Dec 182018
 December 18, 2018  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

David Israel reports:

According to a document appropriated by Israel Hayom, the National Biometric Database Authority has acted contrary to the provisions of the law, when it chose a backup site for the biometric database in a public server farm in Jaffa. The site is owned and managed by Bezeq International, a private entity which is not owned by the State, and which serves many other customers who enjoy access privileges to its servers.

Read more on JewishPress.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Dec 172018
 December 17, 2018  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

BBC reports:

Christmas shoppers could have their faces scanned in central London this week as part of a police trial.

The Met says it will invite people to take part in testing the technology rather than scanning people covertly.

The trials will be held near Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square on Monday and Tuesday.

Privacy campaigner Big Brother Watch has described the use of such technology as “authoritarian, dangerous and lawless”. 

In a statement the group said that “monitoring innocent people in public is a breach of fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of speech and assembly”.

Read more on BBC.

Dec 172018
 December 17, 2018  Posted by  Breaches

Indo-Asian News Services reports:

Your personal data may be up for sale on Dark Web for as low as Rs 3,500 that includes stolen social media accounts, banking details and credit card information from sites like Uber as well as gaming and porn websites, a new research has warned.

According to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab that investigated Dark Web markets to find out how much personal data is worth, cybercriminals can sell someone’s complete digital life for less than $50 (nearly Rs 3,500).

“This can include data from stolen social media accounts, banking details, remote access to servers or desktops, and even data from popular services like Uber, Netflix, and Spotify, as well as gaming websites, dating apps, and porn websites which might store credit card information.”

Read more on FirstPost.

Dec 172018
 December 17, 2018  Posted by  Online, U.S.

The Editorial Board of the New York Times writes:

In 2017, an internet troll named Tyler Barriss called a SWAT team to what he thought was the home address of another gamer who had insulted him online in Wichita, Kan. It was the wrong address. In the confused confrontation that followed, a police officer shot and killed Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old father of two.

“Swatting” is a form of online harassment in which the perpetrator makes a fake emergency call intended to send a SWAT team to the home of a target. There aren’t good statistics on the frequency of this type of mayhem, but one F.B.I. agent estimated that it has happened hundreds of times each year. 

The ease with which online squabbles can escalate to swatting is made possible by the vast amount of personal information organized by search engines. But just because information is public doesn’t mean it has to be so easy for so many people to get. There are small steps that tech companies and regulators can take to claw back some privacy that Americans have lost to technology. They can begin with the home address.

Read the full editorial on the New York Times.