The Register: Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam

The Register: Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam. “Twitter, Reddit, and the Internet Association on Thursday filed a legal brief in support of a challenge to the US State Department’s policy of requiring visa applicants to disclose their social media handles and profiles.”

BetaNews: Massive amounts of corporate data now stored on employee USB devices

BetaNews: Massive amounts of corporate data now stored on employee USB devices. “There has been a 123 percent increase in the volume of data downloaded to USB devices by employees since working from home has become widespread due to coronavirus. What’s more, according to a report from SaaS data protection company Digital Guardian, 74 percent of that data is subject to organisation data governance policies.”

Taiwan News: Taiwan government database leaked on dark web

Taiwan News: Taiwan government database leaked on dark web. “It was reported on Friday (May 29) that a government database of more than 20 million Taiwanese citizens was leaked on the dark web. According to researchers at Cyble Inc., Toogod, a ‘known and reputable actor’ was found to have released the data titled, ‘Taiwan Whole Country Home Registry DB,’ onto the dark web. It is unusual for an entire nation’s database to be leaked, Cyble reported. The data is from the Ministry of the Interior’s Department of Household Registration.”

Daily Beast: FEMA Tells States to Hand Public Health Data Over to Palantir

Daily Beast: FEMA Tells States to Hand Public Health Data Over to Palantir. “Palantir, co-founded by key Trump ally Peter Thiel, signed government contracts last month worth approximately $24.8 million to provide the Department of Health and Human Services with data-management software to track health-infrastructure deficiencies and forecast where future needs will emerge, through a platform known as HHS Protect. The company’s tools integrate a staggering 187 data sets containing information on everything from hospital inventories, medical supply chains, diagnostic and geographic testing data, demographic stats and more. Those data sets do not include information from identifiable patients, according to HHS, which experts say keeps the arrangement from running afoul of privacy laws. But information on state capacity to meet COVID-19 hospitalization needs, particularly for the predictive purposes the FEMA administrator references and Palantir specializes in, is a potential goldmine for the secretive company. ”

New York Times: How to Digitize Your Most Important Documents

New York Times: How to Digitize Your Most Important Documents. “Scanning copies of your personal papers creates a digital archive that can also be used as a backup, especially if you have the files password-protected and stored in a secure location. And even if you don’t have a document scanner, you can create your personal archive with a smartphone, a few apps and a bit of time. Here’s a guide to getting started.”

Techdirt: How Much Data Does Clearview Gather On People? The Answer (Sadly) Will Not Surprise You.

Techdirt: How Much Data Does Clearview Gather On People? The Answer (Sadly) Will Not Surprise You.. “How much does Clearview gather on the average person? It’s tough to tell. Asking Clearview directly — at least in most of the US — will get you nothing. However, California’s privacy law (the California Consumer Privacy Act) mandates the disclosure of gathered personal data to requesters. That’s what Thomas Smith of OneZero did. And here’s what he got back.”

BetaNews: Now it’s easier to see just what data Facebook and Instagram are collecting about you

BetaNews: Now it’s easier to see just what data Facebook and Instagram are collecting about you. “It’s no secret that Facebook gathers staggering amounts of information about its users across its various products. This is something that many people just accept, but there is a slight discomfort in not knowing quite what is being collected. To add a little balm to this aching fear, Facebook has announced updates to its Download Your Information tool on Facebook and Download Your Data tool on Instagram.”