Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

In December, the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, alleging that as the company grew more dominant and faced less competition, it reneged on its promises to protect user privacy.

Secure Comms: Cracking the Encrypted Messages of Balkan Crime Gangs

Secure Comms: Cracking the Encrypted Messages of Balkan Crime Gangs

Law enforcement authorities in the United States and Europe, however, say it was created with the sole purpose of facilitating drug trafficking and had become the messaging app of choice for transnational crime organisations.

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

The company has joined forces with dozens of Chinese trade groups and tech firms working with the state-backed China Advertising Association to develop the new technique, which would use technology called device fingerprinting, the people said.

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.

Another 500 million accounts have leaked online, and LinkedIn’s in the hot seat

Another 500 million accounts have leaked online, and LinkedIn’s in the hot seat

“No private member account data from LinkedIn was included” “We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale and have determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies,” reads LinkedIn’s statement.

US government is purchasing smart data to spy on its citizens

US government is purchasing smart data to spy on its citizens

This happens due to lax privacy laws in the country, as is stated: “approach a third-party firm that sells databases of information on citizens, pay them for it and then use the data however deemed fit.”.

How a 30-year-old technology – WiFi – will turn into our next big privacy problem

How a 30-year-old technology – WiFi – will turn into our next big privacy problem

Even if viable approaches could be developed, which is by no means clear, it’s easy to imagine that the default state for WiFi stations supporting the new 802.11bf will be for the privacy algorithms to be turned off.

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.

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.

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.

HELP LBRY SAVE CRYPTO

HELP LBRY SAVE CRYPTO

Big tech and Wall St. would have more power and many people could lose their jobs.Classifying all actively-developed blockchain tokens as securities will be a bureaucratic nightmare for United States residents and businesses operating in the US.Under this new standard, almost any token is a security, including the previously safe Ethereum.

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

"Our analysis of the literature," reads the paper's abstract, "shows that eye tracking data may implicitly contain information about a user’s biometric identity, gender, age, ethnicity, body weight, personality traits, drug consumption habits, emotional state, skills and abilities, fears, interests, and sexual preferences.".

PayPal will let United States users pay with Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin

PayPal will let United States users pay with Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin

After rolling out the ability for US users to directly buy and sell cryptocurrency directly from their accounts last November, PayPal’s new “Checkout with Crypto” allows users to instantly convert their Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or Bitcoin Cash to US dollars that PayPal then uses to complete the transaction.However, you can only use one type of cryptocurrency for each purchase you make.

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.

Telegram Raises $1Bln, With Russian Direct Investment Fund Buying Bonds

Telegram Raises $1Bln, With Russian Direct Investment Fund Buying Bonds

Telegram has sold more than $1 billion in bonds to international investors, founder Pavel Durov announced Tuesday — with Russia’s state-run Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) now among the firm's backers.RDIF did not take part in the initial bond auction, a Telegram representative told The Moscow Times.

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

It’s more a story about human nature, about how capitalism has mutated to exploit digital technology, about the liberal democratic state and the social contract, and about governments that have been asleep at the wheel for several decades.

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.

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.

California bans ‘dark patterns’ that trick users into giving away their personal data

California bans ‘dark patterns’ that trick users into giving away their personal data

According to Becerra’s office: “Since CCPA enforcement began on July 1, 2020, the Department has seen widespread compliance by companies doing business in California, especially in response to notices to cure.” To help standardize access to these opt-out schemes, the state of California has even designed what it calls an “eye-catching” icon that companies can use to direct users to exercise their rights.

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.

EFF Joins Effort to Restrict Automated License Plate Readers in California

EFF Joins Effort to Restrict Automated License Plate Readers in California

One year ago, the California State Auditor released a damning report on the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by local law enforcement agencies that confirmed concerns EFF has raised for years.

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Google in December, claiming the company was too large and the competition was fierce.Nevada was the first state to be signed by a Democratic Attorney General.

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

EU nations’ attempt to water down privacy protections could increase tension with US over personal data flows across the Atlantic

On 6 October 2020, the EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), issued its judgments for three related cases: the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that mass data retention and collection practices for national security purposes undertaken by member states, must comply with EU law, and therefore have to be subjected to its privacy safeguards.

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Lawmakers in at least a dozen other states have proposed legislation addressing user privacy, almost entirely with rights provisions only to opt out of data collection.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 5, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 5, 2021

A group of researchers from universities in Germany and the United States have done a privacy study on Alexa Skills.Read more: https://therecord.media/first-fully-weaponized-spectre-exploit-discovered-online/.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program

The plan is to test the “Excelsior Pass,” which will use secure technology to confirm if a person has gotten vaccinated or has had a recent negative COVID-19 exam result, during events at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, Cuomo said in a statement.

Trump’s is one of 15,000 Gab accounts that just got hacked

Trump’s is one of 15,000 Gab accounts that just got hacked

The statement confirmed claims the WikiLeaks-style group made on Monday that it obtained 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more from Gab and was making them available to select researchers and journalists.

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft form content authenticity coalition

Adobe, Arm, Intel, and Microsoft form content authenticity coalition

Member organisations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats, they said in a statement, to enable publishers, creators, and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio, and documents.

Swiss Privacy Laws in 2021: The Best in the World?

Swiss Privacy Laws in 2021: The Best in the World?

These include Article 13 of the Swiss Constitution and a Swiss law called the DPA, as well as European legislation, such as the GDPR.While we’re reluctant to make such sweeping statements, Swiss companies in general are more secure than their U.S.-based counterparts, thanks to Switzerland’s strict laws governing the processing of personal data.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 19, 2021

New Spotify patent would use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent.New York, Washington, and Virginia are three states that are expected to pass privacy bills this coming legislative session.

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