You Are Being Continuously Tracked By Your Smart TVs: Here’s How

You Are Being Continuously Tracked By Your Smart TVs: Here’s How

Among the various OTT services, Roku and Amazon Fire TV track users and extract the user data.The automated crawler exhibited human behavior and monitored the tracking capabilities of OTT services by going through all the channels like an actual user.

Twitter under fire for profiting from millions of UK users' data sold to advertisers

Twitter under fire for profiting from millions of UK users' data sold to advertisers

Twitter has been accused of unfairly profiteering from the personal data of up to 14.1 million people in the UK after it used their email addresses to sell targeted advertising without their knowledge.

Twitter "Unintentionally" Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

Twitter "Unintentionally" Used Your Phone Number for Targeted Advertising

That’s exactly what Twitter fessed up to yesterday in an understated blog post: the company has been taking email addresses and phone numbers that users provided for “safety and security purposes” like two-factor authentication, and using them for its ad tracking systems, known as Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences.

Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security and Used Them for Advertising

Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security and Used Them for Advertising

"We recently discovered that when you provided an email address or phone number for safety or security purposes (for example, two-factor authentication) this data may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes, specifically in our Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences advertising system," Twitter's announcement reads.

Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook

Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook

The Northeastern University and Imperial College of London researchers found that other smart and connected IoT devices , such as connected speakers and cameras, all passed this private information on to third parties.

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Gen. Letitia James is leading a bipartisan coalition of states looking into whether Facebook “stifled competition and put users at risk” by increasing the price of advertising, reducing consumer-choice quality and mishandling personal information, according to a statement Friday.

Facebook on the hook as states launch competition, privacy probe

Facebook on the hook as states launch competition, privacy probe

"I’m launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether their actions endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising," New York attorney general Letitia James said this morning.

Google's 'secret web tracking pages' explained

Google's 'secret web tracking pages' explained

Google's advertising system is present on 8.4 million websites and increasingly it relies on a system known as real-time bidding (RTB), a type of online advertising that allows all the details of what people are doing online to be auctioned in real time in order to serve them targeted adverts.

Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web

Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web

Some users will argue that Google could take more drastic measures and simply use its tech prowess to stop the ad ecosystem from tracking you through cookies, fingerprinting and whatever else the adtech boffins will dream up next.

Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true

Google says: “Privacy is paramount to us, in everything we do”; here’s why that can’t be true

This has understandably led many people – around a third of all users according to some estimates – to block cookies in order to prevent persistent stores of their online activity and thus their lives being created by sites and advertisers.

Facebook and Google track what porn you're watching, even when you're in incognito

Facebook and Google track what porn you're watching, even when you're in incognito

Porn sites are riddled with web trackers, including from Google, Facebook, and Oracle, according to researchers at Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pennsylvania.Facebook and Google said they did not use information collected from porn-site visits to build marketing profiles.

Opinion | I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.

Opinion | I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.

For several days this spring, I lived my life through this Invasive Firefox, which logged every site I visited, all the advertising tracking servers that were watching my surfing and all the data they obtained.

How much does Google know about you?

How much does Google know about you?

Alex Hern on how Google’s use of personal data has potentially helped create a new age of mass surveillance.But in doing so has it ushered in a new age of mass surveillance?

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

According to new Pew Research Center data, Americans are more likely to view megaliths like Facebook and Google as mistrustful swindlers — whereas just a few years ago, more Americans believed tech companies were having a positive effect on our world.

Privacy - Conflicting information in Google ToS & Google Safety Center in relation to ads in Gmail - Information Security Stack Exchange

Privacy - Conflicting information in Google ToS & Google Safety Center in relation to ads in Gmail - Information Security Stack Exchange

After reading through, I realized that the two pages contain conflicting information about how (or if) they use keywords in Gmail messages to tailor advertising to users. On the other hand, on Google's Safety Center page, this is written: Gmail ads are based on your activity.

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

The FTC-Facebook Settlement Does Too Little to Protect Your Privacy

The agreement does not provide public transparency regarding how Facebook collects, uses, and shares personal information, or how Facebook implements the FTC settlement.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.

Opinion | Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites

Opinion | Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites

Facebook and Google denied that potential information collected by their trackers on pornography websites was used for creating marketing profiles intended to advertise to individuals.

Google and Facebook’s tracking software is widely used on porn sites, shows new study

Google and Facebook’s tracking software is widely used on porn sites, shows new study

Visitors to porn sites have a “fundamentally misleading sense of privacy,” warn the authors of a new study that examines how tracking software made by tech companies like Google and Facebook is deployed on adult websites.

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers leveled stinging criticism and sharp questions at Big Tech executives on Tuesday, attacking Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market power, their perceived bias as gatekeepers of communication and Facebook’s ambitions to reshape the financial industry.

Here’s why Google thinks you should trust it with unprecedented quantities of your city’s “urban data”

Here’s why Google thinks you should trust it with unprecedented quantities of your city’s “urban data”

The organization would also manage all urban data from the Sidewalk Toronto project and make it publicly accessible by default (if properly de-identified). In an attempt to head off that criticism, the company now says: Sidewalk Labs has already committed publicly that it would not sell personal information to third parties or use it for advertising purposes.

Opinion | Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet

Opinion | Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet

PRIVACY POLICY Last modified: December 18, 2017 (view archived versions) There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share information, to communicate with other people or to create new content.

The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere

The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere

The bad news for the online publishing industry is that behavioral ads based on real-time bidding are unlikely to survive for long in the EU. Assuming that is confirmed by further research, a world without micro-targeted ads based on real-time bidding would represent a huge win for privacy, with negligible damage to online publishers.

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

The probe is examining whether Apple has complied with the relevant provisions of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law in relation to an access request from a customer.

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Like Apple, Twitter is also under three different investigations with one each for Google, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn and US digital advertising company Quantcast.

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon

But while the need for transparency is a central tenet of GDPR, the law is “not being enforced and it hasn’t changed behavior as intended,” Brookman said, at least not yet.

A look at Microsoft Edge's Tracking Prevention feature

A look at Microsoft Edge's Tracking Prevention feature

Microsoft describes Tracking Prevention in Edge in the following way:Websites use trackers (like cookies and scripts) to collect info about how you use their sites and show you content like relevant ads.

Big Mood Machine

Big Mood Machine

“It’s a strategic evolution of the Spotify ads business.” As of May 1, 2015, advertisers would be able to target ads to users of the free ad-supported service based on activities and moods: “Mood categories like happy, chill, and sad will let a brand like Coca-Cola play on its ‘Open Happiness’ campaign when people are listening to mood-boosting music,” the Ad Age article explained.

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

And the rest of the ad industry, which depends on their data to compete, has no choice but to go along with whatever whims and changes come their way. For more than a decade, tech companies and advertisers have said there’s no need for opt outs, because people like targeted ads.

Is Apple really a privacy-first company?

Is Apple really a privacy-first company?

Cook said Sign In With Apple differs from Google or Facebook in that it gives users the option to scramble their email address to prevent a third party from stealing it; notably, Facebook and Google generally share user data with their sign-in tools, as they make money primarily from advertising.