Privacy

Report Outlines How U.S. Could Counter Un-Democratic Uses of Surveillance Technology

The federal government should take steps to imbue surveillance technologies with individual freedoms protections citizens of democracies expect, the authors say.

Survey: Nearly 3 in 4 Americans Want More Government Oversight on Data Privacy

Slightly less than half of Americans say they wouldn’t share any sort of sensitive information with a business for any reason.

CBP Shifts to Enterprise Approach to Manage Phone Searches at U.S. Borders

The agency uses metadata to create a system of record for electronic device searches but agents may be able to access information irrelevant to their cases. 

Lawmakers Push FTC to Investigate Online Advertisers Tracking and Selling of Consumers’ Data

They warn consumers’ bidstream data can be used to “compile exhaustive dossiers about them.”

NIH Needs ‘Honest Broker’ To Manage New COVID-19 Data Warehouse

The health agency is looking for a vendor to act as a “neutral intermediary” to spur research without compromising patient privacy.

Photo Tweaks Could Protect Your Privacy from Algorithms

End users can use this technology to help mask vital attributes on their photos before posting them online.

Contact Tracing Demonstrates Need for National Privacy Laws, Lawmaker Says

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the technology being developed to aid the fight against coronavirus proves the need for a standardized privacy framework.

Senate Voices Privacy Concerns Over Contact Tracing

Experts were gathered in front of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection to testify on scams. But data privacy concerns bubbled over.

House Oversight Lawmaker Wants Apple, Google to Step Up Security on Apps With Foreign Ties

Rep. Stephen Lynch seeks commitments from the tech giants to be more transparent about applications on their stores.

Customs to Expand License Plate Reading Program Nationwide

Customs will have access to commercial datasets including license plate images and data from parking garages, toll booth cameras and financial institutions, as well as local governments and law enforcement.

Facial Recognition Is Here But We Have No Laws

Without legal safeguards, this technology will undermine democratic values and fundamental rights.

Digital Contact Tracing's Mixed Record Abroad Spells Trouble for US Efforts to Rein in COVID-19

Initial enthusiasm for digital contact tracing was sparked by early successes in countries such as South Korea.

House Subcommittee Again Takes Aim at Amazon over Ring Surveillance

The subcommittee wants assurances from Amazon that its Ring doorbell camera isn’t being misused by law enforcement.

Balancing Public Health, Privacy and Security: A Guide to Contact Tracing

In reality, it is unlikely that people will elect to give up bits of their privacy.

Contact-Tracing Apps: Apple Dictating Policies to Nations Won't Help Its EU Anti-trust Probe

Apple’s approach arguably fits a wider narrative about the company being heavy-handed in determining what apps are allowed on iPhones.