House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee expects to have a final report on its probe of big technology companies and their potential breaches of antitrust law, by the “first part” of next year, the chair of its antitrust panel said on Friday.

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

Sberbank Hit by Huge Data Breach

The personal details of millions of Sberbank customers may have been leaked, in what would be the largest-ever data breach in Russian banking, according to cyber security experts.Analysts at cybersecurity firm DeviceLock found personal information relating to up to 60 million Sberbank credit card holders for sale on the black market.

Brains are the last frontier of privacy

Brains are the last frontier of privacy

Facebook and startups like Elon Musk's Neuralink are pouring money into a new wave of neurotechnology with bold promises, like typing with your thoughts or, in Musk's words, merging with AI.All of these devices generate huge amounts of neural data, potentially one of the most sensitive forms of personal information.

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Modi govt seeks to adopt China-style facial recognition in policing

Rai, whose company has developed facial recognition for eight local police forces, said India doesn’t have the same quality cameras as China — making it harder to meet the goal of being able to identify any person with an integrated system.

Data on almost every Ecuadorean citizen leaked

Data on almost every Ecuadorean citizen leaked

The pair said they had found the 18GB of data spread across a variety of files saved on an unsecured server set up and run by Novaestrat - an Ecuadorean marketing and analytics company.

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Gen. Letitia James is leading a bipartisan coalition of states looking into whether Facebook “stifled competition and put users at risk” by increasing the price of advertising, reducing consumer-choice quality and mishandling personal information, according to a statement Friday.

Facebook on the hook as states launch competition, privacy probe

Facebook on the hook as states launch competition, privacy probe

"I’m launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether their actions endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising," New York attorney general Letitia James said this morning.

Signing Up To A New Crypto Currency Exchange For A Free $10 Is A Bad Idea

Signing Up To A New Crypto Currency Exchange For A Free $10 Is A Bad Idea

So, is giving up your passport or drivers license details — and even residential information — really worth $10?Image SourceWhen you sign up to a cryptocurrency exchange — thanks to government regulations — you’re more than likely using a service with KYC checks in place that require certain documents to be provided to prove your identity due to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Funding (CTF) laws.

Experian just invested in a location data company, which is a little creepy

Experian just invested in a location data company, which is a little creepy

Experian has long been one of those behind-the-scenes firms that collect wide swaths of data about hundreds of millions of American consumers and then sell it to retailers, advertisers, credit agencies, and other businesses who want to know as much as possible about their target markets.

Xiaomi banks on phone data for finance play in India

Xiaomi banks on phone data for finance play in India

JAKARTA/MUMBAI (Reuters) - China’s Xiaomi (1810.HK) is poised to launch a consumer lending business in India in the coming weeks, making an ambitious tilt at the booming financial services market where data privacy concerns and fierce competition present formidable challenges.

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.

Chrome Extension turns out to be a watchdog on User’s actions: An expert says.

Chrome Extension turns out to be a watchdog on User’s actions: An expert says.

The experimentalist switched between Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to compare the experiences with cookies blocking and privacy policy.To the obvious outcome, Chrome proved to be sharing user information with third-party content developers in order to customize the ads and contents presented while surfing the web.

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

If you follow the funding strategies for technology companies and the darlings of Silicon Valley, you know the smartphone space is a tough nut to crack.The company exists to serve a core mission—for Purism, the security and privacy of its customers—above a profit motive.

A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp Hacking Van

A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp Hacking Van

The mythically themed malware was coded by NSO Group, a company Dilian is closely associated with: His first surveillance business, Circles, merged with NSO in 2014, when U.S. private equity firm took control of both for a total of $250 million.

Clothing marketplace Poshmark confirms data breach

Clothing marketplace Poshmark confirms data breach

The company said in a brief blog post that user profile information, including names and usernames, gender and city data was taken by an “unauthorized third party.” Email addresses, size preferences and scrambled passwords were also taken.

Tide Foundation

Tide Foundation

Decentralized blockchains with specific protocols such like Tide help organizations to encrypt their sensitive data and provide a strict framework for accessing it, protecting against security breaches and helping meet privacy regulation.

The FTC is investigating Facebook. Again.

The FTC is investigating Facebook. Again.

But focusing on pricing alone doesn't help when regulators look at companies like Facebook or Google, because the financial cost to the individual user is $0.

Private Internet Access adds BEAM to its list of anonymous payment methods

Private Internet Access adds BEAM to its list of anonymous payment methods

Private Internet Access now accepts anonymous payments through BEAM, providing our users with yet another way to protect their privacy and anonymity when signing up for our service. On the next page, simply add the email address you use for BEAM and verify it, then click “Pay Now”.

The Impact of the GDPR over the Hotel Industry

The Impact of the GDPR over the Hotel Industry

Indeed the way the hotels industry processed and store the personal data need to be in accordance with the GDPR, or they risk hefty fines.

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.

The EU just launched a big antitrust probe into Amazon, and it could lead to a fine of up to $23 billion

The EU just launched a big antitrust probe into Amazon, and it could lead to a fine of up to $23 billion

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading the investigation, said in a statement on Wednesday that she would be taking a "very close look" at Amazon's "dual role." "The Commission will focus on whether and how the use of accumulated marketplace seller data by Amazon as a retailer affects competition," it added.

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers leveled stinging criticism and sharp questions at Big Tech executives on Tuesday, attacking Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market power, their perceived bias as gatekeepers of communication and Facebook’s ambitions to reshape the financial industry.

Amazon offers $10 to Prime Day shoppers who hand over their data

Amazon offers $10 to Prime Day shoppers who hand over their data

“Customer trust is paramount to Amazon, and we take customer privacy very seriously,” a company spokeswoman said, noting compliance with the assistant’s privacy policy, which says data collection is for websites that users visit “where we may have relevant product or service recommendations.”.

In Defense of Privacy

In Defense of Privacy

Media coverage of the threat to personal privacy from technology tends to follow a narrative in which privacy is a virtue, Big Tech its evil predator and government the good knight capable of protecting it.".

Taiwan's CyberLink aims to bring facial recognition to US stores

Taiwan's CyberLink aims to bring facial recognition to US stores

"Smart retail is one of the most [popular] industries at the moment because [companies] want to create a very personalized experience in brick-and-mortar stores," Richard Carriere, U.S. senior vice president of global marketing at Cyberlink, told the Nikkei Asian Review.

MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records

MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records

Millions of records containing personal information and medical insurance data were exposed by a database belonging to insurance marketing website . An online database belonging to insurance marketing website was found exposing more than 5 million records with personal information.

Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests

Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests

Since April 2018, the first full month after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in the Observer, actions on Facebook such as likes, shares and posts have dropped by almost 20%, according to the business analytics firm Mixpanel.

Woolworths is giving out free Google Home Minis to customers

Woolworths is giving out free Google Home Minis to customers

Several shoppers who order their groceries online have reported finding the freebie placed within their delivery, with little explanation other than a thank you note.“Thanks for picking Woolworths, we hope you enjoy your Google Home Mini,” it reads.

Facebook wants to pay you for your data — read this before you sign up

Facebook wants to pay you for your data — read this before you sign up

The social-media giant this week announced Study, a “market research program” that will compensate willing users of Android, Google’s GOOG, +0.66% GOOGL, +0.70% operating system, in exchange for information about their phone-app use.

Mozilla and Firefox could be about to change the VPN and privacy market forever

Mozilla and Firefox could be about to change the VPN and privacy market forever

Harold Li, VP at ExpressVPN , welcomed the news, saying that ExpressVPN “is pleased to call Mozilla a partner in offering VPN services across many markets through Firefox Lite, and glad to see that they share our view that VPNs are an essential online privacy and security tool.”.