Almost Every Website You Visit Records Exactly How Your Mouse Moves

Almost Every Website You Visit Records Exactly How Your Mouse Moves

While a site itself always has access to raw behavior data — and could hypothetically look in on any individual user session — using a service like FullStory brings a third party into the mix.

Twitter drops Grindr from ad network over 'GDPR breaches'

Twitter drops Grindr from ad network over 'GDPR breaches'

“By stating that it does ‘not control the use of these tracking technologies’, and by asking users to read the privacy policies of any third-party companies that may receive personal data, Grindr is attempting to shift accountability for the advertising technologies that it is using away from itself,” the report concluded.

Researchers warn census privacy efforts may muddy federal data

Researchers warn census privacy efforts may muddy federal data

The policy change came after Census Bureau research found that an attacker could isolate almost half of the respondents using public data, allowing them to be cross referenced with commercially available medical data, purchasing information and the like.

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Full reversal of Facebook anti cryptocurrency ad policy, just in time for Libra.While we will still require people to apply to run ads promoting cryptocurrency, starting today, we will narrow this policy to no longer require pre-approval for ads related to blockchain technology, industry news, education or events related to cryptocurrency.”.

Trump administration to begin collecting DNA from detained immigrants

Trump administration to begin collecting DNA from detained immigrants

The United States government will begin collecting the DNA of detained immigrants through pilot programs this week, according to a privacy impact assessment that was published today by the Department of Homeland Security.

Cutting the Wire

Cutting the Wire

A previous version of the policy (July 18, 2017) stated it would only share user data when required by law.This change doesn’t leave the user with much confidence as to when the company may share your data.

I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.

I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.

I was alarmed when I learned in 2017 that the company had begun moving forward with the development of a new version of a censored Search product for China, codenamed “Dragonfly.” But Dragonfly was only one of several developments that concerned those of us who still believed in the mantra of “Don’t be evil.” I was also concerned that Cloud executives were actively pursuing deals with the Saudi government, given its horrible record of human rights abuses.

Our collective privacy problem is not your fault

Our collective privacy problem is not your fault

Yet even as it demonstrates location tracking’s invasiveness and describes shady corporate practices in appropriately critical terms, the first piece of the series often frames the problem of pervasive privacy violations as failures of individual foresight.

Worker fired for declining a face scan awarded $23,200

Worker fired for declining a face scan awarded $23,200

Fensom worked for construction company KME Services for eight months as a lead electrician during the construction of Christchurch's new hospital before he was fired on October 30, 2018, the Employment Relations Authority said in its determination.

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia's government to get more control over online life Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.It blocks access to many foreign internet services, which in turn has helped several domestic tech giants establish themselves.

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Barr DOJ Argues TSA Screeners Can Never Be Sued for Checkpoint Abuse

Barr DOJ Argues TSA Screeners Can Never Be Sued for Checkpoint Abuse

But earlier this week, in the case of grandmother Rhonda Mengert who was strip searched by TSA without suspicion and in blatant violation of TSA policy, the TSA added it all up and argued that because of all of these immunities, there actually doesn’t need to be a way to sue screeners for checkpoint abuse, no matter how egregious, at all.

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.

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency

Fields said he was guided by “common sense” in the two cases he has searched consumer DNA — the July hunt for a serial rapist, and a 2018 arrest of a man for the unsolved murder of a college co-ed.

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists | Caroline McCarthy | TEDxBoulder

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists | Caroline McCarthy | TEDxBoulder

In this talk former technology journalist and longtime media executive Caroline McCarthy offers a basic overview of what makes tech policy different from all the other political issues out there, and a framework for learning about it and getting involved with elected officials.

Facebook gave Tinder and other dating apps special access to user data

Facebook gave Tinder and other dating apps special access to user data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg flirted with the idea of getting into the online dating business in 2014 — but instead gave Tinder and similar apps access to user data, leaked documents show.

Eshoo & Lofgren Introduce the Online Privacy Act

Eshoo & Lofgren Introduce the Online Privacy Act

Eshoo (CA-18) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced the Online Privacy Act of 2019, H.R. 4978, sweeping legislation that creates user rights, places obligations on companies to protect users’ data, establishes a new federal agency to enforce privacy protections, and strengthens enforcement of privacy law violations.

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tore into those arguments with the series of tweets announcing his company's policy change.Zuckerberg said Facebook believes "transparency" around political advertising is preferable to a ban on the ads.

UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system

UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system

Plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography have been abandoned by the government after years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners.

DOJ doesn't go far enough to limit searches of consumer DNA services

DOJ doesn't go far enough to limit searches of consumer DNA services

By requiring law enforcement officers to identify themselves prior to searching consumer genetic databases, it limits the problematic practice of officers posing as civilian users while uploading crime scene DNA.

New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases

New federal rules limit police searches of family tree DNA databases

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released new rules yesterday governing when police can use genetic genealogy to track down suspects in serious crimes—the first-ever policy covering how these databases, popular among amateur genealogists, should be used in law enforcement attempts to balance public safety and privacy concerns.

Farmer’s bid to have land designated official offline black spot

Farmer’s bid to have land designated official offline black spot

The Shepherd’s Hut at Creeside Farm does not have Wi-Fi Credit: Paul Chappells/PA Sarah Redman, of Creeside Farm, said that people who stay at their off-grid Shepherd’s Hut enjoy getting away from their phones and having a “digital detox”.The Shepherd’s Hut at Creeside Farm also features in what is said to be the first “off-grid” map of the UK which pinpoints many of the best locations where people can switch off from emails and social media.

This Site Uses AI to Find Issues in Privacy Policies

This Site Uses AI to Find Issues in Privacy Policies

Guard is a site that uses AI to read epically long privacy policies and then highlight any aspects of them that might be problematic.For now, you’re limited to seeing ratings for only services Guard has decided to analyze, which includes most of the major apps out there like youTube, Reddit, Spotify, and Instagram.

ProtonMail's Updated Transparency Report Changes Nothing

ProtonMail's Updated Transparency Report Changes Nothing

ProtonMail, “the world’s largest secure email provider,” recently updated their transparency report to include some of the latest requests for information from law enforcement across the world.

Spanish Supreme Court deems electric-use info to be personal data

Spanish Supreme Court deems electric-use info to be personal data

The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court ruled information gathered via an individual's use of electricity constitutes personal data, Confidencial Judicial reports.Related Stories.FTC reaches $30M settlement with company over deceptive use of lead generators.

How NYPD’s facial recognition software ID’ed subway rice cooker kook

How NYPD’s facial recognition software ID’ed subway rice cooker kook

NYPD detectives identified the mystery man who sparked terror by leaving a pair of rice cookers in a subway long before their bomb-squad counterparts even realized the devices were harmless — thanks to controversial face-scanning technology.

Apple to Advertisers: Follow Safari Web-Tracking Rules or Else

Apple to Advertisers: Follow Safari Web-Tracking Rules or Else

Two years ago, Apple took a harder line against web trackers by adding a privacy capability in Safari designed to prevent "cross-site" tracking, which is used across the ad industry to learn what sites your computer is visiting.

Apple: break Safari's anti-tracking rules and we'll treat you like malware

Apple: break Safari's anti-tracking rules and we'll treat you like malware

Apple on Wednesday published a policy governing how its Safari browser will block advertisers and websites from tracking you online -- and it's got strong words for anyone who tries to thwart its approach.

Airline defends recording customers by CCTV onboard its planes

Airline defends recording customers by CCTV onboard its planes

Cathay Pacific has updated its privacy policy to say it will collect and process information such as “use of our inflight entertainment system and inflight connectivity” and “images captured via CCTV in our airport lounges and aircraft”.

Cathay Pacific: Our Seatback Screens Are Definitely Recording You

Cathay Pacific: Our Seatback Screens Are Definitely Recording You

According to a new report from Forbes, the Hong Kong flag carrier has amended its official personal data collection policy to allow the airline to compile a database with detailed information on passengers’ use of in-flight entertainment systems (IFE) – including, but not limited to, images recorded by seatback cameras, customers’ activities at airport terminals and even data obtained about membership activity in competing hotel and airline loyalty programs.