Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

The Liberals have signalled their intention on the parliamentary notice paper to introduce a bill that would create the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act. Story continues below advertisement.

Scammers Expose Facebook Data Haul of 13 Million Records

Scammers Expose Facebook Data Haul of 13 Million Records

Among the 5.5GB haul discovered by vpnMentor on September 21, was 150,000-200,000 Facebook usernames and passwords, and personal info including emails, names and phone numbers for hundreds of thousands who had fallen victim to a Bitcoin scam.

Celebrities, Hackers & Decentralized Cloud Storage: How are they related?

Celebrities, Hackers & Decentralized Cloud Storage: How are they related?

The hacker was tormenting her for days because of some half-naked photos that Bella had sent to a specific person.Before doing this, she published a note on all her social networks talking about the psychological pain she had suffered in the previous days and the tormenting harassment she had received from the hacker.

On Instagram, 'Unlink Account' Won't Unlink a Facebook Account

On Instagram, 'Unlink Account' Won't Unlink a Facebook Account

The spokesperson said that Facebook collects and connects this information about users’ activities in order to give users a “personalized experience” across all of the apps under the company’s umbrella, like more precisely targeted ads or in-app recommendations based on an amalgamation of the user’s cross-platform activities.

Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users

Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users

Our personal information is shared and sold across data companies used to target and manipulate us through marketing from social media companies, advertisers and politicians.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 2, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 2, 2020

With real time bidding, Google sends personal data about internet activity to hundreds of advertising companies, and there’s no way to prevent this data from leaking.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Fashion retailer BrandBQ exposes 1 TB of customers, contractors data

Fashion retailer BrandBQ exposes 1 TB of customers, contractors data

The data exposed amounts to over 1 TB numbering 1 billion records and includes a range of personally identifiable information(PII) of the company’s customers such as full names, email addresses, phone numbers, and payment details without card numbers.

Airbnb Error Gives Hosts Access to Random Hosts Inboxes

Airbnb Error Gives Hosts Access to Random Hosts Inboxes

The massive data blunder, which was reported by a number of different Airbnb hosts, results in them being served messages and correspondence that included sensitive personal information about hosts and users, including addresses, names, and the codes to get into rental homes.

Hackers, Taking Advantage of At-Home Work, Drilling into Fed Agencies

Hackers, Taking Advantage of At-Home Work, Drilling into Fed Agencies

Housing Data Hit. Four years after reporting that the personal files of almost 500,000 Americans safeguarded in its system had been compromised, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is still failing to protect citizens’s sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, phone numbers, home addresses and dates of birth, the GAO said.

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

To understand this power and its implications, consider Uber, whose service was designed to manipulate both buyer and seller using personalized price discrimination, as the company has admitted.

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

“Our entire leadership team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Blackstone to further accelerate Ancestry’s global leadership in family history and consumer genomics, and to help us achieve our mission to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives,” Margo Georgiadis, Ancestry president and CEO, said in a statement.

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

A new class-action lawsuit filed by Patrick Calhoun and others claims that the Chrome browser sends user’s personal information such as IP addresses, cookie identifiers, and browsing history to Google without users’ consent and against Google’s promises that the information will not be sent.

Here’s How Google Tracks You

Here’s How Google Tracks You

The information Google gets from you: According to Google, only three kinds of personal data are collected from its users: Things you do Things you create Things that make you “you” How Google gets all your data: Your digital persona grows the more you use Google products to search for stuff, read and send email, browse the web, use apps, and especially if you own an Android mobile device.

Brazilian General Data Protection Law – Overview and Implications

Brazilian General Data Protection Law – Overview and Implications

Here are some key highlights about LGPD: General principles: The main principles that all private and public entities must take into account when processing personal data are purpose, adequacy, free access, data quality, security, prevention of damage, accountability, transparency, need limitation, and non-discrimination.

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).

Billions of internet activity records tracked by Oracle’s BlueKai leaked online

Billions of internet activity records tracked by Oracle’s BlueKai leaked online

When BlueKai sells the data to advertising companies, they remove personal information such as name and address from the records that are shared.Some people often dismiss the privacy concerns of web browsing activity and internet history being siphoned up and sold wholesale.

Dating Apps Exposed 845 GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

Dating Apps Exposed 845 GB of Explicit Photos, Chats, and More

And though the exposed data included limited "personally identifying information," like real names, birthdays, or email addresses, the researchers warn that a motivated hacker could have used the photos and other miscellaneous information available to identify many users.

Using this WhatsApp feature will land your phone number in Google search results

Using this WhatsApp feature will land your phone number in Google search results

Users of WhatsApp’s Click to Chat feature could see their personal phone numbers exposed via public Google search results, according to a new discovery made by a security researcher.

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

A spokesperson for Sen. Ron Wyden, an intelligence committee member and a sponsor of the pro-privacy amendment the talking points seek to undermine, said that if an individual is a known spy, “then obviously there’s probable cause that he is an agent of a foreign power and a warrant is readily available.”.

How To Hide Your Real Email Address

How To Hide Your Real Email Address

In this article, I’m going to share a neat little trick (or rather a service that I’m personally using) with which you can hide your real email address and still continue using your email service to send/receive emails as usual.

Children’s computer game Roblox insider tricked by hacker for access to users’ data

Children’s computer game Roblox insider tricked by hacker for access to users’ data

A hacker who bribed a worker for the online video game Roblox managed to gain access to the personal information of a smaller number of users, the ability to change passwords and email addresses, and allocate in-game currency.

Acting Intelligence Chief says he's "increasingly concerned" over handling of sensitive U.S. person information among agencies and orders broad review

Acting Intelligence Chief says he's "increasingly concerned" over handling of sensitive U.S. person information among agencies and orders broad review

But Grenell wrote, "As the Acting Director of National Intelligence, I serve as the approving official for dissemination of unmasked congressional identity information...I have become increasingly concerned with intelligence reports that inconsistently apply the policies and procedures governing how U.S. person identities are masked.".

Why You (Yes You, Reading This) Need to Take the Lead in Privacy & Security

Why You (Yes You, Reading This) Need to Take the Lead in Privacy & Security

But for a lot of them, I’m the only person they communicate with using those services and when I try to convince them to get their friends and family to join, they respond with something along the lines of “they just don’t care about privacy or security.” But it’s up to you to lead the charge into an era of privacy and security, and here’s why.

Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants

Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants

The personal data of some small business owners seeking help via the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program may have been exposed to other applicants.The official said that 4 million small business owners applied for $383 billion in aid via the EIDL program and emergency grants.

Privacy and the Coronavirus. Why does it matter?

Privacy and the Coronavirus. Why does it matter?

Information privacy is the right to have some control over how your personal information is collected and used.” Many governments are turning to surveillance technologies that could be used to track individuals or groups of people in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

My identity was stolen. This is what I learned.

My identity was stolen. This is what I learned.

Using my cellphone number, this person had received text codes as part of a two-factor authentication to access my accounts.Having an online account text an authorization code was supposed to be an added security measure.

Zoom is a work-from-home privacy disaster waiting to happen

Zoom is a work-from-home privacy disaster waiting to happen

We reached out to Zoom in an effort to determine whether meeting participants are notified if and when hosts enable attendee attention tracking, but received no immediate response.However, there's more: That said, Zoom does use certain standard advertising tools which require Personal Data (think, for example, Google Ads and Google Analytics).

Virgin Media data breach affects 900,000 people

Virgin Media data breach affects 900,000 people

Image copyright Getty Images A Virgin Media database containing the personal details of 900,000 people was left unsecured and accessible online for 10 months, the company has admitted.

Exclusive: Live Facial Recognition Is Coming to U.S. Police Body Cameras

Exclusive: Live Facial Recognition Is Coming to U.S. Police Body Cameras

The company originally started as a spy equipment manufacturer and paintball retailer based in Hollywood.“With Realtime Facial Recognition, WOLFCOM hopes to give our friends in Law Enforcement tools that will help them identify if the person they are talking to is a wanted suspect, a missing child or adult, or a person of interest,” Wolfcom founder Peter Austin Onruang wrote in a May 14, 2019, email to the Noble Police Department in Oklahoma.

Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Department of Defense spokesperson Charles Prichard confirmed Thursday the agency had detected a breach of personally identifiable information on a system it hosts, and was in the process of notifying those affected by letter.

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