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How GDPR changes use of Browser Fingerprinting and Web Trackers

Browser fingerprinting is on a collision course with privacy regulations. Compared to more well-known tracking “cookies,” browser fingerprinting is trickier for users and browser extensions to combat: websites can do it without detection, and it’s very difficult to modify browsers so that they are less vulnerable to it. As cookies have become more visible and easier to block, companies have been increasingly tempted to turn to sneakier fingerprinting techniques.

But companies also have to obey the law. And for residents of the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force on May 25th, is intended to cover exactly this kind of covert data collection. The EU has also begun the process of updating its ePrivacy Directive, best known for its mandate that websites must warn you about any cookies they are using.

Read article: The GDPR and Browser Fingerprinting: How It Changes the Game for the Sneakiest Web Trackers

The Next Frontier of Police Surveillance Is Drones

A major drone company DJI and a major police-camera company Axon are teaming up, and the possibilities are frightening. The devices will be linked to Axon’s cloud-based database for law enforcement, Evidence.com, which is used to process body-camera data too. And it could open a vast new frontier for police surveillance.

Source: Axon and DJI are teaming up to make surveillance drones, and the possibilities are frightening.

Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser

The newest version of Apple’s Safari comes with new privacy enhancing features. Browser will push back hard against the ad-tracking methods and device fingerprinting techniques that marketers and data brokers use to monitor web users as they browse.

The next version of Safari will explicitly prompt you when a website tries to access your cookies or other data, and let you decide whether to allow it, a welcome step toward explicit choices about online tracking. Safari will also make a dent in defeating the so-called “fingerprinting” approach, in which marketers use publicly accessible information about devices—like the way they’re configured, the fonts they have installed, and the plug-ins they run—to assign them an individual, trackable ID.

Source: WWDC 2018: Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser | WIRED

Three different approaches to consent under GDPR

AdAge looks at at several publishers who are all handling consent under GDPR differently. Approaches vary widely. Some publishers provide an easy way to opt out of being tracked. Others … don’t. And one offers an ad-free, no-tracking version of its subscription (for a higher price). What is and isn’t in violation remains unclear.

Source: GDPR ushers in new lingo: ‘CMP’ and ‘regtech’ | Digital – Ad Age

Report reveals dangerous lack of oversight of secret global surveillance networks

A major new report published today by Privacy International has identified alarming weaknesses in the oversight arrangements that are supposed to govern the sharing of intelligence between state intelligence agencies.

‘Secret Global Surveillance Networks: Intelligence Sharing Between Governments and the Need for Safeguards’ is based on an international collaborative investigation carried out by 40 NGOs in 42 countries.

Source: New Privacy International report reveals dangerous lack of oversight of secret global surveillance networks | Privacy International

Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities

An advanced type of malware can spy on nearly every Android smartphone function and steal passwords, photos, video, screenshots and data from WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps. “ZooPark” targets subjects in the Middle East and was likely developed by a state actor, according to Kaspersky Lab, which first spotted and identified it.

Source: Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities

NSA Spied On 534 Million US Calls In 2017

The NSA collected “call detail records” from over 500 million Americans’ phone calls in 2017, over three times the number gathered in 2016 according to a new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

This marks the second year of reporting following the passage of the 2015 USA FREEDOM Act – which requires that the DNI make public various search terms and surveillance statistics of collected “Call Detail Records,” in an Annual Statistical Transparency Report meant to limit the bulk collection of records.

Source: NSA Spied On 534 Million US Calls In 2017, Up Sharply From 2016 | Zero Hedge

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