Google and Apple are teaming up on a contact-tracing framework, but even with the privacy safeguards they have promised, there are still concerns over how this kind of data collection impacts user privacy.
The sale and use of surveillance software is largely unregulated and unexamined, but Ron Deibert and his team at the Citizen Lab are working to change that through research into abuses.
The United Nations General Assembly will vote on a Russia- and China-backed resolution that claims to give governments tools to fight cybercrime. What it will actually do if it becomes a treaty, is allow governments to establish a sovereign Internet where they have full control of their country's Internet and monitor all activities.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court said law enforcement needs to obtain a search warrant before it can access historical cell phone location records, but stopped short of making a ruling on how other types of third-party data collection should be handled.
The FCC is looking into a website flaw that allowed the real-time tracking of anyone with just a mobile phone number.