Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow developers to track how they use other apps, would still be launched.

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.

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Consumer advocates criticized the rule for not requiring alleged debtors to consent before being contacted by email or text, and for setting a limit on phone contact that could result in a flood of calls for people who owe money to several creditors.

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.

Forrester releases privacy and cyber security predictions for 2021

Forrester releases privacy and cyber security predictions for 2021

As companies look to transition to a new normal in 2021, Forrester has forecasted that data privacy matters will become more pressing, while potential budgeting issues and evolving international relations are set to impact cyber security professionals.

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

The letter submitted by the senators opposes the substance of the rule and points out past instances wherein DHS failed to protect biometric data as evidence the agency and its components aren’t fit to enact this kind of change.

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Once that clear purpose is defined, it’s helpful to think about how information can be governed in a way that balances both the benefits and the risks.

Q&A: EU's top court rules that UK, French and Belgian mass surveillance regimes must respect privacy

Q&A: EU's top court rules that UK, French and Belgian mass surveillance regimes must respect privacy

Now that the CJEU has decided on the application of EU law in relation to bulk data retention and collection, the cases will be sent back to the national courts for a final decision.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

The good news for consumers and news publishers alike is that CPRA seeks to close any loopholes in the previous privacy law the state passed two years ago.

Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year

Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year

Amazon plans to add Ring cameras to the network later, notifying device owners directly when Sidewalk is available to use.Similar to a mesh network, adding more devices will extend Sidewalk’s range and functionality, so it’s critical for Amazon to integrate Sidewalk into as many home devices as possible.

Customs and Border Protection paid to access a private company's network of cameras that spans the US

Customs and Border Protection paid to access a private company's network of cameras that spans the US

CBP has spent tens of thousands of dollars for access to LEARN, a system sold by a commercial vendor called Vigilant that uses hundreds of cameras across the US to monitor highways and automatically alert authorities when specific license plates drive by.

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.

Instagram Accused of Illegally Harvesting Biometric Data

Instagram Accused of Illegally Harvesting Biometric Data

Facebook, owner of Instagram, is facing a lawsuit over allegedly harvesting the biometric data of users, according to Bloomberg.Last month, Facebook offered to pay a $650 million settlement in a similar lawsuit in which it was accused of illegally collecting biometric data via Facebook's photo-tagging feature.

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

China’s cavalier approach to privacy has seen the country deploy drones, artificial intelligence, and security cameras to enforce quarantines and monitor public spaces.There are two main approaches to contact tracing apps, and both versions rely on anonymized IDs to record interactions with nearby devices, which allows for complete privacy.

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VICE - Cops Seize Server that Hosted BlueLeaks, DDoSecrets Says

VICE - Cops Seize Server that Hosted BlueLeaks, DDoSecrets Says

On Tuesday, Emma Best, the founder of Distributed Denial of Secrets or DDoSecrets, a WikiLeaks-like website that has published the police data, said that prosecutors in the German town of Zwickau seized the organization’s “primary public download server.”.

TikTok Reverse Engineered: What Was Discovered Will Make You Delete It ASAP

TikTok Reverse Engineered: What Was Discovered Will Make You Delete It ASAP

And here's food for thought; Bangorlol alleges that reverse engineering other popular social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter didn't find nearly as much data collection going on -- there was absolutely no comparison.

The Privacy Perils of Contact Tracing in Libraries

The Privacy Perils of Contact Tracing in Libraries

Yet, as communities struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries are faced with requests or demands to institute contact tracing, monitoring who comes into the library and restricting access to those who don’t provide their personal information.

Why Metadata Matters

Why Metadata Matters

Let’s take a look at how revealing metadata can actually be to the governments and companies that collect it: They know you rang a phone sex line at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes.

The Price is (Not) Right: Comparing Privacy in Free and Paid Apps (PETS ’20)

The Price is (Not) Right: Comparing Privacy in Free and Paid Apps (PETS ’20)

We use both static and dynamic analysis to examine 5,877 pairs of free Android apps and their paid counterparts for differences in data collection practices and privacy policies between pairs.

Russia's lockdown surveillance measures need regulating, rights groups say

Russia's lockdown surveillance measures need regulating, rights groups say

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Expanding surveillance measures to police Russia’s coronavirus lockdown, including the use of facial recognition technology and collection of personal data, need regulating to ensure they are temporary and proportionate, two rights groups said on Thursday.

Opinion | Privacy Cannot Be a Casualty of the Coronavirus

Opinion | Privacy Cannot Be a Casualty of the Coronavirus

Americans aren’t willingly surrendering their online identities during this pandemic — many are being compelled to do so by their schools, family or work.

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

Critics raise privacy concerns as France considers digital tracking to battle coronavirus

In the mind of France’s Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner, there is no question: If an application can help fight the Covid-19 pandemic in France by alerting smartphone users that they have been close to a sick person, it should be used.

The Execution of the Warrant

The Execution of the Warrant

As though by some predictable ebb and flow of attention to our privacy, we are yet again considering vast, sweeping legislation to kneecap the use of end-to-end encryption (a technology that allows only the participants to read the contents even if a third party is relaying the data).

Civil liberty advocates raise alarm on government tracking coronavirus-related data

Civil liberty advocates raise alarm on government tracking coronavirus-related data

He also noted companies using that type of information could open the door to the government being able to obtain the personal data through national security laws such as the Patriot Act. Location data tracked through digital companies, though, could help notify people who were in a store or area where someone later tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

It's time for Congress to sunset NSA's call data program

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of which I am a member, recently issued a comprehensive public report on the government's use of the now-defunct call detail records (CDR) program under the USA FREEDOM Act. The report includes never before released facts about the program and its compliance and data integrity challenges that ultimately led the National Security Agency (NSA), wisely, to suspend the program in early 2019.

The Guardian view on Trump tracking phones: it could happen here

The Guardian view on Trump tracking phones: it could happen here

While apps’ privacy policies might say that location information is used for advertising, the use of such data for invasive political purposes is rarely disclosed.In the US, data collection from apps is legal as long as it is disclosed.

Here’s the File Clearview AI Has Been Keeping on Me, and Probably on You Too

Here’s the File Clearview AI Has Been Keeping on Me, and Probably on You Too

Scott, senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, wrote in an email "The face search results show exactly why we need a moratorium on face surveillance.

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

It also disclosed that in the four years the Freedom Act system was operational, the National Security Agency produced 15 intelligence reports derived from it.

Why You Should Avoid Using Google Chrome

Why You Should Avoid Using Google Chrome

If you’re concerned about Google using this information to serve you creepy ads all over the place, you should try a private browser and a private search engine.Google uses the data it collects from Chrome and other products to target ads served on its ad networks.