Tag: Privacy

Iran Says Face Recognition Will ID Women Breaking Hijab Laws ☞ WIRED

“Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi introduced additional hijab and chastity restrictions in August. Women deemed violators of the law can lose access to banks, public transportation, and other essential government services. Repeat offenders can spend years in jail or in forced morality schooling”

How the FBI Hacked Twitter ☞ Tablet Magazine

“The resulting behemoth, still being built today, is a public-private consortium made up of U.S. intelligence agencies, Big Tech companies, civil society institutions, and major media organizations that has become the world’s most powerful spy service—one that was powerful enough to disappear the former president of the United States from public life, and that is now powerful enough to do the same or worse to anyone else it chooses.”

Facebook parent Meta will pay $725M to settle user data case ☞ Chicago Tribune

“SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook’s corporate parent has agreed to pay $725 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the world’s largest social media platform allowed millions of its users’ personal information to be fed to Cambridge Analytica, a firm that supported Donald Trump’s victorious presidential campaign in 2016.”

Massachusetts sued for secretly installing tracking apps on phones ☞ HotAir

“In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), a nonpartisan civil rights firm, accused the Bay State’s health department of ‘brazen disregard for civil liberties’ by installing ‘spyware that deliberately tracks and records movement and personal contacts onto over a million mobile devices without their owners’ permission and awareness.’ The class-action suit claims DPH is in violation of both the Massachusetts and U.S. Constitutions.”

TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Use TikTok To Monitor The Physical Location Of Specific American Citizens ☞ Forbes

“The team primarily conducts investigations into potential misconduct by current and former ByteDance employees. But in at least two cases, the Internal Audit team also planned to collect TikTok data about the location of a U.S. citizen who had never had an employment relationship with the company, the materials show. It is unclear from the materials whether data about these Americans was actually collected; however, the plan was for a Beijing-based ByteDance team to obtain location data from U.S. users’ devices.”

Homeland security has been secretly copying phones for nearly 2 decades ☞ HotAir

“The rapid expansion of the database and the ability of 2,700 CBP officers to access it without a warrant — two details not previously known about the database — have raised alarms in Congress about what use the government has made of the information, much of which is captured from people not suspected of any crime. CBP officials told congressional staff the data is maintained for 15 years.”

The Government Is Begging Tech Companies for Your Data: Report ☞ Newsbusters

“Across the Q1 2020 Transparency Reports from Apple, Facebook and Twitter which Tech Robot analysed as part of the study, there were almost 70,000 requests for data from the US government. Alarmingly, this is also 21% higher than the number of requests that were made during the same period in 2019…”

New documents reveal ‘huge’ scale of US government’s cell phone location data tracking ☞ TechCrunch

However, new documents obtained by the ACLU through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit now reveal the extent of this warrantless data collection. The 6,000-plus records reviewed by the civil rights organization contained approximately 336,000 location points across North America obtained from people’s phones. They also reveal that in just three days in 2018, CBP obtained records containing around 113,654 location points in the southwestern United States — more than 26 location points per minute.

CA Department of Justice Releases CCW Permit Holders’ Addresses, Phone Numbers, Birth Dates in Massive Data Breach ☞ RedState

“A Redditor sounded the alarm:
Through a process that we will be not discussing, but is relatively easy and not even slightly hidden to do, you can access the names, addresses, and DOB’s of all CCW holders in the state of CA. That includes judges, reserve officers, and random people like you and me. They also released information on FSC stats which has DOB and ID/DL numbers, and a file that includes DROS information, which has DOB, race, gender, and which dealer a given gun was purchased at since at least 2012. As you can see, this is devastating to the privacy of gun owners. It’s fairly trivial to begin cross referencing data between these three documents to determine who owns what guns with decent accuracy, especially if they have a CCW that already says where they live.”

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"Washington to use Philippine sites to stage military response to a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan"
Feb 4, 2023
"Given the intentional failure on part of the platform to comply with the directions of PTA, the services of Wikipedia have been degraded for 48 hours with the direction to block/remove the reported contents. In case of non-compliance by Wikipedia the platform will be blocked within Pakistan,"
Feb 4, 2023
"Police got a tip that he was at the Dallas World Aquarium on Thursday near animal exhibits. Officers spotted him getting onto a DART train and caught up to him on Pacific Avenue. He was taken to police headquarters for questioning."
Feb 3, 2023
"A senior defense official told Pentagon reporters that the U.S. has 'very high confidence' it is a Chinese high-altitude balloon and it was flying over sensitive sites to collect information. One of the places the balloon was spotted was Montana, which is home to one of the nation’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base."
Feb 2, 2023
“'The restoration of the services of Wikipedia will be reconsidered subject to blocking / removal of the reported unlawful contents. PTA is committed to ensuring a safe online experience for all Pakistani citizens according to local laws,' the regulator said. The regulator did not elaborate on what content it had asked Wikipedia to remove."
Feb 2, 2023
"The national drink of Scotland's by-products can be used in skincare products to boost the skin's appearance. This includes reducing inflammation and puffiness, calming redness and fighting free radical damage from the environment."
Feb 2, 2023
The Austrian Foreign Ministry has announced the expulsion of four Russian diplomats for what it said were actions incompatible with their diplomatic status, adding that they must leave the country."
Feb 2, 2023
"But officials said Wednesday that an investigation found some of the animals in the zoo's collection had allegedly been sold off, traded or eaten under Nava's orders."
Feb 2, 2023
"Kids and adults cheerfully waited for Fred to appear at an annual event in Val-d’Espoir, Quebec, on Thursday, before event organizer Roberto Blondin announced the stubby burrower’s demise. Fred, 9, was found dead overnight and Blondin said he might have passed away late last year during hibernation."
Feb 2, 2023
"James Gordon Meek, a former Emmy-winning producer at ABC News, made headlines last year when he disappeared following an FBI raid on his home...Speculation at the time was that the raid was connected to his reporting on the 2017 Pentagon coverup of the deaths of four US special forces soldiers following an ambush by ISIS militants in Nigeria;"
Feb 1, 2023
“There is no difference in having stolen the data — I mean, a computer shop owner who Hunter Biden gave a laptop to fix, who stole his data, which to me has been incredible from the very beginning that has not been the bigger story. This is the equivalent of hacking into somebody. And to celebrate this and say there’s no problem, I’ve never understood it, and I think it’s a really dangerous path for the GOP to go down.”
Feb 1, 2023
"Since President Nayib Bukele asked the country's congress to approve a state of exception in March, the police and army have arrested more than 62,000 suspected gang members and their collaborators."
Feb 1, 2023
"The vacant house had been the subject of a previous investigation involving exotic animals being kept at the location, police said. Animal feces and a room containing pigeons were found at the house, police said. The monkeys were inside a closet in another bedroom. A water jug containing dead fish and several domestic cats were also found inside the residence."
Feb 1, 2023
"At no time did anyone from An’s group enter an alley to pay off an officer, Atchayon said, citing the video footage. However, following that news conference, several Thai media outlets published stories saying that the officers in question had admitted to an unnamed source that they did ask An’s group for money on the night in question."
Feb 1, 2023
"It emerged that the baby did not have a ticket, and the couple headed off to board the flight -- leaving their child behind on the airline check-in counter."
Feb 1, 2023
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