Privacy News for July 30, 2021

Privacy and the Pandemic

How the HIPAA Law Works and Why People Get It Wrong | The New York Times

LA Patient Privacy Incident Discloses COVID-19 Vaccine Status | Health IT Security

Students’ and Minors’ Privacy

Students are facing facial recognition watchlists in Texas schools | Reclaim the Net

Police surveillance is the wrong approach to student safety | Boston Globe

Why schools need to abandon facial recognition, not double down on it | Fast Company

Government Surveillance

Hesperia [California] to buy more license plate reading cameras; residents voice concern about ‘Big Brother’ | Victorville Daily Press

Scale of secretive cyber surveillance ‘an international human rights crisis’ in which NSO Group is complicit | Amnesty International

Spwyare for sale: The booming trade in surveillance tech | The Times of Israel

The Pegasus Project: Sale of Surveillance to Autocratic Governments Must Stop | International Federation for Human Rights

Laws, Legislation, and Regulations

Connecticut Enacts Safe Harbor From Punitive Damages In Data Breach Cases | JDSupra

GOP Bill Attempts to Inject Life Into Stalled Internet Privacy Talks | The Wall Street Journal

House’s Resolve to Curb Surveillance State Faces Biggest Test Since Trump Presidency | The Intercept

Biometric Privacy

Want your unemployment benefits? You may have to submit to facial recognition first | CNN

TikTok Captures Your Face | Pursuit

Surveillance Capitalism

QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow. | The New York Times

Is Apple really a White Knight of Privacy – Apple’s New App Tracking Policy – Enhancing Competition or Abusing Dominance? [pdf] | Lexology


What the Pegasus Spyware Leak Means for Surveillance, Smartphones & Encryption Backdoors | Privacy News Online

[Windscribe] VPN servers seized by Ukrainian authorities weren’t encrypted | ArsTechnica

Privacy Tools and Techniques

How to Defend Yourself Against the Powerful New NSO Spyware Attacks Discovered Around the World | The Intercept

This Week in Data Breaches and Leaks

Saudi Aramco confirms data leak after $50 million cyber ransom demand | ArsTechnica

Fashion retailer Guess discloses data breach after ransomware attack | BleepingComputer

UC San Diego Health announces data breach | San Diego Union-Tribune