Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

An Amazon Web Services employee emailed a series of internal Amazon listservs and told them that their communications were being monitored for labor organizing efforts and processed in a data farming project by the company's Global Security Operations, according to an internal email obtained by Motherboard.

Trudeau Liberals quietly draft plan to regulate information on internet in Canada

Trudeau Liberals quietly draft plan to regulate information on internet in Canada

OTTAWA, September 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has drafted documents related to regulating the internet in Canada, a move critics say could have alarming implications for the country’s online free and independent press.

The Garmin hack could have been a disastrous, large scale privacy breach

The Garmin hack could have been a disastrous, large scale privacy breach

Hopefully, the increased amounts of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cyber hacking is finally enough to force the government to pass legislation that actually holds companies accountable for letting hackers breach the privacy of their users.

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

A new report, called Out of Control: How Consumers Are Exploited by the Online Advertising Industry, published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming.

Firefox attacks: Homeland Security urges all users to update browsers immediately in rare warning

Firefox attacks: Homeland Security urges all users to update browsers immediately in rare warning

The issue is this: Firefox versions for desktop older than the just-patched version contain a critical vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of a user’s entire operating system—whether they use Windows or Mac. More alarming, the vulnerability is already being exploited in the wild, thus Homeland Security stepping in with the urgent plea for users to upgrade.

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

This relatively innocuous language pushes back the sunset provision of the Patriot Act by three months, leaving its vast powers in the hands of a president who Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden charges with "failure to uphold basic democratic principles," who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused of "alarming connections and conduct with Russia" and, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, says is making an attempt to "shred the Constitution.".

EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

These contracts, combined with revelations surrounding the military’s massive biometric database initiatives, paint an alarming picture: A large and quickly growing network of surveillance systems operated by the U.S. military and present anywhere the U.S. has deployed troops, vacuuming up biometric data on millions of unsuspecting individuals.

Rivals aim to document Facebook, Google strong-arming

Rivals aim to document Facebook, Google strong-arming

The big picture: The news comes a day ahead of a critical Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington that will examine the market dominance of companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple.

Charming Charlie IP goes on the auction block

Charming Charlie IP goes on the auction block

In Charming Charlie's case, that includes information from its nearly 7 million loyalty members, 6.8 million opt-in email addresses and 3 million physical addresses from marketing mailers, as well as 254,000 Instagram followers, 33,000 twitter followers and 1.3 million Facebook likes, according to a Hilco webpage about the auction.In its last year, Charming Charlie generated nearly $250 million in sales, according to Hilco.

Popular period-tracking apps were found sharing extremely sensitive data to Facebook, including when users last had sex

Popular period-tracking apps were found sharing extremely sensitive data to Facebook, including when users last had sex

An investigation from privacy advocacy group Privacy International found that period-tracking apps downloaded by millions of users shared alarmingly sensitive data with Facebook and other third-parties, including users' drinking habits, medical symptoms, and when they last had sex.

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

Florida's statewide student data project alarms privacy groups

The letter describes the database as “part of an alarming trend in Florida over the past year,” alongside other new record-collection requirements outlined in the Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. Across the country, too, more and more schools and governments are looking toward surveillance technology to ease their security concerns.

Opinion | Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight

Opinion | Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight

It’s alarmingly easy to imagine carmakers’ charging fees to independent repair shops that need access to vehicle data to service a vehicle purchased for tens of thousands of dollars. But without access to car data, they’re working blindfolded, unable to see the diagnostic information they need.

This major online retailer has private data for sale

This major online retailer has private data for sale

The fact that third-party companies are failing to remove user data from devices they're selling is even more alarming -- and can lead to major privacy and financial consequences for everyone involved.

Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission

Delete These Sketchy Android Apps That Are Tracking You Without Permission

This particular instance is more alarming than previous—not only are some of the most-downloaded apps on the Google Play Store implicated in the report, they also happen to be developed by Chinese companies that may be sharing collected data with the Chinese government.

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting

In a network of suspicious Facebook accounts linked to the University of Farmington, the college’s alleged president, Ali “AJ” Milani, liked the Michigan Jaguars sports club and had a 51-person friend list that was mostly people from south Asia, despite Milani ostensibly living in Detroit.

Now you can have your own channel inside Facebook to keep your messages and posts private

Now you can have your own channel inside Facebook to keep your messages and posts private

Mark Nadal, a self-described “political activist fighting against surveillance capitalism,” today unveiled Private Party, a disarmingly simple protocol that evades the data capture used by tech giants.

Facebook Must Explain What it's Doing With Your Phone Number

Facebook Must Explain What it's Doing With Your Phone Number

Alarmingly, recent reports say that some of the phone numbers provided by users for the express purpose of two-factor authentication (2FA) as a way of securing their accounts are now made searchable across the platform by default.

Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware

Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware

At least 11 out of the 70 apps tested by The Wall Street Journal were sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including six of the top 15 health and fitness apps.

This Runner Is a Hitman. His GPS Watch Tied Him to a Mob Boss Murder

This Runner Is a Hitman. His GPS Watch Tied Him to a Mob Boss Murder

While detectives were investigating Fellows, they came across a photo of the suspect wearing his Garmin Forerunner during 2015’s Great Manchester 10K ( he ran 47:17 , pictured above) two months before the murder of Massey that July.

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

Facebook has shared users' private messages, contact information and other personal data with companies such as Microsoft and Spotify, according to a New York Times report that was alarming even in light of previous disclosures about the social network's practices. Read the terms of service: Facebook says it didn't violate user agreements in sharing the data.

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

“With this action, the FCC [is] stifling free speech by giving telephone carriers the freedom to block any text message they wish, potentially harming competition and our democracy values.” There’s just no way to survive modern life without texting, but you don’t need to use regular texting to do that.

NH judge orders Amazon to give Echo recordings in murder case

NH judge orders Amazon to give Echo recordings in murder case

A judge has ordered Amazon to turn over recordings that might have been captured by an Echo smart speaker in the Farmington house where two women were stabbed to death in January 2017.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

Tim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy laws

Tim Cook warns of ‘data-industrial complex’ in call for comprehensive US privacy laws

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for new digital privacy laws in the United States, warning that the collection of huge amounts of personal data by companies is harming society.

Lawyers for 'GTA: Online' Get Court Order to Search Homes of Alleged Cheat Makers

Lawyers for 'GTA: Online' Get Court Order to Search Homes of Alleged Cheat Makers

Infamous is one of several “mod menus” or third-party cheat programs that players access by loading specific files onto a PC or a modified last-gen console, letting users do pretty much anything they can imagine in GTA 5’s online and offline modes, ranging from creating clone armies to making money rain from the sky.

Most Americans aren't aware that Facebook owns WhatsApp

Most Americans aren't aware that Facebook owns WhatsApp

The lack of awareness over Facebook and Google's reach is even more alarming as more and more Americans are looking to take control of their privacy online, but don't have the information to make conscientious choices.

Sydney airport seizure of phone and laptop 'alarming', say privacy groups

Sydney airport seizure of phone and laptop 'alarming', say privacy groups

A British-Australian citizen travelling through Sydney airport has had his devices seized, and believes his laptop password cracked and his digital files inspected by Border Force officers, in what privacy groups say is a worrying development.