Software extracts emails, texts and contacts and could be used to track movements.
Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal…more: the guardian
News is emerging today that a weakness in WhatsApp has allowed spy software on to phones, possibly for years. The implications for our privacy are huge. Civil rights groups are outraged.As the world’s biggest gathering of tech leaders, inventors, writers and shoppers converged on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show at the start of the year, many noticed an unusual billboard.Apple, the world’s biggest tech company, usually avoids the fray. But, this year, it bought a huge site on the side of the Marriott Hotel overlooking the conference, for a giant poster. “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone,” read the words — a parody of the famous gambling city’s marketing catchphrase: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”..more theday
Under the settlement, which was filed in federal court Thursday afternoon, the police department agreed to a series of changes that include reinstating a civilian attorney to a panel that must make sure first amendment rights are not violated during surveillance activity by the intelligence unit–a role that was eliminated in the years after the terror attacks.
The NYPD also agreed to several changes to the surveillance rules–known as the Handschu guidelines, a set of policies initially put in place more than 30 years ago–including placing a reasonable time limit on investigations and expressly stating an existing NYPD policy that it is illegal to profile anyone solely on the basis of religious..:MORE: www.wsj.com
The lawsuit claims that surveillance of Muslim people in New Jersey discriminated against them due to their religion. It was filed by Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy group, and later joined by the Center for Constitutional Rights, another legal organization, on behalf of several New Jersey Muslims who say they were unconstitutionally monitored by the New York Police Department.Federal appeals court says lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims can proceed…MORE: