Jessica Guynn reports: U.S. policymakers are taking a closer look at facial recognition, thrusting privacy concerns over the controversial technology back into the spotlight. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a division of the Commerce Department, said Tuesday it planned to study the technology and its use in the private sector. The announcement comes after [...]
Mark Leiser reports: Peaches Geldof may be in trouble with the law after tweeting the names of the two mothers who allowed their babies to be abused by convicted paedophile Ian Watkins. Geldof, the daughter of Live Aid founder Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, may now be investigated for contempt of court after [...]
Revelations about the extent of the surveillance programmes undertaken by the NSA and GCHQ – as well as their efforts to undermine online security and encryption – have provoked fierce reaction around the world, sparking technical innovations, legal challenges, and moves towards political reform. Read more on The Guardian.
Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart today issued the following statement in response to requests for her Office’s preliminary comments on Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act: My Office is currently reviewing the Bill thoroughly and, in particular, [...]
Ashkan Soltani writes: The state of New Jersey recently announced a $1 million settlement with E-Sports Entertainment, LLC over allegations that the company installed malware on its customers’ computers. The Attorney General claimed that E-Sports’ software allowed the company to use its customer’s computers to mine for Bitcoins without the user’s knowledge, generating thousands of dollars in [...]
CBC News reports: When Justice Minister Peter MacKay unveiled the federal government’s proposed cyberbullying law on Wednesday, he touted it as a necessary tool to combat the often hurtful spread of intimate images. To emphasize the underlying point, he made the announcement during national Bullying Awareness Week. But legal experts were left wondering why a [...]
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, the Division of Law and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced today that Dataium, a Tennessee-based data analytics company serving the automotive industry, has entered into a settlement agreement that resolves allegations it engaged in unlawful “history sniffing” by using software code to track Web sites visited by consumers [...]