Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Omnisec was one of the largest competitors of Crypto AG.Swiss cryptologist and professor Ueli Maurer was a consultant for Omnisec for years and told SRF that in 1989 US intelligence services (National Security Agency) contacted Omnisec through him.

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

The group, made up of online businesses “who share a concern that Google is threatening the open web model that is vital to the functioning of a free and competitive media and online economy”, has asked the UK Competition and Markets Authority to delay the introduction of Privacy Sandbox until the law is changed to ensure a level playing field.

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

In a statement that seems aimed directly at Facebook's complaint about the impact on small businesses, Apple says that advertising that respects privacy was the standard prior to the growth of the internet.

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.

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

Motherboard spoke to over half a dozen sources around Phantom, including family members of Ramos, distributors who sold Phantom phones in multiple countries on his behalf, and people with knowledge of the company's operations.

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

If tech companies won’t self-regulate their data collection practices and impose meaningful privacy-protecting restrictions on the way they handle our data, then it’s time for Congress to step up and take action.

California just passed a major privacy law that will make it harder for Facebook and Google to track people and gather data

California just passed a major privacy law that will make it harder for Facebook and Google to track people and gather data

A new law passed by California voters in the November election will set an unprecedented standard for digital privacy in the US, making it harder for big tech companies like Facebook and Google to track people's data.

Lazada’s Personal Data Breach and Rethinking Cost-Benefit Analysis of PDPA Compliance

Lazada’s Personal Data Breach and Rethinking Cost-Benefit Analysis of PDPA Compliance

In other cases where the personal data breach appears to be more a matter of ignorance and one-time mistakes, fines in the similar range as Grabcar Pte Ltd [2020] SGPDPC 14 were imposed.

Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple's planned privacy protections could hurt small businesses and economic recovery 'in 2021 and beyond'

Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple's planned privacy protections could hurt small businesses and economic recovery 'in 2021 and beyond'

"Actions planned by platform companies like Apple could have a meaningful negative effect on small businesses and economic recovery in 2021 and beyond," Zuckerberg told investors Thursday during Facebook's Q3 earnings call.

Breaking Down China's Social Credit System [Advanced Guide]

Breaking Down China's Social Credit System [Advanced Guide]

The following factors are used by the Chinese government when calculating a social credit score for a business: If the company has consistently paid their taxes on time Whether the business acquires and maintains necessary licenses If the organization in question is compliant with relevant environmental-protection requirements Whether the quality of the business’s products or service meet the national standards.

Google's long-time rivals say DOJ antitrust suit shows it's lost its 'halo' in the eyes of regulators

Google's long-time rivals say DOJ antitrust suit shows it's lost its 'halo' in the eyes of regulators

Foundem creators Shivaun and Adam Raff stand outside of the European Court of Justice for Google's appeal hearing in its competition case in 2020.When Shivaun Raff began speaking with European regulators about her complaints of Google's exclusionary conduct over a decade ago, she seemed to stand more or less alone.

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

It follows a complaint from a US data scientist, who last year said that Instagram allowed underage users to publicly display their phone numbers and email addresses by switching to "business" accounts.

How do you decide who to trust with your data? Professor Robin Mansell from LSE on why protecting privacy online is so difficult

How do you decide who to trust with your data? Professor Robin Mansell from LSE on why protecting privacy online is so difficult

That said, and this has been true for the last decade or more, people express concerns about their data privacy in surveys but will then go and use these apps or platforms without thinking about the consequences.

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

The browser, which Google introduced in 2008 and has the largest market share in the U.S., has been at the center of rivals’ accusations that the search giant uses its access to users’ web histories to aid its advertising business.

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

Andrew Yang takes lead in California data privacy measure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Fitbits on our wrists collect our health and fitness data; Apple promises privacy but lots of iPhone apps can still share our personal information; and who really knows what they’re agreeing to when a website asks, “Do You Accept All Cookies?” Most people just click “OK” and hope for the best, says former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

The EU wants to limit which apps Apple and Google pre-install on your phone

The EU wants to limit which apps Apple and Google pre-install on your phone

Draft rules would force the tech giants to share their data with rivals, and limit how many of their own apps they pre-install on devices.

French bar owners arrested for offering free WiFi but not keeping logs

French bar owners arrested for offering free WiFi but not keeping logs

The law No. 2006-64 extends the traditional ISP logging requirements “to all persons who, in respect of an activity primary or secondary professional, offer the public a connection allowing on-line communication via network access, including free of charge.” Violating this crime means that the owner of a small cafe that offers WiFi to patrons could face up to one year in prison and up to a 75,000 euro fine.

A hacker published thousands of students' grades and private information after a Nevada school district refused to pay ransom

A hacker published thousands of students' grades and private information after a Nevada school district refused to pay ransom

Brett Callow, a threat analyst with cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told Business Insider that he discovered leaked documents published to an online hacking forum that purported to include records from Nevada's Clark County School District, including students' names, social security numbers, addresses, and some financial information.

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

The company says that “all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” and it’s tweaking language in its payment policy to make that clear.

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

At the subcommittee hearing Kendall testified at on Thursday, lawmakers said the spread of misinformation on Facebook could be cause for future government regulation of social media platforms.

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google Google on Tuesday said it's rolling out a new Verified Calls feature in its Phone app for Android devices in an effort to separate calls you actually want to answer from spam and robocalls.

Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenue

Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenue

The Facebook Audience Network allows mobile software developers to provide in-app advertisements targeted to users based on Facebook's data.Today, advertisers can use a unique device ID number called the IDFA to better target ads and estimate their effectiveness.

CIA’s In-Q-Tel Among Backers of German Satellite-Thruster Startup

CIA’s In-Q-Tel Among Backers of German Satellite-Thruster Startup

In June, Morpheus thrusters moved a 10-centimeter, or 1U, cubesat out of the path of a disabled Iridium satellite, marking the first time a satellite of this class performed a collision avoidance maneuver, István Lőrincz, the company’s chief business officer and co-founder, said.

Why the Rise of the CBDC Is Bad for Your Privacy

Why the Rise of the CBDC Is Bad for Your Privacy

Tech companies will become the new banks, providing payment rails to their billions of users, and extending their financial services to include loans and credit scoring.It’s not just citizens and small business owners who should be concerned by the emergence of central bank digital currencies.

German watchdog launches Amazon third party seller investigation

German watchdog launches Amazon third party seller investigation

“We are currently investigating whether and how Amazon influences how traders set prices on the market-place,” Andreas Mundt, President of the Federal Cartel Office, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.Mundt claimed there had been complaints about Amazon blocking certain traders, accusing them of price gouging following the coronavirus outbreak.

Instagram could face up up to $500 billion in fines in class-action lawsuit alleging it illegally harvested biometric data

Instagram could face up up to $500 billion in fines in class-action lawsuit alleging it illegally harvested biometric data

That practice violates an Illinois state law that bans companies from collecting people's biometric data — like a facial recognition scan — without their knowledge or consent, the lawsuit alleges.

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

Google and Apple have both banned apps from collecting MAC addresses, but researchers told The Wall Street Journal that TikTok did so until November last year by exploiting a bug.

The real risk of downloading Chinese apps on to your phone

The real risk of downloading Chinese apps on to your phone

Large Chinese technology companies have attempted to dispel concerns around this law by publicly pledging to refuse Chinese government requests for data.

This Billion Dollar Company Considers Privacy Laws a Threat to Its Business

This Billion Dollar Company Considers Privacy Laws a Threat to Its Business

ZoomInfo, a data broker that collects contact information by harvesting it from peoples' email inboxes, sees increased attention on privacy legislation as a core risk to its billion dollar business, according to public records.

Fact check: 'Cashless' society isn't imminent, wouldn't eliminate cash

Fact check: 'Cashless' society isn't imminent, wouldn't eliminate cash

“When people talk about a cashless society, even though a small coffee shop may literally be zero cash, or some place like a Sweet Green — from a macroeconomic standpoint, I don’t think the vision is for the Treasury to never print money ever again,” Santana told USA TODAY.