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Israel government spy agency will track phones of those diagnosed with Omicron

Israel government spy agency will track phones of those diagnosed with Omicron

Privacy issues galore but it’s all for a good cause, of course: The Israeli domestic intelligence agency has been granted temporary permission to access the phone data of people with confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in order to trace who those people met recently. The agency was given similar powers during earlier waves of the pandemic. Using emergency legislation, the Israeli cabinet voted on Sunday to permit the spy agency, the Shin Bet, to track Omicron patients’ phones…

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Oh: School district compiled dossiers on parents and their children if they complained about district policies

Oh: School district compiled dossiers on parents and their children if they complained about district policies

An Arizona school district is accused of maintaining extensive dossiers on 47 parents – and their children – for having merely spoken out against district policies. The data was kept in a private but shared Google Drive folder and is said to have included names, photos, personal information, vehicle license plates, photos of children, screen captures of social media posts, and copies of legal documents such as mortgage and divorce papers.

Data broker gave phone location records to government, for Covid tracking

Data broker gave phone location records to government, for Covid tracking

Government has used third-party services to track the locations of all smart phones in a given area. This is made possible by apps that collect location data (but may not make this clear to users) and sell it to data brokers. Data brokers, in turn, have then provided this information to the police and other government agencies, and the example here, gave it to public health authorities. Your smart phone is a literal 24×7 surveillance device to track you in real time.

“Something Weird Is Happening on Facebook”

“Something Weird Is Happening on Facebook”

I have a post appearing in my news feed right now, asking: “You have 30 minutes to spend $10,000 in one store. Where are you going?” Or, “What was your first car?” On the surface, these are boring questions, yet FB indicates it has had 1.8 million comments added. Why are these posts occurring and who is behind them? Someone appears to be pouring enormous energy and effort into a data collection project aimed at building personality profiles from social…

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Privacy: Saskatchewan school district accidentally released names, grades of 2,841 students

Privacy: Saskatchewan school district accidentally released names, grades of 2,841 students

The records in question included students’ names, identification numbers, phone numbers, grades and parent email addresses. Source: Private information of 2,841 students accidentally released: Sask. privacy commissioner | CBC News The data was “only accessed by three visitors” (who downloaded it?)