Jul 302016
 
 July 30, 2016  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Jordan Pearson reports:

In November of 2015, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had a problem.

At the time, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation had been using its massively controversial database of biometric information—photos of people’s faces, tattoos, iris scans, and more—at “full operational capacity” for about a year. The RCMP, on the other hand, was stuck with a national fingerprint database that didn’t allow officers to scan and search people’s faces or other body parts. Canada’s federal police force was falling behind its southern counterpart.

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Undeterred, the RCMP went ahead and began working to procure a new AFIS system that could analyze and capture faces, fingerprints, palm prints, tattoos, scars, and irises—all without clear authorization or approval by the country’s federal privacy watchdog, or even a plan to implement it.

Read more on Motherboard.

Jul 302016
 
 July 30, 2016  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Healthcare

Cory Doctorow reports:

Consumer Reports Labs tested Glow, a very popular menstrual cycle/fertility-tracking app, and found that the app’s designers had made a number of fundamental errors in the security and privacy design of the app, which would make it easy for stalkers or griefers to take over the app, change users’ passwords, spy on them, steal their identities, and access extremely intimate data about the millions of women and their partners who use the app.

After being alerted to these problems, Glow fixed the app and re-released it. Consumer Reports has verified that the app’s known major problems have been fixed.

Read more on BoingBoing.