Jun 142019
 June 14, 2019  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Cristian Farias, one of the editors at the NYT, has a commentary that is part of their Privacy Project. It begins:

Timothy Carpenter won’t be remembered for the circumstances that landed him in prison, but for the Supreme Court case that bears his name.

Carpenter v. United States, which set a new benchmark for privacy in the digital age, requires the police to obtain a warrant before obtaining cellphone location history from a phone company. Privacy advocates hailed the ruling, and saw in it the potential for broader protections for personal data in the digital age.

Yet one curiosity of the case, as with similar Fourth Amendment rulings that limit the government’s reach into our private lives, is that it won’t be of any help to Mr. Carpenter.

Read more on the NY Times.

Jun 132019
 June 13, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Youth & Schools

Amelia Vance of the Future of Privacy Forum has an excellent commentary in the Orlando Sentinel that begins:

After the horrific school shooting in Parkland last year, state legislators passed a law that included a little-noticed provision creating a new government database. Education Week recently reported that the database will include a vast range of sensitive, personal information about Florida students. The state plans to merge information from social media with records of students who have been bullied or harassed based on their religion, race, disability, or gender, plus data about students in foster care. In deciding which data to include, Florida did not take an evidence-based approach; instead, the state merely asked agencies and a few districts if they had any data that might indicate that someone was a threat.

Read her whole commentary in the Orlando Sentinel.

Jun 132019
 June 13, 2019  Posted by  Business

Yesterday, this site linked to a report in the Wall Street Journal claiming that WSJ had uncovered  emails that could show that Mark Zuckerberg was aware of problematic privacy practices.

Not surprisingly, Facebook has pushed back against the story. Donnie O’Sullivan of CNN reports, in part:

Responding to the story, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business, “At no point did Mark or any other Facebook employee knowingly violate the company’s obligations under the FTC consent order nor do any emails exist that indicate they did.”
“We have fully cooperated with the FTC’s investigation to date and provided tens of thousands of documents, emails and files,” the spokesperson added.

Read more on CNN.

Jun 132019
 June 13, 2019  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court, Youth & Schools

Tom McKay reports:

A pair of federal lawsuits against Amazon seeking class action status allege that the e-commerce giant’s Alexa voice assistant technology “routinely records and voiceprints millions of children without their consent or the consent of their parents,” breaking laws in nine states, the Seattle Times reported on Wednesday.

Per the Recorder, the two suits—filed on behalf of an eight year old child in California and a 10 year old child in Massachusetts—were filed by by Travis Lenkner of Chicago’s Keller Lenkner and L.A.-based law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Those complaints, filed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and Los Angeles Superior Court, seek damages under privacy laws in nine states: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Read more on Gizmodo.

via Joe Cadillic