• I haven't seen this reported in the English-speaking press, but apparently Portugal has given its police extensive surveillance powers, to the point of allowing them to use what is recorded using street cameras. Google Translate does a decent job:

    The Portuguese Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) has authorized indiscriminate wiretapping of the public through surveillance cameras managed by the Public Security Police (PSP) and the Republican National Guard (GNR), the two main security forces Of the state.

  • Info on 1.8M Chicago voters was publicly accessible, but now removed from cloud service.

    A file containing the names, addresses, dates of birth and other information about Chicago's 1.8 million registered voters was published online and publicly accessible for an unknown period of time, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners said Thursday.

    The acknowledgment came days after a data security researcher alerted officials to the existence of the unsecured files. The researcher found the files while conducting a search of items uploaded to Amazon Web Services, a cloud system that allows users to rent storage space and share files with certain people or the general public. The files had been uploaded by Election Systems & Software, a contractor that helps maintain Chicago's electronic poll books.

    As someone said in the IP mailing list:

    All of which begs the question: what was the database doing there in the first place? What were the data paths during elections? Who else had access to the list? For what price?


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