Nov 292020
 November 29, 2020  Posted by  Healthcare, Surveillance, U.S.

Libby Cohen reports:

Thermal imaging thermometers are popping up all over the country as a method of trying to mitigate COVID-19, but data and privacy concerns have been raised as some of the devices scan individual’s faces to check their temperature.


Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) Executive Director Albert Fox Cahn told the Daily Dot that his own landlord in New York implemented telethermographic systems without the consent of tenets.

Read more on Daily Dot.

Nov 282020
 November 28, 2020  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Kevin Shalvey reports:

Amazon customers are being automatically opted in to Sidewalk, a feature set to launch later this year that the company says will connect Alexa devices to nearby WiFi networks, even those owned by someone else.


Anticipating privacy concerns, Amazon published a research paper detailing the technology behind Sidewalk and the steps taken to keep users’ data private. The company concluded that privacy was one of the “foundational principals” of Sidewalk’s design.

“By sharing a small portion of their home network bandwidth, neighbors give a little – but get a lot in return,” the report’s authors said.

Read more on BusinessInsider.

Nov 282020
 November 28, 2020  Posted by  Non-U.S.

The following is a translation of a report by Camila Lombardi:

On the morning of 25 November , on the occasion of the joint commission for Equal Opportunities and the Environment of Roma Capitale, a political initiative was presented to provide new guarantees for the protection of the privacy of women who abort in Rome . A resolution of the council, ready to be discussed in the committees and then in the Capitoline assembly, to avoid the repetition of what happened in recent decades at the Flaminio cemetery, where the scandal of abortion products buried without informed consent and with women’s names displayed to the public on a multitude of white crosses.


Nov 282020
 November 28, 2020  Posted by  Business, Court, U.S.

Jake Holland reports:

School bus provider First Student Inc. argues a proposed biometric privacy class action filed against the company should be transferred to Illinois federal court because that court has original jurisdiction over the civil action.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act because the action meets the law’s geographic diversity and amount in controversy thresholds, First Student argued in its notice of removal filed Wednesday in the Chicago-based court.

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