Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

The Web Request API will still be available and still be able to provide information about all network requests fired by the browser … as opposed to what those announcements state, the deprecation of the blocking ability of the webRequest API accomplishes nothing privacy-wise for content blockers since they will *still* require broad hosts permissions.".

Microsoft leaks 6.5TB in Bing search data via unsecured Elastic server. *Insert 'Wow... that much?' joke here*

Microsoft leaks 6.5TB in Bing search data via unsecured Elastic server. *Insert 'Wow... that much?' joke here*

Microsoft earlier this month exposed a 6.5TB Elastic server to the world that included search terms, location coordinates, device ID data, and a partial list of which URLs were visited.

Facebook to take board seat at Linux Foundation after signing as Platinum member

Facebook to take board seat at Linux Foundation after signing as Platinum member

As part of its membership, that the company's head of open source, Kathy Kam, will have a seat on the Foundation's board.In a blog post announcing the membership, the Linux Foundation commended a number of Facebook projects that "leverage open source to unlock the potential of open innovation".

Microsoft caught sneaking Bing search onto phones with the Outlook app

Microsoft caught sneaking Bing search onto phones with the Outlook app

Some users who have Microsoft Outlook installed on their Android devices have noticed seeing a new option to perform a Bing search when selecting text.Microsoft is utilizing the contextual text selection feature introduced in Android Marshmallow that allows developers to add their own options to the menu that pops up when words are selected.

Research Finds Microsoft Edge Has Privacy-Invading Telemetry

Research Finds Microsoft Edge Has Privacy-Invading Telemetry

While Microsoft Edge shares the same source code as the popular Chrome browser, it offers better privacy control for users.This list is the checked by the browser and if any data needs to be sent to Google's servers, will only send a hashed partial URL fingerprint that can be used to track browsing behavior.

Microsoft Edge has more privacy-invading telemetry than other browsers

Microsoft Edge has more privacy-invading telemetry than other browsers

Concluding the paper, Leith writes: From a privacy perspective Microsoft Edge and Yandex are qualitatively different from the other browsers studied.Edge also sends the hardware UUID of the device to Microsoft and Yandex similarly transmits a hashed hardware identifier to back end servers.

Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the use of facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded complies with its ethics principles, the company said on Friday.

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Microsoft contracts with EU institutions

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Microsoft contracts with EU institutions

“Though the investigation is still ongoing, preliminary results reveal serious concerns over the compliance of the relevant contractual terms with data protection rules and the role of Microsoft as a processor for EU institutions using its products and services,” the EDPS says in a statement.

EPIC - EPIC Challenges Closed Door Meetings of US AI Commission

EPIC - EPIC Challenges Closed Door Meetings of US AI Commission

EPIC has filed an open government lawsuit against the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, following the Commission’s repeated failure to make its records and meetings open to the public.EPIC filed multiple requests for access to Commission meetings and records.

Microsoft Just Hid The ‘Use Offline Account’ Option For Installing Windows 10, Here’s Where To Find It

Microsoft Just Hid The ‘Use Offline Account’ Option For Installing Windows 10, Here’s Where To Find It

Then, when presented with the option to connect to a network, you could simply hit the “I don’t have internet,” click through to “Continue with limited setup”, after which you would be presented with an option to create an offline account.

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned.(Microsoft did not explicitly say humans may review audio recordings from its products in its privacy policy until after Motherboard's earlier reporting on Skype and Cortana).

Windows 10, Office Online users get new warning over data privacy

Windows 10, Office Online users get new warning over data privacy

Netherlands authorities last year cited eight undocumented privacy issues with ProPlus versions of Office 2016 and Office 365 that allowed Microsoft to collect Dutch-created user content from the apps that was stored on US servers and potentially exposed to US law enforcement.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

Microsoft stirs suspicions by adding telemetry files to security-only update

Microsoft stirs suspicions by adding telemetry files to security-only update

Nearly three years ago, Microsoft split its monthly update packages for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 into two distinct offerings: a monthly rollup of updates and fixes and, for those who are want only those patches that are absolutely essential, a Security-only update package.

Google to pay Mozilla $300M yearly in new search deal, says report

Google to pay Mozilla $300M yearly in new search deal, says report

Google promised to pay Mozilla almost $300 million annually to keep its search engine as the default in Firefox, according to a report today on AllThingsD, a blog operated by the publisher of the Wall Street Journal.

No Slack for you! Microsoft puts rival app on internal list of ‘prohibited and discouraged’ software

No Slack for you! Microsoft puts rival app on internal list of ‘prohibited and discouraged’ software

GeekWire obtained an internal Microsoft list of prohibited and discouraged technology — software and online services that the company doesn’t want its employees using as part of their day-to-day work. Slack Enterprise Grid version complies with Microsoft security requirements; however, we encourage use of Microsoft Teams rather than a competitive software.

Microsoft: tell us if you want us to build an ad blocker into Edge

Microsoft: tell us if you want us to build an ad blocker into Edge

In a recent AMA on Reddit, the Microsoft Edge dev team told users to tell them if they wanted an ad blocker build into the Edge browser.

South Korea will ditch Microsoft Windows for Linux

South Korea will ditch Microsoft Windows for Linux

And now, as a result of the upcoming death of Windows 7 support, the South Korean government has reportedly decided to ditch Microsoft Windows entirely. According to The Korea Herald, the Asian country's government will switch from Windows 7 to a Linux-based operating system.

Tammy Bruce: Microsoft wants you to use approved political speech --This is a real threat to our freedom

Tammy Bruce: Microsoft wants you to use approved political speech --This is a real threat to our freedom

If we are to learn from the behavior of the social media platforms, there will inevitably be a point where if you don’t write in the politically correct way, or accept all of “Ideas” recommendation to “help” you with more “inclusive” language, perhaps you could be banned from using the product at all.

Microsoft Confirms Intent To Replace Windows 10 Passwords For 800 Million Users

Microsoft Confirms Intent To Replace Windows 10 Passwords For 800 Million Users

Microsoft's crypto, identity and authentication team group manager, Yogesh Mehta, has made an announcement that he says puts "the 800 million people who use Windows 10 one step closer to a world without passwords."

Microsoft unveils new Edge Privacy Tools concept

Microsoft unveils new Edge Privacy Tools concept

Mozilla started to push Tracking Protection in Firefox in 2017 and improved the feature recently with new options .Firefox users may select standard, strict and custom to block trackers and cookies (or allow them).From what has been revealed by Microsoft, Microsoft's privacy dashboard comes without custom option.

Microsoft disabled or replaced these Google features in the new Edge

Microsoft disabled or replaced these Google features in the new Edge

Microsoft published a list of services that it replaces or disabled in the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge recently.

Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support

Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support

But the issue is much worse than previously reported, with the hackers able to access email content from a large number of Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail email accounts, according to a source who witnessed the attack in action and described it before Microsoft’s statement, as well as screenshots provided to Motherboard.

Microsoft discloses security breach that impacted some Outlook accounts

Microsoft discloses security breach that impacted some Outlook accounts

Chinese companies have leaked over 590 million resumes via open databases Over 540 million Facebook records found on exposed AWS servers According to Microsoft, between January 1, 2019, and March 29, 2019, a hacker, or group of hackers, compromised the account of a Microsoft support agent, one of the company's customer support representatives that handles technical complaints.

Huawei's surveillance system in Serbia threatens citizens' rights, watchdog warns

Huawei's surveillance system in Serbia threatens citizens' rights, watchdog warns

"Thanks to Huawei's intelligent technology, police are now able to locate suspects based on stored HD video, improving safety and security, and realizing an overall reduction in the rates of crime," the case study reads, with Huawei saying so far it has deployed Safe City systems in 230 cities around the world.

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo

A 24-year-old security researcher narrowly avoided prison today, after admitting to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information. Clark, who was employed at the Malwarebytes security company at the time of the Microsoft hack, was also previously cautioned by British police after being arrested for his role in the massive Vtech data breach in 2015.

Microsoft CEO Calls for Global Implementation of GDPR-like Legislation

Microsoft CEO Calls for Global Implementation of GDPR-like Legislation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking recently during an on-stage interview at World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, lead the calls for the global introduction of legislation that enshrines data privacy as a human right.

A “serious” Windows 0-day is being actively exploited in the wild

A “serious” Windows 0-day is being actively exploited in the wild

with 80 posters participating Share this story Google security officials are advising Windows users to ensure they’re using the latest version 10 of the Microsoft operating system to protect themselves against a “serious” unpatched vulnerability that attackers have been actively exploiting in the wild.

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Microsoft is one of the giants that can further improve how user security is handled, as the EFF says that Windows 10 should actually allow customers who install the Home version of the operating system to keep the disk encryption keys to themselves.

Washingtonpost.com: Microsoft to Rid Windows of Tracking Numbers

Washingtonpost.com: Microsoft to Rid Windows of Tracking Numbers

Enter symbols separated by a space: Look Up Symbols Portfolio Made Possible by: Microsoft to Rid Windows of Tracking Numbers By Ted Bridis Associated Press Monday, March 8, 1999; Page A08 Microsoft Corp., which sells the software runs most of the world's personal computers, said yesterday that its latest version of Windows generates a unique serial number that partly is planted within electronic documents and could be used to trace the identity of authors.