Aug 302019
 August 30, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Online, Youth & Schools

Natasha Singer, Jack Nicas and Kate Conger report:

The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to three people briefed on the matter.
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Aug 302019
 August 30, 2019  Posted by  Surveillance

Joe Cadillic writes:

It is no longer speculation, American law enforcement has been lying to the public about the expansion of CCTV camera surveillance.

A recent report released by CompariTech confirmed what I have been warning people about for years: American law enforcement has become a world leader in spying on its citizens.

“Cities in China are under the heaviest CCTV surveillance in the world, according to a new analysis by Comparitech. However, some residents living in cities across the US, UK, UAE, Australia, and India will also find themselves surrounded by a large number of watchful eyes, as our look at the number of public CCTV cameras in 120 cities worldwide found.”

According to CompariTech, London and Atlanta were the only cities outside of China to make the top 10.

Read more on MassPrivateI.

Aug 282019
 August 28, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance, Youth & Schools

Akshaya Asokan reports:

Sweden’s Data Protection Authority has issued its first fine for violations of the European Union’s General Data Protection regulation after a school launched a facial recognition pilot program to track students’ attendance without proper consent.

The country’s privacy authority issued a fine of 200,000 Swedish Krona ($20,700) to the municipality where the unnamed school is located for violating several of the privacy and biometrics provisions of GDPR, according to the European Data Protection Board.

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Aug 282019
 August 28, 2019  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

Kate Cox reports:

Amazon’s Ring business has been drawing headlines for its partnerships with police departments nationwide. These arrangements are mutually beneficial: law enforcement gets access to a sprawling, growing surveillance network it doesn’t have to maintain, and Ring gets a marketing boost to sell its products. Reporters and security researchers have been trying for months to figure out exactly how many of these partnerships Ring has, but the company has been mum on the matter⁠—until today.

Read more on Ars Technica.