Jun 302010
 June 30, 2010  Posted by  Breaches

A Stockton woman was puzzled when pictures she never took and personal information that wasn’t hers suddenly showed up on her iPhone, but confusion turned to concern after she tracked the information to another woman’s iPhone.

Like so many customers, Maria Avila took her older-generation iPhone to an Apple store on Sunday to upgrade to the new 4.0 software, but ever since, she has been suffering from glitches.

“I still can’t send text messages,” Maria said, and as she showed the problem to CBS13, her iPhone locked up and wouldn’t function properly.

The frustrating glitches became much more serious when strange photos popped up in Maria’s album and unknown contact information appeared in her address book.

Read more on CBS.

Jun 292010
 June 29, 2010  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Michael Virtanen of the Associated Press reports:

State lawmakers have passed legislation to prohibit the New York City Police Department from keeping personal information in its database on individuals who have been stopped and frisked by police without arrest or further legal action.

Sponsors said information from the department’s street stops, mainly of blacks and Latinos who are innocent, also puts them permanently under police suspicion and surveillance.

Read more in the Times Union.

Jun 292010
 June 29, 2010  Posted by  Breaches, Online

Ryan Singel writes:

If you have checked in with Foursquare in San Francisco in the last three weeks, Jesper Andersen probably knows where and when — even if you’ve set your check-ins to be published to friends only.

Andersen, a coder who recently built a service called Avoidr that helps you avoid social network “friends” you don’t really like, figured out that Foursquare had a privacy leak because of how it published user check-ins on web pages for each location.


Andersen reported the privacy breach to Foursquare two Sundays ago — and the company admitted the bug existed. They asked for a week or so to fix the bug, and now, according to an e-mail sent to Alexander, the company is modifying its privacy settings to let users opt out of being listed on location’s web pages. The site previously allowed users to opt out of being listed in the “Who’s here now” function, but until Tuesday that button didn’t apply to listing “Who’s checked in there.”

Read more on Threat Level.

Jun 292010
 June 29, 2010  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

David Kravets reports:

Welcome to the surveillance society.

That’s what the American Civil Liberties Union concluded Tuesday with a report chronicling government spying and the detention of groups and individuals “for doing little more than peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.”

The report, Policing Free Speech: Police Surveillance and Obstruction of First Amendment-Protected Activity (.pdf), surveys news accounts and studies of questionable snooping and arrests in 33 states and the District of Columbia the past decade.

Read more on Threat Level.