Amazon Is Marketing Face Recognition to Police Departments Partnered With Ring: Report

Amazon is marketing its facial recognition software to U.S. police departments that are currently partnered with its home surveillance company, Ring — arrangements that allow police to request access to video footage captured by homeowners. Read More >>

Jeremy Hammond, Former WikiLeaks Source, Held in Contempt

Former hacktivist Jeremy Hammond, a one-time WikiLeaks source, who admitted to leaking stolen files from a private intelligence firm, was held in contempt on Thursday after allegedly refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. Read More >>

Digital Activists Take Aim at Video Game Companies Over China Censorship

A leading U.S. digital rights organisation is joining the battle against top video game companies that might seek to censor gamers for expressing support for Hong Kongers who’ve been protesting Chinese influence over the past 27 weeks. Read More >>

US Lawmakers Warn Visa, Mastercard to Think Twice About Joining Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Scheme

As anxieties mount over Facebook’s plan to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra, US lawmakers are facing increasing pressure to intercede. This week, that intervention has taken the form of ominous letters by Democratic members of the powerful Senate Banking Committee, who warn payment service companies to “expect a high level of scrutiny” if they take on the risks of Libra. Read More >>

Twitter Misused Private Security Info to Help Advertisers

Twitter says it inadvertently used private information, provided by users for the purpose of protecting their accounts, to help companies target them with ads. Read More >>

Amazon’s Favourite New Word is ‘Privacy,’ But Does It Even Know the Meaning?

Few companies have done more than Amazon to dilute the meaning of the word “privacy.” A little more than a decade ago, “privacy” was a word used by people to describe the state of being alone and unobserved, away from prying eyes and ears. Today, so-called “privacy” policies are little more than legal disclosures vaguely articulating the numerous ways in which companies, like Amazon, intend to track their customers and gather their personal information Read More >>

Exposed Files Leak Details on SORM, Russia’s Pervasive Domestic Surveillance System

A US-based security company on Wednesday revealed its researchers had discovered more than 1.7 terabytes of proprietary telecommunications data left publicly online, including hardware specifications for a lawful surveillance device used throughout the Russian Federation. Read More >>

Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook Execs Asked to Hand Over Private Emails in U.S. House of Representatives Antitrust Probe

United States House of Representatives lawmakers probing Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon for potential antitrust violations have requested the companies turn over internal records, including executives’ own communications. Read More >>

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Influential US Coalition With 15 Million Members Calls for Outright Ban on Facial Recognition

More than thirty US organisations on Thursday called for a nationwide ban in America against government use of face recognition calling the technology “unreliable, biased, and a threat to basic rights and safety.” Read More >>

Apple Avoids Saying ‘Privacy’ During iPhone 11 Event

Despite celebrating its privacy initiatives non-stop in recent years, Apple was surprisingly mum on the topic during its annual iPhone announcement event. Read More >>

Jeremy Hammond, Anonymous Hacker and WikiLeaks Source, Summoned to Testify Before a Federal Grand Jury in the US

Imprisoned hacktivist Jeremy Alexander Hammond, a former WikiLeaks source once regarded as the FBI’s most-wanted cybercriminal, has been called to testify before a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia in the US, Gizmodo has learned. Read More >>

Google Hackers Reveal Websites Hacked Thousands of iPhone Users Silently for Years

Google researchers tasked with finding zero-day vulnerabilities in the wild revealed on Thursday that a small collection of websites had been aimlessly infecting iPhone users since at least 2017. The sites received thousands of visitors per week, researchers said. Read More >>

Alex Stamos, Ex-Facebook Security Chief, Blames Journalists for Cambridge Analytica Fallout

A Facebook initiative announced last year designed to generate “independent, credible research about the role of social media in elections” is faltering, BuzzFeed reported last week, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the programme and its participants. According to Facebook’s former chief security officer, reporters who covered the company’s Cambridge Analytica scandal are at least partly to blame. Read More >>

YouTube Dismantles ‘Influence Operation’ Targeting Hong Kong Protests, Avoids Discussing Its Reach

YouTube has disabled some 210 channels it says were used in a coordinated “influence operation” spreading disinformation related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. However, the company refused to answer any questions on Thursday when asked how users had been successfully targeted. Read More >>

Facebook Discloses Cambridge Analytica Email It Fought for Months to Keep Secret

More than a year ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out on his personal page a “timeline” related to the Cambridge Analytica “situation.” But he omitted a key piece of information, which was finally made public today. Read More >>