A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads

Facebook has filed a patent that would make it easier to target whole families with ads by analyzing the photos they post.

Connected Wristwatch Allows Hackers to Stalk, Spy On Children

Connected Wristwatch Allows Hackers to Stalk, Spy On Children

Alan Monie, researcher with Pen Test Partners, outlined in a Thursday post how he was able to launch various Insecure Direct Object Reference (IDOR) attacks on the watches. Regardless, Monie told Threatpost that the security glitch would be difficult to fix, and recommends that consumers stop using the watch.

Schneier on Security

We project that about 60% of the searches for individuals of European-descent will result in a third cousin or closer match, which can allow their identification using demographic identifiers. We demonstrate that the technique can also identify research participants of a public sequencing project.

Firefox Monitor Launches in 26 Languages and Adds New Desktop Browser Feature

Firefox Monitor Launches in 26 Languages and Adds New Desktop Browser Feature

Specifically, we are adding a notification to our Firefox Quantum browser that alerts desktop users when they visit a site that has had a recently reported data breach.

Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR

Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR

Investigators said that Microsoft collects up to 25,000 types of Office events, data which is made available to up to 30 engineering teams.

CBS6 Investigates: Internet Privacy

CBS6 Investigates: Internet Privacy

“There should be a right to privacy and we should establish standards and then who's going to implement those standards and enforcement,” said Congressman Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam. He said that lawmakers have been holding hearings to figure out the best way to establish some privacy on the internet.

Unpatched Android OS Flaw Allows Adversaries to Track User Location

Unpatched Android OS Flaw Allows Adversaries to Track User Location

CVE-2018-9489, now patched as mentioned, allows adversaries to explore and attack the local WiFi network, or identify and physically track any Android device, by exposing a range of WiFi information.

CDT Signs Onto Principles for Privacy Legislation, Calls On NTIA to Promote Robust Privacy Law in Congress

CDT Signs Onto Principles for Privacy Legislation, Calls On NTIA to Promote Robust Privacy Law in Congress

CDT hopes the administration champions this approach, and as the public interest privacy legislation principles demonstrate, there are many organizations that stand ready to work with the NTIA and Congress to propose concrete language to these ends.

Carmakers are collecting data and cashing in – and most drivers have no clue

Carmakers are collecting data and cashing in – and most drivers have no clue

Now, carmakers are rushing to turn your car's data into a revenue stream, reselling blocks of location information and, one day, information from cars' on-board cameras and sensors could be bought by mapping companies or apps that monitor traffic conditions.

Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data

Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data

Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.

Facebook bug let websites read ‘likes’ and interests from a user’s profile

Facebook bug let websites read ‘likes’ and interests from a user’s profile

“This allowed information to cross over domains — essentially meaning that if a user visits a particular website, an attacker can open Facebook and can collect information about the user and their friends,” said Masas.

EFF, Human Rights Watch, and Over 70 Civil Society Groups Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Provide All Users with Mechanism to Appeal Content Censorship on Facebook

EFF, Human Rights Watch, and Over 70 Civil Society Groups Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Provide All Users with Mechanism to Appeal Content Censorship on Facebook

EFF, Article 19, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Ranking Digital Rights wrote directly to Mark Zuckerberg today demanding that Facebook implement common sense standards so that average users can easily appeal content moderation decisions, receive prompt replies and timely review by a human or humans, and have the opportunity to present evidence during the review process.

Blockchain - An Innovative Technology to Transfer and Secure Information

Blockchain - An Innovative Technology to Transfer and Secure Information

Blockchain is a decentralized, digital ledger in which all cryptocurrency transactions are recorded publicly. It is a constantly growing list of chronological records, which are called Blocks and it allows market participants to keep track of their transactions made using cryptocurrency without the need for central recordkeeping.

FCC Net Neutrality Repeal: Ignoring the Digital Privacy of Millions of Users

FCC Net Neutrality Repeal: Ignoring the Digital Privacy of Millions of Users

Pai, the former Verizon lawyer, even halted a data security rule that would require ISPs to take “reasonable” steps to protect customer information from unauthorized use or access, making sure Internet providers aren’t at fault if your data is exposed.

Is Your Smartphone Really Cheating You?

Is Your Smartphone Really Cheating You?

Most of this information is utilized by applications to enhance the user experience—thereby ensuring that your phone apps switch swiftly among landscape and portrait modes, and keep you on the correct track for your commute—but a section of this information is logged and stored based on the decisions of the handset manufacturer.

State senator sought to weaken biometric privacy protections he had championed

State senator sought to weaken biometric privacy protections he had championed

Link's effort to change the now 10-year-old Biometric Information Privacy Act came as lawsuits were being filed by Illinois residents accusing Facebook of improperly using digital facial recognition in photo tagging.

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

The future is probably not going to get better, with real-life disasters caused by internet-connected knick-knacks , smart home robots that could kill you , and your telecom providers who routinely lose customer data and unwittingly help hackers steal your phone number (and sometimes your money.) Meanwhile, an ever-growing and increasingly passive surveillance apparatus that has trickled down to state and local police is an ever-present threat to our digital privacy and increasingly uses technology that is developed by Silicon Valley giants who are supposedly consumer-focused.

Canada Post Admits Privacy Breach Of 4,500 Ontario Cannabis Store Customers

Canada Post Admits Privacy Breach Of 4,500 Ontario Cannabis Store Customers

The country continues to encounter challenges in the rollout of adult-use cannabis: after multiple reports that the legalization was met with shortages of weed, a new issue has arose after it was revealed that thousands of people who ordered pot to be delivered via Canada Post had their private information breached.

Google Developers

Google Developers

The Google beacon platform enables you to manage your beacons remotely, integrate with Google services and help users' devices to discover content and functionality across Android, native apps and the web.

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.

AI-based lie detection system will screen travellers to EU for ‘biomarkers of deceit’

AI-based lie detection system will screen travellers to EU for ‘biomarkers of deceit’

iBorderCtrl provides a unified solution with aim to speed up the border crossing at the EU external borders and at the same time enhance the security and confidence regarding border control checks by bringing together many state of the art technologies (hardware and software) ranging from biometric verification, automated deception detection, document authentication and risk assessment.

Pssst... Wanna buy a digital identity? Only $50

Pssst... Wanna buy a digital identity? Only $50

It finds that for under $50, criminals can sell a person's complete digital life on the dark web, including data from breached social media accounts; banking details; remote access to servers or desktops; data from popular services like Uber, Netflix, and Spotify; and accounts for gaming websites, dating apps and porn websites, which might include credit card information.

Hackers Invade YouTube Ads To Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers Invade YouTube Ads To Mine Cryptocurrency

The hackers probably targeted YouTube because the platform is so popular, Trend Micro said in a Friday blog post. In this case, the mining scripts in the YouTube scheme were configured to siphon 80 percent of the PC's computing power, Trend Micro said.

Australian bill spells trouble for data privacy around the world

Australian bill spells trouble for data privacy around the world

An unlikely alliance of tech companies, start-ups and digital consumer rights groups has locked horns with the Australian government over its proposed anti-data encryption law, currently under review by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS).

Searching For Privacy

Searching For Privacy

Yes, it’s a little-known secret, but there are ways you can search the web without giving up your privacy. This post is simply to inform you of options besides the traditional search engines like Google and Internet Explorer.

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.

Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill

Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democratic U.S. senator on Thursday unveiled draft legislation that would allow hefty fines and as much as 20-year prison terms for executives who violate privacy and cybersecurity standards.

Privacy Heroes

Privacy Heroes

From search engines, browsers, and email providers to cloud storage, chat apps, and social media, you’re being exploited and exposed online. To make the Internet a safe place to conduct business, browse the web, and store sensitive data.

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

"Law enforcement authorities habitually push for greater access to private data and information to help them do their job and will likely call to increase The Capability to include less serious crimes and public nuisances," Mr Greenwich said.

Net Neutrality, Surveillance, Privacy and the World We Live In.

Net Neutrality, Surveillance, Privacy and the World We Live In.

In plain English this means that Spectrum, for example, can contact Netflix, or the like, and demand, “if you want your content to continue being delivered at full customer bandwidth, then you now need to pay us a premium fee.” This, in fact, is not a new issue and companies like Google, Spotify and Riot Games have already complained because their service is slower than it should be.

More