You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

If you schedule a Covid-19 vaccine appointment with major pharmacy chains such as Walgreens or CVS, your data may be used to bulk up those companies’ own significant marketing apparatuses, giving them a source of income even beyond what they’re paid for administering the vaccines and whatever you might decide to buy while you’re in the store to get one.

Euro privacy watchdog calls for end of targeted advertising plus a squeeze on the processing of personal info

Euro privacy watchdog calls for end of targeted advertising plus a squeeze on the processing of personal info

On Wednesday, Wojciech Wiewiorówski, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), opined that Europe's Digital Services Act proposal should go further in its effort to promote online transparency and safety by eliminating targeted advertising.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 5, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 5, 2021

A group of researchers from universities in Germany and the United States have done a privacy study on Alexa Skills.Read more: https://therecord.media/first-fully-weaponized-spectre-exploit-discovered-online/.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

He was a special adviser to the Federal Trade Commission in 2011 and 2012 and then joined the National Economic Council to work on competition policy during the Obama administration, which was known for its kid-glove treatment of tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon.

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Zimperium ran automated analysis on more than 1.3 million Android and iOS apps to detect common cloud misconfigurations that exposed data.

Apple’s new Find My feature could let you know if you’re the one being tracked

Apple’s new Find My feature could let you know if you’re the one being tracked

If you turn off the setting off, the system will warn you that unknown devices can see your location without you being notified, Apple blogger Benjamin Mayo shared on Twitter.

Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers

Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers

App developers rely on third-party servers to simplify data storage, but new research indicates that these servers are often left with little to no security over sensitive data.The issue lies in developers who do not secure their server, so any and all app categories are affected.

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program

The plan is to test the “Excelsior Pass,” which will use secure technology to confirm if a person has gotten vaccinated or has had a recent negative COVID-19 exam result, during events at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, Cuomo said in a statement.

Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history

Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history

Transcript for Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history.Wall Street Journal reports all the new broadcasting deals could be done by next week as your tech makes a great day.

China’s Sharp Eyes CCTV surveillance program redefines the Neighborhood Watch

China’s Sharp Eyes CCTV surveillance program redefines the Neighborhood Watch

A Chinese government program known as the Sharp Eyes Project is the latest example of China’s technological surveillance infrastructure.Safe Cities focused on logistical considerations related to public security while SkyNet was dedicated to ensuring that the growing CCTV presence in China was connected to facial recognition algorithms.

DuckDuckGo – The Privacy Browser of The Future

DuckDuckGo – The Privacy Browser of The Future

This is where the DuckDuckGo privacy browser become a useful tool for internet searching.And, just like in Google, the DuckDuckGo privacy browser provide quick answers for some questions in its infobox usually placed first on a search results page.

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web

But as our industry has strived to deliver relevant ads to consumers across the web, it has created a proliferation of individual user data across thousands of companies, typically gathered through third-party cookies.

WhatsApp Help Center - We’re updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

WhatsApp Help Center - We’re updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

We are making changes to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy that relate to messaging between businesses and their customers on WhatsApp. We are also providing more information about how we collect, share, and use data.

Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies

Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies

Google is slowly phasing out third-party tracking cookies, and today, it’s making it clear that it won’t just replace them with something equally invasive despite the impact the change will have on Google’s lucrative advertising business.

Google to Stop Selling Targeted Ads Based on Browsing History

Google to Stop Selling Targeted Ads Based on Browsing History

Shares of the Mountain View, Calif., unit of Alphabet at last check dropped 1% to $2,043.In a blog post, David Temkin, Google's director of product management for ads privacy and trust, said, "Today, we’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

“The only way to counter Big Tech with its bad habit of collecting personal data is to develop a robust, independent, and privacy-preserving search engine that delivers the quality users have come to expect.

Signal Server is effectively closed source software right now

Signal Server is effectively closed source software right now

I have been somewhat of a “Signal apologist” thus far (I almost always defend them & I think a lot of criticism they get it very unfair) but yeah I’m over Signal now.

Google says it won't use new ways of tracking you as it phases out browser cookies for ads

Google says it won't use new ways of tracking you as it phases out browser cookies for ads

Google on Wednesday clarified its plans for targeted advertising, promising not to use other ways to "track" users around the internet after it ends support for cookies in Chrome by early 2022.The company said in a blog post it will only use "privacy-preserving technologies" that rely on methods like anonymization or aggregation of data.

Congressional hearing investigates role of cryptocurrencies in domestic terrorism financing

Congressional hearing investigates role of cryptocurrencies in domestic terrorism financing

A recent Congressional hearing held by the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy sought to examine the use of cryptocurrencies in financing domestic terrorism such as the Capitol Insurrection as well as the way privacy rights make investigations harder.

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk

Police forces across the U.S. made more than 20,000 requests last year for footage captured by Ring's "video doorbells" and other home-security cameras, underscoring how the rapid growth of inexpensive home surveillance technologyhas given American law enforcement an unprecedented ability to monitor neighborhood life.

Trump’s is one of 15,000 Gab accounts that just got hacked

Trump’s is one of 15,000 Gab accounts that just got hacked

The statement confirmed claims the WikiLeaks-style group made on Monday that it obtained 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more from Gab and was making them available to select researchers and journalists.

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft form content authenticity coalition

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft form content authenticity coalition

Member organisations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats, they said in a statement, to enable publishers, creators, and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio, and documents.

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

A US appeals court has ruled that Customs and Border Protection agents can conduct in-depth searches of phones and laptops, overturning an earlier legal victory for civil liberties groups.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Robin Wilton from Internet Society

Privacy Talks | Interview with Robin Wilton from Internet Society

[] – Without getting too technical, why is quantum computing a threat to encryption and how worried should we be?What are some other resources that you’d suggest for those looking to learn more about quantum computing?

How Apple's locked down security gives extra protection to the best hackers

How Apple's locked down security gives extra protection to the best hackers

But the 1% of top hackers are going to find a way in and, once they’re inside, the impenetrable fortress of the iPhone protects them.”Bill Marczak, Citizen Lab. Despite these difficulties, Stortz says, modern computers are converging on the lockdown philosophy—and he thinks the trade-off is worth it.

Private dollars are seeding surveillance tech across the US

Private dollars are seeding surveillance tech across the US

Companies including Axon – which makes tasers, cameras and drones, and Verizon – which provides video surveillance technologies and 5G connectivity services – they’re in the Chula Vista Police Foundation’s Captain’s Circle of sponsors.

Tools of digital surveillance and repression

Tools of digital surveillance and repression

Justice For Myanmar has obtained Ministry of Home Affairs budget files from 2018-21 and Ministry of Transport and Communications budget files from 2019-21, which include budgeted items for the Myanmar Police Force, Bureau of Special of Investigation under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Department of IT and Cyber Security under the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain

There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain

Seconds later, a long list of possible leads appeared onscreen, including a lineup of individuals previously arrested in the neighborhood for violent crimes, the home addresses of parolees living nearby, a catalog of similar recent 911 calls, photographs and license plate numbers of vehicles that had been detected speeding away from the scene, and video feeds from any cameras that might have picked up evidence of the crime itself, including those mounted on passing buses and trains.

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

As of early December, developers must provide this privacy information before a new or updated app can be made available on the ‌App Store‌.Google updated Gmail with privacy labels just over a week ago, but the app itself was not updated until today.

Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy settlement over facial recognition feature

Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy settlement over facial recognition feature

Chicago attorney Jay Edelson sued Facebook in Cook County Circuit Court back in 2015, alleging that the platform’s use of facial recognition tagging was not allowed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The lawsuit claimed that Facebook’s Tag Suggestions tool, which scanned faces in users’ photos and offered suggestions about who the person might be, stored biometric data without users’ consent in violation of the Illinois law.

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