In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

In land of big data, China sets individual privacy rights

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitised - and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks.

A flood of coronavirus apps are tracking us. Now it’s time to keep track of them.

A flood of coronavirus apps are tracking us. Now it’s time to keep track of them.

So to help monitor this fast-evolving situation, we’re gathering the information into a single place for the first time with our Covid Tracing Tracker —a database to capture details of every significant automated contact tracing effort around the world.

Exclusive: New York Times phasing out all 3rd-party advertising data

Exclusive: New York Times phasing out all 3rd-party advertising data

The New York Times will no longer use 3rd-party data to target ads come 2021, executives tell Axios, and it is building out a proprietary first-party data platform.Beginning in July, The Times will begin to offer clients 45 new proprietary first-party audience segments to target ads.

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

"Just by sending messages, metadata is delivered to WhatsApp every time," said Kelber, adding that it could be assumed that these data snippets were then forwarded directly to Facebook, WhatsApp's parent concern.

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

The cable will use Spatial Division Multiplexing and up to 16 fiber pairs, delivering capacity that Facebook says will “provide nearly three times the total network capacity of all the subsea cables serving Africa today.” Helping that along is aluminium conductors instead of copper, an innovation developed by Facebook and Alcatel as a way of reducing voltage drop along the very long transmission distances required of submarine cables.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Tells Employees They Can Work From Home ‘Forever’—Before You Celebrate, There’s A Catch

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Tells Employees They Can Work From Home ‘Forever’—Before You Celebrate, There’s A Catch

Given the time frame of reopening, coupled with the opportunity to remain working from home, this new program means that it's highly conceivable that the vast majority of Twitter employees will work remotely for the foreseeable future—or forever.

Here’s how China has made mass surveillance a “killer application” for AI: will the US do the same?

Here’s how China has made mass surveillance a “killer application” for AI: will the US do the same?

Its main point is that in China, “Mass surveillance is a killer application for deep learning”, and that “an entire generation of Al unicorns is collecting the bulk of their early revenue from government security contracts.” For example, AI companies such as Yitu and Sensetime advertise on their Web sites that Chinese police departments are using their facial recognition technology to catch criminals and solve murder cases.

You Could Get Jailed For Not Installing Aarogya Setu App: Noida Police

You Could Get Jailed For Not Installing Aarogya Setu App: Noida Police

However, the police officials of Noida and Greater Noida have said that they will let go of the people who agree to download the app in front of them at the time of checking.

Private Internet Access announces third year of WireGuard® sponsorship

Private Internet Access announces third year of WireGuard® sponsorship

Private Internet Access believes in sponsorship as a way of giving back to the community and is proud to sponsor WireGuard.Because it is a free and open source software (FOSS) project, WireGuard development is supported by developers that donate their time, as well as companies that donate funds.

Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance to combat homicides

Baltimore turns to aerial surveillance to combat homicides

Analysts alerted to a crime will be able to zoom in from the city-wide image and move backward and forward in time to identify the movements of potential suspects and witnesses, telling officers within hours just where to look for people who traveled to and from the scene.

Keeping your digital footprint clean during quarantine

Keeping your digital footprint clean during quarantine

Tips that you’ve undoubtedly heard an inundating number of times by now include to wash your hands for at least twenty seconds, how to make disinfectant at home, remembering to stay masked when in public, etc.It’s time to consider applying the world’s newfound appreciation of sanitary habits to the digital world, too.

Privacy experts reviewed popular video-chat apps, and *yikes*

Privacy experts reviewed popular video-chat apps, and *yikes*

For the report, released today, researchers looked at 15 video chat apps — Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Jitsi Meet, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans, GoTo Meeting, Cisco WebEx, Houseparty, Discord, and — and evaluated them based on a host of categories.

Using Google's location tracking can put innocents in jail.

Using Google's location tracking can put innocents in jail.

The data showed that Zachary had passed the house three times on his bike, which made him the prime suspect for the police.When warrants are being issued for fishing investigations based on a 'hunch' that the suspect might have used a Google device, basic privacy protection rights are being violated.

Why I Deactivated Tracking in MailChimp

Why I Deactivated Tracking in MailChimp

For example, I can see: How many times you opened each email, and whenOn which links you clicked how many times, and whenYour locationAnd the whole history of your interactions with my newsletters So I asked myself some questions: Do I track regular emails like that?Do I use those stats in any meaningful way?

ZecOps discovers current iOS mail app vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild

ZecOps discovers current iOS mail app vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild

In the meantime, iPhone and iPad users are vulnerable as it’s impossible for the default Mail App daemon to be turned off without rooting your iOS device.

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

When the Scripps Research scientists added aggregated Fitbit variables, such as resting heart rate and sleep data, into a model that included CDC’s surveillance data for flu-like illnesses from three weeks prior, they were able to significantly improve real-time predictions at the state level.

It's foolish to worry about privacy when data can help fight coronavirus

It's foolish to worry about privacy when data can help fight coronavirus

There are already efforts to use anonymous, real-time data from groups of participating phone users to monitor adherence to social distancing and stay-at-home policies, a critical insight to identify potential hotspots for future outbreaks.

Tor Project lets go of a third of staff due to COVID-19

Tor Project lets go of a third of staff due to COVID-19

It is unfortunate that the Tor Project needs to let go of staff during such a crucial time; however, the move was made to ensure Tor’s continuity into the future.

Half of Americans have decided not to use a product or service because of privacy concerns

Half of Americans have decided not to use a product or service because of privacy concerns

At a time when many Americans believe their personal information is less secure and are concerned with how companies and the government use their personal data, a substantial share of the public has opted out of using a product or service because of privacy concerns, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted June 3-17, 2019.

Canadian passengers from virus-stricken Zaandam cruise ship hit by federal gov't privacy breach

Canadian passengers from virus-stricken Zaandam cruise ship hit by federal gov't privacy breach

(Holland America Line)Tilley said she didn't notice either of the Global Affairs emails sent on April 1, because she was so preoccupied with the COVID-19 outbreak plaguing the cruise at the time.

Verizon’s new marketing tool sets emails to arrive when you look at your inbox

Verizon’s new marketing tool sets emails to arrive when you look at your inbox

According to Verizon, the company isn’t allowing advertisers to track you directly; instead, when a user logs into their email account, it notifies Verizon servers and the View Time Optimization tool automatically sends out the ad the client has already set up ahead of time.

GitHub - databurn-in/PrivacyBreacher: an Android app that can fetch a lot data without requesting any permissions

GitHub - databurn-in/PrivacyBreacher: an Android app that can fetch a lot data without requesting any permissions

This app can access the following information from your phone without requesting any permissions: Figure out at what time your phone screen turned on/off.To get more information on how this app can access all that data, check out our article here!.

Hong Kong's pandas mate for first time in decade in privacy of coronavirus lockdown

Hong Kong's pandas mate for first time in decade in privacy of coronavirus lockdown

A middle-aged couple of giant pandas in a Hong Kong theme park have mated for the first time in more than 10 years, after finally enjoying a period of privacy thanks to the coronavirus lockdown.

Google and Facebook are using aggregated location data to track lockdown effectiveness

Google and Facebook are using aggregated location data to track lockdown effectiveness

Google explained the process on Friday: The reports use aggregated, anonymized data to chart movement trends over time by geography, across different high-level categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

Warning: Zoom Sends Encryption Keys To China (Sometimes)

Warning: Zoom Sends Encryption Keys To China (Sometimes)

When Citizen Lab looked at where their U.S.- and Canada-based Zoom conversations were being routed, the researchers discovered encryption keys were sometimes sent to Beijing, though would be handled by servers in other countries, too.

Houseparty’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Analyzed

Houseparty’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Analyzed

Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, location, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, the Users with whom you video chat, access date and time spent on features of the Services and other statistics and Cookie information… [emphasis added].Why you should care: While you’re using Houseparty’s app, you’re being surveilled and analyzed.

Hackers are targeting your kids to infect Android and Chromebook devices with malware

Hackers are targeting your kids to infect Android and Chromebook devices with malware

Security investigators from Check Point Research discovered 56 malware-infected Google Play apps.Before Google had a chance to pull them down, users already downloaded the apps one million times; 24 of those apps, Check Point Research discovered, targeted children.Hazum told Laptop Mag how Google Play users can protect themselves from Tekya malware.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

McLaws – a professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Australia, and a member of European, US and UK epidemiology and infection control bodies – told The Register tracking played a key role in nations that were able to flatten the exponential curve of COVID-19 cases – particularly Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.

Study ranks the privacy of major browsers. Here are the findings

Study ranks the privacy of major browsers. Here are the findings

The study found the default Brave settings provided the most privacy, with no collection of identifiers allowing the tracking of IP addresses over time and no sharing of the details of webpages visited with backend servers.

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of which I am a member, recently issued a comprehensive public report on the government's use of the now-defunct call detail records (CDR) program under the USA FREEDOM Act. The report includes never before released facts about the program and its compliance and data integrity challenges that ultimately led the National Security Agency (NSA), wisely, to suspend the program in early 2019.

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