Is Privacy Policy Language Irrelevant to Consumers?

Is Privacy Policy Language Irrelevant to Consumers?

Though many experimental subjects read these privacy policy excerpts closely, subjects who saw the explicit policies did not differ from those who saw vague policies in their assessment of whether their assent to the policies would permit the corporate practices at issue.

First half 2019 sees 4,000 data breaches exposing 4B records

First half 2019 sees 4,000 data breaches exposing 4B records

The 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report by Risk Based Security found that there were 3,816 data breaches during the first six months of the year, up 54 percent, resulting in 4.1 billion records being compromised, up 52 percent.

Google and Mozilla move to stop Kazakhstan 'snooping'

Google and Mozilla move to stop Kazakhstan 'snooping'

It comes after reports internet services providers in the country have required people to install a government-issued certificate on all devices and in every browser.

T-Mobile ‘Put My Life in Danger’ Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data

T-Mobile ‘Put My Life in Danger’ Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data

He did this by pretending to be a U.S. Marshal with the "Georgia Fugitive Task Force" to T-Mobile, which then provided Edens with the location of Johnson's phone in a handy Google Maps interface—"pinging" the phone, in industry parlance.

How to Hide Your Feelings From AI Voice Assistants

How to Hide Your Feelings From AI Voice Assistants

In the paper Emotionless: Privacy-Preserving Speech Analysis for Voice Assistants, researchers propose adding a privacy-preserving intermediate layer between users and cloud services.

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned. (Microsoft did not explicitly say humans may review audio recordings from its products in its privacy policy until after Motherboard's earlier reporting on Skype and Cortana).

Google, Mozilla, Apple Block Kazakhstan's Root CA Certificate to Prevent Spying

Google, Mozilla, Apple Block Kazakhstan's Root CA Certificate to Prevent Spying

"When a user in Kazakhstan installs the root certificate provided by their ISP, they are choosing to trust a CA that doesn't have to follow any rules and can issue a certificate for any website to anyone," Mozilla explained in a blog post published today.

Popular Porn Site Breach Exposed 1.2 Million 'Anonymous' User Profiles

Popular Porn Site Breach Exposed 1.2 Million 'Anonymous' User Profiles

Researchers from vpnMentor have discovered a data breach at the popular Luscious porn site that exposed the personal profiles of 1.2 million supposedly anonymous users.

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

After a long delay, Facebook is releasing a tool that will allow people to see what kind of information it has collected about their online activity beyond its borders — from the news they read to the shopping websites they visit to the porn they watch — along with an option to dissociate that data from their accounts.

DuckDuckGo’s Illusion of Privacy

DuckDuckGo’s Illusion of Privacy

While DuckDuckGo wants you to be able to search without being tracked, it’s irresponsible for the company to call itself a private search engine.

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database.

The New York Police Department has taken DNA samples from people convicted of crimes, as well as from people who are only arrested or sometimes simply questioned.

Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version

Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version

Stefan Esser, an iPhone security expert, tweeted an additional warning: “I hope people are aware that with a public jailbreak being available for the latest iOS 12.4 people must be very careful what apps they download from the Apple AppStore.

The future of privacy is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed

The future of privacy is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed

The South China Morning Post has another example of this: a story about a Chinese AI startup working on “gait recognition”: Watrix says its software can identify a person from 50 metres away – even if they have covered their face or have their back to a camera – making it more than a match for Sherlock Holmes.

‘Nothing Kept Me Up At Night the Way the Gorgon Stare Did.’

‘Nothing Kept Me Up At Night the Way the Gorgon Stare Did.’

Now, Holland Michel has written Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All , a book of startling revelations about drone surveillance in the United States.

Facebook expands data abuse bug bounty programme to Instagram

Facebook expands data abuse bug bounty programme to Instagram

Instagram users can now report app developers they believe are misusing their data as part of an expansion to the social network’s security tools. Instagram said the security researchers would test the feature and receive bounty awards for any eligible reports which identify an issue.

Google's acquisitions are in the spotlight 15 years after it went public

Google's acquisitions are in the spotlight 15 years after it went public

"Unwinding these mergers will promote healthy competition in the market — which will put pressure on big tech companies to be more responsive to user concerns, including about privacy.".

Twitter Helped Chinese Government Promote Disinformation on Repression of Muslims

Twitter Helped Chinese Government Promote Disinformation on Repression of Muslims

A review of Twitter advertisements from between June and August this year showed that the social media giant promoted more than 50 English-language tweets from the Global Times, a Chinese state media organization.

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Another Federal Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches at U.S. Border

Unlike probable cause, which is the standard required for obtaining a search warrant, reasonable suspicion is a more lenient rule that lets law enforcement officials conduct searches without getting a warrant first.

Facebook-Instagram Deal Warrants New Scrutiny, Colorado AG Says

Facebook-Instagram Deal Warrants New Scrutiny, Colorado AG Says

(Bloomberg) -- Antitrust officials are right to look back at Facebook Inc.’s acquisition of Instagram to determine whether the deal harmed competition, Colorado’s attorney general said, adding to calls for renewed scrutiny of the takeover of the photo-sharing site.

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access user location data.

Microchipping your employees will always be dehumanizing — and pointless

Microchipping your employees will always be dehumanizing — and pointless

But it’s absurd to think that the “human-embedded option,” which is basically a code (private key) embedded in an RFID chip, the same one you use to access your gym, is the wave of the future.

Bernie Sanders calls for a ban on police use of facial recognition

Bernie Sanders calls for a ban on police use of facial recognition

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called for a complete ban on the police use of facial recognition as part of his campaign’s broader plan for criminal justice reform.

Gossamer  -  How To Ad-Block Your Apartment

Gossamer - How To Ad-Block Your Apartment

Scrub off the labels and unpeel the stickers on your dish soap containers and shampoo bottles. I bought a jar of coconut oil with a label that had started to come loose in one corner.

TSA: Forced Strip-Search No More Offensive Than Voluntarily Using a Locker Room

TSA: Forced Strip-Search No More Offensive Than Voluntarily Using a Locker Room

What we do know from the TSA’s 24-page reply to the lawsuit (.pdf), a motion to dismiss filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, is that they don’t think they should be held responsible.

We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix's 'The Great Hack' about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix's 'The Great Hack' about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

It's been well over a year since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users to target advertising for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Do You Need a Privacy App?

Do You Need a Privacy App?

At the moment the Jumbo app only works on iPhones and the Facebook, Google, Alexa and Twitter platforms. The app has to be open to work and the user does have to manually request data cleanup.

Anxious parents spy on US summer camps by phone

Anxious parents spy on US summer camps by phone

Summer camp surveillance is booming. While boys and girls at camps across the US are making new friends and trying unfamiliar activities in bucolic settings, the camps themselves are providing daily updates to tens of thousands of parents on their offspring.

Choice Hotels Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 700,000 Customer Records

Choice Hotels Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 700,000 Customer Records

After MongoDB database was left open, containing 700,000 customer records, Choice Hotels, a hospitality giant, fell victim to hackers this week due to MongoDB's data breach. According to Choice Hotels, other fields that contained passwords, reservation details and payment information only contained test data, according to a news report.

Why You Should Never Borrow Someone Else's Charging Cable

Why You Should Never Borrow Someone Else's Charging Cable

For the moment, Henderson says, a bigger threat than malicious charging cables is USB charging stations you see in public places like airports. Many travelers know that, in a pinch, the hotel front desk will often have a drawer of charging cables that were left behind by guests.

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