FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

It’s amusing to note that this movie about how yippies turned yuppies (Kevin Kline’s Harold, the host of the gathering, has gotten rich by opening a chain of “Running Dog” sneaker stores) was itself an element in a synergistic corporate-branding strategy.

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

The project has released the source code for every component of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today.

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.

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

But the reporting on Ice’s use of utility records is a powerful reminder that it’s not just flashy gadgets that increasingly watch our every move; there’s also a large and ever-growing economy of data brokerage, in which companies and government agencies, law enforcement included, can buy up data on millions of Americans that we might not even think of as sensitive.

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Encryption Has Never Been More Essential—or Threatened

Five years ago today, WhatsApp completed our roll out of end-to-end encryption, which provides people all over the world with the ability to communicate privately and securely.

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

A new law in Russia requires devices to have Russian software preinstalled.Russia now requires all smart devices — including phones, computers, and TVs — in the country to have Russian software preinstalled, in what some locals have called a "law against Apple.".

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

After that date, Android app developers won’t be able to upload new apps on the Play Store that target Android 11 (API level 30) or later and which use the “ QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES ” function.

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

Supreme Court rules Facebook's automated text system doesn't count as robocalling, handing major win to people who want to spam your phone

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Facebook on Thursday in a case about what counts as an "automatic telephone dialing system" under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.The Supreme Court said in the ruling that Facebook's text alerts about suspicious login attempts do not qualify as robocalls deemed illegal under that act.

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

EFF to Supreme Court: Users Must Be Able to Hold Tech Companies Accountable in Lawsuits When Their Data is Mishandled

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today urged the Supreme Court to rule that consumers can take big tech companies like Facebook and Google to court, including in class action lawsuits, to hold them accountable for privacy and other user data-related violations, regardless of whether they can show they suffered identical harms.

If the future of privacy is cookieless, what happens to the ad tech industry when third-party cookies go away?

If the future of privacy is cookieless, what happens to the ad tech industry when third-party cookies go away?

And, that history of adjusting to change, is why Tapad is prepared for the cookieless future, Olchovy said: The end of the third-party cookie will certainly lead to more fragmentation in the industry but that's is something we've been dealing with all along.

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web

But as our industry has strived to deliver relevant ads to consumers across the web, it has created a proliferation of individual user data across thousands of companies, typically gathered through third-party cookies.

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

“The only way to counter Big Tech with its bad habit of collecting personal data is to develop a robust, independent, and privacy-preserving search engine that delivers the quality users have come to expect.

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

As of early December, developers must provide this privacy information before a new or updated app can be made available on the ‌App Store‌.Google updated Gmail with privacy labels just over a week ago, but the app itself was not updated until today.

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Andrew Stirk, Facebook’s head of company marketing, discussed the new ad campaign in an interview with CNBC: The goal is to help people understand the role that personalized ads play for small businesses, for their ability to grow and thrive, and also the role they play in helping discover ideas that might not otherwise exist, that they might not otherwise find.

Anonymity is a shield for bigotry; if you don’t believe me, ask Schopenhauer

Anonymity is a shield for bigotry; if you don’t believe me, ask Schopenhauer

Photograph: BBCThe eight mesmerising hours of Adam Curtis’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head are a reminder of the unique storehouse of collective memory that is the BBC archive.

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

The I have Nothing To Hide Argument Is Flawed

Likewise, just because there are people who are hiding destructive things that the people in charge should ultimately know about doesn’t suddenly mean they should allow the police to check EVERYONE.

Police used geofence warrant to make Google to identify George Floyd protestors

Police used geofence warrant to make Google to identify George Floyd protestors

We’re only aware of the search warrant because an individual who had their information given to the police by Google, Said Abdullahi, received an email from Google letting him know that the information had been handed over.In this particular reverse location search warrant, Google handed over information on hundreds of individuals.

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Led by Amazon Echo devices, the shipments of smart home speakers were expected to cross 7.5 lakh units in India by the end of 2020, which is an all-time high, according to market research firm techARC.

Users have privacy concerns about Microsoft’s inclusion in Raspberry Pi OS

Users have privacy concerns about Microsoft’s inclusion in Raspberry Pi OS

This “upgrade” was made as part of Raspberry Pi OS’s embracing of Microsoft’s IDE for VSCode; however, a growing amount of backlash which has been censored on the official Raspberry Pi support forums suggests that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has moved a little too fast and broken one thing they shouldn’t break: the trust of Linux users and the open source community which has long held biases against Microsoft based simply on track record.

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

On Signal, a Florida-based militia group said on Monday that it was organizing its chats in small, city-by-city groups limited to a few dozen people each, according to messages seen by The New York Times.

Ubiquiti tells customers to change passwords after security breach

Ubiquiti tells customers to change passwords after security breach

Image: Ubiquiti Networks Networking equipment and IoT device vendor Ubiquiti Networks has sent out today notification emails to its customers informing them of a recent security breach.According to Ubiquiti, the intruder accessed servers that stored data on users, such as names, email addresses, and salted and hashed passwords.

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Victory at the High Court against the government's use of 'general warrants'

Today, the UK High Court has quashed a decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) and held that section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) 1994 does not permit the issue of general warrants to authorise property interference and certain forms of computer hacking.

Singapore COVID-19 contact-tracing data accessible to police

Singapore COVID-19 contact-tracing data accessible to police

Prestwick Airport, situated near the president’s Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire, is said to have been told to expect the arrival of a US military Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier often used by Mr Trump, on January 19 – the day before Mr Biden takes over.

T-Mobile rounds out this awful year with another data breach, affecting hundreds of thousands of subscribers

T-Mobile rounds out this awful year with another data breach, affecting hundreds of thousands of subscribers

T-Mobile has confirmed to Android Police it has shut down a data breach operation that may have harvested a small group of customers' phone numbers, number of lines per account, and call diagnostic metrics.

The real cost of smart speakers

The real cost of smart speakers

Watch the video above to learn what we know and don’t know about how smart speakers use our data.And join the Open Sourced Reporting Network to help us report on the real consequences of data, privacy, algorithms, and AI.Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network.

Meet Hyper, The World's First Completely Private, Decentralized Instant Messenger

Meet Hyper, The World's First Completely Private, Decentralized Instant Messenger

Elastos, a decentralized internet platform built with the security of Bitcoin's hashpower, today launched the world's first completely private, decentralized messaging app on its network, Hyper IM.The Hyper team said that the app will soon be available on desktop (like WhatsApp web and Telegram), and that file transfer functions for non-text messages.

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Whether Microsoft can hone a people-centered, scientific, analytical platform here—or whether it’s so much apophenia, finding patterns and meaning where there may be none—is mostly a matter of salesmanship.

Amazon just started sharing your internet connection with your neighbors

Amazon just started sharing your internet connection with your neighbors

Amazon recently emailed Ring and Echo owners to let them know that they've been opted in automatically to its new Sidewalk initiative.Tap Account Settings , followed by Amazon Sidewalk .3.

A New Satellite Can Peer Inside Buildings, Day or Night

A New Satellite Can Peer Inside Buildings, Day or Night

A few months ago, a company called Capella Space launched a satellite capable of taking clear radar images of anywhere in the world, with incredible resolution — even through the walls of some buildings.

Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

Uber must pay a $59.1 million fine in California for repeatedly refusing to turn over data related to its 2019 sexual assault report to the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative judge ruled Monday.