Jun 302018
 June 30, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

Tracy Crane reports:

Danville police and school officials are working this summer on an agreement that would allow police to access school radio communications and video feeds during an emergency.

Dave Wesner, the city’s corporation counsel, said the agreement would allow Danville police and other emergency personnel to hear radio communications by administrators and teachers during an emergency inside a school, such as a school shooting.

Read more on The News-Gazette.

Jun 302018
 June 30, 2018  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance, Youth & Schools

Don Lee reports:

At first, it just seemed cool.

When facial recognition cameras were installed at a century-old high school here in eastern China, students got in and out of campus, picked up lunch, borrowed books and even bought drinks from a vending machine just by peering into the cameras.

No more worrying about forgetting to carry your ID card.

But last March, the cameras appeared in some classrooms — and they did a lot more than just identify students and take attendance.

Read more on the Los Angeles Times.

Jun 302018
 June 30, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Online

Rhett Jones reports:

Facebook’s race to prove it’s a good and trustworthy company over the last few months kicked off when it was revealed that a quiz app sold user data to a political firm. Now, a different quiz app is getting some heat. A researcher discovered that a third-party app called NameTests left the data of 120 million Facebook users exposed to anyone who happened to find it.


On Wednesday, De Ceukelaire described the process of reporting a flaw in the website behind the quiz app to Facebook’s newly founded Data Abuse Bounty program. Having never personally used a quiz app, De Ceukelaire started looking at the apps his friends on Facebook had installed. He elected to take his first quiz through the NameTests app. As he started tracing how his data was being handled, he noticed that NameTest’s website was fetching his information from the URL “http://nametests.com/appconfig_user.” His personal data was held in a JavaScript file that could easily be requested by any website that knew to ask.

Read more on Gizmodo.

Jun 292018
 June 29, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Non-U.S., Workplace

Noor Javed reports:

The town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has issued a news release accusing the mayor of being behind a privacy breach that involves making copies of and distributing “confidential information and personnel records” to members of the public.

In the release issued Wednesday afternoon, the town said it was launching legal action against embattled Mayor Justin Altmann to force him to return the material, which includes binders containing confidential employee information such as overtime claims, and the employment history of 24 current and former employees.

Read more on The Toronto Star.