Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges

Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges

Google violated US labor laws by spying on workers who were organizing employee protests, then firing two of them, according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today.

Microsoft apologises for feature criticised as workplace surveillance

Microsoft apologises for feature criticised as workplace surveillance

The company says it will now make changes to the service, which lets IT administrators “help their people get the most” from its products, in order to limit the amount of information about individual employees that is shared with managers.

Twitter now supports hardware security keys for iPhones and Android

Twitter now supports hardware security keys for iPhones and Android

Now anyone with a security key set up on their Twitter account can use that same key to log in from their mobile device, so long as the key is supported.

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, which turns Alexa devices into neighborhood WiFi networks that owners have to opt out of

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, which turns Alexa devices into neighborhood WiFi networks that owners have to opt out of

Amazon customers are being automatically opted in to Sidewalk, a feature set to launch later this year that the company says will connect Alexa devices to nearby WiFi networks, even those owned by someone else.

Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Omnisec was one of the largest competitors of Crypto AG.Swiss cryptologist and professor Ueli Maurer was a consultant for Omnisec for years and told SRF that in 1989 US intelligence services (National Security Agency) contacted Omnisec through him.

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Omnisec meanwhile also sold its faulty OC-500 series devices to several federal agencies in Switzerland, including its own intelligence agencies, as well as to Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, and other private companies in the country, the SRF investigation showed.

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

When users were logged into other third-party apps using their Facebook accounts, their information and those of their friends was shared with the services they were using, the PIPC said.

Exclusive: WhiteHat Jr Bug Had Exposed Personal Data of 2.8 Lakh Students

Exclusive: WhiteHat Jr Bug Had Exposed Personal Data of 2.8 Lakh Students

The security researcher who discovered the vulnerability and made multiple responsible disclosures to the company between 6 October and 20 November wished not to be named.He has confirmed to The Quint that access to the company’s AWS servers have now been restricted by the company as of 21 November.

'Smart' doorbells for sale on Amazon, eBay came stocked with security vulnerabilities

'Smart' doorbells for sale on Amazon, eBay came stocked with security vulnerabilities

In this case, researchers bought another device from Amazon and eBay that was vulnerable to KRACK, a three-year-old bug that attackers could use to eavesdrop on wireless networks.

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

Facebook Is Going After Its Critics in the Name of Privacy

Facebook has threatened legal action against the Ad Observatory team, claiming that the Ad Observer plug-in violates its terms of service.Even more of a stretch: Facebook's claims that it is only acting to protect its users' privacy.

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Airbnb executive quit on concerns that it shared too much data with China

Sean Joyce, former Airbnb chief trust officer – also a former deputy director of the FBI – reportedly resigned last year over concerns about how much user data the company shared with China.

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

Craig Federighi says new iOS 14 anti-tracking feature will still launch, regardless of opposition

Craig Federighi says new iOS 14 anti-tracking feature will still launch, regardless of opposition

Apple is facing criticism over a new iOS 14 feature officially called ATT or App Tracking Trasnpsereny that will roll out next year that requires apps to ask users for their permission before tracking them across other apps and websites.

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.

How Development Teams Buy SaaS

How Development Teams Buy SaaS

In the future, every company will become a software company.” Additionally, you often hear expressions like, “In the application economy, software developers reign supreme.” And yet, there is a persistent stereotype that executive management holds all of the power in how organizations evaluate and purchase technology.

George Soros Decries Palantir Stake

George Soros Decries Palantir Stake

Soros Fund Management (SFM), the asset management firm founded by the famed investor and businessman George Soros, has said that it plans to sell its stake in Palantir, which just went public in September, over disagreement with the company's practices.

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

But after Uber filed suit against Phunware, alleging the software company committed fraud by among other things, allowing ads for the ride-sharing app to show up on porn sites, former employees said the startup looked for new ways to diversify its revenue stream.

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

Motherboard spoke to over half a dozen sources around Phantom, including family members of Ramos, distributors who sold Phantom phones in multiple countries on his behalf, and people with knowledge of the company's operations.

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Zoom and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to a tentative settlement agreement regarding the video conferencing company’s false advertising of end-to-end encryption along with other issues.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

Nearly 28 million licensed Texas drivers hit by data breach

An insurance software company called Vertafore, which has legal access to that DMV information, said in a statement the data was inadvertently stored in an unsecured storage service that was hacked between March and August of this year.

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

In a virtual meeting on Thursday, Sundar Pichai told Mr. Breton, the internal market commissioner, that Google was a very large company and that the document “was never shown to me.” He added that he had not “sanctioned” the plan, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Does Google Maps Have Privacy Issues?

Google’s “Web & App Activity” settings describe how the company collects data, such as user location, to create a faster and “more personalised” experience.If you open your Google Maps app, you’ll see a circle in the top right corner that signifies you’re logged in with your Google account.

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

ByteDance on Tuesday appealed to a federal appellate court seeking to overturn a sweeping Trump administration order requiring the company to divest itself of its popular TikTok platform—at least in the United States.

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

They changed all of their passwords, email service, web browser, downloaded Signal, deleted Facebook and SnapChat, went and registered for a PO box, and shredded their credit cards all in the same week and are trying to cold turkey their way into privacy.

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Technical know-how, whether in government or in the technology industry, cannot substitute for contextual understanding and lived experiences in determining whether it’s appropriate to apply AI systems in sensitive social domains.

Perhaps Mozilla Should Unfck Itself Before “Unfcking The Internet”

Perhaps Mozilla Should Unfck Itself Before “Unfcking The Internet”

Yet, people get laid off because there’s no money, despite the “fellowships & awards” category at Mozilla’s blog showing an at least +$10 million spending (With help of other funds) on these social activities and other web projects just in the last two months.

Proctorio used DMCA to take down a student’s critical tweets – ProWellTech

Proctorio used DMCA to take down a student’s critical tweets – ProWellTech

But six weeks later, Johnson received an email from Twitter saying that three of those tweets had been removed from his account in response to a Proctorio request filed under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Proctoring software isn’t new, but its use has skyrocketed due to the pandemic.

Netflix Targets Critical 'Cuties' Tweets With Copyright Takedown Requests * TorrentFreak

Netflix Targets Critical 'Cuties' Tweets With Copyright Takedown Requests * TorrentFreak

Netflix has sent over a hundred takedown requests this week targeting tweets that are critical of the movie 'Cuties' and/or urged people to cancel their subscriptions.The streaming giant asked Twitter to remove dozens of tweets that included footage from the French coming-of-age film Cuties.

49% Facebook Employees Don’t Believe It Had Positive Impact On World

49% Facebook Employees Don’t Believe It Had Positive Impact On World

Coming to the internal survey, the findings say that “workers felt strained by office shutdowns and were continuing to lose faith that the company was improving the world.” Only 51% of Facebook employees believe that the company is making a positive impact on the world.