T-Mobile ‘Put My Life in Danger’ Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data

T-Mobile ‘Put My Life in Danger’ Says Woman Stalked With Black Market Location Data

He did this by pretending to be a U.S. Marshal with the "Georgia Fugitive Task Force" to T-Mobile, which then provided Edens with the location of Johnson's phone in a handy Google Maps interface—"pinging" the phone, in industry parlance.

How to Hide Your Feelings From AI Voice Assistants

How to Hide Your Feelings From AI Voice Assistants

In the paper Emotionless: Privacy-Preserving Speech Analysis for Voice Assistants, researchers propose adding a privacy-preserving intermediate layer between users and cloud services.

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.

Choice Hotels Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 700,000 Customer Records

Choice Hotels Suffers Data Breach, Exposing 700,000 Customer Records

After MongoDB database was left open, containing 700,000 customer records, Choice Hotels, a hospitality giant, fell victim to hackers this week due to MongoDB's data breach. According to Choice Hotels, other fields that contained passwords, reservation details and payment information only contained test data, according to a news report.

Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity

Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity

“What we did here is we studied the system and we showed that actually there is a vulnerability that exists in their system that allows us to use their system and to send carefully created queries that allow us to extract — to exfiltrate — information from the data-set that the system is supposed to protect,” explains Imperial College’s Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, one of five co-authors of the paper.

'No controls in place': Myki details exposed in huge privacy breach

'No controls in place': Myki details exposed in huge privacy breach

Your personal information could be accessed by hackers and stalkers after a massive privacy breach by the government exposed the travel data of millions of Victorians, the state's information watchdog has found.

Why DuckDuckGo isn’t as bad as some people make it seem.

Why DuckDuckGo isn’t as bad as some people make it seem.

According to DuckDuckGo’s privacy policy: DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information. So they use the tracking pixel data to improve their product. TL;DR: They collect anonymous data to measure engagement of specific events, to make it a more user friendly experience for everybody.

U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan

U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan

“This week, reports disclosed that Facebook has been paying third-parties to transcribe private audio conversations of Facebook users. This week, reports disclosed that Facebook has been paying third-parties to transcribe private audio conversations of Facebook users.

I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have.

I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have.

She added that when a user set up two-step verification with a phone number, the company would not use the information to serve targeted ads.

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

The Irish regulator, which takes the lead in overseeing Facebook in Europe, said it’s already looking at similar data processing by Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Personal data of Australian visa applicants reportedly leaked following email typo

Personal data of Australian visa applicants reportedly leaked following email typo

An investigation by the ABC has revealed that the personal health information of over 300 people applying for Australian visas was accidentally emailed to an incorrect address as a result of a "typo".The report details that the email containing information on 317 individuals was incorrectly sent to a member of the general public in 2015.Bupa is contracted by the Department of Home Affairs to assess the health of people applying for visas and permanent residency in Australia.

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Hundreds of contractors reportedly were hired to transcribe Messenger voice chats in order to test the accuracy of an AI algorithm — raising questions about what Facebook does with the data.

Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people’s accounts

Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people’s accounts

Another user who was affected said they could read another person’s Credit Factors — including derogatory credit marks — but that the Credit Report tab with that user’s personal information, like names and addresses, was blank.

Hackers have worked out how to exploit security flaws in hook-up apps

Hackers have worked out how to exploit security flaws in hook-up apps

Security experts have issued a warning after three gay hookup apps - including Grindr - and a threesome app were found to expose users' exact locations, just by knowing the publicly available username.

FBI: Nashville company Asurion paid $300K ransom after private data was stolen

FBI: Nashville company Asurion paid $300K ransom after private data was stolen

A Nashville corporation paid at least $300,000 in ransom to an extortionist who claimed he stole private info of thousands of employees and more than a million customers, according to new court records from an ongoing FBI investigation.

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost that it’s problematic if someone concerned about being located is opting to share information with a dating app in the first place.

Senator Wyden to AT&T and T-Mobile: You Don’t Need to Store So Much Customer Data

Senator Wyden to AT&T and T-Mobile: You Don’t Need to Store So Much Customer Data

"I write to ask that you protect your customers’ privacy—and U.S. national security—from foreign hackers and spies by limiting the time you keep records about your customers’ communications, web browsing, app usage and movements," Wyden's letter addressed to the CEOs of each teleco reads.

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

But many of these apps, said Hastings, send user or device data to third-party data analytics companies — often to monetize your information — without your explicit consent, instead burying the details in their privacy policies.

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

The increasing popularity of Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant has triggered concerns from politicians and privacy enforcers over how some companies handle recordings from users interacting with their voice assistants.

Airline tracks Twitter user’s real-world ID, publishes her flight number

Airline tracks Twitter user’s real-world ID, publishes her flight number

In a follow-up that wasn’t deleted until after Ars asked Southwest for comment, Emilia went on to include the flight number of the plane the consultant was boarding.

Skype, Slack, other Electron-based apps can be easily backdoored

Skype, Slack, other Electron-based apps can be easily backdoored

The problem lies in the fact that Electron ASAR files themselves are not encrypted or signed, allowing them to be modified without changing the signature of the affected applications.

The Debauchery of China’s Mass Surveillance System

The Debauchery of China’s Mass Surveillance System

According to an investigation by the New York Times, the Chinese government is installing a surveillance app on tourists’ phones as they enter the northwestern Xinjiang region, which is the home of millions of Uighur Muslims.

Federal Court Rules Facebook Users Can Sue Company Over Unlawful Use of Face Recognition Technology

Federal Court Rules Facebook Users Can Sue Company Over Unlawful Use of Face Recognition Technology

The ruling is the first decision of an American appellate court directly addressing the unique privacy harms posed by the face recognition technology being increasingly pushed on members of the public without their knowledge and consent.

Microsoft contractors hear phone sex and more while reviewing Cortana, Skype audio

Microsoft contractors hear phone sex and more while reviewing Cortana, Skype audio

Siri records fights, doctor’s appointments, and sex (and contractors hear it)The Microsoft news takes a slightly different spin than the recent allegations faced by Apple, Google, and Amazon. A whistleblower informed Motherboard that contractors are reviewing recordings not just with the company's Cortana assistant but also conversations conducted on its Skype service.

A top EU privacy regulator is looking into how millions of Instagram users' personal data was harvested by one of the company's partners

A top EU privacy regulator is looking into how millions of Instagram users' personal data was harvested by one of the company's partners

Marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping millions of users' public data from the -owned photo-sharing app — tracking people's locations, saving their Stories posts (which are supposed to disappear after 24 hours), and gathering other information about them.

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Opens Investigation into Capital One Data Breach

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Opens Investigation into Capital One Data Breach

The breach is reported to affect approximately 6 million Canadians and 100 million Americans whose personal information has been accessed without authorization. For more information about the Capital One data breach and what the company is doing to respond please see Capital One’s website here.

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user's privacy by allegedly allowing Siri to record without consent

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user's privacy by allegedly allowing Siri to record without consent

Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company's Siri voice assistant is violating customer privacy by allegedly recording users without their consent. The lawsuit alleges Siri users are being recorded without their consent and accuses Apple of failing to inform consumers that could happen.

Twitter Leaks Private Data to Ad Partners

Twitter Leaks Private Data to Ad Partners

Twitter recently revealed to its users that their privacy settings may not have been protecting their data from Twitter’s ad partners, which constitutes a breach in privacy. Targeted advertising leads us to Twitter’s second bug; Twitter used their inference system to serve “relevant” ads to all of their users, ignoring their privacy settings.

Bioprivacy

Bioprivacy

Each scenario asks you to consider whether or not you would share your own personal biometric data with a hypothetical car manufacturer in return for a benefit .

18 Healthcare Providers Affected by AMCA Breach Resulting to Over 25 Million Records Exposed

18 Healthcare Providers Affected by AMCA Breach Resulting to Over 25 Million Records Exposed

More healthcare providers have confirmed that they were affected by American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) data breach over the last few days. Here is the list of entities affected by the AMCA data breach and the number of records exposed.

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