Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

The initial outlook for the number of users giving consent to track looks bleak, with a median opt-in rate of just 32 percent, according to an analysis of 300 apps across 2,000 devices from AppsFlyer, a mobile marketing and attribution company.

Mark Zuckerberg is using Signal, according to phone number leaked in Facebook hack

Mark Zuckerberg is using Signal, according to phone number leaked in Facebook hack

In response to Walker's discovery, Signal had a little fun, tweeting a link to a story about Zuckerberg's Signal account, writing, "With the May 15th WhatsApp Terms of Service acceptance deadline fast approaching, Mark leads by example.".

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg Phone Number Leaked; Uses Signal App

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg Phone Number Leaked; Uses Signal App

A security researcher, allegedly with access to leaked data reveals, Mark Zuckerberg uses the Signal app.Users switched to Signal app over privacy concerns with the Whatsapp policy that is stated to come into effect from May 2021.The database of private information and stolen phone numbers of 533M Facebook users was posted to the Hackers forum and is publically accessible.

Leaked phone number of Mark Zuckerberg reveals he is on Signal

Leaked phone number of Mark Zuckerberg reveals he is on Signal

A security researcher revealed that Zuckerberg uses Signal by posting his leaked phone number which confirmed the Facebook CEO uses Signal app, "In another turn of events, Mark Zuckerberg also respects his own privacy, by using a chat app that has end-to-end encryption and isn't owned by @facebook.

Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

In a blog post on Tuesday, the privacy-focused search biz explains that the much discussed plan by Google to eliminate third-party cookies in Chrome by the end of 2022, and related restrictions already implemented in browsers like Brave, Firefox, and Safari, will have a limited effect on marketers' online tracking efforts.

Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

The next major flash point over coronavirus response has already provoked cries of tyranny and discrimination in Britain, protests in Denmark, digital disinformation in the United States and geopolitical skirmishing within the European Union.The subject of debate: vaccine passports — government-issued cards or smartphone badges stating that the bearer has been inoculated against the coronavirus.

This Android malware hides as a System Update app to spy on you

This Android malware hides as a System Update app to spy on you

The malware is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) and able to steal GPS data and SMS messages, contact lists, call logs, harvest images and video files, covertly record microphone-based audio, hijack a mobile device's camera to take photos, review browser bookmarks and histories, eavesdrop on phone calls, and steal operational information on a handset including storage statistics and lists of installed applications.

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Other browsers, including Safari and Firefox, already block third-party trackers, but given that Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, by far, with a market share in the 60-something percent range, the news was widely billed as a big step toward the end of letting companies target ads by tracking people around the internet.

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.

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Andrew Stirk, Facebook’s head of company marketing, discussed the new ad campaign in an interview with CNBC: The goal is to help people understand the role that personalized ads play for small businesses, for their ability to grow and thrive, and also the role they play in helping discover ideas that might not otherwise exist, that they might not otherwise find.

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi is a digital financial structure, where instead of a central regulator, is a smart contract on the blockchain.DeFi implements various financial instruments, among of them the most popular are: Lending, Payment Services, Stablecoins, Decentralized Exchanges (DEX), Insurance, Prediction Markets.

Google Finally Adds App Privacy Labels to Gmail App

Google Finally Adds App Privacy Labels to Gmail App

Google today quietly added App Privacy labels to its Gmail app, marking the first of its major apps to receive the privacy details aside from YouTube.

The Facebook news ban revealed how problematic it is to rely on corporations to provide fundamental public services

The Facebook news ban revealed how problematic it is to rely on corporations to provide fundamental public services

That surplus data is then fed into machine intelligence which turns the data into "prediction products" that "anticipate what you will do now, soon and later".According to Professor Zuboff, social media companies trade those "prediction products" in a new kind of marketplace for behavioural predictions which she calls "behavioural futures markets".

EU privacy agency urges more safeguards to curb U.S. tech giants

EU privacy agency urges more safeguards to curb U.S. tech giants

DMA fines can be as much as 10% of global turnover and 6% for DSA breaches.“The EDPS welcomes the (DMA) proposal, as it seeks to promote fair and open markets and the fair processing of personal data,” the EU watchdog, which ensures that EU institutions comply with the bloc’s privacy rules, said in an opinion.

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Led by Amazon Echo devices, the shipments of smart home speakers were expected to cross 7.5 lakh units in India by the end of 2020, which is an all-time high, according to market research firm techARC.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Zuckerberg said that Facebook sees Apple as one of its biggest competitors, claiming that the privacy changes will help Apple services like iMessage and FaceTime that compete with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Called App Tracking Transparency, the new opt-in requirement will mark a significant shift in how mobile app developers are able to collect data on iPhone owners and share that data with other firms to aid in advertising.

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google says it has made progress on its so-called Privacy Sandbox plans to remove third-party cookies from its Chrome browser amid concerns about the browser's market dominance and privacy protections.

Flo Case Shows Inadequate Data Privacy Protection in the USA

Flo Case Shows Inadequate Data Privacy Protection in the USA

TechCrunch posted about this case: The FTC has reached a settlement with Flo, a period and fertility tracking app with 100 million+ users, over allegations it shared users’ health data with third-party app analytics and marketing services like Facebook despite promising to keep users’ sensitive health data private.

What You Should Know Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting

What You Should Know Before Leaking a Zoom Meeting

Zoom meetings present a unique set of challenges for source protection, but these challenges can be minimized by following best practices and taking care not to publish raw meeting materials unless there is high confidence that the recordings were not watermarked and have been thoroughly reviewed to make sure no other potentially identifying features are present in the audio or video.

Darknet Giant White House Market Drops Bitcoin, Supports Monero Payments Only

Darknet Giant White House Market Drops Bitcoin, Supports Monero Payments Only

A number of crypto proponents have reported on the darknet marketplace, White House dropping bitcoin (BTC) payments in order to exclusively support monero (XMR).What do you think about White House Market supporting monero only and dropping bitcoin payments?

Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes

Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes

The final version of the suit made public last week (PDF) alleged that Google and Facebook signed a secret agreement in 2018 that "fixes prices and allocates markets between Google and Facebook as competing bidders in the auctions for publishers' Web display and in-app advertising inventory.".

Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting in Unsealed Remarks

Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting in Unsealed Remarks

The documents feature internal Facebook communications in which managers appear to admit to major flaws in ad targeting capabilities, including that ads reached the intended audience less than half of the time they were shown and that data behind a targeting criterion was “all crap.” Facebook says the material is presented out of context.

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which will host the new dedicated Digital Markets Unit (DMU), has advised the government that the new regulator must have the power to impose huge fines as a final “backstop” or it will be unable to ensure tech companies abide by the new rules, which are designed to create a fairer market for smaller rivals, newspaper and magazine publishers, and consumers.

That time I accidentally built a spying app

That time I accidentally built a spying app

Jobs went on demoing this amazing invention that, a decade later, would end up changing much more than the mobile phones market: it directly or indirectly impacted our society through mobile web, app stores, changing work-life balance, and social media.

Stream It or Skip It: ‘A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado’ on Hallmark, a Holiday Romcom Brave Enough to Address Online Privacy

Stream It or Skip It: ‘A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado’ on Hallmark, a Holiday Romcom Brave Enough to Address Online Privacy

A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado is a new Hallmark holiday movie set in Brooklyn… which is a small town in Colorado.

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

The group, made up of online businesses “who share a concern that Google is threatening the open web model that is vital to the functioning of a free and competitive media and online economy”, has asked the UK Competition and Markets Authority to delay the introduction of Privacy Sandbox until the law is changed to ensure a level playing field.

Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Probe in the UK Over Ad Data Revamp Plans

Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Probe in the UK Over Ad Data Revamp Plans

According to AP, UK’s antitrust watchdog, Competition and Markets Authority, initiated its investigation after receiving a complaint from an organization called ‘Marketers for an Open Web’, which is said to be a coalition of technology and publishing companies.

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

United States secret service NSA for years abused a cooperation agreement with Denmark to spy on allies in Europe, including the Netherlands, Danish public broadcaster DR reported based on reports from a whistleblower and confirmation from various sources.

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

In a virtual meeting on Thursday, Sundar Pichai told Mr. Breton, the internal market commissioner, that Google was a very large company and that the document “was never shown to me.” He added that he had not “sanctioned” the plan, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

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