US Defense Intelligence Agency admits to buying citizens’ location data

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits to buying citizens’ location data

In a memo sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and obtained by The New York Times, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) admitted that it buys location data from brokers — and that the data isn’t separated by whether a person lives in the US or outside of it.

Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

In October, BuzzFeed reported on the existence of a legal memo from the Department of Homeland Security opining that it was lawful for law enforcement agencies to buy and use smartphone location data without a warrant.

Flo Case Shows Inadequate Data Privacy Protection in the USA

Flo Case Shows Inadequate Data Privacy Protection in the USA

TechCrunch posted about this case: The FTC has reached a settlement with Flo, a period and fertility tracking app with 100 million+ users, over allegations it shared users’ health data with third-party app analytics and marketing services like Facebook despite promising to keep users’ sensitive health data private.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 22, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 22, 2021

A new infographic by 9 to 5 Mac that highlights the difference between the privacy labels of popular messaging apps is making its rounds around the internet.

EU Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

EU Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

European Parliament services are coming under pressure from a group of lawmakers working with privacy activist Max Schrems over allegations that the institution’s coronavirus test management website is illegally siphoning data to US-based firms.

Facial Recognition, Social Media Scouring Used to Vet National Guard

Facial Recognition, Social Media Scouring Used to Vet National Guard

With 25,000 National Guard members set to protect D.C. for Joe Biden 's inauguration, each member has been subject to a heavy vetting, which includes high-tech facial recognition.FBI vetting -- which is normal for high-security events -- begins by checking social media accounts, looking for connections to extremist groups.

Google Blocking Web Privacy Proposals at W3C

Google Blocking Web Privacy Proposals at W3C

In August 2019, at approximately the same time that Google was rolling out its much-hyped “Privacy Sandbox” privacy framework, it was also working to block efforts of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards body to bolster the web privacy features of new technical specifications.

Pseudonymization vs. Encryption: Fight!

Pseudonymization vs. Encryption: Fight!

IDC 2020 predictions show that enterprises will prepare for the digitized economy by accelerating investments in key technologies and new operating models to become hyper speed, hyperscaled, and hyperconnected organizations.

Google will no longer allow its account-based sync services on third party Chromium browsers

Google will no longer allow its account-based sync services on third party Chromium browsers

Google will block access to its account-based syncing services for third party web browsers built on Chromium starting on March 15th, 2021.In it, Google Chrome Engineering Director Jochen Eisinger stated that the decision to limit API access was made following a recent audit of third party web browsers powered by Chromium.

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

QQ Messenger, a popular Chinese instant messaging app by Tencent, was caught scraping web browser history with their desktop client.

The Irrevocable SSL certificates of CloudFlare

The Irrevocable SSL certificates of CloudFlare

The difference is that uses Let’s Encrypt, which would allow me to revoke their SSL certificate for this website.Basically, it is a case of pay CloudFlare $10 per month or they get 100% control over your SSL certificate and will deny your requests to revoke.

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

In a report by Metro, unions warn that employers are taking advantage of Covid-19 restrictions to monitor remote workers covertly.According to TUC research, one in seven employees has seen surveillance increase since they started working from home.

A preliminary look at privacy labels in iOS VPN apps

A preliminary look at privacy labels in iOS VPN apps

Apple has split the privacy labels into two types depending on whether the information collected is used to track you, or is not linked to you and used for things like app functionality.VPN Apps Privacy Labels: Data used to track you and Data linked to you.

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

Is the GDPR finally going to get some teeth?

The Irish DPC finds itself in this position because of the way that the GDPR works: when there are privacy problems, the cases are brought by the data protection authority of the EU nation in which the company concerned is based.

Microsoft Could Bring You Back From The Dead... As A Chat Bot

Microsoft Could Bring You Back From The Dead... As A Chat Bot

“The specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chat bot,” the patent adds, raising the possibility of people training up a digital version of themselves before they die.

Brave browser takes step towards enabling a decentralized web

Brave browser takes step towards enabling a decentralized web

Brave has just taken a step towards supporting a decentralized web, by becoming the first browser to offer native integration with a peer-to-peer networking protocol that aims to fundamentally change how the internet works.

What You Should Know Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting

What You Should Know Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting

Zoom meetings present a unique set of challenges for source protection, but these challenges can be minimized by following best practices and taking care not to publish raw meeting materials unless there is high confidence that the recordings were not watermarked and have been thoroughly reviewed to make sure no other potentially identifying features are present in the audio or video.

Reddit Finally Shares How Many Daily Users It Has

Reddit Finally Shares How Many Daily Users It Has

This is a stat called "daily active users" that other social media companies, including Facebook and Twitter, share in company updates.Previously, Reddit only shared its monthly active users (430 million, as of last year).

Privacy Litigation Series: Lane v. Facebook

Privacy Litigation Series: Lane v. Facebook

Although nothing could substitute Sean Lane’s wife’s genuine surprise for getting a diamond ring as a present, Facebook lost this case and the privacy justice was served leading to the discontinuation of Beacon.

ShazLocate! Abusing CVE-2019-8791 & CVE-2019-8792

ShazLocate! Abusing CVE-2019-8791 & CVE-2019-8792

I found a vulnerability in the popular Shazam application that allowed an attacker to steal the precise location of a user simply by clicking a link!

Government defeated over child spy law

Government defeated over child spy law

Peers have forced through an amendment to the spycops bill to curtail the use of child spies by the police and security services.

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

After tech behemoths like Twitter moved to ban Trump and thousands of other far-right accounts, millions moved to apps like Signal and Telegram for their encrypted messaging services."Signal is [pretty] much a classic 'messenger' product, end-to-end encrypted by default," Isaac explained.

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

Finally, WhatsApp updated its privacy policy earlier this week, and required users to accept that it shares some information with Facebook before continuing to use the app.

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo grew by 62% in 2020

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo grew by 62% in 2020

The search engine also told BleepingComputer that high-profile privacy news, such as the recent concerns regarding data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook, lead to increased traffic for the search engine.

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

'Child spies' bill could face Lords defeat as Tory peers rebel

Tory peers, bishops and crossbenchers could inflict defeat on the government after an outcry over new guidance which allows state agencies to use children as undercover spies as part of the government’s covert intelligence bill.

Windows 10 privacy software Privatezilla update brings analysis mode

Windows 10 privacy software Privatezilla update brings analysis mode

A new version of the Windows 10 privacy tool Privatezilla has been released this week; the new version comes with an improved analysis feature that reveals configured and not configured settings when it is used.

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

Police scrambling to recover more than 150,000 records wiped from UK database

The policing minister, Kit Malthouse, said Home Office and law enforcement officials were working at pace to recover the data.“While the loss relates to individuals who were arrested and then released with no further action, I have asked officials and the police to confirm their initial assessment that there is no threat to public safety,” he said.

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Machine learning algorithms on these social media platforms are doing two tasks: displaying advertisements based on the user’s behavior and saving the user’s time by automatically doing what the user expects to do.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 15, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 15, 2021

WhatsApp is forcing users to share personal data with Facebook, and Elon Musk is urging people to switch to Signal, a smaller encrypted messaging app.WhatsApp has made the long awaited move of changing its privacy policy to share personal data from WhatsApp users to its parent company Facebook.

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