I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here's what I found

I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here's what I found

The fact that countless companies are tracking millions of people around the web and on their phones is disturbing enough, but what is even more disturbing about my Quantcast data is the extent to which the company relies on data brokers, credit referencing agencies, and even credit card companies in ways that are impossible for the average consumer to know about or escape.

Congress May Consider a U.S. Version of GDPR

Congress May Consider a U.S. Version of GDPR

Even after all the committee hearings and the flurry of legislative proposals introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate, there hasn’t been a lot of movement on security and privacy out of Congress over the past few years.

‘Surveillance State’ is alive, well — and operating against us all

‘Surveillance State’ is alive, well — and operating against us all

They reveal the CIA not only intercepted emails of U.S. citizens but they were emails of the most sensitive kind — written to Congress and involving whistleblowers reporting alleged wrongdoing within the Intelligence Community.

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).

Google Chrome’s Users Take a Back Seat to Its Bottom Line

Google Chrome’s Users Take a Back Seat to Its Bottom Line

Browser Market share (desktop) Tracking protection Chrome 68% None Firefox 11% On by default in Private Browsing Internet Explorer 7% Off by default Safari 6% On by default Edge 4% None Opera 2% Off by default

Sen. Ron Wyden Introduces Bill That Would Send CEOs to Jail for Violating Consumer Privacy

Sen. Ron Wyden Introduces Bill That Would Send CEOs to Jail for Violating Consumer Privacy

The Senator’s proposal would dramatically beef up Federal Trade Commission authority and funding to crack down on privacy violations, let consumers opt out of having their sensitive personal data collected and sold, and impose harsh new penalties on a massive data monetization industry that has for years claimed that self-regulation is all that’s necessary to protect consumer privacy.

Privacy is the new norm

Privacy is the new norm

Something that’s being looked at afresh is contextual advertising, where relevant ad experiences are delivered in real time to people depending on what they’re focusing on that minute. Contextual advertising doesn’t get in the way and because it’s directly relevant people aren’t irritated by it.

Google Online Security Blog: Announcing some security treats to protect you from attackers’ tricks

Verify critical security settings to help ensure your account isn’t vulnerable to additional attacks and that someone can’t access it via other means, like a recovery phone number or email address.

Protecting Data Privacy Without Destroying the Internet

Protecting Data Privacy Without Destroying the Internet

It is reasonable to be skeptical of the notion that increasing government power is the key to protecting privacy, but without federal preemption, the nation could balkanize with 50 sets of online privacy rules, undermining the seamless digital experience consumers enjoy today as well as the internet economy which powers some 10 percent of national gross domestic product.

A Busy Week for Data Privacy

A Busy Week for Data Privacy

We at the FTC have an important role to play because we are the ones who are responsible for enforcing that Privacy Shield framework against companies that fail to adhere to it,” Smith said.

Will the EU Copyright Directive ‘break the internet’?

Will the EU Copyright Directive ‘break the internet’?

In a landmark case, NLA v Meltwater, heard in the UK’s Supreme Court and which resulted in questions referred on to the Court of Justice of the European Union, it was determined that on-screen and cached copies of websites generated by users while browsing may be created without authorisation from copyright holders.

YouTube speaks out against EU’s Article 13 copyright changes

YouTube speaks out against EU’s Article 13 copyright changes

“Article 13 as written threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people – from creators like you to everyday users – to upload content to platforms like YouTube.

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

Cook lamented the tech industry's data-driven economy without invoking the names of ad-focused companies like Facebook or Google, the traditional villains when Apple plays privacy paladin. Cook in his speech said Apple supports a federal data protection law in the US similar to the GDPR.

UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect users' data

UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect users' data

If the breaches had taken place under tnew GDPR legislation then the information commissioner would be able to fine Facebook a maximum of either £17m or 4% of global turnover, whichever is the higher amount.

6 Cybersecurity Tools You’ll Need to Know About in 2019

6 Cybersecurity Tools You’ll Need to Know About in 2019

Incapsula is another leading cybersecurity company offering a truly impressive array of cloud-based security and website acceleration services. Employees are rewarded for identifying components of real and simulated attacks via HoxHunt, creating a gamified user experience that helps detect gaps in personal threat response as well as company-wide vulnerabilities.

Apple boss takes aim at 'weaponisation' of customer data

Apple boss takes aim at 'weaponisation' of customer data

BRUSSELS: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday (Oct 24) customer data was being "weaponised with military efficiency" by companies to increase profit. Cook said Apple fully backed a federal privacy law in the United States, something Europe has already introduced via its General Data Protection Regulation.

The Path to Enhanced Tracking Protection

The Path to Enhanced Tracking Protection

In addition, because the feature blocks everything, including ads, from any domain that is also used for tracking, it can have a significant negative impact on small websites and content creators who depend on third-party advertising tools/networks.

The Next Tech Unicorns Won’t Exploit Personal Data; They’ll Have None. #PriTech

The Next Tech Unicorns Won’t Exploit Personal Data; They’ll Have None. #PriTech

But the Facebook boss spent $30 million on the properties surrounding his Palo Alto home in a desperate bid for a little privacy, while companies just like his stripped it away from their customers. Privacy law firms exist to conduct audits and help companies take remedial action, but they are just not practical for smaller firms.

Europe’s privacy laws are now so tough, they are taking names off doorbells in Vienna

Europe’s privacy laws are now so tough, they are taking names off doorbells in Vienna

They are acting following a complaint by a single tenant, but no court has so far ruled on whether names on doorbells are indeed a violation of Europe’s tough new privacy laws.

Is Autonomous Car Data Subject to Copyright?

Is Autonomous Car Data Subject to Copyright?

Subsequently Max Andersson, member of the Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs, proposed several amendments to the draft opinion, including one specifically addressing the possibility of copyright protection of the autonomous cars data.

How to increase the value of your anonymized data? – Generate Vision – Medium

How to increase the value of your anonymized data? – Generate Vision – Medium

From figure 3 we can see that faces images processed by conventional anonymization methods not only produce bad segmentation boundaries, but also make the segmentation model to infer completely new object classes that were never present in the original image, like cats or bottles.

Smile! Border Security Bots Are Reading Your Face - October 15, 2018

Smile! Border Security Bots Are Reading Your Face - October 15, 2018

Machine learning tools predicting human behavior have been found to be racially biased, and privacy advocates worry about government collection and storage of traveler data. But polls show Americans are just as worried about terrorism as they were after 9/11, so privacy and fairness may not survive the screening process.

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

MEPs call on the European Commission to suspend the Privacy Shield agreement (designed to protect EU citizens whose personal data are transferred to the US for commercial purposes), since US authorities failed to comply with its terms by 1 September 2018.

Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

That Congress is now considering passing privacy legislation after more than a decade of debate and delay is a positive development, says Amie Stepanovich, the US policy manager for digital rights organization Access Now. But with a panel consisting entirely of major internet companies, consumer voices were sorely lacking.

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.

Hackers Pilfered Sensitive Data From Over 30 Million Facebook Accounts, Extensive Private Info On More Than 14 Million

Hackers Pilfered Sensitive Data From Over 30 Million Facebook Accounts, Extensive Private Info On More Than 14 Million

Over 30 million users have been impacted by the hack, with over 14 million people at risk of continued serious privacy invasions, and Facebook has no plans to provide any protections to the users affected by lax security and over-collection of personal data.

Apple argues stronger encryption will thwart criminals in letter to Australian government

Apple argues stronger encryption will thwart criminals in letter to Australian government

In Apple’s eyes, encryption makes everyone’s devices harder to hack and less vulnerable to take-overs, viruses, and other malicious attacks that could undermine personal and corporate security, as well as public infrastructure and services.

Twitter Is Being Formally Investigated Following a GDPR Complaint

Twitter Is Being Formally Investigated Following a GDPR Complaint

Twitter is being investigated by Irish privacy authorities over its refusal to give a user information about how it tracks him when he clicks on links in tweets.

A Modest Privacy Protection Proposal – Member Feature Stories – Medium

A Modest Privacy Protection Proposal – Member Feature Stories – Medium

For maximum privacy, you should only use a prepaid phone service so that they don’t know your name. Once you have your proxy address(es) set up, you’ll want to use them for every service that doesn’t require proof of residence.

Heathrow Airport Fined For Losing USB Stick With Unencrypted Data • Digit

Heathrow Airport Fined For Losing USB Stick With Unencrypted Data • Digit

Although the amount of personal and sensitive personal data held on the stick comprised a small amount of the total files, of particular concern, was a training video that exposed ten individuals’ details including names, dates of birth, passport numbers, and the details of up to 50 Heathrow Airport aviation security personnel.

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