European politicians call for Facebook investigation after whistleblower revelation

Two members of the European parliament have called for an investigation into allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook (FB.O) prioritised profits above the public good. The whistleblower, Frances Haugen, who had worked as a product manager on the civic misinformation team at Facebook, shared internal documents with newspapers and attorneys general from several U.S. states. read more AContinue reading “European politicians call for Facebook investigation after whistleblower revelation”

Spyware ‘found on phones of five French cabinet members’

Mediapart claims indicate that devices were targeted by NSO’s Pegasus spyware Traces of Pegasus spyware were found on the mobile phones of at least five current French cabinet ministers, the investigative website Mediapart has reported, citing multiple anonymous sources and a confidential intelligence dossier. The allegation comes two months after the Pegasus Project, a media consortium thatContinue reading “Spyware ‘found on phones of five French cabinet members’”

Customs & Border Protection ordered to disclose social media surveillance rules

Department of Homeland Security agencies argued that disclosing information on their social media surveillance policies will help criminals circumvent the law. U.S. Customs and Border Protection cannot withhold information on its rules for authorizing agents to use fake identities and nongovernment accounts to spy on social media users, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Government lawyersContinue reading “Customs & Border Protection ordered to disclose social media surveillance rules”

‘Woke up sweating’: Some Texans shocked to find their smart thermostats were raised remotely

Some said they didn’t know their thermostats were being accessed from afar until it was almost 80 degrees inside their homes. Some neighbors in the Houston area said their homes have been much warmer this week, even while they are running their air conditioners. Many of them claim someone has been turning up the temperatureContinue reading “‘Woke up sweating’: Some Texans shocked to find their smart thermostats were raised remotely”

Door knockers asking how people voted falsely claim to represent Arizona county

A group of individuals are going door-to-door in an Arizona county falsely claiming they represent local election officials and asking residents how they voted in the 2020 elections, according to a report from The Arizona Republic. Speaking to the newspaper, Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman said she was concerned that there were people claiming to represent her office,Continue reading “Door knockers asking how people voted falsely claim to represent Arizona county”

New Irish Bill Allows Police To Demand Passwords During Stop-And-Search

A new bill has been announced by the Irish Minister for Justice that will allow the Irish police (Garda) to acquire the passwords and encryption keys of electronic devices belonging to anyone they are searching. The bill aims to modernize the powers of the Garda in both stop-and-search and warrant situations, who will create a written record for each situation the new powers are used in.  The announcement comes withContinue reading “New Irish Bill Allows Police To Demand Passwords During Stop-And-Search”

This Sheriff’s Office Allegedly Tracks Kids They Think Will Be Criminals

The Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office allegedly has a private database of parents and children they say are likely to become “prolific offenders.” Most of these individuals have no idea they are on the list and now, civil rights and privacy groups are saying it’s illegal and discriminatory.

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