Choice Hotels Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 700,000 Customer Records

Choice Hotels Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 700,000 Customer Records

After MongoDB database was left open, containing 700,000 customer records, Choice Hotels, a hospitality giant, fell victim to hackers this week due to MongoDB's data breach. According to Choice Hotels, other fields that contained passwords, reservation details and payment information only contained test data, according to a news report.

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.

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service. "We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

Data isn't the new oil, it's the new CO2

Data isn't the new oil, it's the new CO2

The line of inquiry defending pervasive surveillance in the name of “individual freedom” and individual consent is tired and should be retired. But first let’s all admit that the line of inquiry defending pervasive surveillance in the name of “individual freedom” and individual consent gets us nowhere closer to understanding the threats we are facing.

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

In each country auction, search providers will state the price that they are willing to pay each time a user selects them from the choice screen in the given country. The three highest bidders that meet or exceed the bid threshold for a given country will appear in the choice screen for that country.

Facebook and Google’s Data-Control Tactics Aren’t Just a Privacy Issue Anymore

Facebook and Google’s Data-Control Tactics Aren’t Just a Privacy Issue Anymore

“We propose to consider whether consumers have the knowledge, skills and desire to control how data about them is collected and used by the online platforms, and how far they are able to exercise such choice,” the CMA said.

Social Media Strike!

Social Media Strike!

This means we will not use social media on those days, except to post notices that we are on strike. What: A collective pause in our use of social media, except to post notices and memes that: Declare that we are on strike.

ICE is Paying Millions to Surveillance Company to Spy on People’s Communications

ICE is Paying Millions to Surveillance Company to Spy on People’s Communications

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency at the centre of carrying out President Trump’s “zero tolerance” approach to immigration enforcement and family separation, has for years been contracting a US surveillance company to intercept peoples’ communications across the United States.

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

And the rest of the ad industry, which depends on their data to compete, has no choice but to go along with whatever whims and changes come their way. For more than a decade, tech companies and advertisers have said there’s no need for opt outs, because people like targeted ads.

Popping the Filter Bubble: My Interview with DuckDuckGo CEO, Gabriel Weinberg [The Knowledge Project Ep. #58]

Popping the Filter Bubble: My Interview with DuckDuckGo CEO, Gabriel Weinberg [The Knowledge Project Ep. #58]

DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg talks data privacy, protecting yourself online and shares his favorite mental models for clearer thinking. So that’s the model I think would be good, is giving people more choice.

“Users want control” is a shoulder shrug

“Users want control” is a shoulder shrug

If the person wants to determine their own path, if having choice is itself a personal goal , then you need control. People don’t want to lose their data, but having personal control over your data is a great way to lose it, or even to lose control over it.

Hackers Can Tell What Netflix Bandersnatch Choices You Make

Hackers Can Tell What Netflix Bandersnatch Choices You Make

In practice, though, the researchers say that they can analyze Netflix's encrypted interactive video traffic to find clues about what users are watching, and which choices they've made in their movie journeys.

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They’re Not On (Yet)

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They’re Not On (Yet)

“We use it to allow the passenger to ask the crew for something, and they have a crew screen and camera in the galley,” said Patrick Brannelly, vice president for passenger experience at Emirates.

Copyright Rules of New NYC Landmark Allow Owners to Use Anyone's Photographs for Licensing

Copyright Rules of New NYC Landmark Allow Owners to Use Anyone's Photographs for Licensing

I grant to Company and its affiliates the irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable right and license to use, display, reproduce, perform, modify, transmit, publish, and distribute such photographs, audio recordings, or video footage for any purpose whatsoever in any and all media (in either case, now known or developed later).

Whatsapp to Launch Biometric Authentication in Latest Update

Whatsapp to Launch Biometric Authentication in Latest Update

Whatsapp is deploying Dark Mode feature and Biometric authentication in their beta update 2.19.47. Furthermore, Whatsapp also ensures that the new update will come with biometric authentication for Android users as well. How can I enable Dark Mode and Biometric Authentication in Whatsapp?.

The Government wants to free up your bank data. Here's what that means for you

The Government wants to free up your bank data. Here's what that means for you

The Consumer Data Right (CDR), which begins to come online mid-year, aims to give Australians more agency to access and control parts of their personal information.

Internet providers would need permission to use consumer data under proposed MT legislation

Internet providers would need permission to use consumer data under proposed MT legislation

HELENA — Rep. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings) says people have a right to be asked if internet service providers can use their personal data. Zolnikov said providers will still be able to use data to create profiles of people based on their browsing history to make targeted ads.

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

When I see or hear strangers introduce me as “Arabelle, genderqueer” to people they don’t even know, to rooms I’m unfamiliar with, in public spaces where I can’t address the dangers first, I feel like a specimen with all the lights bearing down.

Netflix Has Saved Every Choice You’ve Ever Made in ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'

Netflix Has Saved Every Choice You’ve Ever Made in ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'

The GDPR granted EU citizens a right to access —anyone can request a wealth of information from a company collecting data. Veale told me that requesting the data was as easy as sending Netflix an email, but the specifics of getting the information he want were complicated.

Opinion | How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent

Opinion | How Silicon Valley Puts the ‘Con’ in Consent

The average person would have to spend 76 working days reading all of the digital privacy policies they agree to in the span of a year. Facebook advertised their app on services beloved by teens, like Snapchat and Instagram, seeking participants between the ages of 13 and 35.

Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email

Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email

The good news is that you can cut down on the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you receive by learning where to go to "just say no." Consumer Reporting Companies If you decide that you don't want to receive prescreened offers of credit and insurance, you have two choices: You can opt out of receiving them for five years or opt out of receiving them permanently.

Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them

Ads Following You Around? Here’s How You Can Stop Them

When you use incognito or privacy mode on your browser, it automatically deletes the cookies that are stored in a temporary folder. If you don’t want any advertisers to track you, use a secure browser.

BuyChoice Products Protects People's Right To Privacy - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

BuyChoice Products Protects People's Right To Privacy - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

A company that helps to protect people’s privacy has launched a range of products and services to allow people to make phone calls and surf online without the fear of having that privacy breached.

Thoughts and choices on sale!

Thoughts and choices on sale!

But now, It is not the laws or taxes that we are trading but the power of choice and thought that is what makes it scary. It is not that these tech giants are all that bad, it is their business model that hinges on the user data exploitation that makes them scary.

The internet of things is becoming a surveillance tool - Stacey on IoT

The internet of things is becoming a surveillance tool - Stacey on IoT

Its role should be to make sure consumers can take advantage of internet connected devices without signing away their privacy and in the process, giving companies the tools to manipulate or discriminate against them as they try to live their lives.

A Red Alert to Humanity

A Red Alert to Humanity

It forms the foundation of our freedom,” Ann expressed their primary flaws. A sister company of Google, SideWalk labs currently working on building a smart city project.The Top cader,

For real Windows 10 privacy, you need the China Government Edition

For real Windows 10 privacy, you need the China Government Edition

Of course, you could try to get a copy of Windows 10 China Government Edition.