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Secret Amazon Reports Expose Company Spying on Labor, Environmental Groups

Leaked documents reveal Amazon’s reliance on Pinkerton operatives to spy on workers and its extensive monitoring of labor unions and social movements.

The documents show Amazon analysts closely monitor the labor and union-organizing activity of their workers throughout Europe, as well as environmentalist and social justice groups on Facebook and Instagram. They also indicate, and an Amazon spokesperson confirmed, that Amazon has hired Pinkerton operatives—from the notorious spy agency known for its union-busting activities—to gather intelligence on warehouse workers.

Source: Secret Amazon Reports Expose Company Spying on Labor, Environmental Groups

Microsoft Developing Workplace Surveillance System to ‘Score’ Meeting Productivity

A recent patent application reveals Microsoft is developing a “meeting insight computing system” that would monitor body language, facial expressions, and other features of participants in order to assign a “quality score” to workplace meetings.

According to the filing, the system could be applied both to in-person and remote meetings. Microsoft also introduced a “Productivity Score” last month which would have allowed organizations to monitor employees’ use of Microsoft products.

Source: EPIC – Microsoft Developing Workplace Surveillance System to ‘Score’ Meeting Productivity

Most Americans Object to Government Tracking of Their Activities Through Cellphones

A new survey found widespread concern among Americans about government tracking of their whereabouts through their digital devices, with an overwhelming majority saying that a warrant should be required to obtain such data.

A new Harris Poll survey indicated that 55% of American adults are worried that government agencies are tracking them through location data generated from their cellphones and other digital devices. The poll also found that 77% of Americans believe the government should get a warrant to buy the kind of data.

Source: Most Americans Object to Government Tracking of Their Activities Through Cellphones – WSJ

Disaster apps share personal data in violation of their privacy policies

Madelyn Sanfilippo – professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – and a team of experts tracked the personal data sent by popular disaster apps and examined whether those practices conformed to their own privacy policies and government regulations.

The research team looked at 15 apps, selected based on their popularity or the fact that they were recommended in news articles or promoted by app markets. Researchers found that many of them ignore their own privacy policies, capture location data as the default setting as soon as the apps are launched and don’t identify all third parties that might receive personal data.

Source: Disaster apps share personal data in violation of their privacy policies

Apple hits out at campaign group’s ‘inaccurate’ privacy complaint

Apple has strongly denied claims from privacy campaigners that it has breached Europe’s ePrivacy directive through its Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA).

The non-profit campaign group Noyb said that the Apple operating system on iPhones creates IDFA without the user’s knowledge or consent, thereby breaching Europe’s Privacy Directive.

However a spokesperson for Apple, responding to the allegations, said: “The claims made against Apple in this complaint are factually inaccurate and we look forward to making that clear to privacy regulators should they examine the complaint. Apple does not access or use the IDFA on a user’s device for any purpose.

Source: Apple hits out at campaign group’s ‘inaccurate’ privacy complaint

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

The Department of Homeland Security is purchasing consumer cellphone data that allows authorities to track immigrants trying to cross the southern border, which privacy advocates say could lead to a vast “surveillance partnership” between the government and private corporations.

In an internal memo obtained by BuzzFeed News, the DHS’s top attorney, Chad Mizelle, outlined how ICE officials can look up locations and track cellphone data activity to make decisions on enforcement.

Mizelle also believes the agency can use the data without obtaining a warrant or violating the Fourth Amendment, which protects the public against unreasonable searches and seizures. That logic could lay the groundwork for the government to use the same data to track everyday Americans, raising red flags among privacy advocates.

Source: DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

Intrusive, omnipresent surveillance growing during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert warns

Widespread use of contact tracing technology to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has led to almost incessant and omnipresent surveillance in some parts of the world, a UN expert on privacy told the General Assembly today.

“This is a very disturbing trend; all-pervasive surveillance is no panacea for COVID-19,” Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, said as he delivered his annual report, which examines the privacy impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: OHCHR | Intrusive, omnipresent surveillance growing during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert warns

European Parliament’s COVID website overrun with US web trackers

The European Parliament’s coronavirus test management website is overrun with user tracking requests, some of which are attempting to siphon data to US-based firms at a time in which the future of transatlantic data flows is far from clear.

The website, which is run by EcoCare, a subsidiary of the United Arab Emirates firm Ecolog, requests permission to transfer the personal data of those using the platform – European Parliament staff members – to third party companies.

Those include Google and the US financial services platform Stripe, backed by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, chairman of data analytics firm Palantir. 

Source: EP’s COVID website overrun with US web trackers, MEP raises data concerns – EURACTIV.com

Hospitals And VA Clinics Use Facial Recognition And Palm Scanners To Track Patients

Massachusetts area hospitals and VA clinics have begun installing Xecan facial recognition cameras to identify and track patients.

According to Xecan, they have been providing ‘touchless clinic technology’ to hospitals and clinics for at least ten years. What makes Xecan so unique is using ‘immunocompromised cancer patients’ and COVID-19 together to justify using facial recognition in hospitals.

Source: Hospitals And VA Clinics Use ‘Xecan’ Facial Recognition And Palm Scanners To Track Patients | MassPrivateI

‘Love Contracts’ Go Mainstream as Employers Track Office Romance

While workplace dating policies have been commonplace for years, typically targeting relationships between managers and subordinates, many companies have been compelled to update them to take into account new state anti-harassment laws and remote work activity spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.

Some companies are having workers sign “love contracts,” requiring employees to clue employers into when they are in (and potentially out of) love. They also might include real-world examples in the policies, demonstrating exactly at what point in a relationship workers have to flag their newfound romance for an employer. From an anti-harassment stand-point, the policies are in place for good reasons.

Source: ‘Love Contracts’ Go Mainstream as Employers Track Office Romance

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