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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

Ethically Scraping and Accessing Data: Governments Desperately Seeking Data

As cities get smarter, their appetite and access to information is also increasing.

The rise of data-generating technologies has given government agencies unprecedented opportunities to harness useful, real-time information about citizens.

Source: Ethically Scraping and Accessing Data: Governments Desperately Seeking Data

Tech firms have replaced government as biggest threat to privacy

Former CIA and former NSA chief Michael Hayden said Tuesday that technology firms have replaced the government as the biggest threat to Americans’ privacy.

“Our technology and our ambition have gotten ahead of law, policy and norms and now we’re struggling to catch up,” Hayden told CBSN’s Elaine Quijano on “Red and Blue.”

Source: Tech firms have replaced government as biggest threat to privacy, ex-CIA director Michael Hayden says – CBS News

UK has six months to rewrite snooper’s charter, high court rules

Judges say Investigatory Powers Act is incompatible with EU law after legal challenge by Liberty The British government must rewrite its mass data surveillance legislation because it is incompatible with European law, the high court has ruled.

Source: UK has six months to rewrite snooper’s charter, high court rules

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