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NJ Gov. Murphy vetoes police body camera bills over cost, privacy

nj gov. murphy vetoes police body camera bills over cost, privacy

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is conditionally vetoing two bills expanding the usage of police body cameras in the state — citing cost and privacy concerns.
Murphy wrote Monday in a conditional veto statement that while police body cameras are a “wise public investment,” he couldn’t approve one of the bills, S-1163, which would require cops to wear body cams at all times with few exceptions, unless departments that can’t afford them could be exempt.
“Acquisition, deployment and use of this technology is not without cost, however, which has discouraged some police agencies from embracing this valuable law enforcement tool,” Murphy wrote, adding that more than 35,000 local, county and state officers would be compelled to wear the devices under the legislation.
A survey by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in September found that more than half of law enforcement agencies statewide currently do not use body cameras, Murphy said.
That means if passed as currently configured, the bill would require up to two-thirds of the state’s law enforcement community to be outfitted with the devices — a “laudable goal” that could cost up to $55.8 million, Murphy said.
“Unfortunately, the funding mechanism provided in this legislation is insufficient to …

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Ivacy VPN & Startpage Collaborate to Strengthen Internet Users’ End-to-End Online Privacy Experience

ivacy vpn & startpage collaborate to strengthen internet users’ end-to-end online privacy experience

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ivacy VPN, a leading VPN service provider, and Startpage, the world’s first and most private search engine, today announced a partnership that adds Startpage as a private search option when Ivacy users make a virtual private network (VPN) connection through the Ivacy app, giving them a truly holistic private online experience.
Ivacy VPN and Startpage, both founded over a decade ago, share a focused and deep commitment to online freedom and privacy. By providing VPN users the ability to search privately with Startpage, the two companies offer an end-to-end private online experience to users who are already deeply privacy conscious as well as those seeking the right tools to browse the internet more freely and securely.
“Startpage offers results which people have become more accustomed to i.e., Google,” said Alan Martin, PR Manager, Ivacy. “This new partnership has the potential to lead to an increased privacy and security for internet users who choose not to share their browsing habits with anyone.”
Neither Ivacy nor Startpage track users’ IP addresses, log browsing data or sell user data to third parties, ensuring users remain protected and anonymous while surfing the internet and giving them total control over …

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Directly observed collection ruled not an invasion of privacy in Ohio – DATAC

directly observed collection ruled not an invasion of privacy in ohio – datac

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The Supreme Court of Ohio has ruled that an employee who has consented to drug testing has no cause to take legal action against the employer on grounds of invasion of privacy after the employer required the employee to submit to a directly-observed urine collection drug test. This ruling comes from a recent case, Lunsford v. Sterilite of Ohio, LLC, slip op. No. 2020-Ohio-4193 (August 26, 2020).
Sterilite is a private employer with a substance abuse policy that requires reasonable suspicion testing, as well as post-accident testing and random testing. However, its policy for urine testing for drugs does not specify the process for collecting specimens.
Four plaintiffs, including two current employees and two former employees, stated that Sterilite implemented the direct observation method in October 2016. As part of this method, an individual of the same sex was required to accompany the employee to visually observe the employee produce the urine specimen. In addition, three of the plaintiffs had undergone random testing, while the fourth individual was required to undergo a reasonable suspicion drug test. All four plaintiffs had provided signed consent, which did not mention the directly-observed collection method of their urine specimens. However, all four employees were required to undergo …

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First Mover: Monero Leads Privacy-Coin Rally as Bitcoin Trips on Path to $12K – CoinDesk

first mover: monero leads privacy-coin rally as bitcoin trips on path to $12k – coindesk

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Bitcoin (BTC) was gaining for a fourth straight day, approaching the $12,000 price threshold the cryptocurrency failed to hold in August when it last rallied past that level. “The market has started to move again,” the Norwegian cryptocurrency-analysis firm Arcane Research wrote Tuesday in a report. In traditional markets, U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher open as investors bet U.S. lawmakers could reach agreement on a new stimulus bill.Market movesPrivacy coins like monero (XMR) and zcash (ZEC ) are suddenly in vogue – despite regulators’ efforts to crack down on them. These digital tokens, which come with features allowing users to obfuscate their identities and hide the amounts transferred, have surged in value this year. Monero’s price has nearly tripled in 2020, and zcash has doubled. According to the data firm Messari, a group of 21 digital assets with anonymity-enhancing features has gained 142% this year, compared with bitcoin’s 60% gain. The bullish market tone comes even as U.S. Internal Revenue Service recently hired blockchain analytics firms Chainalysis and Integra FEC to develop transaction tracing tools for monero and other protocols used to obscure identities. And the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this month published an extensive report on …

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Airtel’s Privacy Policy Faux Pas Highlights Urgent Need For Personal Data Protection Bill

airtel’s privacy policy faux pas highlights urgent need for personal data protection bill

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Indian telecommunications company Airtel, in a statement, has said that it doesn’t collect data on their users’ religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation, and genetic data. The statement came in response to the furore caused on Twitter on October 16, after some observant users had noticed a passage in Airtel’s privacy policy, which mentioned that the telco and its authorised third parties could collect store and process the following types of sensitive personal information from their users: genetic data, biometric data, racial or ethnic origin, political opinion, religious and philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, data concerning health, data concerning natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation, password, financial information (details of Bank account, credit card, debit card, or other payment instrument details), physiological information.On October 17, Airtel, in a statement, attributed the inclusion of the contentious passage in its privacy policy to a “clerical error”. “The generic content of the definitions of what constitutes personal data as laid down by the IT Act are expansive, which had been inadvertently put on to our website. This was a clerical error. We thank those who brought this error to our attention. We emphatically confirm that we do not collect any …

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Google Chrome retains your site data from Google and YouTube, even when you ask it to cover your tracks

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Google Chrome’s optional auto-delete feature for cookies and site data doesn’t affect data attached to Google.com or YouTube, the Register reports.
Google says it’s the result of a fixable bug, rather than a case of the tech giant giving itself a way to continue tracking privacy-minded users.
“We are aware of a bug in Chrome that is impacting how cookies are cleared on some first-party Google websites. We are investigating the issue, and plan to roll out a fix in the coming days,” a spokesperson said.
Programmer Jeff Johnson was the first to spot the bug.
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A Google Chrome feature that lets users guard their privacy by deleting personal data is sparing data from two websites: Google.com and YouTube, the Register reports.The Register report was based on a blog post published by programmer Jeff Johnson in early October. Johnson found that a Chrome feature claiming to clear cookies and site data when you exit the browser was retaining data for both Google.com and YouTube, which is owned by Google. 

Google Chrome lets you select the option to delete cookies and site data automatically when you close the browser.

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GDPR Enforcement – A Glimmer Of Hope For Privacy, And Marketing?

gdpr enforcement – a glimmer of hope for privacy, and marketing?

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I previously wrote that GDPR regulations were hard to enforce and hard to comply with for publishers, advertisers, and consumers alike. Consider the unwieldy consent pop-ups that consumers must endure in order to give well-meaning publishers their consent to collect their data. The advertisers that subsequently use that data for ad targeting purposes might not even know for sure whether they have consent from the consumer to use it for that purpose. This is all because of the murky middleware we know as “ad tech.” When a consumer visits a website like nytimes.com they understand they are interacting with the New York Times. What they don’t know is the plethora of ad tech trackers that are loaded into their browser behind the scenes, that collect their data and shuttle it off to ad tech servers. Even if given a chance to give consent, would many consumers give consent to hundreds of companies they’ve never even heard of – with names like Krux, Lotame, LiveRamp, etc? Unlikely. And that’s what we’ve seen play out already, in the early stages of the enforcement of privacy regulations like GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and CCPA (California Consumer Privacy …

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The fragility of privacy – can differential privacy help with a probabilistic approach?

the fragility of privacy – can differential privacy help with a probabilistic approach?

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Privacy is fragile indeed. Organizations gather private and sensitive data with gusto but have done a poor job guarding it against those who would seek to purloin it. Isn’t it enough to have anonymized data of millions or billions of records to seek patterns and relationships and statistics with liking to actual people?
In many cases, yes, but when trying to solve human problems, it helps to have human data, not clumps of them. Consider medical research. Masking or deleting any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) weakens the dataset by removing features relevant to the investigations. 
Sample of massive data breaches:

Over 14,717,618,286 data breaches have been lost or stolen since 2013.
3,353,178,708 records were compromised in the first half of 2018.
86% of all breaches in 2017 occurred in North America.
In 2018, 45.9% of data breaches in the US were in the business sector.
In January 2015, a Russian hacker calling himself “Peace” stole 117 million LinkedIn email and password combinations.
Crafty cybercriminals managed to collect the personal data of over 500 million guests of the Marriott International hotel chain between 2014 and 2018.
In September 2018, a successful attack on Facebook compromised 50 million user accounts

Many solutions have been tried: encrypting the data, sealing the data in a hacker-proof environment. And, as …

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Airtel updates privacy policy, denies collecting data on sexual orientation, political beliefs

airtel updates privacy policy, denies collecting data on sexual orientation, political beliefs

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Bharti Airtel on Monday said it does not collect sensitive personal information of customers, other than their name and address proof, after the telecom operator’s new privacy policy sparked concerns about infringement of individual privacy, PTI reported. The company claimed the changes were unintended and were made because of a drafting error on their website. “We emphatically confirm that we do not collect any personal information relating to genetic data, religious or political beliefs, health or sexual orientation, etc,” the telecom said. “This was a clerical error.” Airtel’s Privacy Policy details the company’s definition of sensitive personal data and information, or SPDI, for legal matters, and what it does with it.On October 8, the telecom company had updated its online privacy policy on their website to say it may collect sensitive personal data of users that range from their ethnicity and race to their political opinions, religious beliefs and sexual orientation, and also share it with third parties.The policy said that it may transfer users’ personal information to companies both in and outside of India, but added that all entities handling users’ data agree to follow Airtel’s guidelines for the “management, treatment and secrecy of …

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