Millions of Social Profiles Leaked by Chinese Data-Scrapers

Millions of Social Profiles Leaked by Chinese Data-Scrapers

The leak stems from a misconfigured ElasticSearch database owned by Chinese social-media management company SocialArks, which contained personally identifiable information (PII) from users of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms, according to researchers at Safety Detectives.

Top 10 Most Popular Programming Languages

Top 10 Most Popular Programming Languages

How has the popularity of Java, Python, C and others evolved over the last 16 years?In this new artcile we will see the evolution of the popularity of top 10 programming languages from 2004 to October 2020.

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Whether Microsoft can hone a people-centered, scientific, analytical platform here—or whether it’s so much apophenia, finding patterns and meaning where there may be none—is mostly a matter of salesmanship.

Reviewers call the Amazon Halo wearable the “most invasive we’ve ever tested”

Reviewers call the Amazon Halo wearable the “most invasive we’ve ever tested”

Besides the normal stuff we’ve come to expect from wearables such as location tracking, the health tracking band asks you to submit voice recordings and also to provide pictures, scans of your nearly nude body so that things like fat content percentage can be calculated and tracked.

The pandemic has taken surveillance of workers to the next level

The pandemic has taken surveillance of workers to the next level

Monitoring what people are doing is not the same thing as measuring their work output.

How To Protect Your Child On The Internet

How To Protect Your Child On The Internet

The Internet can be a great place for kids to learn, be entertained, and to communicate with others.Kids today have tons of social media options, download music both legally and illegally, publish information about themselves that others can see, enter into online dialogue with strangers, and surf the Internet for the latest information, both good and bad.

Exclusive: AT&T considers cellphone plans subsidized by ads

Exclusive: AT&T considers cellphone plans subsidized by ads

The planned launch of an ad-supported version of AT&T’s video-streaming service HBO Max next year will serve as a “foundational element” that will provide new advertising inventory, and would be key to new phone plans supported by ads, Stankey said without offering details.

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

A few weeks ago, President Trump issued an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to either ban TikTok’s operations in the U.S. market or sell them to an American company in order to continue its activity.

The privacy perils of using a mesh network – and why we urgently need one that is robust and open source

The privacy perils of using a mesh network – and why we urgently need one that is robust and open source

In the meantime, there is a real need for an easy-to-use, robust and truly secure mesh network system that can be used by people taking part in demonstrations and protests, or in places where there is no Internet connection.

United States Postal Service (USPS) Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System

United States Postal Service (USPS) Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has reportedly filed a patent for a blockchain-based mail-in voting system.Following President Donald Trump’s conclusion that mail-in voting would represent ballots all over the place and fraudulent ballots would be named after dogs and dead people, the patent that was filed back in February 2020 was made public on Thursday 13th August.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, were prepared to testify virtually on Monday before the House Antitrust Subcommittee.

Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority has banned one Chinese-owned social video-streaming app Bigo and given TikTok a final warning that it needs to get its house in order or also face expulsion.

Stop Email Tracking

Stop Email Tracking

Next time asking me you want to connect and discuss a "opportunity" via email, don't put click tracking and open tracking on your disgusting : In any email providers we used by default had this feature enabled, although it was interesting for our metrics to know them, but we simply turn them off.

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up. Tens of thousands of Israelis attempted to appeal after the phone tracking system identified them as needing to quarantine and about half the appeals were upheld, Ayelet Grinbaum, who was representing the Health Ministry at the hearing, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Top suppliers halt sales of facial recognition technology to the police – how much of a win is that really?

Top suppliers halt sales of facial recognition technology to the police – how much of a win is that really?

IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency.

Zoom plans new blocking features to comply with requests from Chinese government

Zoom plans new blocking features to comply with requests from Chinese government

Zoom says it’s working on new features that will allow it to block users based on their geographical location after admitting it recently suspended three user accounts based in Hong Kong and the US at the request of the Chinese government.

New Facebook Tool Allows Employers to Suppress “Unionize” in Workplace Chat

New Facebook Tool Allows Employers to Suppress “Unionize” in Workplace Chat

Facebook employees sparked a flurry of posts denouncing the feature, with several commenting in disbelief that the company would overtly pitch “unionize” as a topic to be blacklisted.

New paper warns of Cambridge Analytica type privacy risks in G Suite Marketplace Apps

New paper warns of Cambridge Analytica type privacy risks in G Suite Marketplace Apps

A new research paper presented at IEEE 41 calls attention to the fact that Google Suites App Marketplace – whose apps are able to tap into the powerful Google API to read contacts, emails, calendar, etc – allows unverified apps to ask for and oftentimes receive sensitive user data.

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

A poster child for what's wrong with merger-driven growth is the Google-Fitbit acquisition, which would see the dominant wearable fitness tracker company disappear into the Googleplex, along with its massive trove of sensitive user data.

The EU is trying to fix its abysmal cookie consent policy

The EU is trying to fix its abysmal cookie consent policy

Some website providers, for example, interpret simply scrolling or swiping on the page as agreeing to their tracking policies.

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon reportedly used merchant data, despite telling Congress it doesn’t

Amazon in a written statement to the WSJ agreed that "like other retailers, we look at sales and store data to provide our customers with the best possible experience," adding, "however, we strictly prohibit our employees from using nonpublic, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch."

Signal >> Blog >> 230, or not 230? That is the EARN IT question.

Signal >> Blog >> 230, or not 230? That is the EARN IT question.

At a high level, what the bill proposes is a system where companies have to earn Section 230 protection by following a set of designed-by-committee “best practices” that are extraordinarily unlikely to allow end-to-end encryption.

This is where workplace surveillance leads: towards algorithmic, automated management

This is where workplace surveillance leads: towards algorithmic, automated management

The experience of Angela, who worked in an insurance call center, points to what is likely to become an increasingly serious issue with the algorithmic management of jobs that require inter-personal skills.

CERN Replacing Facebook Workplace With A Set Of Open-Source Software Alternatives

CERN Replacing Facebook Workplace With A Set Of Open-Source Software Alternatives

Now this European Organization for Nuclear Research is moving away from Facebook Workplace to instead make use of more open-source software packages.Pricing and privacy concerns move CERN to Mattermost, Discourse and other Open Source solutions.

Ring Doorbell Hack Lawsuits

Ring Doorbell Hack Lawsuits

Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed alleging that Ring has failed to implement “even the most basic” security measures to protect its customers.Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed against Ring LLC following reports of hackers infiltrating the company’s camera systems and terrorizing homeowners and their children.

Opinion | How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

Opinion | How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

But it is being cynically manipulated by the “sharing” or “trust” economy — where we trade homes, cars or belongings through third-party administrators such as Airbnb — in ways that threaten our privacy.It’s also a model of consumerism that makes our traditional idea of trust irrelevant.

Adversarial Interoperability

Adversarial Interoperability

For a really competitive, innovative, dynamic marketplace, you need adversarial interoperability: that’s when you create a new product or service that plugs into the existing ones without the permission of the companies that make them.

Amazon India halts ‘search-seeding’

Amazon India halts ‘search-seeding’

“We were provided with search word-based analytics on the platform about twice a month, which helps sellers using those keywords to appear on top results,” the merchant said.

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

PodShare is trying to help make up for the shortage of affordable housing in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles by renting dormitory-style lodging and providing tenants a co-living experience.

Woman forced to take pregnancy test for flight to Saipan

Woman forced to take pregnancy test for flight to Saipan

After clarifying that this test was indeed administered to a random female passenger and needed to be completed in order to board my flight, I was handed a medical records release form to sign.