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.

The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

The Dark Web Has Nothing on Data Brokers

To regular folks with some basic computer skills the Dark Web seems to be Enemy #1.People talk about it like it’s the Internet Demogorgon.Acxiom collects, analyzes and sells customer and business information used for targeted advertising campaigns.

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

In the age of the Internet-of-things, every digital device you own collects information about you, while websites, corporations and social media platforms use different techniques to surveil and track your personal data.

Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

DHS uses the data purchased from private marketing companies to generate law enforcement leads and search for undocumented immigrants, according to the Journal, which first broke news of the arrangements on Friday.

Wacom says it’s not spying on its customers, and users can opt out of data collection

Wacom says it’s not spying on its customers, and users can opt out of data collection

Wacom has responded to reports of its tablets collecting app usage data from its users and sharing it with Google Analytics, clarifying that the company does not have access to personal data.

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.

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

A Court Tried To Force Ancestry.com To Open Up Its DNA Database To Police. The Company Said No.

For months, legal experts who follow investigative genetic genealogy have expected search warrants to be issued to Ancestry and its main competitor, 23andMe, which has about 10 million DNA profiles in its database.

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

What the database contained: 138 Million log records in total.I sent multiple requests to KickBack Apps and PrankDial but no one every replied or acknowledged my discovery, instead they simply closed public access to the logs.

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Using a brute-force attack, the researcher busted into an unencrypted database backup file containing the private information of more than 1.2 million passengers who flew with SpiceJet last month.

Exclusive: Europe wants single data market to break U.S. tech giants' dominance

Exclusive: Europe wants single data market to break U.S. tech giants' dominance

The proposal, which includes reining in big online platforms and could still be tweaked ahead of their presentation on Feb. 19, underlines the EU’s determination to break U.S. tech giants’ stranglehold on vast troves of data and better compete with Chinese rivals.

The Mining & Monetization of Personal User Data

The Mining & Monetization of Personal User Data

This recent significant shift within the realm of Information Technology has been the mining and monetization of personal user data, which comes with both positive and negative effects.

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.

The Firefox Browser is a privacy nightmare on desktop and mobile

The Firefox Browser is a privacy nightmare on desktop and mobile

While it is arguable that telemetry data isn’t technically “personal data” when it is viewed on its own without other information; however, if there’s a way to link a given set of telemetry data to a particular Firefox browser instance and IP address – and Mozilla just revealed that there is – then that telemetry data all of a sudden becomes the most personal of data.

New Jersey cops told to halt all use of controversial facial-recognition technology

New Jersey cops told to halt all use of controversial facial-recognition technology

The order was issued Friday to county prosecutors, concerning a New York-based company called Clearview AI.“Like many people, I was troubled,” state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said about the company’s techniques, which were first reported by The New York Times.

Microsoft Security Shocker As 250 Million Customer Records Exposed Online

Microsoft Security Shocker As 250 Million Customer Records Exposed Online

Now a newly published report, has revealed that 250 million Microsoft customer records, spanning an incredible 14 years in all, have been exposed online in a database with no password protection.

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

A startup called Clearview AI has made that possible, and its app is currently being used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI, says a Saturday report in The New York Times.

Law enforcement is using a facial recognition app with huge privacy issues

Law enforcement is using a facial recognition app with huge privacy issues

Read – Emotion-Detecting Technology Should be Banned, Says AI Now. In fact, the software is already noted to be violating the policies of a lot of the websites that it collects the images from.

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m children

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m children

Betting companies have been given access to an educational database containing names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students in one of the biggest breaches of government data.

Top Euro court advised: Cops, spies yelling 'national security' isn’t enough to force ISPs to hand over massive piles of people's private data

Top Euro court advised: Cops, spies yelling 'national security' isn’t enough to force ISPs to hand over massive piles of people's private data

This is the key part of the legal argument: “The provisions of the directive will not apply to activities which are intended to safeguard national security and are undertaken by the public authorities themselves, without requiring the cooperation of private individuals and, therefore, without imposing on them obligations in the management of business” (UK Case C-623/17, paragraph 34/79).”.

Grindr is sharing users’ sexual orientation and location data, says study

Grindr is sharing users’ sexual orientation and location data, says study

The LGBTQ dating app Grindr has been caught sharing users’ sensitive data with thousands of ad partners, reports Bloomberg .Those complaints were filed with the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, and they allege Grindr’s sharing of personal data breaches the EU’s GDPR privacy rules.

Report: Out of control

Report: Out of control

The actors, who are part of what we call the digital marketing and adtech industry, use this information to track us over time and across devices, in order to create comprehensive profiles about individual consumers.

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

Of this, it's reported that nine were requests for advertising, while more than ninety tried to send data off to "analytics" sites.Late last year, the New York Times ran its own analytics - on a leak of mobile location data - de-anonymising it, then identifying government officials.

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Prompted by the post, many users noticed that the storage scanner in the Device Care section included a little note: “powered by 360.” Even in China, Qihoo 360 is well known for its past privacy transgressions and controversies and it’s understandable why Samsung users would be incredibly concerned that anything at all from Qihoo is preinstalled on their phone.

Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers

Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers

according to the AG [Advocate General] the DPC [data protection commissioner in Ireland] must stop the EU-US data transfers of Facebook, once it took the view that US law violates EU fundamental rights.

On Privacy versus Freedom

On Privacy versus Freedom

It’s also true that decentralised systems are harder to evolve than centralised ones - you can’t just push out a given feature with a single app update, but you have to agree and publish a public spec, support incremental migration, and build governance processes and community dynamics which encourage everyone to implement and upgrade.

Alarm at ‘secret’ NHS meeting with tech firms on sharing patient data

Alarm at ‘secret’ NHS meeting with tech firms on sharing patient data

NHS chiefs held a closed meeting with giant technology and pharmaceutical companies to consider how billions of pounds could be made from a central database of patient records.

Wyze allegedly suffers data breach, logs out all users as a safe measure [Updated]

Wyze allegedly suffers data breach, logs out all users as a safe measure [Updated]

As it stands, Wyze Camera users will need to log back into their accounts and generate new 2-factor authentication (2FA) codes.

Delhi Police film protests, run its images through face recognition software to screen crowd

Delhi Police film protests, run its images through face recognition software to screen crowd

This was also the first time Delhi Police used a set of facial images collected from footage filmed at the city’s various protest events to filter “law and order suspects” at the Prime Minister’s rally.

German Real Estate Company Issued with €14.5 Million GDPR Fine for Unlawful Data Retention

German Real Estate Company Issued with €14.5 Million GDPR Fine for Unlawful Data Retention

A German real estate company, Deutsche Wohnen SE, has been issued with a €14.5 million GDPR penalty by the Berlin Data Protection Authority for the unlawful retention of the personal data of tenants.

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.