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Digital Privacy

July 19, 2019
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The Kazakhstan government is intercepting all HTTPS-encrypted internet traffic within its borders.

Under a new directive effective 7/17, the Kazakhstan government is requiring every internet service provider in the country to install a security certificate onto every internet-enabled device and browser. Once installed, this certificate allows the government to decrypt and analyze all incoming internet traffic. 

Kazakhstan ISP Kcell posted a...

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July 17, 2019
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If you’ve been on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and doubtless other social platforms over the past few days, you have probably seen pictures of friends and acquaintances in Rip van Winkle mode having aged many years, or perhaps you peeped someone appearing to be a different gender. 

That’s FaceApp, which uses a form of artificial intelligence to add age, hair, smiles, and swap gender or beard styles among other effects to the head shots users upload to the app. The...

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July 15, 2019
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While there is significantly more to be done to protect our data, consumers have never been better apprised of the imperiled state of their privacy. That said, it’s still an acute problem. The air travel equivalent would be when the cabin depressurizes and oxygen masks drop. In the dramatic destabilization that has occurred to our collective privacy over the past 15...

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July 12, 2019
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Google employees and subcontractors are listening to recordings gleaned from Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app.

A report from Belgian news outlet VRT NWS showed that Google regularly uses staff and subcontractors to transcribe audio recordings taken from its network of home devices for the stated purpose of improving its speech recognition technology. A whistleblower employed as a subcontractor for Google shared over a thousand recordings with VRT NWS...

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June 21, 2019
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Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the European Union's General Data Privacy Regulation, or GDPR. Since then, California and New York State have created similar bills aimed at protecting the privacy of their citizens. Nevada has recently enacted a narrow privacy law. Meanwhile, privacy is dead.

Long Live Privacy!

While privacy legislation seems like common...

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June 11, 2019
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Maine has passed a bill prohibiting ISPs from using and selling the data of internet users within the state.

The Act to Protect the Privacy of Online Consumer Information is closely modeled on an Obama era FCC rule that prohibits internet service providers from collecting information on their customers. The rule was revoked in 2017.

According...

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April 25, 2019
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Facebook announced that it was preparing for a massive fine from the Federal Trade Commission for its mishandling of user privacy. The fine could be as much as $5 billion.

The social media giant revealed the fine as a one-time expense in its annual earnings statement, explaining a 51% decline in income, “in connection with the inquiry of the FTC into our platform and user data practices.”

“We estimate that the range of loss in this matter is $3.0bn to $5.0bn,” the company’s...

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April 22, 2019
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The European Union’s parliament voted to create a biometric database of over 350 million people.

The Common Identity Repository, or CIR, will consolidate the data from the EU’s border, migration, and law enforcement agencies into one system to be quickly accessible and searchable by any or all of them. Information will include names, birthdates, passport numbers as well as fingerprints and face scans.

While the CIR’s purpose is to eliminate several...

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April 19, 2019
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Facebook announced that it “unintentionally” harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million of its users without their consent.

The social media company automatically uploaded the information from users who had registered with the site after 2016 and provided their email addresses and passwords. Upon submitting a form to “confirm” their accounts, registrants saw a screen showing that their email contact lists were harvested without any means of providing consent, opting out, or...

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April 17, 2019
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On March 20, The Walt Disney Company completed its purchase of 21st Century Fox. The acquisition added huge properties like The Simpsons and National Geographic as well as film...

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