Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

On Wednesday, House Committee on Energy and Commerce GOP leaders wrote letters to AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon requesting answers to a variety of questions, including asking the telcos to identify which third parties they have shared location data and information with at any time since 2007.

Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned

Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned

A TechCrunch investigation initially found 17 services selling fake followers or automated notification spam for luring in followers that were openly advertising on Instagram despite blatantly violating the network’s policies.

Ajit Pai gives carriers free pass on privacy violations during FCC shutdown

Ajit Pai gives carriers free pass on privacy violations during FCC shutdown

with 58 posters participating Share this story Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai refused a Democratic lawmaker's request to immediately address a privacy scandal involving wireless carriers, saying that it can wait until after the government shutdown is over.

After broken promise, AT&T says it’ll stop selling phone location data

After broken promise, AT&T says it’ll stop selling phone location data

Earlier this week, AT&T said it "only permit[s] sharing of location when a customer gives permission for cases like fraud prevention or emergency roadside assistance or when required by law." But the Motherboard investigation showed that the data was being re-sold on the black market, allowing pretty much anyone to get the location of other people's phones.

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

That data access travelled through a complex chain of different companies, starting with T-Mobile, before going to a location aggregator called Zumigo.

Congress is calling for an investigation into cell phone providers selling user location data.

Congress is calling for an investigation into cell phone providers selling user location data.

If you want your lawmakers to join the effort to protect your privacy data, contact Congress now to demand that they work with the FCC to investigate why cell phone companies are selling our location and personal information, and enforce laws to prevent this from ever happening again.

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that major American telcos T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are selling customer location data of users in an unregulated market that trickles down to bounty hunters and people not authorized to handle such information.

Turkey to investigate whether Google violated competition law

Turkey to investigate whether Google violated competition law

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's competition authority said on Monday it had launched an investigation into whether internet search engine Google broke competition law with algorithms it uses for searches and to target advertisements. ADVERTISEMENT Calls by Reuters to Google Reklamcilik ve Pazarlama, Alphabet's local unit, were not answered on Monday.

Is 2019 the year you should finally quit Facebook?

Is 2019 the year you should finally quit Facebook?

A New York Times investigation has found that Facebook gave Netflix, Spotify and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) the ability to read, write and delete users’ private messages.

Facebook let companies read and delete your private messages

Facebook let companies read and delete your private messages

The documents show that Facebook gave partners the ability to read, write and delete messages, as well as access the names and contact details of friends — all without explicit consent.

Documents Reveal Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz Was Caught Up in Warrantless FBI Data Collection That Would Later Be Used Against Him

Documents Reveal Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz Was Caught Up in Warrantless FBI Data Collection That Would Later Be Used Against Him

Shocking new documents obtained by Property of the People reveal that Reddit co-founder and famed digital activist Aaron Swartz was caught up in warrantless FBI email data collection which would later be used against him in an unrelated case.

FBI Documents Reveal New Details on Aaron Swartz Inquiry

FBI Documents Reveal New Details on Aaron Swartz Inquiry

But after reviewing the document and other related files, several legal experts told Gizmodo the most likely explanation was that the FBI had used a National Security Letter (NSL), a ubiquitous tool for obtaining email header data at the time.

Revealed: FBI kept files on peaceful climate change protesters

Revealed: FBI kept files on peaceful climate change protesters

But according to documents obtained by the Guardian through a Freedom of Information Act (Foia) lawsuit, the file on the Iowa protesters was part of a larger effort by the FBI to assess the danger posed by the climate change activist group 350.org in the run-up to a series of actions that were part of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels campaign.

A New Google+ Blunder Exposed Data From 52.5 Million Users

A New Google+ Blunder Exposed Data From 52.5 Million Users

On Monday, Google announced that an additional bug in a Google+ API, part of a November 7 software update, exposed user data from 52.5 million accounts. Some of the exposed data overlaps with information that was at risk through the other Google+ bug that impacted 500,000 users.

Quora Data Breach Affects 100 Million Users

Quora Data Breach Affects 100 Million Users

On December 3rd, 2018, the infamous Question and Answer site, Quora announced that the private messages and account information from around 100 million users was exposed by a “malicious third party.” The breach was first discovered by Quora on Friday, according to chief executive, Adam D’Angelo, and an investigation is still underway.

Google personalizes search results even when you’re logged out, new study finds

Google personalizes search results even when you’re logged out, new study finds

The company began personalizing search results for every user, even those without a Google account, way back in 2009 using an anonymous cookie that would take into account information like your location, search history, and other factors.

Quora’s 100M Users Affected By Data Breach

Quora’s 100M Users Affected By Data Breach

“We recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to one of our systems by a malicious third party. On November 30, the company discovered that data had been compromised by a third party who gained unauthorized access to one of the site’s systems.

Quora Security Update

We also want to be as transparent as possible without compromising our security systems or the steps we're taking, and in this post we’ll share what happened, what information was involved, what we're doing, and what you can do.

Marriott hack hits 500 million guests

Marriott hack hits 500 million guests

The records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach. In a statement, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office said: "We have received a data breach report from Marriott involving its Starwood Hotels and will be making enquiries.

Reckless VI Mexican Journalists Investigating Cartels Targeted with NSO Spyware Following Assassination of Colleague

Reckless VI Mexican Journalists Investigating Cartels Targeted with NSO Spyware Following Assassination of Colleague

This report details how colleagues of a slain Mexican journalist investigating cartels were targeted with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware in the days after his killing.

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

First, the DPC found that LinkedIn in the US had obtained emails for 18 million people who were not already members of the social network, and then used these in a hashed form for targeted advertisements on the Facebook platform, “with the absence of instruction from the data controller” — that is, LinkedIn Ireland — “as is required.”

#TeleormanLeaks explained: privacy, freedom of expression, and public interest

#TeleormanLeaks explained: privacy, freedom of expression, and public interest

However, both “clarifications” published on their website fail to explain why the authority interpreted the situation not to fall under the derogations of Article 7 of the Romanian law 190/2018 (that implemented Article 85 of GDPR which requires reconciliation of the right to the protection of personal data with the right to freedom of expression and information, including processing for journalistic purposes).

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

The Washington Post newspaper's online subscription options don't comply with European Union data protection rules – but the UK's privacy watchdog can only issue it with a firm telling off.

Google Internet Traffic Is Briefly Misdirected Through Russia, China

Google Internet Traffic Is Briefly Misdirected Through Russia, China

In a notice posted on Monday on its website, Google said it had resolved the issue as of 2:35 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, and that its services were operating as expected.

Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system

Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system

But in the ongoing mail bomb case, use of mail covers is probably justified and in line with regulations, says Steven Morrison, an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota, who was the author of a 2015 report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers calling for greater oversight of the program.

A Red Alert to Humanity

A Red Alert to Humanity

It forms the foundation of our freedom,” Ann expressed their primary flaws. A sister company of Google, SideWalk labs currently working on building a smart city project.The Top cader,

Revealed: Israel's Cyber-spy Industry Helps World Dictators Hunt Dissidents and Gays

Revealed: Israel's Cyber-spy Industry Helps World Dictators Hunt Dissidents and Gays

Revealed: Israel's Cyber-spy Industry Helps World Dictators Hunt Dissidents and Gays Haaretz investigation spanning 100 sources in 15 countries reveals Israel has become a leading exporter of tools for spying on civilians.

NSA denies spy chip claims, FBI says it’s not allowed to

NSA denies spy chip claims, FBI says it’s not allowed to

Joyce also said that fallout from the story wasn’t limited to damage to the reputation of the companies concerned. The spy chip claims have been denied by Apple, Amazon, Supermicro, British NSA equivalent GCHQ, the Department of Homeland Security, one of Bloomberg’s sources and now the NSA.

Twitter is being investigated over its collection of data in its link-shortening system

Twitter is being investigated over its collection of data in its link-shortening system

The Ireland Data Protection Commission is investigating the social network since they refused to provide their t.co web link tracking data to UK professor, Michael Veale. The situation could become dire if the DPC and the EU’s Data Protection Board were to find that Twitter had violated the regulations of the GDPR.

Facebook hackers accessed more private information than previously revealed

Facebook hackers accessed more private information than previously revealed

Nearly half of those impacted -- approximately 14 million users -- had their username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches," the company's vice president of product management Guy Rosen, wrote in a blog post.

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