By Simon Black, Sovereign Man
For this Friday’s roll-up of bizarre and disturbing stories from around the world, we found ourselves zeroing-in on some ridiculous data privacy violations.
Soccer app spies on fans
The Spanish soccer (sigh, OK– football) league, known by fans around the world simply as La Liga, knew that most pubs across Europe showing its matches weren’t paying for the subscription.
La Liga was sick of losing out on royalties from the pirated video streams. So they turned their fans into unwitting spies.
Through a special app they encouraged fans to download, La Liga was able to secretly activate the mobile devices’ microphones.
They then listened in on the fans’ surroundings (and pinpointed their location) to determine if the fan was in a pub watching an unlicensed broadcast.
When they finally got caught, the league received a tiny slap on the wrist for this extraordinary crime– a mere fine of €250,000, roughly USD $280,000.
I hope this makes you re-think some of the apps you’ve downloaded…
Yet another government database was hacked
The US Customs and Border Patrol is starting to roll out facial recognition software at airports and entry points around the United States.
But they already can’t keep our photos and information secure.
This month, CBP announced that a database containing photos of drivers and license plates crossing the border was hacked.
As many as 100,000 people had their photos, license plates, and sensitive information about their travels leaked into unknown hands.
Even if you could trust the government’s intentions, you can’t trust them to keep your data private.
Apple scans your uploaded images
Its cause is noble…
Apple doesn’t want to allow criminals to upload images of child abuse onto the cloud.
But their solution is to invade the privacy of every user.
But they don’t explain how invasive this pre-check actually is.