Jun 102021
 June 10, 2021  Posted by  Business, Healthcare

When Joe Cadillic sent this along, I thought “I Would Rather Die Than Let Facebook Monitor My Heart Rate”  was his comment to me.

Then I realized it was the headline of a news story.  In either event, I totally agree with it.

Victoria Song writes:

Facebook is reportedly developing a smartwatch to take on Apple, and while those of us who have been paying attention to Facebook’s shenanigans for several years now are cringing, clearly there’s a market for Facebook hardware—look at the success of its smart display, Portal.

But a smartwatch may be a different story. If you’ve been reading between the lines, Facebook’s interest in wearables may not come as a surprise. We already know it’s tinkering on a pair of AR glasses with Ray-Ban, and deep-dive blogs from its Facebook Reality Labs have hinted at “soft wristbands,” “haptic gloves” and “wrist-mounted wearables” as key elements to interacting with AR interfaces. However, those were more theoretical. This purported smartwatch is very real and will possibly include two cameras, a heart rate monitor, and tie-ins to Facebook’s social media platforms.

Read more on Gizmodo.


Jun 102021
 June 10, 2021  Posted by  Business, Surveillance, U.S.

Zack Whittaker reports:

Ring gets a lot of criticism, not just for its massive surveillance network of home video doorbells and its problematic privacy and security practices, but also for giving that doorbell footage to law enforcement. While Ring is making moves toward transparency, the company refuses to disclose how many users had their data given to police.

The video doorbell maker, acquired by Amazon in 2018, has partnerships with at least 1,800 U.S. police departments (and growing) that can request camera footage from Ring doorbells. Prior to a change this week, any police department that Ring partnered with could privately request doorbell camera footage from Ring customers for an active investigation. Ring will now let its police partners publicly request video footage from users through its Neighbors app.

Read more on TechCrunch.

Jun 102021
 June 10, 2021  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, U.S.

Libbie Canter, Lindsey Tonsager, Jayne Ponder, and Madeline Salinas of Covington & Burling write:

Colorado is poised to join the growing number of states enacting a comprehensive privacy law.  On Monday, June 7, both houses of the legislature passed the Colorado Privacy Act.  The bill will now be sent to the Governor for approval.  The Colorado Privacy Act:

  • provides consumers with a right to opt-out of processing of personal data concerning the consumer for purposes of targeted advertising, the sale of personal data, or profiling;
  • creates consumer rights of access, correction, deletion, and data portability (subject to certain exceptions);
  • restricts controllers from processing personal data for purposes that are not reasonably necessary to or compatible with the specified purposes for which the personal data are processed, without the consumer’s consent;
  • imposes a duty of care to secure personal data; and
  • requires affirmative consent prior to processing sensitive data about the consumer.

Read more on InsidePrivacy.  The Governor is expected to sign the bill.

Jun 102021
 June 10, 2021  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Damon Root writes:

In 2019, California’s 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a police officer may always enter a suspect’s home without a warrant if the officer is in pursuit and has probable cause to believe the suspect has committed a misdemeanor. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether that ruling should be overturned.

Justice Neil Gorsuch seemed to have a problem with the lower court’s decision. Under the common law, Gorsuch pointed out during oral arguments in Lange v. California, the police did not “have the power to enter the home in pursuit of any and all misdemeanor crimes.” The Fourth Amendment was built on that common-law understanding. So “why would we create a rule that is less protective than what everyone understands to be the case of the Fourth Amendment as original matter?”

Read more on Reason.