New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill In Congress Creates U.S. Digital Dollar

New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill In Congress Creates U.S. Digital Dollar

Both Speaker Pelosi’s ‘Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act’ and the ‘Financial Protections and Assistance for America’s Consumers, States, Businesses, and Vulnerable Populations Act (H.R. 6321),’ introduced by Chairwoman Maxine Waters of Financial Services Committee, introduced these concepts today as a way of delivering the economic stimulus payments to U.S. citizens.

Barclays scraps 'Big Brother' staff tracking system

Barclays scraps 'Big Brother' staff tracking system

Image copyright Getty Images Barclays says it has scrapped a system that tracked the time employees spent at their desks and sent warnings to those spending too long on breaks.It is not the first time the bank has come under fire for using technology to monitor its staff.

'I wasn't allowed to buy my burrito with cash'

'I wasn't allowed to buy my burrito with cash'

Image caption Nicholas Duggan was "very taken aback" to find his cash refused During a recent lunch hour in New York, a sea of office workers filled the Hudson Eats food court, where staff prepared pizza, barbecue and chopped salad orders at incredible speed.

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020

“Most of the answers to security questions like these are easily acquired by hackers,” Tom Lysemose Hansen, founder of mobile app security vendor Promon, explains, “using simple trial-and-error methods based on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and even Wikipedia data, which give away much of our personal and family details.” Indeed, it’s incredible, and incredibly worrying, what a simple Google search can uncover.

Google Gives Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented ‘Geofence’ Search

Google Gives Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented ‘Geofence’ Search

To investigators, this kind of “geofence” demand is useful, allowing them to go through the data trove provided by Google, look for devices of interest such as a known suspect’s phone and ask for more personal information on the user of that mobile.

Switzerland grants 18 more countries access to bank details

Switzerland grants 18 more countries access to bank details

In return, Switzerland will receive information on banking details of accounts held by Swiss citizens/residents in these partner countries.In return, it received information on banking details of around 2.4 million accounts held by Swiss citizens/residents in 75 partner countries.

Don't (Geo)Fence Me In: Courts Order Google To Give Up Location Data

Don't (Geo)Fence Me In: Courts Order Google To Give Up Location Data

The warrant is served on any entity that has collected location data and calls for information about any devices that were near a specific location at a particular time.

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here's Why You Should Too

While I continue to use Google at work (more out of necessity, as my employer runs on G-Suite), on my phone I’m all about DuckDuckGo. I had, based on zero evidence, convinced myself that finding things on the internet was hard and, inevitably, involved a fair amount of tracking.

Dutch data regulator criticizes banks' use of payment data for ads — Quartz

Dutch data regulator criticizes banks' use of payment data for ads — Quartz

The bank said in an email that it was in talks with the regulator and that does not currently “send its customers personal offers for relevant ING products and services based on transaction data, and will not start these practices for the time being either.”.

Microsoft Taps Eric Holder to Audit AnyVision Over Concerns of Face Recognition Surveillance

Microsoft Taps Eric Holder to Audit AnyVision Over Concerns of Face Recognition Surveillance

Microsoft is bringing on former US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether AnyVision, a facial recognition company it invested in over the summer, violated Microsoft’s ethics guidelines, according to an NBC News report Friday.

Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the use of facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded complies with its ethics principles, the company said on Friday.

Google Pay will offer checking accounts in 2020

Google Pay will offer checking accounts in 2020

“We’re exploring how we can partner with banks and credit unions in the U.S. to offer smart checking accounts through Google Pay, helping their customers benefit from useful insights and budgeting tools, while keeping their money in an FDIC or NCUA-insured account,” Ewer said in a statement, referring by acronym to two U.S. agencies that insure deposits.

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

The personal details of millions of Sberbank customers may have been leaked, in what would be the largest-ever data breach in Russian banking, according to cyber security experts.Analysts at cybersecurity firm DeviceLock found personal information relating to up to 60 million Sberbank credit card holders for sale on the black market.

What the first porta-potty can teach designers about digital privacy

What the first porta-potty can teach designers about digital privacy

“Physical and digital privacy are more closely aligned than different, but data is abstracted from a person or community,” explains University of Florida associate professor Jasmine McNealy.What do we call this era of digital privacy?

Nearly everyone in Ecuador is the victim of a data breach

Nearly everyone in Ecuador is the victim of a data breach

According to vpnMentor, the data appears to have come from multiple sources including Ecuadorian government registries, an Ecuadorian national bank and an automotive association.It even includes detailed information about individuals' family members.vpnMentor notified Ecuador's Computer Emergency Response Team, and the breach was closed on September 11th.

Personal Data Of Entire 16.6 Million Population Of Ecuador Leaked Online

Personal Data Of Entire 16.6 Million Population Of Ecuador Leaked Online

Now the dynamic duo has, with the help of ZDNet reporter Catalin Cimpanu, exposed one of the most mind-boggling security blunders to date: the leaking of personal information about what is thought to be the entire population of Ecuador.

Charming Charlie IP goes on the auction block

Charming Charlie IP goes on the auction block

In Charming Charlie's case, that includes information from its nearly 7 million loyalty members, 6.8 million opt-in email addresses and 3 million physical addresses from marketing mailers, as well as 254,000 Instagram followers, 33,000 twitter followers and 1.3 million Facebook likes, according to a Hilco webpage about the auction.In its last year, Charming Charlie generated nearly $250 million in sales, according to Hilco.

Seven Bank ATMs to have facial recognition tech

Seven Bank ATMs to have facial recognition tech

Japan's Seven-Eleven convenience stores will soon have ATMs equipped with facial recognition technology.Seven Bank says it is the first bank in Japan to introduce ATMs with this technology.The bank says people can start using the machines to withdraw cash next fiscal year at the earliest.

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Other parties and experts have also pointed out that Austria would not have the unilateral right to protect cash through constitutional changes because it uses the euro, which is under the purview of the European Central Bank.

There is more than only black and white in information security and privacy

There is more than only black and white in information security and privacy

When it comes to information security and privacy, some people specialized in spreading black and white thinking.The new filter bubble, inflated by black and white thinking of like-minded people, is proclaimed as the only truth.

Capital One Was Breached by a Hacker. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Capital One Was Breached by a Hacker. Here’s What You Need to Know.

It’s become a drearily familiar story: A data breach at a major company exposes troves of sensitive information, putting millions of people at risk of online fraud.

Massive Capital One breach exposes personal info of 100 million Americans

Massive Capital One breach exposes personal info of 100 million Americans

Banking institution Capital One has just revealed that it’s suffered a data breach that exposed the names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, dates of birth, and self-reported incomes of approximately 100 million Americans, and 6 million in Canada, due to a “configuration vulnerability” in the servers of an unnamed cloud computing company hosting the bank’s data.

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump is not a fan of Libra, Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency, the president made clear in a series of tweets on Thursday evening. "Facebook Libra’s 'virtual currency' will have little standing or dependability.," Trump tweeted.

Facebook Libra: Great Message, Wrong Messenger

Facebook Libra: Great Message, Wrong Messenger

Depending on what you read or hear, Libra is one or all of: a great act of enterprise social good that will change the lives of millions of people for the better; a nightmare for American and European regulators; a desperate attempt to rehabilitate the reputation and declining readership of Facebook and its increasingly unpopular CEO, Mark Zuckerberg; or a pipedream based on a shaky premise and a yet-to-be-built infrastructure that probably won’t be built.

Facebook's Libra is not really a cryptocurrency and it faces huge hurdles, including in India. Here’s why

Facebook's Libra is not really a cryptocurrency and it faces huge hurdles, including in India. Here’s why

While Libra's utility could render many cryptocurrencies useless due to its play on remittance and payments, it could usher in a new wave of adoption in this space and we will need to wait and see which tokens and coins come out on top.

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

"Given the company's troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a crypto-currency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action," said Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance

Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance

has announced a digital currency called Libra that will allow its billions of users to make financial transactions across the globe, in a move that could potentially shake up the world’s banking system.

Google confirms presence of Triada backdoor in cheap Android phones

Google confirms presence of Triada backdoor in cheap Android phones

In the blog post, Siewierski confirmed that the malware did exist in new Android devices .In 2016, Kaspersky Lab researchers identified what was probably the most advanced of all mobile banking Trojans at the time.

Tips to keep your online bank account secure

Tips to keep your online bank account secure

Although we usually get very excited when we find public wifi and don’t need to use our own data, it has its minuses. Accessing bank account with your phone and your mobile data is the most secure way.

IOS App Trackers Are Collecting Your Personal Data

IOS App Trackers Are Collecting Your Personal Data

New revelations show that iOS apps gather massive amounts of personal data from unsuspecting users, highlighting the need for blockchain solutions to data privacy. Even without saving an entire file on the blockchain, the iOS/Android user can rest assured that the information has not been tampered with.