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EV manufacturers provide location data to Chinese government

The Chinese government is collecting precise location data in relation to each electric vehicle driven in the country. Perhaps no surprise given the extent of state surveillance. What is surprising is that vehicle manufacturers provide the data.

Singapore to test facial recognition on lampposts

Singapore is considering fixing surveillance cameras to the top of over 100,000 lampposts. The aim is to assist authorities with picking out and recognizing faces in crowds across the island-state. Not all are happy about the situation.

Tech giants face hefty fines under Australia cyber laws

Sydney - Tech companies could face fines of up to Aus$10 million (US$7.3 million) if they fail to hand over customer information or data to Australian police under tough cyber laws unveiled Tuesday.

Watch out, your employer may be watching you

In many businesses if you think that your employer isn’t monitoring your slack activity, then it’s time for a rethink. A new survey charts how and through which types of technologies employee surveillance is taking place.

Video-as-a-service has exponentially grown: Interview Special

Many types of businesses, from hotels to hospitals, could benefit from a single solution: connected intelligent video surveillance. Digital Journal spoke with Andreas Pettersson is the CEO of Arcules to discovery more about business video applications.

Google loses the 'right to be forgotten' case

London - An unnamed businessman has won a battle in the U.K. courts against Google over the 'right to be forgotten' in relation to mentions on the world's biggest search engine.

Low power CO2 sensor detects building occupants

A new type of sensor to detect carbon dioxide has the ability to indicate whether people are inside buildings to enable smart building management. The sensor is also capable of running off a low level of power.

Three big predictions for sensors in security

A new report has found that the Internet of Things (IoT) market presents a growth opportunity for the global security and surveillance sensors market. This is being driven by three factors.

Australia to compel chat apps to hand over encrypted messages

Sydney - Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police under new laws unveiled Friday.

Germany expands surveillance of encrypted message services

Berlin - Germany on Thursday passed a controversial new law that expands the power of authorities to spy on the content of encrypted message services such as WhatsApp and Skype.

Google Chrome bug lets sites secretly record from your webcam

A bug in Google Chrome could allow malicious webpages to surreptitiously record video without your knowledge. The warning comes from a security researcher who discovered a way to bypass Chrome's usual indication that a recording is active.

British government plans live Internet use surveilance

London - According to a leaked document, the British government is planning to undertake "live" surveillance of British web users' internet communications.

Digital noise: How a new web plugin hides your footsteps online

A recently-launched browser plugin has introduced a new way to resist online tracking by creating "digital noise." Noiszy decreases the value of data collected by ISPs and advertisers by masking your activities with a "flood" of auto-generated web visits.

Phone surveillance in 2017: Are you being watched?

Phone tracking is now easier than ever using off-the-shelf software that anyone can buy. As Congress introduces a bill to require a warrant for the mobile tracking of Americans, over 80 percent of the population say they are concerned about being watched.

Putin signs controversial anti-terror measures into law

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a package of controversial anti-terror amendments dubbed "Big Brother" measures by critics that may cost internet companies billions.

Russian MPs approve anti-terror 'Big Brother' measures

Moscow - Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday approved a raft of anti-terror measures that the opposition called the "Big Brother" law, which may also cost Internet companies billions to store mandated users' data.

European rights court slams Russia for phone tapping

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights condemned Russia's large-scale mobile phone-tapping system Friday, ruling that it risked "destroying democracy".Judges at the Strasbourg court said that without "adequate and effective guarantees against abuse...

NSA to end controversial Sept. 11 surveillance program by Sunday

Washington - The U.S. National Security Agency is ending a controversial daily surveillance program that gobbled up millions of Americans' phone records and replacing it with tighter surveillance methods by Sunday, the Obama Administration said Friday.

Hacker claims 'less personal control' of our devices is coming

An interview with a security expert who is paid to hack into computer systems has revealed his thoughts on the state of online security. He names Windows Phone as the most secure mobile OS and warns we'll soon see "less personal control" of our devices.

Apple tells the government it's 'impossible' to decrypt iPhones

Apple has told a federal judge that it would be "impossible" to fulfill any request to decrypt the data on iPhones or add a "back door" to let the authorities in without compromising user privacy.

Facebook to issue warnings if it detects government spying

Facebook has announced it is rolling out a new feature that will alert users if it detects they may be spied on by state-sponsored attackers. The warnings will be shown after login and are designed to combat unauthorized government surveillance.

France to prepare air strikes against IS in Syria: Hollande

Paris - France will launch surveillance flights over Syria from Tuesday with a view to conducting airstrikes on Islamic State positions, President Francois Hollande said on Monday.

Cops to delete LPR data as 80GB hard drive 'keeps crashing'

The Oakland Police Department has decided to delete license plate data after six months instead of retaining it indefinitely. The reason isn't really to give residents more privacy but rather because a Windows XP computer's 80GB hard drive is full.

More Snowden revelations on AT&T and NSA collusion

Edward Snowden, the IT worker who fled to Russia over two years ago, has released another bombshell about how AT&T reportedly partnered with the National Security Agency to spy on the Internet for at least a decade.

Is the U.S. government under-reporting wiretapping data?

There exists a stark difference between the number of phone lines the United States government claims to have tapped last year, and the number of wiretaps reported by the four major telecommunication providers.

Facebook's facial recognition can recognise you without your face

Facebook's facial recognition has become so accurate that it is now able to identify you in a photo even if you have your back to the camera. The system is not available on Facebook's public site but should be coming soon for any photo that you upload.

Microsoft to encrypt all Bing search data by default

Microsoft has announced that it is going to begin encrypting all search data through Bing by default from this summer. The change is intended to help protect the personal data of its users but could impact websites reliant on analytics tools.

Report: 20 'Stingray' fake cell towers spy on London phone users

London - An investigation has found that there are more than 20 fake phone towers known as "Stingrays" operating throughout Britain's capital city, spying on phone users and indiscriminately collecting information from them. It is uncertain who owns them.

Obama urged to support encryption by Apple, Google & Microsoft

The largest and most influential technology companies including giants Apple, Google and Microsoft have formed a coalition to deliver a letter to President Obama, urging him to reject any proposal to deliberately weaken the security of smartphones.

Op-Ed: New study exposes a different kind of journalism war

Sydney - Journalism comes with risks new and old. The new risks are increasing intersections with dangers which didn’t exist in the past. Surveillance, hostage taking, murder, and criminal gangs are all part of the new, nasty, mix.
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