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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

Google Seeks to Establish Facial Recognition in Homes

With opposition growing to facial recognition, Google has decided instead to build facial recognition into Nest Hub Max, an “always on” device intended for use in the home.

Google’s “face match” constantly targets the facial images of each person in the household. Any interaction with the Google device is added to the secret user profile Google maintains for ad targeting.

Source: Google Seeks to Establish Facial Recognition in Homes

California lawmakers passes ban on facial recognition tech in police body cams

The three-year moratorium prohibits state and local law enforcement from using facial recognition technology.

The bill, AB215, also referred to as the Body Camera Accountability Act got voted by The State Assembly 42-18, and will now head to Governor Gavin Newsom who will decide on signing the bill to law. If he signs, it will go into effect January, 2020.

Source: #privacy: California lawmakers passes ban on facial recognition tech in police body cams

UK Court Dismisses Challenge to Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

On September 4, 2019, the High Court of England and Wales dismissed a challenge to South Wales Police’s use of Automated Facial Recognition technology. The Court determined that the police’s use of AFR had been necessary and proportionate to achieve their statutory obligations.

The police would subsequently match the images captured with wanted persons in their own databases using biometric data analysis. Where a match was not made with any of these watchlists, the images were immediately and automatically deleted.

Source: High Court Dismisses Challenge to Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Bavarian DPA investigates Blood Donation Service for website tracking

The Bavarian Data Protection Authority (BayLDA) is currently scrutinising the website of the blood donation service of the Bavarian Red Cross as part of a focused data protection review.

The reason for this was the use of tracking tools on the website of the blood donation service. In particular, the BayLDA will look at whether sensitive data about the users’ health has been used by Facebook.

If tracking tools are used, quite a number of data protection requirements must be observed. This is not as simple as merely informing the user about the tracking tools in simple terms; the website operator must also ensure that they legally integrate the tracking tools, i.e. that a legal basis allows the integration or that the users have given their consent in advance.

Source: Blood Donation Service under high scrutiny

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

UK watchdogs voice concern over lip-reading CCTV

The UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has warned that in the future, citizens may have to hide their conversations from CCTV until regulations are put in place for intrusive technologies.

Additionally Porter raised concerns about new technologies which could identify citizens by their walk, as well as lip-syncing technology that could decipher what individuals are saying from a distance.

Source: #privacy: UK watchdogs voice concern over lip-reading CCTV

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

Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You 

The tool is a response to criticism that Facebook has faced over how it safeguards its users’ privacy.

The company introduced a new tool that lets people better see and control the information that Facebook has gathered about their browsing habits outside the social network.

The tool, Off-Facebook Activity, allows users to view the hundreds of sites and apps that share data and customer information with Facebook. They can disconnect the data from their account if they want.

Source: Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You – The New York Times

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

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