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Inside India’s Aadhar, The World’s Biggest Biometrics Database

India’s Unique Identification project, also known as Aadhar, earlier this week finished capturing demographic and biometric data of over half a billion residents–the largest biometric project of its kind currently in the world.<p>It’s been a multi-year effort not without its critics among privacy and …

NSA Claims Collecting Cellphone Location Data Is Legal Under Executive Order — From 1981

Today the National Security Agency (NSA) discussed its program that collects billions of cellphone location records each day. The NSA targets foreign phones but also absorbs data on the phones of American citizens.<p>“The NSA does not target Americans’ location data by design, but the agency acquires …

Feds to monitor social media round-the-clock

Big Brother is watching you — on just about every social-media platform you can imagine.<p>Tweets, public Facebook posts and YouTube videos could soon …

Google 'spins invisible web' with user data, Dutch watchdog says

Web giant's practice of combining user data from its different services violates data protection law, the agency says.<p>Google's practice of combining user data from its different services without user consent violates Dutch data protection law, the country's privacy watchdog said Thursday.<p>A 2012 …

Privacy

Privacy czar questions cyberbullying bill’s accountability measures

The federal privacy commissioner says she has questions about the government's cyberbullying bill – including the lack of accountability and reporting mechanisms to shed light on new investigative powers.<p>Jennifer Stoddart issued a statement after an outpouring of concern from civil libertarians …

The Week in Review: Snowden Leaks Into Europe

Inside Flipboard / November 1, 2013<p>Edward J. Snowden remains in the news this week with the latest batch of files released proving the United States …

This Privacy Flaw On Tinder Lets People Get Your Email And Facebook Info Even If You Don't Like Them

Orbach says users are able to trick Tinder into making matches with people who don't express interest in each other. (Quartz was the first to spot his blog post.)<p>In doing so, both parties have access to important information like personal email addresses.<p>The flaw comes after it was revealed the app …

Privacy

Illuminating The Billion Dollar U.S. Intelligence Budget: Project SpyLighter Documents NSA Surveillance Technology

Documents released by the U.S. National Security Agency in the last couple of months, following successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as part of a new crowdsourcing project called SpyLighter, reveal the agency purchased products from Packet Forensics and VUPEN Security in 2010 and …

Julian Assange likely won't face US charges for publishing leaks, reports Washington Post

The Justice Department will likely choose not to bring charges against Julian Assange for publishing the troves of classified documents leaked to him by Chelsea Manning, reports <i>The Washington Post</i>. Anonymous US officials tell the <i>Post</i> that the decision isn't final, but that it's looking unlikely …

Post-Snowden, European Commission Sets Out Actions Needed To Restore Trust In E.U.-U.S. Data Flows

The European Commission has today detailed the actions it believes are required to restore trust in data-sharing agreements between the European Union and the U.S. following revelations of surveillance dragnets operated by U.S. intelligence agencies.<p>The efficacy of the Safe Harbour agreement …

Europe’s response to U.S. surveillance is hopeful rather than harsh

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>The European Commission has laid out plans for “rebuilding trust” in the EU’s data-sharing agreements with the United States, …

Skype for China now talks directly to Microsoft, may reduce government snooping (updated)

Skype use in China was especially risky for a while -- when a local company (TOM Online) was processing data with no real safeguards, it virtually guaranteed the presence of government monitoring. Now that Microsoft has teamed with Guangming Founder on a new China-specific Skype build, there's a …

Seattle Diner Booting Customers For Wearing Google Glass

David Meinert is the owner of the venerable 5 Point Café in Belltown, Seattle, an old-school dive bar that made news earlier this year when it announced that Google Glass smart eyewear would not be allowed in the bar. People locally were amused and the story was tagged as a sign of things to …

Google Glass Banned From Restaurant After Glasshole Tries To Get Employee Fired

<i>Dramatization.</i><p>The inevitable has occurred. Another restaurant in Seattle, Washington, has banned Google Glass from its establishment due to privacy concerns. The first restaurant to do so earlier this year was the 5 Point Cafe. Now the Lost Lake Cafe And Lounge (co-owned by the owner of the 5 Point …

Ditch the Wristbands: For Next Generation of Wearables, Dumb Clothes Get Smart

As much excitement as there may be about wearable sensors, most of the activity tracking devices today are pretty lame.<p>That’s because they’re often …

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New cyberbullying law has 'larger agenda,' expands police powers

Law would make it easier for police to gather internet, cellphone metadata<p>When Justice Minister Peter MacKay unveiled the federal government's …

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

#gunfire: can Twitter really help cops find crime?

'This is what the NSA is doing but on a smaller scale.'<p>In January 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation made an open request to "industry" for a "social media alert, mapping, and analysis application" with the "flexibility to change search parameters and geo-locate the search based on breaking …

U.S. Tech Firms May Be Feeling Bite From NSA Spying Reports

Recent disclosures about NSA surveillance have affected U.S. relations with allies and tainted America's image around the world. Now the fallout seems to be creeping into the U.S. tech sector.<p>Cisco Systems, which manufactures network equipment, posted disappointing first-quarter numbers this week …

Roundup of Cloud Computing Forecasts Update, 2013

Time-to-market, more flexible support for business strategies by IT, and faster response time to competitive conditions are combining to accelerate cloud computing adoption today.<p>Of the enterprises I’ve spoken with over the last several months including several Fortune 500 corporations to small …

Artists use surveillance technology to explore extent we are monitored

Trace Recordings, an exhibition at the UTS gallery, Sydney, suggests that much as much as we might value our individuality, we are at some fundamental level just averaged out data<p>Trevor Paglen’s They Watch The Moon is an eerie image of distant towers, dishes and yellow lights. Included in Trace …