ACLU calls for tech firms to lobby for surveillance reform
 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has put out a fresh call for tech companies to push for reform of the surveillance regime in the U.S., warning of the added urgency given new U.S. President Donald Trump — who has already been demonstrably hostile to foreigners’ privacy rights in his first few days in office Read More ...
Attack of the apps
 Mobile surveillance by ad-sponsored smartphone apps is intrusive and creepy — and it can easily compromise your enterprise’s data. Read More ...
Legal challenge to Facebook EU-US data transfer mechanism kicks off in Ireland
 Another legal challenge to a data transfer authorization mechanism relied upon by Facebook and thousands of other companies to legally move user data from the European Union to the US for processing has kicked off in the Irish High Court today. The hearing is expected to last for three weeks. Read More ...
India to see a spike in video surveillance adoption in years to come: report
Owing to increasing demand for high-tech technologies in the video surveillance market, the country will witness a boost in the surveillance adaptation rate in years to come, a report said on Wednesday. The report, launched by the Smart Cities Council (SCC) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) along with US-based data storage company Western Digital, underlined the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India. “With the growth of public infrastructure on a constant rise, acco...
India to see a spike in video surveillance adoption in years to come: report
Owing to increasing demand for high-tech technologies in the video surveillance market, the country will witness a boost in the surveillance adaptation rate in years to come, a report said on Wednesday. The report, launched by the Smart Cities Council (SCC) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) along with US-based data storage company Western Digital, underlined the role of surveillance for a safe and secure India. “With the growth of public infrastructure on a constant rise, acco...
Russia extends Snowden’s temporary residency for ‘few more years’
 NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has had his temporary right to remain in Russia extended, according to a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman. Read More ...
Swarm of 100 military drones exhibits collective behaviors in flight
At the California test site, the 103 Perdix drones released from three F/A-18 Super Hornets demonstrated sophisticated swarming behaviors, including collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing. The post Swarm of 100 military drones exhibits collective behaviors in flight appeared first on Digital Trends.
Liberty is crowdfunding a legal challenge to UK surveillance law
 Civil liberties group Liberty has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a UK High Court challenge to the bulk powers contained within new domestic surveillance law. Read More ...
Intel report on hacking says Russian interference with US election was ‘boldest yet’
 Today the U.S. intelligence community released a report claiming that the Russian government was behind hacks of American political organizations during the 2016 election cycle and that the hackers acted with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s direct approval. The new report is a joint effort backed by the CIA, FBI, and NSA and draws on intelligence gathered by all three agencies. A… Read More ...
Twitter limits data access for law enforcement surveillance hubs
Twitter is cutting off access to the Dataminr social media monitoring tool for law enforcement surveillance hubs, known as “fusion centers.” The tool allowed the hubs to search through billions of real-time and historical public tweets. The post Twitter limits data access for law enforcement surveillance hubs appeared first on Digital Trends....
Google just published eight National Security Letters
 Google dropped a single National Security Letter into its most recent transparency report without much fanfare, but today the company published eight more NSLs in an attempt to shed more light on government surveillance of Google users. The eight letters published today were sent to Google from FBI offices across the country. Cumulatively, the NSLs seek broad access to content for around 20… Read More ...
Court upholds warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens under Section 702
 The U.S. federal appeals court has ruled in United States v. Mohamud, a case that began with a 2010 holiday bomb plot and will end with unique implications for the private digital communications of American citizens. Digital privacy advocates had hoped that the appeals case might prompt reform for a contentious portion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) known as Section 702. Read More ...
Yes the UK now has a law to log web users’ browsing behavior, hack devices and limit encryption
 2016 has been a very good year to bury very bad news. And political distractions perhaps explain why a bill that has been described as the most extreme surveillance legislation every passed in a democracy has today passed into law in the UK never having faced substantial opposition. Read More ...
From drones to body cams, tech is changing the fight against crime
Technology is opening the door for cameras on every corner and even eyes in the sky, but the fundamental tension between privacy and security is not going way. The post From drones to body cams, tech is changing the fight against crime appeared first on Digital Trends.
Trump surveillance fears could lift privacy tech in Europe
 The full ramifications of Donald Trump being the next president of the United States of America will not be known for months — perhaps years. Given he’s a man of many conflicting words it’s near impossible to know which of his pledges and pronouncements he will keep or act upon, likely until his administration is up and running and showing its true colors. Read More ...
UK spy agency GCHQ paid NZ firm Endace to power Internet fiber-optic taps
 The 2013 Snowden documents revealed UK intelligence agency GCHQ to be tapping into the undersea cables that carry Internet traffic, covertly gathering vast amounts of digital comms data under a surveillance program code-named Tempora — apparently with the help of commercial partners. Read More ...
DARPA’s space debris tracking satellite finds a new owner and home in Australia
You frequently read about the sale of a car or a house, but it is not too often you hear about the transfer of a million dollar telescope. That's exactly what happened last week when DARPA turned over the Space Surveillance Telescope to the Air Force. The post DARPA’s space debris tracking satellite finds a new owner and home in Australia appeared first on Digital Trends....
Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech
 Armed with new research, civil rights organizations are urging the Justice Department to investigate law enforcement’s excessive use of face recognition technologies. A coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations asked the Department of Justice today to investigate the use of face recognition technology by local and state police and the FBI, after a report by the Georgetown… Read More ...
Leaving a digital trail: Apple reportedly logs all of your iMessage contacts
Apple stores detailed logs of all phone numbers entered into iOS's Messages app -- and potentially others -- for a minimum of 30 days. That's according to law enforcement documents obtained by The Intercept. The post Leaving a digital trail: Apple reportedly logs all of your iMessage contacts appeared first on Digital Trends.
Police are increasingly using social media surveillance tools
 We’re approaching a level of social unrest that we haven’t seen since the days of the Civil Rights movement. That means law enforcement agencies are trying to figure out how to manage and circumvent the unrest — a lot of which has resulted from the police killings of unarmed black people — through surveillance. You may remember that, back in August, Bloomberg found… Read More ...