Online privacy

Online activist group Anonymous posts what it says are private contact details for 22 GOP Congressmen

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

AnonOps, a group affiliated with the online activist group known as Anonymous, posted what it says are the private cell phone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress in a bid to push for President Trump's impeachment, reigniting the use of hacked information in US political battles.

The Real Reason ISPs Hate Net Neutrality Regulation

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The current network neutrality fight is really a wide-ranging power struggle between internet service providers and internet activists, between Republicans and Democrats. The battle is only partly about the ends—a free internet—and much more about the means: potential heavy regulation of ISPs as monopolies. Classifying ISPs as “common carriers,” under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, means they could be regulated like monopolies.

Verizon -- Yes, Verizon -- Just Stood Up for Your Privacy

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Fourteen of the biggest US tech companies filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Aug 14 supporting more rigorous warrant requirements for law enforcement seeking certain cell phone data, such as location information. In the statement, the signatories—Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft among them—argue that the government leans on outdated laws from the 1970s to justify Fourth Amendment overreach. One perhaps surprising voice in the chorus of protesters? Verizon.

Computer & Communications Industry Association Stands Against DOJ Anti-Trump Site Info Demand

Location:
Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), 900 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States

Computer companies are standing with a web hosting company that is facing a search warrant obtained by the Department of Justice to 1.3 million IP addresses of an anti-Trump protest web site.

Tech firm is fighting a federal demand for data on visitors to an anti-Trump website

Location:
DreamHost, Los Angeles, CA, United States

A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution.

It's Time to Found a New Republic

Location:
USA, United States

Today, faced with serious economic and political dysfunction, we are in need of another round of deep institutional renewal: a Third Republic. We need to coalesce around how best to create shared prosperity. This necessitates increasing productivity — the growth of which has been weak of late — and creating more well-paid jobs as well as finding better ways of redistributing the gains from new technologies and globalization in the fairer way.

Tech companies urge Supreme Court to boost cellphone privacy

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon, have called on the US Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals' sensitive cellphone data.

What the United States can do to protect Internet freedom around the world

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Today, US technology companies adhere to a wide array of requirements from repressive governments that undermine Internet freedom and privacy. These demands violate international law, including the right to freedom of expression. But the enormous benefits of market access outweigh the relatively low costs associated with accepting repressive governments’ demands.

Twitter users are revealing the identities of Charlottesville white supremacist protestors

Location:
USA, United States

If the white nationalists and supremacists at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville (VA) were looking to be noticed, mission accomplished.

Facebook’s Onavo Gives Social-Media Firm Inside Peek at Rivals’ Users

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Months before social-media company Snap publicly disclosed slowing user growth, rival Facebook already knew.

The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Many experts say lack of trust will not be a barrier to increased public reliance on the internet. Those who are hopeful that trust will grow expect technical and regulatory change will combat users’ concerns about security and privacy. Those who have doubts about progress say people are inured to risk, addicted to convenience and will not be offered alternatives to online interaction. Some expect the very nature of trust will change.

How Palantir, Peter Thiel's Secretive Data Company, Pushed into Policing

Location:
Palantir Technologies, 100 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, United States

Palantir had been selling its data storage, analysis, and collaboration software to police departments nationwide on the basis of rock-solid security. “Palantir Law Enforcement provides robust, built-in privacy and civil liberties protections, including granular access controls and advanced data retention capabilities,” its website reads.

ACLU: Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States

Lawyers representing a man convicted of six robberies in the Detroit area have now filed their opening brief at the Supreme Court in one of the most important digital privacy cases in recent years. This case, Carpenter v. United States, asks a simple question: is it OK for police to seize and search 127 days of cell-site location information (CSLI) without a warrant?

These 42 Disney apps are allegedly spying on your kids

Location:
Walt Disney Co., Burbank, CA, 91521, United States

The Walt Disney Co secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California.

Verizon’s new rewards program lets it track your browsing history

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon has a new rewards program out, called Verizon Up, which awards users a credit for every $300 they spend on their Verizon bill that can be redeemed toward various rewards.

Companies brace for European privacy rules

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

US companies are largely unprepared for what's about to hit them when sweeping new European Union data laws take effect in 2018.

Google’s new program to track shoppers sparks a federal privacy complaint

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a prominent privacy rights watchdog, is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a new Google advertising program that ties consumers’ online behavior to their purchases in brick-and-mortar stores.

LinkedIn, a champion of privacy rights? Don’t buy it

Location:
LinkedIn, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

LinkedIn may very well succeed in its effort to stop a San Francisco (CA) startup from using the data of its members. But the Sunnyvale (CA) company, now a division of Microsoft, has certainly lost the moral high ground.

Privacy isn't Dead. It's More Popular Than Ever

Location:
USA, United States

One out of every seven people on the planet uses the messaging app WhatsApp every day, according a recent blog post from the company. A billion people a day send messages to their friends and family on a service that's end-to-end encrypted by default, up from a billion per month from 2016.

We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data.

Location:
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 94708, United States

More than 50 percent of Google Play apps targeted at children under 13—we examined more than 5,000 of the most popular (many of which have been downloaded millions of times)—appear to be failing to protect data.

Senate Resurrects Cloud Storage Protections Bill

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A bipartisan bill, the ECPA Modernization Act, has been introduced that would update communications privacy law to protect cloud storage. It is the latest effort by the Senate to address the issue after the House voted overwhelmingly to protect older data.

ISAO SP 4000: Protecting Consumer Privacy in Cybersecurity Information Sharing V1.0

Location:
Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) , United States

The purpose for this document is assist risk managers in making decisions with respect to privacy when sharing cybersecurity information. It builds upon the previously published basic principles by outlining actions to promote efficient and effective information sharing while minimizing the impact on privacy interests. Importantly, this document reflects the contributions of industry, civil society, and the government. This document supplements ISAO 300-1 Introduction to Information Sharing, Section 9 Information Privacy.

These cheap phones come at a price -- your privacy

Cheap phones are coming at the price of your privacy, security analysts discovered.

Sens Expected to Unveil E-mail Privacy Legislation July 27

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Apparently, Sens Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) are expected to unveil legislation that will force the government to obtain warrants to look at American citizen’s e-mails.

How Smart Devices Could Violate Your Privacy

Location:
USA, United States

Where smart technologies are concerned, the expectation of privacy extends only from the consumer to machine. Once the machine communicates with an outside server – even where data is sent to a server controlled by the product's manufacturer – privacy is violated.

Ground Rules for the Internet Ecosystem

Sep 7 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The Committee sent invitations to CEOs of leading tech companies, including Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, and Netflix and broadband providers including Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Charter Communications, requesting they testify before the full committee.

EU Court to Rule on ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Outside Europe

Location:
General Court -- Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The European Union’s top court is set to decide whether the bloc’s “right to be forgotten” policy stretches beyond Europe’s borders, a test of how far national laws can—or should—stretch when regulating cyberspace.

Court: Warrantless requests to track cellphones, Internet use grew sevenfold in D.C. in three years

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Sealed law enforcement requests to track Americans without a warrant through cellphone location records or Internet activity grew sevenfold in the past three years in the District, new information released by a federal judge shows.

Silicon Valley mostly quiet in internet surveillance debate in Congress

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

Apparently, Facebook, Alphabet's Google, Apple, and other major technology firms are largely absent from a debate over the renewal of a broad US internet surveillance law, weakening prospects for privacy reforms that would further protect customer data.

Why tech firms are fighting California's privacy push

Location:
California State Legislature, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA, 95814, United States

States across the country are trying to figure how out to regulate consumer privacy in the digital ad space, but the battlefield to watch is Sacramento (CA).

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