By Felix Okendo
A flaw discovered this spring within Apple Inc.’s “Sign in With Apple” feature by an India-based developer brought him $100,000 through the company’s Security Bounty Program, part of an industry genre known as “bug-bounty programs.”
“Bug-bounty programs are likely becoming an important best practice for a widening swath of industries,” Graham Dufault, senior director for public policy at ACT-The App Association in Washington, told Digital Privacy News.
Such programs offer rewards to researchers for discovering and reporting bugs in software and hardware. In most cases, the flaws are related to vulnerabilities and exploits in the products — and companies pay well for the discoveries.
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Trump Campaign Using Phunware App to Collect Voter Data; YouTube Launches TikTok-Like Product, ‘Shorts’; Facebook in Australian Legal Rout Over Cambridge Analytica; Attack by Magecart Hacking Group Hits 2K Sites, 10K Online Shoppers. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Robert Bateman
The U.K. government is developing a nationwide “digital identity” framework that would enable it to identify individuals across various public services.
Several news outlets have characterized the scheme as a plan to assign a so-called “digital ID card” to every citizen, a move that would concern many privacy advocates.
The U.K.’s proposals are still unclear, but they do not appear to involve a physical ID card. The government claims the framework would reduce fraud and check individual identities more easily.
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Oracle Picked Over Microsoft as TikTok’s US Partner; Judge Dismisses Suit Against Chicago Medical Center on Data to Google; US Marks Anniversary of 9/11 Amid Pandemic; Portland Issues City Ban on Facial-Recognition Technologies. Click “Continue reading” below.
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Bill Seeks to Limit Use of Police Cameras
By Mukund Rathi
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., introduced the Federal Police Camera and Accountability Act in June 2019.
It was incorporated into the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act that recently passed the House of Representatives.
The bill regulates federal law-enforcement’s use of body and dashboard cameras.
Generally, it requires them to activate cameras when interacting with the public and to disclose videos on appropriate requests.
The legislation would affect the more than 30 federal law-enforcement agencies working in Washington.
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Russian Hackers Targeting Both US Political Parties, Microsoft Warns; Beijing’s New Regulations Hinder TikTok Sale as US Deadline Nears; Twitter to Ban Misleading Election Claims; Ransomware Attacks Affect New School Semester. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Tammy Joyner
Last of two parts.
The seven-month-old COVID-19 pandemic has raised a thorny ethical issue: When is it necessary to override a person’s privacy? And is policing obstinate behavior during a pandemic ethical?
“There’s very much this tension between individual privacy and protecting the public,” Kelly Hills, a bioethicist and co-principal of the Rogue Bioethics consultancy in Lowell, Mass., told Digital Privacy News. “We’re still working out what it means to do public-health ethics.”
Americans total 4% of the world’s population but account for nearly one in four of the world’s coronavirus cases — and a little more than one in five of the deaths globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
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Study: Children’s Apps Could Be Sharing Personal Information With Third Parties; Ireland Orders Facebook to Stop Sending User Data to US; Windows Themes Can Be Exploited to Obtain User Passwords; Italy Probing Apple, Dropbox, Google for Cloud-Storage Issues. Click “Continue reading” below.
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By Tammy Joyner
First of two parts.
Tracking a killer is exhaustive work, especially when witnesses won’t cooperate.
Partygoers in the tony New York suburb of Rockland County recently found that out the hard way.
After being stonewalled, Rockland public-health officials in July served a group of obstinate revelers with subpoenas that carried a $2,000-a-day fine.
Rockland County contact-tracers, or disease detectives, had learned that some residents had contracted COVID-19 after attending a party of as many as 100 20-somethings in mid-June.
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China Moves to Set Global Data-Security Rules With New Initiative; Federally Subsidized Phones Hacked Before They Are Turned On; Argentina’s Immigration Agency Hit in Ransomware Attack; New Amazon Program Allows Alexa to Be Installed in Rental Units. Click “Continue reading” below.
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