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Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency.

Source: Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms | Reuters

When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of ‘Stalkerware’

NSA zero-days and sophisticated state surveillance tools get all the headlines. But we’re overlooking the dangerous, life-threatening, rise of “stalkerware,” which enables domestic violence.

Source: When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of ‘Stalkerware’ – Motherboard

The Thinning Line Between Commercial and Government Surveillance

Privacy doesn’t merely benefit individuals; it fundamentally shapes how society functions. It is crucial for marginalized communities and for social movements, such as the fight for marriage equality and other once-stigmatized views. Privacy enables these groups to network, organize, and develop their ideas and platforms before challenging the status quo. But when people know they’re being tracked and surveilled, they change their behavior. This chilling effect hurts our intellectual freedoms and our capacity for social progress.

Source: The Thinning Line Between Commercial and Government Surveillance – The Atlantic

UK plans real-time surveillance of internet users

The “live” surveillance of British web users’ internet communications has been proposed in a draft technical paper prepared by the government.If made law, such access would occur via the Investigatory Powers (IP) Act, which includes provisions for the removal of encryption on content.

Source: Investigatory Powers: ‘Real-time surveillance’ in draft update – BBC News

N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

The National Security Agency (NSA) announced that it has halted its warrantless surveillance program. This program was one of the most disputed forms of surveillance which dates back to the post-9/11 expansion of national security powers by Bush administration.

Source: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Apps are using ad-tracking ultrasonic tones – audio signals that your phone can hear, but you can’t – build up a profile about you: what you’ve seen, where, and in some cases even the websites you’ve visited. While this technology is still in its early stages of development, it’s becoming popular.

Source: Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

Ability to dissent and to do it anonymously was central to fight for independence and founding of the United States. However, latest facial recognition technology, used to fight crime, may eliminate people’s ability to be anonymous. It tracks our body, not devices we use, and is able to identify us from far away and without us knowing it.

Source: You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016. The report shows that over first half 2016 requests for account data increased by nine percent. Half of the data requests are from law enforcement in the U.S. containing a non-disclosure order that prohibited Facebook from notifying the user on request.

Source: Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

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