Jun 302019
 June 30, 2019  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Zack Whittaker reports:

For four months in 2018, authorities in Texas collected more than 9.2 million messages under a single court-authorized wiretap order, newly released figures show.

The wiretap, granted by a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas, was granted as part of a narcotics investigation and became the federal wiretap with the most intercepts in 2018, according to the government’s annual wiretap report.

Read more on TechCrunch.

Jun 292019
 June 29, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

WIVB reports some more good news in the pushback again facial recognition being used:

The New York State Education Department has blocked the testing of facial recognition software in Lockport schools.

This comes just weeks after the Lockport City School District was set to start testing the Aegis system. The superintendent says only certain people would be entered into the system such as suspended or expelled students and sex offenders.

In a statement Friday, the State Education Department says their staff has consistently told the district they shouldn’t use facial recognition technology, until the state is “satisfied that proper protocols and protections are in place.”

Read more on WIVB.

Jun 292019
 June 29, 2019  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Caroline Haskins reports that Somerville, Massachusetts is now the second U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition in public spaces.

The “Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance,” which passed through Somerville’s City Council on Thursday night, forbids any “department, agency, bureau, and/or subordinate division of the City of Somerville” from using facial recognition software in public spaces. The ordinance passed Somerville’s Legislative Matters Committee on earlier this week.

Read more on Vice.
Could these be the beginning salvos in a nationwide campaign to push back against public surveillance? One can only hope… and keep advocating.
Jun 282019
 June 28, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Non-U.S.

Mark Scott reports:

Italy’s privacy regulator fined Facebook €1 million Friday for violations connected to the Cambridge Analytica scandal — the largest fine against the social networking giant connected to that case.

The agency said 57 Italians had downloaded a personality test app called ThisIsYourDigitalLife, which was used to collect Facebook information on both themselves and their Facebook friends.

Read more on Politico.