Category: Databases

IRS says it bought in to location database for millions of US cellphones to track tax crime suspects

https://www.ispeech.org Xeni Jardin | Boing Boing | Source URL The United States Internal Revenue Service says it purchased access to a marketing database that offers location data for millions of US cellphones, so the IRS can identify and track persons suspected of tax-related crimes. The unsuccessful effort illustrates how marketing […]

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

iSpeech.org Kate Cox | ArsTechnica | Source URL Activists want demonstrators to stay active—but privacy implications abound. It’s no secret that police and other law enforcement agencies have a history of using mobile phone location and other data to target or investigate individuals, and the wave of mass protests in […]

What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

iSpeech Glyn Moody | Privacy News Online | Source URL The speech by US Attorney General William P. Barr hardly seems earth-shattering. But buried within its business-like announcement of the indictment of four Chinese military hackers, there is the following statement, which has huge implications for privacy: For years, we […]

Google almost made 100,000 chest X-rays public — until it realized personal data could be exposed

Google almost made 100,000 chest X-rays public — until it realized personal data could be exposed

https://www.ispeech.org/text.to.speech Douglas MacMillan & Greg Bensinger | The Washington Post | Source URL Two days before Google was set to publicly post more than 100,000 images of human chest X-rays, the tech giant got a call from the National Institutes of Health, which had provided the images: Some of them […]

Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

iSpeech.org Search giant is amassing health records from Ascension facilities in 21 states; patients not yet informed Rob Copeland | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Google is engaged with one of the U.S.’s largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of […]

Cops Now Using Warrants To Gain Access To DNA Services’ Entire Databases

Cops Now Using Warrants To Gain Access To DNA Services’ Entire Databases

iSpeech.org Tim Cushing | TechDirt | Source URL Cops have discovered a new source of useful third-party records: DNA databases. Millions of people have voluntarily handed over personal information to a number of services in exchange for info on medical markers or distant family members. Investigators are submitting DNA samples […]

Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords

Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords

iSpeech Amazon- and Google-approved apps turned both voice-controlled devices into “smart spies.” Dan Goodin | ArsTechnica | Source URL By now, the privacy threats posed by Amazon Alexa and Google Home are common knowledge. Workers for both companies routinely listen to audio of users—recordings of which can be kept forever—and […]