Privacy Surveillance

Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects’ alibis

Looser privacy standards for vehicle data are a treasure chest of data for law enforcement. Source Law enforcement agencies are finding a treasure trove of evidence in vehicles that they can use to solve crimes.Sebastian König / for NBC NewsDec. 28, 2020, 9:18 AM ESTBy Olivia Solon On June 26, 2017, the lifeless body of […]

Covid-19 Surveillance

Using Big Tech to tackle coronavirus risks swapping one lockdown for another

Adam Smith An app that logs movements and contacts might seem like a fair trade now but we risk giving away our privacy for good Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Wed 22 Apr 2020 11.00 BSTLast modified on Wed 22 Apr 2020 15.54 BST Shares30Comments207 Even when the lockdown is lifted, there is no guarantee […]

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Managing health privacy and bias in COVID-19 public surveillance

Nicol Turner Lee and Jordan RobertsTuesday, April 21, 2020TECHTANK Editor’s Note: A version of this blog post appeared on the website of the John Locke Foundation. The Center for Technology Innovation is hosting a webinar titled “Public health surveillance, AI bias, and risks to privacy in the fight against COVID-19” on April 21 at 2:00 PM. Register to […]


Judge dismisses Twitter lawsuit pushing to reveal US surveillance requests

BY TAL AXELROD – 04/18/20 08:27 AM EDT 9526 VIEW ALL A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit from Twitter pushing the Justice Department to allow the company to reveal surveillance requests it had received, ending a six-year legal battle between the tech behemoth and the government. The social media platform had sued the agency in 2014 to […]

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Google, Apple Covid-19 Tracking Tech Faces EU Scrutiny

By Natalia DrozdiakApril 16, 2020, 8:24 AM EDT Updated on April 16, 2020, 11:07 AM EDT  Bloc set common approach on tracking apps to exit lockdowns  Apple, Google announced new contact-tracing tech last week The European Union said it will scrutinize Google and Apple Inc.’s proposed contact-tracing technology to ensure it meets the bloc’s new standards governing the deployment of Covid-19 apps. Officials […]

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We’re on the Brink of Cyberpunk

It’s not just the technology, surveillance, and dystopian vibes—it’s the culmination of decades of deliberate governmental erosion. By KELSEY D. ATHERTONAPRIL 08, 20209:00 AM Recently in Future Tense Where is the president in Blade Runner? Beneath the 1982 neo-noir’s trappings of genetically engineered human automatons is a story about corporate power over and indifference to life, alienation in […]

Covid-19 Surveillance


What the technical documents tell us about the project’s privacy and security measuresBy Russell Brandom  Apr 11, 2020, 10:48am EDT OnOn Friday, Google and Apple joined together for an ambitious emergency project, laying out a new protocol for tracking the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It’s an urgent, complex project, with huge implications for privacy and public health. Similar projects […]

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Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure to pass federal privacy law

BY MAGGIE MILLER – 04/09/20 04:24 PM EDT 5922 © Greg Nash Concerns around the use of personal data to track and halt the spread of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic led senators and tech industry groups on Thursday to urge Congress to ramp up its efforts to put in place a national consumer privacy law.  “The collection of consumer […]

Covid-19 Surveillance

We Saw NSO’s Covid-19 Software in Action, and Privacy Experts Are Worried

A number of surveillance tech companies are pivoting to tracking coronavirus-infected citizens. Experts are worried that they are just trying exploit a crisis to expand their questionable businesses. By Lorenzo Franceschi-BicchieraiApr 2 2020, 8:00amShareTweetSnap The rapidly spreading coronavirus has infected more than 900,000 and killed more than 45,000 people all over the world. This unprecedented crisis is also […]

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Mass school closures in the wake of the coronavirus are driving a new wave of student surveillance

Colleges are racing to sign deals with ‘online proctor’ companies that watch students through their webcams while they take exams. Education advocates say the surveillance software forces students to choose between privacy and their grades. By Drew Harwell April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT When University of Florida sophomore Cheyenne Keating felt a rush of nausea […]