Privacy News for December 4

Privacy and the Pandemic

Microsoft Apologises for Feature Criticised as Workplace Surveillance | The Guardian

In Letter, Cuomo Urges Privacy Protections for Immigrants During Vaccine Distribution | Spectrum News

State [Illinois] Evaluates Use of Virus-Tracker Apps | My Journal Courier

Students’ and Minors’ Privacy

A Teach-In Against Surveillance | Inside Higher Ed

Morning Report: College Students are Getting Schooled on Surveillance | Voice of San Diego

Government Surveillance

Next Step in Government Data Tracking is the Internet of Things | The Wall Street Journal

A Surprising Number of Government Agencies Buy Cellphone Location Data. Lawmakers Want to Know Why. | Vox

U.S.-Made Technologies are Aiding China’s Surveillance of Uighurs. How Should Washington Respond? | The Washington Post

More African Countries are Relying on an Israeli Surveillance Tool to Snoop on Private Citizens | Quartz Africa

As Cities Curb Surveillance, Baltimore Police Took to the Air | WIRED

EFF Urges Federal Appeals Court to Rehear Case Involving Unconstitutional Baltimore Aerial Surveillance Program | EFF

Biometric Privacy

Madison City Council Bans Use of Face Surveillance Technology | Ashland Daily Press

Ugandan Police Accused of Using Facial Recognition System to Fuel Rights Abuses | BiometricUpdate.com

Biometric ID Systems in [New Zealand] Prisons, But No Facial Recognition – Corrections | Radio New Zealand

SHC [Sindh High Court, Pakistan] Orders Verification of All Prisoners Through Biometric System | Dawn

Laws, Regulations, and Legislation

EARN IT Act and How Encryption is Related to Freedom of Speech | Security Boulevard

Europe is Adopting Stricter Rules on Surveillance Tech | MIT Technology Review

Slouching Towards Dystopia

Amazon Wants to Get Even Closer. Skintight. | The New York Times

Program Lets Residents, Businesses Give Access to Surveillance Cameras to Ocoee [Florida] Police | WESH 2 NBC News

Encryption

Second Swiss Firm Said to be CIA Encryption Puppet | Security Boulevard

Hacker Lexicon: What is the Signal Encryption Protocol? | WIRED

This Week in Data Breaches and Leaks

Sophos Warns Customers it was Hit by Data Breach | TechRadar

Networking Equipment Vendor Belden Discloses Data Breach | ZDNet

The US is Number One for Data Theft | PC Magazine

MasterChef, Big Brother Producer Hit by DoppelPaymer Ransomware | BleepingComputer

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