First half 2019 sees 4,000 data breaches exposing 4B records

First half 2019 sees 4,000 data breaches exposing 4B records

The 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report by Risk Based Security found that there were 3,816 data breaches during the first six months of the year, up 54 percent, resulting in 4.1 billion records being compromised, up 52 percent.

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.

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access user location data.

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.

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.

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.

Group dating app 3Fun exposed sensitive data on 1.5 million users

Group dating app 3Fun exposed sensitive data on 1.5 million users

More than 1.5 million users of a group dating service had their personal data exposed — including their real-time location — because of a vulnerability in the app.

Instagram ad partner secretly sucked up and tracked millions of users’ locations and stories

Instagram ad partner secretly sucked up and tracked millions of users’ locations and stories

Hyp3r, an apparently trusted marketing partner of and Instagram, has been secretly collecting and storing location and other data on millions of users, against the policies of the social networks, Business Insider reported today.

Instagram removes ad partner that tracked millions of users' locations

Instagram removes ad partner that tracked millions of users' locations

Facebook's rules specifically prohibit relying on "automated means" to collect data without its explicit approval, and it doesn't even offer Stories through its official developer framework. While it publicly welcomed restrictions on location tools and other features, it privately developed a system that could circumvent Facebook's restrictions and scoop up Instagram location info regardless.

CLE - Google, Amazon, and Apple Digital Voice Assistants

CLE - Google, Amazon, and Apple Digital Voice Assistants

The information goes back to the company to help improve its digital voice assistant. The issue is in the private, accidental recordings received by Apple through digital voice assistants, which can be highly personal and sensitive, containing sufficient location and contact details to identify a user.

How to stop Apple from listening to your Siri recordings

How to stop Apple from listening to your Siri recordings

On your iPhone or iPad, head to GitHub to download the “Prevent server-side logging of Siri commands.mobileconfig” Swith to the Raw view, tap Allow to download the profile Complete the profile installation in Settings by reviewing it and tapping Install Kaiser is also encouraging users to let Apple know if they want a more transparent option in Setting to turn off server-side Siri response logging.

Never-Googlers: Web users take the ultimate step to guard their data

Never-Googlers: Web users take the ultimate step to guard their data

Google in May unveiled new features it said would help users protect more of their data, including storing more of it on personal devices rather than in cloud computing centers, and giving people more control over how and when tracking software, or cookies, is deployed.

Don’t Put Your Work Email on Your Personal Phone

Don’t Put Your Work Email on Your Personal Phone

When you add a work email address to your phone, you’ll likely be asked to install something called a Mobile Device Management (MDM) profile. MDM profiles, paired with device management tools, allow companies to track employee phones in a single dashboard.

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge.

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

According to The New York Times, selling location data generates billions of dollars per year for telecommunication firms and mobile app companies. It's not guaranteed to pass, but the New York City bill could be the first in a trend of cities establishing their own location data rules.

US20090237236A1 - Tooth located gps person tracking and location method and apparatus - Google Patents

US20090237236A1 - Tooth located gps person tracking and location method and apparatus - Google Patents

a microchip including a transceiver for transmitting a wireless signal containing geographic information relating to the physical location of a person, the microchip adapted to be mounted in a tooth of a person;.

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

The security model of modern mobile operating systems, like Android and iOS, is primarily based on permissions that explicitly define which sensitive services, device capabilities, or user information an app can access, allowing users decide what apps can access.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

AT&T then falsely stated it had suspended Securus’ and other aggregators’ access to customer data, the plaintiffs say, but just a few days later, a Motherboard article reported the carrier was selling customers’ phone locations to car salesmen, bail bondsmen, landlords and bounty hunters for as little as $7.50.

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps To Enhance Private Search

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps To Enhance Private Search

To keep up with these mapping apps, DuckDuckGo recently integrated Apple’s MapKit JS framework to provide more effective address searches, improved satellite imagery, and so on.

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of AT&T customers in California to stop the telecom giant and two data location aggregators from allowing numerous entities—including bounty hunters, car dealerships, landlords, and stalkers—to access wireless customers’ real-time locations without authorization.

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

The device is one of several spy tools manufactured by a Chinese company called Semptian, which has supplied the equipment to authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa, according to two sources with knowledge of the company’s operations.

Home Security is Going Mobile–Here’s What You Need to Know

Home Security is Going Mobile–Here’s What You Need to Know

It also means if you have a visitor or family member who has gotten locked out then you can open the door for them without coming home, or even getting off the couch.

Has Google's data collection gone too far?

Has Google's data collection gone too far?

Google has taken steps in recent years to be more transparent about what it does with our data, and users of its products now have more control over the use of personal information when using its services.

IOS 13 lets you strip location data when sharing photos

IOS 13 lets you strip location data when sharing photos

iOS 13’s new sharing options panel includes a few other goodies, too. However, sending an iCloud link will include location data. Like iCloud link sharing, Full Original Capture includes location data. The option to remove location data should live inside the photo-picker, too.

Facebook isn’t listening to you, but through tracking what you do, it can serve up ads like it is

Facebook isn’t listening to you, but through tracking what you do, it can serve up ads like it is

Most of us know that every time we like a post, leave a comment and tag a friend, that gives Facebook even more ammunition to serve us ads. “There are many other ways for Facebook to target you with ads based on data they’ve collected and put through algorithms,” privacy advocate Paul Bischoff says.

More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions

More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android apps that were gathering data from devices even after people explicitly denied them permission.

Geoclue gets location despite geolocation features turned off (GNOME Privacy) (#111) · Issues · geoclue / geoclue

Geoclue gets location despite geolocation features turned off (GNOME Privacy) (#111) · Issues · geoclue / geoclue

From: Maintainer, (Testing Debian 10 Buster) Using GNOME Settings > Privacy, turned off the geolocation features on the desktop; however geoclue still contacts in the background whenever an application requests location services. I would expect no communications with to be occurring with this privacy setting.

How to stop Superhuman and other apps from tracking your emails

How to stop Superhuman and other apps from tracking your emails

Even if you disable external images, Boxy Suite will tell you when an email has a tracking pixel anyway , so you'll be able to decide if you want to load images or not based on that.

These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you

These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you

Egelman added that the workings of these apps often made the deception obvious to researchers: “There are many apps that we observed which try to access the data the right way through the Android API, and then, failing that, try and pull it off the file system.”.

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