Google is exploring a health record tool for patients

Google is exploring a health record tool for patients

Wachter, having advised technology companies on their health efforts since the early 2000s, said he has witnessed a number of tech giants including Google try and fail to create new versions of the electronic health record (EHR).

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

Google launched FLoC less than two weeks ago, and DuckDuckGo is already planning to block it in the DuckDuckGo search engine and Chrome browser extension.Chrome users will be opted out of FLoC when they use the DuckDuckGo search engine regardless of whether they have the browser extension installed.

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

But last October, after being on the job for about six weeks, her boss at the cleaning company sent out a companywide message — telling employees to download an app on their personal phones that would check their location and ensure they were working their scheduled hours.

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

The company has joined forces with dozens of Chinese trade groups and tech firms working with the state-backed China Advertising Association to develop the new technique, which would use technology called device fingerprinting, the people said.

Going Against Google Analytics With Plausible’s Co-Founder [Interview]

Going Against Google Analytics With Plausible’s Co-Founder [Interview]

Google has created many useful products that improved the lives of many people all around the world but in recent years Google has changed their priorities and now it’s all about optimizing value for their shareholders, squeezing even more money and further dominating the web.

Personal Data of more than 1.3 million Clubhouse users leaked online

Personal Data of more than 1.3 million Clubhouse users leaked online

The upstart platform seems to have experienced the same fate, with an SQL database containing 1.3 million Clubhouse user records leaked for free on a popular hacker forum.

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

DuckDuckGo reveals how you can block Google's new method of tracking Chrome users

DuckDuckGo reveals how you can block Google's new method of tracking Chrome users

Privacy-first search engine DuckDuckGo on Friday posted a blog that discussed Google's new data tracking system called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC).FLoC replaces the use of cookies to track users and feed them ads and other targeted content.

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

Q Link Wireless, a provider of low-cost mobile phone and data services to 2 million US-based customers, has been making sensitive account data available to anyone who knows a valid phone number on the carrier’s network, an analysis of the company’s account management app shows.

Am I FLoCed?

Am I FLoCed?

Google is running a Chrome "origin trial" to test out an experimental new tracking feature called Federated Learning of Cohorts (aka "FLoC").FLoC exists because Google acknowledges the privacy harms of third-party cookies, but insists on continuing to let advertisers target you based on how you browse the web.

What the Great Personal Data Leak of 2021 tells us about Facebook, the GDPR, and privacy

What the Great Personal Data Leak of 2021 tells us about Facebook, the GDPR, and privacy

The fact that personal details of dozens of EU officials are among the latest leak may help to concentrate minds at the DPC.

DuckDuckGo promises to block Google’s latest ad-tracking tech — if Google allows it

DuckDuckGo promises to block Google’s latest ad-tracking tech — if Google allows it

Google is just starting to test its replacement for third-party cookies, but DuckDuckGo is already announcing that it wants to block that tech with its Chrome extension.

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

The initial outlook for the number of users giving consent to track looks bleak, with a median opt-in rate of just 32 percent, according to an analysis of 300 apps across 2,000 devices from AppsFlyer, a mobile marketing and attribution company.

Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

Hackers posted an archive containing data they said includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, professional titles, email addresses, phone numbers and other personally identifiable information (PII) on a popular hacker forum, according to a report in CyberNews on Tuesday.

There's Another Facebook Phone Number Database Online

There's Another Facebook Phone Number Database Online

See More →An online tool lets customers pay to unmask the phone numbers of Facebook users that liked a specific Page, and the underlying dataset appears to be separate from the 500 million account database that made headlines this week, signifying another data breach or large scale scraping of Facebook users' data, Motherboard has found.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 9, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 9, 2021

Yet, a recent update to its privacy statement reveals that they may share your personal information with Facebook if you use their website.The exposed data was posted for free on a hacking forum and includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses.

Another 500 million accounts have leaked online, and LinkedIn’s in the hot seat

Another 500 million accounts have leaked online, and LinkedIn’s in the hot seat

“No private member account data from LinkedIn was included” “We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale and have determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies,” reads LinkedIn’s statement.

Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Over 7,000 police officers and public servants in the US have been using or testing Clearview AI's facial recognition software without authorization from their departments, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

US government is purchasing smart data to spy on its citizens

US government is purchasing smart data to spy on its citizens

This happens due to lax privacy laws in the country, as is stated: “approach a third-party firm that sells databases of information on citizens, pay them for it and then use the data however deemed fit.”.

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

A blog post titled “The Facts on News Reports About Facebook Data,” published Tuesday evening, is designed to silence the growing criticism the company is facing for failing to protect the phone numbers and other personal information of 533 million users after a database containing that information was shared for free in low level hacking forums over the weekend, as first reported by Business Insider.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Hanna from Tutanota

Privacy Talks | Interview with Hanna from Tutanota

[4:40] – Some people use Tutanota as an example of a more private version of Gmail.I see that Tutanota also has a calendar now.[6:05] – What is something you, or Tutanota, are looking forward to?.Learn more about Tutanota at

FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

It’s amusing to note that this movie about how yippies turned yuppies (Kevin Kline’s Harold, the host of the gathering, has gotten rich by opening a chain of “Running Dog” sneaker stores) was itself an element in a synergistic corporate-branding strategy.

Stop Spotify Surveillance

Stop Spotify Surveillance

The video will be used to promote this petition effort demanding that Spotify publicly abandon this patent and commit to not using invasive surveillance technology on listeners.

Modern traffic flows of third digital world

Modern traffic flows of third digital world

Since August 2020, the project has regularly posted videos of street protests.Probably, it was these videos or, to be more precise, the brutality of the Belarusian law enforcement officers recorded in them that caused the removal of the channel.

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

The project has released the source code for every component of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today.

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

How a 30-year-old technology – WiFi – will turn into our next big privacy problem

How a 30-year-old technology – WiFi – will turn into our next big privacy problem

Even if viable approaches could be developed, which is by no means clear, it’s easy to imagine that the default state for WiFi stations supporting the new 802.11bf will be for the privacy algorithms to be turned off.

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Last November the European group filed a complaint to the German and Spanish data protection authorities concerning Apple's IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) on iPhones, claiming it was equivalent to a tracking cookie being placed by a website without the user's consent, which is against the EU's e-Privacy law.

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent.

Mark Zuckerberg is using Signal, according to phone number leaked in Facebook hack

Mark Zuckerberg is using Signal, according to phone number leaked in Facebook hack

In response to Walker's discovery, Signal had a little fun, tweeting a link to a story about Zuckerberg's Signal account, writing, "With the May 15th WhatsApp Terms of Service acceptance deadline fast approaching, Mark leads by example.".

More