'Smart' doorbells for sale on Amazon, eBay came stocked with security vulnerabilities

'Smart' doorbells for sale on Amazon, eBay came stocked with security vulnerabilities

In this case, researchers bought another device from Amazon and eBay that was vulnerable to KRACK, a three-year-old bug that attackers could use to eavesdrop on wireless networks.

Apple hits back at European activist complaints against tracking tool

Apple hits back at European activist complaints against tracking tool

BERLIN (Reuters) - An Austrian privacy advocacy group drew a strongly critical response from Apple on Monday after it said an online tracking tool used in its devices breached European law.

European privacy activists file complaint over iPhone tracking software

European privacy activists file complaint over iPhone tracking software

But the non-profit group says that Apple's iOS operating system creates unique codes for each iPhone that allow the company and other third parties to "identify users across applications and even connect online and mobile behaviour.".

Scammers Expose Facebook Data Haul of 13 Million Records

Scammers Expose Facebook Data Haul of 13 Million Records

Among the 5.5GB haul discovered by vpnMentor on September 21, was 150,000-200,000 Facebook usernames and passwords, and personal info including emails, names and phone numbers for hundreds of thousands who had fallen victim to a Bitcoin scam.

Privacy activist files complaints against Apple's tracking tool

Privacy activist files complaints against Apple's tracking tool

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group led by privacy activist Max Schrems on Monday filed complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities over Apple's AAPL.O online tracking tool, alleging that it allows iPhones to store users' data without their consent in breach of European law.

How privacy activists are fighting on multiple fronts to strengthen EU privacy laws that will have a global impact

How privacy activists are fighting on multiple fronts to strengthen EU privacy laws that will have a global impact

This is similar to a case that Privacy News Online wrote about last year, where the CJEU ruled that pre-ticked boxes for cookies are not valid for consent .

Introducing WhatsApp Disappearing Messages

Introducing WhatsApp Disappearing Messages

Media sent in a disappearing message will also be deleted after seven days, but this feature isn’t applied to previously sent or received messages.However, the message will still disappear even if a user doesn’t open the app for seven days.

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

The aggressive offensive by a Russian-speaking criminal gang coincides with the U.S. presidential election, though there was no immediate indication it was motivated by anything but profit.“We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement.

Urbit is for Communities

Urbit is for Communities

When I think of the places in the physical world where people seem to feel the most at home, they’re places that have evolved over long periods of time and are owned by the communities that inhabit them.

Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users

Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users

Our personal information is shared and sold across data companies used to target and manipulate us through marketing from social media companies, advertisers and politicians.

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

Today we’re releasing a new version of Signal groups that gives you a richer private group experience with group admins, granular permissions, @mentions and more.Your existing Signal groups will get these new group features in a future update.

Five Eyes, India, And Japan Want ‘Backdoor’ To End-To-End Encryption

Five Eyes, India, And Japan Want ‘Backdoor’ To End-To-End Encryption

Their press release talks about the dangers of end-to-end encryption and how it’ll create a zone where no governments or even the companies implementing it, will be able to locate illegal activities.

Apple's T2 Security Chip Has an Unfixable Flaw

Apple's T2 Security Chip Has an Unfixable Flaw

A recently released tool is letting anyone exploit an unusual Mac vulnerability to bypass Apple's trusted T2 security chip and gain deep system access.

Bing mobile app database left open to hackers, millions of user data sets compromised

Bing mobile app database left open to hackers, millions of user data sets compromised

Bing is the search engine owned by Microsoft and data related to the mobile app for iOS and Android has been found in an open server.Nearly 100 million records had been collected by bad-actors by the time a second Meow attack hit the server on September 14.

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

When installing a mobile messenger like WhatsApp, new users can instantly start texting existing contacts based on the phone numbers stored on their device.

Italian Email Provider Email.it Breached; Data for Sale on Dark Web

Italian Email Provider Email.it Breached; Data for Sale on Dark Web

Not only has pretty much every piece of information they’ve ever entered into the platform been exposed to hackers, but this may have been going on since January 2018.Hackers offering data for sale on the dark web claim to not only have access to the full contents of all of these accounts, but also that the service has been storing user passwords in plaintext for over two years now.

'We Are Watched to Prevent Mass Resistance': Amazon Workers Discuss Being Spied On

'We Are Watched to Prevent Mass Resistance': Amazon Workers Discuss Being Spied On

Many admins of private Amazon Flex driver Facebook groups were not surprised to learn that Amazon had planted spies with corporate ties in their groups, but worried that drivers could not speak freely about their working conditions, and said it was inappropriate for the company to intercept plans for protests and other forms of resistance.

Oracle and Salesforce to Face GDPR Lawsuit

Oracle and Salesforce to Face GDPR Lawsuit

A consumer privacy campaign group has filed a lawsuit against American companies Salesforce and Oracle over an alleged breach of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation laws.

BREIN Says Piracy Intermediaries Are Its Next Target

BREIN Says Piracy Intermediaries Are Its Next Target

BREIN, the active and prolific Dutch anti-piracy group that is usually targeting large platforms and content distribution networks, is now laying out a more encompassing plan.

How Malicious Tor Relays are Exploiting Users in 2020 (Part I)

How Malicious Tor Relays are Exploiting Users in 2020 (Part I)

The 3 sharp drops in figure 1 (marked with 1, 2, 3) depict the events when some of these malicious Tor exits got detected, reported and removed from the network by the Tor directory authorities.

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

Last week, Apple publicized a study by a consulting firm called Analysis Group showing that the 30 percent commission it charges many apps for the right to appear on iPhones is close to what other platforms charge for distribution.

Privacy-loving EU building massive travel surveillance system for visitors that will affect billions of people

Privacy-loving EU building massive travel surveillance system for visitors that will affect billions of people

All of this data, and the answers to even more rigorous questions for visa applicants, are fed into central EU databases, where they can be accessed by over 100 national authorities, and thousands of official accounts.

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

"[Recently], we discovered that in some instances apps continued to receive the data that people had previously authorized, even if it appeared they hadn’t used the app in the last 90 days," writes Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook's vice president of platform partnerships, in the blog post.

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

It's no secret that police and other law enforcement agencies have a history of using mobile phone location and other data to target or investigate individuals, and the wave of mass protests in support of black communities and against police brutality this month has provided a rich data trove for them to probe.

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

In May, a broad-based campaign group wrote to UK health secretary Matt Hancock calling for greater openness in the government's embrace of private-sector tech companies contracted to provide a data store and dashboards as part of the NHS response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What facial recognition steals from us

What facial recognition steals from us

Now that facial recognition algorithms exist, they can be effectively linked to any digital camera and any database of labeled faces to surveil any given population of people.And join the Open Sourced Reporting Network to help us report on the real consequences of data, privacy, algorithms, and AI.

Why Metadata Matters

Why Metadata Matters

Let’s take a look at how revealing metadata can actually be to the governments and companies that collect it: They know you rang a phone sex line at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes.

Refusing to unlock your phone? Jail. UK judge sentences activist under TERRORISM law

Refusing to unlock your phone? Jail. UK judge sentences activist under TERRORISM law

The leader of the anti-immigrant group Britain First was fined and given a suspended sentence for refusing to unlock his phone and computer to police after returning from a trip to Russia last year, under UK anti-terrorism laws.

Google faces Privacy Complaint, accused of tracking EU users

Google faces Privacy Complaint, accused of tracking EU users

The complaint was filed by Max Shrems, an Austrian privacy activist, and accused the search giant of unlawfully monitoring users and passing on the “tracking ID’ to various advertisers.It was filed with the Austrian data protection authority and mainly concerned Android users.

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of privacy advocacy organizations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protecting children’s privacy online.