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.

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.

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.

How to hide your iPhone's unique name from apps (and why you should)

How to hide your iPhone's unique name from apps (and why you should)

The newspaper obtained a data set that linked phone location data to advertising identifiers, which, combined with other available databases, allowed the paper to link that location data to real people.

Introducing Cover Your Tracks!

Introducing Cover Your Tracks!

Panopticlick was about letting users know that browser fingerprinting was possible; Cover Your Tracks is about giving users the tools to fight back against the trackers, and improve the web ecosystem to provide privacy for everyone.

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

While cookies are typically used to identify you and store some of your online preferences when visiting websites, site data is on another level: it includes, among other things, a storage database in which a site can store personal information about you, on your computer, that can be accessed again by the site the next time you visit.

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

A new class-action lawsuit filed by Patrick Calhoun and others claims that the Chrome browser sends user’s personal information such as IP addresses, cookie identifiers, and browsing history to Google without users’ consent and against Google’s promises that the information will not be sent.

Research Finds Microsoft Edge Has Privacy-Invading Telemetry

Research Finds Microsoft Edge Has Privacy-Invading Telemetry

While Microsoft Edge shares the same source code as the popular Chrome browser, it offers better privacy control for users.This list is the checked by the browser and if any data needs to be sent to Google's servers, will only send a hashed partial URL fingerprint that can be used to track browsing behavior.

Kaspersky AV injected unique ID that allowed sites to track users, even in incognito mode

Kaspersky AV injected unique ID that allowed sites to track users, even in incognito mode

A case in point: for almost four years, AV products from Kaspersky Lab injected a unique identifier into the HTML of every website a user visited, making it possible for sites to identify people even when using incognito mode or when they switched between Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

How to test if your Bluetooth devices support BLE Privacy

How to test if your Bluetooth devices support BLE Privacy

Bluetooth devices, like Wi-Fi devices, support a privacy-enhancing technique that periodically randomizes the broadcasted address, which makes it harder to track them as their owners move about in the world.

Ron Paul Warns: Medical IDs Are The Enemy Of Privacy, Liberty, & Health

Ron Paul Warns: Medical IDs Are The Enemy Of Privacy, Liberty, & Health

A unique patient identifier would allow federal bureaucrats and government-favored special interests to access health information simply by entering an individual’s unique patient ID into a database.

Hey, remember that California privacy law? Big Tech is trying to ram a massive hole in it

Hey, remember that California privacy law? Big Tech is trying to ram a massive hole in it

The change to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) – in Senate Bill 753 – will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and effectively adds Google and Facebook's entire business models to an exemption list, meaning consumers would not be able to sue tech giants for misusing their personal data.

DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users

DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users

Responding to a forum post that accused it of "fingerprinting users", privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo says that fears are unfounded and that it is not tracking its users.

Transparency Report

Transparency Report

Requests where Data Provided The number of financial identifier-based requests received worldwide that resulted in Apple providing data, such as transaction details, in response to a valid legal request.

Tracking beyond the web browser: Unique identifiers being embedded into software downloads

Tracking beyond the web browser: Unique identifiers being embedded into software downloads

embeds a unique identifier, the name of the browser you used to download their browser, your device language, whether you’ve opted-out of data collection using a checkbox on their website, and marketing data including which Google website or advertisement you clicked to download Chrome.

Tech Lobby Group Introduces Privacy Regulation Framework

Tech Lobby Group Introduces Privacy Regulation Framework

The idea is to help form privacy legislation that lawmakers are working on (via Axios). Certain lawmakers have expressed interest in exploring privacy regulations (spurred by California’s privacy law) during the next congressional session in 2020.

You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

The researchers observe that a website can issue a new session identifier on every visit and "thus track a user indefinitely as long as the time between two visits does not exceed the session resumption lifetime of the user's browser."