What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

But buried within its business-like announcement of the indictment of four Chinese military hackers, there is the following statement, which has huge implications for privacy: For years, we have witnessed China’s voracious appetite for the personal data of Americans, including the theft of personnel records from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the intrusion into Marriott hotels, and Anthem health insurance company, and now the wholesale theft of credit and other information from Equifax.

Column: Equifax left unencrypted data open to Chinese hackers. Most big U.S. companies are just as negligent

Column: Equifax left unencrypted data open to Chinese hackers. Most big U.S. companies are just as negligent

Shackelford noted that the growing use of cloud-based data storage services run by the likes of Google and Amazon makes encryption more accessible to smaller companies.

Your Poorly Secured Medical Credit Score Could Deny You Care

Your Poorly Secured Medical Credit Score Could Deny You Care

They're actually pretty excited about it:I spoke with Ashley Reede, an information systems and privacy consultant, who worked with a private hospital in California as they were onboarding Experian's 'Financial Clearance' system.

Imperiled information

Imperiled information

Metropolitansky and Attari wondered if they could identify an individual across all other leaks that have occurred, combining stolen personal information from perhaps hundreds of sources.

'I wasn't allowed to buy my burrito with cash'

'I wasn't allowed to buy my burrito with cash'

Image caption Nicholas Duggan was "very taken aback" to find his cash refused During a recent lunch hour in New York, a sea of office workers filled the Hudson Eats food court, where staff prepared pizza, barbecue and chopped salad orders at incredible speed.

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

Cashless businesses are now banned in NYC

New York City’s restaurants and other retail establishments will no longer be allowed to reject cash payments under legislation passed by the City Council on Thursday.The legislation, which was approved 43-3, also prohibits businesses from charging cash-paying customers a higher price than those using credit.

Russian Pleads Guilty to Running 'CardPlanet' to Sell Stolen Credit Cards

Russian Pleads Guilty to Running 'CardPlanet' to Sell Stolen Credit Cards

Besides Cardplanet, Burkov also masterminded a separate invite-only forum website for elite cybercriminals where they advertised stolen personal identity information, malicious software, and other illegal services, like money laundering and hacking services.

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

TBILISI, Dec 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Privacy concerns are pushing people to change their behaviour online, according to an international poll published on Wednesday that found one in three avoid specific search terms or web pages to elude tracking.

How much data are you sharing this holiday season?

How much data are you sharing this holiday season?

By skipping past this information, we could be agreeing to anything from our first born child for a fake social media site to the literal shirt off our backs to win an iPad. That’s why we read a handful of privacy policies from popular services you might use this busy travel season to see what kind of data they collect.

Rand Paul Joins Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden To Question Surveillance By Credit Agencies

Rand Paul Joins Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden To Question Surveillance By Credit Agencies

A bipartisan Senate trio is asking credit agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to disclose more information about how the companies work with the FBI to spy on American consumers.

FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers

Three lawmakers — Democratic senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren, and Republican senator Rand Paul — have sent letters to Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, expressing their “alarm” as to why the credit giants have failed to disclose the number of government demands for consumer data they receive.

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

Today, EFF is publishing “The Failed Fix to NSL Gag Orders,” a new report based on an in-depth analysis of records EFF obtained after we won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit earlier this year.

Viral video of Chinese man interrogation reminds the West of the horrors of the Chinese Social Credit system

Viral video of Chinese man interrogation reminds the West of the horrors of the Chinese Social Credit system

Get Brave For Free A video from China featuring a man handcuffed to a metal chair and being interrogated for criticizing the Chinese police on social media is now making the rounds.

Our Data Future

Our Data Future

She said the programme would walk me through the basics of data property and that I could ask all my questions in real time, receive feedback and get simulations based on the data analysis that was running in the background on my devices.

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal, starting as early as next year.

Google Pay will offer checking accounts in 2020

Google Pay will offer checking accounts in 2020

“We’re exploring how we can partner with banks and credit unions in the U.S. to offer smart checking accounts through Google Pay, helping their customers benefit from useful insights and budgeting tools, while keeping their money in an FDIC or NCUA-insured account,” Ewer said in a statement, referring by acronym to two U.S. agencies that insure deposits.

Why you should worry if you have a Chinese smartphone

Why you should worry if you have a Chinese smartphone

If you go back to even the late 1970s and early 80s, the way the Chinese Communist party (CCP) talks about technology is as a tool of social management.And so, you know, the party state might put controls on how companies can share data.

Why a social credit system is so scary.

Why a social credit system is so scary.

This virtual profile of yours will lead to real-life consequences: You might not get the loan you need to buy a home because of a bad social credit.

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners’ information to other users

Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people’s account and vehicle information.

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

The personal details of millions of Sberbank customers may have been leaked, in what would be the largest-ever data breach in Russian banking, according to cyber security experts.Analysts at cybersecurity firm DeviceLock found personal information relating to up to 60 million Sberbank credit card holders for sale on the black market.

Credit Info Exposed in TransUnion Credential Stuffing Attack

Credit Info Exposed in TransUnion Credential Stuffing Attack

Using a credential stuffing attack, an unauthorized person was able to gain access to a TransUnion Canada web portal and use it to pull consumer credit files.

Bizarre Wearable Face Projector Can be Used to Fool Facial Recognition Systems

Bizarre Wearable Face Projector Can be Used to Fool Facial Recognition Systems

Photo credit : Jing-Cai Liu. Let’s face it, facial recognition systems will soon be installed just about everywhere for surveillance purposes, but those looking to defeat them might have to resort to extreme measures, such as this wearable face projector by Jing-Cai Liu. This invention is exactly as it sounds, or a headband of sorts equipped with a small projector that can distort your face instantly.

Opinion | Equifax Doesn’t Want You to Get Your $125. Here’s What You Can Do.

Opinion | Equifax Doesn’t Want You to Get Your $125. Here’s What You Can Do.

Frank, a lawyer who specializes in class-action suits, told me this week that only 3 percent of the people who get class-action emails actually respond.

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.

Amazon tests Whole Foods payment system that uses hands as ID

Amazon tests Whole Foods payment system that uses hands as ID

The high-tech sensors are different from fingerprint scanners found on devices like the iPhone and don’t require users to physically touch their hands to the scanning surface.At Amazon’s budding chain of “Go” convenience stores that launched last year, customers use a phone app to check in at a turnstile.

MoviePass database exposes 161 million records

MoviePass database exposes 161 million records

“Because a database was left publicly accessible, reportedly for months, at least 58,000 records related to MoviePass customers are vulnerable to misuse and abuse at the hands of cybercriminals,” said Stephan Chenette, Co-Founder and CTO at AttackIQ.

Experian just invested in a location data company, which is a little creepy

Experian just invested in a location data company, which is a little creepy

Experian has long been one of those behind-the-scenes firms that collect wide swaths of data about hundreds of millions of American consumers and then sell it to retailers, advertisers, credit agencies, and other businesses who want to know as much as possible about their target markets.

Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system

The New York State Department of Financial Services announced earlier this year that life insurance companies can base premiums on what they find in your social media posts.

Breach at Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain Tied to Sale of 5M+ Stolen Credit, Debit Cards — Krebs on Security

Breach at Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain Tied to Sale of 5M+ Stolen Credit, Debit Cards — Krebs on Security

Hy-Vee, based in Des Moines, announced on Aug. 14 it was investigating a data breach involving payment processing systems that handle transactions at some Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants.

Xiaomi banks on phone data for finance play in India

Xiaomi banks on phone data for finance play in India

JAKARTA/MUMBAI (Reuters) - China’s Xiaomi (1810.HK) is poised to launch a consumer lending business in India in the coming weeks, making an ambitious tilt at the booming financial services market where data privacy concerns and fierce competition present formidable challenges.