Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Zimperium ran automated analysis on more than 1.3 million Android and iOS apps to detect common cloud misconfigurations that exposed data.

Signal Server is effectively closed source software right now

Signal Server is effectively closed source software right now

I have been somewhat of a “Signal apologist” thus far (I almost always defend them & I think a lot of criticism they get it very unfair) but yeah I’m over Signal now.

Clubhouse users are teaching each other how to stay private from Instagram

Clubhouse users are teaching each other how to stay private from Instagram

So that’s what’s actually happening here: Logging of when Clubhouse requests information from Instagram; Not Instagram literally recording audio when Clubhouse accesses it.

K-9 Mail is looking for funding

K-9 Mail is looking for funding

Only a few developers working on the project in their spare time wasn’t enough to keep up with the pace of the Android platform.Since right now there’s mainly one person working on the app this is currently not an issue for the K-9 Mail project.

Emails I get from scammers

Emails I get from scammers

List of emails I have received about inserting malware into my extension.I've been seeing a lot of stories about extensions getting taken over by unknown developers and becoming malware.Sadly, with how many permissions many extensions have, it can do a lot of damage.

Apple Hearing Study unintentionally collected historical data from users

Apple Hearing Study unintentionally collected historical data from users

In an email sent out to participants of the Apple Hearing Study, it appears that a bug has caused the study to unintentionally collect thirty days of historical data.

The latest Nintendo Switch update secretly turns on User data sharing

The latest Nintendo Switch update secretly turns on User data sharing

System update version 11.0.0 for Nintendo Switch is secretly enabling User data sharing via Google Analytics for all users, and it is raising some privacy concerns among fans.

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Amazon disavows Mississippi police program that plans to use Ring cameras for real-time surveillance

Footage from residents who opt in to the pilot will be accessible through a Real Time Crime Center built by PILEUM and Fusus, two tech companies Jackson tapped for the project.

Michigan Voters Demand That Police Get Warrants for Electronic Data

Michigan Voters Demand That Police Get Warrants for Electronic Data

The relevant part of the state's constitution will now read:The person, houses, papers, possessions, and electronic data and electronic communications of every person shall be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

Supporters of data dividends correctly recognize one thing: when it comes to privacy in the United States, the companies that collect information currently hold far more power than the individual consumers continually tapped for that information.

Build Your Own Alexa With Raspberry Pi — CyberPunks.com

Build Your Own Alexa With Raspberry Pi — CyberPunks.com

The Raspberry Pi was created to run open source code on open source hardware and goddamn it, that’s what we’re going to do.For us, the easiest option was to download a customized Mycroft/Raspbian image file with the rather cute name of Picroft and flash it to the Pi’s MicroSD card.

Why privacy must be at the core of every tech product

Why privacy must be at the core of every tech product

The EU has been more willing to take on this fight with big companies and it’s a really good thing because we need the competition, but we also need to have regulations on the data that is collected on people.

The fight over the fight for California’s privacy future

The fight over the fight for California’s privacy future

“The CCPA was a lot weaker than the [original] initiative, but at the same time it was, and still is, the strongest consumer privacy law in the nation,” she says.

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.

Apple gave the FBI access to the iCloud account of a protester accused of setting police cars on fire

Apple gave the FBI access to the iCloud account of a protester accused of setting police cars on fire

It's routine for Apple to comply with court-issued search warrants, but the cooperation contrasts with Attorney General William Barr's previous complaints that Apple has hindered investigations by refusing to help unlock suspects' iPhones.

Google Just Revealed How Many People Use Its Privacy Checkup Tool. It’s Not Good News

Google Just Revealed How Many People Use Its Privacy Checkup Tool. It’s Not Good News

I did reach out to Google, and a spokesperson pointed me to a blog post that says 200 million people (out of its four billion total users) use Privacy Checkup.That means that around 95 percent of people who use Google have never changed the settings that control what data the company collects and saves.

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

Listen to This Deepfake Audio Impersonating a CEO in Brazen Fraud Attempt

In June, an employee at a tech company received a strange voicemail from a person that identified himself as the CEO, asking for “immediate assistance to finalize an urgent business deal.” As it turns out, despite sounding almost like the CEO, the voicemail was actually created with computer software.

How Much is Your Online Privacy Worth? - About $3.50 According to a New Study - We’re Worth Far More Than That.

How Much is Your Online Privacy Worth? - About $3.50 According to a New Study - We’re Worth Far More Than That.

In an age where your personal data is being shared with far more companies than you can imagine, the folks at Tech Policy Institute decided to take a poll.Across all of the activities covered, Americans would only demand about $3.50/month on average to have each individual piece of personal data shared.

Facebook is tracking your phone’s activity

Facebook is tracking your phone’s activity

Well, open Facebook Settings and click on Ads, there you’ll see your information, interests and what kind of ads should be shown on your Newsfeed, which is basically facebook way of telling you that your data is being collected in order to show relevant ads according to your interests.

Scoop: Facebook to buy Giphy for $400 million

Scoop: Facebook to buy Giphy for $400 million

Facebook has agreed to buy Giphy, the popular platform of sharable animated images, Axios has learned from multiple sources.Yes, but: Facebook is facing enormous blowback over its previous acquisitions, which means that this deal, however small by comparison, is likely to face a lot of antitrust scrutiny by regulators.

Is it safe to use an old Android phone?

Is it safe to use an old Android phone?

As a result, Google and the phone-makers eventually have to cut support for older handsets, usually once a device gets to be two or three years old.Those handsets then will no longer receive security updates meaning that when a threat is detected on that phone, it simply won't be fixed.

Facebook uses 1.5bn Reddit posts to create chatbot

Facebook uses 1.5bn Reddit posts to create chatbot

"Blender" was trained using available public domain conversations which included 1.5 billion examples of human exchanges.Image copyright Facebook also compared Blender's performance with the latest version of Google's own chatbot, Meena.Facebook said that 67% of respondents thought Blender sounded more human than Meena.

Understanding the Benefits and Downsides of Proxies

Understanding the Benefits and Downsides of Proxies

Proxies can be used to filter unwanted pages and prevent potentially accessing them by someone unaware that the website poses a threat.Proxy servers do not offer as much as a well-optimized internet browser or a great ISP provider, but they can still improve the overall browsing experience.

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, April 24, 2020, ruled against a grassroots think tank and area activists who asked him to keep the surveillance program from taking off, arguing that it violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon in a written statement to the WSJ agreed that "like other retailers, we look at sales and store data to provide our customers with the best possible experience," adding, "however, we strictly prohibit our employees from using nonpublic, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch."

Vac - What Would a WeChat Replacement Need?

Vac - What Would a WeChat Replacement Need?

We want something that is self-sovereign, private, censorship-resistant and open that allows individuals and groups of people to communicate and transact freely.In order to get a lot of the features WeChat provides, we need the ability to do three things: communicate, store data, and transact with people.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

The De-Googled Android Fork is Making Good Progress

The De-Googled Android Fork is Making Good Progress

Therefore, an idea came to mind: why not fork Android, remove all the Google features, even low level, such as connectivity check, DNS…, replace default apps with more virtuous apps, add basic online services, and integrate all this into a consistent form that could be used by Mum and Dad and any people without tech or expert knowledge?

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

It also disclosed that in the four years the Freedom Act system was operational, the National Security Agency produced 15 intelligence reports derived from it.

Android apps are secretly sharing your data with Facebook

Android apps are secretly sharing your data with Facebook

The report claimed that, while developers have been able to restrict some data, the SDK still sends the basic data about opening apps as a part of the initialization process that the developers can not control.