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.

Google and Facebook’s tracking software is widely used on porn sites, shows new study

Google and Facebook’s tracking software is widely used on porn sites, shows new study

Visitors to porn sites have a “fundamentally misleading sense of privacy,” warn the authors of a new study that examines how tracking software made by tech companies like Google and Facebook is deployed on adult websites.

A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy

A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy

Started over a decade ago, DuckDuckGo offers a privacy-focused alternative to Google’s search engine. It has also made a profit in each of the last five years, Mr. Weinberg said.

Privacy Concerns Could Impact Alexa Device Sales This Prime Day

Privacy Concerns Could Impact Alexa Device Sales This Prime Day

But a new PCMag survey of US consumers who plan to purchase tech on Prime Day indicates that privacy concerns, including revelations that Amazon has thousands of people listening to Alexa voice recordings every day, may impact sales of these devices.

Big Brother Has Terrible Eyesight

Big Brother Has Terrible Eyesight

Back in 2016, GAO found that the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lacked proper privacy safeguards and had done little to test the accuracy of their facial recognition databases.

Mozilla and Firefox could be about to change the VPN and privacy market forever

Mozilla and Firefox could be about to change the VPN and privacy market forever

Harold Li, VP at ExpressVPN , welcomed the news, saying that ExpressVPN “is pleased to call Mozilla a partner in offering VPN services across many markets through Firefox Lite, and glad to see that they share our view that VPNs are an essential online privacy and security tool.”.

Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

“There’s little doubt that new technologies will play a part in delivering care in future, and the results from this study confirm that most people support the use of anonymised patient data for medical research purposes,” said Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association.

Will Business Lose Its Cookies Over These New Privacy Laws?

Will Business Lose Its Cookies Over These New Privacy Laws?

While New York and California should be applauded for taking steps to protect the privacy and data of their citizens, having multiple sets of requirements for websites and businesses alike (as we have witnessed with more than 50 U.S. jurisdictions' having individual and not necessarily complementary breach notification laws) will necessarily lead to widespread difficulty in their implementation and accessibility.

Only 2% of Amazon shareholders vote against giving facial recognition to government

Only 2% of Amazon shareholders vote against giving facial recognition to government

Amazon shareholders voted almost unanimously to reject a proposal to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies, and even a study of its effects garnered little support, effectively green-lighting Big Brother.

Huge number of spycam crimes puts pressure on South Korea hidden camera industry

Huge number of spycam crimes puts pressure on South Korea hidden camera industry

The number of spycam crimes reported to police surged from around 2,400 in 2012 to nearly 6,500 in 2017.According to official statistics about 98 percent of convicted offenders are men — ranging from school teachers and college professors to church pastors and police officers — while more than 80 percent of victims are women.“I turn customers away when it isn’t clear why and what they want hidden cameras for,” said Lee Seung-yon, who customizes spycam gadgets in Seoul.

Big tech has spent $582M lobbying Congress. Here’s where that money went

Big tech has spent $582M lobbying Congress. Here’s where that money went

Facebook and Google, for instance, frequently talked about privacy, while Apple was the only of the five to lobby to preserve “technical barriers to trade,” mentioning it in 21 percent of their reports.

The Doorbell Company That’s Selling Fear

The Doorbell Company That’s Selling Fear

A report from Pew last month asked people about various topics in local news and asked both whether they thought they were important or interesting and, if so, why. Those surveyed overwhelmingly said crime news was important.

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

And perhaps people should be concerned — all the major voice assistants, including those from Google, Amazon, Apple and Samsung as well as Microsoft, employ humans who review the voice data collected from end users.

APAC consumers have little trust in digital services

APAC consumers have little trust in digital services

Just 31 percent of consumers in Asia-Pacific believe their personal information will be managed in a trustworthy way by businesses offering digital services, with only 5 percent willing to transact with companies that offer cheaper but less trusted digital platforms.

Your Location Is Gold to Businesses

Your Location Is Gold to Businesses

Google Maps — Multiple-Billion-Dollar Business Based on a Free Map. Location-targeted mobile advertisement spending is quickly growing. Based on its users’ 12 billion check-in data points every month, Foursquare accurately predicted the amount of new iPhone sales and has attracted 125,000 developers to work on its platform.

Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation

Exclusive: The FBI Had Already Accessed Family Tree DNA’s Database Before Cooperation

The changes, announced by email to all the FamilyTreeDNA members, are an attempt to further regulate FamilyTree database searching for law enforcement—and to make sure that the customers have the option to not assist it. (Roughly 10 percent of FamilyTreeDNA’s total customer base is from Europe, and was automatically removed from law enforcement searches last week.

Preventing Government Facial Recognition Oppression

Preventing Government Facial Recognition Oppression

The report notes that law enforcement can use facial recognition technology for four purposes: arrest identification (to confirm an arrestee's ID), field identification (to ID a person stopped by an officer), investigative identification (to obtain images for IDing an unidentified suspect), and real-time surveillance (to match unidentified folks to a watchlist).

U.S. users are leaving Facebook by the millions, Edison Research says

U.S. users are leaving Facebook by the millions, Edison Research says

Kimberly Adams: In your survey you found an estimated drop of 15 million fewer Facebook users in the U.S. today than in 2017. Courtesy of Edison Research and Triton Digital Adams: Do you have any sense as to why people are leaving Facebook in particular?

Open Source Hardware Could Defend Against Next Generation Hacking

Open Source Hardware Could Defend Against Next Generation Hacking

Shane Oberloier and Joshua Pearce , CC BY-ND The future of distributed manufacturing Making open-source hardware systems more available increases regular people’s security by giving them verifiably secure options.

Consumers Worry About Personal Data Privacy But Few Take Action: Study

Consumers Worry About Personal Data Privacy But Few Take Action: Study

But even though consumers are concerned with one story after another of companies losing or misusing personal data, apparently it’s not enough for them to take actions in response.

A third of all Chrome extensions request access to user data on any site

A third of all Chrome extensions request access to user data on any site

The results of this study are made available today on the CRXcavator web portal , where users can check security reports about their favorite extension, or submit an extension ID and have it scanned if Duo researchers missed it during their Web Store analysis.