Online privacy

Supreme Court to consider major digital privacy case on Microsoft e-mail storage

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Supreme Court accepted a second important case on digital privacy, agreeing to hear a dispute between the federal government and Microsoft about e-mails stored overseas.

Old Laws and New Technology: How Can We Keep Up?

Oct 17 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Around the world legal frameworks are failing to keep pace with technology. Nations are struggling to secure consumers’ privacy and conflicted about how best to manage the effects of powerful new technologies like artificial intelligence without stifling innovation.

As the World Tweets, Social Media Chiefs Remain Tight-Lipped

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

The social-media overlords seem sincere when they describe their high-minded intentions. They talk much less, however, about the money they make from their users’ relinquishment of privacy.

Court significantly reins in what data anti-Trump website must give to feds

Location:
Superior Court of District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Chief Judge Robert Morin of the District of Columbia Superior Court ruled largely in favor of DreamHost, saying that the Department of Justice overstepped when it initially sought 1.3 million IP addresses that were logged at a website that helped organize nationwide protests against President Donald Trump on his inauguration day.

Census 2020: How it’s supposed to work (and how it might go terribly wrong)

Location:
Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD, 20746, United States

Right now, the Census Bureau is attempting to gather the addresses of every person living in America in preparation for Census 2020.

The one change we need to surveillance law

Location:
University of Chicago, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637, United States

Congress is about to make a major decision about privacy protection, civil liberties and national security. The 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, including its most controversial provision, Section 702, is set to expire on Dec. 31.

Apple Sends The Digital Ad Industry Scrambling To Preserve Web Tracking

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

In June, an Apple security engineer wrote a blog post that sent the bustling, $83 billion digital ad industry reeling. In it, he described a new feature, recently rolled out in the latest version of Apple’s Safari web browser, to limit so-called cross-site tracking, where advertising networks and other services can monitor behavior from site to site.

European Union courts to hear case that could hobble Facebook

Location:
Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

The European Union courts will hear a case with a massive impact on Facebook and other American internet service companies. The case, which an Irish court on Oct 3 referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union, revolves around where companies can store personal information.

FBI doesn't have to say who unlocked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, judge rules

Location:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

The FBI does not have to reveal the identity of a vendor that helped it unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, or the price it paid for the vendor’s services, a federal judge ruled.

Rep Lieu demands to know if DHS will collect his social media history, too

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States

Rep Ted Lieu (D-CA) is a naturalized American citizen, having emigrated from Taiwan as a young child. Earlier in Sept, under a new proposed policy, the Department of Homeland Security said it will begin collecting public social media information about immigrants—possibly also green card holders and naturalized citizens—and include them as part of their so-called "Alien File."

Congress: Protect the Communications Privacy of Americans

Location:
USA, United States

ection 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act illustrates the value of sunsets. Its termination date is December 31, 2017, unless reauthorized by Congress. Experience since its enactment by in 2008 shows that section 702 has created a hole in the Fourth Amendment’s protection of privacy big enough to house the Pentagon.

Redressing the Privacy Balance for Internet Consumers

Location:
Sidley Austin (DC), 1501 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Congress should consider taking an approach akin to the Browser Act (HR 2520), sponsored by Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), that would unify privacy rules across the internet under the FTC, from operating systems to browsers to ISPs to edge content providers.

Sen Markey, Rep Barton Press Mattel on Baby Monitor Privacy

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

The co-founders of the Congressional Privacy Caucus are concerned about a new Mattel baby monitor's ability to record and transmit sensitive information, as are a bunch of privacy activists.

Trump protests at the center of insanely broad government requests for Facebook data

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

The DC branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is helping three anti-Trump activists fight what they say is an overly broad government demand for their personal Facebook data.

Five Reasons to Fire Chairman Pai

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

In the coming days, senators have the opportunity to intervene on the public’s behalf and fire Pai. Here are five reasons they should do so.

BITAG Announces Technical Review Focused on Internet Data Collection and Privacy

Location:
Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG), 1550 Larimer Street, Denver, CO, 80202, United States

The Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group will review the technical aspects of Internet of data collection and privacy. This review will result in a report with an anticipated publication date in early 2018.

Privacy Must Keep Pace with Evolving Technology

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

While some state legislative proposals target internet service providers (ISPs), we are also seeing a steady stream of state bills that seek to regulate broader aspects of internet privacy and cover all online companies. This fragmented approach will only serve to confuse consumers, impede innovation and distort competition.

Why Big Tech is Clashing with Internet Freedom Advocates

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

A rift is growing between the tech industry and civil society.

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

The NSA's 12-Year Struggle to Follow the Law

Location:
National Security Agency, MD, 20755-6000, United States

This spring, the government announced a change to the way the National Security Agency collects information targeting foreigners, using the telecom backbone in what it calls "upstream" collection. Whereas for 10 years, the agency had sucked up communications mentioning a target's selector—say, collecting all e-mails sent to someone in this country that include Osama bin Laden's phone number in the body of the e-mail—in April it stopped doing so domestically (though it will still do tons of it in collection overseas).

Advertisers are furious with Apple for new tracking restrictions in Safari 11

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

A group of digital advertising and marketing organizations has come together to condemn Apple for what the coalition says is a “unilateral and heavy-handed approach” to user privacy on Mac.

What happens if a cop forces you to unlock your iPhone X with your face?

Location:
USA, United States

Imagine you've been detained at customs, waiting to cross the border. Or maybe you've been pulled over for a traffic violation. An officer waves your cellphone at you.

Five privacy and security concerns about Apple’s new FaceID facial recognition

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

Apple on Tuesday (Sept. 12) unveiled its new FaceID facial recognition technology for the iPhone X—the successor to the iPhone TouchID fingerprint scanner. The company says FaceID is 20 times more secure than TouchID, and can be used for unlocking apps and using ApplePay. Still, this kind of technology (which you can read more about here) raises a lot of questions. Here’s what we’re wondering.

The Right Response to Equifax

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

How can we reduce the consequences for consumers and companies when the next breach happens? We can pass national data breach legislation.

Equifax data breach focuses Washington's attention on security of sensitive personal information

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

The massive data breach at credit reporting firm Equifax has put the company in the cross-hairs of congressional committees and one of the nation’s most aggressive attorneys general, while fueling a new push for stronger protections on Americans’ personal information.

DreamHost considers fighting order to cough up info on visitors of anti-Tump website

Location:
DreamHost, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Executives from a Los Angeles-based tech company said they are weighing whether to fight a judge's order to provide prosecutors with e-mail addresses and other information from people who visited an anti-Trump website in the months leading to Inauguration Day.

Google appeals $2.9 billion EU fine

Location:
Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi 175, Brussels, B-1048, Belgium

Google has appealed a record $2.9 billion fine from the European Union over its comparative shopping service, the EU Court of Justice announced.

A rare look inside LAPD's use of data

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Since 2011, Silicon Valley-based software firm Palantir has helped the Los Angeles Police Department analyze data, ranging from license plates photos, to rap sheets, traffic tickets, listings of foreclosed properties and more.

Uber Faces FBI Probe Over Program Targeting Rival Lyft

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States

Apparently, federal law-enforcement authorities in New York are investigating whether Uber Technologies Inc. used software to interfere illegally with its competitors, adding to legal pressures facing the embattled ride-hailing company and its new chief executive.

Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges They Falsely Claimed Participation in EU-US Privacy Shield Framework

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

Three US companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework, which allows companies to transfer consumer data from EU member states to the United States in compliance with EU law.

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