Sep 202014
 

Biometrics Institute announced it has made a submission to the UK government’s Science and Technology Committee addressing the need to establish and enforce guidelines regarding privacy and vulnerability assessments for the responsible use of biometrics. The submission is in response to the Committee’s call for submissions last month to its inquiry regarding the potential use and collection [...]

Sep 192014
 
Tell Governor Brown: No Warrantless Drones For California Cops

Parker Higgins of EFF writes: An important California bill that would require warrants for law enforcement use of drones is currently sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that Gov. Brown will sign AB 1327, which passed the California legislature this August. EFF has long held that a warrant requirement is an essential [...]

Sep 192014
 

Cyrus Farivar reports: While Apple won’t confirm it, the company has removed its warrant canary from its latest transparency report, issued this week. While this could mean that the company has received a new secret government order to provide user data, there is still another more likely possibility: it’s not publishing warrant canaries at all. [...] The newest [...]

Sep 192014
 

David Paddon reports: Telus Corp.’s first “transparency” report reveals that the Vancouver-based telecom company received about 103,500 official requests for information about its customers last year. A majority of the requests — nearly 56,800 — were in emergency situations, such as to verify the location of 911 callers and another 40,900 requests were for names and [...]

Sep 192014
 

U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chris Coons (D-Del.), member of the Judiciary Committee, and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), introduced legislation to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by addressing the conflict of laws for cloud services providers in order to safeguard Americans’ electronic data stored [...]