Privacy Roundup #17
”A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded unanalyzed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.” – Edward Snowden
Brazil Nominates Directors of the Brazil Data Protection Authority; Senate Approval Pending
On October 15, 2020, Brazil’s President Bolsonaro officially nominated the five Directors of the new Brazilian data protection authority (Agência Nacional de Proteção de Dados, “ANPD”), as published in the Brazilia Official Journal.
Hospitals And VA Clinics Use ‘Xecan’ Facial Recognition And Palm Scanners To Track Patients
Massachusetts area hospitals and VA clinics have begun installing Xecan facial recognition cameras to identify and track patients. According to Xecan, they have been providing ‘touchless clinic technology’ to hospitals and clinics for at least ten years.
Having Saved Credit Card Details in Plaintext Since 2015, British Airways Is Fined £20 Million
British Airways has been fined £20 million (US $26 million) following a data breach which saw its systems hacked and the personal and payment card information of 400,000 customers stolen.
Cyber News Rundown: Child Smartwatch Backdoored
Researchers have discovered that the X4, made by Norwegian smartwatch seller Xplora, contains a backdoor that could allow for information to be stolen. The X4 watch is designed specifically for children with a limited number of capabilities, mostly for children’s security.
The new satirical video is a critique of the government's reliance on 'technological solutionism' in the fight against Coronavirus and increasingly across public services more widely, and their willingness to then scapegoat ‘mutant algorithms’ when their hopes for technological panaceas inevitab
‘Potentially hundreds of thousands of citizens’: Mass surveillance slammed in French-speaking Switzerland
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Five Eyes Repeat Encryption Backdoor Calls
The Western Five Eyes powers have issued yet another joint statement effectively calling for tech firms to engineer backdoors into end-to-end and device encryption.
Largest cruise line operator Carnival confirms ransomware data theft
Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise line operator, has confirmed that the personal information of customers, employees, and ship crews was stolen during an August ransomware attack.
Privacy Badger Is Changing to Protect You Better
Privacy Badger was created to protect users from pervasive non-consensual tracking, and to do so automatically, without relying on human-edited lists of known trackers. While our goals remain the same, our approach is changing. It is time for Privacy Badger to evolve.
Breach at food delivery service Chowbus reportedly affects hundreds of thousands of customers
Two months after securing a $33 million funding round from investors, food delivery startup Chowbus is grappling with a breach that observers say exposed personal data on hundreds of thousands of customers.