Privacy News, Articles and Updates

11th Circuit to begin hearing LabMD appeal

The appeal could have considerable bearing on FTC enforcement going forward as the court determines whether the commission must prove concrete injury to consumers before it takes action.

FOIA suit against FBI seeks Trump file

Property of the People, as part of its Operation 45 transparency and accountability project, wants the FBI to hand over anything in its files on Trump from June 14, 1946 until June 15, 2015.

Supreme Court will take up first cellphone data location case

Carpenter v. United States seeks to challenge what lawyers representing defendantTimothy Carpenter say is government overreach.

China's controversial cybersecurity law goes into effect

China's new cybersecurity law went into effect on June 1, subjecting companies to stringent data privacy and protection guidelines, as key questions linger around how it will be enforced, and how businesses will be able to comply.

US DoJ asks Congress for power to serve international data warrants

The Department of Justice is asking the US Congress to pass a law which would allow it to make reciprocal agreements with foreign governments to issue warrants to seize data in other countries.

ACLU files FOIA request to see how ICE uses cell phone trackers

A search warrant obtained by ICE authorized use of a Stingray device to track an immigrant.

Twitter updates privacy policy, more info to be shared with adverstisers

Twitter issued an update to its privacy policy making changes in how it handles web data, data sharing and how Twitter uses collected data to personalize content provided across all a member's devices.

U.S. and Europe more prepared for fast-approaching GDPR than the U.K.

Despite the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect 12 months from now, the majority of European and US businesses are still inadequately prepared and at risk of incurring costly non-compliance fines.

Report: WhatsApp began encrypting back-ups to iCloud Drive in late 2016

WhatsApp added another layer of protection for users in late 2016, quietly introducing a new feature that encrypts messages and contacts when uploading this data to Apple's iCloud servers, according to a Forbes report.

Oakland PD accused of misleading judge for stingray use

An Oakland-based defense attorney is accusing the local police department of deliberately misleading a judge who signed an order used to justify the use of stingrays.

WWE diva Charlotte Flair nudes leaked in latest Celebgate scandal

Celebgate hackers have hit another WWE star this time leaking nude images of four-time women's champion Charlotte Flair.

Data from 500,000 pediatric patients spotted for sale

Approximately 500,000 pediatric medical records were spotted for sale on the dark web, many of which from offices likely unaware they were breached.

San Francisco agency wants warrantless data from connected car crashes

The city of San Francisco wants to gain immediate warrantless access to the autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, data and/or video recording in the event of a collision.

Yahoo awards $7K for Flickr account takeover flaw

Yahoo awarded a $7,000 bug bounty to a researcher who spotted three bugs that could be leveraged to takeover a Flickr account.

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016.

NSA to end controversial warrantless surveillance practice

In the past, the agency has collected communications that communications that merely mention an identifier like an email address that is linked to someone under surveillance.

Over three quarters of UK public unaware Snooper's Charter was passed

As per the recent Investigatory Powers Act otherwise known as the "Snooper's Charter", UK intelligence agencies were given the green light to access personal data from browsing histories.

Microsoft: FISA orders seeking content up, global law enforcement requests for data down

On Thursday, Microsoft released its latest batch of semi-annual transparency reports, which revealed that global law enforcement legal requests for Microsoft user data decreased by more than 17 percent from 2015 to 2016, while U.S. FISA orders seeking content from the tech company jumped significantly in the first six months of 2016.

Survey: Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of ISPs sharing data without consent

In a recent poll of more than 1,200 Americans, 92 percent agreed that Internet providers should not be allowed to monitor their activity online and sell that data to third parties without consent -- a strong indictment of Senate Joint Resolution 34, which lifted FCC restrictions that would have prevented ISPs from engaging in this practice.

Internet Society urges G20 to ensure 'ubiquitous encryption' of web

The president of The Internet Society has called on G20 leaders to protect encryption for the good of the world economy.

Bring on GDPR. Wonga blunders in data breach - bank details lost?

Unsurprisingly, Wonga customers have been told to change their passwords after the payday loan firm admitted it had suffered a major data breach affecting 250,000 customers.

Twitter, Instagram, 6 others to kick in $5.3M in privacy suit settlement

In the suit against Apple as well as social media and messaging companies, consumers claimed that app makers like Kik didn't tell that Apple iOS "Find Friends" feature ported their contacts to company servers,

Researcher hacks SmartTV using radio signals

A proof of concept test has shown that some smart TVs can be hacked using just common radio signals that can give a hacker control over the television's camera and mic to view who is viewing.

Hacker compromises nearly 100k McDonald's Canada job applications

The McDonald's Canada career website has suffered a data breach that compromised about 95,000 restaurant job applications, the fast-food giant acknowledged on Friday in a company statement.

World Backup Day 2017: even with backups, users still lose data

According to new research from Kroll Ontrack, simply having a backup solution won't prevent users from losing data.

Encryption to come under renewed fire from European Commission in June

Encryption will face a make it or break it moment in June when the European Commission lays out new options for forcing internet companies to hand over the keys.

Activists propose buying lawmakers' browser histories after Congress revokes FCC privacy rules

Activists outraged over Congress passing a resolution that struck down new FCC rules defending the private data of telecom and ISP customers have pledged to purchase federal lawmakers' browser histories so they can publish them.

Does the Trump rollback of protections threaten UK-US data sharing?

The repeal of Obama-era data protection regulations means that internet service providers in the US will be allowed to sell a great variety of personal data. What are the implications for European data?