I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here's what I found

I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here's what I found

The fact that countless companies are tracking millions of people around the web and on their phones is disturbing enough, but what is even more disturbing about my Quantcast data is the extent to which the company relies on data brokers, credit referencing agencies, and even credit card companies in ways that are impossible for the average consumer to know about or escape.

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

Why surveillance is even worse for your privacy than you thought: three cautionary tales

If it is retained, use by criminals is not the only risk: the authorities may demand legal access in order to use that data as they wish, including against the person who caused it to be stored.

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Iris Recognition

Iris Recognition

Making the risk of data breach even greater, law enforcement often stores its iris biometrics on databases operated by vendors and other private third parties.

Justices weigh $8.5M settlement with $0 to 129M Google users

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New Signal privacy feature removes sender ID from metadata

New Signal privacy feature removes sender ID from metadata

Plenty of messaging apps use strong encryption to make it next to impossible for law enforcement officers or other potential adversaries to read communications sent between parties. Sealed sender, which puts most user information inside the encrypted message, uses two new devices to get around this potential privacy risk:

Telegram Desktop Saves Conversations Locally in Plain Text

Telegram Desktop Saves Conversations Locally in Plain Text

The desktop variant for Telegram secure messaging app fails to protect chat content locally and offers access to plain text conversations and media that otherwise travel encrypted.

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads

It is a known factor that one’s music listening habits say a lot about one’s personality, and that’s the idea Spotify has been using to bank on its data analytics to help marketers target consumers with advertisements over the years, according to The Guardian.

The internet of things is becoming a surveillance tool - Stacey on IoT

The internet of things is becoming a surveillance tool - Stacey on IoT

Its role should be to make sure consumers can take advantage of internet connected devices without signing away their privacy and in the process, giving companies the tools to manipulate or discriminate against them as they try to live their lives.

5 Reasons Privacy and IoT Are Incompatible

5 Reasons Privacy and IoT Are Incompatible

It’s in the wake of this heightened awareness of data privacy issues that we look at some of the IoT-based privacy violations of recent times. Data auditing can also offer the potential for abusive behavior tracking, however, auditing also has privacy implications.

Signal Desktop Leaves Message Decryption Key in Plain Sight

Signal Desktop Leaves Message Decryption Key in Plain Sight

As the encryption key will be required each time Signal Desktop opens the database, it will store it in plain text to a local file called %AppData%\Signal\config.json on PCs and on a Mac at ~/Library/Application Support/Signal/config.json.

UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect users' data

UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect users' data

If the breaches had taken place under tnew GDPR legislation then the information commissioner would be able to fine Facebook a maximum of either £17m or 4% of global turnover, whichever is the higher amount.

Online Data Security Catapults Organizations into Uncharted Territory

Online Data Security Catapults Organizations into Uncharted Territory

In the rush to prepare for the future, business entrepreneurs may have forgotten that data is the fuel of the artificial intelligence technology. Would this offer new personal data security levels and would people’s behavior online become the only password needed?

Apple launches tool that allows users to control data collected

Apple launches tool that allows users to control data collected

Apple Inc on Wednesday rolled out an online tool to users in the United States and several other countries to download, change or delete all the data that the iPhone maker has collected on them.

Coming soon: everyone’s genetic anonymity undermined by distant relatives – and there’s nothing you can do about it

Coming soon: everyone’s genetic anonymity undermined by distant relatives – and there’s nothing you can do about it

As the researchers go on to show in their paper, it is now possible to take DNA from a supposedly anonymous dataset, find matches in public genetic databases, and then work out the identity of the individual by building a family tree.

TSA Announces Plans To Subject Domestic Travelers To Biometric Screening

TSA Announces Plans To Subject Domestic Travelers To Biometric Screening

TSA says that by moving toward facial recognition technology in a time where travel volume is rising, it’s hoping to reduce the need for physical documents like passports and paper tickets.

Europe’s privacy laws are now so tough, they are taking names off doorbells in Vienna

Europe’s privacy laws are now so tough, they are taking names off doorbells in Vienna

They are acting following a complaint by a single tenant, but no court has so far ruled on whether names on doorbells are indeed a violation of Europe’s tough new privacy laws.

Donald Daters app leaks user information hours after launch

Donald Daters app leaks user information hours after launch

A security researcher by the name Elliot Alderson broke the news on Twitter and outlined how he was able to download the entire user database. Sharing his findings, Alderson said that he was able to gain access to users’ names, profile pictures, device types and even private messages.

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you

The move brings the four countries in line with Europe, where Apple began offering a simpler way to download a copy of user data in May, just before the EU's strict GDPR privacy legislation came into effect.

It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

Last Monday, we wrote: “No data collected through Portal — even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listened to Spotify — will be used to target users with ads on Facebook.”

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

MEPs call on the European Commission to suspend the Privacy Shield agreement (designed to protect EU citizens whose personal data are transferred to the US for commercial purposes), since US authorities failed to comply with its terms by 1 September 2018.

The currency of the future is personal data

The currency of the future is personal data

Unfortunately, if blockchain startups need regular people to understand and care about new “self-sovereign data” business models, they’re likely to remain as niche as other cypherpunk projects that sought to redistribute the power of the internet.

With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

Already, 60 percent of Americans of Northern European descent — the primary group using the genetic-genealogy sites — can be identified through such databases whether or not they’ve joined one themselves, according to a new study.

Most People of European Ancestry Can Be Identified From a Relative’s DNA

Most People of European Ancestry Can Be Identified From a Relative’s DNA

GEDmatch, the database investigators used in the Golden State Killer case and subsequent others, does not offer DNA tests itself. To find out exactly how easy it is for genealogists and law enforcement to find genetic matches, Erlich and his team first analyzed MyHeritage’s 1.28 million–person DNA database.

Invisible Manipulation: 10 ways our data is being used against us

Invisible Manipulation: 10 ways our data is being used against us

As society heads toward an ever more connected world, the ability for individuals to protect and manage the invisible data that companies and third parties hold about them, becomes increasingly difficult.

How An Amateur Rap Crew Stole Surveillance Tech That Tracks Almost Every American

How An Amateur Rap Crew Stole Surveillance Tech That Tracks Almost Every American

Cops alleged Da Boss and his co-conspirators had access to the Holy Grail for any Internet-age scam artist: a surveillance technology that police and debt collectors use to track most of the United States’ 325 million inhabitants via their Social Security numbers, license plates, address histories, names and dates of birth.

The Rutherford Institute :: Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State

The Rutherford Institute :: Creating a Suspect Society: The Scary Side of the Technological Police State

Consequently, no longer are we “innocent until proven guilty” in the face of DNA evidence that places us at the scene of a crime, behavior sensing technology that interprets our body temperature and facial tics as suspicious, and government surveillance devices that cross-check our biometrics, license plates and DNA against a growing database of unsolved crimes and potential criminals.

How Companies Turn Your Data Into Money – PC Magazine – Medium

How Companies Turn Your Data Into Money – PC Magazine – Medium

The collected data has value because of how it’s used in online advertising, specifically targeted advertising: when a company sends an ad your way based on information about you, such as your location, age, and race.

Facebook's and Google’s Breaches Show It’s Time for an Internet Bill of Rights

Facebook's and Google’s Breaches Show It’s Time for an Internet Bill of Rights

Instead of only focusing on privacy and the right to protect one’s own identity and data, I included principles ensuring net neutrality and universal access to the Internet. Seventh, you should be able to access the Internet without the collection of data that is unnecessary for providing the requested service.

Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+

Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+

This project looked at the operation of our privacy controls, platforms where users were not engaging with our APIs because of concerns around data privacy, areas where developers may have been granted overly broad access, and other areas in which our policies should be tightened.

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