Facebook and Google’s Data-Control Tactics Aren’t Just a Privacy Issue Anymore

Facebook and Google’s Data-Control Tactics Aren’t Just a Privacy Issue Anymore

“We propose to consider whether consumers have the knowledge, skills and desire to control how data about them is collected and used by the online platforms, and how far they are able to exercise such choice,” the CMA said.

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Like Apple, Twitter is also under three different investigations with one each for Google, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn and US digital advertising company Quantcast.

Guide On How To Unlock Mac With Apple Watch – Setapp

Guide On How To Unlock Mac With Apple Watch – Setapp

Well, when you connect Apple Watch to MacBook, it allows you to bypass the need to enter a password before you can start using your Mac. Unfortunately, it’s possible to run into instances where your Apple Watch won’t unlock Mac products that are sitting on your desk, throwing out infuriating error messages like “Your Mac was unable to communicate with your Apple Watch.”.

How to remove your private info from the web in an afternoon

How to remove your private info from the web in an afternoon

More broadly, the WPF put together what it calls the top 10 opt-outs — a detailed step-by-step guide to pulling your information from the data brokers of the world.

Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules

Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules

The Electronic Frontier Foundation fought on behalf of Reddit commenter Darkspilver, a Jehovah's Witness who posted public and internal documents from The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society online.

Reddit Commenter's Fight for Anonynmity Is a Win for Free Speech and Fair Use

Reddit Commenter's Fight for Anonynmity Is a Win for Free Speech and Fair Use

Accordingly, Watch Tower’s subpoena could not pass the well-established “Doe” test, which allows a party to use the courts to pierce anonymity only where they can show that their claims are valid and also that the balance of harms favors disclosure.

VPNs can’t protect privacy. Use Tor Browser instead, even for everyday browsing.

VPNs can’t protect privacy. Use Tor Browser instead, even for everyday browsing.

Because relatively few people change their VPN server location during 1 session, trackers can be pretty sure that two users with exactly same browser fingerprint and TCP/IP fingerprint but different IP address, one.

Chinese database is tracking cellphone usage, car location and even electricity usage of Xinjiang residents

Chinese database is tracking cellphone usage, car location and even electricity usage of Xinjiang residents

Chinese authorities in Xinjiang are building a comprehensive database that tracks the precise locations of its citizens, their mobile app usage, their religious habits and even their electricity and gasoline consumption as part of a technology-driven crackdown that has interred an estimated 1 million Muslim citizens, according to an analysis of Chinese government software by a U.S. rights group.

The genius move behind Facebook groups: Mining users for more valuable data

The genius move behind Facebook groups: Mining users for more valuable data

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, , “Now we’re focused on building the digital equivalent of the living room, where you can interact in all the ways you’d want privately — from messaging and stories to secure payments and more.” He added, “We’ve redesigned Facebook to make communities as central as friends.

YVR under fire after blocking ads with information on travellers’ privacy rights

YVR under fire after blocking ads with information on travellers’ privacy rights

The ads were commissioned by the digital rights non-profit Open Media and were meant to be posted at the YVR terminal of the Canada Line.“They were large, bright ads with very simple text that said, ‘Your phone is not safe at the border,’ with a link to our website,” said Open Media executive director Laura Tribe.

Purism’s Librem 5 Progress in Videos

Purism’s Librem 5 Progress in Videos

Using the Librem 5 chat application to send and receive sms text messages (and hello world). Librem 5 devkit to devkit calling.

Australian Child-Tracking Smartwatch Vulnerable to Hackers

Australian Child-Tracking Smartwatch Vulnerable to Hackers

(Photo: Troy Hunt) An Australian company that markets a smartwatch that lets parents monitor their children shut down its service on Monday after researchers revealed hackers could track a child's location, spoof the location, add themselves as a "parent" and view personally identifiable information associated with the account.

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

It’s payback time? Russia slaps Facebook with… $47 fine

In April, Twitter was also penalized $47 for similar violations as the two social media platforms continue to resist the 2015 law that forbids the storing of personal data of Russian citizens on servers abroad.

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Facebook still tracks you after you deactivate account

Deactivating isn't as extreme, the company says, and the social network continues collecting your data in case you change your mind and want to return to your profile.

EXCLUSIVE: Documents Detailing Google’s ‘News Blacklist’ Show Manual Manipulation Of Special Search Results

EXCLUSIVE: Documents Detailing Google’s ‘News Blacklist’ Show Manual Manipulation Of Special Search Results

“The deceptive_news domain blacklist is going to be used by many search features to filter problematic sites that violate the good neighbor and misrepresentation policies,” the policy document says.

Millions of Facebook records were exposed on public Amazon server

Millions of Facebook records were exposed on public Amazon server

James Martin/CNET A treasure trove of data containing more than 540 million records was exposed online in a public database, security researchers from UpGuard said Wednesday. The exposed database for At the Pool contained data including photos, events and passwords, though UpGuard believes the passwords stored were for the app, not for Facebook accounts.

Google Street View Puts Homes at Risk, Say Police

Google Street View Puts Homes at Risk, Say Police

The police have advised homeowners across the UK to contact Google to ask for images of their properties to be blurred in order to prevent criminals from targeting them. Police leaders believe that Google’s Street View tool puts homes at risk of being scouted by burglars.

Private info of 2.3M disaster victims wrongly released by U.S. emergency management

Private info of 2.3M disaster victims wrongly released by U.S. emergency management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday.

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.

Google intends to appeal €50 million European GDPR fine

Google intends to appeal €50 million European GDPR fine

The watchdog came to the conclusion that Google was breaking GDPR rules in transparency and lacked a legal basis for processing user data in relation to advertising.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

With the Google Assistant built in, your security system is now even more helpful.” More cybersecurity news Kid’s creepy smartwatch recalled as hackers can locate and talk to kids While we are on the topic of potentially creepy IoT devices, it would be remiss not to mention the European Commission’s recall of the Enox Safe-Kid-One smartwatch, which poses a “serious” risk to kids since attackers could locate or even communicate with kids wearing the high-tech watch.

Japan sets sights on tighter anti-trust regulations for Big Tech

Japan sets sights on tighter anti-trust regulations for Big Tech

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo The new regulator will examine competitive practices, the protection of personal data, and make anti-trust recommendations, according to a presentation made at a government advisory panel on Wednesday.

Apple and Google accused of helping 'enforce gender apartheid' by hosting Saudi government app that tracks women and stops them leaving the country

Apple and Google accused of helping 'enforce gender apartheid' by hosting Saudi government app that tracks women and stops them leaving the country

Read more: Q&A: The hurdles and obstacles Saudi women runaways face Yasmine Mohammed, an ex-Muslim and outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia, told INSIDER that the companies are "facilitating the most archaic misogyny" and help the Saudi government to enforce "gender apartheid." According to the Google Play store, Absher has been downloaded on Android devices more than 1 million times.

A kids’ smartwatch was recalled by the EU over privacy concerns

A kids’ smartwatch was recalled by the EU over privacy concerns

It was discovered that the watch, which is equipped with a GPS, microphone, and speaker to make calls and send SMS texts, could be easily hacked by third parties. Today’s news likely won’t be the last time the European commission sends out another warning about security flaws, or orders for a recall.

Britain's data watchdog to investigate Google over privacy concerns

Britain's data watchdog to investigate Google over privacy concerns

Britain's data watchdog is investigating complaints that Google is breaking privacy laws, raising the prospect of multi-million pound fines for the company. The Californian tech giant was this month slapped with a €50m (£44m) fine from French regulators for breaching what is being lauded as the law for the digital age.

Google fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog

Google fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog

The fine came about following complaints in May from two European pressure groups, None Of Your Business (Noyb) and La Quadrature du Net. Both groups accused Google, as well as a number of other large internet companies including Facebook, of not having a valid legal basis to process the personal data of users of its services, “particularly for ads personalisation purposes”.

Apple AirPods: Earphones Live Listen feature allows you to eavesdrop

Apple AirPods: Earphones Live Listen feature allows you to eavesdrop

A newly discovered feature with Apple Airpods allows users to users to listen into conversation from the next room. so you leave your phone anywhere with live listen on, and you can hear everything on your AirPods !

France next up behind Britain, Netherlands to pummel Uber with €400k fine over 2016 breach

France next up behind Britain, Netherlands to pummel Uber with €400k fine over 2016 breach

The attackers stole login credentials for Uber's AWS S3 data stores from the firm's GitHub code repo in order to make off with info on customers' and drivers' email addresses, names, city and phone numbers. The French data watchdog CNIL said that the attack wouldn't have succeeded if the firm had put "basic security measures" in place.

How to Unblock YouTube

How to Unblock YouTube

If the exit node is in a country that’s not blocked from watching that video, you can unblock YouTube. While a VPN is the easiest and fastest way to access blocked YouTube videos, you can use any of the methods given above.

How to Keep Your Smart TV from Spying On You

How to Keep Your Smart TV from Spying On You

If you still want to use the internet on your TV, you’ll need to turn off the smart settings on your telly. Find the smart settings for your device and turn them off so it doesn’t listen to your conversations.

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