The National Security Agency gathers nearly 5 billion records daily of cellphone locations by tapping into cables that globally connect mobile networks, show new documents from Edward Snowden reported by the Washington Post.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Dec. 3 it would convene a multistakeholder process focused on privacy to develop a voluntary code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in a commercial environment.
The European Commission is calling for revisions to the policy mechanism that allows American companies to attest they satisfy European data protection requirements, stating that recent revelations about the extent of U.S. intelligence surveillance had negatively affected trans-Atlantic trust.
A federal judge ordered (.pdf) in November the case to go to public bench trial. Ibrahim, an observant Muslim who wears a hijab, seeks her removal from the watchlist. She is also suing under the First Amendment, asserting that the government burdened her exercise of religion.
The Internet of Things--a state in the not distant future when hundreds of billions of devices now disconnected from computer networks will routinely transmit data across the web--will require a new privacy paradigm, says the Future of Privacy Forum. A notice and choice paradigm will be unrealistic under those conditions, says the white paper.
The privacy appendix contained within the private sector critical infrastructure cybersecurity framework being developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology is meant to tie into corresponding cybersecurity practices, a NIST official said during a Nov. 8 workshop.
U.S. government requests for user data from Google rose 29 percent in the first half of this year compared to the second half of 2012. Google's latest transparency report says that the U.S. government requested data 10,918 times in the first half of 2013. That figure has increased for every six month reporting period since Google began releasing the statistics.
Intelligence officials Wednesday said they oppose a law that would require them to disclose the number of Americans whose communications are swept up in surveillance of foreigners on the grounds that there's no reliable way to do so. During a Nov. 13 Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, ODNI General Counsel Robert Litt said counting the number of affected Americans "is operationally very difficult, at least without an extraordinary investment of resources and maybe not even then."
Intelligence officials pushed back against proposals to end the bulk storage of telephony metadata, telling a Nov. 4 oversight panel that limiting metadata collection to cases when the records can be tied to particular individuals would make counterterrorism efforts more difficult.
The House Homeland Security Committee approved three bills concerning the Transportation Security Administration during an during an Oct. 29 markup session.