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EU Court Endorses Minor Privacy Intrusion for Petty Crime

On Tuesday, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice concluded that invasions of privacy are justified not just by the objective of fighting serious crime. “When the interference that such access entails is not serious, that access is capable of being justified by the objective of preventing, investigating, detecting and prosecuting ‘criminal offenses’ generally,” the ruling states.

As such, the ruling concludes, it would not unduly interfere with privacy rights to let police access “data for the purpose of identifying the owners of SIM cards activated with a stolen mobile telephone, such as the surnames, forenames and, if need be, addresses of the owners.” Such interference “is not sufficiently serious to entail that access being limited, in the area of prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offenses, to the objective of fighting serious crime,” the ruling continues.

Source: EU Court Endorses Minor Privacy Intrusion for Petty Crime

Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

It’s the first time since the iPhone X launched that any cop has used Face ID to force an iOS device open. With a search warrant in hand, a federal investigator told suspect to put his face in front of the phone, which he duly did. That allowed the agent to pick through the suspect’s online chats, photos and whatever else he deemed worthy of investigation. Whilst the feds obtained a warrant, and appeared to have done everything within the bounds of the law, concerns remain about the use of such tactics.

Source: Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

Microsoft calls for principle-based international agreements to govern law enforcement access to data

While governments engage with their citizens and with each other to address the challenges we face in our digital age, it is more important than ever for policymakers to confront critical questions about how to protect privacy and give law enforcement the tools they need to keep us safe. When and how should law enforcement be able to access digital evidence? What minimum legal requirements should apply to government demands? What rights and protections should be afforded to those whose data is disclosed? What should the public know about the number and nature of these investigatory demands?

Full article: A call for principle-based international agreements to govern law enforcement access to data – Microsoft on the Issues

U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

Source: Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources | Reuters

Australian Law Draft Requires Companies to share Encryption Data

The Australian government has proposed a new law that would force tech companies that have encrypted data relevant to an investigation to hand over the information they have stored when requested by law enforcement. Companies that don’t comply could face fines up to $7.3 million and people involved in not complying could face jail time.

Source: Proposed Australian Law Threatens Apple and Facebook’s Privacy Policies | Fortune

International Privacy Experts Adopt Recommendations for Cross-Border Law Enforcement Requests for Data

The International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications has adopted new recommendations to protect individual rights during criminal cross-border law enforcement. The Berlin-based Working Group includes Data Protection Authorities and experts who assess emerging privacy challenges.

Source: International Privacy Experts Adopt Recommendations for Cross-Border Law Enforcement Requests for Data

Proposed UK surveillance laws give police power to access electronic devices

Proposed laws would also compel Facebook, Apple and Google to assist in decrypting private communications Law enforcement agencies would gain new powers to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and compel technology companies to assist in decrypting private communications under proposed legislation.

Source: Coalition’s surveillance laws give police power to access electronic devices

Facial recognition software is not ready for use by law enforcement

Facial recognition technologies, used in the identification of suspects, negatively affects people of color. To deny this fact would be a lie. And clearly, facial recognition-powered government surveillance is an extraordinary invasion of the privacy of all citizens — and a slippery slope to losing control of our identities altogether. There’s really no “nice” way to acknowledge these things.

Read article: Facial recognition software is not ready for use by law enforcement | TechCrunch

Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

Apple is closing a technological loophole that let authorities hack into locked iPhones, infuriating law enforcement officials and reigniting a debate over security versus privacy.

Source: Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices – The New York Times

London cops’ facial recognition doesn’t work

London cops’ facial recognition kit has only correctly identified two people to date – neither of whom were criminals – and the UK capital’s police force has made no arrests using it. Police’s automated facial recognition (AFR) technology has a 98 per cent false positive rate.

Source: Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops’ facial recog tech slammed • The Register

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