Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data

Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data

Between all eight databases, there was a combined total of approximately 60 million records that contained what appeared to be scraped public information of LinkedIn users.

Twitter is secretly holding onto deleted direct messages

Twitter is secretly holding onto deleted direct messages

Then open the profile page of the account you want to receive notifications from, tap the Bell icon next to the Following button and choose between All Tweets, Only Live Video and Off. Twitter's privacy policy states that anyone who deactivates their account will have their data deleted after a 30-day grace period.

Facebook finally set to launch Clear History privacy tool

Facebook finally set to launch Clear History privacy tool

When you block someone, they won’t be able to see things you post on your Timeline, tag you, invite you to events or groups, start conversations with you or add you as a friend.

Digging Through Someones Past Using OSINT

Digging Through Someones Past Using OSINT

With the full name information and address data, I can start finding out their names and details Back to People Search From the property record, I now had a name Imogen X Y Z.

How to See Exactly Who Google Thinks You Are — And Then Turn off Their Tracking

How to See Exactly Who Google Thinks You Are — And Then Turn off Their Tracking

At their core, Google and Facebook are advertising companies — ads contribute more than 80 percent of their revenues. Next backbone of Google in data collection is Chrome, which is the most popular browser in both android and windows.

Facebook Doubles Down On Misusing Your Phone Number

Facebook Doubles Down On Misusing Your Phone Number

(Although Facebook stopped requiring phone numbers for 2FA enrollment last May , phone number-based 2FA can still be the most usable option for many people.) In response to a tweet from a Page administrator pointing out this critical problem, Facebook has been forced to respond to user concerns and media reports.

Facebook secretly allows you to be looked up via your 2FA phone number and you can't opt out

Facebook secretly allows you to be looked up via your 2FA phone number and you can't opt out

Facebook has already admitted to using phone numbers collected under the guise of two-factor authentication in order to target ads, and now it turns out you can't opt-out of the service once you're committed.

Facebook won’t let you opt-out of its phone number ‘look up’ setting

Facebook won’t let you opt-out of its phone number ‘look up’ setting

Facebook gives users the option of allowing users to “look up” their profile using their phone number to “everyone” by default, or to “friends of friends” or just the user’s “friends.” But there’s no way to hide it completely.

Forget privacy: you're terrible at targeting anyway

Forget privacy: you're terrible at targeting anyway

If you ask it what video a person like you wants to see next, it will recommend some political propaganda crap, because 50% of the time 90% of the people do watch that next, because they can't help themselves, and that's a pretty good success rate.

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.

Your digital identity has three layers, and you can only protect one of them

Your digital identity has three layers, and you can only protect one of them

It is shaped by technology companies and advertisers who make key decisions based on their interpretation of seemingly benign data points: what movies you choose to watch, the time of day you tweet, or how long you take to click on a cat video.

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Even if you're not a user of a social media platform, it's possible to create a 95% accurate profile of you from your friends' accounts, according to new research.

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

If you use social media , you've probably noticed a trend across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of people posting their then-and-now profile pictures , mostly from 10 years ago and this year. Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data.

LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo

LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo

Zhou, who said he posted content such as articles and photos on LinkedIn only “sporadically”, had most recently posted a message ahead of the new year on behalf of his organisation, Humanitarian China , that mentioned the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Here's how much Facebook knows about you

Here's how much Facebook knows about you

Following what you do on Facebook: The company has near-total awareness of every move you make on its website or in its apps, including: Following what you say on Facebook Messenger: Facebook does scan your chat messages, but it isn't exactly reading them— it runs an automated scan for child pornography and other banned content.

Profiling and Automated Decision Making: Is Artificial Intelligence Violating Your Right to Privacy?

Profiling and Automated Decision Making: Is Artificial Intelligence Violating Your Right to Privacy?

As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted in August 2018 “big data analytics and artificial intelligence increasingly enable States and business enterprises to obtain fine-grained information about people’s lives, make inferences about their physical and mental characteristics and create detailed personality profiles.”

New Report: Unknown Data Scraper Breach

New Report: Unknown Data Scraper Breach

It did not contain any sensitive personal data such as credit card details or passwords but they did contain a lot of private information like an individual’s professional background, name, phone number, email address, address, and even their IP.

How To Protect Your Personal Information On Social Media

How To Protect Your Personal Information On Social Media

Social media is a great way to express opinions, read news, keep in touch with family and friends, and watch the world burn in real time on Twitter.

Parents are giving tons of their kids' personal data away — and the long-term effects aren't yet known

Parents are giving tons of their kids' personal data away — and the long-term effects aren't yet known

On average, parents will post more than 1,000 images of their children online before they're old enough to have their own social media accounts, according to a new report on the digital lives of kids.

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.

Lawmakers Drafting Bill That Would Allow Social Media Checks Before Gun Purchase

Lawmakers Drafting Bill That Would Allow Social Media Checks Before Gun Purchase

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Two New York lawmakers are working to draft a bill that would propose a social media check before a gun purchase.

Facebook Needs a True Opt Out

Facebook Needs a True Opt Out

As Facebook, Google and Amazon become the internet, I’m worried that there is no opt out. Much like how I can’t opt out of Equifax yet still have to worry about the consequences of their ineptitude, we’re all stuck with these companies.

Signal >> Blog >> Technology preview: Sealed sender for Signal

Signal >> Blog >> Technology preview: Sealed sender for Signal

We have been exploring techniques to further reduce the amount of information that is accessible to the service, and the latest beta release includes changes designed to move Signal incrementally closer to the goal of hiding another piece of metadata: who is messaging whom.

Mobile app data sharing 'out of control'

Mobile app data sharing 'out of control'

Google said it had clear policies for how developers could handle data, and that the research had mischaracterised some "ordinary functions" of apps. The researchers found that more than 88% of free apps on Google Play shared information with firms owned by Alphabet.

Facebook Privacy - Fact or Fiction?

Facebook Privacy - Fact or Fiction?

At the center of Facebook lies the profile - your personal account with the information you choose to share with your friends and the world. If you, like I once did, have your home address on your Facebook profile, it’s time to remove it.

PeterCxy/Shelter: Isolate your Big Brother Apps

PeterCxy/Shelter: Isolate your Big Brother Apps

Shelter is a Free and Open-Source (FOSS) app that leverages the “Work Profile” feature of Android to provide an isolated space that you can install or clone apps into.

Facebook admits its camera-equipped listening device can collect your data for ads

Facebook admits its camera-equipped listening device can collect your data for ads

Given that Facebook's business model relies on using people's data to serve them personalised ads, it seemed fair to assume that the Portal smart speaker could serve a purpose beyond simply acting as a voice-activated home assistant that can handle video calls.

Google + is shutting down after a massive data breach, sending shares down

Google + is shutting down after a massive data breach, sending shares down

Google is shutting down its beleaguered Google+ social network after it discovered a software bug that gave third-parties potential access to private user data, the company writes in a blog post.

Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information you didn't hand over at all, but that was collected from other people's contact books, a hidden layer of details Facebook has about you that I've come to call "shadow contact information." I managed to place an ad in front of Alan Mislove by targeting his shadow profile.

F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

Shelter is a Free and Open-Source (FOSS) app that leverages the “Work Profile” feature of Android to provide an isolated space that you can install or clone apps into. Backdoors installed in your Android system (so please use an open-source ROM if you are concerned about this)

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