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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used mobile location data to track people’s movements on a much larger scale than previously known, according to new documents unearthed by the American…

New documents reveal ‘huge’ scale of US government’s cell phone location data tracking

The U.K.’s data protection watchdog has confirmed a penalty for the controversial facial recognition company, Clearview AI — announcing a fine of just over £7.5 million today for a string…

UK fines Clearview just under $10M for privacy breaches
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Apple’s dangerous path

11:10 am PDT • September 4, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review. Last week, we dove into the truly bizarre machinations of the NFT market. This week, we’re talking about something that’s a…

Apple’s dangerous path

Apple has delayed plans to roll out its child sexual abuse (CSAM) detection technology that it chaotically announced last month, citing feedback from customers and policy groups. That feedback, if…

Apple delays plans to roll out CSAM detection in iOS 15 after privacy backlash

According to BuzzFeed News, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Ted Lieu will introduce legislation later today that seeks to restrict police use of international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) catchers. More…

US lawmakers want to restrict police use of ‘Stingray’ cell tower simulators

Community control over police surveillance laws promote transparency and protect civil rights and liberties with respect to surveillance technology. To date, just 19 U.S. cities have passed such laws.

If you don’t want robotic dogs patrolling the streets, consider CCOPS legislation

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Minneapolis police tapped Google to identify George Floyd protesters

The warrant ordered Google to turn over a set of user account data. Civil liberties groups have criticized the use of these dragnet search warrants.

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Minneapolis police tapped Google to identify George Floyd protesters

We’ve already written several stories about the new pandemic stimulus package that Congress approved yesterday, including funding to increase broadband access and for new energy initiatives. There are, however, other…

The new stimulus bill makes illegal streaming a felony

As TikTok’s existential roller coaster ride continues to rattle on, the company is trying to sway regulators and the public with a flood of dollars and arguments wrapped in free…

As threats to the company mount, TikTok pushes back

In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move…

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

Newly released documents show U.S. immigration authorities have used a secretive cell phone snooping technology hundreds of times across the U.S. in the past three years. The documents, obtained through…

ICE used ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping tech hundreds of times since 2017

We’ve got a barrage of news related to the COVID-19 pandemic, while Comscore partners with Twitch and the ACLU sues over facial recognition in airports. Here’s your Daily Crunch for…

Daily Crunch: Stocks plummet after travel ban

A leading civil liberties group is suing Homeland Security, claiming the agency is keeping the details of its airport face recognition program secret, which it says raises “profound civil liberties…

ACLU sues Homeland Security over airport face recognition program secrecy

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to fight newly revealed practices by the Department of Homeland Security which used commercially available cell phone location data to track suspected illegal immigrants.…

ACLU says it’ll fight DHS efforts to use app locations for deportations

One of the largest civil liberties groups in the U.S. is suing two Homeland Security agencies for failing to turn over documents it requested as part of a public records…

ACLU sues Homeland Security over ‘stingray’ cell phone surveillance

Homeland Security has confirmed it will not expand face recognition scans to U.S. citizens arriving and departing the country, days after it emerged the agency proposed making the scans for…

After criticism, Homeland Security drops plans to expand airport face recognition scans to US citizens

Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition checks for travelers arriving to and departing from the U.S. to also include citizens, which had previously been exempt from the mandatory checks.…

DHS wants to expand airport face recognition scans to include US citizens

Facebook is facing exposure to billions of dollars in potential damages as a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook’s arguments to halt a class action lawsuit claiming it illegally…

Facebook could face billions in potential damages as court rules facial recognition lawsuit can proceed

Good news! Maine lawmakers have passed a bill that will prevent internet providers from selling consumers’ private internet data to advertisers. The state’s senate unanimously passed the bill 35-0 on…

Maine passes law preventing ISPs from selling browsing data without consent

A legal challenge to the EU-US Privacy Shield, a mechanism used by thousands of companies to authorize data transfers from the European Union to the US, will be heard by…

EU-US Privacy Shield complaint to be heard by Europe’s top court in July

Amazon shareholders have rejected two proposals that would have requested the company not to sell its facial recognition technology to government customers. The breakdown of the votes is not immediately…

Amazon shareholders reject facial recognition sale ban to governments

This week could mark a significant setback for Amazon’s facial recognition business if privacy and civil liberties advocates — and some shareholders — get their way. Months earlier, shareholders tabled…

Amazon under greater shareholder pressure to limit sale of facial recognition tech to the government

Your wireless carrier knows where you are as you read this on your phone — otherwise, it couldn’t connect your phone in the first place. But your wireless carrier also…

Why carriers keep your data longer

U.S. border officials are asserting “broad, unconstitutional authority” to conduct warrantless searches of travelers’ phones, tablets and laptops, according to a new court filing. The findings, obtained from depositions and…

US border agents assert ‘broad unconstitutional’ power to search citizens’ devices

Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected…

ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger

U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate…

Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones

Facebook’s ad platform is facing charges that it has enabled gender-based discrimination against millions of women in a class action suit filed on behalf of three female workers and backed…

Facebook named in suit alleging job ads on its platform unlawfully discriminated against women

In another blow to the UK government’s record on bulk data handling for intelligence purposes the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that state surveillance practices violated human…

UK’s mass surveillance regime violated human rights law, finds ECHR

For the nearly 20 percent of Americans who experience severe online harassment, there’s a new company launching in the latest batch of Y Combinator called Tall Poppy that’s giving them…

Tall Poppy aims to make online harassment protection an employee benefit

Technology executives are pleading with the government to give them guidance on how to use facial recognition technologies, and now the American Civil Liberties Union is weighing in. On the…

ACLU calls for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition technologies