Finland to investigate Nokia-branded phones after data breach report

Finland to investigate Nokia-branded phones after data breach report

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland’s data protection ombudsman said on Thursday he would investigate whether Nokia-branded phones had breached data rules after a report said the handsets sent information to China.

89% of EU Government sites contain ad tech trackers

89% of EU Government sites contain ad tech trackers

Governmental sites in France, for example, have the highest number of commercial trackers, with a total of 52 different companies tracking visitors. The report says that cookies were discovered on public health service websites as well, with 52% of the sites tested found to contain ad trackers.

Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext

Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext

Facebook confirmed Thursday in a blog post, prompted by a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs, that it stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords in plaintext for years. Both companies said passwords were stored in plaintext and not scrambled.

Who Defends Your Data? Report Reveals Peruvian ISPs Progress on User Privacy, Still Room for Improvement

Who Defends Your Data? Report Reveals Peruvian ISPs Progress on User Privacy, Still Room for Improvement

Judicial Order: Companies earned a star in this category if they require that the government obtain a warrant from a judge before handing over user data (either content or metadata).

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

stored up to 600 million user account passwords without encryption and viewable as plain text to tens of thousands of company employees, according to a report Thursday by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs.

EU member state websites laden with third-party cookies

EU member state websites laden with third-party cookies

A new report (PDF) reveals that the vast majority of EU member state websites are laden with third-party cookies that are not disclosed to visitors. Third-party service plugins and embeds are the main way in which trackers landed on government and public health sector websites according to the report.

Dark web crackdown: Germans want to criminalize anyone providing a platform

Dark web crackdown: Germans want to criminalize anyone providing a platform

Germany's states have voted to introduce federal legislation that would criminalize the act of providing technical infrastructure for so-called dark-web marketplaces where illegal activities take place.

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).

John Oliver says he’s going to ‘unleash hell’ on FCC by creating his own robocalls

John Oliver says he’s going to ‘unleash hell’ on FCC by creating his own robocalls

Let’s dance, you and I.” Don’t miss: Here’s why you’re getting so many spam phone calls This isn’t the first time Oliver has slammed AT&T or the FCC.

Twitter will let users be much more specific when reporting tweets with personal information

Twitter will let users be much more specific when reporting tweets with personal information

Twitter is adding new options to its reporting process for tweets that share personal information, adding much more specific fields that users can highlight when submitting reports.

Lords urge tougher rules for tech firms

Lords urge tougher rules for tech firms

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright PA Image caption A Lords committee wants tech companies to have one overarching regulator setting rules for user privacy, data and anti-social content Tech firms, such as Google and Facebook, must improve their "inadequate" responses to privacy and data breaches and anti-social content, a House of Lords report says.

Report: From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy

Report: From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy

In this report we take a hard look at the right to privacy and its reality for women, trans and gender diverse people. We hope this report will be read as a call for action: privacy needs to be reclaimed by women, trans and gender diverse people.

#IWD2019 Online gender-based violence: a privacy matter?

#IWD2019 Online gender-based violence: a privacy matter?

The need for a gendered right to privacy All of these cases show that with technologies transforming our experience of the world, we will need a right to privacy well suited to protect women and gender diverse people from new forms of abuses, which will keep emerging as long as the patriarchal structures that fuel gender-based violence remain unchallenged.

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?

Popular apps caught secretly sending health data and more to Facebook, should Apple intervene?

Popular apps caught secretly sending health data and more to Facebook, should Apple intervene?

A new investigative report from The Wall Street Journal today looks into the controversial practice of popular third-party iOS and Android apps sending very personal user data to .

Some major Android apps are still sending data directly to Facebook

Some major Android apps are still sending data directly to Facebook

Major Android mobile apps from companies including Yelp and Duolingo send data that could be used to personally identify you for ad tracking straight to Facebook immediately upon logging in, according to a new report from the London-based UK charity and watchdog group Privacy International (PI) .

Guess what? Facebook still tracks you on Android apps (even if you don't have a Facebook account)

Guess what? Facebook still tracks you on Android apps (even if you don't have a Facebook account)

Good news for language-learners: Duolingo has promised us to remove the Facebook SDK App Events component from both the Android and iOS apps in the next version releases. As it stands, the Facebook SDK is designed to automatically transmit personal data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app .

China bans 23m from buying travel tickets as part of 'social credit' system

China bans 23m from buying travel tickets as part of 'social credit' system

According to the National Public Credit Information Centre’s 2018 report, 17.5 million people were banned from buying flights and 5.5 million barred from purchasing high-speed train tickets because of social credit offences.

Microsoft Describes How Government Hackers Stole ‘Large Sums’ From Financial Firms

Microsoft Describes How Government Hackers Stole ‘Large Sums’ From Financial Firms

LISTEN TO ARTICLE 1:35 SHARE THIS ARTICLE Share Tweet Post Email Email Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg It’s a short -- but startling -- passage tucked inside Microsoft Corp.’s periodic cybersecurity report: State-sponsored hackers attacked several financial services firms and stole “large sums of cash.” The account provides another reminder that hackers are successfully preying on parts of an industry where customer confidence is paramount, and that’s sometimes reluctant to disclose serious attacks.

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo Joseph Cannataci, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, submitted the draft questionnaire - touching on everything from chatrooms to systematic surveillance - to the U.N. Human Rights Council, and invited comments by June 30.

First Facebook investigation to be completed by summer: regulator

First Facebook investigation to be completed by summer: regulator

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union expects to conclude the first of seven investigations into the company’s use of personal data this summer and the remainder by the end of the year, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner said on Thursday.

Cops told live facial recog needs oversight, rigorous trial design, protections against bias

Cops told live facial recog needs oversight, rigorous trial design, protections against bias

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed READ MORE The overall tone was that the design of live facial recognition trials needed to be more rigorous, and the tech should be used with a large dollop of caution, plenty of independent oversight and only if it actually works.

Bye-bye passwords on Android: Now, use fingerprint to log in to apps, websites

Bye-bye passwords on Android: Now, use fingerprint to log in to apps, websites

Bye-bye passwords on Android: Now, use fingerprint to log in to apps, websites As the debate over the countless privacy issues rages on, security remains a key concern as users information is on the risk.

New Study Highlights IoT Security and Privacy Flaws in Popular Off the Shelf Devices

New Study Highlights IoT Security and Privacy Flaws in Popular Off the Shelf Devices

The report from Pepper IoT and Dark Cubed detailed a wide variety of security issues and privacy flaws in common Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including some cases where devices such as smart light bulbs were communicating personal data and information to third-party companies in China.

Surveillance firm asks Mozilla to be included in Firefox's certificate whitelist

Surveillance firm asks Mozilla to be included in Firefox's certificate whitelist

On one side Mozilla is pressured by organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amnesty International, and The Intercept to decline DarkMatter's request, while on the other side DarkMatter claims it never abused its TLS certificate issuance powers for anything bad, hence there's no reason to treat it any differently from other CAs that have applied in the past.

Popular apps stop sharing users' personal data with Facebook

Popular apps stop sharing users' personal data with Facebook

On Friday the publication reported that at least 11 apps were sharing sensitive user information - including blood pressure and menstrual cycles - with the social media giant.

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.

Multiple iOS apps are reportedly sharing sensitive data with Facebook

Multiple iOS apps are reportedly sharing sensitive data with Facebook

It also claimed it doesn't use sensitive data captured in custom app events to personalize products like ads and the News Feed, and it automatically deletes some types of intimate data it receives, including social security numbers.

NY governor orders probe into Facebook access to data from other apps

NY governor orders probe into Facebook access to data from other apps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook Inc may be accessing far more personal information than previously known from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data.

Check to See If Your Next Chrome Extension Is Safe with This Website

Check to See If Your Next Chrome Extension Is Safe with This Website

Advertisement According to the data from Duo Labs’ initial survey of the Chrome Web Store in January, which checked 120,463 Chrome apps and extensions, almost 85 percent of extensions have no privacy policy, 35 percent could read your data on any website, and almost 32 percent—nearly a third—feature known security vulnerabilities.

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