What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

What AI College Exam Proctors Are Really Teaching Our Kids

When Haley, a sophomore at Indiana University, took a test for an accounting class in September, she—like many college students during this pandemic—was sitting not in a classroom but in her bedroom.

3 Questions: The price of privacy in ride-sharing app performance

3 Questions: The price of privacy in ride-sharing app performance

The study compares different methods for masking data and different levels of location data anonymization, and provides useful insights into the trade-off between user privacy and the performance of mobility-sharing applications.

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

The browser, which Google introduced in 2008 and has the largest market share in the U.S., has been at the center of rivals’ accusations that the search giant uses its access to users’ web histories to aid its advertising business.

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

The new tool, Blacklight, emulates how users might be tracked as they browse the Web. To use it, you simply type in a Web address, and the tool scans the site for the following types of privacy violations: third-party cookies, ad trackers, key logging, session recording, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook tracking, and Google Analytics’ “Remarketing Audiences”.

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

A study performed by Google last year, for example, concluded that disabling cookies reduced publisher revenue by more than 50 percent.

Google Just Revealed How Many People Use Its Privacy Checkup Tool. It’s Not Good News

Google Just Revealed How Many People Use Its Privacy Checkup Tool. It’s Not Good News

I did reach out to Google, and a spokesperson pointed me to a blog post that says 200 million people (out of its four billion total users) use Privacy Checkup.That means that around 95 percent of people who use Google have never changed the settings that control what data the company collects and saves.

Only 9% of visitors give GDPR consent to be tracked

Only 9% of visitors give GDPR consent to be tracked

I wanted to find out how many visitors would engage with a GDPR banner if it were implemented properly and how many would grant consent to their information being collected and shared.

Private Internet Access announces another year of Let’s Encrypt sponsorship

Private Internet Access announces another year of Let’s Encrypt sponsorship

Besides providing free TLS certificates for websites seeking to migrate to HTTPS, Let’s Encrypt also uses its corporate sponsorship money to work on improving the security of their own certificate authority infrastructure.

>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

More than 4,000 Google Play apps silently collect a list of all other installed apps in a data grab that allows developers and advertisers to build detailed profiles of users, a recently published research paper found.

An insecure mess: How flawed JavaScript is turning web into a hacker's playground

An insecure mess: How flawed JavaScript is turning web into a hacker's playground

Overall, 87 percent of the Alexa sites and 46.5 percent of the .com sites use one of the 72 libraries.Additionally, 9.7 percent of the sites in the study use two or more vulnerable library versions.

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

The Washington Post reported last week that the U.S. government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about using anonymous location data to combat the coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping at safe distances from one another.

The Verge Tech Survey 2020: how people feel about Apple, Google, Facebook, and more

The Verge Tech Survey 2020: how people feel about Apple, Google, Facebook, and more

The Verge conducted its first national tech survey in the hangover of the 2016 US presidential election, when Americans were beginning to come to grips with the vast reach and influence of big tech platforms.Microsoft leads big tech companies in the number of Americans who say they trust it, at 75 percent of survey respondents.

The Most Popular States for Doorbell Cameras | CheckVideo

The Most Popular States for Doorbell Cameras | CheckVideo

Home security is the top concern that homeowners have in mind when purchasing doorbell cameras, but the rise of online shopping has also given Americans a new fear: package theft.

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

While the elderly might have showed up late to the internet and smartphones, there’s no reason to be believe they will be immune to the consequences that young people in particular are now beginning to understand.

Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

Popular right-leaning outlets analyzed by the researchers placed 227 cookies in a user's browser, versus 131 for the median popular left-leaning counterparts., the most popular right-leaning site, placed around 4 percent more cookies in women's browsers than , the most popular left-leaning site as categorized by BuzzFeed.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

Opinion | We Hate Data Collection. That Doesn’t Mean We Can Stop It.

Opinion | We Hate Data Collection. That Doesn’t Mean We Can Stop It.

And does it even matter that we do not want to be watched — or is it of no consequence, because they know we’re trapped, and so do we.And more than 80 percent feel like they have very little or no control over the data being collected about them.

Startpage Search owner changes raise serious questions

Startpage Search owner changes raise serious questions

The announcement revealed that the relationship between the two groups started in January 2019 and that Startpage will continue to deliver "quality, unbiased search results while respecting online privacy and never storing consumer data" going forward.

Your customers don’t want absolute privacy — just fair compensation for their data

Your customers don’t want absolute privacy — just fair compensation for their data

We were very intrigued with this, so as part of another study, we asked a group of users to rank, in order of importance, things like protecting privacy, getting paid fairly, data control, transparency, and others.

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.

Most people don’t understand privacy, and that’s a huge opportunity for design

Most people don’t understand privacy, and that’s a huge opportunity for design

Fifty-five percent of people couldn’t identify an example of two-factor authentication (which is when you might use a password to log into a service like Twitter, but then Twitter also texts your phone to double check it’s you—the two-factor just adds a second step to proving your identity).

More than half of UK businesses not GDPR compliant

More than half of UK businesses not GDPR compliant

The report, which surveyed companies of all sizes across a variety of sectors, suggests mid-size companies (those with 250-999 employees) are the worst compliant, with 39.5 percent reporting full GDPR compliance, compared with 56 percent of large and 51 percent of small companies, Egress said.

First half 2019 sees 4,000 data breaches exposing 4B records

First half 2019 sees 4,000 data breaches exposing 4B records

The 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report by Risk Based Security found that there were 3,816 data breaches during the first six months of the year, up 54 percent, resulting in 4.1 billion records being compromised, up 52 percent.

The world’s most-surveilled cities

The world’s most-surveilled cities

We compared the number of public CCTV cameras with the crime and safety indices reported by Numbeo, which are based on surveys of that site’s visitors.

Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Using Passwords That Have Already Been Hacked, Google Says

Hundreds of Thousands of People Are Using Passwords That Have Already Been Hacked, Google Says

A new Google study this week confirmed the obvious: internet users need to stop using the same password for multiple websites unless they’re keen on having their data hijacked, their identity stolen, or worse.

Windows Defender ranked one of the best antivirus solutions

Windows Defender ranked one of the best antivirus solutions

In the German independent research institute’s May/June 2019 ‘best antivirus software for Windows Home Users’ report, Windows Defender is one of four products to receive perfect 6 out of 6 scores in the protection, performance, and usability categories.

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

According to new Pew Research Center data, Americans are more likely to view megaliths like Facebook and Google as mistrustful swindlers — whereas just a few years ago, more Americans believed tech companies were having a positive effect on our world.

Which IoT Companies Do People Most Mistrust? (Hint: Facebook)

Which IoT Companies Do People Most Mistrust? (Hint: Facebook)

But many IoT companies aren't doing enough to secure their devices , leaving users vulnerable to attacks. And last year, a Toluna poll found that Facebook was the least trusted tech company by a significant margin.

Our Very Own Big Brother: Alexa and Google Assistant Are Watching

Our Very Own Big Brother: Alexa and Google Assistant Are Watching

both Amazon and Google have confirmed that they do indeed have contractors in their employment who listen to audio clips from users. Shockingly, both Amazon and Google have confirmed that they do indeed have contractors in their employment who listen to audio clips from users.

Data breaches getting costlier, harder to detect and repair says IBM study

Data breaches getting costlier, harder to detect and repair says IBM study

Over 50 percent of data breaches in the study resulted from malicious cyberattacks and cost companies $1 million more on average than those originating from accidental causes.