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.

There's Another Facebook Phone Number Database Online

There's Another Facebook Phone Number Database Online

See More →An online tool lets customers pay to unmask the phone numbers of Facebook users that liked a specific Page, and the underlying dataset appears to be separate from the 500 million account database that made headlines this week, signifying another data breach or large scale scraping of Facebook users' data, Motherboard has found.

533M Facebook users' data leaked

533M Facebook users' data leaked

The database has been online since last June .Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, said on Saturday the database appears to be the same set of Facebook-linked telephone numbers that have been circulating in hacker circles since January and whose existence was first reported by tech publication Motherboard.“If you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for the account was leaked,” Gal tweeted.

Schools Are Abandoning Invasive Proctoring Software After Student Backlash

Schools Are Abandoning Invasive Proctoring Software After Student Backlash

The conference is put on in part by the California Community College system and several of the member schools, including Cabrillo College, decided not to renew their Proctorio software license in December.

Facial Recognition Company Lied to School District About its Racist Tech

Facial Recognition Company Lied to School District About its Racist Tech

The NIST tests demonstrated that all facial recognition algorithms perform worse on people of color .Motherboard obtained a copy of the Freed Maxick report from the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which is representing the Lockport parents in their lawsuit.

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Starting January 2021, each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language.

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice's Motherboard.Muslim Pro sells location data to a third-party broker called X-Mode, according to Motherboard's report.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

German authorities want large porn sites to implement age verification or be blocked via DNS

German authorities want large porn sites to implement age verification or be blocked via DNS

Internet service providers (ISPs) in Germany may soon be forced to apply DNS blocks to stop users from accessing porn sites like Pornhub, xHamster, and YouPorn.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

San Francisco: End SFPD's Illegal Use of Private Cameras to Spy on Protesters.

The threat of police exploiting surveillance technology to spy on people exercising their First Amendment rights was a primary motivation for San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passing 2019's groundbreaking Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.

Facebook's new Oversight Board strives to be seen as independent

Facebook's new Oversight Board strives to be seen as independent

Social media users who believe their posts have been unfairly removed from Facebook or Instagram can now file an appeal to Facebook’s Independent Oversight Board, the company announced Thursday.

Trump Campaign Draws Rebuke for Surveilling Philadelphia Voters

Trump Campaign Draws Rebuke for Surveilling Philadelphia Voters

Earlier this month, a Trump campaign official told The Times that the campaign would be videotaping drop boxes but was only interested in people who were dumping large numbers of ballots — not in those bringing an extra ballot or two.

MEGA Provided Suspended Account Files to FBI in Child Porn Case

MEGA Provided Suspended Account Files to FBI in Child Porn Case

Popular file sharing service MEGA recently shared the content of a user's suspended account after the FBI provided the service with a list of potential passwords in a child abuse case, according to court records.

IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant

IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant

The IRS revealed to Senator Wyden’s office in June that the tax agency had bought a set of location data from a data broker known as Venntel.

The Citizens

The Citizens

This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the many urgent risks the platform poses to the upcoming election.The Real Facebook Oversight Board.The Real Facebook Oversight Board.We believe accountability in real-time is vital.

Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

An Amazon Web Services employee emailed a series of internal Amazon listservs and told them that their communications were being monitored for labor organizing efforts and processed in a data farming project by the company's Global Security Operations, according to an internal email obtained by Motherboard.

Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors

Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors

A former director of the National Security Agency and the first commander of the US Cyber Command, Alexander served as the public face of US data collection during the Edward Snowden leaks, but he retired from public service in 2013.

CBP Now Has a Massive Searchable Database for Devices Seized at the Border

CBP Now Has a Massive Searchable Database for Devices Seized at the Border

It will create “a risk that irrelevant information extracted from devices will now be accessible to a larger number of (US Border Patrol) agents with no nexus to that particular case,” according to CBP’s privacy assessment.

Clear Channel to start tracking consumers with billboards in Europe

Clear Channel to start tracking consumers with billboards in Europe

Radar is a program that gives advertisers access to anonymized phone location data of those that pass by billboards with their ads on them and represents the pinnacle of outdoor ad tracking.

Facebook to take board seat at Linux Foundation after signing as Platinum member

Facebook to take board seat at Linux Foundation after signing as Platinum member

As part of its membership, that the company's head of open source, Kathy Kam, will have a seat on the Foundation's board.In a blog post announcing the membership, the Linux Foundation commended a number of Facebook projects that "leverage open source to unlock the potential of open innovation".

Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

In an earlier email to Motherboard, the California DMV said data requesters may include insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and prospective employers.

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

As global geopolitical tensions continue to rise, there is increasing concern that the data TikTok collects from its users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

The College Board Is Sharing Student Data Once Again

The College Board Is Sharing Student Data Once Again

“The data sharing we observed would allow for a broad range of profiling,” says Bill Fitzgerald, the privacy researcher who conducted the tests for the Consumer Reports Digital Lab. Once student data is passed to third parties, he notes, it’s more likely to be used for purposes that don’t reflect a pupil’s best interests.

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Universal Clipboard application.

Police Are Buying Access to Hacked Website Data

Police Are Buying Access to Hacked Website Data

By buying products from SpyCloud, law enforcement would also be obtaining access to hacked data on people who are not associated with any crimes—the vast majority of people affected by data breaches are not criminals—and would not need to follow the usual mechanisms of sending a legal request to a company to obtain user data.

Please leave our clipboards alone.

Please leave our clipboards alone.

Yesterday, I tweeted calling out Microsoft’s LinkedIn showing that it was accessing my clipboard every keystroke.However, the real problem and thing that scares me is the fact that ANY app has the ability to access the clipboard without permission.

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn plans to stop its app from repeatedly copying the contents of an iOS device’s clipboard, after a user highlighted the seemingly privacy-invasive practice earlier this week.

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

The privacy feature in iOS 14, which is still in a limited beta for developers, has revealed several apps engaging in clipboard copying in recent weeks.

Reddit and Linkedin apps also caught copying and pasting clipboard contents

Reddit and Linkedin apps also caught copying and pasting clipboard contents

Linkedin and Reddit both check your clipboard and copy and paste your clipboard contents with every keystroke – even when you’re in another app.Smartphone users are finally waking up to the potential privacy violations from installed mobile apps.

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

The LinkedIn controversy comes a week after TikTok, one of the most popular apps in the world, said it would stop snooping on user clipboards after iOS 14 revealed that it was doing just that.