Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

One of the humans that Google hired to review voice recordings recently leaked over a thousand Assistant recordings to a Belgian news organization, which published a story and video about the recordings this week.

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Millions of viewers tune in six days a week for an unrelenting barrage of relationship drama recorded from every possible angle, using as many as 73 cameras and countless hidden microphones to capture it all.

Nokia's CTO Slams Huawei After 'Potential Backdoors' Found In 55% Of Its Devices

Nokia's CTO Slams Huawei After 'Potential Backdoors' Found In 55% Of Its Devices

The comments from Nokia's CTO came in light of research from Finite State, which published a scathing report claiming that "Huawei devices quantitatively pose a high risk to their users.

Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week

Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week

After patching a critical actively-exploited vulnerability in Firefox 67.0.3 earlier this week, Mozilla is now warning millions of its users about a second zero-day vulnerability that attackers have been found exploiting in the wild.

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Under the bipartisan Protecting Data at the Border Act, border officers would be required to get a warrant before searching a traveler’s electronic device. Further, the bill would prevent border agencies from holding any lawful U.S. persons for over four hours in pursuit of consensual access to online accounts or the information on electronic equipment.

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

At a House Oversight Committee hearing this week with an FBI witness, we learned new details that further confirm our fears that the FBI’s face recognition apparatus continues to balloon, threatening our fundamental liberties.

Why the Internet of Things is becoming scary

Why the Internet of Things is becoming scary

The connection – or lack of one, in this case – is that Google owns Nest, the service comprising various internet-linked devices that let people remotely control thermostats, air conditioning, baby monitors and door locks.

Maker of US border's license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

Maker of US border's license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

On Thursday this week, however, an individual using the pseudonym "Boris Bullet-Dodger" contacted The Register , alerting us to the hack, and provided a list of files exfiltrated from Perceptics' corporate network as proof.

>20,000 Linksys routers leak historic record of every device ever connected

>20,000 Linksys routers leak historic record of every device ever connected

Hackers abuse ASUS cloud service to install backdoor on users’ PCs Besides handing out device information, vulnerable routers also leak whether their default administrative passwords have been changed.

Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it's hard to delete

Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it's hard to delete

Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google, is sworn in during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.Google tracks a lot of what you buy, even if you purchased it elsewhere, like in a store or from Amazon.

The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

“We want to do more to stay ahead of constantly evolving user expectations.” He reiterated the point in a New York Times Op-Ed , and highlighted the need for federal privacy rules.

Five Eyes alliance reportedly looping in Germany, Japan against China

Five Eyes alliance reportedly looping in Germany, Japan against China

On Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland then confirmed that a second national could be facing trouble in China after the detainment of Canadian diplomat on leave Michael Kovrig in Beijing earlier this week, although she said that Chinese authorities "have not described the situation ...

The Dumb Truth About Google's Privacy Push

The Dumb Truth About Google's Privacy Push

“That’s all well and good, but if it’s something buried in the settings then only the most privacy-conscious people are ever going to use it,” Bennett Cyphers, an engineer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said of Google’s efforts to limit cookie tracking.

Google's Sundar Pichai says privacy can't be a 'luxury good'

Google's Sundar Pichai says privacy can't be a 'luxury good'

Getty Images In December, Google CEO Sundar Pichai conceded that his company could "do better" on helping users understand how to protect their privacy in a tech world hungry for user data.

Google Adds New Option to 'Auto-Delete' Your Location History and Activity Data

Google Adds New Option to 'Auto-Delete' Your Location History and Activity Data

Google has introduced a new, easier, privacy-focused auto-delete feature for your Google account that will allow you to automatically delete your Location History and Web and App Activity data after a set period of time.

NY AG opens investigation into Facebook for harvesting user email contacts

NY AG opens investigation into Facebook for harvesting user email contacts

New York’s attorney general is launching an investigation into Facebook after it was reported last week that the company had scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent.

New York investigating Facebook over storage of 'unauthorized' email contacts

New York investigating Facebook over storage of 'unauthorized' email contacts

(Reuters) - New York Attorney General Letitia James said on Thursday she is investigating Facebook Inc’s unauthorized storage of up to 1.5 million Facebook users’ email contact databases, the latest privacy issue to affect the U.S. social media giant.

Washington state’s data privacy bill, supported by Microsoft, dies as key players fail to reach compromise

Washington state’s data privacy bill, supported by Microsoft, dies as key players fail to reach compromise

Efforts to enact new data privacy regulations in Washington state failed this week as legislators and tech titans Amazon and Microsoft failed to reach a compromise before the deadline. State Sen. Reuven Carlyle sponsored the bill and vowed to revive the effort to enact new privacy regulations in 2020.

A “Brave” New World

A “Brave” New World

So if you install Brave and spend time on , you can express thanks in the form of a tiny tip, right there in your browser. A way for the Internet Archive to support a like-minded tech organization, and at the very least, try out something new.

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

An Illinois bill that sought to empower average people to file lawsuits against tech companies for recording them without their knowledge via microphone-enabled devices was defanged this week after lobbying from trade associations representing Silicon Valley giants.

The Irony of Glenn Greenwald Cuddling Up with Bill Barr, the Grandfather of Ed Snowden’s Phone Dragnet

The Irony of Glenn Greenwald Cuddling Up with Bill Barr, the Grandfather of Ed Snowden’s Phone Dragnet

Glenn’s denialism is all the more remarkable, though, given that this same guy who wrote two books on abuse of presidential power is choosing to trust a memo from Bill Barr that was obviously playing legalistic games over what the public record says.

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Working together with security researchers, a Motherboard investigation found that more than 20 Android apps in the Google Play Store were actually spyware that may have been developed for the Italian government.

Microsoft researchers spot NSA style backdoor in Huawei laptops

Microsoft researchers spot NSA style backdoor in Huawei laptops

The Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service featured in Windows 10 version 1809 alerted researchers to an NSA-inspired backdoor vulnerability in Huawei laptops. The PCManager software included in some Huawei’s Matebook systems allows unprivileged users to create processes with superuser privileges, according to a March 25 Microsoft security post.

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?

Whatever Internet companies and organizations do to comply with twenty-seven or more national laws – from dropping links to European news sites entirely, to upping their already over-sensitive filtering systems, or seeking to strike deals with key media conglomerates – will be challenged by one rightsholder faction or another.

Tell your representatives today to save net neutrality by supporting the Save the Internet Act of 2019

Tell your representatives today to save net neutrality by supporting the Save the Internet Act of 2019

The current front runner in saving net neutrality is none other than HR 1644, also known as the “Save the Internet Act of 2019.” The full text of HR 1644 can be found here. Starting March 26th, the Save the Internet Act will go through committee markup.

Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation

Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation

The changes, announced by email to all the FamilyTreeDNA members, are an attempt to further regulate FamilyTree database searching for law enforcement—and to make sure that the customers have the option to not assist it. (Roughly 10 percent of FamilyTreeDNA’s total customer base is from Europe, and was automatically removed from law enforcement searches last week.

Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week: source

Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week: source

REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo The European Commission in 2016 opened a third case against the world’s most popular internet search engine by accusing Google of preventing third parties using its AdSense product from displaying search advertisements from Google’s competitors.

Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us”

Age of Surveillance Capitalism: “We Thought We Were Searching Google, But Google Was Searching Us”

I wanted to get your comment on this latest news headline: “A New York regulator is ramping up a promised investigation of how Facebook gathered sensitive personal information from popular smartphone applications, after a report by The Wall Street Journal revealed many such apps were sending the social-media giant data including users’ body weight and menstrual cycles.” SHOSHANA ZUBOFF: All right, well, so we’re living in a time right now where every week there are a series of mini-scandals.

Privacy Legislation Is Coming in the U.S., Facebook Spies, Tesla Cuts

Privacy Legislation Is Coming in the U.S., Facebook Spies, Tesla Cuts

“This is a long-overdue step by the commission, which has failed to stay abreast of developments in the digital economy on both the consumer protection and competition fronts,” said Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who is a leading light on regulating Big Tech, in a statement.

Podcasts

Podcasts

In 1765, a Moravian missionary who lived for many years among the Delaware and Mohican tribes recorded a native account of the first meeting: “A long time ago, some Indians who had been out fishing, where the sea widens, spied at a great distance something remarkably large swimming or floating on the water.

More