Fine SEK200k on use of facial recognition in Swedish school

Finally some action in Sweden! The ruling is in Swedish, but to summarise the school was using facial recognition on its students. Facial recognition is biometric data, hence sensitive (special categories of data in the GDPR). They used consent as the legal basis but this was considered as unlawful due to the imbalance of relationship … Continue reading Fine SEK200k on use of facial recognition in Swedish school

s.215 Patriot Act is due for renewal in June 2015

And you have a chance to do something to stop the indiscriminate surveillance practices used by the U.S. government agencies. It seems that the Act that was created in a single month has one part that is being abused and this is section 215. To find out more check here. Stop 215 (video) Even if … Continue reading s.215 Patriot Act is due for renewal in June 2015

XKeyscore – what is it?

Big Brother is here, and this article gives an explanation on the capabilities of the big brother surveillance tool.

This is an outrage !

Seems that the email service that Edward Snowden recommended as actually protecting your privacy in the US is being forced to share all data and subsequently shut down! The owner and operator of the service, Ladar Levison, has been gagged. Reading between the lines, it looks like he will move his services outside of the … Continue reading This is an outrage !

You are being watched!

Interesting TEDx talk from 2012 on surveillance (thanks Dave Eddey down under ;-)). What Christopher Soghoian basically says is that you are being watched. Internet companies hang on to our personal information for as long as is practicable. When they receive a request from government requesting information on users, they have no choice but to … Continue reading You are being watched!

More on wire-tapping worldwide!

I thought given the wire-tapping excitement going on now, that I'd post some of the practices going on world-wide that maybe you are not aware of, all excepts from Virtual Shadows (2009), so there could be some updates since, I haven't checked. If there are updates it will surely include social media as per USA … Continue reading More on wire-tapping worldwide!

CISPA

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISA) is not aligned with civil and privacy rights of the individual according to privacy advocates such as Electronic Frontier Foundation and Avaaz.org. Neither Microsoft or Facebook support this bill. Imagine that everything you post on FB to be available for government authorities? Fine if you trust them I … Continue reading CISPA