Victim of Facebook Data Breach Shares Viral Video of FB 'Following' Him 'All Over' Internet

Victim of Facebook Data Breach Shares Viral Video of FB 'Following' Him 'All Over' Internet

Businesses and organizations share this information with Facebook to "personalize user experience" by showing relevant ads, introducing users to new products, services and events, according to Facebook's website.

Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Signal has often been asked if we can build something to support this kind of payments use case for a better alternative future (one that isn’t dominated by big tech).

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

Google launched FLoC less than two weeks ago, and DuckDuckGo is already planning to block it in the DuckDuckGo search engine and Chrome browser extension.Chrome users will be opted out of FLoC when they use the DuckDuckGo search engine regardless of whether they have the browser extension installed.

DuckDuckGo reveals how you can block Google's new method of tracking Chrome users

DuckDuckGo reveals how you can block Google's new method of tracking Chrome users

Privacy-first search engine DuckDuckGo on Friday posted a blog that discussed Google's new data tracking system called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC).FLoC replaces the use of cookies to track users and feed them ads and other targeted content.

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

A blog post titled “The Facts on News Reports About Facebook Data,” published Tuesday evening, is designed to silence the growing criticism the company is facing for failing to protect the phone numbers and other personal information of 533 million users after a database containing that information was shared for free in low level hacking forums over the weekend, as first reported by Business Insider.

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

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.

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

SENS is envisioned as a way for devices capable of sending and receiving wireless data to use Wi-Fi signal interference differences to measure the range, velocity, direction, motion, presence, and proximity of people and objects.

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.

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware

Facebook said its investigation found two Chinese companies, Beijing Best United Technology Co Ltd (Best Lh) and Dalian 9Rush Technology Co Ltd (9Rush) had developed the Android tooling deployed by the group.

Everything you wanted to know about “surveillance advertising” – and how to avoid it

Everything you wanted to know about “surveillance advertising” – and how to avoid it

Reflecting the broad-based resistance to this privacy-corrosive approach, there’s a new coalition of organizations, which is calling for a ban on what is dubs “surveillance advertising“: Surveillance advertising – the core profit-driver for gatekeepers like Facebook and Google, as well as adtech middlemen – is the practice of extensively tracking and profiling individuals and groups, and then microtargeting ads at them based on their behavioral history, relationships, and identity.

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit

The justices declined to hear Facebook’s appeal of a lower court ruling that revived the proposed nationwide litigation accusing the company of violating a federal law called the Wiretap Act by secretly tracking the visits of users to websites that use Facebook features such as the “like” button.

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.

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

The change is likely related to Apple’s upcoming rollout of iOS 14, which will require developers to get users’ permission to track their data across apps for targeted advertising.Making personalized ads mandatory allows TikTok to target advertising to some extent as more people opt out of cross-app tracking.

The new Policing Bill fails to provide sufficient safeguards around extraction of victims' data.

The new Policing Bill fails to provide sufficient safeguards around extraction of victims' data.

Our main concerns regarding Chapter 3 of the PCSC Bill: Continued reliance on "consent" of victims and witnesses to hand over their devices Section 36 of the Bill provides that an authorised person, such as a police officer, can extract data from an electronic device if the user of a device has:.

ISP Wrongfully Handed Customer Data to Pirate-Chasing Law Firm

ISP Wrongfully Handed Customer Data to Pirate-Chasing Law Firm

Swedish ISP Telia has handed over more information about its customers to so-called copyright troll law firms than any other in the country.In 2020, law firms acting for these so-called copyright trolls obtained permission to force Swedish ISPs to hand over the personal details of subscribers behind 46,200 IP addresses.

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.

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today urged the Supreme Court to rule that consumers can take big tech companies like Facebook and Google to court, including in class action lawsuits, to hold them accountable for privacy and other user data-related violations, regardless of whether they can show they suffered identical harms.

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Today we are publishing an open letter calling on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to publish a privacy notice for their DNS service that commits to deleting the data within 24 hours and to only using the data for providing the service.

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem

The app's privacy policy says that Clubhouse rooms are recorded: Solely for the purpose of supporting incident investigations, we temporarily record the audio in a room while the room is live.

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi — what is the power?

DeFi is a digital financial structure, where instead of a central regulator, is a smart contract on the blockchain.DeFi implements various financial instruments, among of them the most popular are: Lending, Payment Services, Stablecoins, Decentralized Exchanges (DEX), Insurance, Prediction Markets.

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

Likewise, just because there are people who are hiding destructive things that the people in charge should ultimately know about doesn’t suddenly mean they should allow the police to check EVERYONE.

Dev creeped out after he fired up Ubuntu VM on Azure, was immediately approached by Canonical sales rep

Dev creeped out after he fired up Ubuntu VM on Azure, was immediately approached by Canonical sales rep

Updated at 10.07 on 12 February to add: Following publication of this article, Canonical responded to our calls for comment with a written statement: "As per the Azure T&Cs, Microsoft shares with Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, the contact details of developers launching Ubuntu instances on Azure.

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.

10 SIM Swappers Arrested for Stealing $100M in Crypto from Celebrities

10 SIM Swappers Arrested for Stealing $100M in Crypto from Celebrities

Ten people belonging to a criminal network have been arrested in connection with a series of SIM-swapping attacks that resulted in the theft of more than $100 million by hijacking the mobile phone accounts of high-profile individuals in the U.S. The Europol-coordinated year-long investigation was jointly conducted by law enforcement authorities from the U.K., U.S., Belgium, Malta, and Canada.

B.C. couple 'furious' restaurant used phone number from contact tracing list to send promotional offers

B.C. couple 'furious' restaurant used phone number from contact tracing list to send promotional offers

And the only way we can think of was from contact tracing,” McCartney told CTV News Tuesday.But secondly, it undermines the trust that customers will have in your business,” B.C. Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy told CTV News.

Amazon Plans Largest Corporate Surveillance Program

Amazon Plans Largest Corporate Surveillance Program

Before they take it down, here's the video Amazon circulated internally to roll out what amounts to the largest expansion of corporate surveillance in human history: using artificial intelligence enabled cameras on their fleet of thousands of delivery vans https://t.co/CJy1jPj134 — Evan Greer (@evan_greer).

Facebook strikes back against Apple privacy change, prompts users to accept tracking to get 'better ads experience'

Facebook strikes back against Apple privacy change, prompts users to accept tracking to get 'better ads experience'

The next day, Apple CEO Tim Cook alluded to Facebook in a speech at a data privacy conference in Brussels, saying, "If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, it does not deserve our praise.

UK Police Chief falsely claims that end to end encrypted messaging “puts lives at risk”

UK Police Chief falsely claims that end to end encrypted messaging “puts lives at risk”

In fact, a police chief went so far as to say that offering end to end encryption would “’unequivocally put lives at risk.” The words were uttered by Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth – who head’s the country’s online anti-terrorism efforts.

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google says it has made progress on its so-called Privacy Sandbox plans to remove third-party cookies from its Chrome browser amid concerns about the browser's market dominance and privacy protections.