Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

Earlier this month, the CEO of domain registrar Namecheap Richard Kirkendall warned “Facebook is fighting for the blanket right to access your information,” and detailed efforts behind the scenes at DNS overseer ICANN to force through Facebook’s interpretation of privacy laws to slurp data on domain holders.

Your boss wants you to take a Covid-19 test. There's software for that

Your boss wants you to take a Covid-19 test. There's software for that

As more employers reopen their offices, stores, and warehouses, a growing number of health tech companies are pitching smartphone apps and other tools to help them bring employees back to work safely in the Covid-19 era.

Fraudulent Ads Exploit COVID-19 Fears on Disney’s ESPN.Com

Fraudulent Ads Exploit COVID-19 Fears on Disney’s ESPN.Com

Fraudulent Ads Exploit COVID-19 Fears on Disney’s ESPN.Com. Scam advertisements across major media outlets originate from DoubleClick and Xandr/AppNexus.Unfortunately, other media outlets aren’t doing the same thing, and fake ads are spreading across major news sites that receive millions of visitors every month.

Israel suspends cellphone-tracking for coronavirus quarantine enforcement

Israel suspends cellphone-tracking for coronavirus quarantine enforcement

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli parliamentary oversight committee on Wednesday suspended police use of cellphone data to enforce coronavirus quarantines, with one lawmaker citing privacy concerns.

‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance

‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance

The request follows an earlier decision, made public last month, to deploy elite tactical BORTAC agents — immigration SWAT teams that are normally assigned to risky border smuggling, rescue and intelligence operations — to help arrest and deport immigrants in sanctuary cities.

New study quantifies how much Americans value their private information: about $3.50

New study quantifies how much Americans value their private information: about $3.50

A new study by the Technology Policy Institute (TPI) has identified how much money a Facebook user would want to be paid in exchange for having their contact information shared by Facebook: $3.50 per month.

Intuit Is Expected to Buy Credit Karma in $7 Billion Deal

Intuit Is Expected to Buy Credit Karma in $7 Billion Deal

The company made its money by offering its customers new credit cards and online loans, based on their credit scores.When customers accepted the offers, Credit Karma would receive payments of a few hundred dollars, though it closely guarded the details of these deals.

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

According to the report: *-- The FBI has reconstructed an iPhone belonging to the shooter behind the December Naval Air Station attack in Pensacola, Florida, but still can't access the encrypted data on the device, Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Using a brute-force attack, the researcher busted into an unencrypted database backup file containing the private information of more than 1.2 million passengers who flew with SpiceJet last month.

Cyberattacks against North Dakota state government skyrocket to 15M per month

Cyberattacks against North Dakota state government skyrocket to 15M per month

Shawn Riley, North Dakota's chief information officer and head of the information technology department, said there were more than 15 million cyberattacks against the state's government per month in 2019, a 300 percent increase since 2018.In 2018, there were about 5 million attempted cyberattacks per month.

Facebook Is Forcing Its Moderators to Log Every Second of Their Days — Even in the Bathroom

Facebook Is Forcing Its Moderators to Log Every Second of Their Days — Even in the Bathroom

By 2018, the number of content moderators worldwide continued to grow into the tens of thousands, and Facebook began testing a “time management system” designed to monitor every single minute of their day — including lunch breaks, training, “wellness breaks” for counseling or yoga, and even the time they spent on the toilet, according to Zaicev and one current contracted employee, who did not want to be identified.

California's new privacy law puts billions worth of personal data under protection

California's new privacy law puts billions worth of personal data under protection

That's thanks to the California Consumer Privacy Act, which went into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 1, and deals with how large companies are allowed to collect and use data of California residents.

Facebook faces another huge data leak affecting 267 million users

Facebook faces another huge data leak affecting 267 million users

More than 267 million Facebook users’ IDs, phone numbers, and names were exposed to an online database that could potentially be used for spam and phishing campaigns.

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

PodShare is trying to help make up for the shortage of affordable housing in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles by renting dormitory-style lodging and providing tenants a co-living experience.

Chinese residents worry about rise of facial recognition

Chinese residents worry about rise of facial recognition

China was ranked the worst of 50 surveyed countries in a study looking at how extensively and invasively biometric ID and surveillance systems are being deployed.China has more facial recognition cameras than any other country and they are often hard to avoid.

ThreatList: Healthcare Breaches Spike in October

ThreatList: Healthcare Breaches Spike in October

There was also a breach at Texas Health Resources thanks to a mailing error, which involved a total of 82,577 records.In all, October saw healthcare organizations and business associates in 24 states report data breaches (Texas’ 15 accounting for most of them).

‘Delete WhatsApp unless you're OK with surveillance,’ founder of rival Telegram messenger warns

‘Delete WhatsApp unless you're OK with surveillance,’ founder of rival Telegram messenger warns

WhatsApp is a “Trojan horse” exploited to snoop on millions of users naive enough to believe that the Facebook-owned messenger differs from its parent company, long beset by privacy scandals, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said.

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

That said, as big a deal as this was, on Friday, Google Maps announced it's finally started to roll out something more consequential in the long run: Incognito Mode.Back in May, Google had said Incognito Mode would be rolling out on Android first, followed by a version for iPhone.

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tore into those arguments with the series of tweets announcing his company's policy change.Zuckerberg said Facebook believes "transparency" around political advertising is preferable to a ban on the ads.

You can now speak to Alexa in Spanish

You can now speak to Alexa in Spanish

Amazon is rolling out Multilingual mode to Alexa, which lets users in the US speak Spanish to their Alexa devices.Multilingual mode is meant to let users switch between languages quickly, as bilingual speakers may do at home with their families.

Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Federal Reserve wants to know

Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Federal Reserve wants to know

Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during the NABE annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve wants to know what the internet is worth to you.To stop using search engines, consumers would need a median $17,530, making it the most valuable digital service.

Snowden will make first major appearance since U.S. lawsuit at conference next month

Snowden will make first major appearance since U.S. lawsuit at conference next month

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden will speak next month by video at Web Summit in Lisbon, billed by the organizers as the world’s largest annual tech conference.

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.

Ikea says sorry for customer data breach

Ikea says sorry for customer data breach

Swedish retailer Ikea yesterday apologised to affected customers in Singapore after the company inserted 410 individual e-mail addresses in the wrong message field of a promotional mailer and sent it out.

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app, will allow users to cloak their telephone numbers to safeguard Hong Kong protesters against monitoring by authorities, according to a person with direct knowledge of the effort.

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service."We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

Apple and Google halt human voice-data reviews over privacy backlash, but transparency is the real issue

Apple and Google halt human voice-data reviews over privacy backlash, but transparency is the real issue

Both Google and Apple are suspending some of their voice data-review practices, after separate reports in the past month revealed the extent to which the companies allow humans to listen to private conversations.

Amazon Considers Adding ‘Surveillance as a Service’ to Delivery Drones Because Maybe Every Product Should Monitor Us

Amazon Considers Adding ‘Surveillance as a Service’ to Delivery Drones Because Maybe Every Product Should Monitor Us

A patent, filed in June 2015 and approved earlier this month, describes technology that would allow a delivery drone to “perform surveillance action at a property of an authorized party” by making a “geo-fence” of the property and then “imag[ing] the property to generate surveillance images,” after or during which, the image data that is not within that geo-fence would apparently be obscured.

Amazon patents ‘surveillance as a service’ tech for its delivery drones

Amazon patents ‘surveillance as a service’ tech for its delivery drones

Amazon’s delivery drones are not yet dropping off packages, but the company is already envisioning how else that might be used — including by offering “surveillance as a service.” Amazon was recently granted a patent that outlines how its UAVs could keep an eye on customers’ property between deliveries while supposedly maintaining their privacy.

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.