Sep 152014
 

From WikiLeaks: Today, 15 September 2014, WikiLeaks releases previously unseen copies of weaponised German surveillance malware used by intelligence agencies around the world to spy on journalists, political dissidents and others. Read more on WikiLeaks. I’m already seeing some media coverage of the revelations involving Australia, Singapore, and South Africa.

Sep 152014
 

From EFF: In the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind the 13 Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law reform. Every day, we’ll take on a different part of the principles, [...]

Sep 132014
 

Glyn Moody writes: Three years ago, Techdirt wrote about how German politician Malte Spitz obtained six months’ worth of basic geolocation data for his mobile phone. He then gave this to the German newspaper Die Zeit, which produced a great visualization of his travels during this time. That showed clearly how much was revealed from such basic data. [...]

Sep 122014
 

Tanya Roscorla reports: As the legislative session wraps up, student data privacy bills are headed to the books in 20 states. State policymakers introduced 110 bills on student data privacy in 36 states this session, with 30 of them passing both houses and 24 being signed into law, according to an analysis by the Data Quality Campaign. Four companion [...]

Sep 112014
 

Craig Timberg reports: The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand to hand over user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the NSA’s [...]

Sep 112014
 

Rebecca Savastio reports: China has developed a new facial recognition payment system, and its use has widespread privacy implications. According to the latest results from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Chinese scientists have hit upon a novel new system – which is a very positive step in the financial markets – but the bone of [...]