Windows 10 Privacy Guide: Settings Everyone Should Use

Windows 10 Privacy Guide: Settings Everyone Should Use

In the General privacy settings, Windows 10 allows you to turn off that advertising ID and also the ads that you see in the Start menu and other places.Microsoft will occasionally display suggestions/ads/promotions in the Windows Start menu for new apps or products that they have released.

Can the Government Buy Its Way Around the Fourth Amendment?

Can the Government Buy Its Way Around the Fourth Amendment?

If you’ve been following privacy issues at all in recent years, you know that websites and smartphone apps are sharing your detailed location information with data brokers and advertisers.

A man walked down a street with 99 phones in a wagon. Google Maps thought it was a traffic jam.

A man walked down a street with 99 phones in a wagon. Google Maps thought it was a traffic jam.

Apps such as Google Maps provide real-time traffic data through crowdsourcing, monitoring the location and speed of phones traveling along on a roadway.He said “Google Maps Hacks” is meant to raise questions about the level of trust people have put in technology, as well as the ways society has adapted to it.

Grindr, Tinder privacy: How to keep dating apps from selling your data

Grindr, Tinder privacy: How to keep dating apps from selling your data

Whether it's hackers or predators, a cybercriminal can use that information to send you a phishing email, and you can fall for it," said Jo O'Reilly, a data privacy expert at ProPrivacy.Report: Dating apps like Grindr, Tinder and OkCupid collect, share your personal data.

Opinion | The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

Opinion | The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

With access to [cellphone location data], the Government can now travel back in time to retrace a person’s whereabouts, subject only to the retention polices of the wireless carriers, which currently maintain records for up to five years.

ICE Is Using Location Data From Games and Apps to Track and Arrest Immigrants, Report Says

ICE Is Using Location Data From Games and Apps to Track and Arrest Immigrants, Report Says

The federal government purchased access to a database that tracks millions of cell phones and is using the data as part of its ongoing crackdown on undocumented immigrants, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

DHS uses the data purchased from private marketing companies to generate law enforcement leads and search for undocumented immigrants, according to the Journal, which first broke news of the arrangements on Friday.

Google Maps is becoming a location-ad juggernaut

Google Maps is becoming a location-ad juggernaut

Seeing ads in Google Maps isn’t anything new, but Google is making it easier and more effective than ever for brick-and-mortar businesses to advertise themselves to people using the location-based service and to get them to pay a visit.

FCC: Big Telco Broke the Law in Selling All Customers' Location Data

FCC: Big Telco Broke the Law in Selling All Customers' Location Data

According to Axios, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing fines against cell service providers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, for illegally selling data on the real-time location of their customers without the customers’ knowledge.

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

The commission is also investigating the GDPR compliance of dating app Tinder after concerns sparked about issues surrounding its “ongoing processing of users’ personal data”.We are fully cooperating with the Data Protection Commission, and will continue to abide by GDPR and all applicable laws”, Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, said.

Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC

Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC

The chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – which oversees the FCC – Frank Pallone (D-NJ) issued a statement: “Following our longstanding calls to take action, the FCC finally informed the Committee today that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal privacy protections by turning a blind eye to the widespread disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data.

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

And so the team says it decided to investigate, finding links to a Chinese company called Shenzhen HAWK that is “secretly” behind Hi Security as well as four other app developers.

FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling customer location data

FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling customer location data

“Following our longstanding calls to take action, the FCC finally informed the Committee today that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal privacy protections by turning a blind eye to the widespread disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data,” Pallone said in a statement after receiving the letter.

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment

Mobile network operators who sold their customers' real-time location data violated US law and the Federal Communications Commission will try to punish carriers that did so, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote today.

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (GettyIn letters addressed to oversight lawmakers on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that his agency’s nearly two-year investigation into the unauthorized sale of consumers’ phone location data had finally come to an end.

Privacy Day – Yes it Matters More than You Might Think

Privacy Day – Yes it Matters More than You Might Think

Privacy Day promotes the fundamental principles of being able to control your personal information and to raise awareness of the risks in our digital society.People are recognizing the importance of protecting their private information.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Like iOS, Android 10 also alerts users when an existing app collects location data in the background and provides a shortcut to stop the app from doing so.

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

In a study [PDF] conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council named Forbrukerrådet on 10 apps, it has been found out that several popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid & Grindr along with certain popular menstrual help apps such as Clue and MyDays have been sharing the personal data of users with as much as 135 different third parties for advertising purposes.

Police arrested an innocent man for murder using Google location data

Police arrested an innocent man for murder using Google location data

Police then turned to Google to help them crack the case, issuing a warrant for geofence information on all the active accounts in the area at the time of the crime, according to a report from the Phoenix New Times.

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report that examined some of the world’s most downloaded Android apps.

Trump Campaign Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology

Trump Campaign Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology

President Donald Trump’s reelection effort has retained the services of a technology company that specializes in the mass collection of smartphone location data, which can be used to track voters for political targeting purposes.

Seoul to install AI cameras for crime detection

Seoul to install AI cameras for crime detection

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Cameras with artificial intelligence (AI) software that the South Korean government claims can detect the likelihood of crime will be installed in Seoul within the year.The cameras will use AI software that processes the location, time, and behaviour patterns of passersby to measure the likelihood of a crime taking place.

What’s the Worst That Could Happen With My Phone Data? Our Journalists Answer Your Questions

What’s the Worst That Could Happen With My Phone Data? Our Journalists Answer Your Questions

We’ve heard this a lot throughout the Privacy Project — even from people we found in the data after we showed up on their doorstep!None of us really has a choice to participate in tracking or not — the system just serves up location data, usually without us noticing.

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

Opinion | Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

The Times Privacy Project was given access to a data set with more than 50 billion location “pings” from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

How to Reclaim Your Privacy

How to Reclaim Your Privacy

Go through all of your apps and turn off location for the ones that don’t need it - or change the setting so they can only get your location while you’re using the app.Don’t let apps access to your Bluetooth unless they really need it.

What does your car know about you? We hacked a Chevy to find out.

What does your car know about you? We hacked a Chevy to find out.

The OnStar privacy policy, possibly only ever read by yours truly, grants the company rights to a broad set of personal and driving data without much detail on when and how often it might collect it.

Location-tracking database of 12M phones may include you

Location-tracking database of 12M phones may include you

Anyone who has ever granted a third-party app access to Location Services could be in a location-tracking database of 12 million phones, says a new report today.

Facebook fails to convince lawmakers it needs to track your location at all times

Facebook fails to convince lawmakers it needs to track your location at all times

Facebook acknowledged it also targets ads based on the limited location information it receives when users turn off or limit tracking.Facebook doesn't allow users to turn off location-based ads, although it does allow users to block Facebook from collecting their precise location, the company wrote.

Your annual reminder that Facebook tracks your location after you opt out

Your annual reminder that Facebook tracks your location after you opt out

Several major news organizations and outlets, from AFP to CNBC to The Hill, are reporting that Facebook told US senators that it continues to track users’ location even after they’ve turned those settings off within the app.