India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

Personal privacy seems to be dying in India as the country moves to increased censorship by the government. Sadly, this trend is occurring worldwide, including here.

According to an article by Vindu Goel in the New York Times:

“India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China.

“Under the proposed rules, Indian officials could demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, TikTok and others remove posts or videos that they [the government censors] deem libelous, invasive of privacy, hateful or deceptive. Internet companies would also have to build automated screening tools to block Indians from seeing “unlawful information or content.”

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Database Shows Information on School Shootings in US

Two postgraduate students in California have put together an unusual database. It has information on every school shooting in the U.S. over the past 50 years.

One of the database creators, David Riedman, says his site allows you to search 16 different categories, ranging from suicides to fights. He calls his database a good tool for school administrators building budgets and making plans for school security.

You can learn more in a video on the WIVB-TV web site at: http://bit.ly/2OhNrCl.

How to use Zello, the Walkie-Talkie App people are Downloading Ahead of Hurricane Florence

If Hurricane Florence is coming to your area, you need to download Zello in your smartphone. Details may be found in an article by Avery Hartmans in the Business Insider web site at: https://read.bi/2OgeBFG.

Also, see the earlier articles about Zello published here in the PrivacyBlog by starting at: https://privacyblog.com/?s=zello.

Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States

“The privacy of the voting booth?” There’s not much privacy there.

The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them. In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.

Even worse, the company previously lied about the capability to remotely access election-management systems.

A few details and links to the various references mentioned may be found in the Slashdot web site.

Comcast Starts Throttling Mobile Video, Will Charge Extra for HD Streams

Well, that didn’t take long! Net neutrality was killed by the FCC only a few weeks ago and now one company has already raised its prices and will slow any streaming videos from its competitors.

Are you surprised at what the bureaucrats and politicians provided for you?

The sad details may be found in an article by Jon Brodkin in the ArsTechnica web site at: http://bit.ly/2KsoJNH.

Voices of Millions of UK Taxpayers Stored By HMRC

The voices of millions of taxpayers have been analyzed and stored by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) without consent, privacy campaigners say. Big Brother Watch says HMRC’s Voice ID system has collected 5.1 million audio signatures and accuses the department of creating “biometric ID cards by the back door.” The Voice ID scheme, which was launched last year, asks callers to repeat the phrase “my voice is my password” to register. Once this task is complete, they can use the phrase to confirm their identity when managing their taxes.

Details may be found at https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44601468.