ICYMI is posted every Monday recapping privacy news over the last week from around the web.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued Google on Wednesday, alleging the tech giant violated its users’ privacy by collecting information about their whereabouts even if they had turned off such digital tracking.
Another reminder that Google is a data collection company first and foremost.
As protesters take to the streets, they'll be watched by law enforcement agencies that have trialed or are currently deploying a variety of surveillance tools. The Minneapolis Police Department has used an array of technologies in the past —including Clearview AI, which has scraped billions of photos from social media to power its facial recognition tool. Nearby police departments, as well as the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Fusion Center — which maintain jurisdictions that overlay Minneapolis — have also used Clearview.
According to documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News, more than 10 users with the Minneapolis Police Department had run more than 160 searches with Clearview as of February. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the county that includes Minneapolis, had also conducted nearly 400 searches among 10 accounts. And the Minnesota Fusion Center — a specialized section of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) that shares crime intelligence — had run almost 40 searches as of February.
This article focuses on the protesters but Clearview is the silent killer of privacy regardless if these protests happened.
What distinguishes our phone from the others in the digital world are the virtual identifiers. We all carry at least half a dozen in our smartphones, some even more. Some are permanent, others are temporary, some can be changed – but most of them are essential, needed for the service which we receive. Everything from making a phone call to shopping online wouldn’t be possible if we did not have a unique identifier assigned to our device. However, the same identifiers can be used to profile the user and here we explain how it can be done.
A nice summary surrounding the types of identifiers on your device and some information about them
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