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Facebook and Google have ad trackers on your streaming TV

Modern TV, coming to you over the Internet instead of through cable or over the air, has a modern problem: all of your Internet-connected streaming devices are watching you back and feeding your data to advertisers. Two independent sets of researchers this week released papers that measure the extent of the surveillance your TV is conducting on you.

The first study, conducted by researchers at Princeton and the University of Chicago, looked specifically at Roku and Amazon set-top devices. A review of more than 2,000 channels across the two platforms found trackers on 69% of Roku channels and 89% of Amazon Fire TV channels.

Source: Facebook and Google have ad trackers on your streaming TV, studies find | Ars Technica

Browser Fingerprinting: An Introduction and the Challenges Ahead

In the past few years, a technique called browser fingerprinting has received a lot of attention because of the risks it can pose to privacy.

What is it? How is it used? What is Tor Browser doing against it?

In this blog post is answer to these questions: Browser Fingerprinting: An Introduction and the Challenges Ahead | Tor Blog

Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web

Google has announced a new long-term initiative that, if fully realized, will make it harder for online marketers and advertisers to track you across the web.

This new proposal follows the company’s plans to change how cookies in Chrome work and to make it easier for users to block tracking cookies.

Today’s proposal for a new open standard extends this by looking at how Chrome can close the loopholes that the digital advertising ecosystem can use to circumvent that. And soon, that may mean that your browser will feature new options that give you more control over how much you share without losing your anonymity.

Source: Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web | TechCrunch

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

Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats

Recent reports show that Ring has partnered with police departments across the country to hawk this new surveillance system—going so far as to draft press statements and social media posts for police to promote Ring cameras.

This creates a vicious cycle in which police promote the adoption of Ring, Ring terrifies people into thinking their homes are in danger, and then Amazon sells more cameras.

Source: Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Contractors at Microsoft eavesdrop on some Skype calls

Amazon and Google have been in the headlines recently over how the tech giants’ workers eavesdrop on the audio footage picked up by smart assistants. Now Microsoft has explaining to do following reports that its employees listen in on real Skype conversations that have gone through translation software processing.

People contracted to work with Microsoft take dialogues in for review as a means of translation quality control. No mention of this surveillance appears in Skype’s terms and conditions.

Source: Contractors at Microsoft eavesdrop on some Skype calls

As San Diego increases use of streetlamp cameras raising surveillance concerns

Privacy groups call on elected officials to put surveillance protections in place, warn about the potential for hacking and internal abuses.

San Diego has installed thousands of microphones and cameras in so-called smart streetlamps in recent years as part of a program to assess traffic and parking patterns throughout the city.

The technology over the last year caught the attention of law enforcement last year. But privacy groups have voiced concerns about a lack of oversight as law enforcement has embraced the new technology.

Source: As San Diego increases use of streetlamp cameras, ACLU raises surveillance concerns – Los Angeles Times

Cathay Pacific reveals its use of onboard cameras

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific reveals its use of cameras on its aircraft, reopening an uncomfortable debate over surveillance aboard airplanes.

While CCTV surveillance is accepted by many as a reassuring security measure, others feel tracking passengers in the confines of an airplane cabin is a step too far.

Full article: Cathay Pacific reveals its use of onboard cameras | CNN Travel

Privacy rights under threat with Irish government’s national ID card

A UN representative has called out the Irish government’s introduction of an ID card which contains biometric information.

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Prof Philip Alston criticised the roll-out of the Public Services Card (PSC), saying the government introduced the card “without any transparency of public debate”.

Source: UN official says privacy rights under threat with Irish government’s national ID card | The Canary

Appeal against government mass surveillance loses in High Court

The human rights group Liberty has failed in its legal bid to put an end to the Investigatory Powers Act.

The law permits mass monitoring of connected devices to enable intelligence agencies to extend surveillance and government knowledge. But the legislation, branded the “Snoopers’ Charter” by its detractors has come under heavy criticism.

Source: Appeal against government mass surveillance loses in High Court

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