Uber’s ‘fingerprinting’ of iPhones after users delete app has sparked an FTC complaint

1 02 2018

Washington Post

April 27, 2017

The group claims that Uber’s practice of tagging iPhones was “unfair and deceptive.”

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Radio-controlled pacemakers aren’t as hard to hack as you (may) think

29 01 2018
Pacemakers are devices that are implanted in the chest or abdomen to control life-threatening heartbeat abnormalities. Once they’re in place, doctors use radio signals to adjust the pacemakers so that additional major surgeries aren’t required. A study recently found that pacemakers from the four major manufacturers contain security weaknesses that make it possible for the devices to be stopped or adjusted in ways that could have dire effects on patients.

Chief among the concerns: radio frequency-enabled pacemaker programmers don’t authenticate themselves to the implanted cardiac devices, making it possible for someone to remotely tamper with them.

“Any pacemaker programmer can reprogram any pacemaker from the same manufacturer,” researchers from medical device security consultancy WhiteScope wrote in a summary of their findings. “This shows one of the areas where patient care influenced cybersecurity posture.”

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FBI Issues Final Rule on Biometric Database, Exempts Itself From Privacy Act Protections

25 01 2018

The FBI has released a final rule claiming several Privacy Act Exemptions for the Next Generation Identification System, a database that contains the biometric data of millions of Americans, much of which is unrelated to law enforcement. EPIC had criticized the FBI’s proposal to remove Privacy Act safeguards and urged the FBI to limit the scope of data collection and reduce the retention of data. However, in issuing the final rule the FBI repeatedly stated that exemptions would be used responsibly and in accordance with FBI policies and procedures. Through a FOIA lawsuit, EPIC obtained documents that revealed the NGI database contained an error rate of up to 20% on facial recognition searches. EPIC has identified several problems with the NGI database in statements to Congress oversight Committees, which have indicated strong concern about the FBI’s facial recognition program.

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Apple wants you to put your medical records on the iPhone

25 01 2018

App would allow patients in some hospital systems to tether their medical records to their phone

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What happens if a cop forces you to unlock your iPhone X with your face?

22 01 2018

The introduction of Face ID instantly led to questions among civil liberties experts, who say the technology raises the risk of abuse.

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