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Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds

BriefCam, a facial recognition and surveillance video analysis company, sells the ability to surveil protesters and enforce social distancing — without the public knowing.

BriefCam shows the line between contact tracing, policing, and surveillance can be thin — as cities can spend tens of thousands of dollars for powerful technology, with few restrictions on how police can use it.

Source: Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds

Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts-tracing app after privacy watchdog’s warning

One of the first national coronavirus contacts-tracing apps to be launched in Europe is being suspended in Norway after the country’s data protection authority raised concerns that the software, called “Smittestopp,” poses a disproportionate threat to user privacy — including by continuously uploading people’s location.

Following a warning from the watchdog Friday, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said today it will stop uploading data from tomorrow — ahead of a June 23 deadline when the DPA had asked for use of the app to be suspended so that changes could be made. It added that it disagrees with the watchdog’s assessment but will nonetheless delete user data “as soon as possible.”

Source: Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts-tracing app after privacy watchdog’s warning | TechCrunch

Israel Steps Back From Law Involving Secret Service in COVID-19 Tracing

Following widespread protest by the Israeli privacy community and the population at large, a decision by the Israeli Supreme Court and a statement from the head of the Israeli Secret Service that its involvement is not necessary given the current state of the pandemic—the Israeli cabinet has decided to withdraw a controversial law allowing monitoring of COVID-19 spread through invasive cellphone tracking by the Israeli Secret Service.

Source: Israel Steps Back From Law Involving Secret Service in COVID-19 Tracing

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use

Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode.

The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode.

Source: Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use – Reuters

Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Apple stores were attacked or damaged in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia, with looters stealing whatever products were accessible at the time.

The message that greets a looter powering up their new device: “This device has been disabled and is being tracked,” it says. “Local authorities will be alerted.”

Source: Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Latvia to be one of first to use Apple and Google software for coronavirus contact-tracing apps

Latvia will be one of the first countries to use the software tool developed by US tech companies Apple and Google enabling nations to release coronavirus contact-tracing apps, representatives of the companies informed LETA.

The software tool will enable the development of mobile apps using a decentralized approach, which involves saving and analyzing the data of close-distance contacts in the user’s mobile devise. Apple and Google have granted access to their new software to 22 countries, including Latvia where a group of IT companies are working on the app Apturi COVID (Stop COVID). Latvia will thus become one of the first countries to use the new tool for combating the spread of the new coronavirus.

Source: Latvia to be one of first to use Apple and Google software for coronavirus contact-tracing apps :: The Baltic Course | Baltic States news & analytics

Internet giants are fighting to protect your private browsing history

Earlier this month, the Senate passed the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act to reinstate the expired powers of the PATRIOT Act. Absent from the new bill is a crucial amendment that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing private browsing data recorded by internet service providers. As it stands, the bill grants agencies like the FBI complete access to the internet history of all Americans.

Subsequently, several tech companies including Mozilla, Reddit, Twitter, and Patreon have co-signed a letter asking the House of Representatives to tidy up this mess. The House still needs to pass the bill for it to become law, and they can force the inclusion of the amendment. They vote this week.

Source: Internet giants are fighting to protect your private browsing history – TechSpot

Qatar makes COVID-19 app mandatory, experts question efficiency

Starting late last week, citizens and residents have been required to have the Ehteraz contact-tracing app installed on mobile devices when leaving their homes, allowing the government to track if the user has been in touch with an infected person.

Not having the app installed could lead to a maximum fine of $55,000 or three years in prison.

But the announcement, days before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, led users to raise privacy concerns as the app requires access to files on the phone and permanent use of its GPS and Bluetooth for location tracking.

Source: Qatar makes COVID-19 app mandatory, experts question efficiency | Qatar News | Al Jazeera

Israel restricts COVID-19 phone tracking to ‘special cases’

Israel’s cabinet has limited COVID-19 phone tracking to ‘special cases’ where normal methods might not be enough.

Officials initially wanted to track the location of virtually every infected person with the technology, which was originally intended to fight terrorism. It theoretically helped Israel determine if people were isolating properly, and would help determine who might have been exposed. Privacy advocates quickly objected, though, and the Israeli parliament put a stop to it after determining that the drawbacks outweighed the benefits.

Source: Israel restricts COVID-19 phone tracking to ‘special cases’ | Engadget

Big privacy and data security concerns as India forces coronavirus tracing app on millions

Privacy and legal experts raise red flags as many are forced to download an app one politician calls a “sophisticated surveillance system.”

India’s government is trying to address privacy concerns raised by hackers, activists and political opposition parties over its coronavirus contact tracing app called Aarogya Setu.

But while the government insists the app is an important tool in its fight against coronavirus, it has raised concerns over personal privacy and other issues.

Full article: Big privacy and data security concerns as India forces coronavirus tracing app on millions – CBS News

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