sending of user data outside the country.

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

According to a press release by the TET, Danish intelligence had maintained “operational activities in violation of Danish law, including obtaining and passing on a significant amount of information about Danish citizens.” Additionally, the TET noted that the FE had not only withheld information but actually reported back to overseers “incorrect information on matters relating to the collection of the service and disclosure of information.”.

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday.

Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

In an earlier email to Motherboard, the California DMV said data requesters may include insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and prospective employers.

Homeland Security Was Destined to Become a Secret Police Force

Homeland Security Was Destined to Become a Secret Police Force

In a press conference on Tuesday, Chad Wolf, the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, responded to media reports that unidentified federal agents using unmarked vehicles have been arresting protesters in Portland, Oregon.