Privacy vs. Surveillance in the Age of COVID-19

The trade-offs are changing: As countries around the world race to contain the pandemic, many are deploying digital surveillance tools as a means to exert social control, even turning security agency technologies ...

COVID-19 Mass Surveillance, New Coronavirus Cyber-Attacks, Encryption Backdoors

In episode 113 for March 23rd 2020: Israel passes an emergency law to use mobile data to track people infected with COVID-19, the latest coronavirus cyber-attacks to be aware of, and how ...

Emergency Surveillance During COVID-19 Crisis

Israel is using emergency surveillance powers to track people who may have COVID-19, joining China and Iran in using mass surveillance in this way. I believe pressure will increase to leverage existing ...

More on Crypto AG

One follow-on to the story of Crypto AG being owned by the CIA: this interview with a Washington Post reporter. The whole thing is worth reading or listening to, but I was ...
personal data

Personal Data Collection: Outsourcing Surveillance

The buying and selling of personal data means more entities are able to conduct surveillance without needing a warrant There’s an old joke that in communism that the government represses rights, takes ...
Security Boulevard

Apple’s Tracking-Prevention Feature in Safari has a Privacy Bug

Last month, engineers at Google published a very curious privacy bug in Apple's Safari web browser. Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention, a feature designed to reduce user tracking, has vulnerabilities that themselves allow ...

New Research on the Adtech Industry

The Norwegian Consumer Council has published an extensive report about how the adtech industry violates consumer privacy. At the same time, it is filing three legal complaints against six companies in this ...

Off-Facebook Activity Tool, Ring App Third-Party Trackers, Wawa Credit Card Breach

In episode 106 for February 3rd 2020: What you need to know about Facebook’s new off-Facebook activity tool, details about the Ring Android app sending user data to third party trackers, and ...

Customer Tracking at Ralphs Grocery Store

To comply with California's new data privacy law, companies that collect information on consumers and users are forced to be more transparent about it. Sometimes the results are creepy. Here's an article ...