Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Medical IDs: Enemy of Privacy, Liberty, and Health

Last week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill amendment to repeal the prohibition on the use of federal funds to create a “unique patient identifier.” Unless this prohibition, which I originally sponsored in 1998, is reinstated, the federal government will have the authority […]

Four Insane Data Privacy Scandals, Just This Month

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, For this weekend’s roll-up of bizarre and disturbing stories from around the world, we found ourselves zeroing-in on some ridiculous data privacy violations. Soccer app spies on fans The Spanish soccer (sigh, OK– football) league, known by fans around the world simply as La Liga, knew that most pubs across […]

4 Insane Data Privacy Scandals, Just From This Month

By Simon Black, Sovereign Man For this Friday’s roll-up of bizarre and disturbing stories from around the world, we found ourselves zeroing-in on some ridiculous data privacy violations. Soccer app spies on fans The Spanish soccer (sigh, OK– football) league, known by fans around the world simply as La Liga, knew that most pubs across Europe […]

Privacy? What’s that? Facebook lawyer argues users have none

   Facebook’s lawyer has denied the social media platform invaded American users’ privacy when it allowed their personal data to be slurped up by Cambridge Analytica, claiming they had no privacy to begin with. No crime, no victims? “There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” attorney Orin Snyder argued […]

Privacy? What’s that? Facebook lawyer argues users have none

“There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” attorney Orin Snyder argued in a motion to have a class-action lawsuit against Facebook dismissed in California’s Northern District Court this week. The suit alleges Facebook’s failure to protect user data from predatory third parties like Cambridge Analytica constitutes invasion of privacy, […]

Report: Smart Transportation Systems Pose ‘Profound’ Privacy Risks

As Americans hand over more of their personal data to use public transportation systems, the government must do more to ensure their privacy is being protected, according to a recent report. The rise of smart cities has connected more public infrastructure to the internet, creating numerous opportunities to collect data on the […]

Digital Privacy Is A Valuable Commodity In An Era of Surveillance and Censorship

By Steven Maxwell The modern tools of connectivity, innovation, research, and freedom of expression offered to us in the digital age have been turned against us. This clearly is a sad state of affairs when worded so bluntly, but it is also an opportunity for us to learn where we might have gone wrong and […]

CrossFit ditches Facebook and Instagram, citing privacy concerns

CrossFit, the popular fitness and lifestyle program with a cult-like following, broke up with Facebook and Instagram on Friday, citing security and privacy concerns. CrossFit, Inc., which boasts 15,000 affiliates and millions of followers, said it was investigating alleged security problems and opposed what it called Facebook’s overwhelming influence on”the marketplace of public thought,” the […]

Tech privacy report says widespread US face surveillance is an ‘imminent reality’

   Georgetown researchers are warning Americans about a sophisticated real-time face surveillance system that’s about to become an “imminent reality” for millions of citizens across the country. The ‘America Under Watch’ report is a warning that authorities in select US cities may soon be able to pick you out from a crowd, identify you, and […]

San Francisco Takes a Historic Step Forward in the Fight for Privacy — First to Ban Gov’t Facial Recognition Tech

May 15, 2019 By Nathan Sheard The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted today by 8-to-1 to make San Francisco the first major city in the United States to ban government use of face surveillance technology. This historic measure applies to all city departments. The Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance also takes an important step toward ensuring […]

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

Last year, a coalition of privacy advocates and child psychologists warned against putting an Amazon Alexa speaker anywhere near your child on the fairly reasonable grounds that developing minds shouldn’t befriend always-on surveillance devices, no matter how cute the packaging. Now, a group of privacy researchers, attorneys, and U.S. senators are calling on […]

“Alexa, Stop Spying on My Kids”: Amazon’s Echo Dot Violates Child Privacy Law

By Jessica Corbett A coalition of consumer and public health groups demanded Thursday that federal regulators investigate and sanction Amazon for its Echo Dot Kids Edition, arguing that the device illegally collects and retains children’s personal data. The brightly colored, always-on listening device “will play music, answer questions, read stories, tell jokes, and more—all with […]

Amazon’s kid-friendly Echo Dot is ‘blatant violation’ of child privacy laws, investigation finds

Research into Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition, carried out by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Institute for Public Representation (IPR) at Georgetown Law, found “blatant violations” of children’s privacy laws and the illegal collection of their data. Also on rt.com ‘Alexa, who’s eavesdropping on me?’ 1000s of humans reportedly audit ‘snippets’ […]

Critics say vaccine bill will risk kids’ medical privacy. Real threat? Or red herring?

California lawmakers want more state oversight of immunizations, and under a bill they are pushing, the state would begin collecting sensitive health information of schoolchildren whose doctors have exempted them from vaccinations due to medical reasons. But that proposed data collection has alarmed some parents already opposed to state-mandated vaccinations, who question whether California […]

FBI Fails Privacy And Accuracy Tests On Its Facial Recognition Tools According To GAO Report, While A.I. Police State Advances

By Aaron Kesel The FBI has failed to assuage concerns of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on its use of facial recognition technology according to a new report. Numerous issues were raised three years ago after the congressional watchdog urged the FBI to improve its practices in order to meet privacy and accuracy standards expected. […]

How Google is Helping the US Government Violate Your Privacy With Warrantless Searches

By Derrick Broze A new court filing argues that Google is helping the U.S. government circumvent Fourth Amendment protections in order to conduct warrantless searches. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has formally accused Google of scanning billions of personal files of users at the request of the U.S. government. EPIC recently filed a “friend […]

Can Scientists Use DNA To See a Person’s Face? Bye, Bye to Privacy!

The science of DNA facial reconstruction is advancing rapidly. (Clard/Pixabay) How Accurately Can Scientists Reconstruct A Person’s Face From DNA?   Everywhere we go we leave behind bits of DNA. We can already use this DNA to predict some traits, such as eye, skin and hair color. Soon it may be possible to accurately reconstruct […]

No Right To Privacy If You’re Poor?

No Right To Privacy If You’re Poor? Above Photo: Waiting room at a San Francisco social service agency KHIARA M. Bridges’ second book The Poverty of Privacy Rights is a work of impeccable legal scholarship on the status of privacy rights for poor women. Unlike typical scholarly works, however, Bridges’ book advances an argument that, she says, […]

Free Domain Privacy Protection

Keeping your data safe is as important to us as it is to you. Privacy protection for domains that are registered at WordPress.com is now free, so you don’t have to choose between your site and your security. What is domain privacy protection? When you register a new domain, you have to provide personal contact […]

German Data Privacy Commissioner Says Article 13 Inevitably Leads to Filters, Which Inevitably Lead to Internet “Oligopoly”

March 4, 2019 By Cory Doctorow German Data Privacy Commissioner Ulrich Kelber is also a computer scientist, which makes him uniquely qualified to comment on the potential consequences of the proposed new EU Copyright Directive. The Directive will be voted on at the end of this month, and its Article 13 requires that online communities, […]

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