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Privacy News and Views for July 21

Posted by on July 21, 2017 in News and Updates | 0 comments

Government Surveillance

Court: Warrantless requests to track cellphones, Internet use grew sevenfold in D.C. in three years  Washington Post

U.S. appeals court upholds gag orders on FBI data surveillance | Reuters

Homeland Security says Americans who don’t want faces scanned leaving the country “shouldn’t travel” | ZD Net

Border Patrol Says It’s Barred From Searching Cloud Data on Phones  | NBC News

Silicon Valley mostly quiet in internet surveillance debate in Congress | Reuters

House Committee Backs Stronger Email/Data Privacy | Broadcasting & Cable

Efforts to estimate scope of FISA intrusion on Americans halts under Trump administration | The Washington Times

No one should have to guess meaning of surveillance laws | Human Rights Watch

Proposed Surveillance Guidelines Take Shape in Palo Alto, Calif.  |  Digital Communities

Corporate Surveillance

Surprise, Echo Owners, You’re Now Part of Amazon’s Random Social Network | Gizmodo

Goodbye Google Now, hello new feed that obsessively tracks your interests | PC World

The Scary Reason Companies Like Verizon Keep Blowing Your Digital Privacy | Fast Company

Apple’s privacy pledge complicates its AI push | Wired

Even Teenagers Are Creeped Out by Snapchat’s New Map Feature | Slate

Swapping My Privacy Rights to Find a Taqueria   CMS Wire

The Dark Side of That Personality Quiz You Just Took  |The Atlantic

Students’ & Minors’ Privacy

Hawaii Enacts Law to Prohibit Release of Credit Information of Children, Others | Lexology

Toys in 2017: Batteries (and Cybersecurity) Not Included | Bloomberg Privacy and Security Blog

Broadband Privacy

Rep. Ellison Statement on the Introduction of H.R. 3175, the Online Privacy Act

California is facing a major battle over internet privacy | The Verge

California heads effort to restore internet privacy protections | Legal Reader

Biometric Privacy

DMV Facial Recognition System Deemed Illegal By Vermont Attorney General | Vermont NPR

Tech Companies Are Pushing Back Against Biometric Privacy Laws | Bloomberg Business Week

Encryption

Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services, VPNs  | Sacramento Bee

Analysis: To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world  | The Denver Post

No, the laws of Australia don’t override the laws of mathematics |  Brookings Institute

Right to Be Forgotten

French court refers ‘right to be forgotten’ dispute to top EU court | Reuters

This Week in Data Breaches

Verizon data of 6 million users leaked online | CNN Tech

Cloud Leak: How A Verizon Partner Exposed Millions of Customer Accounts  | UpGuard

Security news this week: White House exposes the info of privacy-concerned voters | Wired

Dow Jones customer data exposed in cloud error | The Hill

 

Privacy News and Views for July 14

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Whose Speech Is Chilled by Surveillance? | Slate
Women and young people are more likely to self-censor if they think they’re being monitored.

Government Surveillance

Digital Privacy to Come Under Supreme Court’s Scrutiny | New York Times

EPIC Lawsuit – Election Commission Suspends Collection of State Voter Data | EPIC.com

Who Has Your Back?  Government Data Requests 2017  | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Corporate Surveillance

Why the Internet Knows Us Better Than We Know Ourselves |  Knowledge @ Wharton

Nearly Half of the Most Popular Websites Use the Same Software to Track You Around the Internet | Motherboard

Illinois Issues: The Battle Over Transparency And Privacy In The Digital Age  | NPR Illinois

Do digital home devices put your privacy at risk? | CBS

Broadband Privacy

States may shackle AT&T, Comcast on web data after US retreat | Houston Chronicle

Privacy in the Workplace

Article 29 Working Party published opinion on personal data processing at work  | Lexology

The Problem With Email  | IAPP News

Donald Trump Jr.’s email scandal is a cautionary tale for all American workers  | Marketwatch

Trump Campaign Is Sued Over Leaked Emails Linked to Russians | New York Times

Biometric Privacy

If you get your face scanned the next time you fly, here’s what you should know| MIT Technology Review

“Show Me Your Papers” Becomes “Open Your Eyes” as Border Sheriffs Expand Iris Surveillance  | The Intercept

Intercontinental Hotels employees file class action over fingerprint use  | Biometric Update

EPIC urges TSA to consider other options to expanding biometric identifiers for Pre-check  | Biometric Update

Encryption

The DOD Won’t Automatically Encrypt External Emails Until 2018 | NextGov

This Week in Data Breaches

Hackers have been stealing credit card numbers from Trump’s hotels for months | Washington Post

Data breach hits California Assn. of Realtors subsidiary | Los Angeles Times

Hard Rock data breach affects 11 hotels, including Chicago | Chicago Tribune

Privacy News and Views for July 7, 2017 (The ICYMI Edition)

Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This week’s edition of Privacy  News and Views  covers the past two weeks of privacy news, due to a hiatus for  ALA’s Annual Conference and the Fourth of July holiday.

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Government Surveillance

How the government can read your email | Politico

Spy agencies seek permanent authority for contested surveillance program | Washington Post

The Supreme Court Phone Location Case Will Decide the Future of Privacy | Motherboard

Color of Surveillance Conference Highlights Monitoring of Immigrant Communities  | Free Press

DHS Is Starting to Scan Americans’ Faces Before They Get on International Flights | Slate

Corporate Surveillance

Internet Privacy Policies: Who Has a Right to Your Data? | Consumer Reports

Before You Hit ‘Submit,’ This Company Has Already Logged Your Personal Data | Gizmodo

FTC Halts Operation That Unlawfully Shared and Sold Consumers’ Sensitive Data | Federal Trade Commission

Libraries and Privacy

Omaha libraries loosen security footage policy for police  | Omaha World Herald

TSA and Reader Privacy

New TSA Policy May Lead to Increased Scrutiny of Reading Material  | American Civil Liberties Union

TSA Considers Forcing You To Take Books Out Of Your Carry-on Luggage  The Hill

Hands off my books, TSA. And leave my cookies alone.  | Sacramento Bee

Remove your shoes … and your books | Times Higher Education

TSA Doesn’t Want Your Books | Inside Higher Ed

TSA ends test of separate screening for books | CBLDF

Anonymity

Online Reviewers Face Feds Over Right to Stay Anonymous | Wall Street Journal

Geolocation / Tracking

Illinois “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act” Passes Both Houses, Headed to Governor’s Desk | Lexology

Illinois: Geolocation Privacy Protection Act “among the first of its kind” |  DataGuidance

Broadband Privacy

Why almost every state is partially or fully rebuffing Trump’s election commission | Washington Post

California bill aims to revive broadband privacy rules that were killed by Trump and Congress  Los Angeles Times

Trump took away your internet privacy. A California legislator wants to give it back  Sacramento Bee

Blackburn privacy bill hits Democratic wall Politico

Student and Minors’ Privacy

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule: A Six-Step Compliance Plan for Your Business  | Federal Trade Commission

Complying with COPPA: FTC Releases Updated Six-Step Compliance Plan for Businesses | Lexology

Data Breach Response Training Kit | U.S. Department of Education

In Rhode Island, Some Schools Think They Have the Right to Spy on Students With School Laptops |  ACLU of Rhode Island

Encryption

Let’s Encrypt brings free wildcard certificates to the web |  xdnet

Australia advocates weakening strong crypto at upcoming “Five Eyes” meeting | Ars Technica

Five Eyes agree to engage with industry on terrorists’ use of encryption | The Globe and Mail

Perils of Back Door Encryption Mandates | Human Rights Watch

What If Apple Is Wrong? | MIT Technology Review

This Week in Data Breaches

Email Phishing Scam Causes UC Davis Health Data Breach  | CBS Sacramento

Hacker Steals Millions of Accounts from Internet Radio Service 8tracks | Motherboard

Massive WWE Leak Exposes 3 Million Wrestling Fans’ Addresses, Ethnicities And More  Forbes

Loews Hotels Warns Customers of Data Breach  NBC10

Texas Association of School Boards Data Breach Exposes Teachers’ Social Security Numbers  Government Technology

Indiana Medicaid patients warned of possible data breach | The Indy Channel

The Medicare machine: patient details of ‘any Australian’ for sale on darknet  | The Guardian

A Republican contractor’s database of nearly every voter was left exposed on the Internet for 12 days, researcher says | Washington Post