What we read this month – February

Big Brother Watch Team / February 26, 2016

Over the course of the month we have been sharing thought provoking articles on Twitter using the hashtag #WhatWeAreReadingToday.

In case you missed them, here are a roundup of the articles:

22nd February – 26th February:

Hackers can control Nissan Leaf’s heating and access driving history – Guardian

The Apple Case Will Grope Its Way Into Your Future – New York Times

Advertisers Only Need Four Apps To Identify You – Motherboard

Android users installed 2 BILLION data-stealing, backdooring apps – The Register

Why a privacy advocate made it easy to track when your Facebook friends sleep – Washington Post

Microsoft urges law rewrite to keep US govt’s mitts off overseas data – The Register

Hopelessly broken wireless burglar alarm lets intruders go undetected – ArsTechnica

15th February – 19th February:

Met police still using Olympic spy cameras – Sunday Times (£)

The death of passwords: HSBC launches voice and fingerprint ID – Telegraph

No One’s Emails Are Safe, Says CIA Director Who Got Hacked – Motherboard

Students’ medical problems, personal info leaked by Greenwich university – Telegraph

Hackers Are Holding an LA Hospital’s Computers Hostage – Wired

Why we continue to rage against the right (to be forgotten) – The Times (£)

Apple: Dear judge, please tell us if gov’t can compel us to unlock an iPhone – Ars Technica

8th February – 12th February:

US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you – Guardian

Encryption Is Worldwide: Yet Another Reason Why a US Ban Makes No Sense – Wired

National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids’ records – The Register

The FBI Is Trying to Scrub Its Employees’ Hacked Data Off the Web – Motherboard

No, HMG, bulk data surveillance is NOT inevitable – The Register

French privacy regulator cracks down on Facebook’s use of personal data – Guardian

Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate – The Register

Gmail Now Warns Users When They Send And Receive Email Over Unsecured Connections – TechCrunch

Cyber criminals are hijacking people’s online tax returns to claim bogus refunds – Daily Mail

1st February – 5th February:

Home Office lost its workers’ completed security vetting forms – The Register

The six things cybersecurity experts are worrying about – New Statesman

Fisher-Price smart bear allowed hacking of children’s biographical data – Guardian

Maryland Attorney General: If You Don’t Want To Be Tracked, Turn Off Your Phone – Motherboard

Google Boots Ad Blockers From Google Play – TechCrunch

Claims top-selling wearables are ‘leaking’ data even when turned off – Daily Mail

Courts and Insurance Companies Need to Realize Fitness Data Can Be Spoofed – Motherboard

The Privatization of Human Rights: Illusions of Consent, Automation and Neutrality – Chatham House

Safe Harbor Deadline Passes Without A New Deal On Transatlantic Data Flows — Yet – TechCrunch


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