More Surveillance Than China — Clearview AI’s Business Plan

Few companies would proudly tout their business plan as offering more comprehensive surveillance than China, but that’s exactly what Clearview AI is doing.

AWS Bans NSO Group Behind Pegasus Spyware Used Against Journalists

Amazon Web Services has shut down the accounts of Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, following explosive revelations of its software being used to target activist and journalists.

France Clears Microsoft and Google’s Cloud Technology for Sensitive Data

France has decided Google and Microsoft’s cloud technology can be used for sensitive data — with caveats.

’Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act’ Tackles Warrantless Surveillance

A proposed piece of legislation would tackle surveillance and the warrantless purchase of individual location data.

Hackers Access 150,000 Security Cameras: Tesla, Hospitals and Prisons Exposed

A groups of hackers has gained access to roughly 150,000 Verkada security cameras, exposing a slew of customer live feeds.

Clearview AI Dealt Blow in Canada, Called Illegal

Clearview AI has been dealt its biggest blow yet, with Canada calling the app illegal and demanding it delete photos of Canadian citizens.

IRS Under Investigation For Illegally Tracking Americans via Their Phones

The IRS is under investigation by the US Treasury’s Inspector General for purchasing smartphone data to illegally track Americans.

Amazon Follows IBM, Bans Police Use of Rekognition

Amazon has announced a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, Rekognition.

‘Fool Me Once…’ — Clearview AI Promises to End Private Contracts

Clearview AI has promised it will end all contracts with private companies in the face of public backlash and lawsuits.

FBI Using Fitness App to Track You

It was bound to happen. With mass surveillance being one of the most effective tools in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the FBI may be taking the first steps.

Senators Introduce Bill to Temporarily Ban Law Enforcement Facial Recognition

The proposed bill (PDF) comes in the wake of revelations that law enforcement agencies across the country have been using Clearview AI’s software.

FCC Finds Carriers Broke the Law by Selling Location Data

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found that wireless carriers violated federal law in selling customer location data to third-parties. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has sent a letter to several lawmakers informing them of the results of the agency’s investigation.…

Ring Uses Android Doorbell App to Surveil Customers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has discovered that Ring’s Android doorbell camera app is being used to surveil customers. According to the EFF, the Ring Android app is “packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable…

NJ Bans Clearview; Company Faces Potential Class-Action

Facial recognition firm Clearview AI is facing a potential class-action lawsuit, while simultaneously being banned from being used by NJ police, according to separate reports by the New York Times (NYT) and CNET. The NYT is reporting that Clearview has…

Troubles Mount For Clearview AI, Facial Recognition Firm

According to a report by The Verge, Clearview AI is facing challenges to both its credibility and the legality of the service it provides. On the heels of reports, originally covered by the New York Times, that Clearview AI has…

EU Considering A Five-Year Ban On Facial Recognition In Public

Politico is reporting that the European Union (EU) is considering banning facial recognition in public areas for up to five years. Facial recognition is quickly becoming the latest battleground in the fight over user privacy. Some countries, such as China,…

ToTok Co-Creator Denies App Is A Tool For UAE Spying

ToTok was recently removed from both Apple and Google’s app stores over allegations it was being used by the United Arab Emirates government to spy on users. In an interview with the Associated Press, co-creator Giacomo Ziani defended the app…

Amazon and Ring Sued In Federal Court Over Failure to Secure Cameras

TMZ is reporting that Ring and its parent company, Amazon, are being sued in federal court in California, claiming they have failed to protect users. Ring made headlines a couple of weeks ago when a number of cameras where hacked.…

Pentagon Warns Military Personnel Not to Use Home DNA Kits

NBC News is reporting that the Pentagon has told military personnel not to use home DNA testing kits. According to a memo NBC News obtained, “Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Joseph Kernan and James Stewart, acting Under Secretary of…

China Requiring Facial Recognition Scans For Mobile Users

China is ramping up its attacks on privacy, with new rules due to take effect requiring all citizens to submit to facial recognition scans when registering for mobile service. The BBC is reporting the new rules were first announced in…