Mercedes sparks privacy row over use of location trackers on finance vehicles

Mercedes sparks privacy row over use of location trackers on finance vehicles

Pic: JLR As the use of the sensors is mentioned in the financing agreement, Mercedes does not fall foul of EU data protection laws that prohibit the tracking of vehicles without the knowledge of the driver.

T-Mobile ‘Put My Life in Danger’ Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data

T-Mobile ‘Put My Life in Danger’ Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data

He did this by pretending to be a U.S. Marshal with the "Georgia Fugitive Task Force" to T-Mobile, which then provided Edens with the location of Johnson's phone in a handy Google Maps interface—"pinging" the phone, in industry parlance.

Kaspersky AV injected unique ID that allowed sites to track users, even in incognito mode

Kaspersky AV injected unique ID that allowed sites to track users, even in incognito mode

A case in point: for almost four years, AV products from Kaspersky Lab injected a unique identifier into the HTML of every website a user visited, making it possible for sites to identify people even when using incognito mode or when they switched between Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Manhattan DA Got Innocent People's Google Phone Data Through A 'Reverse Location' Search Warrant

Law enforcement authorities in New York are joining a nationwide trend to push Google to share phone data on anyone using its location tracking services near the time and scene of a crime.

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the violation of the privacy law was sufficient for Facebook users to sue the company.Six Flags, where the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously decided that consumers can sue companies that violate the state's biometric privacy law.

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

The increasing popularity of Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant has triggered concerns from politicians and privacy enforcers over how some companies handle recordings from users interacting with their voice assistants.

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

U.S. appeals court voids Google 'cookie' privacy settlement that paid users nothing

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Google’s class-action settlement meant to resolve claims it invaded the privacy of millions of computer users by installing “cookies” in their browsers, but paying those users nothing for their troubles.

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

The company's acquisition practices are the main focus of the probe, as the FTC looks into Facebook buying technology-based startups to keep them from challenging it, the report said.

Voter records for 80% of Chile's population left exposed online

Voter records for 80% of Chile's population left exposed online

Image: ZDNet ZDNet has confirmed the validity and accuracy of this information with several of the individuals whose data was contained in the leaky database.

DOJ and FBI Show No Signs of Correcting Past Untruths in Their New Attacks on Encryption

DOJ and FBI Show No Signs of Correcting Past Untruths in Their New Attacks on Encryption

Last week, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray chose to spend some of their time giving speeches demonizing encryption and calling for the creation of backdoors to allow the government access to encrypted data.

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers

UK High Court rejects human rights challenge to bulk snooping powers

The challenge fixed on the presence of so-called “bulk” powers in the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act (IPA): A controversial capability that allows intelligence agencies to legally collect and retain large amounts of data, instead of having to operate via targeted intercepts.

FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

In addition to the $5 billion fine, which goes straight to the US Treasury, the new order requires Facebook to establish and adhere to a new governance structure for reviewing user privacy on its services, including Instagram and WhatsApp. The company's board of directors must form an independent privacy committee, removing "unfettered control" of decisions affecting user privacy from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Google will pay just $13 million to settle long-running Street View data collection lawsuit

Google will pay just $13 million to settle long-running Street View data collection lawsuit

The Street View cars also collect information about local WiFi networks, and a 2010 lawsuit alleged Google grabbed too much data. Google settled with 38 states for $7 million in 2013 to end a case stemming from the same issues.

Google Is Offering $5 Gift Cards for Your Face Data

Google Is Offering $5 Gift Cards for Your Face Data

As to why Google is collecting this data, all the evidence points to the Pixel 4 which, as Android Police discovered last month, is expected to have a face authentication system just like Apple offers using Face ID on iPhone.

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge.

China’s government has given location-tracking watches to 17,000 children

China’s government has given location-tracking watches to 17,000 children

The smart watches use chips developed and designed by BeiDou, a Chinese satellite navigation system, to pinpoint a child’s position within 10 meters. The tech: The watches are equipped with a positioning chip, developed by BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, China’s GPS equivalent.

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

I regularly get mail from various shady companies that obviously crawl Play for developer contact addresses in order to spam them with “lucrative business proposals”. Automatically crawling Google Play for contact addresses of fairly obscure apps and spamming their developers is actually child’s play.

Google still keeps a list of everything you ever bought using Gmail, even if you delete all your emails

Google still keeps a list of everything you ever bought using Gmail, even if you delete all your emails

If you bought food for delivery and the receipt went to your Gmail, Google stores that, too. At the time of my original story, Google said users can delete everything by tapping into a purchase and removing the Gmail.

Facebook, Privacy Activist Schrems Face Off in July 9 Court Hearing

Facebook, Privacy Activist Schrems Face Off in July 9 Court Hearing

Facebook will face Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems next week at Europe's top court in a landmark case that could affect how hundreds of thousands of companies transfer personal data worldwide as well as Europeans' privacy rights.

Italy stings Facebook with $1.1M fine for Cambridge Analytica data misuse

Italy stings Facebook with $1.1M fine for Cambridge Analytica data misuse

Last year it emerged that up to 87 million Facebook users had had their data siphoned out of the social media giant’s platform by an app developer working for the controversial (and now defunct ) political data company, Cambridge Analytica.

With a single wiretap, police collected 9.2 million text messages

With a single wiretap, police collected 9.2 million text messages

Trailing behind it was another narcotics investigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania saw police obtain a three-month wiretap that collected 9.1 million text message from 45 individuals. But the overall number of wiretaps authorized and subsequent convictions “fell sharply” in 2018, the U.S. Courts said in its annual transparency report.

Mark Zuckerberg makes the case for not breaking up Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg makes the case for not breaking up Facebook

"The question that I think we have to grapple with is that breaking up these companies wouldn't make any of those problems better," Zuckerberg said in a conversation with Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein.

Your car's data privacy comes into question in Georgia Supreme Court case

Your car's data privacy comes into question in Georgia Supreme Court case

Last June, the US Supreme Court also ruled that police need a warrant to get phone location data , but there are still privacy challenges as more cases take on other ways technology can collect information.

Samsung TVs should be regularly virus-checked, the company says

Samsung TVs should be regularly virus-checked, the company says

Samsung's recent smart TVs run off a version of its proprietary operating system, Tizen, and often come pre-loaded with McAfee's Security for TV anti-virus software. One security adviser had described the tweet as being "pointless advice" that would be a "waste of time" to follow.

Opinion | I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.

Opinion | I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.

Giving these independent lawyers the information they need to argue about the legality of novel law enforcement requests, as well as the right to appeal, would at least provide for a more balanced assessment of new surveillance technologies and a quicker way for questions about them to be decided on a national basis.

Opinion | He Won a Landmark Case for Privacy Rights. He’s Going to Prison Anyway.

Opinion | He Won a Landmark Case for Privacy Rights. He’s Going to Prison Anyway.

But under the good-faith exception to violations of the Fourth Amendment, the court said the agents acted reasonably and in “good faith” — and so whatever they gathered could still be used at trial.

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.

Is caring about data privacy the new conspicuous consumption?

Is caring about data privacy the new conspicuous consumption?

Winston’s CEO, Richard Stokes, uses the word “premium product,” but what else would you call an “online privacy device” that costs $250 retail (plus $99 per year in ongoing software subscription fees)?“I definitely think status plays a part,” Stokes says. “We’re not targeting the 2.5% of bleeding-edge engineers who like going down the privacy rabbit hole,” says Stokes.

Federal Judge Hears Challenge to NSA ‘Upstream’ Spying

Federal Judge Hears Challenge to NSA ‘Upstream’ Spying

(CN) – On remand from the Fourth Circuit, a federal judge heard arguments Thursday in a challenge to the National Security Agency’s “upstream” surveillance of international and domestic text-based communications.

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