EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The proposed plan, as released by the European Commission this week, names no names but still makes quite clear that the biggest US tech titans—especially Facebook and Google—would be squarely in the sights of any new legislation.

Meet the Guy Selling Wireless Tech to Steal Luxury Cars in Seconds

Meet the Guy Selling Wireless Tech to Steal Luxury Cars in Seconds

A 2017 video released by the West Midlands Police in the U.K. showed two men approach a Mercedes Benz parked in the owner's driveway; similar to Evan's video, one man stood next to the target vehicle with a handheld device, while another positioned a larger piece of tech near the home, hoping to pick up the signal emitting from the car keys stored inside.

Target's Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

Target's Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

In particular, on its official national Facebook group, known as the Shipt Shopper Lounge, which has more than 100,000 members, Shipt moderators selected by the company frequently censor and remove posts, turn off comments sections, and ban workers who speak out about their working conditions, according to screenshots, interviews, and other documentation provided to Motherboard.

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

While the elderly might have showed up late to the internet and smartphones, there’s no reason to be believe they will be immune to the consequences that young people in particular are now beginning to understand.

The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

To regular folks with some basic computer skills the Dark Web seems to be Enemy #1.People talk about it like it’s the Internet Demogorgon.Acxiom collects, analyzes and sells customer and business information used for targeted advertising campaigns.

Google Ads Targeted at Literally One Person Could Be the Future of Doxxing

Google Ads Targeted at Literally One Person Could Be the Future of Doxxing

Every day, thousands of Mexican migrants tell Google about their intent to cross the border into the U.S. Nevertheless, throughout 2019, I ran various experiments, trying to achieve this “one-to-one” ad targeting — the ability to serve just you an ad, and get just your data, disaggregated.

The Military Is Building Long-Range Facial Recognition That Works in the Dark

The Military Is Building Long-Range Facial Recognition That Works in the Dark

The Army Research Lab has previously publicized research in this area, but these contracts, which started at the end of September 2019 and run until 2021, indicate the technology is now being actively developed for use in the field.“Sensors should be demonstrable in environments such as targets seen through automotive windshield glass, targets that are backlit, and targets that are obscured due to light weather (e.g., fog),” the Department of Defense indicated when requesting proposals.

Ring hit with class action lawsuit for 'failure to take basic security precautions'

Ring hit with class action lawsuit for 'failure to take basic security precautions'

The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in the United States District Court, claims that Ring has shirked basic security measures that would help protect camera owners' accounts, even though the company has known that its devices are a popular target for hackers.

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

The social media company, as it considered what to do about political ads, faced intense pleas from campaign strategists on both sides, pointing out legitimate uses of microtargeting, especially for challengers, in local races and for advocacy groups.“Over 85% of spend by US presidential candidates on Facebook is for ad campaigns targeted to audiences estimated to be greater than 250,000,” Facebook said.

Firefox gets patch for critical 0-day that’s being actively exploited

Firefox gets patch for critical 0-day that’s being actively exploited

Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox that fixes an actively exploited zero-day that could allow attackers to take control of users' computers.In an advisory, Mozilla rated the vulnerability critical and said it was "aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw."

Trump Campaign Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology

Trump Campaign Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology

President Donald Trump’s reelection effort has retained the services of a technology company that specializes in the mass collection of smartphone location data, which can be used to track voters for political targeting purposes.

Privacy for Sale: How to Target Cancer Sufferers with Facebook Ads for $99 a Month

Privacy for Sale: How to Target Cancer Sufferers with Facebook Ads for $99 a Month

One lesser-known option is the ability to target people who are members of specific groups, or who like specific Facebook pages.LeadEnforce offers advertisers the ability to pick specific Facebook groups or pages whose fans they want to target.

Chinese state 'likely' linked to cyber spies targeting human rights workers

Chinese state 'likely' linked to cyber spies targeting human rights workers

The espionage group, dubbed Bronze President, deployed malware against its alleged victims to monitor their activities and steal documents, according to the assessment released on Sunday by Secureworks , a US-based cyber security company.

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We buy DNA tests from 23AndMe that could one day end up in a police database, we buy Amazon Echo and smartphone technology used to target us with ads, and, increasingly, we are buying Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras that are being used to watch ourselves and our neighbors, create a warrantless police surveillance apparatus, and serve as an attack surface that can allow hackers to enter our homes.

How contextual targeting will replace cookies in the privacy age

How contextual targeting will replace cookies in the privacy age

Furthermore, while consumers might opt out of cookie-based targeting, a website with watch content can share insights with a brand about the type of customers visiting their site.Diving deeper into contextual targeting also enables a brand to measure consumer approaches to specific content.

Facebook fails to convince lawmakers it needs to track your location at all times

Facebook fails to convince lawmakers it needs to track your location at all times

Facebook acknowledged it also targets ads based on the limited location information it receives when users turn off or limit tracking.Facebook doesn't allow users to turn off location-based ads, although it does allow users to block Facebook from collecting their precise location, the company wrote.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

As a final assurance, Vlcek told Forbes he recognizes customers use Avast to protect their information and so it can’t do anything that might “circumvent the security of privacy of the data including targeting by advertisers.”.

Apple’s Ad-Targeting Crackdown Shakes Up Ad Market

Apple’s Ad-Targeting Crackdown Shakes Up Ad Market

Apple’s moves against ad tracking have shaken up the online ad industry, making it harder to target its users and forcing competitors, ad tech firms and publishers to adapt.

Portland plans to propose the strictest facial recognition ban in the country

Portland plans to propose the strictest facial recognition ban in the country

Previous bans, like San Francisco’s, have focused on government because of concerns over how police might abuse the technology if officers place too much trust in its often questionable accuracy.“The technology has high rates of false positives for women and people of color, which means they will be more likely misidentified and targeted for things they didn’t do, or for being in places they weren’t actually in,” Portland city commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty says in an email.

Your Next Car Will Be Watching You More Than It's Watching the Road

Your Next Car Will Be Watching You More Than It's Watching the Road

Advertisement“These companies can use their AI systems to target us with ads and manipulate us with the aim of controlling us in every way according to the vision of the company.”In-car cameras powered with computer vision algorithms can perform complex tasks such as analyzing the state of drivers and passengers and detecting their interactions with different objects.

Chinese Hackers Break Into Chrome, Safari, Edge; Reveal Browsers' Vulnerabilities

Chinese Hackers Break Into Chrome, Safari, Edge; Reveal Browsers' Vulnerabilities

Organizers plan to submit a report of all bugs uncovered during the event to all vendors when the competition concludes, says ZDNet. This is literally just, like, a hundred Chinese security researchers testing their 0days in competition against modern software targets.

Mozilla Foundation

Mozilla Foundation

What you may not know is that this button allows Facebook to track what sites you’re browsing in order to target ads to you.We’re calling on Facebook to turn off the default use of cross-site tracking tools - such as the like button on external sites - that target advertising based on people’s browsing.

WikiTribune: Wikipedia founder's Facebook rival passes 200,000 users just days after launching

WikiTribune: Wikipedia founder's Facebook rival passes 200,000 users just days after launching

WT:Social, or WikiTribune, says it has ditched the data-driven business model popularised by Facebook, which monetises its users by serving them targeted ads.Facebook acquired Instagram in April 2012 for $1 billion, consolidating its position as the world's leading social network.

7 Steps To A Far Less Intrusive And More Mindful Internet Experience

7 Steps To A Far Less Intrusive And More Mindful Internet Experience

Using Telegram as your default messenger app will help you have a fun and joyful experience with your friends and family without making yourself a target of commercial messages.

Introducing Private.sh: A search engine that cryptographically protects your privacy

Introducing Private.sh: A search engine that cryptographically protects your privacy

With non-private search engines, being able to identify you – the searcher – and tie your search terms to your user profile while targeting advertising at you is all an essential part of the business model.

Voters ‘used as lab rats’ in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Voters ‘used as lab rats’ in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Campaign group Who Targets Me?, which was established to monitor online political ads, has been examining how parties used Facebook before the election was called and in the first week of the campaign.

Why hospitals are a weak spot in U.S. cybersecurity

Why hospitals are a weak spot in U.S. cybersecurity

"Cybercriminals know they are a soft target where they can access patient records and social security numbers and other information," Suzanne Schwartz, a deputy director in the FDA's device center, tells Axios.

TV Ad Retargeting

TV Ad Retargeting

Samsung Ads offers TV Ad Retargeting that empowers brands to identify audiences who saw or missed their TV spots and reconnect with them via mobile, tablet, desktop or OTT.

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

Still, it’s unusual for advertisers to target users based on their activity from months earlier, Dweck says.Still, he acknowledges that a daily auto-delete window would significantly affect advertisers’ ability to target Google users based on a profile of their search activity.

Sudo Flaw Lets Linux Users Run Commands As Root Even When They're Restricted

Sudo Flaw Lets Linux Users Run Commands As Root Even When They're Restricted

The vulnerability in question is a sudo security policy bypass issue that could allow a malicious user or a program to execute arbitrary commands as root on a targeted Linux system even when the "sudoers configuration" explicitly disallows the root access.

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