No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

Q Link Wireless, a provider of low-cost mobile phone and data services to 2 million US-based customers, has been making sensitive account data available to anyone who knows a valid phone number on the carrier’s network, an analysis of the company’s account management app shows.

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Last November the European group filed a complaint to the German and Spanish data protection authorities concerning Apple's IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) on iPhones, claiming it was equivalent to a tracking cookie being placed by a website without the user's consent, which is against the EU's e-Privacy law.

The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

Apple announced its plans to force mobile advertising companies to require consent from the user before being tracked for ad targeting.This massive change was announced as part of Apple’s fresh initiative to push the iPhone and the Apple ‘ecosystem’ towards a more private experience, which saw widespread complaints from tech giants including Facebook, Snapchat, and game-development platform Unity.

Whistleblower: Ubiquiti Breach “Catastrophic” — Krebs on Security

Whistleblower: Ubiquiti Breach “Catastrophic” — Krebs on Security

[NYSE:UI] — a major vendor of cloud-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as routers, network video recorders and security cameras — disclosed that a breach involving a third-party cloud provider had exposed customer account credentials.

The hidden fingerprint inside your photos

The hidden fingerprint inside your photos

If we view photo fingerprints as being equivalent to a printer's serial number, then this prompts us to ask whether photo response non-uniformity also violates an individual's right to protection of their personal data.Photo response non-uniformity, however, is far more difficult to extricate.

Privacy Talks: Interview with Micah Lee from The Intercept

Privacy Talks: Interview with Micah Lee from The Intercept

Timestamp Links & Questions: [0:50] – Could you tell us a little bit about what you do in your position as Director of Information Security at First Look Media, the organization behind The Intercept?

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.

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.

Consumer data protection signed into law in Virginia

Consumer data protection signed into law in Virginia

The legislation also requires businesses have written contracts with third-party vendors that include rules for the processing of data, the purpose of processing, the duration of processing and the type of data to be processed.

What Is Evolv? 'Human Security' Firm Backed by Bill Gates to Go Public in SPAC Merger

What Is Evolv? 'Human Security' Firm Backed by Bill Gates to Go Public in SPAC Merger

Evolv Technology, a venue and crowd security company backed by Bill Gates, is taking steps to go public in the second quarter of 2021.The Massachusetts-based company has said it is combining with NewHold Investment Corp.

Demand for fee to use password app LastPass sparks backlash

Demand for fee to use password app LastPass sparks backlash

Two investment firms, Elliott Management and Francisco Partners, acquired the service as part of their $4.3 billion buyout of Internet software group LogMeIn in September last year.Experts say it is hard to know whether the new limitations on the free version of LastPass will encourage more paying users to sign up.

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google

Brave Browser, the secure and private browser launched by Brendan Eich in 2018, has recently announced the acquisition of Tailcat and the release of their Google Search alternative: Brave Search.Brendan Eich emphasizes that Brave Search (and the Browser behind it) will not treat its users or its users’ data the way that Google does.

DuckDuckGo – The Privacy Browser of The Future

DuckDuckGo – The Privacy Browser of The Future

This is where the DuckDuckGo privacy browser become a useful tool for internet searching.And, just like in Google, the DuckDuckGo privacy browser provide quick answers for some questions in its infobox usually placed first on a search results page.

Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies

Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies

Google is slowly phasing out third-party tracking cookies, and today, it’s making it clear that it won’t just replace them with something equally invasive despite the impact the change will have on Google’s lucrative advertising business.

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

“The only way to counter Big Tech with its bad habit of collecting personal data is to develop a robust, independent, and privacy-preserving search engine that delivers the quality users have come to expect.

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk

Police forces across the U.S. made more than 20,000 requests last year for footage captured by Ring's "video doorbells" and other home-security cameras, underscoring how the rapid growth of inexpensive home surveillance technologyhas given American law enforcement an unprecedented ability to monitor neighborhood life.

OnionShare 2.3 adds tabs, anonymous chat, better command line support, and quite a bit more

OnionShare 2.3 adds tabs, anonymous chat, better command line support, and quite a bit more

So with OnionShare 2.3 you can host a few websites, have your own personal anonymous dropbox, and securely send files to people whenever you want, all at the same time.When someone posts a message to an OnionShare chat room, they send it to the server through their E2EE onion connection.

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.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Josh Aas from Let’s Encrypt

Privacy Talks | Interview with Josh Aas from Let’s Encrypt

Timestamp Links & Questions: [] – Could you tell us what Let’s Encrypt does and what led you to co-found it?[] = Could you give a quick explainer of what HTTPS is and what role Let’s Encrypt plays in enabling HTTPS?Learn more about Let’s Encrypt at:

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Through the app employed in the study - published in Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies - researchers were able to identify which kind of personal information the app extracted and its privacy sensitivity according to users.

Clubhouse users are teaching each other how to stay private from Instagram

Clubhouse users are teaching each other how to stay private from Instagram

So that’s what’s actually happening here: Logging of when Clubhouse requests information from Instagram; Not Instagram literally recording audio when Clubhouse accesses it.

Security experts Can Now Break Encryption that Protects People’s Data Using Quantum Computing

Security experts Can Now Break Encryption that Protects People’s Data Using Quantum Computing

Using the "quantum annealing" method, the company said its research found that even the strongest versions of the advanced encryption standard may be decodable by quantum computers that could be available a few years from now.

New details emerge about Google’s payments to link to French news sites

New details emerge about Google’s payments to link to French news sites

Google will pay $76 million over three years to 121 French news organizations to comply with a new French law requiring Google to pay when it uses "snippets" from news articles, Reuters reports.In effect, the law required Google to use snippets from French news sites and to pay for that use.

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Instead of trading at 39 exchanges around the world, as he had claimed, Qin spent investor money on personal expenses and to invest in other undisclosed high-risk investments, including initial coin offerings, prosecutors said.

Google apps feel strain as firm's privacy standoff with Apple drags on

Google apps feel strain as firm's privacy standoff with Apple drags on

Since early December, Apple has required any iOS app to include a privacy “nutrition label”, listing all the ways the app uses personal data.Of those three, just one – Google Translate – has a privacy label, which lists 25 ways personal data may be used.

Amazon is using AI-equipped cameras in delivery vans and some drivers are concerned about privacy

Amazon is using AI-equipped cameras in delivery vans and some drivers are concerned about privacy

The company recently began testing AI-equipped cameras in vehicles to monitor contracted delivery drivers while they're on the job, with the aim of improving safety.DSPs are contracted delivery providers, usually distinguishable by Amazon-branded cargo vans, responsible for picking up packages from Amazon delivery stations and dropping them off at doorsteps.

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

The NHS, in particular, gave Palantir all kinds of data about patients, employees and members of the public — from contact information to details of gender, race, work, physical and mental health conditions, political and religious affiliation, and past criminal offences10.Prominent among the many privacy challenges citizens face in the wake of the pandemic are data deals that might consolidate widespread surveillance as a requirement to access primary services and opportunities.

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.

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

CityCountryCCTV camerasPopulationCCTV cameras/1000 peopleCrime indexTaiyuanChina482,2563,891,127123.9451.47WuxiChina312,5313,256,02095.997.84LondonEngland631,6279,304,01667.8952.56ChangshaChina 285,0004,577,72365.2622.68BeijingChina1,310,21320,462,61064.0334.52HangzhouChina510,4147,642,14766.7921.46KunmingChina312,0004,443,18670.2329.17QingdaoChina374,4265,619,97766.627.42XiamenChina221,3453,720,14159.5019.09HarbinChina310,0006,387,19548.5330.17SuzhouChina350,0007,069,99249.5016.63ShanghaiChina1,126,22127,058,48041.6235.54UrumqiChina215,4894,368,86549.3226.72ChengduChina399,0009,135,76843.6724.18ShenzhenChina515,00012,356,82041.6833.43HyderabadIndia356,22110,004,14435.6043.46JinanChina250,0005,360,18546.6415.79ShenyangChina324,1297,220,10444.8943.46HefeiChina182,7254,241,51443.0811.03TianjinChina470,00013,589,07834.5830.28ChennaiIndia313,48310,971,10828.5740.68NanjingChina292,5978,847,37233.0713.31WuhanChina329,9838,364,97739.4424.45Changchun China264,8314,425,76159.8423.82GuangzhouChina684,57913,301,53251.4640.08ZhengzhouChina364,8935,322,69668.5521.84ChongqingChina336,57315,872,17921.2029.58BaghdadIraq189,8137,144,26026.5765.49MoscowRussia745,49112,537,95459.4639.68WenzhouChina148,7353,623,64641.0422.79DongguanChina274,5937,407,852,37.0646.73SingaporeSingapore114,7315,935,05319.3332.01DelhiIndia968,32130,290,39631.9858.69FoshanChina273,5427,326,85237.3336.4ShijiazhuangChina118,4764,114,39328.79N/ASydneyAustralia210,7854,925,98742.7933.45St. PetersburgRussia389,1495,467,80871.1739.222NanchangChina89,6743,598,42124.9226.47NanningChina98,5613,859,60825.5322.3LanzhouChina62,2753,080,52220.21N/AXinbei (New Taipei City)Taiwan84,3384,398,38319.1729.03IstanbulTurkey201,64915,190,33613.2747.37Hong KongHong Kong425,1147,547,65256.3220.91GuiyangChina170,5773,317,11051.42N/ADalianChina132,0005,617,84929.4917.53Los AngelesUnited States212,3844,015,94052.8846.5XianChina435,7468,000,96554.46N/ABangkokThailand132,58110,539,41512.5741.46GuadalajaraMexico76,9435,179,47914.8562.66BerlinGermany32,6703,562,0389.1741.08 20 most populated cities comparing with the number of CCTV available.PrivacySavvy researchers used multiple sources to estimate the number of CCTV cameras installed around the world.

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

QQ Messenger, a popular Chinese instant messaging app by Tencent, was caught scraping web browser history with their desktop client.

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