No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

Q Link Wireless, a provider of low-cost mobile phone and data services to 2 million US-based customers, has been making sensitive account data available to anyone who knows a valid phone number on the carrier’s network, an analysis of the company’s account management app shows.

Mozilla Explains: Cookies and supercookies

Mozilla Explains: Cookies and supercookies

Cross-site tracking cookies are stored on your computer by websites you visit.Supercookies are another type of tracker that acts like cross-site tracking cookies by collecting your data and reporting it back to their owners.

How the Criminal Justice System Deploys Mass Surveillance on Innocent People

How the Criminal Justice System Deploys Mass Surveillance on Innocent People

We found that over a decade, 101 million arrest records and 45.7 million mugshots will be posted to the internet, at no cost, by police departments and local jails.It’s legal for local governments to post police and court data under public records laws and Constitutional guarantees.

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

"Our analysis of the literature," reads the paper's abstract, "shows that eye tracking data may implicitly contain information about a user’s biometric identity, gender, age, ethnicity, body weight, personality traits, drug consumption habits, emotional state, skills and abilities, fears, interests, and sexual preferences.".

Ex-policeman says Synesis did help to identify Belarus protesters

Ex-policeman says Synesis did help to identify Belarus protesters

The Synesis-made Kipod software was used by law enforcement agencies to identify participants of peaceful protests in Belarusian cities, according to a former employee with the Organized Crime and Corruption Task Force (GUBOPIK) Stanislau Lupanosau .

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

An interesting article in the Guardian points out that some parole systems are moving on to a more “humane” version of the ankle bracelet to track people, based on smartphone apps.

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

San Francisco - In a significant ruling, a judge in the US has directed Google to face a class-action lawsuit seeking $5 billion, that claimed the tech giant is tracking and collecting data even when people use the private 'Incognito' mode on its Chrome browser.

T-Mobile Automatically Opting Customers In to Expanded Data Collection Program for Targeted Ads

T-Mobile Automatically Opting Customers In to Expanded Data Collection Program for Targeted Ads

T-Mobile is planning to automatically opt its customers into an advertising program that will see user web and mobile app usage shared with advertisers, reports The Wall Street Journal.

If the future of privacy is cookieless, what happens to the ad tech industry when third-party cookies go away?

If the future of privacy is cookieless, what happens to the ad tech industry when third-party cookies go away?

And, that history of adjusting to change, is why Tapad is prepared for the cookieless future, Olchovy said: The end of the third-party cookie will certainly lead to more fragmentation in the industry but that's is something we've been dealing with all along.

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program

New Yorkers would have to flash COVID-19 passport to enter venues under new program

The plan is to test the “Excelsior Pass,” which will use secure technology to confirm if a person has gotten vaccinated or has had a recent negative COVID-19 exam result, during events at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center, Cuomo said in a statement.

Facebook Just Admitted It Has Lost the Battle With Apple Over Privacy

Facebook Just Admitted It Has Lost the Battle With Apple Over Privacy

The company released a pair of ads in three of the most widely-circulated newspapers in the country, accusing Apple of attacking small businesses and the open internet.

Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared

Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared

Israel's parliament passed a law Wednesday allowing the government to share the identities of people not vaccinated against the coronavirus with other authorities, raising privacy concerns for those opting out of inoculation.

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns

The company told SIO that it was going to roll out changes “to add additional encryption and blocks to prevent Clubhouse clients from ever transmitting pings to Chinese servers” and said it would hire an external security firm to review and validate the updates.

Clubhouse Is Suggesting Users Invite Their Drug Dealers and Therapists

Clubhouse Is Suggesting Users Invite Their Drug Dealers and Therapists

For example, say you have an ex or even a harasser you’ve tried to block from your life, but they still have your number in their phone; if they upload their contacts, Clubhouse will know you’re connected to them and make recommendations on that basis.

Opinion | They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

Opinion | They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

But to think that the information will be used against individuals only if they’ve broken the law is naïve; such data is collected and remains vulnerable to use and abuse whether people gather in support of an insurrection or they justly protest police violence, as happened in cities across America last summer.

Microsoft Patent: Chatbots Made From The Online Habits Of Dead People

Microsoft Patent: Chatbots Made From The Online Habits Of Dead People

“The specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chat bot,” Microsoft also describes – implying that living users could train a digital replacement in the event of their death.

How To Find What Google Knows About You and Limit the Data Google Collects From You

How To Find What Google Knows About You and Limit the Data Google Collects From You

Based on the user’s search history, as well as browsing history on Google-owned platforms like Youtube, Google collects various information about the user.Google predicts the age, gender, marital status, income, and personal interests of users.

Microsoft Could Bring You Back From The Dead... As A Chat Bot

Microsoft Could Bring You Back From The Dead... As A Chat Bot

“The specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chat bot,” the patent adds, raising the possibility of people training up a digital version of themselves before they die.

Not going dark: personal data from the Internet of Things ushers in a golden age for law enforcement

Not going dark: personal data from the Internet of Things ushers in a golden age for law enforcement

A report from the Brennan Center for Justice provides a good summary of how the authorities are accessing that data in order to help them with their work: The proliferation of connected devices provides expansive opportunities for the government to assemble detailed portraits of people’s lives.

California Privacy Rights Act: A Move Closer to GDPR? Part I

California Privacy Rights Act: A Move Closer to GDPR? Part I

The CPRA makes several significant changes to the CCPA: It introduces the concept of “sensitive personal data”; It introduces new obligations on businesses, and GDPR-style “principles”; It introduces new rights for consumers; and It creates a new supervisory authority for data protection and privacy in California — the California Privacy Protection Agency.

1 million highly sensitive pictures leaked by Korean teen dating app

1 million highly sensitive pictures leaked by Korean teen dating app

Another thing we noticed is that, while the database contains no personally identifiable (written) information, like names, usernames, emails or any other details, the images all seem to contain “user IDs.”.

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

The National Health Service has been working with Inrupt on a pilot project for the care of dementia patients that moves from development into the field this month.

Intel Aiming to Bring Face ID-Like Authentication to ATMs, Gates, Door Locks, and More With 'RealSense ID'

Intel Aiming to Bring Face ID-Like Authentication to ATMs, Gates, Door Locks, and More With 'RealSense ID'

Intel says RealSense ID has built-in "anti-spoofing technology" to protect against false entry attempts using photographs, videos, or masks, resulting in a one in a million false acceptance rate.RealSense ID is only activated through user awareness and will not authenticate unless prompted by a pre-registered user, according to Intel.

WhatsApp calls Apple’s new privacy nutrition labels for iOS 14 anti-competitive

WhatsApp calls Apple’s new privacy nutrition labels for iOS 14 anti-competitive

WhatsApp is worried that the privacy nutrition labels will “spook” users and give first party apps like iMessage a competitive edge over WhatsApp – and hopes to even the playing field with their protest.

Xayn Blog  -  IOTA as a trust anchor

Xayn Blog - IOTA as a trust anchor

With the help of complete decentralisation, user control and open-source transparency, we're also fighting AI misuse.Now, Xayn is going one step further in its fight against AI misuse by i ncorporating IOTA's Tangle technology as a trust anchor into XayNet .

Chinese President Xi Jinping Pushes For Global Tracking System Using QR Codes

Chinese President Xi Jinping Pushes For Global Tracking System Using QR Codes

China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes.

Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains Backdoor To Control Devices

Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains Backdoor To Control Devices

A Walmart exclusive Wi-Fi router, and others sold on Amazon & eBay contain hidden backdoors to control devices reports CyberNews.CyberNews researchers also discovered that ‘Wavlink’ branded routers, often sold on Amazon or eBay, contain similar backdoors (source).

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

They changed all of their passwords, email service, web browser, downloaded Signal, deleted Facebook and SnapChat, went and registered for a PO box, and shredded their credit cards all in the same week and are trying to cold turkey their way into privacy.

Michigan Voters Demand That Police Get Warrants for Electronic Data

Michigan Voters Demand That Police Get Warrants for Electronic Data

The relevant part of the state's constitution will now read:The person, houses, papers, possessions, and electronic data and electronic communications of every person shall be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures.

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

DHS Authorities Are Buying Moment-By-Moment Geolocation Cellphone Data To Track People

Mizelle states in his memo that there are ways for CBP and ICE to “minimize the risk” of possible constitutional violations, pointing out that they could limit their searches to defined periods, require supervisors to sign off on lengthy searches, only use the data when more “traditional” techniques fail, and limit the tracking of one device to when there is “individualized suspicion” or relevance to a “law enforcement investigation.”.