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ICYMI: Aug 24 - Aug 30

ICYMI: Aug 24 - Aug 30

ICYMI is posted every Monday recapping privacy news over the last week from around the web.

Arizona DMV Sells Drivers' Photos and SSNs to Private Investigators

The Arizona Motor Vehicle Department (MVD), essentially the state’s version of the DMV, sells drivers' photographs and Social Security Numbers to private investigators, according to a private investigator and the department itself.
[...] The records DMVs sell, including to private investigators, can include a drivers' name, address, date of birth, phone number, email address, and ZIP code. Multiple DMVs previously stressed to Motherboard that they do not sell the photographs from peoples' drivers' licenses or their Social Security Numbers. The Arizona MVD differs however.

DMVs across the country are selling your information. Why would they do that? California will give you 50 million reasons why.

Apple makes a privacy change, and Facebook and advertising companies cry foul

On Wednesday, Facebook became the latest organization to speak openly about the changes, telling investors and users that Apple’s move will hurt the social network’s bottom line because it will limit the kind of personalized targeting that makes Facebook’s ads so valuable to advertisers. “This is not a change we want to make, but unfortunately Apple’s updates to iOS14 have forced this decision,” the company said in a blog post.

If companies like Facebook are openly concerned, you know this feature is the real deal.

Unredacted suit shows Google’s own engineers confused by privacy settings

The new version of the suit (PDF) includes a number of employee emails and chat logs where Google employees agreed with the AP story, and these employees highlighted their own frustrations with the settings. Among the highlights:
"The current UI feels like it is designed to make things possible, yet difficult enough that people won’t figure it out."
"Some people (including even Googlers) don’t know that there is a global switch and a per-device switch."
"Indeed we aren’t very good at explaining this to users. Add me to the list of Googlers who didn’t understand how this worked and was surprised when I read the article ... we shipped a UI that confuses users."
"I agree with the article. Location off should mean location off, not except for this case or that case."
"Speaking as a user, WTF?" another employee said, in additional documentation obtained by the Arizona Mirror. "More specifically I **thought** I had location tracking turned off on my phone. So our messaging around this is enough to confuse a privacy focused (Google software engineer). That’s not good."

We already know Google has a less than stellar record of privacy but it's damning coming from Google's own employees

Clearview AI CEO says ‘over 2,400 police agencies’ are using its facial recognition software

More than 2,400 police agencies have entered contracts with Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition firm, according to comments made by Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That in an interview with Jason Calacanis on YouTube.

Law enforcement using technology with a 96% failure rate.  What could go wrong?

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