Grindr is sharing users’ sexual orientation and location data, says study

Grindr is sharing users’ sexual orientation and location data, says study

The LGBTQ dating app Grindr has been caught sharing users’ sensitive data with thousands of ad partners, reports Bloomberg .Those complaints were filed with the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, and they allege Grindr’s sharing of personal data breaches the EU’s GDPR privacy rules.

FAA proposes nationwide real-time tracking system for all drones

FAA proposes nationwide real-time tracking system for all drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to launch a nationwide system to track drones in the sky in real-time, as well as connected pilot IDs. The proposed tracking network, unveiled in a draft document released by the FAA this week, would cover everything from small consumer drones to larger unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operated for commercial purposes, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks.

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

The issue of technology-company workers listening and transcribing audio recordings made via smart speakers and virtual assistant apps came to the fore in April, when the Bloomberg news agency reported Amazon, Google and Apple were all involved in the practice.

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.

Facebook has been collecting audio from some voice chats on Messenger and paying contractors to listen to and transcribe them

Facebook has been collecting audio from some voice chats on Messenger and paying contractors to listen to and transcribe them

Facebook has been collecting audio from users' voice chats and paying outside contractors to transcribe them, Bloomberg's Sarah Frier reported on Tuesday.Users affected are those that opted into having their voice chats transcribed, Facebook told Bloomberg.

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

A Bloomberg article last year gave some details of how the Los Angeles Police Department uses Palantir’s Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes: Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting firm, Justice & Security Strategies Inc., designed the Laser system.

The future will be recorded, on your smart speaker

The future will be recorded, on your smart speaker

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern.

Bloomberg Appears To Flub Another China Story, Insists Telnet Is A Nefarious Huawei Backdoor

Bloomberg Appears To Flub Another China Story, Insists Telnet Is A Nefarious Huawei Backdoor

Europe’s biggest phone company identified hidden backdoors in the software that could have given Huawei unauthorized access to the carrier’s fixed-line network in Italy, a system that provides internet service to millions of homes and businesses, according to Vodafone’s security briefing documents from 2009 and 2011 seen by Bloomberg, as well as people involved in the situation.".

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

Bloomberg makes clear that there haven’t been any reports of Amazon employees or contractors actually abusing this power and tracking down users at home.

Amazon staff listen to customers' Alexa recordings, report says

Amazon staff listen to customers' Alexa recordings, report says

Amazon employees around the world regularly listen to recordings from the company’s smart speakers as part of the development process for new services, Bloomberg News reports.

How to Stop Amazon From Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

How to Stop Amazon From Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

According to a Bloomberg report , Amazon employs thousands of workers to transcribe recordings of Alexa users for the purpose of improving the voice assistant's recognition algorithm. You can review a number of things here, including our voice history, skill permissions, and other data settings.

An Amazon employee might have listened to your Alexa recording

An Amazon employee might have listened to your Alexa recording

A spokesperson defended the company's practices, however, telling Bloomberg that the e-commerce giant only listens to "an extremely small sample" and that its employees do not have access to identifying information:. We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order [to] improve the customer experience.

Thousands of Amazon employees are listening to your Alexa conversations

Thousands of Amazon employees are listening to your Alexa conversations

An investigation by Bloomberg has revealed that Amazon has a global team that transcribes and annonates Alexa recordings from around to world to "eliminate gaps in Alexa's understanding of human speech" and allow the assistant to serve up better responses to your queries.

Privacy fears as Google and Amazon can use smart home data to learn your daily habits

Privacy fears as Google and Amazon can use smart home data to learn your daily habits

Concerns have grown around how much data these applications are collecting and how it's being used In the past, if users asked Alexa to turn on their smart bulb, Alexa would transmit code to the device to check if it was on or off, receive confirmation that it was off and then tell it to turn on, Bloomberg noted.

If Google and LG Like Smart TVs, So Should the Privacy Police

If Google and LG Like Smart TVs, So Should the Privacy Police

If Google and LG Like Smart TVs, So Should the Privacy Police (Bloomberg Opinion) -- The world’s tech police have the opportunity to succeed in televisions where they initially failed with the rest of the connected world, and ensure that users retain a firm grasp on their data.

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers

Speaking with Bloomberg last week , Sony’s sensor division boss Satoshi Yoshihara said Sony plans to ramp up production of chips to power front and rear 3D cameras in late summer, responding to demand from multiple smartphone manufacturers.

Google wins dismissal of facial recognition lawsuit over biometric privacy act

Google wins dismissal of facial recognition lawsuit over biometric privacy act

As first reported by Bloomberg, the judge found that the plaintiffs didn’t suffer “concrete injuries.” The Google lawsuit is one of three cases aimed at prominent tech companies that have allegedly violated the United States’ toughest biometric privacy law and it’s the first one to get dismissed.

Another government system breached; 75,000 people affected

Another government system breached; 75,000 people affected

Apple CEO Tim Cook told BuzzFeed that Bloomberg needs to do the “right thing and retract” the story about Chinese spies managing to implant a malicious backdoor chip in a Super Micro motherboard server used by Apple.

Lenovo Reaches $7.3 Million Settlement After Superfish Adware Debacle

Lenovo Reaches $7.3 Million Settlement After Superfish Adware Debacle

Lenovo Group Ltd. can now move ahead with an $7.3 million settlement to end a class action that its ad software exposed customer laptops to performance, privacy, and security problems, Bloomberg said.

NSA denies spy chip claims, FBI says it’s not allowed to

NSA denies spy chip claims, FBI says it’s not allowed to

Joyce also said that fallout from the story wasn’t limited to damage to the reputation of the companies concerned. The spy chip claims have been denied by Apple, Amazon, Supermicro, British NSA equivalent GCHQ, the Department of Homeland Security, one of Bloomberg’s sources and now the NSA.

Google drops out of Pentagon cloud computing competition

Google drops out of Pentagon cloud computing competition

A Google spokesman said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg that the company is "not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn’t be assured that it would align with our AI Principles."

Hacker says he'll livestream deletion of Zuckerberg's Facebook page

Hacker says he'll livestream deletion of Zuckerberg's Facebook page

According to Bloomberg, the self-proclaimed bug bounty hunter is a minor celebrity in Taiwan who's appeared on talk shows and was reportedly sued by a local bus operator after breaching their systems to nab a ticket for just NT$1 (3 cents).

Google, Mastercard have ‘secret partnership’ to track in-store transactions: report - National

Google, Mastercard have ‘secret partnership’ to track in-store transactions: report - National

Google and Mastercard have had a secret partnership for the past year in which the credit card company has shared U.S. transaction data with the tech giant, according to a report by Bloomberg.