Nov 292014
 November 29, 2014  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance reports:

Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili has vetoed the Government-backed bill on surveillance that allows the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) to retain ‘key’ access to surveillance.

The draft-bill was approved by Parliament at its third and final reading yesterday after 73 Members of Parliament (MPs) voted in favour and 30 voted against.

The President proposed an alternative version of the draft bill, which noted the MIA should be deprived of capabilities of having direct access to telecom operators’ networks, or the “key”.


Nov 292014
 November 29, 2014  Posted by  Breaches, Business

Associated Press and Mail Online report:

Uber Technologies has confirmed it has taken ‘disciplinary action’ against one of its general managers who was being investigating for violating the popular car-booking service’s privacy policies by snooping on a reporter’s ride.

Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber’s New York office, was accused of using a company tracking tool called ‘God View’ to monitor the location of a BuzzFeed reporter earlier this month.

Read more on Daily Mail.

Nov 292014
 November 29, 2014  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

An editorial in The New Zealand Listener begins:

The day after National won its third term, John Key warned his Government against displays of arrogance. It’s hard to reconcile that good advice with National’s determination to bulldoze new security laws through Parliament before it rises for the Christmas break.

The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill is being debated under urgency. Its emotive title is telling. Since 9/11, governments throughout the Western world have justified curbs on individual freedoms on the basis that they are needed to counter terrorist plots. It’s a compelling argument that plays on public fears stoked by chilling television footage of Al Qaeda’s attack on the World Trade Center and the more recent beheadings by the Islamic State. But does it justify taking a short cut through the normal process of parliamentary scrutiny?

Read more on The New Zealand Listener.

Nov 272014
 November 27, 2014  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Craig Timberg reports:

It’s that time again. We’re on the move — feasting, sharing, shopping, giving thanks. And we are being tracked every step of the way. So here’s a quick guide to the state of the unblinking electronic eye, 2014 Holiday Edition.

Flying home? Every passenger on every flight is recorded on digital manifests. Every plane is tracked. And even before you board, airports are among the most intensively surveilled public spaces, full of cameras and other monitoring devices. Some airports even use tiny sensors hidden in lighting fixtures that, according to the New York Times, can spot long lines, read license plates and report “suspicious activity” to authorities.

Read more on Washington Post.

Thanks to Joe Cadillic for this link.