Apple is opening up amid privacy questions about Face ID, personal data collection

22 01 2018

The data Apple’s collecting is more personal than ever.

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Google App Disables Art-Selfie Biometric Comparison Tool in Illinois and Texas

21 01 2018

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By Jeffrey Neuburger on January 18, 2018

We have been closely following the legal and legislative developments relating to biometric privacy, and in particular, the flow of litigation under the Illinois biometrics privacy law.   It was interesting to see how the Illinois law (as well as a similar Texas law) influenced Google’s  offering of a new facial recognition feature on the Google Arts & Culture app. (It is also interesting to note that the media coverage of the app has made the Illinois and Texas laws subjects of mainstream discourse.)

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Mattel Cancels “Aristotle,” an Internet Device that Targeted Children

21 01 2018

Mattel will scrap its plans to sell Aristotle, an Amazon Echo-type device that collects and stores data from young children. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood sent a letter and 15,000 petition signatures to the toymaker, warning of privacy and childhood development concerns. CFCC said that “young children shouldn’t be encouraged to form bonds and friendships with data-collecting devices.” Senator Markey (D-MA) and Representative Barton (R-TX) also chimed in, demanding to know how Mattel would protect families’ privacy. EPIC backed the CFCC campaign and urged the FTC in 2015 to regulate “always-on” Internet devices. A pending EPIC complaint at the FTC concerns the secret scoring of young athletes.

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House Bill Expands Drone, Biometric, Communications Tracking at Border

21 01 2018

The House Homeland Security Committee passed H.R. 4548, the “Border Security for America Act,” which would dramatically expand surveillance capabilities along the northern and southern borders of the U.S. The bill seeks “to achieve situational awareness and operational control of the border,” with unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), radar surveillance systems, license plate readers, and biometric databases. The Border Security Act would establish a biometric exit data system at US airports, seaports, and land ports. Biometric data would be combined with other Federal databases. The Privacy Act normally limits the government’s ability to collect personal data, but this bill would exempt the Department of Homeland Security from compliance with the Privacy Act. Previous EPIC FOIA lawsuits have revealed that border surveillance by drones would capture imagery, data, and wifi data of US citizens,

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Consumer Groups Ask Safety Commission to Recall Google Home

21 01 2018

EPIC and a coalition of leading consumer groups have asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the Google Home Mini “smart speaker.” The touchpad on the Google device is permanently set to “on” so that it records all conversations without a consumer’s knowledge or consent. The consumer groups said that “as new risks to consumers arise in consumer products, it is the responsibility of the Consumer Product Safety Commission to respond.” The groups also urged the Safety Commission to enforce the Duty to Report to CPSC against manufacturers of “IoT” devices. Last year, a coalition of consumer groups pursued a complaint about My Friend Cayla, an Internet connected toy that recorded the private conversations of young children. The Cayla complaint spurred a Congressional investigation and toy stores across Europe removed the doll from their shelves.

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FTC Provides Guidance on Voice Recordings and Kids

21 01 2018

The Federal Trade Commission has clarified how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act applies to toys that make voice recordings of children. The Commission’s enforcement policy statement stated that an audio file may only be used “as a replacement for written words,” and may only be maintained “for the brief time necessary for that purpose.” Additionally, “the operator may not make any other use of the audio file in the brief period before the file is destroyed — for example, for behavioral targeting or profiling purposes.” EPIC has supported efforts by consumer groups to warn of the risks smart toys pose to childhood development. Last year, a coalition of consumer groups pursued a complaint about My Friend Cayla, an Internet connected toy that recorded the private conversations of children. The complaint spurred a Congressional investigation and the toy was recalled in Europe.

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EPIC FOIA: EPIC Uncovers Report on “Predictive Policing” but DOJ Blocks Release

21 01 2018

EPIC has just received new documents in a FOIA case against the Department of Justice, however the agency is refusing to release reports about the use of “risk assessment” tools in the criminal justice system. In 2014, the Attorney General called on the U.S. Sentencing Commission to review the use of “risk assessments” in criminal sentencing, expressing the concern about potential bias. EPIC requested that document and filed suit against the DOJ to obtain it, but the agency failed to release the report by a court-ordered deadline. EPIC did obtain emails confirming the existence of a 2014 DOJ report about “predictive policing” algorithms, but the agency also withheld that report. “Risk assessments” are secret techniques used to set bail, to determine criminal sentences, and even decide guilt or innocence. EPIC has pursued several FOIA cases to promote algorithmic transparency, including cases on passenger risk assessment, “future crime” prediction, and proprietary forensic analysis.

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Apple wants to know your heart rate. For science.

18 01 2018

Apple’s launching its very own medical research study, in conjunction with Stanford Medicine, signaling an ever deeper push into the health-care world

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Apple is sharing your face with apps. That’s a new privacy worry.

18 01 2018

Is Apple doing enough to protect your face?

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Senators Question Privacy and Safety of Facebook’s “Messenger Kids” App

17 01 2018

Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with questions about Facebook’s Messenger Kids app, aimed at children 6-12. The Senators said, “we remain concerned about where sensitive information collected through this app could end up and for what purpose it could be used.” The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act specifically limits the collection and use of data on children under the age of 13. Concerns about the misuse of children data remains high. EPIC and several consumer privacy organizations filed a complaint with the FTC in 2016 alleging that the Internet-connected doll Cayla spied on children. EPIC also backed a L6 recent campaign to recall Mattel’s Aristotle, a device that collected data from young children. The campaign led Mattel to cancel the sale of Aristotle.

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