PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

Sony is not always recording your audio, and in fact, the user can entirely opt-out of it if they are uncomfortable with this feature.

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

One other thing that the lawsuit brings up is that Google sends preloaded tokens that represent ads to Android mobile users, but these ads sometimes aren’t even loaded even though Google counts the impression.

Six Tips for Using a Burner Phone to Enhance Your Privacy – Spycraft 101

Six Tips for Using a Burner Phone to Enhance Your Privacy – Spycraft 101

Whether you are living and working in a high-threat environment or period of civil unrest, worry about being vulnerable to hacking of your financial data or online profiles, or are simply an advocate for personal privacy and liberty, it’s important to understand the methods by which you are tracked, and by whom, and for what purpose.

Official Trump 2020 App collected phone numbers from contact lists without consent and could sell that data

Official Trump 2020 App collected phone numbers from contact lists without consent and could sell that data

It’s worth noting that the official campaign app from President elect Joe Biden – Team Joe and later Vote Joe – also collected IP addresses, location information, and even contact lists; however if the user declined to consent to sharing this information, the app would respect that request as opposed to siphoning the information anyways with invisible code.

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice's Motherboard.Muslim Pro sells location data to a third-party broker called X-Mode, according to Motherboard's report.

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

But after Uber filed suit against Phunware, alleging the software company committed fraud by among other things, allowing ads for the ride-sharing app to show up on porn sites, former employees said the startup looked for new ways to diversify its revenue stream.

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

Motherboard spoke to over half a dozen sources around Phantom, including family members of Ramos, distributors who sold Phantom phones in multiple countries on his behalf, and people with knowledge of the company's operations.

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Consumer advocates criticized the rule for not requiring alleged debtors to consent before being contacted by email or text, and for setting a limit on phone contact that could result in a flood of calls for people who owe money to several creditors.

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

The app’s function is described on the Play Store as follows: Device Lock Controller enables device management for credit providers.Sometimes devices from carriers with outstanding balances could be blacklisted from working on the network until the balance of the phone is paid off – the same thing can happen when a customer decides to leave the carrier.

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

A new report from the Washington, DC-based research nonprofit Upturn uncovers how police have maintained access to suspects’ phones even as these defenses grow more complex: by contracting with digital forensic firms that specialize in bypassing locks and accessing and copying encrypted data.

Dell Adding Hardware Privacy Driver For Linux

Dell Adding Hardware Privacy Driver For Linux

The Dell privacy driver in its current form is talked about for the camera and microphone support but the patch does also note a "PRIVACY_SCREEN_STATUS" bit as well.

Should You Use Biometric Locks on Your Devices?

Should You Use Biometric Locks on Your Devices?

As such, many cybersecurity experts actually recommend biometric locks like fingerprint, face scan, or retina scan instead.No matter what protection you go with for your devices – be it password, PIN, or biometric lock – make sure that you’ve done your research.

Grayshift, The Startup That Breaks Into iPhones For The Feds, Raises $47 Million

Grayshift, The Startup That Breaks Into iPhones For The Feds, Raises $47 Million

It’s a huge round for a phone forensics company, especially one that’s focused almost exclusively on breaking through the security of Apple’s famous device.The GrayKey is believed to be capable of hacking iPhones up to the iPhone 11, though it’s unclear how effective the tool is against the iPhone 12.

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

An attacker who has phished your friend’s Whatsapp account may trigger an OTP for your number to your phone, and may message you asking for it.

Police across America can break into locked phones, and often do so without a warrant

Police across America can break into locked phones, and often do so without a warrant

The report is called “Mass Extraction: The Widespread Power of U.S. Law Enforcement to Search Mobile Phones.” Over 2,000 FOIA requests, Upturn discovered that police departments in all 50 states and also Washington D.C. have purchased mobile device forensic tools (MDFTs).

Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they're using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they're using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

Law enforcement agencies are able to crack into locked, encrypted smartphones far more frequently than was previously known, according to new documents surfaced by through over 100 public records requests by the digital liberties nonprofit Upturn.

Dissidence Recommendation and Interview with Matthew Brdlik

Dissidence Recommendation and Interview with Matthew Brdlik

Brdlik: “The number one response I get is that it’s like Black Mirror.It’s almost like the new benchmark of quality for this type of film.THiNC: “Having just re-watched the film, it’s all becoming more clear!

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

If history is any guide, the longer that companies like Facebook and Google stay dominant, the more likely it becomes that they will serve as intelligence partners to the United States and other governments.

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

On Monday, the US Department of Justice signed on to a new international statement warning of the dangers of encryption and calling for an industry-wide effort to enable law enforcement agencies to access encrypted data once a warrant has been obtained.

Undocumented backdoor that covertly takes snapshots found in kids’ smartwatch

Undocumented backdoor that covertly takes snapshots found in kids’ smartwatch

Harrison Sand, a researcher at Norwegian security company Mnemonic, said that commands exist for surreptitiously reporting the watch’s real-time location, taking a snapshot and sending it to an Xplora server, and making a phone call that transmits all sounds within earshot.

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

According to court records from an arson case in Florida, Google regularly provides information to law enforcement about people that search a particular term or physical location using a Google service like Google Search or Google Maps.

The FBI Team Sent to ‘Exploit’ Protesters’ Phones in Portland

The FBI Team Sent to ‘Exploit’ Protesters’ Phones in Portland

An official familiar with the Portland operation said the email was facetious in intent and maintained that there was no difference between the legal authorities governing the Fly Team and those that applied to local agents.

IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant

IRS being investigated for tracking American location data without a warrant

The IRS revealed to Senator Wyden’s office in June that the tax agency had bought a set of location data from a data broker known as Venntel.

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

4) The new iOS 14 update adds fresh privacy features – and gives you a redesigned home screenCredit: Apple That means an app could show you nearby stores, for instance, without knowing exactly where you live.

Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app

Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app

A new survey by WhistleOut provides some numbers to back up a growing sentiment: That an app on your smartphone is spying on you right this second while you read this article.

Notes on “I've got nothing to hide” and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

Notes on “I've got nothing to hide” and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

Decent is an ad-free, privacy-first Twitter reading experience Join 22 others in the waiting list!.The problem with the nothing to hide argument is that it focuses on just one or two particular kinds of privacy problems (the disclosure of personal information or surveillance) and not others.

Sensing the sensors

Sensing the sensors

Even the Camera application on my device can't access the sensors.Cometh Privacy Indicators , it does exactly what Apple's iOS does, show you an indicator whenever an application uses your device's camera or microphone.Do note that the application only shows indicator for the main camera sensor.

Announcing Librem AweSIM: A Privacy-focused Cellular Service for the Librem 5

Announcing Librem AweSIM: A Privacy-focused Cellular Service for the Librem 5

Sign up for Librem AweSIM and provide us with your preferred area code, and when your Librem 5 is ready to ship, we will register a new number to your SIM and install it into your Librem 5 so calls, SMS and cellular data just work when you unbox it.

Avoiding Robocalls

Avoiding Robocalls

As such, some of the more privacy-minded people in your contacts list may not appreciate having their phone number shared to an unknown (and probably unsecured) database without their consent.

NCB 'cloned' mobile phones of Rhea Chakraborty for access to WhatsApp chats of film stars

NCB 'cloned' mobile phones of Rhea Chakraborty for access to WhatsApp chats of film stars

End-to-end encryption means that the messages are visible only to the sender and the recipient, and not even to WhatsApp. To access encrypted WhatsApp data, security and investigating agencies can take a user's phone and create a 'clone' of it on another device.