41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

And perhaps people should be concerned — all the major voice assistants, including those from Google, Amazon, Apple and Samsung as well as Microsoft, employ humans who review the voice data collected from end users.

APAC consumers have little trust in digital services

APAC consumers have little trust in digital services

Just 31 percent of consumers in Asia-Pacific believe their personal information will be managed in a trustworthy way by businesses offering digital services, with only 5 percent willing to transact with companies that offer cheaper but less trusted digital platforms.

Your Location Is Gold to Businesses

Your Location Is Gold to Businesses

Google Maps — Multiple-Billion-Dollar Business Based on a Free Map. Location-targeted mobile advertisement spending is quickly growing. Based on its users’ 12 billion check-in data points every month, Foursquare accurately predicted the amount of new iPhone sales and has attracted 125,000 developers to work on its platform.

Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation

Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation

The changes, announced by email to all the FamilyTreeDNA members, are an attempt to further regulate FamilyTree database searching for law enforcement—and to make sure that the customers have the option to not assist it. (Roughly 10 percent of FamilyTreeDNA’s total customer base is from Europe, and was automatically removed from law enforcement searches last week.

Preventing Government Facial Recognition Oppression

Preventing Government Facial Recognition Oppression

The report notes that law enforcement can use facial recognition technology for four purposes: arrest identification (to confirm an arrestee's ID), field identification (to ID a person stopped by an officer), investigative identification (to obtain images for IDing an unidentified suspect), and real-time surveillance (to match unidentified folks to a watchlist).

U.S. users are leaving Facebook by the millions, Edison Research says

U.S. users are leaving Facebook by the millions, Edison Research says

Kimberly Adams: In your survey you found an estimated drop of 15 million fewer Facebook users in the U.S. today than in 2017. Courtesy of Edison Research and Triton Digital Adams: Do you have any sense as to why people are leaving Facebook in particular?

Open Source Hardware Could Defend Against Next Generation Hacking

Open Source Hardware Could Defend Against Next Generation Hacking

Shane Oberloier and Joshua Pearce , CC BY-ND The future of distributed manufacturing Making open-source hardware systems more available increases regular people’s security by giving them verifiably secure options.

Consumers Worry About Personal Data Privacy But Few Take Action: Study

Consumers Worry About Personal Data Privacy But Few Take Action: Study

But even though consumers are concerned with one story after another of companies losing or misusing personal data, apparently it’s not enough for them to take actions in response.

A third of all Chrome extensions request access to user data on any site

A third of all Chrome extensions request access to user data on any site

The results of this study are made available today on the CRXcavator web portal , where users can check security reports about their favorite extension, or submit an extension ID and have it scanned if Duo researchers missed it during their Web Store analysis.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

With the Google Assistant built in, your security system is now even more helpful.” More cybersecurity news Kid’s creepy smartwatch recalled as hackers can locate and talk to kids While we are on the topic of potentially creepy IoT devices, it would be remiss not to mention the European Commission’s recall of the Enox Safe-Kid-One smartwatch, which poses a “serious” risk to kids since attackers could locate or even communicate with kids wearing the high-tech watch.

Reddit 2018 transparency report details government data requests

Reddit 2018 transparency report details government data requests

The company released its annual transparency report on Feb. 13, offering both a detailed look at data-disclosure requests from governments around the world and content removal numbers from Reddit admins.

Why Technology’s Early Adopters Are Opting Out

Why Technology’s Early Adopters Are Opting Out

When the new video chat device hit the market, Facebook didn’t make a play for the typical early adopter group—young, tech-savvy consumers. Facebook Portal is a paragon of the new cost of early adoption.

Even Silicon Valley workers want more regulation of the tech industry

Even Silicon Valley workers want more regulation of the tech industry

Companies' massive profits continue to fuel tech industry salaries, pushing up housing and cost-of-living prices so high that a six-figure salary is now considered "low income." Edelman's surveys found that those prices are having adverse effects around California.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Guard does have one on-device microphone that is not enabled by default.” [ Read also: The IoT security survival guide | Get the latest from CSO: Sign up for our newsletters ] Nest Secure owners have been able to use Google Assistant and voice commands, but it previously required a separate Google Assistant device to hear your commands.

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

The company disclosed in March 2018 while preparing for its initial public offering that it discovered two million users, or about 1.3 percent of its total user base at the time, had been using ad blockers on the free version of Spotify, enough to force it to restate usage metrics.

How Much Does Your Car Know About You?

How Much Does Your Car Know About You?

Automakers claim to use this data for driver and vehicle safety and to enhance driving efficiency. Although some of the information that your car is collecting may seem unnecessary, much of it is used to enhance safety – and this could be keeping you safe.

Opinion | Warning! Everything Is Going Deep: ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’

Opinion | Warning! Everything Is Going Deep: ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’

The Times’s Kevin Roose quoted Mohit Joshi, the president of Infosys, a technology firm that helps other businesses automate their operations, as saying in Davos last week: “People are looking to achieve very big numbers.

Data Privacy Attitudes and Connected Cars: A Deeper Look

Data Privacy Attitudes and Connected Cars: A Deeper Look

A full 66 percent of connected car owners and 64 percent of new car buyers say that at some point, they’ve chosen not to use an online service or app because they were worried about how their personal information would be handled.

Facebook shares shoot up after strong Q4 earnings despite data breach

Facebook shares shoot up after strong Q4 earnings despite data breach

Those numbers handily beat Wall Street’s expectations of $16.39 billion in revenue and $2.18 GAAP earnings per share, plus 2.32 billion monthly and 1.51 billion daily active users.

What to Do When You Want to Delete Yourself From the Internet

What to Do When You Want to Delete Yourself From the Internet

Social media platforms are where you've likely shared the most about yourself; WD Storage , which published the study this visually infographic is based on, says that 350 million photos are added to Facebook each day.

70 percent say government spies on social media, 35 percent cover computer camera to hide

70 percent say government spies on social media, 35 percent cover computer camera to hide

In a new survey for Security.org, over 70 percent said that Uncle Sam is spying on the social media, Internet browsing and phone calls of Americans.

Mapping Who Lives in Border Patrol's '100-Mile Zone'

Mapping Who Lives in Border Patrol's '100-Mile Zone'

Congress also authorized CBP to set permanent and temporary checkpoints, patrol highways, and board buses, trains, and other vehicles “within a reasonable distance” of the U.S. border, which regulations in 1953 set as “up to a 100 miles.” These regulations were made to allow border officers to intercept unauthorized entrants who had bypassed checks at ports of entry.

Mark Zuckerberg Thinks You Don't Trust Facebook Because You Don't 'Understand' It

Mark Zuckerberg Thinks You Don't Trust Facebook Because You Don't 'Understand' It

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal published a 1,000-word screed by Mark Zuckerberg about the company’s data collecting practices titled “The Facts About Facebook.” In it, Zuckerberg makes noise about the company being about “people,” and insists—as he has been for the majority of his company’s 15-year history—that we should trust it.

Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

Now a new study from researchers at the M.I.T. Media Lab has found that Amazon’s system, Rekognition, had much more difficulty in telling the gender of female faces and of darker-skinned faces in photos than similar services from IBM and Microsoft.

China Starts "Debt Shaming": New App Warns Users If They Are Walking Near Someone In Debt

China Starts "Debt Shaming": New App Warns Users If They Are Walking Near Someone In Debt

The "map of deadbeat debtors" is yet the latest in China's push towards a shame-based "social credit score" system which has already been deployed in several parts of the country.

‘Right to be forgotten’ used to force Google to remove medical negligence link

‘Right to be forgotten’ used to force Google to remove medical negligence link

The ruling is thought to be the first time a search result relating to medical negligence has been removed in the almost five years since the EU first established its citizens’ “right to be forgotten.” At issue were links to a website that contains an unofficial blacklist of suspended doctors.

Tech skills in most demand this year: data, cloud and cybersecurity

Tech skills in most demand this year: data, cloud and cybersecurity

Almost every job in tech now requires security awareness and basic know-how." The Hays report, based on 2,000 companies, finds that 70 percent of IT employers say they face a moderate-to-extreme skills shortage of IT professionals.

Your data was probably stolen in cyberattack in 2018 – and you should care

Your data was probably stolen in cyberattack in 2018 – and you should care

Marriott More: Starwood data breach: Here's some ways to protect yourself More: These cybersecurity tips will help prevent your phone from being hacked As consumers grow more accustomed to breaches being revealed regularly – only four weeks ago, Dunkin', Marriott and Quora each announced one within a span of six days – they tend to either accept or ignore them, Davis says.

Facebook is the least trusted tech company followed by Twitter, Amazon: Survey

Facebook is the least trusted tech company followed by Twitter, Amazon: Survey

According to a survey, which was conducted in December 2018 by research company Toluna, 40 percent of respondents said they trust Facebook the least with their personal information. Amazon also showed similar results as Twitter, a lack of trust from about eight percent of the people.

"Everything Is Fake": Ex-Reddit CEO Confirms Internet Traffic Metrics Are Bullshit

"Everything Is Fake": Ex-Reddit CEO Confirms Internet Traffic Metrics Are Bullshit

"It's all true: Everything is fake," tweeted Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao regarding a Wednesday New York Magazine article which reveals that internet traffic metrics from some of the largest tech companies are overstated or fabricated.

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