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Paper – Human identification using WiFi signal

Full text only available to subscribers, but the abstract alone will illuminate the extensive power of Wi-Fi sensing technology: “WiFi devices are now pervasive in our environment. Recent research has demonstrated that it is possible to sense the perturbations created by human motion in the WiFi spectrum to identify basic activities, gestures and even keystrokes.… Continue Reading

Bloomberg – Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move from Above

Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public. By Monte Reel, August 23, 2016 – “The sky over the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on June 23 was the color of a dull nickel, and a broad deck of lowering… Continue Reading

The Independent – full list of 98 different datapoints that Facebook stores about people

“Facebook reveals every creepy bit of information that it stores on its users. There are 98 different things – including some of the most personal information there can be about a person…” Continue Reading

EFF Commentary – With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy

Amul Kalia – “Microsoft had an ambitious goal with the launch of Windows 10: a billion devices running the software by the end of 2018. In its quest to reach that goal, the company aggressively pushed Windows 10 on its users and went so far as to offer free upgrades for a whole year. However,… Continue Reading

Updated Circular A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource

White House – OMB: [July 26, 2016] “the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …releas[ed] an update to the Federal Government’s governing document for the management of Federal information resources: Circular A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource. The way we manage information technology (IT), security, data governance, and privacy has rapidly evolved since A-130… Continue Reading

Unprecedented mass hack of Democratic members of Congress

PCWorld: “The hacker who claims to have breached the Democratic National Committee’s computers is now taking credit for hacking confidential files from a related campaign group. Guccifer 2.0 alleged on Friday that he also attacked the servers of the Democractic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). He posted some of the purported files on his blog, and… Continue Reading

Bing To Use Location for Requests To Be Forgotten

Via Bing Blog: “Bing has expanded the scope of our Right to be Forgotten (RTBF) filtering in Europe. In the past, when Bing accepted an RTBF request, the URL would be delisted from all applicable European versions of Bing (such as Bing.fr, Bing.de, Bing.co.uk) for searches of the requestor’s name. Going forward, in addition to… Continue Reading

Friending the Privacy Regulators

McGeveran, William, Friending the Privacy Regulators (August 5, 2016). 58 Arizona Law Review, Forthcoming; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-26. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2820683 “According to conventional wisdom, data privacy regulators in the European Union are unreasonably demanding, while their American counterparts are laughably lax. Many observers further assume that any privacy… Continue Reading

HTTPS Windows exploit targets social security numbers, email addresses

Dan Goodin, arstechnica, August 3, 2016: “The HTTPS cryptographic scheme protecting millions of websites is vulnerable to a newly revived attack that exposes encrypted e-mail addresses, social security numbers, and other sensitive data even when attackers don’t have the ability to monitor a targeted end user’s Internet connection. The exploit is notable because it doesn’t… Continue Reading

FACE Recognition Technology: FBI Should Better Ensure Privacy and Accuracy

FACE Recognition Technology: FBI Should Better Ensure Privacy and Accuracy [Reissued on August 3, 2016] GAO-16-267: Published: May 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2016. “The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operates the Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System (NGI-IPS)— a face recognition service that allows law enforcement agencies to search a… Continue Reading

New initiative from Privacy International tracks the global surveillance industry

“A new initiative launched today by Privacy International aims to track the growth and scale of the global surveillance industry, a shadowy sector consisting of companies selling a wide range of electronic surveillance technology to government agencies across the world. Made available today is the world’s largest publicly available educational resource of data and documents… Continue Reading

ConsumersUnion campaigns against robocalls

“…last year the FTC still received over 3 million complaints about unwanted calls. The problem? Some legitimate companies still aren’t respecting the Do Not Call list. And many of the unwanted calls are from scammers or non-legit companies, who don’t care if they violate the law. Many operate overseas, making prosecution even tougher. So far,… Continue Reading