Oct 172018
 October 17, 2018  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

From EPIC.org:

EPIC has obtained records concerning “Media Monitoring Services,” a controversial DHS project to track journalists, news outlets, and social media accounts. The records, released in EPIC’s FOIA lawsuit against the federal agency, reveal that the DHS bypassed the agency’s own privacy officials and ignored the privacy and First Amendment implications of monitoring the coverage by particular journalists of a federal agency. As a result of EPIC’s lawsuit, the agency previously admitted that it did not conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment for the program, as required by law. EPIC has successfully obtained several Privacy Impact Assessments, including for a related media tracking system (EPIC v. DHS) and for facial recognition technology (EPIC v. FBI). In EPIC v. Presidential Election Commission, EPIC challenged the Commission’s failure to publish a Privacy Impact Assessment prior to the collection of state voter data.

Oct 172018
 October 17, 2018  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Trevor Timm reports:

In June, more than 100 Amazon employees signed a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, strongly protesting the company’s push to sell its controversial facial recognition software, known as “Rekognition,” to local police departments around the country. The letter has now been signed by more than 450 employees, and an Amazon employee published an anonymous op-ed with Medium detailing their concerns.

Rekognition has made headlines for months, as civil liberties groups have called on Amazon to stop selling the software to police departments because of the extreme privacy and civil liberties concerns that accompany the technology. In August, the ACLU uploaded 10,000 mugshots into the software and cross-referenced photos of each of the 535 members of Congress.

Read more on Medium.

Oct 172018
 October 17, 2018  Posted by  Business, Court

Helen Christophi reports:

A Ninth Circuit panel gave little indication Tuesday whether it will revive a proposed class action accusing Facebook of spying on cancer sufferers to target them with medical advertising.

U.S. Circuit Court Chief Judge Sidney Thomas peppered Facebook’s lawyer with questions hinting that he was undecided about whether user information – such as searches for medical terms – collected by Facebook from healthcare and nonprofit websites is protected from disclosure under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Read more on Courthouse News.

Thanks to Joe Cadillic for sending this along.

Oct 172018
 October 17, 2018  Posted by  Business, Court, U.S., Youth & Schools

A California federal judge has shot down Viacom’s bid to send to arbitration a proposed class action accusing it of unlawfully collecting and selling personal information belonging to children who used one of its mobile apps, ruling that there was no evidence that the users had ever seen or agreed to the arbitration requirement.

Read more on Law360 (subscription required).