Google faces class action for allegedly tracking private browsing activity

Google faces class action for allegedly tracking private browsing activity

The class action is seeking $5,000 in damages per user, or three times actual damages, whichever is greater for the alleged invasion of privacy and is expected to consist of "millions of individuals".The Arizona attorney-general similarly filed a complaint against Google last week, alleging that the company deceptively tracked users based on various sources of location data.

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

— Google violated federal wiretap laws when it continued to collect information about what users were doing on the internet without their permission even though they were browsing in so-called private browsing mode, according to a potential class-action lawsuit filed against the internet giant on Tuesday.

Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Sunday saw “a fifth straight of rioting and looting, resulting in another wave of arrests.” Apple, among other high-end retailers, has seen its fair share of attacks and has now taken action to protect staff and prevent further damage.

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd, according to a two-page memorandum obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Private Internet Access is the fastest VPN according to Top10VPN Speed Test Tool

Private Internet Access is the fastest VPN according to Top10VPN Speed Test Tool

That’s why the team at Top10VPN has created an automated tool that runs speed tests both with and without a VPN and stores the historical data to be displayed in a handy chart for users to view.

Attorney General Becerra Submits Proposed Regulations for Approval Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

Attorney General Becerra Submits Proposed Regulations for Approval Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

The California Consumer Privacy Act went into effect on January 1, 2020 and will be enforced starting July 1, 2020.SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL).

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

American police have used technology to combat dissent—especially dissent by communities of color—since before there was a United States of America.Empowered by wiretaps, eavesdropping bugs, and then-cutting-edge recording devices, it became routine for police to monitor those who would dare to dissent.

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Using data collected by the app, Postma was able to follow the movements of users military and intelligence personnel, typically through check-ins at bars or breweries near their workplaces—and even at a secret CIA base.

K-Pop Fans Took Down a Police Snitching App

K-Pop Fans Took Down a Police Snitching App

In response, K-pop fan accounts began calling on their massive followings to flood the app with videos of their favorite K-pop groups to overwhelm police trying to identify protesters.

Private Internet Access now offers 24/7 live chat customer support

Private Internet Access now offers 24/7 live chat customer support

Private Internet Access is proud to announce the launch of 24/7 live chat coverage by our customer support team.Private Internet Access has been taking many steps to provide the best no log VPN service for the world and 24/7 live chat is just a part of that.

NSA's tracking program FAR more extensive than thought

NSA's tracking program FAR more extensive than thought

That tool, dubbed Mainway, secretly scoured billions of phone records a day for years, cultivating a database that was 'preconfigured to map anyone's life at the touch of a button', Gellman writes.

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Human Rights Watch strongly supports action by the United States government to fulfill its international treaty obligations to protect children from sexual exploitation and eradicate the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

PrivacyBreacher for Android reveals data that apps have access to without extra permission requests

PrivacyBreacher for Android reveals data that apps have access to without extra permission requests

PrivacyBreacher demonstrates that applications may access information about a user's device without requesting any extra permissions.In the end, it is still important to know what applications may look up on a device without any extra permission requests.

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter have filed supporting evidence in a lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the requirement that nearly all visa applicants submit their social media handles for scrutiny.

Image Scrubber

Image Scrubber

It will remove identifying metadata (Exif data) from photographs, and also allow you to selectively blur parts of the image to cover faces and other identifiable information.You can select between painting over the image or blurring it out.

List of well-known web sites that port scan their visitors

List of well-known web sites that port scan their visitors

Many well-known and heavily used web sites are using a fraud protection script that port scans your local computer for remote access programs.Of the sites we tested, we saw Citibank, TD Bank, Ameriprise, Chick-fil-A, Lendup, BeachBody, Equifax IQ connect, TIAA-CREF, Sky, GumTree, and WePay port scanning our computers.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 29th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: May 29th, 2020

OpenSAFELY is a secure analytics platform that allows health information for COVID-19 analysis that allows the health information of millions of patients be shared without violating their privacy.Google Chrome version 83 includes new privacy and security updates as well as features delayed from version 82.

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Google over allegations the company illegally tracked Android users’ location without their consent and even when the location tracking features had been manually disabled, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Customs and Border Protection Is Flying a Predator Drone Over Minneapolis

Customs and Border Protection Is Flying a Predator Drone Over Minneapolis

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is flying a Predator drone, military technology used for surveilling and killing terrorists abroad, over Minneapolis as protesters continue to demonstrate against police brutality, according to publicly available flight data.

Report finds massive drop in Canadians’ willingness to disclose personal information for free online services

Report finds massive drop in Canadians’ willingness to disclose personal information for free online services

The report will help inform policy discussions ahead of the Canadian Internet Governance Forum, which has been rescheduled to November 24th and 25th due to COVID-19.Overall, the report shows Canadians growing anxiety about cybersecurity-related issues, including a significant drop in their willingness to disclose personal information for better content and services online.

Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for “deceptive and unfair practices used to obtain users’ location data.” Specifically, Google has been collecting location history in its Search and Maps app to tie to your Google account even if you have explicitly told Google that you want to opt out of storing your Location History.

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

The FISA renewal vote came up as H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and was pulled from the House floor on Wednesday and Thursday.

House leadership is trying to ram through a reauthorization of FISA and PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities using an obscure Congressional mechanism

House leadership is trying to ram through a reauthorization of FISA and PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities using an obscure Congressional mechanism

Not only would this prevent the House of Representatives from voting on the popular Wyden-Daines amendment which would force the government to obtain a warrant before spying on people’s Internet activity, but it would also prevent the House from ratifying the Lee-Leahy amendment which has been passed by the Senate to protect journalists, political candidates, and religious groups from government surveillance.

Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras

Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras

Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to "systemic design flaws" discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.

How to safely and anonymously browse the Internet

How to safely and anonymously browse the Internet

Knowing how to safely and anonymously browse the web is essential for protecting your personal privacy.A virtual private network (VPN) can help keep your internet browsing private or anonymous, but it may depend on the quality of the VPN that you choose to use.

NHS will keep personal data of people with coronavirus for 20 years

NHS will keep personal data of people with coronavirus for 20 years

The NHS will keep personal data about people with coronavirus for 20 years as part of the test-and-trace programme, according to a privacy notice posted by Public Health England.

Computer science student discovers privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras

Computer science student discovers privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras

Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to systemic design flaws discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.

ACLU sues facial recognition firm Clearview AI, calling it a ‘nightmare scenario’ for privacy

ACLU sues facial recognition firm Clearview AI, calling it a ‘nightmare scenario’ for privacy

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI for violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), alleging the company illegally collected and stored data on Illinois citizens without their knowledge or consent and then sold access to its technology to law enforcement and private companies.

U.S. state of Arizona files consumer fraud lawsuit against Google

U.S. state of Arizona files consumer fraud lawsuit against Google

(Reuters) - Arizona filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday, alleging that the U.S. tech giant used “deceptive” and “unfair” practices to obtain the location data of users.

Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

As an example, in a user study, Gboard engineers measured the overall quality of word prediction models against raw typing data held on phones.Beyond model evaluation, Google uses federated analytics to support the Now Playing feature on its Pixel phones, which shows what song might be playing nearby.

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