Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

A blog post titled “The Facts on News Reports About Facebook Data,” published Tuesday evening, is designed to silence the growing criticism the company is facing for failing to protect the phone numbers and other personal information of 533 million users after a database containing that information was shared for free in low level hacking forums over the weekend, as first reported by Business Insider.

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

Dev creeped out after he fired up Ubuntu VM on Azure, was immediately approached by Canonical sales rep

Dev creeped out after he fired up Ubuntu VM on Azure, was immediately approached by Canonical sales rep

Updated at 10.07 on 12 February to add: Following publication of this article, Canonical responded to our calls for comment with a written statement: "As per the Azure T&Cs, Microsoft shares with Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, the contact details of developers launching Ubuntu instances on Azure.

B.C. couple 'furious' restaurant used phone number from contact tracing list to send promotional offers

B.C. couple 'furious' restaurant used phone number from contact tracing list to send promotional offers

And the only way we can think of was from contact tracing,” McCartney told CTV News Tuesday.But secondly, it undermines the trust that customers will have in your business,” B.C. Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy told CTV News.

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

The Singapore government has decided to use data gathered by its TraceTogether COVID-19-coronavirus contact-tracing app in criminal investigations.Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan by saying that Singapore’s Criminal Procedure Code means its Police can obtain any data for criminal investigations, including data gathered by TraceTogether.

In 2020, COVID-19 derailed the privacy debate in the U.S.

In 2020, COVID-19 derailed the privacy debate in the U.S.

Nine months into the crisis, Schwartz said, the "worst ideas" being deployed internationally have yet to take hold in the U.S. But that doesn't mean COVID-19 hasn't created a slew of smaller, but still insidious privacy setbacks for Americans who, in recent years, have become increasingly wary of all the intrusive ways that governments and private companies use their personal data.

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.

After CovidSafe, QR codes spark privacy concerns

After CovidSafe, QR codes spark privacy concerns

Graham Greenleaf, professor of law and information systems at the University of New South Wales summed up the dilemma: “We've got a genuinely voluntary CovidSafe app with Australia's strongest privacy policy protections, but it's now largely ignored because it's been shown to be ineffective.

Quest 2 Jailbreak Effort Reports Success Bypassing Facebook Services

Quest 2 Jailbreak Effort Reports Success Bypassing Facebook Services

A researcher from the XR community has gained root access to Oculus Quest 2 and is able to bypass Facebook Login.XRSI wants to help extend the same to AR/VR headsets, which would including protecting the right of users to jailbreak devices like Quest 2.

Cookieviz 2: new features to observe hidden web practices

Cookieviz 2: new features to observe hidden web practices

CookieViz is the first software for the general public developed in-house by the CNIL.The source code of the Cookieviz software is freely accessible and can be improved by developers.

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

It follows a complaint from a US data scientist, who last year said that Instagram allowed underage users to publicly display their phone numbers and email addresses by switching to "business" accounts.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

And as all of this unfolds, new research indicates that the governments around the world have exploited the pandemic to expand their domestic surveillance capabilities and curtail internet freedom and speech.

Researchers were able to figure out which American phone numbers use Signal

Researchers were able to figure out which American phone numbers use Signal

Enumeration means that using the contact discovery built into the Signal app, researchers were able to perform a large-scale crawling attack and figure out which American phone numbers were attached to a Signal account.

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

When installing a mobile messenger like WhatsApp, new users can instantly start texting existing contacts based on the phone numbers stored on their device.

Apple and Google have launched coronavirus exposure notifications without an app

Apple and Google have launched coronavirus exposure notifications without an app

The news: Apple and Google have announced they’re expanding their coronavirus exposure warning system so health agencies can take part without needing to create a customized app.

Not All COVID-19 Tracking Apps Respect Privacy, But Some Pass the Test

Not All COVID-19 Tracking Apps Respect Privacy, But Some Pass the Test

Last week, Virginia launched a COVID-19-tracking app that allows users to discover if they've come into contact with people who have tested positive for the virus and to anonymously report their own status if they become infected.

Contact tracing: why some people are giving false contact details to bars and restaurants

Contact tracing: why some people are giving false contact details to bars and restaurants

While many bars, pubs and restaurants didn’t have to worry too much about data scandals before, reports of staff using people’s personal details to try and hook up with customers is potentially highly damaging – not just for those businesses, but for the whole hospitality sector.

COVID-19 contact tracing applications are privacy snares, Defcon

COVID-19 contact tracing applications are privacy snares, Defcon

COVID contact tracing apps boast the power of gathering personal data that exposes your activities, movements, and relationships.Experts believe governments must avoid this data-hungry mindset in contact tracing apps.

This Billion Dollar Company Considers Privacy Laws a Threat to Its Business

This Billion Dollar Company Considers Privacy Laws a Threat to Its Business

ZoomInfo, a data broker that collects contact information by harvesting it from peoples' email inboxes, sees increased attention on privacy legislation as a core risk to its billion dollar business, according to public records.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 24, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 24, 2020

The Apple and Google contact tracing API framework was created as a way to let governments develop apps that would do Bluetooth based contact tracing without violating privacy and collecting locations and identifiers in a centralized location.

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

“The reckless behaviour of this government in ignoring a vital and legally required safety step known as the data protection impact assessment (DPIA) has endangered public health,” said Jim Killock, the executive director of Open Rights Group (ORG).

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up. Tens of thousands of Israelis attempted to appeal after the phone tracking system identified them as needing to quarantine and about half the appeals were upheld, Ayelet Grinbaum, who was representing the Health Ministry at the hearing, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Data Privacy In Times Of COVID-19

Data Privacy In Times Of COVID-19

If we look at countries like Taiwan, China and South Korea who were earliest adopters of technology we can say that while the tracing technology had not been able to completely control outbreak but it did surely help in reducing the time it took to map an infected person’s contacts and in some cases to even enforce quarantines.

IOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?

IOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?

The green light being on does not mean that the camera feed is being recorded and saved; all iOS knows is that the app can access the camera feed at that time.

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images China-based surveillance campaigns are using Android malware to spy on Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities worldwide, according to new research from mobile cybersecurity firm Lookout.Lookout It’s not known how many Uighurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities have downloaded apps containing the malware.

Coronavirus: Scam warning over NHS test and trace

Coronavirus: Scam warning over NHS test and trace

Local councils in England and Wales have issued alerts following reports of bogus calls and messages asking for money to cover the cost of coronavirus testing kits.However, a number of fraudsters are using this to their advantage and posing as contact tracers to deceive people into parting with money or personal details.

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway contact tracing apps among most dangerous for privacy

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway contact tracing apps among most dangerous for privacy

Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway have rolled out some of the most invasive COVID-19 contact tracing apps around the world, putting the privacy and security of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, an Amnesty International investigation reveals.

Norway halts coronavirus app over privacy concerns

Norway halts coronavirus app over privacy concerns

The news: Norway is halting its coronavirus contact tracing app, Smittestopp, after criticism from the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, which said that the country’s low rate of infections meant that the app’s privacy invasions were no longer justified.

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.

Singapore plans wearable virus-tracing device for all

Singapore plans wearable virus-tracing device for all

REUTERS/Edgar Su. Testing of the small devices, which can be worn on the end of a lanyard or carried in a handbag, follows limited take-up of an earlier smartphone-based system and has further fuelled privacy concerns about contact tracing technology.