Privacy News for March 22, 2021

Privacy and the Pandemic

One result of one year into the pandemic: Privacy might be dead | Marketplace

The pandemic has thrown the world into a privacy nightmare | TechRadar

Does it keep COVID-19 out of buildings? Or is it really a facial recognition tool? | ZDNet

Europe’s rush for a COVID-19 ‘digital pass’ stirs concerns | TechCrunch

Minors’ and Students’ Privacy

Lenore Skenazy: Kids Under Surveillance | MagicValley

Students Sue Online Exam Proctoring Service ProctorU for Biometrics Violations Following Data Breach | Law Street

Apps that help parents protect kids from cybercrime may be unsafe too | The Conversation

What If Colleges Treated Students as Data Users, Not Just Data Points? | EdSurge

Government Surveillance

Little-Known TALON Network of Surveillance Cameras Now Blankets Much of the United States | CPO Magazine

Despite hacks, US not seeking widened domestic surveillance | AP

Seattle and Portland: Say No to Public-Private Surveillance Networks | EFF

AG voices concerns with CBP’s proposed surveillance towers at Canadian border | Vermont Biz

Rally on the road protests Vermont border surveillance towers proposal | WCAX

SFPD launches program to access community surveillance video | WKRG CBS

China has brought its repressive surveillance tools to Hong Kong | Nikkei Asia

Rep. Curtis leads bipartisan coalition with legislation to combat surveillance of Uyghurs and others | UtahPolicy.com

EFF’s Crowd-Sourced Atlas of Surveillance Project Honored with Award for Advancing Public’s Right to Know About Police Spying | EFF

It’s Time to Talk about Privacy and License-Plate Readers (Again) | Car and Driver

Laws, Regulations, and Legislation

US House to examine bill setting new standards for biometric, digital privacy rights | BiometricUpdate.com

Amid backlash, Worcester, Mass., approves predictive crime software | StateScoop

Dodge: True police reform requires regulating surveillance tech, San Jose | San Jose Spotlight

NYC proposes regulations for sale of biometrics by businesses | BiometricUpdate.com

Privacy Laws Begin to Ripple Across the States Following the California Consumer Privacy Act | JDSupra

Biometric Privacy

Your Face Is Not Your Own | The New York Times

AI company escapes lawsuit over use of OKCupid photos to guide facial recognition | Reuters

Uber under pressure over facial recognition checks for drivers | TechCrunch

‘Dangerous when it works and when it doesn’t’: ACLU, state lawmakers’ efforts to restrict facial recognition technology in Massachusetts continues | Mass Live

Advocacy Groups Again Ask CBP to Withdraw Biometrics Expansion Proposal | Nextgov

Call center voice biometrics partnerships revealed by Auraya, Speech Technology Center, Nuance | BiometricUpdate.com

Facing Bias in Facial Recognition Technology | The Regulatory Review

[Australian ] Govt hands UK firm $11m digital ID contract | Innovation Aus

Brain Biometrics’ growing demand sparks privacy concerns and new products | BiometricUpdate.com

This BYU facial recognition technology is designed with hackers and accessibility in mind | KSL.com

OCBC Deploys Facial Recognition ATMs [in Singapore] | finews.asia

Surveillance Capitalism

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater | WIRED

Google gets into sleep surveillance with new Nest Hub screen | WAGM NBC

How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you | MIT Technology Review

Encryption

U.S. Indicts CEO of Encrypted Phone Firm ‘Sky’ | Vice

Intermediary Liability and Why Free Speech in Software Matters | The Wire

China Appears to Block Popular Encrypted Messaging App Signal | The Wall Street Journal

This Week in Data Breaches and Leaks

Infosec Firm Qualys Customer Data Leaked in a Suspected Ransomware Attack | CPO Magazine

Popular iPhone call recording app left recordings unsecured on the web | SecurityBrief

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