Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of August 7th, 2020
The Garmin hack could have been a disastrous, large scale privacy breach
The recent ransomware attack on GPS company Garmin highlights that the only thing standing between a ransomware attack and a large-scale privacy breach is really just the hacker’s whims. Garmin has GPS location data for millions of users, including sensitive data that could reveal the location of hidden military bases, for instance. A researcher from Citizen Lab emphasized that Garmin holds a lot of sensitive location information, and that the Garmin hack could have turned out much worse than a few days of service outage.
Read more: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/the-garmin-hack-could-have-been-a-disastrous-large-scale-privacy-breach/
Key questions raised about algorithmic transparency by new GDPR case brought against Uber by its driversUber drivers in Europe brought a case against Uber that could serve as a landmark privacy-from-algorithms court case for GDPR legislation. By tracking and evaluating employee productivity on a very granular level like Uber does with its drivers, companies are actually generating personal data that is subject to the GDPR. Article 22 of the GDPR specifically protects people from their data being used in automated, algorithm based decision making. The case could open up the “black box” behind many of the AI assisted decisions that affect us in our day to day.
Read more: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/key-questions-raised-about-algorithmic-transparency-by-new-gdpr-case-brought-against-uber-by-its-drivers/
Some T-mobile customers shadowbanned from texting after sending the word “belly” via SMS
T-Mobile had a censorship fiasco over the weekend where people lost the ability to text after sending the word ‘belly.’ Seriously, if you texted the b word at the wrong time, you would be shadowbanned from texting for 10 days. Luckily, it seems that T-Mobile fixed the issue after a few hours. This was a stark reminder that SMS text messages are not encrypted and absolutely are monitored and censored by your phone provider.
Read more: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/some-t-mobile-customers-shadowbanned-from-texting-after-sending-the-word-belly-via-sms/
More Privacy News This Week:
Why a Data Breach at a Genealogy Site Has Privacy Experts Worried
A pair of hacks at genealogy site GEDMatch has laid bare serious privacy issues with online databases of DNA information. In July, GEDMatch suffered a hack that caused all stored DNA profiles to be shared with law enforcement, even if users had explicitly opted out. A second hack highlighted the fact that people had been uploading fake DNA profiles as a way to identify people with certain genetic traits, such as a predisposition to Alzheimer’s. Data breaches where hackers get access to your DNA are more disastrous than having your email or password stolen because one can be changed and the other you’re stuck with for life.