Rogue 'Smart' Ovens Again Highlight How Dumb Tech Is Often The Smarter Choice

Rogue 'Smart' Ovens Again Highlight How Dumb Tech Is Often The Smarter Choice

Which might all be fairly impressive if the oven didn't have a weird habit of turning itself on in the middle of the night: "The first documented overnight preheat occurred in May. A group member wrote that he roasted potatoes around 5PM one night and left them to cool in the oven.

Mercedes sparks privacy row over use of location trackers on finance vehicles

Mercedes sparks privacy row over use of location trackers on finance vehicles

Pic: JLR As the use of the sensors is mentioned in the financing agreement, Mercedes does not fall foul of EU data protection laws that prohibit the tracking of vehicles without the knowledge of the driver.

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

After a long delay, Facebook is releasing a tool that will allow people to see what kind of information it has collected about their online activity beyond its borders — from the news they read to the shopping websites they visit to the porn they watch — along with an option to dissociate that data from their accounts.

Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version

Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version

Stefan Esser, an iPhone security expert, tweeted an additional warning: “I hope people are aware that with a public jailbreak being available for the latest iOS 12.4 people must be very careful what apps they download from the Apple AppStore.

Facebook-Instagram Deal Warrants New Scrutiny, Colorado AG Says

Facebook-Instagram Deal Warrants New Scrutiny, Colorado AG Says

(Bloomberg) -- Antitrust officials are right to look back at Facebook Inc.’s acquisition of Instagram to determine whether the deal harmed competition, Colorado’s attorney general said, adding to calls for renewed scrutiny of the takeover of the photo-sharing site.

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.

Apple to Advertisers: Follow Safari Web-Tracking Rules or Else

Apple to Advertisers: Follow Safari Web-Tracking Rules or Else

Two years ago, Apple took a harder line against web trackers by adding a privacy capability in Safari designed to prevent "cross-site" tracking, which is used across the ad industry to learn what sites your computer is visiting.

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Three weeks ago, writing for The Guardian, Alex Hern reported: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

The research is important because it could help show whether a wearable brain-control device is feasible and because it is an early example of a giant tech company being involved in getting hold of data directly from people’s minds.

Huge Survey of Firmware Finds No Security Gains in 15 Years

Huge Survey of Firmware Finds No Security Gains in 15 Years

CITL researchers studied publicly available firmware images and evaluated them for the presence of standard security features such as the use of non-executable stacks, Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and stack guards, which prevent buffer overflow attacks.

Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Using Passwords That Have Already Been Hacked, Google Says

Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Using Passwords That Have Already Been Hacked, Google Says

A new Google study this week confirmed the obvious: internet users need to stop using the same password for multiple websites unless they’re keen on having their data hijacked, their identity stolen, or worse.

Huawei technicians have been helping governments in Uganda and Zambia spy on their political opponents, a new report says

Huawei technicians have been helping governments in Uganda and Zambia spy on their political opponents, a new report says

Huawei employees stationed in Uganda and Zambia have helped the Ugandan and Zambian governments spy on their political opponents, which has led to the opponents' arrests in both countries, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

Microsoft has updated its privacy policy and other online pages to explicitly state that human employees or contractors may listen to recordings captured by the company's Cortana and Skype Translator products.

Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people’s accounts

Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people’s accounts

Another user who was affected said they could read another person’s Credit Factors — including derogatory credit marks — but that the Credit Report tab with that user’s personal information, like names and addresses, was blank.

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.

Facebook transcribed users’ audio messages without permission

Facebook transcribed users’ audio messages without permission

Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users’ data, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio data and recordings from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors.

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.

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

If you follow the funding strategies for technology companies and the darlings of Silicon Valley, you know the smartphone space is a tough nut to crack.The company exists to serve a core mission—for Purism, the security and privacy of its customers—above a profit motive.

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

“In their evidence, Facebook representatives truthfully answered questions about when the company first learned of Aleksandr Kogan/GSR’s improper transfer of data to Cambridge Analytica, which was in December 2015 through The Guardian’s reporting.

How safe are school records? Not very, says student security researcher

How safe are school records? Not very, says student security researcher

Among one of the more damaging issues Demirkapi found in Follett’s student information system was an improper access control vulnerability, which if exploited could have allowed an attacker to read and write to the central Aspen database and obtain any student’s data.

These startups aim to smash Apple and Google’s smartphone duopoly

These startups aim to smash Apple and Google’s smartphone duopoly

Purism, by contrast, is pursuing Apple-like vertical integration by developing its own operating system, optimizing hardware to run on it, and even launching a group of services under the banner of Librem One. While Purism’s product development approach has similarities to Apple’s, there are some critical differences.

Instagram ad partner secretly sucked up and tracked millions of users’ locations and stories

Instagram ad partner secretly sucked up and tracked millions of users’ locations and stories

Hyp3r, an apparently trusted marketing partner of and Instagram, has been secretly collecting and storing location and other data on millions of users, against the policies of the social networks, Business Insider reported today.

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user's privacy by allowing Siri to record without consent

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user's privacy by allowing Siri to record without consent

A recently filed class-action lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user privacy by recording consumers and minors with its Siri digital assistant without consent.Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company's Siri voice assistant is violating customer privacy by recording users without their consent.

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Unlike other video doorbells and surveillance products, police often end up promoting Ring sales through partnerships with the company."When an industry association that represents security and surveillance camera companies thinks that your practices are too invasive and lack transparency, that really says something," Fight for the Future's deputy director Evan Greer said in a statement.

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter said on Tuesday it may have shared user data with advertisers without permission.The company said "certain data" of mobile users such as country code may have been shared with advertising partners since May 2018 "even if you didn't give us permission to do so.".

Apple plans to restrict how messaging apps access background iOS data

Apple plans to restrict how messaging apps access background iOS data

Apple plans to restrict how apps implement internet voice call functionality, which currently could allow mobile software to collect data while running in the background, according to a new report from The Information.

Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

That alone raises troubling issues, but according to a pair of new reports, Ring also gets access to real-time 911 data, and the company helps police work around a need for search warrants when looking for footage.

Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

As Patrick Wardle, principal security researcher at Jamf that found several issues in macOS, told Forbes: "If you're a large, well-resourced company such as Apple, who claims to place a premium on security, having a bug-bounty program is a no brainer."

A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp Hacking Van

A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp Hacking Van

The mythically themed malware was coded by NSO Group, a company Dilian is closely associated with: His first surveillance business, Circles, merged with NSO in 2014, when U.S. private equity firm took control of both for a total of $250 million.

Pearson data breach: details of hundreds of thousands of U.S. students hacked

Pearson data breach: details of hundreds of thousands of U.S. students hacked

Pearson says that to its knowledge none of the accessed student data has been misused and the chances of the data being misused are low since no financial data was accessed. The company says it has already contacted all the people who had their data breached and is offering complimentary credit-monitoring services to affected victims.

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