Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

United States secret service NSA for years abused a cooperation agreement with Denmark to spy on allies in Europe, including the Netherlands, Danish public broadcaster DR reported based on reports from a whistleblower and confirmation from various sources.

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

As part of the agreement, Facebook is sharing quarterly and annual updates with the FTC on its progress; the company is submitting its first quarterly report at the end of this week.

$610K Settlement in School Webcam Spy Case

$610K Settlement in School Webcam Spy Case

Holly Robbins, Blake's mother, told CBS News , "I don't feel this school has the right to put cameras inside the kids' home, inside their bedrooms and spy on them.".

Facebook Adds $100M to Privacy Settlement in Bid to Satisfy Skeptical Judge

Facebook Adds $100M to Privacy Settlement in Bid to Satisfy Skeptical Judge

With this alternative perspective — namely, Facebook could be looking at a damages award three to five times the settlement figure and possibly more ("I'd also like to understand why there was no discussion whatsoever on why this is not a case where the enhanced damages of $5,000 per person are on the table," said the judge at the June 4 hearing) — the parties went back into mediation and came to a revised agreement.

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday, July 16, 2020 that an agreement that allows big tech companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid, and that national regulators need to take tougher action to protect the privacy of users' data.

Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal

Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal

As surprising as it may sound, digital surveillance and speech control in the United States already show many similarities to what one finds in authoritarian states such as China.

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

After reading NSA files, I wouldn’t be surprised if NSA already hacked some of the big CAs. I don’t see what stops governments from issuing a subpoena for the CAs in their countries to sign a certificate so they could sniff the communication of whoever they want.

Google to shift UK user data to the US post-Brexit

Google to shift UK user data to the US post-Brexit

That's believed to be amid concerns from Google that the UK will loosen its data protection laws and fail to agree on a data-sharing agreement with EU, potentially making it difficult to transfer data between Ireland and the UK.

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

If it isn’t stopped, the worst parts of this deal will likely come standard on future agreements, and Americans will be subject to more and more searches by foreign police.TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE U.S.-U.K. CLOUD ACT DEAL.

Over 267 million Facebook users had their names, phone numbers, and profiles exposed thanks to a public database, researcher says

Over 267 million Facebook users had their names, phone numbers, and profiles exposed thanks to a public database, researcher says

An online database exposed the names, Facebook IDs, and phone numbers of more than 267 million people, said Bob Diachenko, a data-security researcher, and Comparitech, a tech website.

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee on Monday wrote Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension Health demanding briefings by Dec. 6 on how patient data the hospital chain is storing on the cloud is used.

Google reveals ‘Project Nightingale’ after being accused of secretly gathering personal health records

Google reveals ‘Project Nightingale’ after being accused of secretly gathering personal health records

The Wall Street Journal’s Rob Copeland wrote that the data amassed in the program includes “lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, complete with patient names and dates of birth,” and that as many as 150 Google employees may have had access to the data.

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: "End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day.".It allows British law-enforcement agencies to demand from US tech firms data relating to terrorists, child-sexual abusers and other serious criminals.

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

For the purpose, it will use 3,60,000 tablets which run on the Russian operating system---Aurora.The smartphone maker kickstarted a pilot programme where it will use a Russian operating system to replace Android.

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

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.

GOP senator announces bill to block companies from tracking online activity

GOP senator announces bill to block companies from tracking online activity

on Monday announced he will introduce legislation that would block internet companies from tracking users' activity online by creating a so-called Do Not Track list.

Facebook settlement with U.S. may include privacy oversight: Politico

Facebook settlement with U.S. may include privacy oversight: Politico

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are negotiating a possible settlement that would require the company to create an independent privacy oversight committee and take other steps to safeguard users, Politico reported on Wednesday, citing a source.

Facebook Could Be Fined Up To 5 Billion Dollar Over Privacy Violations

Facebook Could Be Fined Up To 5 Billion Dollar Over Privacy Violations

“In the first quarter of 2019, we reasonably estimated a probable loss and recorded a $ 3.0 billion accumulation related to the FTC’s consultations on our platform and user data practices,” said Facebook in its report.

Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer is threatening to publish his nude photos

Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer is threatening to publish his nude photos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has published an astonishing personal blog post on the platform Medium detailing what he claims is extortion and blackmail on behalf of the tabloid National Enquirer.

EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms

EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms

EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms As part of a routine review, EPIC asked the United Nations Human Rights Committee to question the US about the failure to protect individuals against privacy violations by private industry.

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a class-action settlement requiring smart tv manufacturer Vizio to pay $17 million for allegedly violating users' privacy.

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

Facebook has shared users' private messages, contact information and other personal data with companies such as Microsoft and Spotify, according to a New York Times report that was alarming even in light of previous disclosures about the social network's practices. Read the terms of service: Facebook says it didn't violate user agreements in sharing the data.

South Carolina Bill Would Ban Stingray Devices, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance State

South Carolina Bill Would Ban Stingray Devices, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance State

H.3368 would prohibit South Carolina law enforcement agencies from purchasing cell site simulators and would require any department that currently uses or possesses such a device to discontinue its use and discard the technology.

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

The privacy team had limited ability to review or suggest changes to some of those data-sharing agreements, which had been negotiated by more senior officials at the company.

Data Privacy Laws -- U.S. Citizens Lack Protections

Data Privacy Laws -- U.S. Citizens Lack Protections

Out of this understandable absence of mind, an enormous industry arises. This industry trades in our personal data, the passively-generated facts about where, and with whom, we spend our time, what stories we visit, who we talk to, and what we say.

Australia gets world-first encryption busting laws

Australia gets world-first encryption busting laws

"To ensure the passage of the bill through the Senate tonight, the government has agreed to consider Labor’s proposed amendments in the new year if any genuinely reflect the recommendations of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security," Porter was quoted by several media outlets as saying.

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Google’s UK head Ronan Harris is understood to have asked ministers about the potential impact of Brexit on laws around the transfer of data. Google’s advertising business relies heavily upon retaining user data, and Brexit will see the government have to form a new data-sharing agreement with the European Union.

Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

“Republicans have suffered from being behind in small-dollar fund-raising, and the president, over the course of the campaign and his presidency, has built the largest Republican first-party data list,” said Mr. Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, who engineered the agreement.