Private Internet Access Android App is ioXt-Certified

Private Internet Access Android App is ioXt-Certified

As part of our efforts to increase the level of security and transparency in our apps and service, Private Internet Access partnered with the ioXt Alliance to test and certify our Android mobile VPN application.

ParkMobile Breach Exposes License Plate Data, Mobile Numbers of 21M Users

ParkMobile Breach Exposes License Plate Data, Mobile Numbers of 21M Users

Asked for clarification on what the attackers did access, ParkMobile confirmed it included basic account information – license plate numbers, and if provided, email addresses and/or phone numbers, and vehicle nickname.

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

The company has joined forces with dozens of Chinese trade groups and tech firms working with the state-backed China Advertising Association to develop the new technique, which would use technology called device fingerprinting, the people said.

Am I FLoCed?

Am I FLoCed?

Google is running a Chrome "origin trial" to test out an experimental new tracking feature called Federated Learning of Cohorts (aka "FLoC").FLoC exists because Google acknowledges the privacy harms of third-party cookies, but insists on continuing to let advertisers target you based on how you browse the web.

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

The initial outlook for the number of users giving consent to track looks bleak, with a median opt-in rate of just 32 percent, according to an analysis of 300 apps across 2,000 devices from AppsFlyer, a mobile marketing and attribution company.

Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

Hackers posted an archive containing data they said includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, professional titles, email addresses, phone numbers and other personally identifiable information (PII) on a popular hacker forum, according to a report in CyberNews on Tuesday.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Hanna from Tutanota

Privacy Talks | Interview with Hanna from Tutanota

[4:40] – Some people use Tutanota as an example of a more private version of Gmail.I see that Tutanota also has a calendar now.[6:05] – What is something you, or Tutanota, are looking forward to?.Learn more about Tutanota at

Stop Spotify Surveillance

Stop Spotify Surveillance

The video will be used to promote this petition effort demanding that Spotify publicly abandon this patent and commit to not using invasive surveillance technology on listeners.

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

A spokesperson for the Federal Trade Commission, who didn’t say if the consumer protection agency is examining how retail pharmacies are using data from Covid vaccinations, said companies could be investigated if they mislead customers about how their information is being used.

Silicon Valley Is Not Focusing Enough on the Dangers Deepfakes Present

Silicon Valley Is Not Focusing Enough on the Dangers Deepfakes Present

Many of these new technology-wielding channels have featured a new phenomenon called “deepfakes,” or videos where a public figure’s image, usually via photo, audio, or video, is imposed into a situation, most notably in a meme format such as a music video or comedy gag.

All 533,000,000 Facebook Records Were Just Leaked for Free, So What?

All 533,000,000 Facebook Records Were Just Leaked for Free, So What?

After you know that what is leaked, you may want to limit the exposure of yourself online from now on , check on all your social media platforms and instant message applications for personal information published.

Hackers Are Stealing Sex Vids From Home Security Systems and Selling Them

Hackers Are Stealing Sex Vids From Home Security Systems and Selling Them

Hackers in China are tapping into unsuspecting victims’ home security cameras, recording them having sex, and selling the videos online.READ MORE: Hackers are stealing videos from private security cameras and selling them as home video tapes [South China Morning Post].

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports "Individual Covid-19 vaccination records are private health information and should not be shared by a mandate," DeSantis' executive order reads.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

There’s new Android malware on the loose that disguises itself as a “System Update” app.

Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules

Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules

Apple has begun rejecting app updates that do not comply with the App Tracking Transparency rules that the company is enforcing starting with iOS 14.5, according to a new report from Forbes.

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.

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

The government is considering forcing users of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — as well as online dating platforms like Tinder — to upload 100 points of identification in order to use them.

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Australians would need to show their driver’s licence or passport to open an account Credit: Chesnot/Getty Currently, Australians are not required to provide ID to use most online platforms, however some ask users to “verify” their account by providing an email address or phone number.

Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

In a blog post on Tuesday, the privacy-focused search biz explains that the much discussed plan by Google to eliminate third-party cookies in Chrome by the end of 2022, and related restrictions already implemented in browsers like Brave, Firefox, and Safari, will have a limited effect on marketers' online tracking efforts.

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.

How workplace surveillance is entering our homes and driving through our streets

How workplace surveillance is entering our homes and driving through our streets

As images in the Netradyne presentation show, the forward camera high resolution captures the license plates of surrounding vehicles with sufficient clarity to allow them to be read easily.

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U]

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U]

A Google spokesperson told Ars Technica that the company disagrees with this research as it considers essential that both iOS and Android devices send and receive data to the companies behind them, which helps them keep their software up to date and check that everything is working as expected.

Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point

The next major flash point over coronavirus response has already provoked cries of tyranny and discrimination in Britain, protests in Denmark, digital disinformation in the United States and geopolitical skirmishing within the European Union.The subject of debate: vaccine passports — government-issued cards or smartphone badges stating that the bearer has been inoculated against the coronavirus.

This Android malware hides as a System Update app to spy on you

This Android malware hides as a System Update app to spy on you

The malware is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) and able to steal GPS data and SMS messages, contact lists, call logs, harvest images and video files, covertly record microphone-based audio, hijack a mobile device's camera to take photos, review browser bookmarks and histories, eavesdrop on phone calls, and steal operational information on a handset including storage statistics and lists of installed applications.

Privacy News Online: Weekly Review | March 26, 2021

Privacy News Online: Weekly Review | March 26, 2021

The problem is, the HTTP referrer header often holds private user data, such as user account information on a website or which articles you read.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Tesla's in-car cameras raise privacy concerns: Consumer Reports

Tesla's in-car cameras raise privacy concerns: Consumer Reports

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc’s use of in-car cameras to record and transmit video footage of passengers to develop self-driving technology raises privacy concerns, influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports said on Tuesday.

California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns,' a sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult

California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns,' a sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult

California banned companies from using "dark patterns," or tricks to get users to sell information.As of March 15, the California Consumer Privacy Act bans companies from using "dark patterns," or website designs that can confuse or trick users into opting into selling their information.

Google Brings Live Captioning to Google Chrome

Google Brings Live Captioning to Google Chrome

A new Chrome feature called Live Caption leverages machine learning to bring captions to content across platforms on the web.“When enabled, Live Caption on Chrome uses machine learning to caption video and audio content on your browser.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Alex Kehaya from Orchid VPN

Privacy Talks | Interview with Alex Kehaya from Orchid VPN

[7:04] – One question that I have, is why wouldn’t an average user just set up their own VPN if trust is such an issue?[13:20] – You mentioned those curated lists, that also allows people to choose from servers that provide them certain functionality, like Netflix in the US for instance.