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October 10, 2019
Natalia Drozdiak, Giles Turner, and Matt Day / Bloomberg

Natalia Drozdiak, Giles Turner, and Matt Day / Bloomberg  
Dozens of Amazon Workers in India and Romania Watch Customer-Submitted Cloud Cam Clips Including Rare Instance of People Having Sex

Dozens of Amazon workers based in India and Romania review select clips captured by the company’s Cloud Cam home security camera, according to five people who have worked on the program or have direct knowledge of it. The clips are then used to train the AI algorithms to do a better job distinguishing between a real threat and a false alarm. The video clips are voluntarily selected by users, and employee testers, for troubleshooting, and some of the clips are sensitive videos, such as rare instances of people having sex. At times, employees have shared sensitive video clips with others. Amazon said users could delete their sensitive clips at any time by visiting the Manage My Content and Devices page.

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September 29, 2019
Steven Swinford / The Sunday Times

Steven Swinford / The Sunday Times  
WhatsApp, Facebook and Other Social Media Companies Will Reportedly Be Forced to Disclose Encrypted Messages from Suspected Wrongdoers Under Deal to Be Signed Next Month, Details Scarce

WhatsApp, Facebook, and other social media platforms will reportedly be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, pedophiles and other serious criminals under a new agreement that between the UK and the US that will be signed next month by the UK’s home secretary Priti Patel. The deal will reportedly compel US social media companies to hand over information to the police, security services, and prosecutors, although details on how such a radical shift in policy will work are scarce. In a statement, Facebook said “we oppose government attempts to build back doors because they would undermine the privacy and security of our users everywhere. We also respect the role law enforcement has in keeping people safe. Government policies like the CLOUD Act.”

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Tweets:@Steven_Swinford @hackerfantastic @FiloSottile @mmasnick @AlexStamos @kevincollier

Bloomberg Politics: Facebook, WhatsApp Will Have to Share Messages With U.K.
Slashdot: Facebook and WhatsApp Will Be Forced to Share Encrypted Messages With British Police
CNET: Facebook will have to give UK police access to encrypted messages, report says
Forbes: New WhatsApp And Facebook Backdoor Reports: What’s Happening To Message Encryption?
The Sun: Social media giants will be made to hand over encrypted WhatsApp messages in fight against terrorism

@Steven_Swinford: EXCLUSIVE:WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles and other criminals under new treaty between UK & USPriti Patel poised to sign data access agreement *next month*
@hackerfantastic: WhatsApp backdoor, the size of a grain of rice, has been found in WhatsApp according to "sources familiar with the matter"... ?
@FiloSottile: US and UK agree on some streamlined MLATs to share information they already have.Bloomberg makes it about WhatsApp and muddles it with the encryption debate.#1 on HN as "US and UK agree to force WhatsApp backdoor".Comments rage against backdoors.Well done to all involved.
@mmasnick: This is getting some attention from people thinking this means backdoors, but I'm 99% sure this is simply wrong. The CLOUD act has many problems but it does NOT require breaking encryption
@AlexStamos: It's really early on a Sunday, so while I sip my coffee I'm also going to try to clear up a lot of confusion about the CLOUD Act created by poor reporting by The Times (of London) and Bloomberg.Here is the original, incorrect story:
@kevincollier: Source at WhatsApp disputes the Bloomberg/Times stories (, and points me to the section of the CLOUD Act that explicitly forbids "any obligation that providers be capable of decrypting data."

August 27, 2019
Liana Baker, Kiel Porter / Bloomberg

Liana Baker, Kiel Porter / Bloomberg  
Security Giant McAfee Eyes IPO Which Could Take Place This Fall, Valuation at Least $8 Billion, Sources

Security giant McAfee Inc. has hired underwriters to pursue an initial public offering this year that its owners hope could value the company at least $8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. McAfee, partly owned by Intel, the private equity firms TPG and Thoma Bravo, is working with Morgan Stanley and Bank of America as well as a full banking syndicate for an IPO, which could take place this fall, according to one of the sources. McAfee was publicly traded before Intel acquired the company for $7.7 billion in 2010.

October 3, 2019
Jonathan Browning, Ellen Milligan / Bloomberg

Jonathan Browning, Ellen Milligan / Bloomberg  
Privacy Class Action Lawsuit Against Google by iPhone Users Over Data Collection Claims Given Green Light in UK

London appeals judges revived a U.K. lawsuit filed against Google by a group representing millions of iPhone users known as Google You Owe Us over data-collection claims when they granted the group “representative action,” akin to a U.S. class action, overturning an earlier ruling that had thrown out the case. The organization is seeking as much as 3.2 billion pounds ($3.9 billion) “for its allegedly wholesale and deliberate misuse of personal data without consent, undertaken with a view to a commercial profit,“ Judge Geoffrey Vos in the ruling. He said that by tracking and collecting data from users’ browsing history, Google took something of value from them, meaning all users suffered the same loss and could be counted as one group.

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August 14, 2019
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg

Sarah Frier / Bloomberg  
Facebook Used Outside Contractors to Transcribe Messenger Audio Clips, Says It Paused Human Review of Audio More Than a Week Ago

Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its Messenger app, according to people with knowledge of the work, which Facebook subsequently confirmed. The contractors’ employees are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained according to the sources. The Irish Data Protection Commission, which takes the lead in overseeing Facebook in Europe, said it was examining the activity for possible violations of the EU’s strict privacy rules under GDPR. Facebook said it paused human review of audio more than a week ago, much like Apple and Google did after the media uncovered their practices of human review of audio recordings.

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Tweets:@DaveLeeBBC @mikeisaac

iMore: Facebook has been using contractors to transcribe Messenger voice chats
TIME: Facebook Has Been Paying Contractors to Transcribe Users’ Facebook Messenger Voice Chats
Trusted Reviews: Facebook the latest tech giant busted for eavesdropping on audio chats
MacRumors: Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Messenger Voice Chats
Fortune: Facebook Stops Recording Users’ Audio, as Contract Transcriptionists Express Ethical Concerns
Tech Insider: Facebook has been collecting audio from some voice chats on Messenger and paying contractors to listen to and transcribe it (FB)
CISO MAG: FBI’s new Surveillance Proposal clashes with Facebook’s Privacy Policies
Engadget: Facebook paid people to transcribe Messenger voice chats
9to5Mac: Facebook admits to reviewing Messenger app audio with ‘hundreds of contractors’
Mercury News: Facebook reportedly paid contractors for audio transcription
Futurism: Facebook Has Been Secretly Transcribing Your Conversations
Security – Computing: Facebook hired outside contractors to transcribe Messenger audio clips
SecurityWeek: Facebook Listened to Users’ Conversations: Report
San Jose Business News: Facebook has halted ‘human review’ of audio chats
ZDNet Security: Facebook is the latest tech giant to admit contractors are snooping on your conversations
Techradar: Facebook contractors have been eavesdropping on your voice messages
Silicon Republic: Facebook is latest to admit to letting contractors listen to your audio files
ET news: Facebook Messenger audio recordings transcribed by contractors
Threatpost: Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions
Axios: Facebook’s privacy-scandal Groundhog Day
Reuters: Irish regulator queries Facebook on transcription of users’ audio
TechNadu: Facebook Contracted Hundreds of People to Transcribe the Audio Chats of Users
POLITICO EU: Irish regulator questions Facebook’s transcribing of audio chats

@DaveLeeBBC: I’m not sure I can handle the news cycle of people willfully misinterpreting @sarahfrier’s Facebook audio story. It’s another privacy failing, absolutely, but it’s *not* Facebook listening to you as you go about your business.
@mikeisaac: feels like trending topics 2.0 (minus the obviously long lasting political fallout)people are uncomfortable with humans doing labor yet machines are not good enough to do the work so get trained by humans

August 16, 2019
Susan Decker / Bloomberg

Susan Decker / Bloomberg  
Apple Files Copyright Lawsuit Against Software Startup Corellium Accusing the Security Vulnerability Tool Company of Illegally Selling Virtual Copies of iPhone, iPad Operating Systems

In a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in West Palm Beach, FL, Apple has accused upstart Corellium of illegally selling virtual copies of the iPhone and iPad operating systems under the guise of helping discover security flaws. Corellium provides a research tool for those trying to discover security vulnerabilities and other flaws in Apple’s software. Apple alleges that the software company has copied the operating system, graphical user interface and other aspects of the devices without permission, and wants a federal judge to stop the violations. Apple further argues that Corellium allows the creation of a virtual Apple device, copies new versions of Apple works as soon as they are announced and doesn’t require users to disclose flaws to Apple. In its suit, Apple is further asking for a court order forcing Corellium to notify its customers that they are in violation of Apple’s rights, destruction of any products using Apple copyrights, and cash compensation.

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Tweets:@pwnallthethings @riskybusiness @MalwareJake @runasand @LorenzoFB @LorenzoFB @LorenzoFB @dcuthbert @ryanaraine @hackerfantastic @Bing_Chris

Tech Insider: ‘Enough is enough’: Apple is suing a company that claims it creates ‘perfect’ replicas of iOS
Slashdot: Apple Files Lawsuit Against Corellium For iOS Emulation
Z6 Mag: Apple sues Corellium, saying that they are profiteering from supposedly good-faith security research
TechCrunch: Apple is suing Corellium
MacRumors: Apple Files Lawsuit Against Virtualization Company Corellium for Illegally Replicating iOS and Apple Apps
PCMag: Apple Sues Corellium Over ‘Illegal Replication’ of iOS
ZDNet: Apple files lawsuit against Corellium for flogging virtual iOS copies for security tests
iMore: Apple accuses software company Corellium of selling replicas of iOS in new lawsuit
Apple Insider: Apple sues virtualization firm Corellium for selling iOS and iTunes knockoffs
9to5Mac: Apple files lawsuit against virtualization company Corellium for selling ‘perfect replicas’ of iOS
SecurityWeek: Apple Sues Corellium Over Security Research Tool
Economic times : Here’s why Apple is suing this cybersecurity startup
ZDNet Security: Apple files lawsuit against Corellium for flogging virtual iOS copies for security tests
The Register: Apple fires legal salvo at Corellium claiming the virtual iPhone flinger is infringing copyright
Computer Business Review: Apple Sues Virtualisation Firm Corellium for “Perfect Digital Facsimile” of iOS Apple suing company that creates browser-based replica of iOS
Slashdot: Apple Files Lawsuit Against Corellium For iOS Emulation
MacDailyNews: Apple seeks to shut down Corellium’s unauthorized ‘perfect replicas’ of iOS

@pwnallthethings: Interesting case to watch here @Apple v @CorelliumHQ -- another example of big tech companies using legal pretexts as proxy fights in cybersecurity
@riskybusiness: Tfw your podcast is named in Apple’s lawsuit against @CorelliumHQ . At least I’m in good company with @mdowd and @lorenzofb .
@MalwareJake: This reminds me of when Oracle signaled it would take legal action against Sun Microsystems because dtrace would expose the inner workings of their DBMS. Bugs happen. Apple obviously wants these bugs exposed, but only to them. 1/
@runasand: "Apple said the software company Corellium has copied the operating system, graphical user interface and other aspects of the devices without permission, and wants a federal judge to stop the violations."
@LorenzoFB: I wonder if Apple will go after Corellium users now.
@LorenzoFB: Here's the full Apple v. Corellium complaint.
@LorenzoFB: I'm not a copyright lawyer but this lawsuit is fascinating. Apple is essentially arguing that Corellium has copied iOS and is offering unlicensed copies to customers.Apple is also arguing that these customers use Corellium to find vulns that they don't then report to Apple.
@dcuthbert: And this is a seemingly poor move by @apple tech allows us to streamline and modernise the entire testing approach. No more clunky physical phone testing farms. It allows rapid dev across multiple devices. Something Apple hasn't made easy
@ryanaraine: “For a million dollars a year, Corellium will even deliver a ‘private’ installation of its product to any buyer,” Apple said.
@hackerfantastic: "Corellium paints itself as a research tool for discover security vulnerabilities and other flaws in Apple’s software"...“Far from assisting in fixing vulnerabilities, Corellium encourages its users to sell any discovered information on the open market to the highest bidder" ??
@Bing_Chris: Very interesting case... I recently spoke to someone in the offensive cyber industry and they (unprompted) explained how this company’s software is extremely important nowadays in finding 0 days. I am curious though, what was the option before Corellium?

September 9, 2019
Chris Duckett / ZDNet

Chris Duckett / ZDNet  
ProtonMail Denies It’s Forming a Partnership With Huawei, Says It Just Aims to Work With Huawei Devices, May Make Encrypted Email Service Available Through Huawei AppGallery

Following a Bloomberg report that the company is in talks with controversial Chinese telecom and tech giant Huawei, Swiss-based encrypted email provider ProtonMail denied that it is forming a partnership with Huawei and said that it “simply considering allowing ProtonMail to be used by people with Huawei devices.” In a blog post, the company said that “ProtonMail is already available on Huawei, as our Android app is distributed on Huawei devices through the Google Play store, so in terms of supporting Huawei devices, there is no change from the current situation.” However, ProtonMail said it “may also make ProtonMail available through the Huawei AppGallery.”

September 2, 2019
Colum Murphy and Zheping Huang / Bloomberg

Colum Murphy and Zheping Huang / Bloomberg  
Viral Face-Swapping Zao Hits the Top of the App Store Charts But Sparks Massive Privacy Concerns Due to Initial User Agreement Terms

Chinese face-swap app Zao soared to the top of app store charts over the weekend, currently topping the free download chart on China’s iOS store, but sparking privacy concerns along the way because Zao’s user agreement initially stated that the app had “free, irrevocable, permanent, transferable, and relicense-able” rights to all this user-generated content.  Zao, wholly owned by Chinese hookup and live-streaming service Momo Inc., has since updated its terms and says it won’t use headshots or mini videos uploaded by users for purposes other than to improve the app or things pre-agreed by users. The China E-Commerce Research Center has nonetheless urged authorities to look into the matter.

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Tweets:@AllanXia @fs0c131y @fs0c131y

The Next Web: Chinese face-swapping app goes viral, invites criticism over privacy clause
9to5Mac: Zao iOS face-swap app tops Chinese App Store rankings, raises privacy fears
VentureBeat: ZAO face-swap app goes viral, sparks privacy concerns in China
BetaNews: Privacy concerns mount over Chinese face-swap app Zao
Mashable: Chinese face-swapping app goes viral, raises privacy issues
The Verge: Another convincing deepfake app goes viral prompting immediate privacy backlash Chinese face-swapping app goes viral, sparks privacy concerns
The Guardian: Chinese face-swap app triggers privacy fears after going viral
Huffington Post India: Viral Chinese Face-Swapping App Nearly Crashes Servers, Sparks Privacy Concerns
Reuters: Chinese face-swapping app goes viral, sparks privacy concerns
Channel News Asia: Chinese face-swapping app goes viral, sparks privacy concerns
Techerati: Privacy concerns after ZAO face-swap app goes viral in China
iAfrikan: How to flag and detect deepfake videos
Tech Insider: Viral Chinese deepfake app Zao lets people superimpose their faces onto celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and it is terrifyingly convincing
Forbes: Chinese Deepfake App ZAO Goes Viral, Privacy of Millions ‘At Risk’
TechNadu: Face-Swapping App ‘ZAO’ Goes Viral While Raising Concerns About User Privacy
Redmond Pie: Chinese Deepfake App ZAO For iPhone Goes Viral Generating Serious Security And Privacy Concerns
NS Tech: How Chinese users turned against a wildly popular deepfake app
CCN: Terrifying Chinese Deepfake ZAO is the Coolest App You’ll Sell Your Privacy To New Chinese ‘deepfake’ face app backpedals after privacy backlash Viral Chinese ‘deepfake’ app doesn’t lose users over privacy concerns
CNBC Technology: Chinese deepfake app Zao goes viral, but sparks privacy concerns
The Financial Express: Deepfake app Zao rekindles privacy outcry over face-swapping
SlashGear » security: ZAO deepfake face swapping app raises privacy concerns in China
Android Police: Viral deepfake app ZAO adds your face to famous movie scenes – if you’re not concerned with privacy
The Hacker News: Chinese Face-Swapping App ZAO Sparks Privacy Concerns After Going Crazily Viral
Naked Security: China’s new face-swapping app Zao gets whiplash-fast privacy backlash

@AllanXia: In case you haven't heard, #ZAO is a Chinese app which completely blew up since Friday. Best application of 'Deepfake'-style AI facial replacement I've ever seen.Here's an example of me as DiCaprio (generated in under 8 secs from that one photo in the thumbnail) ?
@fs0c131y: It’s time for a thread about #ZAO, the new Chinese app which blew up since Friday. The app is accessible only to Chinese people for the moment but I managed to get an account ;)This "AI facial" app allows you to add your face on predefined clip.
@fs0c131y: Reminder: It’s still a bad idea to give a photo of your face to a random app

August 28, 2019
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg  
Apple Apologizes for Now-Suspended Practice of Allowing Workers to Listen to Siri Recordings But Plans to Reinstate Practice After Software Tinkering

In a rare concession, Apple apologized for privacy mishaps surrounding its Siri voice assistant and said that it would no longer retain audio recordings of Siri interactions, among other changes. “As a result of our review, we realize we haven’t been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize,” Apple said in a statement. The move follows criticism of Apple and other Silicon Valley tech giants for employing humans to listen to recordings of user interactions with voice assistants in a bid to improve their products.  Apple, however, plans to reinstate the practice after making a few changes in software updates this fall that will give users more control over their privacy.

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Patently Apple: Apple Decides to Eliminate Siri Grading by ending Contracts with workers Manning the Project until this Fall
Financial Times: Apple apologises for listening to Siri conversations
SlashGear: Siri privacy upheaval: Apple apologizes with new audio policy
EFF: EFF and Mozilla Release Public Letter to Venmo Apple Offers Rare Apology Over Siri Voice Recordings And Promises User Privacy Changes
9to5Mac: Apple publishes FAQ page addressing Siri privacy and common concerns
iClarified: Apple Apologizes for Falling Short on Siri Privacy, Outlines Changes Coming This Fall
The Mac Observer: Apple Pledges to Improve Siri Privacy, Starting by Firing 300 Contractors
Slashdot: Apple is Turning Siri Audio Clip Review Off by Default and Bringing it in House
AppleInsider: Apple announces plans to improve Siri’s privacy protections for users
iPhone Hacks: Apple Makes Major Privacy Focused Changes to Siri Grading Program
9to5Mac: Apple says Siri audio grading program will return later this fall, with privacy-focused policy changes
ZDNet Security: Apple will no longer keep Siri audio recordings by default, makes feature opt-in Apple details improved privacy protections following the recently suspended human grading of Siri requests
Threatpost: Apple Updates Privacy Policies After Siri Audio Recording Backlash
VentureBeat: Apple apologizes for Siri privacy issues, changes recording policies
Neowin: In light of recent controversy, Apple is changing the way it handles Siri recordings
iMore: Apple addresses Siri privacy and grading questions with new FAQ page
iMore: Apple apologizes for Siri recording controversy
MacDailyNews: Apple apologizes for Siri grading program, makes changes to improve Siri’s privacy protections
BetaNews: Apple apologizes for having contractors listen to Siri recordings and announces privacy changes
The Verge: Apple apologizes for Siri audio recordings, announces privacy changes going forward
BGR: Apple announces sweeping changes to its Siri review process following privacy backlash
Pocket-lint: How Apple is changing Siri in aftermath of audio recordings controversy
MacRumors: Apple Will Continue to Review Computer-Generated Siri Transcripts Regardless of Opt-In Status
Axios: Apple apologizes over Siri recordings
Computer Business Review: Apple Apologies for Default Siri Audio Retention, Software Update will Make it Opt-In
AP Breaking News: Apple apologizes for use of contractors to eavesdrop on Siri
Gizmodo: Apple Says Only In-House Employees Will Listen to Siri Recordings as 300 Contractors Are Reportedly Laid Off
iTnews – Security: Apple to stop default practice of keeping Siri recordings
NDTV Apple Fires Hundreds of Contractors Hired to Listen to Siri Recordings: Report
Telecompaper Headlines: Apple apologises for listening into Siri, plans opt-in to ensure privacy
fossBytes: Apple’s Apology Gives Us Hope Siri Won’t Spy On Us Again
iClarified: Apple Posts New Support Document on Siri Privacy and Grading
The Loop: Siri Changes
channelnews: Apple Apologises For Siri Privacy Breach
Asia One Digital: Apple to stop default practice of keeping Siri recordings
Lowyat.NET: Apple Announces Privacy Protection Improvements In Light Of Siri Recording Program
Fortune: Apple Opts Out of Saving Siri Recordings by Default, Turning Another Controversy Into a Marketing Moment
CCN: Apple Says ‘Sorry’ for Completely Disregarding Our Privacy
San Francisco Chronicle: Apple apologizes for contractors who eavesdropped on Siri
Technology – Apple apologizing for privacy issues with Siri recordings

August 2, 2019
Joe Light / Bloomberg

Joe Light / Bloomberg  
House Republicans Demand Briefing From Capital One, Amazon Over Capital One Data Breach, Insinuate Amazon’s Federal Projects Are in Jeopardy Because Ex-Employee Is Alleged Hacker

Republican lawmakers including Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, the senior Republican on the House Oversight Committee, as well as Texas Representative Michael Cloud and North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, sent letters to the CEOs of Capital One and Inc., whose ex-employee allegedly stole the data, requesting staff-level briefings on the breach and the companies’ responses by August 15. In the letter to Amazon, the congressmen wrote that the committee “may carefully examine the consequences of this breach” in light of large federal projects Amazon is hoping to land. Amazon is in the bidding to win a massive cloud-services contract for the Pentagon.

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