Welcome to e.Woke #22!
Hello! We had a big week in digital security news – from Facebook, the iPhone X reveal, and the Equifax hack that hit over 140 million of us. Let’s break some of it down.
Okay. We hate to ruin the fun of the newest iPhone release, but it’s good to think critically about where your data is and where it’s going. In this case, it’s your face. Also, a friendly reminder that Facebook is already collecting tons of biometric data without user permission. (via Slate)
Fake news was just the beginning! Turns out Russian operatives have been using fake identities to create Facebook pages and events that promote anti-immigrant and Islamophobic ideals here in the U.S. Facebook has since shut down and deleted the posts, but some content is still up through search-engine caches. (via The Daily Beast)
The EFF and the ACLU have sued the US Department of Homeland Security for doing unwarranted searched on the phones and laptops of 11 people while reentering the U.S. The people searched were a military vet, journalists, students, an artist, a NASA engineer, and a business owner. Not surprising: several were Muslim or people of color. (via EFF)
Digital Security Tips, Resources, and Guides:
- How To Find Out If You Were Affected By The Equifax Hack (via Lifehacker)
- How To Live Without Google (via Spread Privacy)
- Defending Accounts Against Common Hacks (via OpenNews)