Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

Nitesh Saxena also confirmed The Hacker News that the attack can not be used to capture targeted users' voice or their surroundings because "that is not strong enough to affect the phone's motion sensors, especially given the low sampling rates imposed by the OS," and thus also doesn't interfere with the accelerometer readings.

Report: Israeli surveillance tool can silently collect all iCloud data for a targeted user

Report: Israeli surveillance tool can silently collect all iCloud data for a targeted user

Apple is facing a new security threat, thanks to developments in the spyware/surveillance tool sold by the Israeli firm NSO Group. Via the Financial Times, the Pegasus phone software now not only harvests data from the user’s onboard storage, but also all communications with the connected cloud.

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for a federal investigation into FaceApp, saying the Russian-operated mobile application "could pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.". This has raised privacy concerns, as Americans are uploading photographs and device-related data to a service operated by a company based in Russia.

FaceApp’s Privacy Policy Isn’t The Problem

FaceApp’s Privacy Policy Isn’t The Problem

The app owes its popularity to viral sensations like the one it’s currently experiencing, which has users sharing photos of their older or younger counterparts. In the statement, he claims that FaceApp does not share or sell any user data to third parties(that’s different from allowing third part advertisers to deliver targeted ads).

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public,” is the subsequent piece of text.

FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

People who upload their image to the app transfer the picture to a server controlled by the developer, with the photograph processing done remotely, rather than on their phone.

Upgrade Readiness

Upgrade Readiness

Upgrade Readiness is a feature in Windows that according to [1], "collects system, application, and driver data for analysis. It can collect "detailed computer and application inventory" and "guidance and insights into application and driver compatibility issues, with suggested fixes".

Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

"These apps are highly unethical and problematic for people's privacy and shouldn't be on the Google Play Store, as they promote criminal behavior, and can be abused by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims," Nikolaos Chrysaidos, Avast's head of mobile threat intelligence and security, said in a statement.

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps To Enhance Private Search

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps To Enhance Private Search

To keep up with these mapping apps, DuckDuckGo recently integrated Apple’s MapKit JS framework to provide more effective address searches, improved satellite imagery, and so on.

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns

Though it doesn’t yet have a very smooth way to do this — instead it asks users to send delete requests via the mobile app using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line, adding that it’s “working on a better UI for that”.

Privacy Warnings Issued Over Russian-Owned FaceApp

Privacy Warnings Issued Over Russian-Owned FaceApp

FaceApp is an app that lets users upload their photos, and uses artificial intelligence to change their looks, either older or younger. But it’s making headlines again because the app has gotten good — like, eerily good — at showing users what they’ll look like when they age.

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Android app developers intentionally delayed updating their applications to work on top of Android 6.0, so they could continue to have access to an older permission-requesting mechanism that granted them easy access to large quantities of user data, research published by the University of Maryland last month has revealed.

Art can change the world

Art can change the world

The Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People’s Republic of China, (SAPPRFT), have published a new list of rules recently, banning hip-hop artists and people with tattoos from appearing on television.

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps for Enhanced Search With the Same Commitment to Privacy

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps for Enhanced Search With the Same Commitment to Privacy

Whereas previously each new map-related search required returning to a regular DuckDuckGo Search page, now it's possible to stay in our expanded map view where you can refine local searches instantly.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Microsoft has found Office 365 banned from use in at least some German schools due to privacy concerns over the way its cloud service works.

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

I regularly get mail from various shady companies that obviously crawl Play for developer contact addresses in order to spam them with “lucrative business proposals”. Automatically crawling Google Play for contact addresses of fairly obscure apps and spamming their developers is actually child’s play.

GitHub - encrypted-dev/proof-of-concept: A proof of concept for an end-to-end encrypted web app.

GitHub - encrypted-dev/proof-of-concept: A proof of concept for an end-to-end encrypted web app.

The point of the demo is that it should feel indistinguishable from a regular web app, despite the fact that all database queries are running over encrypted data, and in the browser.

SoylentNews

SoylentNews

I spent the afternoon poking through update files and security bulletins and trying to get an on-the-record response from Microsoft. I strongly suspect that some part of the Appraiser component on Windows 7 SP1 had a security issue of its own.

Has Google's data collection gone too far?

Has Google's data collection gone too far?

Google has taken steps in recent years to be more transparent about what it does with our data, and users of its products now have more control over the use of personal information when using its services.

Google admits workers listen to private audio recordings from Google Home smart speakers

Google admits workers listen to private audio recordings from Google Home smart speakers

In a statement, the company said a small number of anonymous recordings were transcribed by its experts, and revealed that an investigation had been launched after some Dutch audio data had been leaked.

Agent Smith Malware jeopardizes 25 million android devices

Agent Smith Malware jeopardizes 25 million android devices

Agent smith malware The malware would be hidden inside “barely functioning photo utility, games, or sex-related apps,” Check Point writes. After the user downloads one, the malware masquerades as an app related to Google with a title such as “Google Updater” and starts replacing code.

Microsoft stirs suspicions by adding telemetry files to security-only update

Microsoft stirs suspicions by adding telemetry files to security-only update

Nearly three years ago, Microsoft split its monthly update packages for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 into two distinct offerings: a monthly rollup of updates and fixes and, for those who are want only those patches that are absolutely essential, a Security-only update package.

Foxtel files legal application to block proxy websites

Foxtel files legal application to block proxy websites

"The Copyright Amendment Bill will ensure a broader range of overseas websites and file-hosting services widely used for sharing music and movies are within the scope of the scheme, and provide a means for proxy and mirror pirate sites to be blocked quickly," the government said at the time.

Stalkerware Warning: Your Partner or Ex May Be Tracking Your Smartphone

Stalkerware Warning: Your Partner or Ex May Be Tracking Your Smartphone

Anti-virus software researchers report that thousands of people, mostly women, have “stalkerware” apps hidden on their phones — surreptitiously installed by their partners — that give the stalker access to the victim’s email, location, SMS, social media messages and even live feeds from their device cameras or microphones.

It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology

It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology

It turns out that Juggalos face makeup cannot be accurately read by many facial recognition technologies. The black bands frequently used in Juggalo makeup obscure the mouth and cover the chin, totally redefining a person’s key features.

25 Million Android Phones Infected With Malware That 'Hides In WhatsApp'

25 Million Android Phones Infected With Malware That 'Hides In WhatsApp'

Jaap Arriens/NurPhotoAs many as 25 million Android phones have been hit with malware that replaces installed apps like WhatsApp with evil versions that serve up adverts, cybersecurity researchers warned Wednesday.

Apple Publicly Makes Fun of Google’s Privacy Issues With New Billboard

Apple Publicly Makes Fun of Google’s Privacy Issues With New Billboard

Apple has placed a billboard, which reads, “We’re in the business of staying out of yours.” The billboard has been placed right next to new headquarter of Sidewalk Labs in Toronto.

Exclusive: Britons abandon Facebook as usage plummets by more than a third

Exclusive: Britons abandon Facebook as usage plummets by more than a third

Interactions, which occur when users click on a web link or advert inside the Facebook app, declined in seven of the last 12 months, with an average monthly fall of 2.6pc.

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