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EU-US launch talks on e-evidence access

EU member states have approved a mandate for the European Commission to launch international negotiations with the U.S. to speed and streamline cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.

EU Commission Spokesperson Christian Wigand said the new legislation and getting agreement with the U.S. is incredibly important because e-evidence “is needed in around 85% of criminal investigations, and in two-thirds of these investigations there is a need to obtain evidence from online service providers based in another jurisdiction.”

Full article: EU-US launch talks on e-evidence access

Facebook succeeds in blocking German FCO’s order against combining user data

Facebook has succeeded in blocking the order by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office earlier this year that would have banned it from combining data on users across its own suite of social platforms — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — without their consent.

Facebook appealed, delaying application of the order, and ruling by the Dusseldorf court grants a suspension. The FCO has a month to lodge an appeal.

Source: Facebook succeeds in blocking German FCO’s privacy-minded order against combining user data | TechCrunch

Data Scraping – Considering the Privacy Issues

Data scraping is a general term that describes a plethora of Internet-based data retrieval methodologies, used without the permission of the data owner.

Often, businesses think to capture as much data as possible on the off chance the data serves a future use or purpose. This, however, carries the risk that it may go against some of the GDPR’s key principles, purpose limitation and data minimisation.

Full article: Data Scraping – Considering the Privacy Issues

Sharing your pet photos can lead to loss of privacy

People are hyper-vigilant these days about protecting their personal information, all the little details about themselves that can lead to stalking or harassment online.

But there’s one mistake they’re repeating so often it’s deserving of its own special reminder: leaving their home addresses and phone numbers exposed in photos of their beloved pets.

Full article: Stop Doxing Yourself With Your Pet Photos

Alexa users can now disable human review of voice recordings

Amazon has given Alexa users the option to disable human review of their voice recordings, and committed to greater clarity about its use of the strategy in future, but says it will not follow Google and Apple in halting the practice altogether in Europe.

Echo owners, and other users of the company’s virtual voice assistant, can turn off human review in the Alexa privacy page by disabling a setting labelled “help improve Amazon services and develop new features”.

Source: Alexa users can now disable human review of voice recordings | Technology | The Guardian

FBI proposal outlines plans for large-scale collection of social media data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is planning to step up its efforts to monitor social media platforms more aggressively in order to detect potential threats.

The law enforcement agency is said to be seeking technological solutions from third-party contractors that would make it possible to harvest publicly-available information en masse from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

Source: FBI proposal outlines plans for large-scale collection of social media data

Facebook is Opening Privacy Check-Up Cafes

In an attempt to convince its two billion users that it truly cares about their privacy, Facebook is opening a number of pop-up privacy check-up cafes.

At the five Facebook cafes, visitors will get free drinks and a tutorial on how to customize their privacy settings — something you’d normally have to pay people to do in their spare time.

Source: Facebook is Opening Privacy Check-Up Cafes, for Some Reason

Instagram data privacy enabled location tracking of millions of users

Instagram allowed a trusted advertising partner to harvest huge swathes of user data to create detailed files on account holders’ physical locations and personal bios, news reports reveal.

The information was put together by Hyp3r, in contradiction of Instagram rules and without the popular photo-imagery app’s knowledge. This week, Facebook-owned Instagram instructed Hyp3r to stop the practice, confirming that it was in violation of data privacy rules.

Source: Instagram data privacy enabled location tracking of millions of users – PrivSec Report

Google Hit With New Privacy Suit Over Voice Recordings

A group of California residents has sued Google over allegations that the tech giant violates state law by recording their conversations without consent.

Their complaint comes several weeks after the Dutch radio broadcaster VRT reported Google Home smart speakers and Google Assistant were transmitting consumers’ conversations to Google, even when people hadn’t first given the “Hey, Google,” or “OK, Google,” commands.

Three Illinois residents alleged in a complaint filed in Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court that Google’s collection and retention of voiceprints violates a state biometric privacy law.

Source: Google Hit With New Privacy Suit Over Voice Recordings 07/30/2019

Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings

Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant.

Although Apple does not explicitly disclose it in its consumer-facing privacy documentation, a small proportion of Siri recordings are passed on to contractors working for the company around the world.

Source: Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings

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