Facebook’s Suspension of ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Reveals Wider Privacy Issues

Facebook’s Suspension of ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Reveals Wider Privacy Issues

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook indicated on Friday that the scale of its data privacy issues was far larger than it had previously acknowledged, as it suspended tens of thousands of apps for transgressions that included improperly sucking up its users’ personal information.

Privacy and the rise of the alternative search engine

Privacy and the rise of the alternative search engine

In this story, Finn Brownbill explains how we can put an end to tracking in search for the purpose of data collection.Finn Brownbill is Head of Marketing at the privacy-orientated search engine Mojeek.

Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook

Researchers show that smart TVs are sending your private information back to third parties like Netflix and Facebook

The Northeastern University and Imperial College of London researchers found that other smart and connected IoT devices , such as connected speakers and cameras, all passed this private information on to third parties.

New studies find smart TVs are still sending sensitive data to third parties

New studies find smart TVs are still sending sensitive data to third parties

As reported by the Financial Times, researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found several smart TVs, including those from popular brands Samsung and LG, as well as streaming dongles Roku and FireTV were sending data such as location and IP address to Netflix and third-party advertisers.

How to Remove Your Personal Information From Mylife, Intelius, Spokeo, Radius, and BeenVerified

How to Remove Your Personal Information From Mylife, Intelius, Spokeo, Radius, and BeenVerified

This article will walk you through the steps you need to take to remove your personal information from the background check sites Mylife, Spokeo, BeenVerified, Radius, and Intelius.

This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It

This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It

"Because the camera is photographing license plates in public locations visible for all to see, there is no expectation of privacy in the data we collect," the contract and various pieces of DRN marketing material read.

IoT Information Exposure (IMC ’19)

IoT Information Exposure (IMC ’19)

Dubois, David Choffnes (Northeastern University); Anna Maria Mandalari, Roman Kolcun, Hamed Haddadi (Imperial College London) Venue: Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) 2019 Download Full Text (PDF) Download Presentation (will be published here on October 22, 2019) Citation: @inproceedings{ren-imc19, title={{Information Exposure for Consumer IoT Devices: A Multidimensional, Network-Informed Measurement Approach}}, author={Ren, Jingjing and Dubois, Daniel J.

Nearly everyone in Ecuador is the victim of a data breach

Nearly everyone in Ecuador is the victim of a data breach

According to vpnMentor, the data appears to have come from multiple sources including Ecuadorian government registries, an Ecuadorian national bank and an automotive association.It even includes detailed information about individuals' family members.vpnMentor notified Ecuador's Computer Emergency Response Team, and the breach was closed on September 11th.

Massive Novaestrat data leak effects over 20 million in Ecuador

Massive Novaestrat data leak effects over 20 million in Ecuador

The researchers thought that the various goldmines of data had been compiled by the Ecuadorian government from private databases – but it turned out that the government’s information was just another input in this large leak.

Thousands of Google Calendars Possibly Leaking Private Information Online

Thousands of Google Calendars Possibly Leaking Private Information Online

Also, the issue is really not new, instead it was first raised 12 years ago when Google added this “make it public” feature to its web-based calendar service as a cool way for users to discover exciting events through the search engines, but a few quick searches revealed sensitive corporate information that was inadvertently made public using Google Calendar.

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

– The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA.

Feds Sue Edward Snowden, Move to Seize Book Proceeds

Feds Sue Edward Snowden, Move to Seize Book Proceeds

"The United States' ability to protect sensitive national security information depends on employees' and contractors' compliance with their non-disclosure agreements, including their pre-publication review obligations," said US assistant attorney general Jody Hunt in a statement.

Personal Data Of Entire 16.6 Million Population Of Ecuador Leaked Online

Personal Data Of Entire 16.6 Million Population Of Ecuador Leaked Online

Now the dynamic duo has, with the help of ZDNet reporter Catalin Cimpanu, exposed one of the most mind-boggling security blunders to date: the leaking of personal information about what is thought to be the entire population of Ecuador.

Data on almost every Ecuadorean citizen leaked

Data on almost every Ecuadorean citizen leaked

The pair said they had found the 18GB of data spread across a variety of files saved on an unsecured server set up and run by Novaestrat - an Ecuadorean marketing and analytics company.

How To Blur Your House on Google Maps

How To Blur Your House on Google Maps

Below the Image Preview, there is a section called “Why Are You Reporting This Image?” If you want your house blurred, click on “My home.” A text box will appear where you should add verifying information, such as your address and a description of your house.

Rekor Systems Launches Public Safety Network

Rekor Systems Launches Public Safety Network

Any state or local law enforcement agency participating in the RPSN will be able to access real time data from any part of the network at no cost.“The Rekor Public Safety Network provides real time license plate reading (“LPR”), make, model and color alerting for law enforcement use only.

How Much Responsibility Should Monster.com Take for Third Party Data Breach?

How Much Responsibility Should Monster.com Take for Third Party Data Breach?

While noted that they are not responsible for data sold to third parties, the California Consumer Privacy Act will require that companies provide customers with the right to opt out of selling their personal information to third parties.

Data leak exposes unchangeable biometric data of over 1 million people

Data leak exposes unchangeable biometric data of over 1 million people

A major leak of data discovered this week in the UK includes fingerprints of over 1 million individuals, face recognition information, unencrypted names and passwords, and other personal info from Suprema, a security company used by UK police, banks, and military contractors, according to a report in the Guardian.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

That’s right, under pressure from lawmakers and users, both Google and Apple have added new privacy features to their upcoming mobile operating systems – Android and iOS – that will make it impossible for Facebook to hide its tracking activity.

Simjacker: a brand new mobile vulnerability exploited by surveillance companies for espionage operation

Simjacker: a brand new mobile vulnerability exploited by surveillance companies for espionage operation

The main Simjacker attack involves a SMS containing a specific type of spyware-like code being sent to a mobile phone, which then instructs the SIM Card within the phone to ‘take over’ the mobile phone to retrieve and perform sensitive commands, exploiting the presence of a particular piece of software, called the [email protected] Browser on the SIM card .

Debates Over ZAO and FaceApp Usher in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism

Debates Over ZAO and FaceApp Usher in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism

Shortly after the clamor abated around FaceApp, the Russian AI-powered app churning out disturbingly realistic photos of users as their older selves, a new controversial fad hit mobile stores in the form of the Chinese deep-fake app ZAO.

Popular period-tracking apps were found sharing extremely sensitive data to Facebook, including when users last had sex

Popular period-tracking apps were found sharing extremely sensitive data to Facebook, including when users last had sex

An investigation from privacy advocacy group Privacy International found that period-tracking apps downloaded by millions of users shared alarmingly sensitive data with Facebook and other third-parties, including users' drinking habits, medical symptoms, and when they last had sex.

Judge lets Facebook privacy class action proceed, calls company's views 'so wrong'

Judge lets Facebook privacy class action proceed, calls company's views 'so wrong'

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ordered Facebook Inc (FB.O) to face most of a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for letting third parties such as Cambridge Analytica access users’ private data, calling the social media company’s views on privacy “so wrong.”.

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Departments of Motor Vehicles should not profit from drivers' personal information after a Motherboard investigation found DMVs across the country selling data to a wide array of companies, including private investigators.

Government Agency Known for Its Bonkers Tech Now Tasked With Solving Fake News

Government Agency Known for Its Bonkers Tech Now Tasked With Solving Fake News

The program, called Semantics Forensics (SemaFor), effectively wants to figure out an automated system that will identify and defend against disinformation campaigns, including text, audio, image, and video content.According to the SemaFor announcement, the program wants to develop a bunch of algorithms that will analyze these coordinated attacks.

Facebook is Changing Its Face Recognition Settings. We Have Questions.

Facebook is Changing Its Face Recognition Settings. We Have Questions.

Throughout Facebook’s deliberately vague announcement, it takes great pains to note that the change applies only to new Facebook users and people who currently have the “tag suggestions” setting.

Phone numbers for as many as 220 million Facebook users were reportedly found sitting online in a file where anybody could have found them

Phone numbers for as many as 220 million Facebook users were reportedly found sitting online in a file where anybody could have found them

The issue, a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider on Wednesday, stemmed from a feature, which has since been shut down, that allowed users to search for friends by their phone numbers.

Data in 2019, more valuable than oil

Data in 2019, more valuable than oil

With data, we can limit the amount of data we provide moving forward and in terms of social media, limit the number of people we “friend.”.There is an expectation that the data shared with banks, hospitals, credit card companies, and the like are protected at the highest level possible.

Over half a million active GPS trackers have ‘123456’ as default password

Over half a million active GPS trackers have ‘123456’ as default password

Back in May, UK cybersecurity firm Fidus Information Security revealed a vulnerability in a popular GPS tracker used by elderly patients that can be tricked into sending its real-time location simply by sending it a text message with a specific command.

UK Police admit sharing images for King’s Cross Estate’s facial recognition

UK Police admit sharing images for King’s Cross Estate’s facial recognition

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the original information provided by the Metropolitan Police was also “incorrect” and that “they have in fact shared images related to facial recognition with King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership”.