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A new study from Georgetown Law finds that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has created a vast surveillance apparatus by combining public records with information privately acquired from data brokers. For almost as long as it has existed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has drawn criticism for the methods by which its agents pursue and remove undocumented migrants. But a new report published Tuesday sheds new light on the extent to

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Government surveillance, Elon Musk, and free speech, with EFF executive director Cindy Cohn

On the frontier of fighting the NSA, combatting censorship, and holding platforms like Apple, Meta, and Google accountable. Plus, the Elon Musk and Twitter saga. Cindy Cohn is the executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF. If you’re an internet user of a certain age like me, you know the EFF as the premier civil liberties group for the internet. The EFF has fought pitched battles

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Democrats unveil bill to ban online ‘surveillance advertising’

Democrats introduced a new bill, The Banning Surveillance Advertising Act, that would ban nearly all use of digital advertising targeting on ad markets hosted by platforms like Facebook and Google. On Tuesday, Democrats introduced a new bill that would ban nearly all use of digital advertising targeting on ad markets hosted by platforms like Facebook, Google, and other data brokers. The Banning Surveillance Advertising Act – sponsored by

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Worried that someone is spying on you using your smartphone? Follow these simple steps to stay safe

These steps can help a user stay safe, but there’s no guarantee that they will protect you a 100 percent. It is better to consider yourself compromised Smartphones may be a boon to us humans but it’s also a gateway of information and sensitive data that can be misused if it falls into the wrong hands. With spyware like Pegasus, governments can get easy access to private data. In

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Meta alerts 50,000 users to targeting by ‘surveillance-for-hire’ companies

Surveillance by spying groups targeted journalists and human rights activists around the world and was likened to the activities of NSO Group, a spyware group recently added to the US blacklist. Facebook’s parent company Meta has alerted 50,000 users of Facebook and Instagram that their accounts were spied on by commercial “surveillance-for-hire” schemes around the globe. The users were targeted by seven entities and located in more

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US Treasury claims DJI assists Chinese surveillance of Uyghurs and blocks investments

On Thursday, the US Treasury put DJI on its Chinese Military-Industrial Complex list. It claimed the drone company assists in surveillance and repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang and barred US residents from investing in it. DJI is one of the biggest drone companies in the world, and last year, the US government added it to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List, which marked it as a national security concern and banned US-based companies from exporting technology

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After decades of surveillance, Muslims struggle with how much to share online

An intense spying campaign after 9/11 has led to a chilling effect in Muslim communities — but a new generation is challenging that norm. Thirteen years ago, Mosaab Sadeia accompanied his father to a mosque in Staten Island. He remembers it was during the winter, after the last Isha prayer when his father went to meet with the sheikh. Mosaab remembers grabbing a book from the

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Canon’s PowerShot PX is a home surveillance camera for happy memories

Canon’s new PowerShot PX is supposed to be a home surveillance camera that captures happy memories. It uses a mechanical pan-and-tilt mechanism and subject recognition to capture videos and images of you and your family. Parents take a lot of photos of their kids, but who wants to be constantly lingering on the fringes of family gatherings with their phone out? That’s the problem Canon’s new PowerShot PX is trying to solve. It’s essentially a home surveillance

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Best Buy and Home Depot drop security cameras linked to Uyghur surveillance

Best Buy and Home Depot have promised to stop selling security cameras from brands whose parent companies have been linked to the Chinese government’s oppression of the Uyghur minority. According to TechCrunch, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowes will no longer be selling security cameras from Lorex and Ezviz after the outlet reported on the brands’ parent companies’ involvement in supplying the Chinese government with surveillance

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Apple will let your subscription apps charge you more money without asking

Apple has announced new App Store rules that will make it so developers can increase their subscription prices without you having to opt-into the change when it comes time to auto-renew. Apple has updated its App Store rules to make it so subscriptions can auto-renew without your explicit permission, even if the developer has raised the monthly or annual price. Before the rule change, users would have to manually opt-into a

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Buffalo shooting suspect reportedly shared plans on Discord

The suspect in the Buffalo shooting reportedly used a private Discord server to write and then share plans of the white supremacist attack that left 10 dead. The alleged gunman behind the attack in Buffalo, New York that left 10 dead and three injured on Saturday used Discord to discuss and share plans ahead of the assault, according to Bloomberg. As far back as December, the suspect is reported to have

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