Sep 202018
 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Brenda Leong writes:

Today, FPF publishes the infographic Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies along with Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Consumer Applications.

These resources will help businesses and policymakers better understand and evaluate the growing use of face-based biometric technology systems when used for consumer applications.  Facial recognition technology can help users organize and label photos, improve online services for visually impaired users, and help stores and stadiums better serve customers.  At the same time, the technology often involves the collection and use of sensitive biometric data, requiring careful assessment of the data protection issues raised. Understanding the technology and building trust are necessary to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks.

Read more on Future of Privacy Forum.

Sep 202018
 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court, Featured News, Laws, Online, U.S., Youth & Schools

Aaron Lancaster of BakerHostetler has a great privacy rewind for the week that includes two actions by state attorneys general who have sued Tiny Labs for violations of COPPA, the FTC Act, and respective state unfair practices laws. He writes:

NM AG Sues Tech Company Tiny Labs for Violations of COPPA, FTC Act and Unfair Practices Act

  • New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit against app developer Tiny Labs, alleging that the company acquired the personal data of children who used apps designed by the company “to target the children with advertisements based on their own personal information.”
  • According to the AG, “[t]his conduct endangers the children of New Mexico, undermines the ability of their parents to protect children and their privacy, and violates state and federal law,” including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Federal Trade Commission Act (the FTC Act) and the New Mexico Unfair Practices Act.

AZ AG Sues Tech Company Tiny Labs for Violations of COPPA, FTC Act and Unfair Practices Act

  • Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently retained Cooper & Kirk PLLC as outside counsel to investigate actions of an undisclosed company tech (the retention agreement was redacted) related to the “storage of consumer location data, tracking of consumer location, and other consumer tracking through [undisclosed company’s] smartphone operating systems.”
  • According to the retention agreement, these actions constitute potential violations of Arizona’s Consumer Fraud Act, and the agreement contemplates litigation or other action to stop the alleged tracking.
Sep 202018
 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic is understandably not adverse to reminding us all that he’s been warning us for years about some things.  And one of the things he has been most vocal about is the use of surveillance systems on public transportation.

Today, Joe reviews recent news headlines and then writes:

I am calling 2018: “The Rise of Spying Transit Police” because the facts are undeniable.

I have posted nine disturbing examples that will hopefully motivate commuters to take action before it’s too late.

  1. ) The Greater Richmond Transit Center begins installing bus stop surveillance cameras that spy on passengers 24/7.
  2. ) Public Transit Becomes Another Tool for Total Government Surveillance.
  3. ) Public Transit Agencies want to make safety records a state secret
  4. ) The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police uses full-body biometric scanners to watchlist commuters.
  5. ) BART secretly spied on commuters license plates and sent the information to ICE.
  6. ) Despite public opposition, BART moves forward on $20 million surveillance upgrades.
  7. ) The Chicago Transit Authority one of the most comprehensive transit surveillance camera networks in the U.S.”recently upgraded 32,000 surveillance cameras.
  8. ) MBTA Transit Police surveillance towers
  9. ) New Jersey wants to increase Transit Police funding to $242 million.

Americans used public transportation 10.1 billion times last year. Which means that the Border PatrolAmtrak, and Transit Police spied on billions of commuters.

The rise of spying transit police should serve as a wake-up call to everyone. Don’t let DHS turn public transit into TSA style pat-downs and searches.


Sep 202018
 September 20, 2018  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Jadzia Pierce writes:

In August 2018, the Government of Australia unveiled a new proposed bill that would grant the county’s national security and law enforcement agencies additional powers when confronting encrypted communications and devices. The text of the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (the “Assistance and Access Bill” or the “Bill”) states that the purpose is “to secure critical assistance from the communications industry and enable law enforcement to effectively investigate serious crimes in the digital era.”

The Assistance and Access Bill, if enacted, could affect a wide range of service providers both in and outside of Australia.

Read more on Covington & Burling Inside Privacy.