Privacy News for April 23, 2021

Privacy and the Pandemic

Can my employer legally ask if I received the COVID-19 vaccine? | ABC 4

Surveillance helped these countries fight Covid. A new realm of risks await. | Politico

Impunity passports: Governing immunity’s impact on rights | Brookings Institute

Students’ and Minors’ Privacy

‘High-Surveillance’ Schools Lead to More Suspensions, Lower Achievement | Education Week

BIPA Complaint Claims Online Exam Proctoring Software Illegally Eyes Students | Law Street

EFF Sues Proctorio on Behalf of Student It Falsely Accused of Copyright Infringement to Get Critical Tweets Taken Down | EFF

Platforms Like Canvas Play Fast and Loose With Students’ Data | The Nation

Disney and ad-tech firms agree to privacy changes for children’s apps. | The New York Times

Government Surveillance

The Postal Service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans’ social media posts | Yahoo News

Federal Agencies Are Secretly Buying Consumer Data | Brennan Center for Justice

Former Solicitor General, First Amendment Groups Challenge Secrecy of U.S. Surveillance Court | Knight First Amendment Institute

How a Chinese Surveillance Broker Became Oracle’s “Partner of the Year” | The Intercept

Pressure mounts on DHS to stop using Clearview AI facial recognition | The Hill

‘Smart’ Cities Are Surveilled Cities | Foreign Policy

In anxious times, Twin Cities residents say the whir of helicopters and the buzz of drones make matters worse. | Sahan Journal

St Louis mulls the promise and perils of aerial surveillance | The Economist

Waterville City Council to consider ban on facial recognition software | Portland Press Herald

Bucks County commissioners pull facial-recognition contract off agenda | WFMZ

EU proposes AI, facial recognition restrictions | The Hill

Russia’s surveillance state still doesn’t match China. But Putin is racing to catch up. | The Washington Post

Surveillance Capitalism

California lawsuit against Chinese tech giant raises a thorny question: Can the plaintiffs remain anonymous? | The Washington Post

Amazon Entangled With Chinese Communist Surveillance State, Report Says | Inside Sources

Biometric Privacy

Amazon and Microsoft team up to defend against facial recognition lawsuits | The Seattle Times

She’s Taking Jeff Bezos to Task: Joy Buolamwini is on a crusade against bias in facial recognition technology, and the powerful companies that profit from it. [podcast] | The New York Times

Judge Rules BIPA Protections Extend to Products Built With Ill-gained Biometric Data | Find Biometrics

Feds Track Down Capitol Rioter With Facial Recognition Hit On His Girlfriend’s Instagram | Huffington Post

Open Letter: banning government use of facial recognition surveillance is not enough, we must ban corporate and private use as well | Fight for the Future

ACLU suit seeks the release of Clearview AI face biometrics data by ICE and CBP | BiometricUpdate.com

Laws, Regulations, and Legislation

Senators seek limits on some facial-recognition use by police, energizing surveillance technology debate | The Washington Post

State panel studies use of facial recognition | Salem News

Encryption

EFF Partners with DuckDuckGo to Enhance Secure Browsing and Protect User Information on the Web | EFF

Encrypted chat app Signal reveals flaws in Cellebrite equipment | WHTC

This Week in Data Breaches and Leaks

Data breach reveals US police, public officials donated to Kenosha shooting suspect | Rochester First

Geico data breach exposed customers’ driver’s license numbers for more than a month | The Verge

Data Breach at New England’s Largest Energy Provider | InfoSecurity

Hundreds of Co-ops and Condos Suffer Data Breach | Habitat

The true cost of data breach fatigue could be detrimental to our security | The National News

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