privacy

Mapping Drone Privacy Laws Around The World

From Olympic opening ceremonies to public safety, drone applications have come a long way. In fact, as Visual Capitalist’s Iman Ghosh details below, their modern applications are set to almost double the total value of the commercial drone market from $22.5 billion to $42.8 billion between 2020-2025, at a 13.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Naturally, such diverse and…

Big Tech’s CES Annual Showcase Promotes COVID Detection Products – No Mention of Privacy, Security, or Health Risks

By B.N. Frank For many years, privacy and security experts have warned about privacy and cybersecurity risks associated with ALL “Smart” and wireless technology – cell phones (see 1, 2, 3), medical devices and implants (see 1, 2), personal and “Smart” home devices and wearables (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), utility “Smart” meters…

Police Robots Are Not a Selfie Opportunity, They’re a Privacy Disaster Waiting to Happen

By Matthew Guariglia The arrival of government-operated autonomous police robots does not look like predictions in science fiction movies. An army of robots with gun arms is not kicking down your door to arrest you. Instead, a robot snitch that looks like a rolling trash can is programmed to decide whether a person looks suspicious—and…

Oakland Privacy and the People of Vallejo Prevail in the Fight For Surveillance Accountability

By Nathan Sheard Just as the 2020 holiday season was beginning in earnest, Solano Superior Court Judge Bradley Nelson upheld the gift of surveillance accountability that the California State legislature had provided state residents when they passed 2015’s Senate Bill 741 (Cal. Govt. Code § 53166). Judge Bradley’s order brought positive closure to a battle…

Student Privacy and the Fight to Keep Spying Out of Schools: Year in Review 2020

By Lindsay Oliver and Jacob Hoffman-Andrews As students were sent home from school in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools followed them home with invasive surveillance technology. This trend, spurred by the surge in remote learning, was an opportunistic move by tech companies and schools already in a race to control students through…

Proposed Label Would Describe Security and Privacy Features of Smart Devices, Similar to a Nutrition Label

By B.N. Frank For many years, privacy and security experts have been warning about cybersecurity risks with “Smart Home” technology.  There have been numerous reports about people being spied on and taunted by hackers (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Of course, manufacturers collect personal data too – often without users’ knowledge or consent.  Mozilla just…

Apple Co-founder’s New Venture Includes Problematic and Privacy Invasive Smart Meters Which Never Saved Meaningful Amounts of Energy

By B.N. Frank People worldwide DO NOT WANT utility “Smart” Meters – electric, gas, and water. Tens of millions have been installed and millions more are planned despite all the problems they cause – fires, explosions, higher bills, malfunctioning and broken appliances, cybersecurity risks (see 1, 2), and more. These meters DO NOT save meaningful…

No Privacy, No Property: The World In 2030 According To The WEF

Authored by Anthony Mueller via The Mises Institute, The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded fifty years ago. It has gained more and more prominence over the decades and has become one of the leading platforms of futuristic thinking and planning. As a meeting place of the global elite, the WEF brings together the leaders…

Senators Express Privacy Concerns Over Proctoring Apps

By Jason Kelley and Lindsay Oliver Last week, five Senators joined the chorus of privacy advocates, students, and teachers expressing concern over surveillance proctoring apps being used to watch students remotely during exams. “You must be able to demonstrate that you are respecting students’ privacy,” the Senators write–and so far, that just doesn’t seem to…

No Privacy, No Property: The World in 2030 According to the WEF

By Antony P. Mueller The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded fifty years ago. It has gained more and more prominence over the decades and has become one of the leading platforms of futuristic thinking and planning. As a meeting place of the global elite, the WEF brings together the leaders in business and politics…

US Gov’t Accountability Office 5G Report Cites Challenges with Efficiency, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Health Risks

By B.N. Frank Cities worldwide as well as entire countries have banned, delayed, and stopped 5G installation due to health and safety risks. American opposition continues to increase for a variety of reasons in addition to health and safety risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Federal agencies and reliable experts have warned…

Smart Doorbells Other than Amazon Ring Cameras Have Serious Privacy and Security Risks

By B.N. Frank Apparently it’s not just Amazon Ring cameras that are vulnerable to hackers (see 1, 2). From Threatpost: Matt Lewis, with NCC Group, talks to Threatpost about a slew of security and privacy issues found in smart doorbells that are being sold on Amazon and eBay. Researchers have found serious security and privacy…

Virginia Court Rules License Plate Tracking Doesn’t Violate Privacy

By Michael Maharrey The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that a police department’s use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) does not violate state privacy laws. In effect, the ruling will allow law enforcement agencies in Virginia to indefinitely keep data from automated license plate readers, including a record of the time and place where…

In Blow to Online Privacy EU Seizes on Vienna Attack to Enact Long-Desired Ban on Encryption

The European Union is rushing through new legislation to get rid of end-to-end digital encryption. This would mean the end of privacy for users of popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal. A European Council draft resolution on encryption quietly published on Friday afternoon lays out the EU’s Orwellian position in detail. “The European Union fully…

The Privacy Implications Of Using Police Drones To Respond to 911 Calls

By MassPrivateI During the Trump administration, we have seen police lying about public surveillance become an art form. A perfect example of this, is police drone acquisitions and their justification for using them. Last year, when I wrote an article exposing how the Memorial Villages Police Department (PD) in Texas misrepresented how they planned to use…

Clearview’s Faceprinting is Not Sheltered from Biometric Privacy Litigation by the First Amendment

By Adam Schwartz and Andrew Crocker Clearview AI extracts faceprints from billions of people, without their consent, and uses these faceprints to offer a service to law enforcement agencies seeking to identify suspects in photos. Following an exposé by the New York Times this past January, Clearview faces more than ten lawsuits, including one brought…

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use

Claim: Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode. The lawsuit seeks at least $5…