Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

A government watchdog tells The Associated Press it will launch a nationwide audit that may shed light on how seniors’ personal Medicare information is getting to telemarketers, raising concerns about fraud and waste.

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

They had been working on an investigation into surveillance on journalists and human rights activists in a particular Middle Eastern nation, and had been in contact with sources the government was hostile to.One group of foreign correspondents, working on sensitive stories, were finding that their phone calls to some sources were automatically redirected.

California Police Have Been Illegally Sharing License Plate Reader Data

California Police Have Been Illegally Sharing License Plate Reader Data

Some of California’s largest police departments have been collecting millions of images of drivers’ license plates and sharing them with entities around the country—without having necessary security policies in place, in violation of state law, according to a newly released state audit.

How Blockchain Helps To Maintain Your Data Sovereignty

How Blockchain Helps To Maintain Your Data Sovereignty

Based on this technology, they built the company Personal Digital Spaces (PDS) to enable individuals to establish property rights over their personal information.

Newsrooms, let's talk about Office 365

Newsrooms, let's talk about Office 365

If your organization has an Office 365 Enterprise subscription, find out what rules your organization has set up in eDiscovery, audit logs, as well as any internal policies your organization may have for administrative data retention and access.

Personal identification - People can now be identified at a distance by their heartbeat

Personal identification - People can now be identified at a distance by their heartbeat

The stress of telling a falsehood can alter someone’s heartbeat, so it could improve lie-detection technology, according to Wang Chen-chia, an engineer at Brimrose, another firm working on heartprint vibrometry.

WeWork rival Regus in massive employee data breach

WeWork rival Regus in massive employee data breach

Detailed information about the job performance of more than 900 employees of Regus owner IWG was accidentally published online after the shared office business conducted a review of sales staff.

The FBI Got Data From A Locked iPhone 11 Pro Max—So Why Is It Demanding Apple Unlock Older Phones?

The FBI Got Data From A Locked iPhone 11 Pro Max—So Why Is It Demanding Apple Unlock Older Phones?

LightRocket via Getty ImagesQuestions are being asked about the FBI’s motivations over demanding Apple help it unlock the iPhones of the Pensacola shooting suspect, after Forbes uncovered a search warrant that strongly indicates the feds have access to a tool that can grab data on the latest, and most secure, iPhones.

Privacy guide for MyAnalytics users

Privacy guide for MyAnalytics users

Note that these insights are derived from data that is already available to you in the following places: your Exchange Online mailbox your activity in OneDrive and SharePoint documents your chat and call history from Teams and from Skype for Business MyAnalytics simply applies some basic calculations and rules to make this data more actionable.

Your Digital Detox May Be Toxic for Advertising

Your Digital Detox May Be Toxic for Advertising

Mindful of the new mindfulness, Apple and Google have incorporated screen time monitors into their products.A new study that tracked how 2,444 Americans used their mobile devices over 14 months backs up the general sense of tech fatigue.

Why privacy at work is important (even if you don’t have any secrets)

Why privacy at work is important (even if you don’t have any secrets)

Privacy is important because it is required for ideas to gain traction, especially if they are new (or even subversive).Far from a process that always emphasizes brainstorming in big groups, creativity must also include quiet moments for reflection and focus.

They See You When You’re Shopping

They See You When You’re Shopping

Your avatar joins a cluster of identically shaped avatars in this Gucci call center: green, blue, and yellow creatures, all with gleaming googly eyes and their country’s flag pinned on their torsos.

What Happens to Your Image Once It's Been Caught On CCTV

What Happens to Your Image Once It's Been Caught On CCTV

According to the Information Commissioner's Office, most uses of CCTV are covered by the Data Protection Act (DPA), meaning you have the right to view images collected of you – if, that is, you have the time and patience to explain the DPA to all the people who operate those CCTV cameras.

Louisiana State Government Hit by Ransomware Attack Forcing Server Shutdowns

Louisiana State Government Hit by Ransomware Attack Forcing Server Shutdowns

The Monday's ransomware attack resulted in the subsequent shutdown of a majority of large state agencies, including the Office of the Governor, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Transportation and Development, among others.

Spain to track citizen locations for days, without consent, in the name of monitoring “population movements”

Spain to track citizen locations for days, without consent, in the name of monitoring “population movements”

Get Brave For Free Spain is about to run an experiment, tracking its citizens' every move in the real world for several days by using location data transmitted by their mobile phones.

California reveals it is investigating Facebook over privacy practices

California reveals it is investigating Facebook over privacy practices

Facebook has been under investigation by California officials over its privacy practices for more than a year, the state attorney general Xavier Becerra said on Wednesday, and may now be forced to turn over key documents.

Aussie ex-pat will ‘never return’ after digital strip search reveals sex tapes

Aussie ex-pat will ‘never return’ after digital strip search reveals sex tapes

“I informed the female customs officer that I have intimate material of my partner on my phone, and that I would be breaking her trust, (as well as several privacy laws) by giving anyone access to those files.”.

Survey Finds People are Privacy Hypocrites

Survey Finds People are Privacy Hypocrites

The report found that 73 percent of U.S. office workers admit that they will take a look at coworkers’ PC or phone screens if given the opportunity, while three out of four people in the United States will peek at unclaimed documents left in office printer trays.

WeWork Breach of Confidential Business Information Serves as a Good Reminder About the Holes in Public WiFi Security

WeWork Breach of Confidential Business Information Serves as a Good Reminder About the Holes in Public WiFi Security

Given that most of WeWork’s tenants do not have permanent office space in the building, the company primarily sells itself on amenities like its WiFi. WeWork offers enhanced security options such as a private VLAN, but they come with substantial added setup and ongoing monthly fees.

Boris Johnson's Secret Plan To Gather "Targeted And Personalised" Data Before Brexit

Boris Johnson's Secret Plan To Gather "Targeted And Personalised" Data Before Brexit

Boris Johnson has secretly ordered the Cabinet Office to turn the government's public internet service into a platform for "targeted and personalised information" to be gathered in the run-up to Brexit, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Harvard student denied entry into US due to friends' social media posts

Harvard student denied entry into US due to friends' social media posts

Ismail Ajjawi, who lives in Lebanon, was questioned for hours at Boston's Logan airport and ultimately had his visa canceled after immigration officials searched his phone and laptop, according to The Harvard Crimson.

Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

That alone raises troubling issues, but according to a pair of new reports, Ring also gets access to real-time 911 data, and the company helps police work around a need for search warrants when looking for footage.

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

"Other providers of speech assistance systems, such as Apple or Amazon, are invited to also swiftly review the implementation of appropriate measures," Caspar's office said.

Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU

Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU

Caspar's office said in a statement that Google told the Hamburg authority transcripts of speech recordings are already suspended and won't take place for at least three months from Thursday.

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.

New DPIA on Microsoft Office and Windows software: still privacy risks remaining (short blog)

New DPIA on Microsoft Office and Windows software: still privacy risks remaining (short blog)

On behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Privacy Company has investigated the privacy risks related to the use of Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 ProPlus and Office Online, as well as the mobile Office apps.

Just Opening A Document in LibreOffice Can Hack Your Computer (Unpatched)

Just Opening A Document in LibreOffice Can Hack Your Computer (Unpatched)

CVE-2019-9849 : This vulnerability, which you can fix by installing the latest available update, could allow the inclusion of remote arbitrary content within a document even when 'stealth mode' is enabled.

Arrested development: Cops dump Amazon's facial-recognition API after struggling to make the thing work properly

Arrested development: Cops dump Amazon's facial-recognition API after struggling to make the thing work properly

The plod wanted to feed photos of suspected or known crooks into Amazon Web Services' Rekognition API, and have the backend software automatically search live streams of CCTV footage for occurrences of those faces in real time, allowing officers to know immediately the whereabouts of persons of interest.

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

This time around, the Hessian commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal.

German schools ban Microsoft Office 365 amid privacy concerns

German schools ban Microsoft Office 365 amid privacy concerns

Pointing out that the use of cloud applications in itself is not the problem as long as pupils’ consent and the security of the data processing is guaranteed, HBDI’s Michael Ronellenfitsch raised concerns about whether schools can store personal data of children in the cloud.