That data access travelled through a complex chain of different companies, starting with T-Mobile, before going to a location aggregator called Zumigo.
According to a Business Times report, the Vietnamese government has accused of violating its new cybersecurity law by allowing users to share anti-government posts on Facebook, the first reprimand since the legislation took effect on Jan 1.
Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that major American telcos T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are selling customer location data of users in an unregulated market that trickles down to bounty hunters and people not authorized to handle such information.
"This is a blatant abuse of user privacy, and when companies break their promises to their users, they should expect to be held accountable." Eva Galperin, EFF Bottom line: The carriers said specifically they would stop selling customer location data to third parties.
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The hotel chain said in late November that there was a breach of its reservation database for its Starwood properties that may have exposed the personal information of up to 500 million people.
As per a new report from The Information , a major security flaw in popular video doorbells from Ring, the company recently acquired by Amazon for $1 billion, does not require users to re-log into the doorbell app when a password has been changed.
Nova chief executive Cathy O’Connor said in a statement on Thursday that individuals were being notified about the steps they can take, with the disclosed information varying from person to person.
A representative for Netflix told the Times that the company had not been aware Facebook had granted it such privileges, and reiterated that it only used its access for the recommendation feature.
Other arrangements allowed Amazon to obtain users' names and contact information through their friends and permitted Yahoo to view streams of friends' posts as recently as this summer, the Times reported, despite Facebook's statements that it had ended that type of data sharing.
Midway through his missive, Zuckerberg offers a defense of his internal emails regarding the idea of quite literally selling access to user data: “we decided on a model where we continued to provide the developer platform for free and developers could choose to buy ads if they wanted.
“Clearly the current status quo isn’t working—the Federal Trade Commission needs real powers with strong teeth in order to punish companies that lose or misuse Americans’ private information,” said Wyden, adding: “Until companies like Marriott feel the threat of multi-billion dollar fines, and jail-time for their senior executives, these companies won’t take privacy seriously.”
Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users The company is investigating the issue Facebook users are reporting one of the stranger bugs to plague the platform of late: years-old Messenger threads resurfacing automatically, without context or explanation.
On Friday 16 November it was revealed that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been charged with other offenses than those publicly known. WikiLeak’s Twitter has said Assange appeared on the court documents for a sex crime, due to a “cut and paste” error.
Privacy International also recognises the importance and benefit of intelligence sharing, for example in the context of fighting terrorism, organised crime or to identify other genuine threats to national security.
In a support page spotted by Thurrott.com, Microsoft justifies this with the following statement: "Consistent with consumer email apps and services like Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail, advertising allows us to provide, support, and improve some of our products.
App makers are starting to bundle permission choices together and still aren’t quite there with letting their users know exactly what they’ll be using data for.
Wenyao Xu receives funding from the National Science Foundation. Zhanpeng Jin receives funding from the National Science Foundation. Feng Lin does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
But, as big tech companies continue to struggle with protecting privacy, experts have highlighted the dangers of the new plan, and answers to their questions have not yet been adequately answered.
“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,” Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario, wrote in her resignation letter from Google sister company Sidewalk Labs, reports Global News. Cavoukian told Global News that she is pressing Waterfront Toronto to anonymize data.
On Friday, a joint statement said, “In fact, the DoT and UIDAI are in a process to bring out a completely hassle-free and digital procedure for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile app, which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgement in the Aadhaar Case.”
The Japanese government is set to tell Facebook Inc (FB.O) to better protect its users' personal data after a leak involving British firm Cambridge Analytica that affected 87 million users globally, Kyodo News reported on Monday.
In September, a group of hackers used a flaw in Facebook’s “view as” feature to gain unauthorized access to millions of accounts — and today, the company released its most comprehensive statement yet on exactly what data was taken as part of the breach.
Last month, Facebook revealed that a security vulnerability exposed up to 50 million accounts to being hijacked by hackers. “It’s why we took immediate action to secure people’s accounts and fix the vulnerability.” So I pulled out my data from Facebook and purged the account.
A Google spokesman said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg that the company is "not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn’t be assured that it would align with our AI Principles."
Earlier this September, law enforcement officials from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance—made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—met in Australia and issued a Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption .