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Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

Law enforcement agencies may be able to access data on locked iPhones more often than they’re letting on, an analysis of hundreds of search warrants shows.

An analysis of more than 500 iPhone-related search warrants and cases shows that the situation is much more fluid than it would appear. Data shows that many law enforcement agencies, particularly ones at the federal level, are able to successfully extract data from even the most recent iPhones using digital forensics tools made by Grayshift and Cellebrite.

Source: Law enforcement can crack iPhones just fine without a backdoor

Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

Shortly after one of the worst riots New Delhi has seen in decades, law enforcement agencies in India used facial recognition technology to identify more than 1,100 people who allegedly took part in those riots at the end of February.

India’s home minister, Amit Shah, told parliament that law enforcement provided its facial recognition system with photos from government-issued IDs, like drivers licenses, and other databases.

Source: Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

ACLU sues US government over its use of facial recognition at airports

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the US government over its failure to reveal details about the use of facial recognition at airports.

ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to order a range of federal agencies to hand over their records about the tech’s usage at airports.

The lawsuit centers on concerns that the government can use facial recognition to track our movements, and has refused to provide details about what it’s doing with the tech.

Source: ACLU sues US government over its use of facial recognition at airports

Halt public use of facial recognition tech, says UK’s equality watchdog

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says mass AFR surveillance is discriminatory and stifles free expression.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said the technology should be suspended until its impact has been independently scrutinised and laws governing its application improved.

Source: Halt public use of facial recognition tech, says equality watchdog | UK news | The Guardian

Washington state approves stronger facial recognition regulations

Washington officials have approved a set of stronger facial recognition regulations for the state.

Under the bill, facial recognition technologies have to be tested for fairness and accuracy, since they’ve been proven to show bias against women and people of color. Law enforcement agencies would have to secure a court order or a warrant to be able to use them, and Washington state has to form a task force to study how public agencies should use and deploy facial recognition technologies.

Source: Washington state approves stronger facial recognition regulations | Engadget

Popular VPN And Ad-Blocking Apps Are Secretly Harvesting User Data

Sensor Tower, a popular analytics platform for tech developers and investors, has been secretly collecting data from millions of people who have installed popular VPN and ad-blocking apps for Android and iOS.

These apps, which don’t disclose their connection to the company or reveal that they feed user data to Sensor Tower’s products, have more than 35 million downloads.

Sensor Tower’s app intelligence platform is used by developers, venture capitalists, publishers, and others to track the popularity, usage trends, and revenue of apps.

Source: Sensor Tower Secretly Owns Ad Blocker And VPN Apps That Collect User Data

Adtech giant Criteo is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

Adtech giant Criteo is under investigation by the French data protection watchdog, the CNIL, following a complaint filed by privacy rights campaign group Privacy International.

Privacy International has been campaigning for more than a year for European data protection agencies to investigate several adtech players and data brokers involved in programmatic advertising.

Source: Adtech giant Criteo is being investigated by France’s data watchdog | TechCrunch

Lawmakers seek solutions to major platforms’ market dominance

At a U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights hearing Tuesday, lawmakers sought insights from witnesses on how to address major tech platforms’ dominance in the marketplace, specifically focusing on the practice of “self-preferencing” behaviors.

Senators heard from industry, academics and advocates on what they believe should be done to police the practice, in which tech giants — Google and Amazon were primarily used as the examples — favor their own products in marketing to consumers, to the detriment of smaller enterprises competing on their platforms.

While antitrust and competition may seem like somewhat irrelevant topics to privacy professionals, there’s an increasing sense both in the EU and the U.S. that antitrust law could and should play a role in tackling monopolies. The idea is that the companies that own the most consumer data own the market dominance.

Full article: Lawmakers seek solutions to major platforms’ market dominance

Illinois legislators want to protect smart devices users’ privacy

The Protecting Household Privacy Act would require makers of smart devices to tell customers how their information is shared.

The Senate measure would also require law enforcement to get a court order to access someone’s household data. Police would have to destroy any data within 30 days, unless, for example, there is “reasonable suspicion that the information contains evidence of criminal activity,” according to the measure.

Source: Smart devices: Illinois legislators want to protect customers’ privacy – Chicago Sun-Times

Publishers Are Wary Of New Tech That Wants To Use Their First-Party Cookies

With the clock ticking on third-party cookies, publishers will soon be the only part of the ad ecosystem with direct relationships with their readers.

The identity-preserving workarounds pitched by agencies and buy-side ad tech often involve using a publisher’s first-party cookie to store information, and allowing outside partners to call up these first-party cookie records (often via API) and stitch them together to understand identity.

Other solutions use local storage or have a publisher create a new subdomain (a CNAME record) for the ad tech company that allows them to set first-party cookies. Then, buyers can essentially recreate the identity that powers the open web.

Unfortunately, most – though not all – of these solutions fail to meet publishers’ privacy compliance criteria, and many feel these are temporary workarounds vs. true innovations.

Full article: Publishers Are Wary Of New Tech That Wants To Use Their First-Party Cookies | AdExchanger

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