New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data

New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday sued Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google search engine, alleging that its educational software collects young students’ personal information without the required parental consent.

Ring cameras are more secure now, but your neighbors still snoop with them

Ring cameras are more secure now, but your neighbors still snoop with them

Earlier this month, the company chased that up with a new account control panel, making it easier for users to find and opt-in to two-factor authentication; now, finally, the setting is not optional.

The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency

The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency

You have the right to know if companies are using your information for profit.You need a way to protect yourself, and you deserve a place that will look out for you.

The New Control Center Empowers Ring Customers to Manage Important Privacy and Security Settings

The New Control Center Empowers Ring Customers to Manage Important Privacy and Security Settings

That’s why today we’re launching the new Control Center, a feature in the Ring app that lets customers manage important privacy and security settings from one simple, easy-to-use dashboard.

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 perfect social network

The perfect social network

This is the Peergos list of user-focused requirements for the Perfect Social Network: Sharing media of any size with any number of people, including "the public".Many users would like more control over their data online, especially in social networks – and control comes in different flavours.

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now gives Europeans the right to verify data held by individual companies, including marketing and advertising profiles.Companies can still protect their code and algorithms as business secrets, but in theory they can no longer hide personal data they generate about their users.

You can now opt out of having your Samsung Pay data sold

You can now opt out of having your Samsung Pay data sold

I’m not a resident of California and still have the settings, so it seems like Samsung might be allowing anyone in the United States access to stop their data from being sold.

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

On Monday, in time for this year's CES in Las Vegas, the home surveillance camera and internet-connected doorbell specialist made a point of unveiling an account control panel it hopes will allow users to better manage the access settings on their devices and keep hackers and other intruders out.

NitroPad: Secure Laptop With Unique Tamper Detection

NitroPad: Secure Laptop With Unique Tamper Detection

Thanks to the combination of the open source solutions Coreboot, Heads and Nitrokey USB hardware, you can verify that your laptop hardware has not been tampered with in transit or in your absence (so-called evil maid attack).

2010s = 1984: The decade we finally understood Orwell

2010s = 1984: The decade we finally understood Orwell

Popular culture reduced it to a single slogan — Big Brother is Watching You — and those with only a vague memory of studying the book in school thought the surveillance state was the main thing Orwell was warning against.

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia's government to get more control over online life Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.It blocks access to many foreign internet services, which in turn has helped several domestic tech giants establish themselves.

Private.sh release extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox

Private.sh release extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox

has released a Private Search Google Chrome Extension as well as a Private Search Firefox Add-On. The release of these browser extensions allows private search engine users a new layer of control over their private internet searches by having the code stored and run locally.

Privacy features on iOS 13: Tips to help protect your privacy

Privacy features on iOS 13: Tips to help protect your privacy

iOS 13 allows you to switch Face ID/Touch ID on and off for: iPhone Unlock iTunes and App Store Apple Pay Password AutoFill Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode on older iPhones), and enter your existing passcode to take control of this.

From Surveillance Communism To Surveillance Capitalism And Beyond

From Surveillance Communism To Surveillance Capitalism And Beyond

Part of the data we generate for the surveillance capitalist firms is a product of our necessary, work-related use of digital technologies, or our efforts to keep in touch with others.Surveillance capitalism, less overtly intrusive, makes our online activities a source of data that private firms harvest for their profit.

Russia - Censored Planet

Russia - Censored Planet

We used this authoritative blocklist that contains more than 130,000 domains to perform an in-depth investigation into the Russian government’s censorship policy by collecting measurement data from residential, data center and infrastructural vantage points.

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

Fred Lum. A confidential Sidewalk Labs document from 2016 lays out the founding vision of the Google-affiliated development company, which included having the power to levy its own property taxes, track and predict people’s movements and control some public services.

ThinkPrivacy joins privacytools.io

ThinkPrivacy joins privacytools.io

While takes great pains to default towards open-source software projects, and services that originate from countries with the strictest privacy laws, ThinkPrivacy will look towards user friendliness and accessibility from products with a history of standing up for privacy rights and defending their users.

You Don’t Need Property Rights To Monetize Your Personal Data

You Don’t Need Property Rights To Monetize Your Personal Data

The American Action Forum’s Will Reinhardt is also skeptical that data property rights are the best policy mechanism for ensuring privacy, pointing that valuing personal data is particularly challenging, and even going so far as to claim that any privacy law will create unavoidable costs from compliance.

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

Here’s the background: Google has announced that they will soon start changing the way users are connected to websites through its Chrome browser, using a new protocol called DNS over HTTPS (DoH).

Renata Ávila: “The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have the Internet of surveillance and control”

Renata Ávila: “The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have the Internet of surveillance and control”

“The people deciding for what purpose those without access to the Internet are going to connect to it are the technology companies that dominate the future of industry.

Google boss says you must tell visitors if you have Nest or Alexa in your home

Google boss says you must tell visitors if you have Nest or Alexa in your home

Mr Osterloh acknowledged that wider regulation was needed for the technology sector and its use of data, but said Google was taking steps to make such processing more secure.

TechPowerUp Announces NVCleanstall - Customize Your NVIDIA Driver Installation

TechPowerUp Announces NVCleanstall - Customize Your NVIDIA Driver Installation

It can either fetch the latest software from the Internet for you, or lets you select a downloaded NVIDIA GeForce software package (installer binary) from your PC, or lets you fetch a specific driver version you want from the Internet.

Why Every Privacy Activist Should Embrace* DNS-over-HTTPS

Why Every Privacy Activist Should Embrace* DNS-over-HTTPS

But I can’t get on board with my peers who believe that it’s a good idea to throw vitriol at DoH just because it might complicate “legacy” crap like the above, or that disintermediating DNS is somehow bad for security controls.

Getting a new mobile number in China will involve a facial-recognition test

Getting a new mobile number in China will involve a facial-recognition test

While the technology ministry said enhancing protection for ordinary phone users was one of the aims of the new order, that reason didn’t appear to convince Chinese internet users, who say it could contribute to more personal information leakage, and is just downright invasive.“How many years passed since the real-name registration system has been implemented?

Why Google and Facebook Should Be Treated Like Banks

Why Google and Facebook Should Be Treated Like Banks

Some people might be of the opinion that the exchange they're personally getting is a fair one -- the services of some amazing social networking, business and search tools in return for a possession that until recently would have seemed too cryptic for us to consider a source of value.

Why Is Privacy Important?

Why Is Privacy Important?

Privacy is not just about hiding your data from advertisers or other groups, it’s about limiting to power and influence that these groups gain from your data.Privacy encourages information to flow freely, even if it’s critical of the people or groups in power.

Linus Torvalds calls social media "a disease"

Linus Torvalds calls social media "a disease"

In a wide-ranging interview with Linux Journal, Torvalds blasts: "I absolutely detest modern 'social media' .- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram."Anonymity is important if you're a whistle-blower, but if you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldn't be visible, and you shouldn't be able to share it or like it.".

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

The Invisible Shackles of America’s Social Credit System.

The Chinese government intends to use social media data, surveillance, and purchasing trends to develop a “score” for its citizens to gauge their “buy-in” to the state.A law at the state and federal level guaranteeing social platform access as a citizen’s civil rights would be one example of such legislation.

Facebook Warns Apple iOS 13 And Android 10 Users About Real-Time Location Tracking

Facebook Warns Apple iOS 13 And Android 10 Users About Real-Time Location Tracking

And so the new OS releases from Google and Apple include settings that let users “control when you share your device’s precise location with apps like Facebook,” Paul McDonald, Facebook’s platforms location engineering director explained.