DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

Google launched FLoC less than two weeks ago, and DuckDuckGo is already planning to block it in the DuckDuckGo search engine and Chrome browser extension.Chrome users will be opted out of FLoC when they use the DuckDuckGo search engine regardless of whether they have the browser extension installed.

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

But last October, after being on the job for about six weeks, her boss at the cleaning company sent out a companywide message — telling employees to download an app on their personal phones that would check their location and ensure they were working their scheduled hours.

Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

Hackers posted an archive containing data they said includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, professional titles, email addresses, phone numbers and other personally identifiable information (PII) on a popular hacker forum, according to a report in CyberNews on Tuesday.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 9, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 9, 2021

Yet, a recent update to its privacy statement reveals that they may share your personal information with Facebook if you use their website.The exposed data was posted for free on a hacking forum and includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses.

ACLU shares user data with Facebook and friends

ACLU shares user data with Facebook and friends

Yet, a recent update to its privacy statement reveals that they may share your personal information with Facebook if you use their website:.However, it is especially alarming when you see those tactics in use by organizations that supposedly fight for privacy.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

A spokesperson for the Federal Trade Commission, who didn’t say if the consumer protection agency is examining how retail pharmacies are using data from Covid vaccinations, said companies could be investigated if they mislead customers about how their information is being used.

Google is limiting which apps can see everything else you have installed

Google is limiting which apps can see everything else you have installed

In case you’re worried that developers could still misuse the permission, Google’s documentation clearly states it will come down hard on offending apps, whether they’re new to the Play Store or just updates to existing apps.

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

President Joe Biden's administration is working to establish a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, an administration official said last Sunday .The official said the White House is working with government agencies, tech companies and non-profit organizations to plan and coordinate the effort, which is likely weeks away from being finalized.

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Under the bill, any law enforcement agency using facial recognition technology must stop, and they can only get approval to use it if they seek special permission from the legislature beginning July 1.Democratic Delegate Lashrecse Aird was one of the bill's lead sponsors.

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Mobile device-tracking by Apple and Google take center stage in a report revealing that, despite both allowing users to opt out of sharing telemetry data – they do anyway.

Edward Snowden: Bitcoin privacy sucks

Edward Snowden: Bitcoin privacy sucks

Edward Snowden, the famous whistleblower who leaked highly confidential information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, criticized Bitcoin (BTC) for its inability to protect users financial privacy.And people thought that the creation of Bitcoin would solve the privacy concern in the financial space.

Best Practices for preventing IoT Security Camera Hacks

Best Practices for preventing IoT Security Camera Hacks

Botnets can include PCs with viruses or IoT (internet of things) devices like smart thermostats or security cameras that have malware or have such easy access to their administration accounts, that they can be collectively controlled by remote code execution.

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

"They targeted activists, journalists and dissidents among Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities from Xinjiang in China primarily living abroad in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the United States and other countries," Facebook said in a post Wednesday detailing its findings about the cyber espionage campaign.

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Facebook to intervene in a $15 billion class-action lawsuit charging the company with illegally tracking the online activities of its users even when they are not on the platform.

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

According to an investigation by Vice, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in several states is supplementing its income by selling the personal information of drivers in their state to third parties.This information includes their names, addresses, dates of birth and which cars they own.

DMVs Can (And Do) Collect and Sell Your Personal Data

DMVs Can (And Do) Collect and Sell Your Personal Data

An investigation by Vice found that, in several states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) supplements its income by selling drivers' personal information—including their names, dates of birth, addresses, and the cars they own—to third parties.

2 out of 3 People Never Read Mobile App Privacy Settings

2 out of 3 People Never Read Mobile App Privacy Settings

The survey found that a large majority of people report NEVER checking privacy settings on mobile apps.Age played a major factor, with 72.6% of people under 35 saying they never read mobile app privacy settings.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Alex Kehaya from Orchid VPN

Privacy Talks | Interview with Alex Kehaya from Orchid VPN

[7:04] – One question that I have, is why wouldn’t an average user just set up their own VPN if trust is such an issue?[13:20] – You mentioned those curated lists, that also allows people to choose from servers that provide them certain functionality, like Netflix in the US for instance.

Intel Core, AMD Ryzen, Apple M1, Samsung Exynos, how these chips betray your navigation

Intel Core, AMD Ryzen, Apple M1, Samsung Exynos, how these chips betray your navigation

They tested five cache analysis methods on four processor architectures (Intel Core, AMD Ryzen, Apple M1, Samsung Exynos).The result: all these platforms are vulnerable to varying degrees.

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date

Tinder and other Match Group-owned apps are going to let their users run background checks on possible dates.Match won’t share its users’ data with Garbo, but users can run a background check so long as they get their date’s last name or phone number, which they likely would want to share anyway if they plan on moving forward with dating.

Google Is Collecting Data in Incognito Mode, Alleges Class Action Lawsuit

Google Is Collecting Data in Incognito Mode, Alleges Class Action Lawsuit

Alphabet Inc. had requested the case be thrown out, saying the privacy policy users consent to explicitly notifies its data collection practices.“Google also makes clear that ‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,’ and that the user’s activity during that session may be visible to websites they visit, and any third-party analytics or ads services the visited websites use,” company spokesperson José Castañeda told The Verge in response to the court ruling.

Algorithmic bias: how automated decision making has become an assault on privacy – and what to do about it

Algorithmic bias: how automated decision making has become an assault on privacy – and what to do about it

Even worse is a growing tendency for such automated decision-making systems to draw on highly personal data as a matter of routine.First, it is vital for people to know what classes of personal data are being used for decision making.

Wombo.AI: What the ‘deepfake singing’ app is really doing with your photos

Wombo.AI: What the ‘deepfake singing’ app is really doing with your photos

All a person needs to do to turn someone into a singer is download the app, choose their image or take a new one, pick a song from a limited list, and then let the app do the work.

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today urged the Supreme Court to rule that consumers can take big tech companies like Facebook and Google to court, including in class action lawsuits, to hold them accountable for privacy and other user data-related violations, regardless of whether they can show they suffered identical harms.

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

Police Surveillance Can't Be Reformed. It Must Be Abolished

The CCOPS scheme aligns in this way with other policing reforms, like community “advisory” boards and “community policing” that police use to work with people and organizations who they know will compromise in their favor.

Hackers Publish Thousands of CCTV videos after they Breached US Verkada

Hackers Publish Thousands of CCTV videos after they Breached US Verkada

One person involved in the hack told Reuters that a small group of hackers had seen live and archived surveillance footage from hundreds of companies, including Tesla, by accessing the system administrator's accounts at the camera maker Verkada .

How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

How to Tell Which Emails Quietly Track You

For Mail on iOS, open the main Settings app then choose Mail and turn off the Load Remote Images option.If images aren't loaded up, then any embedded tracking pixels won't be accessed and won't report that they've been opened.

New Apple iOS 14.5 Beta Feature Notifies Users if They're Being Tracked

New Apple iOS 14.5 Beta Feature Notifies Users if They're Being Tracked

A new iOS 14.5 feature could soon help users find out if someone is tracking them without their knowledge.As 9to5Mac reports, a new safety feature called "Item Safety Alerts" was spotted in a beta release of iOS 14.5.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

If you schedule a Covid-19 vaccine appointment with major pharmacy chains such as Walgreens or CVS, your data may be used to bulk up those companies’ own significant marketing apparatuses, giving them a source of income even beyond what they’re paid for administering the vaccines and whatever you might decide to buy while you’re in the store to get one.

Google to Stop Selling Targeted Ads Based on Browsing History

Google to Stop Selling Targeted Ads Based on Browsing History

Shares of the Mountain View, Calif., unit of Alphabet at last check dropped 1% to $2,043.In a blog post, David Temkin, Google's director of product management for ads privacy and trust, said, "Today, we’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.

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