The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

To regular folks with some basic computer skills the Dark Web seems to be Enemy #1.People talk about it like it’s the Internet Demogorgon.Acxiom collects, analyzes and sells customer and business information used for targeted advertising campaigns.

Mashio.NET - Matthew Walther

Mashio.NET - Matthew Walther

Providers like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft can, and have, cut people off from the data and services that they rely on to run their lives, businesses, and communities.

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

If it isn’t stopped, the worst parts of this deal will likely come standard on future agreements, and Americans will be subject to more and more searches by foreign police.TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE U.S.-U.K. CLOUD ACT DEAL.

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups, apparently due to pressure from the FBI

Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups, apparently due to pressure from the FBI

Messages are also stored using end-to-encryption but as said earlier, this is nullified if the user also enabled iCloud Backup.

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure

Cloudflare Removes Warrant Canary: Thoughtful Post Says It Can No Longer Say It Hasn't Removed A Site Due To Political Pressure.Terminated a customer or taken down content due to political pressure* Provided any law enforcement organization a feed of our customers' content transiting our network.

Worker fired for declining a face scan awarded $23,200

Worker fired for declining a face scan awarded $23,200

Fensom worked for construction company KME Services for eight months as a lead electrician during the construction of Christchurch's new hospital before he was fired on October 30, 2018, the Employment Relations Authority said in its determination.

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

TorrentFreak writes that what API is trying to protect here are its monetary interests related to unauthorized copying and sale of the industry standards that the association produces.API's DMCA application, that has now been approved, said the copyrighted standards – described as a valuable asset – are available to download without permission.

Alexa is coming to more everyday household devices like light switches and thermostats

Alexa is coming to more everyday household devices like light switches and thermostats

Amazon's integration of AVS into AWS IoT Core should lead to a rapid jump in the number of Alexa-powered consumer IoT devices.

It's privacy vs innovation as Google collects data on 50M medical patients

It's privacy vs innovation as Google collects data on 50M medical patients

The companies say it will improve patient care and administration, but the strategy has also sparked concern among certain consumer advocates, cybersecurity experts and reportedly some Ascension employees — especially because neither patients nor doctors had been previously been notified of this data-sharing arrangement.

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

In a book slated for publication Oct. 29, retired Navy commander Guy Snodgrass, who served as a speech writer to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, said Trump called Mattis and directed him to “screw Amazon” by preventing it from bidding on the JEDI contract, according to an excerpt of the book seen by Reuters ahead of its release.

WARP is not a VPN for privacy

WARP is not a VPN for privacy

Mobile app sans VPN technology provides a crucial, free service to encrypt DNS queries for otherwise unprotected mobile internet users leaking their DNS queries to public WiFi networks or private mobile data providers, the addition of this VPN widens the amount of trust considerably.

Scientists invent super camera

Scientists invent super camera

When integrated with AI, facial recognition, real-time monitoring and cloud computing technology, the camera can detect and identify human faces or other objects based on massive data and instantly find specific targets, according to the report.

Mozilla plans to roll out DNS over HTTPS to US users in late September 2019

Mozilla plans to roll out DNS over HTTPS to US users in late September 2019

Starting in late September 2019, DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is going to be rolled out to Firefox users in the United States.Starting in late September 2019, DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is going to be rolled out to Firefox users in the United States.

Apple sued for not disclosing that 'iCloud storage' relies on third-party cloud services

Apple sued for not disclosing that 'iCloud storage' relies on third-party cloud services

The contract doesn't mention that, in fact, Apple sometimes stores iCloud data on third-party storage services provided by the likes of Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform -- as stated in the iOS security guide.

Hundreds of exposed Amazon cloud backups found leaking sensitive data

Hundreds of exposed Amazon cloud backups found leaking sensitive data

He said that all too often cloud admins don’t choose the correct configuration settings, leaving EBS snapshots inadvertently public and unencrypted.Morris found dozens of snapshots exposed publicly in one region alone, he said, including application keys, critical user or administrative credentials, source code and more.

Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up

Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up

The latest figures in the company’s transparency report, published quietly on its website late Wednesday, said the number of subpoenas it received went up by 14% and search warrants went up by close to 35%.

Windows 10, Office Online users get new warning over data privacy

Windows 10, Office Online users get new warning over data privacy

Netherlands authorities last year cited eight undocumented privacy issues with ProPlus versions of Office 2016 and Office 365 that allowed Microsoft to collect Dutch-created user content from the apps that was stored on US servers and potentially exposed to US law enforcement.

FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

People who upload their image to the app transfer the picture to a server controlled by the developer, with the photograph processing done remotely, rather than on their phone.

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns

Though it doesn’t yet have a very smooth way to do this — instead it asks users to send delete requests via the mobile app using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line, adding that it’s “working on a better UI for that”.

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

This time around, the Hessian commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal.

German schools ban Microsoft Office 365 amid privacy concerns

German schools ban Microsoft Office 365 amid privacy concerns

Pointing out that the use of cloud applications in itself is not the problem as long as pupils’ consent and the security of the data processing is guaranteed, HBDI’s Michael Ronellenfitsch raised concerns about whether schools can store personal data of children in the cloud.

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Microsoft has found Office 365 banned from use in at least some German schools due to privacy concerns over the way its cloud service works.

Google Announces DNS over HTTPS ‘General Availability’

Google Announces DNS over HTTPS ‘General Availability’

The move is an effort by Google to boost consumer privacy, reduce the threat of man-in-the-middle attacks, and speed up the internet with a new solution for securing domain name server traffic that uses the encrypted HTTPS channel.

The League of Entropy Forms to Offer Acts of Public Randomness

The League of Entropy Forms to Offer Acts of Public Randomness

Cloudflare, along with a group of individual and academic partners, is forming a new coalition that will provide truly random, unpredictable numbers for a variety of applications, including election systems and lotteries.

La Liga fined €250,000 for using its mobile app to eavesdrop on fans

La Liga fined €250,000 for using its mobile app to eavesdrop on fans

Spain's AEPD data protection agency has concluded that La Liga broke data protection and privacy rules because it didn't explicitly alert users that their microphones would be used by the app for data collection purposes.

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

Thomas Kurian, the man who was handed the reins to Google Cloud at the end of last year, sees the two companies bringing together a complete data analytics solution for customers.

Why the Internet of Things is becoming scary

Why the Internet of Things is becoming scary

The connection – or lack of one, in this case – is that Google owns Nest, the service comprising various internet-linked devices that let people remotely control thermostats, air conditioning, baby monitors and door locks.

How creepy is your smart speaker?

How creepy is your smart speaker?

But as smart speakers from Amazon, Apple, Google and other technology giants proliferate (global sales more than doubled last year, to 86.2m) concerns that they might be digitally snooping have become more widespread.

The Trade Secret: Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers

The Trade Secret: Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers

Siegel refers to a handful of firms globally, including Proven Data and MonsterCloud, as “ransomware payment mills.” They “demonstrate how easily intermediaries can prey on the emotions of a ransomware victim” by advertising “guaranteed decryption without having to pay the hacker,” he said in a blog post.