Smart glasses will come, like it or not! and other privacy and security news


While Google glasses did not take off, “smart” glasses appear to be unavoidable:

Sunglasses Have Terms of Service Agreements Now, Thanks to Facebook, even though for now, Facebook glasses are not overly ‘smart,’ maybe a little shady.

Not wanting to be left behind Apple and Facebook Are Coming for Your Face Next

Despite many assurances to the contrary, Lawsuits say Siri and Google are listening, even when they’re not supposed to. Also, WhatsApp Moderators Can Read Your Messages

ProtonMail came under fire after giving authorities an activist's IP address. However, their

CEO says services must comply with laws unless based 15 miles offshore

In government surveillance, Police are investing in facial recognition and AI. Not everyone thinks that it's going well. Also, The LAPD's Spy Tactics Detailed in Over 6,000 Pages of Newly Released Documents

Going for the “freelancers”, DOJ fines NSA hackers who assisted UAE in attacks on dissidents

In a scary technical development, A Single Laser Fired Through a Keyhole Can Expose Everything Inside a Room


Ransomware was a big story again in the last two weeks, with some hacks: Howard University announces ransomware attack, shuts down classes on Tuesday. Also, REvil ransomware group resurfaces after brief hiatusand Ransomware attackers targeted app developers with malicious Office docs, says Microsoft.

The government appears to be of two minds about ransomware. On the one hand, US Plans Sanctions for Ransomware Payment Facilitators. But then, FBI reportedly withheld ransomware key from business for 3 weeks in failed sting

As usual, other hacks were reported as well

And the vulnerabilities continue to pile up:

Reducing risk, Microsoft issues patch for zero-day exploit that uses malicious Office files

How can users avoid being the perfect ransomware victim, according to cybercriminals? They need to change the priorities: 91% of IT teams have felt 'forced' to trade security for business operations


US regulators are moving to protect consumers:

Abroad, governments are getting in the action as well

Though not all efforts are consistent: Ireland fails to enforce EU law against Big Tech

While recognizing a problem, this effort is not likely to see broad take-up: AI: Ban the algorithms that threaten our human rights, says UN chief

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