Surveillance State, Privacy & Citizenship

By Wesley Fryer | Articles and thoughts relating to our modern surveillance state (government and corporate) as well as privacy and citizenship. by @wfryer

Why you should never unlock your phone with your face

Today Apple announced its new FaceID technology. It’s a new way to unlock your phone through facial recognition. All you have to do is look at your …

Privacy

Court rules Stingray use without a warrant violates Fourth Amendment

Today, the Washington DC Court of Appeals overturned a Superior Court conviction of a man who was located by police using a cell-site simulator, or Stingray, <i>CBS News</i> reports. The court ruled that the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights were violated when law enforcement tracked down the suspect …

Surveillance

Facebook revamps political ad rules after discovering Russian ad buys | Ars Technica

Shadowy Russian group spent $100,000 on political ads during the 2016 election.<p>Two weeks ago, Facebook admitted that a "shadowy Russian company" …

Facebook

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media

Social media is an increasingly important part of students’ lives. According to a recent study by Common Sense Media, the average teen spends over an …

Privacy

Why the State of Surveillance in Schools Might Lead to the Next Equifax Disaster

Policy<p>Why the State of Surveillance in Schools Might Lead to the Next Equifax Disaster<p>By Jenny Abamu     Sep 19, 2017<p>Edward Snowden wall mural. Photo …

Education

Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: FIFTY THOUSAND other orgs did it too

Thousands of companies may be susceptible to the same type of hack that recently struck Equifax.<p>The Equifax breach was the result of a vulnerable …

Information Security

More data lost or stolen in first half of 2017 than the whole of last year

More data records have been lost or stolen during the first half of 2017 (1.9 billion) than all of 2016 (1.37 billion).<p>Digital security company …

Identity Theft

Hackers Lock Down Entire School District With Threats: 'We Are Savage Creatures'

In a highly unusual hacking case, an entire school district in Montana shut down for three days following a data breach of student and faculty …

Security

Wikileaks releases documents it claims detail Russia mass surveillance apparatus

Wikileaks has released a new cache of documents which it claims detail surveillance apparatus used by the Russian state to spy on Internet and mobile users. It’s the first time the organization has leaked (what it claims is) material directly pertaining to the Russian state.<p>As ever, nothing is …

Surveillance

Credit Freeze Information by State | Credit Freeze

While some states may be more restrictive or prescriptive, TransUnion has made certain business decisions that may make it easier or less expensive …

Identity Theft

Apple’s FaceID Could Be a Powerful Tool for Mass Spying

This Tuesday Apple unveiled a new line of phones to much fanfare, but one feature immediately fell under scrutiny: FaceID, a tool that would use …

Surveillance

Warrantless US Spying Is Set to Expire Soon. Let It Die

Surveillance technologies have historically restricted the freedoms of communities of color and immigrants in this country. This history continues …

In China, facial recognition is used to buy KFC, board planes, and catch drug users

China is facing a tech boom that’s equal parts inspiring and alarming.<p>Over the past several months, private companies and government entities have successfully deployed facial recognition technology for a number of different purposes, ranging from shopping to public safety. The speed of the rollout …

China

What Is to Be Done?

It is time to consider alternate systems of governance.<p><i>The Barrett Brown Review of Arts & Letters & Civil Strife is written monthly by Barrett Brown, winner of the 2016 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary.</i><p>Over 40 years ago, a vastly criminalized presidential administration was …

Pirate Party

Trump orders that U.S. Cyber Command receive new authority to conduct cyberwarfare

President Donald Trump announced Friday that U.S. Cyber Command will be elevated to a unified combatant command, making it the 10th such organization …

Cybersecurity

[1405.2227] An Overview of Face Liveness Detection

Computer Science > Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition<p>Title: An Overview of Face Liveness Detection<p>Abstract: Face recognition is a widely used …

Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site

Web hosting provider challenging request for info on anti-Trump website used to organize Inauguration protests.

Inauguration Day

Veterans group sues Pentagon for exposing troops’ private information | McClatchy Washington Bureau

1ST WRITETHRU to clarify second paragraph and fix typo in 3rd graf<p>A veterans organization is suing the Pentagon for exposing private details about …

Infosec eggheads rig USB desk lamp to leak passwords via Bluetooth

Malicious gadgets can snoop on keypresses, other data, through ports, it is claimedMalicious USB gadgets can secretly spy on data flowing in and out …

Australian Universities

The Identity We Can't Change

<i>This guest piece was written by Leandro Ucciferri of the Association for Civil Rights (Asociación por los Derechos Civiles). It does not necessarily</i> …

Google keeps a complete list of almost everything you've looked at on the internet

Google could have a complete list of almost everything you've ever looked at.<p>The site collects information on your searches, browsing history, …

Google

'Real people' do not want secure communications, claims UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd argues that "real people" would be happy with imperfect, breakable security.

Amber Rudd

Is your VPN lying to you?

It's no secret that there are oodles of shady VPN services that promise to protect your privacy as you surf the internet, but may, in fact, actually be worthless. After all, internet privacy is one part moving target and two parts shell game with your money and trust, so no one's surprised that the …

Privacy

The War on the Freedom of Information Act

A conservative group is resisting congressional efforts to kneecap FOIA.<p><i>Updated on July 24 2017</i><p>The health-care clusterfudge continues. Senator John McCain has brain cancer. President Trump throws another public tantrum. Russia, Russia, Russia.<p>That about covers the Big Political Headlines of the …

Freedom of Information

How Surveillance Could Turn You Into a Second-Class Citizen

Surveillance used to be expensive. Even just a few years ago, tailing a person’s movements around the clock required rotating shifts of personnel …

Privacy

FBI issues warning to parents about toys spying on their kids

The FBI yesterday released a public service announcement (PSA) alerting parents to the dangers potentially imposed by smart toys.<p>The document warns that connected toys with microphones, GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, and/or bluetooth connectivity could be giving criminals access to private information about …

Identity Theft

ISPs barred from telling users they’re under FBI investigation

Back in 2013, a federal judge ruled that the FBI couldn't force ISPs to hand over a users' private data without the suspect being informed first. Now, however, a change in the law means that's no longer the case. Thanks to a federal appeals court ruling on Monday, ISPs, financial institutions and …

Privacy

Here’s what you need to know now about US Customs searches of your phone

US Customs and Border Protection agents are allowed to search the contents of travelers’ phones but not their data stored exclusively on the cloud, according to a letter from federal officials.<p>The letter (pdf), published by NBC News this week, was a response to senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from …

Privacy

Homeland Security says Americans who don't want faces scanned leaving the country "shouldn't travel" | ZDNet

Congress allowed the government to scan faces of foreign nationals to keep track of visa overstays. But now that's set to be extended to Americans, …