PRG News Roundup: September 21st

September 22, 2016 12:04 pm Paula Kift 0
The U.S. government officially endorsed driverless cars: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/technology/self-driving-cars-guidelines.html?_r=0 Google unveiled its highly anticipated messaging app Allo which partially relies on Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/technology/personaltech/allos-tryout-5-days-with-googles-annoying-office-intern.html There’s a class-action lawsuit over the privacy policies of a Canadian sex toy producer: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/09/sex-toys-and-the-internet-of-things-collide-what-could-go-wrong/ Chelsea bombing was one of the first testing beds for New York City’s “ring of steel” as well as the Wireless Emergency Alerts messaging system: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ny-nj-bombings/more-8-000-cameras-helped-snare-bomb-suspect-ahmad-rahami-n650891 and http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/nyregion/cellphone-alerts-used-in-search-of-manhattan-bombing-suspect.html Two new court cases on suspicion requirements came out from the 10th Circuit and the Massachusetts Supreme Court.…

Laura Poitras at the Whitney

April 27, 2016 9:14 am Ashley Jacques 0
Laura Poitras at the Whitney By: Kayla Wieche http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/LauraPoitras http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/arts/design/laura-poitras-astro-noise-examines-surveillance-and-the-new-normal.html?_r=0 http://www.newyorker.com/podcast/political-scene/laura-poitras-and-david-remnick-visit-the-whitney-museum Until May 1, visitors to the Whitney Museum’s eighth floor will encounter ‘Astro Noise,’ the multi-sensory exhibit by artist and journalist Laura Poitras. Poitras is best known for her involvement with the Snowden revelations and her documentary Citizenfour, which features NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden detailing and describing classified documents on government surveillance.…

“Microsoft Sues Justice Department to Protest Electronic Gag Order”

April 20, 2016 5:13 pm Ashley Jacques 0
“Microsoft Sues Justice Department to Protest Electronic Gag Order” By: Yilu Zhang April 20th,2016 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/15/technology/microsoft-sues-us-over-orders-barring-it-from-revealing-surveillance.html?_r=0 Last week, Microsoft launched a court battle on the offensive against the US government’s use of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to request consumer information under the cloak of gag orders.…

New surveillance program in the NJ transit system sparks privacy concerns

April 20, 2016 5:12 pm Ashley Jacques 0
New surveillance program in the NJ transit system sparks privacy concerns By: Rodrigo Moncho Stefani April 20th, 2016 Panel 1 Video surveillance seems relatively normal in modern society. Maybe not all video surveillance systems are as prevalent as the one that London has in place all around the city, but it has become normal to see signs that warn “You are being videotaped”.…

PRG News Roundup: April 13th

April 19, 2016 5:19 pm Paula Kift 0
Article 29 Working Party expresses “strong concerns” over EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/483814/Data+Protection+Privacy/Article+29+Working+Party+Expresses+Strong+Concerns+about+the+EUUS+Privacy+Shield+Agreement Daniel Radcliffe to star in “Privacy” play off broadway: http://variety.com/2016/legit/news/daniel-radcliffe-privacy-play-off-broadway-1201751421/ MaxMind locates digital center of the U.S. at a farm in Potwin, Kansas, creating all kinds of privacy problems for residents: http://fusion.net/story/290772/ip-mapping-maxmind-new-us-default-location/ ECJ to consider legality of UK surveillance laws: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/11/european-court-to-consider-legality-of-uk-surveillance-laws  …

Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption

April 14, 2016 5:52 pm Ashley Jacques 0
PANAMA PAPERS: A RESULT OF SELECTIVE GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE Topic: Government Surveillance By: Aluizio Porcaro Rausch (Panel 2) Post: Giant Leak of Offshore Financial Records Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption Link:  https://panamapapers.icij.org/20160403-panama-papers-global-overview.html The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a team of more than 370 journalists from 76 different countries, and other news organizations around the world recently exposed a large number of politicians, businessmen, celebrities and criminals of hiding funds in tax havens.…

Cell Site Location Information and United States v. Jones

April 14, 2016 5:45 pm Ashley Jacques 0
April 14th, 2016 Cell Site Location Information and United States v. Jones By: William Simoneaux This post by the Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses a recent decision upholding the lawfulness of the FBI’s warrantless request for cell site location information (CSLI), used to help convict two defendants by linking them to the locations of various robberies.…

Two Consequences of a New Encryption Bill

April 14, 2016 5:42 pm Ashley Jacques 0
Two Consequences of a New Encryption Bill By: Sawyer Williams April 14th, 2016 The Senate Intelligence Committee released a draft of its hotly anticipated encryption bill on Wednesday.  The legislation, authored by Chairman Richard Burr (R- NC) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would force companies who offer encrypted services to their customers to also provide technical assistance to federal investigators who legally request such data. …
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