Can we really call this democracy? We ask Amnesty International’s Matt Mahmoudi

Can we really call this democracy? We ask Amnesty International’s Matt Mahmoudi

What do you think are the biggest risks to online data privacy at the moment?I think the contact tracing debate has opened a lot more discourse around this issue, but it’s not at the same level as the response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal or the Snowden revelations.

Update on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes

Update on Firefox Send and Firefox Notes

As Mozilla tightens and refines its product focus in 2020, today we are announcing the end of life for two legacy services that grew out of the Firefox Test Pilot program: Firefox Send and Firefox Notes.

The companies that help people vanish

The companies that help people vanish

All over the world, from the US to Germany to the UK, some people decide to disappear from their own lives without a trace – leaving their homes, jobs and families in the middle of the night to start a second life, often without ever looking back.

Privacy and Death

Privacy and Death

Honestly, it’s probably not a bad idea to give them access to your primary banking email account and your work email so they can inform the relevant people of your passing.

Key questions raised about algorithmic transparency by new GDPR case brought against Uber by its drivers

Key questions raised about algorithmic transparency by new GDPR case brought against Uber by its drivers

But assuming the court rules that algorithmic management must follow the GDPR, with specific privacy safeguards, then many other companies in the EU that use or are considering using office surveillance systems may find that they can do so only in circumscribed ways.

Privacy & Security 101: Compartmentalization

Privacy & Security 101: Compartmentalization

Most people might prefer a more partial compartmentalization: a VoIP number from work that’s different from their personal number, a separate email for their banking institutions, utilities, rent portal, and other important matters, a different name and number for online dating, etc.

So this is how privacy dies...

So this is how privacy dies...

For all of human history, ambient privacy was an inevitable fact of life because it required considerable effort to record something for posterity.My friend might be willing to wear a tracking device or upload every moment of their day to a platform whose founder thinks 'privacy is no longer a social norm;' I am not.

Is the GDPR failing? If it is, how can it be saved?

Is the GDPR failing? If it is, how can it be saved?

Ryan’s report also recommends that national data protection agencies should “pursue adversarial enforcement, and to defend their decisions against expensive legal appeals by Big Tech.” That basically means we need to see some big, high-profile fines to prove that the GDPR is a serious law, with serious consequences for those who break it.

The Birth And Death Of Privacy: 3,000 Years of History Told Through 46 Images

The Birth And Death Of Privacy: 3,000 Years of History Told Through 46 Images

For instance, researchers have already discovered that if patients of the deadly Vioxx drug had shared their health information publicly, statisticians could have detected the side effects earlier enough to save 25,000 lives.

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‚This is some real-life „Black Mirror“ stuff‘

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‚This is some real-life „Black Mirror“ stuff‘

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising concerns about the spread of facial recognition, arguing that the technology will quickly become dystopic without regulation.„This is some real life Black Mirror stuff that we’re seeing here,“ Ocasio-Cortez said during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on facial recognition technology.

Lifelabs Data Breach, the Largest Ever in Canada, May Cost the Company Over $1 Billion in Class-Action Lawsuit

Lifelabs Data Breach, the Largest Ever in Canada, May Cost the Company Over $1 Billion in Class-Action Lawsuit

An October hack of medical testing company LifeLabs exposed the sensitive personal information of an estimated 15 million Canadians.The LifeLabs data breach included lab test results and national health card numbers along with personally identifiable information including names, dates of birth, home addresses and email addresses.

Why privacy is more important now than ever..

Why privacy is more important now than ever..

What about companies like Google & Facebook tracking everything you do online?“Sure, but they safeguard that information and use it to better their products and services”.That’s fine, but they also sell that information to third parties.

Why Should You Care About Privacy If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide?

Why Should You Care About Privacy If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide?

Above all else, though, it was the household's censorship on books — with the exception of the Bible, of course — that proved to be too much for young Tara to bear.

Paid Cerberus 'lifetime' licenses are expiring, customers are mad (Update: Complaints deleted from forum)

Paid Cerberus 'lifetime' licenses are expiring, customers are mad (Update: Complaints deleted from forum)

However, in the publicly visible terms and conditions from October 2011, active when our tipster purchased the service, the company didn't bring up an expiration date at all (it did state the license is "revocable," though).

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Canada’s biggest provider of specialty laboratory testing services said it paid hackers an undisclosed amount for the return of personal data they stole belonging to as many as 15 million customers.LifeLabs said that its investigation so far indicates that the accessed test results were from 2016 or earlier and belonged to about 85,000 customers.

Privacy breach at medical lab could affect millions in B.C., Ontario

Privacy breach at medical lab could affect millions in B.C., Ontario

The privacy commissioners' offices in both B.C. and Ontario are co-ordinating an investigation into the attack, which has affected systems containing information belonging to about 15 million customers.

The Lingering Trauma of Stasi Surveillance

The Lingering Trauma of Stasi Surveillance

Do I still have friends?” He is smiling, but the truth is, he says, life in the GDR harmed his ability to trust and form lasting relationships.

Inside Amazon’s plan for Alexa to run your entire life

Inside Amazon’s plan for Alexa to run your entire life

From a software perspective, these abilities will require Alexa to use new methods for processing and understanding all the disparate sources of information.This level of prediction and reasoning will also need to account for video data as more and more Alexa-compatible products include cameras.

The Next Privacy War Will Happen in Our Homes

The Next Privacy War Will Happen in Our Homes

When we go from inviting Alexa into our home to accepting the program as a necessary feature of life?“We envision a world where the consumer devices around us are more helpful, more intelligent, more… human,” says Audio Analytic, a company that has created software capable of recognizing a range of sounds.

'Period tracker app spied on me - and told advertisers it thought I was pregnant'

'Period tracker app spied on me - and told advertisers it thought I was pregnant'

Like many women, I use a period tracking app to chart my monthly cycle.It was then I began to feel uneasy as my mind made the connection between my period tracking app believing I had missed a cycle ten days ago, and my Facebook account that was suddenly trying to sell me pregnancy paraphernalia within days of my period appearing to be ‘late’.

A network of ‘camgirl’ sites exposed millions of users and sex workers

A network of ‘camgirl’ sites exposed millions of users and sex workers

A number of popular “camgirl” sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected.The logs also included users’ private chat messages with other users, as well as promotional emails they were receiving from the various sites.

Why a social credit system is so scary.

Why a social credit system is so scary.

This virtual profile of yours will lead to real-life consequences: You might not get the loan you need to buy a home because of a bad social credit.

Here's everything Google announced at its big product event

Here's everything Google announced at its big product event

Google unveiled its newest smartphone, the Pixel 4, alongside a revamped pair of Pixel Buds and several new Nest smart home devices at its annual hardware event in New York on Tuesday.

Opinion | I Used to Fear Being a Nobody. Then I Left Social Media.

Opinion | I Used to Fear Being a Nobody. Then I Left Social Media.

Though it began as a hub for my quirky adolescent thoughts, over the years it became an archive of my emotional and intellectual voice — a kind of virtual display for the evolution of my politics and artistic identity.

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.

'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia

'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia

In an exclusive two-hour interview in Moscow to mark the publication of his memoirs, Permanent Record, Snowden said dire warnings that his disclosures would cause harm had not come to pass, and even former critics now conceded “we live in a better, freer and safer world” because of his revelations.

Interview with Edward Snowden about His Story

Interview with Edward Snowden about His Story

Snowden: You have to remember, in the beginning I didn't even know mass surveillance was a thing because I worked for the CIA, which is a human intelligence organization.

Charming Charlie IP goes on the auction block

Charming Charlie IP goes on the auction block

In Charming Charlie's case, that includes information from its nearly 7 million loyalty members, 6.8 million opt-in email addresses and 3 million physical addresses from marketing mailers, as well as 254,000 Instagram followers, 33,000 twitter followers and 1.3 million Facebook likes, according to a Hilco webpage about the auction.In its last year, Charming Charlie generated nearly $250 million in sales, according to Hilco.

Google Has My Dead Grandpa’s Data And He Never Used The Internet

Google Has My Dead Grandpa’s Data And He Never Used The Internet

Was it collecting addresses I put into services across the web even though I didn’t tell Google to store this information?Other questions I have: What other information does Google have about me/my family/others that I don’t know about.

Memory Industry

Memory Industry

If you choose to make your Vid public and it includes the auto-generated memory for a particular brand, then that brand will have the opportunity to add a swipe-up link to that memory, provided the user has chosen to monetize it.