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Category Archives for "Surveillance"

NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve

The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings.

Source: NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve – POLITICO

How Google constantly monitors us

Google is equally needy, but feels a lot more insidious than Facebook. Unlike Facebook, Google isn’t just a place you go. It’s built into the infrastructure of your life. It’s your house. It’s the roads and sidewalks you travel on. Google is a lot more infrastructural than Facebook, which is why breaches of trust feel a lot weirder and scarier.

Source: Google, You Creepy Sonofabitch | Brad Frost

Man Charged with Spying on Thousands of Mac Users for Thirteen Years

Thirteen years of spying is a long run. As Naked Security reported on January 12th , the technical description of the “Fruitfly” malware is “spyware.” But given the way it has allegedly been used, I agree that it might accurately be described as “creepware.” According to a 16-count indictment unsealed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, its creator, Phillip R. Durachinsky, 28, used it to spy on thousands of victims for more than 13 years.

Source: Man Charged with Spying on Thousands of Mac Users for Thirteen Years

ECHR workplace surveillance decision “tips the scales” in favour of employees

18 January 2018 The European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) issued, on 9 January 2018, its judgement in López Ribalda v. Spain regarding the covert video surveillance of a Spanish supermarket chain’s employees after suspicions of theft had arisen.

Source: International: ECtHR workplace surveillance decision “tips the scales” in favour of employees

Delaying surveillance reform could undermine the economy

As general counsel of Twilio, a mid-size cloud computing company, I follow Washington closely. You may be surprised to know that U.S. surveillance programs and oversight can have a big impact on us and our customers.

Source: Delaying surveillance reform could undermine the economy | TheHill

In China, facial recognition is sharp end of big data drive for total surveillance 

Facial recognition is the new hot tech topic in China. Banks, airports, hotels and even public toilets are all trying to verify people’s identities by analyzing their faces. But the police and security state have been the most enthusiastic about embracing this new technology.

Source: In China, facial recognition is sharp end of big data drive for total surveillance – The Washington Post

No tracking, no revenue: Apple’s privacy feature costs ad companies millions

Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked around the web.

Source: No tracking, no revenue: Apple’s privacy feature costs ad companies millions | Technology | The Guardian

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