Category Archives: Digital privacy

Scientific American: Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion

Scientific American: Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion by Sophie Bushwick (“To protect personal information from companies that sell data, some individuals are relying on privacy guides instead of government regulation or industry transparency.”)

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Crime Report: Installing a Security Camera? In Chicago That Will Earn $$$

Crime Report: Installing a Security Camera? In Chicago That Will Earn $$$ by TCR staff (“Chicago authorities have announced a new program that reimburses residents and businesses for installing security cameras. There’s one caveat: the cameras must be registered with … Continue reading

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Buying Data and the Fourth Amendment by Orin S. Kerr

Orin S. Kerr, Buying Data and the Fourth Amendment, Hoover Institution, Aegis Series Paper No. 2109 (Nov. 17, 2021):

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PA: No REP in data moving back and forth over a (nearly) public wifi connection where user agreement told users that

Defendant connected to the wifi at his college, and he was aware of the computing access policy that said that he had no Fourth Amendment reasonable expectation of privacy in the information that moved back and forth over his connection. … Continue reading

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Engadget: The Treasury Department is buying sensitive app data for investigations

Engadget: The Treasury Department is buying sensitive app data for investigations by Jon Fingas (“There are concerns investigators are bypassing due process” and the Fourth Amendment. This isn’t new information.)

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NYT: Facebook, Citing Societal Concerns, Plans to Shut Down Facial Recognition System

NYT: Facebook, Citing Societal Concerns, Plans to Shut Down Facial Recognition System (“Saying it wants ‘to find the right balance’ with the technology, the social network will delete the face scan data of more than one billion users.”)

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NY Times: Hear That? It’s Your Voice Being Taken for Profit.

NY Times: Hear That? It’s Your Voice Being Taken for Profit. by Joseph Turow (“Based on voice signatures, patented Google circuitry infers gender and age. A parent can program the system to turn electronic devices on or off as a … Continue reading

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Ars Technica: LA police ask people they stop for their Facebook and Twitter account info

Ars Technica: LA police ask people they stop for their Facebook and Twitter account info by John Brodkin (“Data is fed into Palantir and helps enable “large-scale monitoring.”)

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WaPo: We built a system like Apple’s to flag child sexual abuse material — and concluded the tech was dangerous

WaPo: We built a system like Apple’s to flag child sexual abuse material — and concluded the tech was dangerous by Jonathan Mayer and Anunay Kulshrestha (“We wrote the only peer-reviewed publication on how to build a system like Apple’s … Continue reading

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NYTimes: The Illusion of Privacy Is Getting Harder to Sell

NYTimes: The Illusion of Privacy Is Getting Harder to Sell by Greg Bensinger:

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WaPo: Apple plans to scan iPhones to find sexual predators. Some fear the software could be weaponized.

WaPo: Apple plans to scan iPhones to find sexual predators. Some fear the software could be weaponized. By Reed Albergotti (“The new push pits Apple against civil liberties activists and appears to contradict some of the company’s own long-held assertions … Continue reading

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WaPo: Opinion: Privacy is a fiction in the Internet age. A priest’s case proves it.

WaPo: Opinion: Privacy is a fiction in the Internet age. A priest’s case proves it. (“The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned last month after a newsletter used data from his cellphone to confirm his use … Continue reading

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WaPo: A student’s rape went unsolved for 14 years. Police say the suspect gave his DNA to a genealogy database.

WaPo: A student’s rape went unsolved for 14 years. Police say the suspect gave his DNA to a genealogy database. By Katie Shepherd:

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Reason: Cops Say Encryption Hinders Investigations. These Documents Say Otherwise.

Reason: Cops Say Encryption Hinders Investigations. These Documents Say Otherwise. by J.D. Tuccille (“Law enforcers have plenty of tools; they just want to paw through our data without effort or expense.”)

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MT: No REP in text message sent to a LEO

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages defendant sent to an undercover federal officer posing as a prostitute, despite Montana’s enhanced right of privacy under its state constitution. State v. Staker, 2021 MT 151, 2021 Mont. LEXIS … Continue reading

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BBC: ANOM: Hundreds arrested in massive global crime sting using messaging app

BBC: ANOM: Hundreds arrested in massive global crime sting using messaging app (“More than 800 suspected criminals have been arrested worldwide after being tricked into using an FBI-run encrypted messaging app, officials say. [¶] The operation, jointly conceived by Australia … Continue reading

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techdirt: DoD Is Buying Domestic Internet Metadata From Data Brokers

techdirt: Defense Department Is Buying Domestic Internet Metadata From Data Brokers by Tim Cushing (“Joseph Cox broke the news for Motherboard late last year: the US military was also making use of location data purchased from data brokers, joining a … Continue reading

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WaPo: Apple’s AirTag trackers made it frighteningly easy to ‘stalk’ me in a test

WaPo: Apple’s AirTag trackers made it frighteningly easy to ‘stalk’ me in a test by Geoffrey A. Fowler (“Apple knows its tiny new lost-item tracker could empower domestic abuse but doesn’t do enough to stop it.”)

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The Intercept: Your Car Is Spying On You, And A CBP Contract Shows The Risks

The Intercept: Your Car Is Spying On You, And A CBP Contract Shows The Risks by Sam Biddle (“A ‘vehicle forensics kit’ can reveal where you’ve driven, what doors you opened, and who your friends are.”)

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Brennan Center: The Government Can’t Seize Your Digital Data. Except by Buying It.

Brennan Center: The Government Can’t Seize Your Digital Data. Except by Buying It. by Elizabeth Goitein. Despite Carpenter:

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