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Feds Order Google To Hand Over A Load Of Innocent Americans' Locations
Google has received multiple subpoenas to tell the identity of all person's known to have been within a certain broad area (several city blocks) at a certain time.
privacy  law  4thAmmendment  via:reddit 
7 days ago by mcherm
You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads. | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Phone numbers given for 2-factor authentication and phone numbers from your friends' address books are used by Facebook for advertising.
facebook  privacy  via:reddit 
7 days ago by mcherm
Strap on the Fitbit: John Hancock to sell only interactive life insurance
I'm a little unclear about whether Fitbit use is required, but they claim a really absurd increase in life expectancy.
insurance  via:reddit  privacy 
7 days ago by mcherm
Private by Design: How we built Firefox Sync - Mozilla Hacks - the Web developer blog
Firefox sync keeps data secure from Mozilla by using the passphrase to generate 2 keys - one authenticates to Mozilla's servers and the other is used to encrypt/decrypt *in the client*. Article discusses why they thought this approach was better for users than several alternatives used by other browsers.
privacy  security  encryption  firefox  via:HackerNews  design  architecture  chrome  browsers 
4 weeks ago by mcherm
Retailers Are Using Facial-Recognition Technology Too
A few stores are starting to use facial recognition software on their security cameras to get a detailed picture of who is shopping and how. Some legislators are considering restricting this, but face strong lobbying by the likes of Facebook.
privacy  via:HackerNews  security 
7 weeks ago by mcherm
Monero Privacy Protections Aren’t as Strong as They Seem | WIRED
Monero is viewed as a cryptocurrency with untraceable transactions, but it merely mixes real and fake transactions on the blockchain and the real ones can often be identified.
via:HackerNews  wired  cryptocurrency  privacy  cryptography 
march 2018 by mcherm
Amazon won't say if it hands your Echo data to the government | ZDNet
Amazon has a huge number of government requests for information and won't say what it is for.
amazon  privacy  via:boingboing  surveillance  4thAmmendment 
january 2018 by mcherm
Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers | Ars Technica
Sites can now fingerprint, not just a browser, but a specific *machine* (across browsers!) by using a bunch of "compiled JavaScript" features.
via:reddit  ArsTechnica  security  privacy  browsers  internet 
january 2018 by mcherm
The End of the Road -
Dreamhost got a judge to cut back the overly broad demand for information on anyone who visited the site that organized a political march.
law  4thAmmendment  privacy  internet  Dreamhost  via:HackerNews 
october 2017 by mcherm
The Equifax Breach Exposes America's Identity Crisis | Hacker News
I post on why knowledge of someone's SSN should not be used as evidence of identity.
mypostings  privacy  security  via:HackerNews 
september 2017 by mcherm
Monero - a cryptocurrency with fully untraceable spends
I saw this mentioned buy some etherium folks, it looks fairly interesting.
bitcoin  privacy  via:reddit 
july 2017 by mcherm
Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads - Bloomberg
Google will no longer scan the contents of your emails. Apparently this new policy was pushed by the folks who run the Google Cloud division.
google  privacy  email  via:reddit 
june 2017 by mcherm - Disposable Credit Card Numbers
A company founded by the privacy officer of AmEx. Seems legit.
payments  banking  privacy 
june 2017 by mcherm
Judge: It's OK If Best Buy's Geek Squad Nerds Search Your PC for Illegal Content
The computer repair folks searched unallocated space on his drive and found an image they considered child porn -- turns out the FBI pays them to search all customers in this fashion. The judge rules the search was OK, but other handling of the case was not.
privacy  secrecy  security  law  via:reddit  sexoffenders 
may 2017 by mcherm
Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit | Reuters
The headphones track what you listen to and send it to the company that made them which then sells the data.
privacy  technology  via:boingboing 
april 2017 by mcherm
Coinbase and the IRS – Medium
The IRS wants coinbase to send ALL data on ALL interactions with ALL customers. This is coinbase's response (they are contesting it).
law  taxes  4thAmmendment  privacy  security  coinbase  via:HackerNews 
january 2017 by mcherm
surveillance, whistleblowing, and security engineering
Yahoo executives installed a back-door for US Govt to use without informing their security team. (When they found it, they assumed it had been done by hackers.)
security  ethics  privacy  surveillance  yahoo 
december 2016 by mcherm
Why I won't recommend Signal anymore - Sander Venema
A good example of why really reliable secure communication tools (and other secure tools) must be open source.
privacy  opensource  via:HackerNews 
november 2016 by mcherm
Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence - sources | Reuters
Apparently Alex Stamos, head of security at Yahoo, resigned over Yahoo's choice to spy on all of their customers' emails for the US government without even putting up a fight.
yahoo  security  ethics  4thAmmendment  privacy  via:LoweringTheBar 
october 2016 by mcherm
For the first time ever, a judge has invalidated a secret Patriot Act warrant / Boing Boing
After 11 years, a judge says that this recipient of a NSL (with gag order) should be allowed to talk about what he was ordered to provide.
privacy  security  law  via:boingboing 
september 2016 by mcherm
The Privacy Wars Are About to Get A Whole Lot Worse - Cory Doctorow
Ubiquitous surveillance is supposedly authorized through shrink wrap or click-through agreements that nobody reads. Soon the data collection will be by objects not website and there is no place to even click through. But because of universal arbitration agreements we won't be able to sue.
privacy  surveillance  CoryDoctorow  via:reddit  arbitration 
september 2016 by mcherm
Building a new Tor that can resist next-generation state surveillance | Ars Technica UK
A survey of the current state of items that are being built to replace or complement TOR.
anonyminity  privacy  via:HackerNews  ArsTechnica  tor 
september 2016 by mcherm
Police are filing warrants for Android’s vast store of location data | The Verge
Some law enforcement agencies are now subpoenaing location history from Google.
law  privacy  android  google  via:reddit  4thAmmendment 
june 2016 by mcherm
The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why
This mentions some of the restrictions Snowden placed on journalists with which he shared his documents.
snowden  privacy 
may 2016 by mcherm
Schools are helping police spy on kids’ social media activity - The Washington Post
Schools paying to scan ALL social media postings by students and investigate any that trigger the algorithms.
kidsrights  privacy  via:HackerNews 
april 2016 by mcherm
After Cash: All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses a Bank Account - Bloomberg View
We're moving to a cashless society (at different rates in different countries). But there is a danger that governments will have too much power to seize people's assets, as once happened to the author due to a government mixup about tax filings.
privacy  payments  banking  via:HackerNews 
march 2016 by mcherm
French parliament votes to jail tech execs who refuse to decrypt data • The Register
France is proposing (not yet passing) laws as harsh as what the FBI wants from Apple.
privacy  cryptowars  via:reddit 
march 2016 by mcherm
Customer Letter - Apple: An order to decrypt a phone
Apple objects that the US government is ordering it to build a new OS so it can decrypt the contents of an iPhone.
privacy  security  apple  law  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
Justice Department to Judge: Tor Users Have No Expectation of Privacy | Motherboard
Justice Department claims users of tor expect their IP address to be public.
law  privacy  tor  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
Replacing Judgment with Algorithms - Schneier on Security
Using algorithms like FICO to decide what you get to do is a new and dangerous form of social control. Several examples are included, and he argues the solutions start with requiring the algorithms be made public and that there be a way to appeal to a human.
BruceSchneier  privacy  via:HackerNews 
january 2016 by mcherm
Dell apologizes for HTTPS certificate fiasco, provides removal tool | Ars Technica
Synopsis: Dell messed up, but probably not maliciously. They acknowledged it, and changed course immediately. In my book, that's a really good thing. (Almost as good as not messing up in the first place.)
security  hardware  Dell  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  privacy 
november 2015 by mcherm
Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps
The local neighbors persuaded Google maps and other mapping companies to give incorrect directions to the famous Hollywood sign in order to avoid having lots of tourists parking on their streets. They are now pestering bloggers who post about how to get there. Open Street Map has correct and accurate directions.
maps  censorship  privacy  via:HackerNews  google  opensource 
november 2015 by mcherm
Didn’t Homejoy Shut Down? — Medium
The company shut down but someone is now running a scummy site and has access to its data including customer credit card numbers.
privacy  security  via:HackerNews 
october 2015 by mcherm
How to Protect Yourself from NSA Attacks on 1024-bit DH | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF tells us how to avoid NSA listening now that we realize they've probably broken 1024-bit Diffie-Hellman key exchange for certain commonly used primes. Basically, they said use 2048 bit encryption instead.
eff  security  ssl  nsa  privacy  cryptography 
october 2015 by mcherm
Cops are asking and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA | Fusion
Police have tracked down suspects (including, at least once, an innocent one) from their AND THEIR RELATIVES' DNA profiles.
privacy  police  via:HackerNews 
october 2015 by mcherm
How is NSA breaking so much crypto?
A reasonable sounding theory of how the NSA spies on even encrypted traffic off internet backbones.
security  cryptography  nsa  privacy  surveillance  via:reddit 
october 2015 by mcherm
Guy Who Won Original Right To Be Forgotten Case Loses His Attempt To Have New Story About His Past Forgotten | Techdirt
He won the case originally, but articles about him are now allowed since he's famous because of the case.
privacy  secrecy  censorship  law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
october 2015 by mcherm
DEA blasted for no-warrant searches of patient records, court battle heats up | Fox News
Drug enforcement agency claims they can examine any confidential doctor's records without the need for a warrant or probable cause.
4thAmmendment  privacy  via:reddit 
september 2015 by mcherm
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: A history of backdoors
The government has a history of trying "government access crypto" and it has been a series of miserable failures.
cryptography  security  privacy  via:HackerNews 
july 2015 by mcherm
Did The Department of Justice Get A Gag Order Silencing Reason About The Grand Jury Subpoena? | Popehat
Perhaps (it is secret after all) the government has ordered a journalist organization not to comment on the fact that they received a subpoena (which, itself, may be abusive).
law  privacy  secrecy  anonymity  via:popehat 
july 2015 by mcherm
The FBI's Own Surveillance Air Force - The Atlantic
Apparently the FBI has been spying from planes for years AND THEY DIDN'T TELL CONGRESS.
privacy  surveillance  law  4thAmmendment 
june 2015 by mcherm
A proposal to keep the amounts private in bitcoin
Roughly, provide proofs that the amounts add up without revealing the actual amounts.
cryptography  bitcoin  privacy  via:HackerNews 
june 2015 by mcherm
Australia outlaws warrant canaries - Boing Boing
Australia passed a law allowing the government to spy on journalists and prohibiting anyone from saying whether or not they are being spied on (even if they aren't).
law  surveillance  privacy  security  via:HackerNews  boingboing 
march 2015 by mcherm
Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> GPG And Me
Mozie Marlinspike says GPG is just so difficult to use that we should pretend it doesn't even exist and start over.
security  privacy  cryptography  via:HackerNews 
february 2015 by mcherm
Browsing in privacy mode? Super Cookies can track you anyway | Ars Technica
They added a per-site do-not-downgrade flag to https. Now someone realizes that this can be used to store a binary number in the user's browser by creating a collection of web sites for which the flag has or hasn't been set. Firefox just started hiding this when in privacy mode.
privacy  security 
january 2015 by mcherm
Ai Weiwei is Living in Our Future — Medium
A very nice (though poorly titled) essay on ubiquitous surveillance and its corrosive impact on people and society especially in a world of huge, all-powerful corporations.
privacy  surveillance  via:HackerNews 
january 2015 by mcherm
In Wayzata, Minnesota, a school spies on its students - Boing Boing
He got in trouble with the principle for getting around the censorship list on the school's internet connection. And he objected to the school's right to spy on users of the iPads they gave out.
kidsrights  via:boingboing  privacy 
december 2014 by mcherm
Awesome Dad Gets Help From Reddit Users After Discovering Son Is Gay | Instinct
Browser history reveals son is gay. Reddit gives dad advice. It goes well.
parenting  privacy  reddit 
november 2014 by mcherm
81% of Tor users can be de-anonymised by analysing router information, research indicates
Evil entry port + traffic monitoring at exit and with colluding server means you can track most Tor traffic.
tor  security  cryptography  privacy  via:reddit 
november 2014 by mcherm
The Nor » All Cameras Are Police Cameras
He took a walk in London, snapping pictures of the cameras watching him. He got arrested for being a potential terrorist or burglar, carrying the tools needed for burglary (i.e., the camera).
surveillance  privacy  rights 
november 2014 by mcherm
Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. - The Intercept
Some of the story as told by a person working for the EFF who helped to set up the secure communications channels that Edward Snowden used to communicate his leak.
snowden  eff  encryption  security  privacy 
october 2014 by mcherm
FBI Director: If Apple and Google Won't Decrypt Phones, We'll Force Them To | Motherboard
The article points out how very out of touch the FBI director is. Oh, and Congress too.
privacy  surveillance  via:reddit 
october 2014 by mcherm
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