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HART: Homeland Security’s Massive New Database Will Include Face Recognition, DNA, and Peoples’ “Non-Obvious Relationships” | Electronic Frontier Foundation June 2018
"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States. The agency’s new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) database will include multiple forms of biometrics—from face recognition to DNA, data from questionable sources, and highly personal data on innocent people. It will be shared with federal agencies outside of DHS as well as state and local law enforcement and foreign governments. And yet, we still know very little about it."
EFF  DHS  surveillance 
december 2018 by pierredv
Opinion | Our Cellphones Aren’t Safe - The New York Times, Dec 2018
America’s cellular network is as vital to society as the highway system and power grids. Vulnerabilities in the mobile phone infrastructure threaten not only personal privacy and security, but also the country’s. According to intelligence reports, spies are eavesdropping on President Trump’s cellphone conversations and using fake cellular towers in Washington to intercept phone calls. Cellular communication infrastructure, the system at the heart of modern communication, commerce and governance, is woefully insecure. And we are doing nothing to fix it.
technology  security  privacy  NYT  EFF  opinion  cyber-spectrum  cellular 
december 2018 by pierredv
Is Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance Dying? | Electronic Frontier Foundation, Dec 2017
"Over the last three months of 2017, EFF has been representing the interests of Internet users and innovators at three very different global Internet governance meetings; ICANN, the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS), and this week in Geneva, the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF). All of these to some extent or other are held out as representing a so-called multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance. Yet in practice there are such vast differences between them—with the GCCS being mostly government-organized, ICANN being mostly privately-organized, and the IGF falling somewhere in between—that it’s difficult to see what this multi-stakeholder model really represents."

"This is one reason why EFF has generally eschewed promoting a particular model of governance by name, but rather has emphasized how fair processes with the characteristics of inclusion, balance, and accountability, can lead to better outcomes. Last month UNESCO issued a report [PDF] with a more detailed list of its own criteria of multi-stakeholder governance processes, according to which such processes should be inclusive, diverse, collaborative, transparent, flexible and relevant, private and safe, and accountable. The use of criteria such as these, rather than merely the application of the buzzword “multi-stakeholder”, enables us to critique how particular global meetings fall short in effectively involving users in the development of policies that impact them. "

"governments are increasingly bypassing civil society and concluding agreements directly with companies. "
EFF  multi-stakeholder  ICANN  GCCS  IGF  governance 
june 2018 by pierredv
A Slow Boat to Fast Data: Why is Palestine Still Waiting for 3G? | Electronic Frontier Foundation Nov 2015
"What might improve communications privacy for Palestine? Upgrading to 3G will certainly help: their current national networks are slow and simple to intercept, while faster networks operated by Israeli companies are vulnerable to Israeli surveillance. But 3G doesn't guarantee privacy."
privacy  surveillance  2G  3G  Israel  Palestine  EFF 
november 2015 by pierredv
Web Browsers Leave 'Fingerprints' Behind as You Surf the Net | Electronic Frontier Foundation
"EFF found that 84% of the configuration combinations were unique and identifiable, creating unique and identifiable browser "fingerprints." Browsers with Adobe Flash or Java plug-ins installed were 94% unique and trackable."
privacy  browser  tracking  eff  x:eff  via:gmsv  surveillance 
may 2010 by pierredv

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