Unsecured Chinese companies leak users’ sensitive personal and business data

Unsecured Chinese companies leak users’ sensitive personal and business data

The Xiaoxintong database contains more than 340,000 records of:Mobile numbers, addresses and GPS locationsMobile numbers and names of users’ relatives and other “Guardians”Location tracks (including addresses and GPS coordinates)Hashed passwordsSOS records and SOS record locationsPersonal IDsMost of these (about 285,000) were for addresses, GPS coordinates and personal IDs. The second database (possibly from Shanghai Yanhua Smartech).

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

In a memorandum [PDF] first spotted by The Guardian, the British government is asking that five more public authorities be added to the list of bodies that can access data scooped up under the nation's mass-surveillance laws: the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Environment Agency, the Insolvency Service, the UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UKNACE), and the Pensions Regulator.

NHS coronavirus app: memo discussed giving ministers power to 'de-anonymise' users

NHS coronavirus app: memo discussed giving ministers power to 'de-anonymise' users

A draft government memo explaining how the NHS contact-tracing app could stem the spread of the coronavirus said ministers might be given the ability to order “de-anonymisation” to identify people from their smartphones, the Guardian can reveal.

UK government using confidential patient data in coronavirus response

UK government using confidential patient data in coronavirus response

Technology firms are processing large volumes of confidential UK patient information in a data-mining operation that is part of the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US

Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US

Saudi Arabia appears to be exploiting weaknesses in the global mobile telecoms network to track its citizens as they travel around the US, according to a whistleblower who has shown the Guardian millions of alleged secret tracking requests.

The Guardian view on Trump tracking phones: it could happen here

The Guardian view on Trump tracking phones: it could happen here

While apps’ privacy policies might say that location information is used for advertising, the use of such data for invasive political purposes is rarely disclosed.In the US, data collection from apps is legal as long as it is disclosed.

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

A man walks past Google offices in Beijing in 2014.Photo: Greg Baker/AFP (AP)Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even when those workers were located in China.

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data

The NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of its biggest companies.Jeremy Corbyn’s NHS press conference revealed that the US wanted its companies to get unrestricted access to the UK’s medical records, thought to be worth £10bn a year.

US, UK and Australia urge Facebook to create backdoor access to encrypted messages

US, UK and Australia urge Facebook to create backdoor access to encrypted messages

The United States, United Kingdom and Australia plan to pressure Facebook to create a backdoor into its encrypted messaging apps that would allow governments to access the content of private communications, according to an open letter from top government officials to Mark Zuckerberg obtained by the Guardian.

Data leak exposes unchangeable biometric data of over 1 million people

Data leak exposes unchangeable biometric data of over 1 million people

A major leak of data discovered this week in the UK includes fingerprints of over 1 million individuals, face recognition information, unencrypted names and passwords, and other personal info from Suprema, a security company used by UK police, banks, and military contractors, according to a report in the Guardian.

Are Google, Amazon, Apple Smart Speakers Carrying On Secret Surveillance?

Are Google, Amazon, Apple Smart Speakers Carrying On Secret Surveillance?

As reported by the Guardian on July 26: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave

Last month The Guardian revealed Apple was employing contractors to listen to and “grade” Siri recordings and they “regularly” heard confidential information from iPhone and iPad users, including medical information, drug deals and recordings of couples having sex.

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Three weeks ago, writing for The Guardian, Alex Hern reported: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

“In their evidence, Facebook representatives truthfully answered questions about when the company first learned of Aleksandr Kogan/GSR’s improper transfer of data to Cambridge Analytica, which was in December 2015 through The Guardian’s reporting.

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

The suspension was prompted by a report in the Guardian last week that revealed the company’s contractors “regularly” hear confidential and private information while carrying out the grading process, including in-progress drug deals, medical details and people having sex.

Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

Apple says it will review the process that it uses, called grading, to determine whether Siri is hearing queries correctly, or being invoked by mistake. The Guardian story from Alex Hern quoted extensively from a contractor at a firm hired by Apple to perform part of a Siri quality control process it calls grading.

Apple Contractors Hear "Sexual Acts" On Accidental Siri Recordings

Apple Contractors Hear "Sexual Acts" On Accidental Siri Recordings

Speaking to the Guardian, the anonymous Apple contractor explained that their role is to “grade” the quality of Siri responses and check whether the voice assistant’s activation was accidental or not.

Siri records fights, doctor’s appointments, and sex (and contractors hear it)

Siri records fights, doctor’s appointments, and sex (and contractors hear it)

One of the contract workers told The Guardian that Siri did sometimes record audio after mistaken activations. Apple, along with Google and Amazon, all have similar policies for the contract workers it hires to review those audio snippets.

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings

Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Google and Amazon aren't the only companies taking heat for listening to your private conversations

Google and Amazon aren't the only companies taking heat for listening to your private conversations

ToyTalk, the company that powers the software in the doll, said in a statement to the Guardian the conversations recorded by the program were for improving the language-processing feature.

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal.

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian , the New York Times , and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

New Bill Would Finally Stop NSA’s Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data

New Bill Would Finally Stop NSA’s Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data

At the same time, however, U.S. officials have conceded that the post-9/11 domestic phone-records dragnet has not stopped a single terrorist attack – despite misleadingly suggesting otherwise after The Guardian exposed the surveillance in June 2013, thanks to Snowden.

The Guardian view on Facebook: the arrogance of power

The Guardian view on Facebook: the arrogance of power

As the information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has warned, we are now being sold political ideas online with the same techniques that are used to sell shoes and holidays. In her testimony to the committee, the information commissioner put her finger on one of the most important advantages that Facebook has over traditional advertising media.

Apple, Google urged to remove app that lets Saudi men track wives

Apple, Google urged to remove app that lets Saudi men track wives

The app also lets men in Saudi Arabia specify when and where to adult women under their "guardianship", including wives and unmarried daughters, are allowed to travel.

UK political groups spied on by undercover police – the list

UK political groups spied on by undercover police – the list

Undercover police officers have spied on more than 1,000 political groups since 1968. The information has been compiled following investigations by the Guardian and the Undercover Research Group , a network of activists that scrutinises the covert infiltration of political movements.

Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted

Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted

When in 2011, for example, the Guardian printed shocking revelations of tabloid phone-hacking and, particularly, the news that reporters had hacked the mobile phone of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, many observers concluded that this indicated a crisis for the British newspaper industry. Social media platforms will only change their behaviour when compelled to do so by legislation.

Saudi Arabia: An app to track women

Saudi Arabia: An app to track women

A surveillance system has been set up by the Saudi government to control women and prevent them from fleeing the country, known as the ‘Absher’ application, it allows guardians of women (brothers, husbands, and fathers) to track down their movements.

One Man’s Obsessive Fight to Reclaim His Cambridge Analytica Data

One Man’s Obsessive Fight to Reclaim His Cambridge Analytica Data

Former SCL contractor Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica last March, telling *The Guardian* and *The New York Times* that the company misappropriated the data of tens of millions of Facebook users and used it for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election in the US.

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

As Guardian Optical CEO Gil Dotan said, “What automakers want is what either sells cars, or what regulators tell them to do.” Occupants, inside a car, are seen on a monitor using technology by Silicon Valley company Eyeris, which uses cameras and AI to track drivers and passengers for safety benefits, shown during an interview in San Jose, California, U.S., December 28, 2018.

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