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.

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

(AP) — New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws.

Edison Mail Responds to Report on Email Apps Selling Anonymized Data Scraped From Inboxes

Edison Mail Responds to Report on Email Apps Selling Anonymized Data Scraped From Inboxes

Edison Mail is transparent about its data collection in its privacy policy, for example, noting that it uses "non-personal data such as seller, product and price extracted from information we collect" to help its Edison Trends business partners "aggregate and understand commerce trends.".

Wacom says it’s not spying on its customers, and users can opt out of data collection

Wacom says it’s not spying on its customers, and users can opt out of data collection

Wacom has responded to reports of its tablets collecting app usage data from its users and sharing it with Google Analytics, clarifying that the company does not have access to personal data.

Privacy Day – Yes it Matters More than You Might Think

Privacy Day – Yes it Matters More than You Might Think

Privacy Day promotes the fundamental principles of being able to control your personal information and to raise awareness of the risks in our digital society.People are recognizing the importance of protecting their private information.

The Mining & Monetization of Personal User Data

The Mining & Monetization of Personal User Data

This recent significant shift within the realm of Information Technology has been the mining and monetization of personal user data, which comes with both positive and negative effects.

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

Lawmakers Say the FBI's Problematic Carter Page Warrant Require Congressional Surveillance Reforms

A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.

Now Stores Must Tell You How They're Tracking Your Every Move

Now Stores Must Tell You How They're Tracking Your Every Move

B8ta added the signage to its six California stores and expanded its online privacy policy late last year as it prepared to comply with a new state law that took effect this month called the California Consumer Privacy Act. The law requires businesses to disclose what personal information they collect from consumers at or before the time it is collected.

What kind of data is my new car collecting about me? Nearly everything it can, apparently

What kind of data is my new car collecting about me? Nearly everything it can, apparently

The car itself is collecting driving data such as speed and braking patterns, but the built-in navigation and entertainment services are also collecting information of a more personal nature, she says.

China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial

China facial-recognition case puts Big Brother on trial

In a recent article posted online that generated wide discussion in China, Lao Dongyan, a law professor at prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, called abuse of facial recognition data "a deal with the devil".

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

A memo outlining the program published Monday by the Department of Homeland Security said U.S. citizens and permanent residents holding a “green card” who are detained could be subject to DNA testing, as well as asylum seekers and people entering the country without authorization.

Trump administration to begin collecting DNA from detained immigrants

Trump administration to begin collecting DNA from detained immigrants

The United States government will begin collecting the DNA of detained immigrants through pilot programs this week, according to a privacy impact assessment that was published today by the Department of Homeland Security.

Our collective privacy problem is not your fault

Our collective privacy problem is not your fault

Yet even as it demonstrates location tracking’s invasiveness and describes shady corporate practices in appropriately critical terms, the first piece of the series often frames the problem of pervasive privacy violations as failures of individual foresight.

New Year, New Rights: What to know about California’s new privacy law

New Year, New Rights: What to know about California’s new privacy law

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) expands the rights of Californians over their data.Starting in 2020, Californians have the right to know what personal information is being collected, access it, see with whom their data is being shared, and opt-out of the sale of that data.

California's groundbreaking privacy law takes effect in January. What does it do?

California's groundbreaking privacy law takes effect in January. What does it do?

The California Consumer Privacy Act will go into action 1 January 2020, giving residents of the state a whole new arsenal of tools to protect their data and personal information online – and saddling businesses with a lot more responsibility.

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

The technology was in the news in 2017 when Vizio got in trouble with federal and state regulators for collecting such data without users’ knowledge or consent.Here, Consumer Reports shows you how to turn off data collection for the following TVs: Amazon Fire TV Edition, LG, Roku, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio.

The data we don't have

The data we don't have

In business, following the principles of Privacy by Design and by Default means taking extra measures to limit your own data collection.Because no data is collected on the number of visitors to the comments, it's an unknown how many people opt in at all.

Is Data Collection Evil?

Is Data Collection Evil?

In Cliqz’s case, XXX is a search engine and a privacy-preserving browser .Evilness does not necessarily come out of the data itself but rather from how and why it is collected.

EU antitrust regulators seek details of Google's data practices: document

EU antitrust regulators seek details of Google's data practices: document

Companies were asked about agreements providing data to Google or allowing it to collect data via their services in recent years, and whether they were compensated for this.Regulators also wanted to know if Google had refused to provide data and how this affected the companies.

Mozilla Foundation

Mozilla Foundation

What you may not know is that this button allows Facebook to track what sites you’re browsing in order to target ads to you.We’re calling on Facebook to turn off the default use of cross-site tracking tools - such as the like button on external sites - that target advertising based on people’s browsing.

Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information

Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information

For example, pluralities of adults say it is acceptable for poorly performing schools to share data about their students with a nonprofit group seeking to help improve educational outcomes or for the government to collect data about all Americans to assess who might be a potential terrorist.

House Dems Deal Death Blow to Domestic NSA Phone Spying

House Dems Deal Death Blow to Domestic NSA Phone Spying

With expiration set for Dec. 15, whatever the Senate does the Call Detail Records program, barring some eleventh-hour legislative chicanery, looks like the rarest of birds: a post-9/11 surveillance activity on course for extinction.“We would not be in this position today if Edward Snowden had not revealed the bulk collection program,” said Liza Goitein of the Brennan Center for Justice.

‘Ignorance is not an excuse’: California draft rules on data privacy released

‘Ignorance is not an excuse’: California draft rules on data privacy released

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a series of draft regulations Thursday aimed at getting businesses to comply with the state’s landmark data privacy law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.

Social Credit Scoring In China Extends To Foreign Businesses, Creates New Risks

Social Credit Scoring In China Extends To Foreign Businesses, Creates New Risks

Beginning next year, compliance will be enforced by China's Ministry of Public Security over access to corporate data housed on Chinese servers.Jacobson advises managers of foreign companies in China to rethink how data is collection and how it is stored.

French plan to scan social media for tax fraud causes alarm

French plan to scan social media for tax fraud causes alarm

France’s data protection watchdog has urged caution over plans to allow authorities to monitor individuals’ social media posts and purchasing activity on websites such as eBay in order to identify those committing tax fraud.

Vimeo collected detailed facial scans without consent, lawsuit alleges

Vimeo collected detailed facial scans without consent, lawsuit alleges

The complaint alleges Vimeo is violating the law by collecting, storing, and using the facial biometrics of thousands of unwitting individuals throughout the United States whose faces appear in photos or videos uploaded to the Magisto video-editor application.

Home Depot and Lowe's are secretly using facial recognition cameras to track customers, say lawsuits

Home Depot and Lowe's are secretly using facial recognition cameras to track customers, say lawsuits

Home Depot and Lowe's are secretly using facial recognition technology to track customer movement in their stores, violating privacy laws in Illinois, plaintiffs in two class action lawsuits say.

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

NSA vs. civil liberties groups on phone surveillance

U.S. intelligence officials have asked Congress to permanently extend a controversial program that has allowed the National Security Agency to collect millions of telephone records.Since the call records program was voluntarily suspended, there’s no legal impediment to the NSA resuming collection before Section 215 of the Patriot Act expires in December.

South African authorities admit to mass surveillance

South African authorities admit to mass surveillance

This was revealed in the former State Security Agency Director General Arthur Fraser's affidavit and other documents filed in 2017 during a court case relating to amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism - a South African non-profit investigative journalism organisation.