Dec 272017
 December 27, 2017  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Tenth Amendment Center reports:

A bill prefiled in the Maryland House would require police to get a warrant before obtaining any information collected by “smart meter” technology. Passage of the bill would help protect privacy and ensure personal information doesn’t end up stored in federal databases.

Del. Alfred Carr (D-18) prefiled House Bill 56 (HB56) in October. The legislation would prohibit law enforcement officers from obtaining utility data recorded by a smart meter without a search warrant.

Read more on TAC.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Dec 272017
 December 27, 2017  Posted by  Surveillance

Seen on Twitter:

My aunt got a google home for Xmas & she already has “Alexa”. This morning we were messing around with the google home and asked, “okay google what do you think of Alexa” and it answered “I like her blue light” and from across the room Alexa turned on and said “thanks”. im scared

You can read more of the thread that tweet started here.

Dec 262017
 December 26, 2017  Posted by  Court, Govt

Melissa Quinn reports:

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a privacy group lacks the legal standing to sue President Trump’s voter fraud commission over its collection of voter roll data.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the lawsuit from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which sought to block the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity from collecting voter roll information from states, including birth dates, addresses, political affiliations and partial Social Security numbers.

Read more on Washington Examiner.

Dec 262017
 December 26, 2017  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Online, Surveillance

Asaf Shalev reports:

In a rare interview, a co-founder of Israel-based cyber surveillance company NSO Group offered a defense of his company, which has been accused of supplying governments with a software used to spy on journalists and dissidents.


Last year, researchers from the University of Toronto discovered that NSO’s software was used by the United Arab Emirates to spy on a human rights activist. In June, the same software was identified in a covert Mexican government operation targeting activists, journalists and political opposition in Mexico.

Mr. Lavie said that NSO sells only to “governmental bodies that are defined as legitimate by the majority of the world.”

Read more on CTech.