Watching you watch: the tracking system of over-the-top TV streaming devices

Watching you watch: the tracking system of over-the-top TV streaming devices

Our measurements showed that tracking is prevalent on the OTT platforms we studied, with traffic to known trackers present on 69% of Roku channels and 89% of Amazon Fire TV channels.

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a UK decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

LogMeIn (LastPass) to be acquired by Private Equity Firms

LogMeIn (LastPass) to be acquired by Private Equity Firms

LogMeIn announced yesterday that it will be acquired by Private Equity Firm for approximately $4.3 billion in an all-cash transaction.LogMeIn announced yesterday that it will be acquired by Private Equity Firm for approximately $4.3 billion in an all-cash transaction.

TV Ad Retargeting

TV Ad Retargeting

Samsung Ads offers TV Ad Retargeting that empowers brands to identify audiences who saw or missed their TV spots and reconnect with them via mobile, tablet, desktop or OTT.

Lawmakers ask US intelligence chief to investigate if TikTok is a national security threat

Lawmakers ask US intelligence chief to investigate if TikTok is a national security threat

“Security experts have voiced concerns that China’s vague patchwork of intelligence, national security, and cybersecurity laws compel Chinese companies to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party,” the letter, dated Wednesday, said.

You Are Being Continuously Tracked By Your Smart TVs: Here’s How

You Are Being Continuously Tracked By Your Smart TVs: Here’s How

Among the various OTT services, Roku and Amazon Fire TV track users and extract the user data.The automated crawler exhibited human behavior and monitored the tracking capabilities of OTT services by going through all the channels like an actual user.

DoH disabled by default in Firefox

DoH disabled by default in Firefox

Applications should respect OS configured settings.The DoH settings still can be overriden if needed.setting from Otto's change to.For more details on how to configure Firefox's use of DoH, please see their wiki.

Is facial recognition technology coming to a club near you?

Is facial recognition technology coming to a club near you?

We spoke to John Abbott, Chief Business Officer of Yoti, in an attempt to glean some more information about how this technology works and, more to the point, what is happening to all that data.

Statement: Intention to fine Marriott International, Inc more than £99 million under GDPR for data breach

Statement: Intention to fine Marriott International, Inc more than £99 million under GDPR for data breach

Following an extensive investigation the ICO has issued a notice of its intention to fine Marriott International £99,200,396 for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

To find persons of interest in criminal investigations, genetic genealogists upload DNA data found at the crime scene to GEDmatch and look for matches to distant relatives.

Cyber security issues in 2018: three most prominent data breaches

Cyber security issues in 2018: three most prominent data breaches

Cambridge Analytica shocked the netizens of the world wide web and gave birth to intense debates on online privacy, cyber security, and accountability of the companies that experienced data breaches.

Texas governor signs state ban on red-light traffic cameras

Texas governor signs state ban on red-light traffic cameras

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law Saturday, June 1, 2019 that bans red-light traffic cameras in Texas. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law banning red-light traffic cameras in the nation’s second-largest state.

Canadian lawmakers fume after Facebook's Zuckerberg snubs invitation

Canadian lawmakers fume after Facebook's Zuckerberg snubs invitation

An empty chair and nameplate are pictured after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to appear at the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 28, 2019.

Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions

Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions

Not using one could be a violation of existing privacy laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Defense attorneys involved in the SEALs’ war crimes cases have said that 13 lawyers and paralegals on their team also received emails with a similar tracking device, according to court documents filed by the defense attorneys.

Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court

Pre-checked cookie boxes don't count as valid consent, says adviser to top EU court

The CJEU was asked to rule on whether Planet49 had gained valid consent for the storing of information and gaining access to info stored in the user's terminal equipment – i.e. cookies – with these boxes.

Marriott letting guests check to see if they were affected by data breach

Marriott letting guests check to see if they were affected by data breach

Marriott promised to reply to form submissions “as soon as reasonably practicable and consistent with applicable law.” Last month, Marriott disclosed that five million unencrypted passport numbers were stolen in the breach of its Starwood hotel reservation system.

How Target Snooped on Shoppers, Changed Prices Based on Location

How Target Snooped on Shoppers, Changed Prices Based on Location

It reads, in part, “We’ve made a number of changes within our app to make it easier to understand pricing and our price match policy.” In essence, the firm has added language to its app that makes clear a price is valid in a store or online — see the screenshot below, provided by Target.

Are You a Woman Traveling Alone? Marriott Might Be Watching You.

Are You a Woman Traveling Alone? Marriott Might Be Watching You.

Marriott employees all over the world are being trained to help spot sex trafficking at our hotels." The brief Twitter exchange, which occurred in January, revealed some of the hidden presumptions behind Marriott's efforts to stop sexual exploitation.

Grin and BEAM: Two Groundbreaking Private Cryptocurrencies Just Went Live

Grin and BEAM: Two Groundbreaking Private Cryptocurrencies Just Went Live

Two further privacy-oriented cryptocurrencies launched in January 2019: Grin and BEAM. The blockchain technology was proposed by an anonymous developer called Tom Elvis Jedusor – an anagram of “Je Suis Voldemort.” MimbleWimble is built with privacy at its core.

Marriott Concedes 5 Million Passport Numbers Lost to Hackers Were Not Encrypted

Marriott Concedes 5 Million Passport Numbers Lost to Hackers Were Not Encrypted

Marriott said for the first time that 5.25 million passport numbers were kept in the Starwood system in plain, unencrypted data files — meaning they were easily read by anyone inside the reservation system.

Marriott says millions of passport numbers were involved in breach

Marriott says millions of passport numbers were involved in breach

The hotel chain said in late November that there was a breach of its reservation database for its Starwood properties that may have exposed the personal information of up to 500 million people.

Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to restrict sharing of personal data, poll finds

Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to restrict sharing of personal data, poll finds

The Hill.TV/American Barometer poll asked registered voters to choose from several provisions enacted earlier this year in the European Union's sweeping privacy law – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

How to Stop ISP Data Throttling

How to Stop ISP Data Throttling

Your internet speed is fine but gets slow every time you use Netflix or other streaming services. You can use the Internet Health Test to see if you’re actually being throttled. This is because the VPN stops ISP throttling and increases your speed.

Marriott’s breach response is so bad, security experts are filling in the gaps — at their own expense

Marriott’s breach response is so bad, security experts are filling in the gaps — at their own expense

In fact, there’s no easy way to check that the domain is real, except a buried note on Marriott’s data breach notification site that confirms the domain as legitimate. “Hopefully this is one less site used to confuse victims.” Had Marriott just sent the email from its own domain, it wouldn’t be an issue.

Quora, the Q. and A. Site, Says Data Breach Affected 100 Million Users

Quora, the Q. and A. Site, Says Data Breach Affected 100 Million Users

The social platform said late Monday that the account information and private messages of around 100 million users may have been exposed when its computer systems were compromised by “a malicious third party.” Quora discovered the data breach on Friday, the company’s chief executive, Adam D’Angelo, wrote in a blog post, and it is still investigating how it happened.

Senators Call for Jail, Fines After Marriott Data Breach

Senators Call for Jail, Fines After Marriott Data Breach

“Clearly the current status quo isn’t working—the Federal Trade Commission needs real powers with strong teeth in order to punish companies that lose or misuse Americans’ private information,” said Wyden, adding: “Until companies like Marriott feel the threat of multi-billion dollar fines, and jail-time for their senior executives, these companies won’t take privacy seriously.”

Marriott Says Up To 500 Million Customers' Data Stolen In Breach

Marriott Says Up To 500 Million Customers' Data Stolen In Breach

In one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in history, Marriott International said Friday that information on up to about 500 million of its customers worldwide was exposed in a breach of its Starwood guest reservation database dating as far back as 2014.

Marriott hack hits 500 million guests

Marriott hack hits 500 million guests

The records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach. In a statement, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office said: "We have received a data breach report from Marriott involving its Starwood Hotels and will be making enquiries.

Concerns over privacy in TSA facial recognition program

Concerns over privacy in TSA facial recognition program

“We do expect a record breaking thanksgiving travel season,” said David Pekoske, a TSA administrator during a news conference last week. “If the government has already created the ability to do this in airports, and databases to identify people, it's a really easy leap to use that in other settings,” Scott said.

TRAI to analyse implications of over-the-top services’ growth

TRAI to analyse implications of over-the-top services’ growth

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday re-started the discussion on “regulatory issues and economic concerns” with regard to over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype, with its consultation paper on ‘Regulatory Framework for OTT Communication Services’.