Congress May Consider a U.S. Version of GDPR

Congress May Consider a U.S. Version of GDPR

Even after all the committee hearings and the flurry of legislative proposals introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate, there hasn’t been a lot of movement on security and privacy out of Congress over the past few years.

Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill

Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democratic U.S. senator on Thursday unveiled draft legislation that would allow hefty fines and as much as 20-year prison terms for executives who violate privacy and cybersecurity standards.

How Indian Government’s Digital Authoritarianism Is Interfering With “Internet Freedom”

How Indian Government’s Digital Authoritarianism Is Interfering With “Internet Freedom”

Throughout the year, India has been on the world’s radar for many Internet and privacy-related incidents; top-most being the numerous mob lynchings which have been reported to initiate from fake Whatsapp messages.

WhatsApp India formed, to begin operations soon

WhatsApp India formed, to begin operations soon

In his last meeting with Daniels, Prasad requested him to devise ways to trace the origins of fake messages, set up a local corporate entity and appoint a grievance officer to address complaints to curb the spread of deadly rumours.

Feds took woman’s iPhone at border, she sued, now they agree to delete data

Feds took woman’s iPhone at border, she sued, now they agree to delete data

According to the agency's most recent figures (Fiscal Year 2017), out of 397 million international travelers, only 30,200 digital border searches were conducted—or approximately 0.007 percent.

Trudeau defends Statistics Canada move to collect banking info of 500,000 Canadians

Trudeau defends Statistics Canada move to collect banking info of 500,000 Canadians

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen grilled Trudeau during question period Monday following a report by Global News that revealed Statistics Canada is asking the country’s nine largest banks for the transaction data of 500,000 randomly chosen Canadians, including everything from bill payments to cash withdrawals from ATMs to credit card payments and even account balances.

To regulate AI we need new laws, not just a code of ethics | Paul Chadwick

To regulate AI we need new laws, not just a code of ethics | Paul Chadwick

“We need a new culture of technology and business development for the age of AI which we call ‘rule of law, democracy and human rights by design’,” Nemitz writes.

Facebook exodus: 44 percent of American users ages 18-29 have deleted app

Facebook exodus: 44 percent of American users ages 18-29 have deleted app

Pew surveyed more than 3,400 U.S. Facebook users in May and June, and found that a whopping 44 percent of those ages 18 to 29 say they've deleted the app from their phone in the last year.

Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system

Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system

But in the ongoing mail bomb case, use of mail covers is probably justified and in line with regulations, says Steven Morrison, an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota, who was the author of a 2015 report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers calling for greater oversight of the program.

With 5G, you won't just be watching video. It'll be watching you, too

With 5G, you won't just be watching video. It'll be watching you, too

They would hinge on interactive video layers that use emotional analysis based on your phone's front-facing camera to adjust what you're watching in real time. For context, that matches the value of the entire mobile media market – video, music and games – last year.

Mozilla will match all donations to the Tor Project

Mozilla will match all donations to the Tor Project

This process later continued in Firefox 55 when Mozilla added a Tor Browser feature known as First-Party Isolation (FPI), which worked by separating cookies on a per-domain basis, preventing ad trackers from using cookies to track users across the Internet.

Fidelity driving into Crypto Lane — Top 5 Implications — Cautiously Bullish

Fidelity driving into Crypto Lane — Top 5 Implications — Cautiously Bullish

The company will be officially called as Fidelity Digital Assets that will provide an enterprise-grade custody solution, a cryptocurrency trading platform and consulting services 24 hours a day all through the week.

Apple launches tool that allows users to control data collected

Apple launches tool that allows users to control data collected

Apple Inc on Wednesday rolled out an online tool to users in the United States and several other countries to download, change or delete all the data that the iPhone maker has collected on them.

Blockchain Hype — Time to get Real – Sankalp Shangari – Medium

Blockchain Hype — Time to get Real – Sankalp Shangari – Medium

Adoption of Blockchain in various industries especially in startups is like the first carbon atom of a diamond. Blockchains over the time can become a core component that will effectively function as the backbone of different industries.

GM’s data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz

GM’s data mining is just the beginning of the in-car advertising blitz

It wasn’t until The Detroit Free Press reported on General Motors’ radio-tracking program — which monitored the listening habits of 90,000 drivers in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas for three months in late 2017 — that it became clear that the future of targeted advertising in cars is… well, it’s practically already here.

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year

Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it’s hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20M — a year-on-year increase of 50%.

Riding the elevator with Big Brother: How digital displays in your condo are targeting you with ads

Riding the elevator with Big Brother: How digital displays in your condo are targeting you with ads

The screens, installed by Visio Media, scan the faces of residents as they watch ads, and share the information with advertisers, providing statistics on gender and age.

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

In fact, according to new research led by Erlich, published today in Science, more than 60 percent of Americans with European ancestry can be identified through their DNA using open genetic genealogy databases, regardless of whether they’ve ever sent in a spit kit.

Employers embrace health apps

Employers embrace health apps

The Kaiser Family Foundation's annual review of employer-based insurance shows that 21% of large employers collect health information from employees' mobile apps or wearable devices, as part of their wellness programs — up from 14% last year.

What Facebook's Address Book Mining Tells Us About Our Privacy

What Facebook's Address Book Mining Tells Us About Our Privacy

Last week Gizmodo reported on its own experiments confirming the findings of a new academic study regarding Facebook’s “shadow profiles” including the company’s practice of associating contact information with user accounts that was not willingly provided by those users, but rather obtained from the address books of other users.

New YouTube tools will collect data for advertisers

New YouTube tools will collect data for advertisers

With hundreds of billions of dollars up for grabs, the Alphabet-owned video site is slated to announce Monday that it’s rolling out new tools to help advertisers better reach customers. This year, it’s on track to increase revenue to $3.96 billion, according to the firm.

WhatsApp co-founder: "I sold my users' privacy" to Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder: "I sold my users' privacy" to Facebook

Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of the popular messaging app WhatsApp, said he "sold my users' privacy" when Facebook acquired the company. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the founder of WhatsApp, the global messaging service Facebook acquired in 2014, Jan Koum, said he was leaving the company.

Facebook’s problems in Europe are piling up

Facebook’s problems in Europe are piling up

“For a short time, I had a Facebook account,“ Jourová said at a news conference Thursday. Jourová says European authorities could sanction Facebook next year if it doesn’t like what it hears from the company soon.

Password bypass flaw in Western Digital My Cloud drives puts data at risk

Password bypass flaw in Western Digital My Cloud drives puts data at risk

A security researcher has published details of a vulnerability in a popular cloud storage drive after the company failed to issue security patches for over a year.

Western Digital goes quiet on unpatched MyCloud flaw

Western Digital goes quiet on unpatched MyCloud flaw

Western Digital has failed to patch a serious security vulnerability in its MyCloud NAS drives that it was told about more than a year ago, researchers have alleged.

China may be copying Facebook to build an intelligence weapon

China may be copying Facebook to build an intelligence weapon

Some of the more notable reported data breaches in 2015 include the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM), Anthem Inc., Premera Blue Cross, United Airlines, Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood Hotels and some lesser known names.

Brave browser dumps Google search in France, Germany

Brave browser dumps Google search in France, Germany

And Brave, in conjunction with the Open Rights Group and University College London researcher Michael Veale, filed complaints in Europe saying Google violates the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by broadcasting personal information to companies bidding to show targeted ads.

12 months on from Equifax breach: No change?

12 months on from Equifax breach: No change?

A year ago … 145.5 million U.S. adults had their social security numbers stolen in an easily preventable breach. Equifax is one of many problems that will keep happening if people continue to use SSN for identity.

Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook

Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook

Just over half of Facebook users ages 18 and older (54%) say they have adjusted their privacy settings in the past 12 months, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

1 In 4 Facebook Users Delete Facebook App As Millennial Exodus Continues

And in the latest sign that the furor ignited earlier this year by the Cambridge Analytica scandal has yet to die down (and indeed may have permanently damaged Facebook's brand), the Pew Research Center made the bombshell claim that one in four Facebook users have now deleted the company's mobile app from their phones.

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