That mental health app might share your data without telling you

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports.

SecurityWatch: Make Corporations, Not Customers, Suffer for Data Breaches

SecurityWatch: Make Corporations, Not Customers, Suffer for Data Breaches

On March 29, Earl Enterprises announced that visitors to its chain restaurants may have had their credit card information stolen. If you ate out at specific Buca di Beppo, Chicken Guy!, Earl of Sandwich, Mixology, Planet Hollywood, or Tequila Taqueria, you may have had your credit or debit card information stolen.

New York City’s algorithm task force is fracturing

New York City’s algorithm task force is fracturing

The city says specific examples are forthcoming As the first plan of its kind in the United States, the New York law established a model, and other local governments have launched similar programs in the time since.

Lyft tightens employee access to rider data, but it may not be enough

Lyft tightens employee access to rider data, but it may not be enough

That said, Lyft did set up an anonymous tip line for complaints about employees misusing data after its investigation in 2018.The ride-hailing service's new security measures are similar to Uber's, which also issues warnings on employees' dashboard tools and trains staff on the proper ways to access user data.

The Irony of Glenn Greenwald Cuddling Up with Bill Barr, the Grandfather of Ed Snowden’s Phone Dragnet

The Irony of Glenn Greenwald Cuddling Up with Bill Barr, the Grandfather of Ed Snowden’s Phone Dragnet

Glenn’s denialism is all the more remarkable, though, given that this same guy who wrote two books on abuse of presidential power is choosing to trust a memo from Bill Barr that was obviously playing legalistic games over what the public record says.

Want a Facebook account? Just hand over your private email password

Want a Facebook account? Just hand over your private email password

After all, it was Facebook that stored half a billion users’ passwords on its servers in unencrypted plaintext for seven years - then told users not to worry, because its employees were trustworthy (those employees who weren’t calling the users “dumb f**ks,” that is).

FTC announces inquiry into the privacy practices of broadband providers

FTC announces inquiry into the privacy practices of broadband providers

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a broad inquiry into the privacy practices of internet service providers requesting large companies like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to hand over nonpublic information describing how they handle consumer data.

Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware

Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware

At least 11 out of the 70 apps tested by The Wall Street Journal were sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including six of the top 15 health and fitness apps.

How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

"It is crazy what people were willing to give me," said artist Risa Puno, who conducted the experiment, which she called "Please Enable Cookies," at a Brooklyn arts festival.

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers

Speaking with Bloomberg last week , Sony’s sensor division boss Satoshi Yoshihara said Sony plans to ramp up production of chips to power front and rear 3D cameras in late summer, responding to demand from multiple smartphone manufacturers.

DOOMBA

DOOMBA

I bring forth DOOMBA, a half-goat, half-script creature, with native binary backing for the expensive parts, to be offered in place of my firstborn on this fine Christmas Eve.In order to use DOOMBA and the rest of the new Roomba functionality, you'll need to download the latest Noesis.

GDPR and Your Remote Team

GDPR and Your Remote Team

One aspect of the GDPR that information security teams are going to have to think carefully about in respect of a distributed workforce, considering the way our personal and professional lives are now so blended, is that your team have enhanced privacy rights now as individuals.

What Constant Surveillance Does to Your Brain

What Constant Surveillance Does to Your Brain

“They suddenly had images that their family could be arrested, that they could be arrested, some people had post-traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms,” Chisholm said in a phone interview. “The fear and uncertainty generated by surveillance inhibit activity more than any action by the police,” Franco said in a phone interview.

We Need to Have an Honest Talk About Our Data

We Need to Have an Honest Talk About Our Data

So if you look at Netflix’s ability to start a subscription business, I think it gives you hope that business models can change, and if people are used to free things, they actually can be persuaded that a paid model makes the world better.

Tim Berners-Lee launches open source project Solid to decentralize the web and place users in control of data

Tim Berners-Lee launches open source project Solid to decentralize the web and place users in control of data

Tim Berners-Lee is famous for inventing the world wide web, and now he's ready to take things to the next level with an ambitious open source project called Solid.

GM Collected Radio-Listening Data on 90,000 Cars

GM Collected Radio-Listening Data on 90,000 Cars

People who drive the same types of cars also sometimes consistently listen to the same stations, an insight that, once you think about it, kind of makes sense.

China’s Dystopian Technocracy: ‘Leave No Dark Corner’

China’s Dystopian Technocracy: ‘Leave No Dark Corner’

These technologies are already ramping up in the U.S. and are certain to take over unless people stand up now and say ‘NO’! The entire nation is one big social engineering project where everything is lathered with technology to keep everything and everyone within the Technocrats’ model.

Google remotely changed the settings on a bunch of phones running Android 9 Pie

Google remotely changed the settings on a bunch of phones running Android 9 Pie

Yesterday a mix of people who own Google Pixel phones and other devices running Android 9 Pie noticed that the software’s Battery Saver feature had been switched on — seemingly all by itself.

Taking back control of my digital life

Taking back control of my digital life

Doing this involves self hosting important infrastructure, minimising reliance on third party services and making sure I own the content I actually care about.

After call to implant microchips in people awaiting trial, are they about to become the next threat to our privacy?

After call to implant microchips in people awaiting trial, are they about to become the next threat to our privacy?

Last year, Privacy News Online wrote about the Swedish SJ Railways allowing customers to use under-the-skin microchip implants for “easy” ticket purchases. This experiment allowed a computer to monitor Kevin Warwick as he moved through halls and offices of the Department of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, using a unique identifying signal emitted by the implanted chip.

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

In addition, The Intercept reports that FirstNet will make data from “fusion centers“, which enable criminal intelligence-sharing between government agencies, available to local officers using the first responder network.