School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

But last October, after being on the job for about six weeks, her boss at the cleaning company sent out a companywide message — telling employees to download an app on their personal phones that would check their location and ensure they were working their scheduled hours.

Teen who hacked Twitter accounts of Biden, Obama, Musk, Bezos and more is sentenced to 3 years in prison

Teen who hacked Twitter accounts of Biden, Obama, Musk, Bezos and more is sentenced to 3 years in prison

Graham Ivan Clark, age 18 was sentenced to three years in prison followed by three years of probation after pleading guilty to hacking into high-profile Twitter accounts when he was 17 years old.

Yandex Employee Caught Selling Access to Users' Email Inboxes

Yandex Employee Caught Selling Access to Users' Email Inboxes

Russian Dutch-domiciled search engine, ride-hailing and email service provider Yandex on Friday disclosed a data breach that compromised 4,887 email accounts of its users.The company blamed the incident on an unnamed employee who had been providing unauthorized access to the users' mailboxes for personal gain.

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.

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance

But by default, reports also let managers drill down into data on individual employees, to find those who participate less in group chat conversations, send fewer emails, or fail to collaborate in shared documents.“This is so problematic at many levels,” tweeted the Austrian researcher Wolfie Christl, who raised alarm about the feature.

Forrester releases privacy and cyber security predictions for 2021

Forrester releases privacy and cyber security predictions for 2021

As companies look to transition to a new normal in 2021, Forrester has forecasted that data privacy matters will become more pressing, while potential budgeting issues and evolving international relations are set to impact cyber security professionals.

Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

An Amazon Web Services employee emailed a series of internal Amazon listservs and told them that their communications were being monitored for labor organizing efforts and processed in a data farming project by the company's Global Security Operations, according to an internal email obtained by Motherboard.

When the GDPR goes wrong…

When the GDPR goes wrong…

The merit behind the Bradford Trigger has nothing to do with personal data; each variable of the formula is a piece of information, which a company shall record, inter alia as required under the labour laws.

A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A recently fired Facebook employee wrote a memo on her last day at the company detailing how the tech giant routinely ignored or did not prioritize fake accounts' efforts to manipulate elections and political climates around the world, according to a Monday Buzzfeed report.

Barclays Faces Employee Spying Probe

Barclays Faces Employee Spying Probe

The UK's Information Commissioners Office, which enforces privacy laws - including the EU's General Data Protection Regulation - has confirmed the Barclays probe to Information Security Media Group."We have an ongoing investigation relating to Barclays' alleged use of employee monitoring tools," an ICO spokeswoman tells ISMG.

Google joins forces with ADT on smart home security push

Google joins forces with ADT on smart home security push

By teaming with an established player like ADT, Google's Nest has a much clearer path into the home, especially with consumers that don't want to fool with the hassle of setting up gear themselves.

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

In June, an employee at a tech company received a strange voicemail from a person that identified himself as the CEO, asking for “immediate assistance to finalize an urgent business deal.” As it turns out, despite sounding almost like the CEO, the voicemail was actually created with computer software.

As bosses embrace tech to monitor remote workers, can privacy endure?

As bosses embrace tech to monitor remote workers, can privacy endure?

MILAN/NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a client asked Los Angeles-based graphic designer Lea to install software that would count her keystrokes, track the websites she visited and take screenshots to keep tabs on her work, she felt uneasy.

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

“In section 3.1 of their privacy policy, Wacom wondered if it would be OK if they sent a few bits and bobs of data from my computer to Google Analytics, “[including] aggregate usage data, technical session information and information about [my] hardware device.” The half of my heart that cares about privacy sank.

Senator Wyden Wants Congress to Investigate Which Local Cops Have Hacking Tools

Senator Wyden Wants Congress to Investigate Which Local Cops Have Hacking Tools

"Government hacking is among the most invasive forms of surveillance—tracking someone’s movements, turning on their webcam and microphone, or accessing photos and other sensitive data on a phone or computer," Senator Wyden told Motherboard in a statement.

Do we really need employee monitoring?

Do we really need employee monitoring?

Employee monitoring software can be useful, but it can also very easily be a crutch that poisons our working relationships, leading to lower productivity and worse health for businesses and people.

Banjo had a contract to collect coronavirus data from Intermountain Healthcare

Banjo had a contract to collect coronavirus data from Intermountain Healthcare

The coronavirus data Intermountain agreed to provide aligns with information requested or required by the federal government from all hospitals, Cowley said.

Spanish firm that spied on Julian Assange tried to find out if he fathered a child at Ecuadorian embassy

Spanish firm that spied on Julian Assange tried to find out if he fathered a child at Ecuadorian embassy

There was an attempt to take the baby’s pacifier,” said a former employee of Undercover Gobal SL.A company report dated October 27, 2017 details Hoo’s visits to the Ecuadorian embassy and sheds light on Morales’ obsession with getting to the bottom of Assange’s best-kept secret during his life as a recluse.

Memento Labs, the Reborn Hacking Team, Is Struggling

Memento Labs, the Reborn Hacking Team, Is Struggling

"There’s only two developers left, and none of them are competent enough to keep up certain projects," a former Hacking Team and Memento Labs employee, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss internal issues, told Motherboard.

Surveillance Firm Banjo Used a Secret Company and Fake Apps to Scrape Social Media

Surveillance Firm Banjo Used a Secret Company and Fake Apps to Scrape Social Media

Banjo, an artificial intelligence firm that works with police used a shadow company to create an array of Android and iOS apps that looked innocuous but were specifically designed to secretly scrape social media, Motherboard has learned.

Barclays scraps 'Big Brother' staff tracking system

Barclays scraps 'Big Brother' staff tracking system

Image copyright Getty Images Barclays says it has scrapped a system that tracked the time employees spent at their desks and sent warnings to those spending too long on breaks.It is not the first time the bank has come under fire for using technology to monitor its staff.

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

A Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who says he reviewed thousands of potentially sensitive recordings on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over the two years he worked for the company.

Report: Facebook employee fired for taking bribes to reactivate shady ads

Report: Facebook employee fired for taking bribes to reactivate shady ads

A Facebook employee was fired after accepting thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for reactivating an ad account that violated the platform's policies, according to a Buzzfeed report.

Google workers sidestepping controversial Chrome tool sparks security worries

Google workers sidestepping controversial Chrome tool sparks security worries

Stephen Shankland/CNET Google is facing a backlash over an internal tool for the company's Chrome browser that some employees worry is intended for spying on workers organizing protests and discussing workplace issues.

Google can view all the content you store in Google Docs or other G Suite products

Google can view all the content you store in Google Docs or other G Suite products

Martin Shelton, an ex-Google employee, published a blog post on Wednesday, revealing all the ways in which Google, as well as law enforcement agencies, can access all the stuff stored on users' G Suite account.

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave

Last month The Guardian revealed Apple was employing contractors to listen to and “grade” Siri recordings and they “regularly” heard confidential information from iPhone and iPad users, including medical information, drug deals and recordings of couples having sex.

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Contractors in Cork were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift - before Apple suspended the practice last month, according to an employee who had their contract abruptly terminated this week.

Facebook learned about Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, new documents show

Facebook learned about Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, new documents show

Facebook said the scraping of public profiles is distinct from the data Cambridge Analytica reportedly used from users' friends who did not consent to sharing their data.Still, the documents show that Facebook was aware of potential policy violations by Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015.

Your employer has more intimate data on you than Amazon, Apple or Facebook

Your employer has more intimate data on you than Amazon, Apple or Facebook

Those include location tracking through a company-issued phone’s GPS or an employee ID badge, communication monitoring through email monitoring, Slack messages WORK, +1.13% or keystroke logging, and wellness programs that track health data, including sleep patterns.

Don’t Put Your Work Email on Your Personal Phone

Don’t Put Your Work Email on Your Personal Phone

When you add a work email address to your phone, you’ll likely be asked to install something called a Mobile Device Management (MDM) profile. MDM profiles, paired with device management tools, allow companies to track employee phones in a single dashboard.