Analysis of attacks over the last few years shows that the enterprise is increasingly becoming a target for significant hacking campaigns by government-backed operations. But it's possible to try to […]
New data suggests someone has compromised more than 21,000 Microsoft Exchange Server email systems worldwide and infected them with malware that invokes both KrebsOnSecurity and Yours Truly by name.
Let's just get […]
A University of Southern California study provides still more evidence that the company's ad targeting illegally discriminates.
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David Fowler, Maryland’s former chief medical examiner, is being sued for civil rights violations by the family of Anton Black.
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Last week, the New York Times highlighted the Trump 2020 campaign’s use of deceptive web designs to deceive supporters into donating far more money than they had intended. The campaign’s digital donation portal hid an unassuming but unfair method for siphoning funds: a pre-checked box to “make a monthly recurring donation.” This caused weekly withdrawals from supporters’ bank accounts, with some being depleted.
The checkbox in question, from the New York Times April 3rd piece.
A pre-checked box to donate more than you intended is just one example of a “dark pattern”—a […]
Last week, EFF, along with the ACLU and the ACLU of Iowa, filed an amicus brief in the Iowa Supreme Court challenging the surreptitious collection of DNA without a warrant. We argued this practice violates the Fourth Amendment and Article I, Section 8 of the Iowa state constitution. This is the first case to reach a state supreme court involving such a challenge after results of a genetic genealogy database search linked the defendant to a crime.
The case, State v. Burns, involves charges from a murder that occurred in 1979. The police had no leads in the case for years, even after modern […]
Here in Maine, the COVID-19 vaccines are now available to all adults and teenagers 16 and older.
While scheduling appointments for the adults in the house, we naturally started thinking about summer vacation and where we should go (and if we should go at all). We can't decide between a trip to the […]
More than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries had their data posted on a hacking forum, Business Insider reports. Personal data uploaded to the site included phone numbers, Facebook identification credentials, full names, locations, birthdates and some email addresses. Here are more […]
The European Parliamentary Research Service released a report on private sector data transfers between the EU and U.K. following Brexit. The report covers the mechanisms that could be used to transfer data between the two sides under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The EPRS also explores […]
The Wall Street Journal reports the National Intelligence Council's "Global Trends 2040" suggests privacy will be nonexistent as technologies, specifically those driven by artificial intelligence, evolve in the years to come. The report states privacy "may effectively disappear by choice or […]
The history of El Salvador’s Internet exchange point (IXSal) is perhaps the longest and most complex, beginning at the end of the last century, in 1999, explains its founder, Lito Ibarra, with a smile. “It started out as a utopia after I started hearing about the experiences of other […]
Last week we shared the story of how the Sarantaporo.gr Community Network worked with the community of Sykea to help with a pressing problem. Like many other villages in the Thessaly region in central Greece, it lacked access to the Internet. When an alternative solution to Sykea’s connectivity […]
In an attempt to “put consumers in the driver’s seat” of their data privacy, Florida legislators are giving bipartisan support to legislation that imposes new disclosure requirements on companies that collect information on their customers and sell it to data brokers.
Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent.
Android phones generate unique advertising codes, similar to Apple’s Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), that allow Google and third parties to track users’ browsing behavior in order to better target them with advertising.
An archive containing data purportedly scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles has been put for sale on a popular hacker forum, with another 2 million records leaked as a proof-of-concept sample by the post author.
A bill passed in Virginia will ban local law-enforcement agencies from using facial recognition technology without prior legislative approval starting July 1, 2021. The bill further requires any local police agency eventually authorized to have "exclusive control" over the facial recognition […]
EPIC and a coalition sent letters to Attorney General Garland and the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to conduct oversight and review agency implementation of the Freedom of Information Act. The coalition requested the Senate Judiciary to hold an oversight hearing on agency FOIA compliance. […]
A trove of sensitive personal data from more than 500 million Facebook users was posted online over the weekend, according to press reports. The leaked data includes names, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdates, location information, and biographical details. The original breach of personal […]
CDT’s new survey research shows schools are making progress on privacy protection, but more work is needed to keep students safe. For nearly every school in the country, this March marks the one-year anniversary of the abrupt transition to online learning and the beginning of a dogged struggle to […]
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