Privacy News for December 20th

Government Surveillance

Warrant Not Always Needed for ‘Inadvertent’ NSA Surveillance of Americans: U.S. Court | Reuters

Attorney General Defends Preserving Surveillance Court Despite Past FBI Mistakes | The New York Times

Stories of the Decade: Edward Snowden and Mass Surveillance | NPR

Surveillance in China: Implications for Americans [Opinion] | The New York Times

AI Surveillance Proliferating, with China Exporting Tech to over 60 Countries, Report Says | The Japan Times [see also: The Global Expansion of AI Surveillance | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace]

Corporate Surveillance

Amazon’s Ring Home Surveillance Network Raises Big Privacy Concerns | Observer

Facebook Says it Will Use Consumer Data from Virtual Reality to Target Ads | Ad Age

Giant Surveillance Balloons Are Lurking at the Edge of Space | Wired

The dark side of Alexa, Siri and other personal digital assistants | The Conversation


Private Information at Risk from Laws Allowing Access Encrypted Data | RNZ

Biometric Privacy

Federal study of top facial recognition algorithms finds ‘empirical evidence’ of bias |The Verge

NIST Study Evaluates Effects of Race, Age, Sex on Face Recognition Software | NIST

Thought Pieces

Privacy is a Human Right – It Can’t Be Bought or Sold | Consumer Federation of America

Surveillance is a Fact of Life, so Make Privacy a Human Right | The Economist

Regulation is Coming: How Startups Should be Thinking about Data, Security and Privacy | GeekWire

This Week in Data Breaches and Leaks

15 Million Consumers of Canadian Diagnostic Company Potentially Exposed in Data Breach | Becker’s Hospital Review

Stolen Facebook Hard Drives Jeopardize 29,000 Employees | PC Magazine

Vulnerabilities and Exploits

Hackers are Taking Control of Ring Cameras and Using them to Taunt Both Adults and Children | Inc.

Factoring RSA Keys in the IoT Era | KeyFactor [Deep dive into Internet of Things vulnerabilities]

Privacy Tools

Proposed Standard Would Make Warrant Canaries Machine-Readable | Naked Security

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