AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

That data access travelled through a complex chain of different companies, starting with T-Mobile, before going to a location aggregator called Zumigo.

Vietnam accuses Facebook of violating new cybersecurity law

Vietnam accuses Facebook of violating new cybersecurity law

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.

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

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.

Carriers Swore They'd Stop Selling Location Data. Will They Ever?

Carriers Swore They'd Stop Selling Location Data. Will They Ever?

"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.

German data theft: Suspect confesses in Hesse

German data theft: Suspect confesses in Hesse

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright EPA Image caption User @_0rbit tweeted new information every day in December A 20-year-old man has made a "comprehensive" confession that he was behind a data breach affecting hundreds of high-profile Germans, police say.

Marriott Concedes 5 Million Passport Numbers Lost to Hackers Were Not Encrypted

Marriott Concedes 5 Million Passport Numbers Lost to Hackers Were Not Encrypted

Marriott said for the first time that 5.25 million passport numbers were kept in the Starwood system in plain, unencrypted data files — meaning they were easily read by anyone inside the reservation system.

Marriott says millions of passport numbers were involved in breach

Marriott says millions of passport numbers were involved in breach

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.

Ring Video Doorbell Security Flaw Has Folks Worried About Passwords

Ring Video Doorbell Security Flaw Has Folks Worried About Passwords

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 warns listeners of data breach affecting 250,000 Australians

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.

Netflix Claims It Didn’t Access Your D.M.s; The New York Times Disagrees

Netflix Claims It Didn’t Access Your D.M.s; The New York Times Disagrees

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.

Facebook reportedly gave tech giants greater access to users' data

Facebook reportedly gave tech giants greater access to users' data

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.

Facebook Still Doesn't Understand What Privacy Means

Facebook Still Doesn't Understand What Privacy Means

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.

Senators Call for Jail, Fines After Marriott Data Breach

Senators Call for Jail, Fines After Marriott Data Breach

“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

Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users

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.

Julian Assange’s Secret Charges Revealed Due to “Cut-Paste” Error

Julian Assange’s Secret Charges Revealed Due to “Cut-Paste” Error

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.

Unregulated intelligence sharing poses substantive risks to human rights and to the democratic rule of law

Unregulated intelligence sharing poses substantive risks to human rights and to the democratic rule of law

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.

Microsoft Wants To Show You Ads In The Windows 10 Mail App

Microsoft Wants To Show You Ads In The Windows 10 Mail App

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.

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

This account of how Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg navigated Facebook’s cascading crises, much of which has not been previously reported, is based on interviews with more than 50 people.

Do Your Apps Know Too Much About You?

Do Your Apps Know Too Much About You?

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.

My thoughts are my password, because my brain reactions are unique

My thoughts are my password, because my brain reactions are unique

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.

New EU copyright legislation gets mixed reactions

New EU copyright legislation gets mixed reactions

One aspect of the legislation would allow researchers to use text or data mining computer programs on material they have legal access to read, if such mining is for nonprofit purposes or in the public interest.

'City of surveillance': privacy expert quits Toronto's smart-city project

'City of surveillance': privacy expert quits Toronto's smart-city project

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.

Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns

Privacy Expert Resigns From Alphabet-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns

“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.

UIDAI proposal for SIM cards impacts privacy

UIDAI proposal for SIM cards impacts privacy

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.”

Japan to tell Facebook to improve data protection: Kyodo

Japan to tell Facebook to improve data protection: Kyodo

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.

Facebook hacker accessed personal details for 29 million accounts

Facebook hacker accessed personal details for 29 million accounts

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.

How to Delete Facebook and Instagram From Your Life Forever

How to Delete Facebook and Instagram From Your Life Forever

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.

Google drops out of Pentagon cloud computing competition

Google drops out of Pentagon cloud computing competition

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."

The Five Eyes Statement on Encryption: Things Are Seldom What They Seem

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 .

Uber to Pay Record $148 Million Fine for Concealing 2016 Data Breach

Uber to Pay Record $148 Million Fine for Concealing 2016 Data Breach

Uber will pay a $148 million fine as part of a settlement reached with state law enforcement officials over allegations it attempted to conceal a 2016 data breach affecting millions of its users, the company said.

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