May 242018
 May 24, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Gary Horcher reports: A Portland, Oregon, family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon’s Alexa – the voice-controlled smart speaker – and the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seattle, who was in the family’s [Read More…]

May 212018
 May 21, 2018  Posted by  Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Ed Hasbrouck writes: The state of Alaska has sent us a whopper of a “the records you have requested do not exist” response to one of our attempts to find out about government oversight (or lack thereof) of the private contractor operating the national ID database created to implement the [Read More…]

May 212018

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries reports: KidGuard is a phone app that markets itself as a tool for keeping tabs on children. But it has also promoted its surveillance for other purposes and run blog posts with headlines like “How to Read Deleted Texts on Your Lover’s Phone.” A similar app, mSpy, offered [Read More…]