Tim Hortons is being sued for tracking your GPS location even when the app was off

Tim Hortons is being sued for tracking your GPS location even when the app was off

Faced with the lawsuit and privacy investigation, the company has decided to stop tracking location data when the app isn’t on – though they are still maintaining that they only ever did so from customers that had given that express permission.

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

"[Recently], we discovered that in some instances apps continued to receive the data that people had previously authorized, even if it appeared they hadn’t used the app in the last 90 days," writes Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook's vice president of platform partnerships, in the blog post.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

Earlier this month, the CEO of domain registrar Namecheap Richard Kirkendall warned “Facebook is fighting for the blanket right to access your information,” and detailed efforts behind the scenes at DNS overseer ICANN to force through Facebook’s interpretation of privacy laws to slurp data on domain holders.

Privacy watchdogs taking a look at Tim Hortons app's location tracking technology

Privacy watchdogs taking a look at Tim Hortons app's location tracking technology

A spokesperson for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of B.C. said in an email, “Our office is aware of the persistent location tracking in the Tim Hortons app as reported by media, and will be looking into the issue in more detail.

Feds comb Facebook to hunt down alleged rioters and looters

Feds comb Facebook to hunt down alleged rioters and looters

The DOJ has cited numerous social media posts and videos when building criminal cases against people for allegedly illegal activity that happened during or alongside recent protests against police brutality, a review of federal charging documents shows.

Slack Removed a Blog Post Showing How Police Use its Tech

Slack Removed a Blog Post Showing How Police Use its Tech

In response, Megan Anctil, a former Slack employee, tweeted, "is one of those actions going to include taking down the blog post about working with the police that I and other black employees diplomatically asked to have removed three years ago that’s still up?".

Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations

Time to embrace federated analytics – it’s no privacy panacea, but probably the closest we will get to one for many situations

It gets across well the idea of how sending data in a particular form allows it to be useful in aggregate, but immune to further interrogation about each separate source: Let’s say that Rakshita wants to know how often her friends Emily and Zheng have listened to a particular song.

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Using data collected by the app, Postma was able to follow the movements of users military and intelligence personnel, typically through check-ins at bars or breweries near their workplaces—and even at a secret CIA base.

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Google over allegations the company illegally tracked Android users’ location without their consent and even when the location tracking features had been manually disabled, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Facebook takes $5.7 billion stake in Indian internet giant Jio

Facebook takes $5.7 billion stake in Indian internet giant Jio

“One focus of our collaboration with Jio will be creating new ways for people and businesses to operate more effectively in the growing digital economy,” Fischer and Mohan write.

Going private and minimal, for our own good.

Going private and minimal, for our own good.

However, by doing this, we can cause a "virtual personality crisis" because for Twitter we are this awesome developer who just talks about tech and stuff, and for Google we are just some pervert who only want to watch naked women after 11 PM.

Google Is Helping Governments Create Mass Coronavirus Surveillance

Google Is Helping Governments Create Mass Coronavirus Surveillance

Palantir and others are providing the government help locating people through their phones, as well as facial-recognition tech that can assist in finding people who contacted individuals who later tested positive for coronavirus, TheWSJ noted, citing sources familiar with the matter.Tech experts warn about collecting geolocation data, according to a report Monday from The Washington Post.

Federal government in talks with tech groups to use phone location data to track coronavirus: report

Federal government in talks with tech groups to use phone location data to track coronavirus: report

The federal government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about ways to use smartphone location data to tackle the coronavirus, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

An investigation by The Washington Post, however, has revealed that Whisper left the information of nearly 900 million users exposed to anyone that wanted to view it, located in a database that wasn’t password protected and was accessible by the public.

Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich

Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich

Clearview was unknown to the general public until this January, when The New York Times reported that the secretive start-up had developed a breakthrough facial recognition system that was in use by hundreds of law enforcement agencies.

Target's Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

Target's Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

In particular, on its official national Facebook group, known as the Shipt Shopper Lounge, which has more than 100,000 members, Shipt moderators selected by the company frequently censor and remove posts, turn off comments sections, and ban workers who speak out about their working conditions, according to screenshots, interviews, and other documentation provided to Motherboard.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be ’shut down immediately‘ over privacy concerns

Amazon engineer calls for Ring to be ’shut down immediately‘ over privacy concerns

An Amazon software engineer named Max Eliaser said the home-security company Ring should be „shut down immediately.“ „The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation and there is no balance that can be struck,“ Eliaser said.

Rogue NYPD cops are using facial recognition app Clearview

Rogue NYPD cops are using facial recognition app Clearview

Clearview AI, which has scraped millions of photos from social media and other public sources for its facial recognition program — earning a cease-and-desist order from Twitter — has been pitching itself to law enforcement organizations across the country, including to the NYPD.

Washington Post Hacked into a Chevy Volt to Show How Much Cars Are Spying on Their Owners

Washington Post Hacked into a Chevy Volt to Show How Much Cars Are Spying on Their Owners

This was proven in a big way by Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler (pictured above), who dug into just how much information his test car, a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, is collecting.

Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people

Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people

The second potential danger is more troubling: in a world where the past haunts the present, young people may calcify their identities, perspectives, and political positions at an increasingly young age.

Mystic Man Charged With Reddit Threat To Murder African-Americans

Mystic Man Charged With Reddit Threat To Murder African-Americans

MYSTIC, CT —A 31-year-old Mystic man, Trevor Spring, was charged by state police after New York Police Department detectives were tipped to a threatening post he made on Reddit to kill African-Americans in Harlem.

Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple has released a detailed explanation of the privacy invading location seeking behavior observed on the iPhone 11 Pro by security researcher Brian Krebs.However, it isn’t yet approved for use in all countries and locations so the iPhone 11 Pro’s Ultra Wideband technology includes a phone home to check.

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

"Anything that arrives at the border is subject to being searched - that means anything," postmaster Kathleen Case told the BBC.Some days every item of mail - which are placed in a bonded truck in Canada and then sent about 80km (50 miles) through Maine and over the international Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - is inspected.

ThreatList: Healthcare Breaches Spike in October

ThreatList: Healthcare Breaches Spike in October

There was also a breach at Texas Health Resources thanks to a mailing error, which involved a total of 82,577 records.In all, October saw healthcare organizations and business associates in 24 states report data breaches (Texas’ 15 accounting for most of them).

Taylor Swift provoked fans to go after her rivals and now they’re being doxxed

Taylor Swift provoked fans to go after her rivals and now they’re being doxxed

So fans promptly began doxxing the pair, publishing what appear to be Braun and Borchetta’s private contact information — including phone numbers and a physical home address — on Twitter.

Microsoft says it will follow California's digital privacy law in U.S.

Microsoft says it will follow California's digital privacy law in U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said in a blog post on Monday that it would honor California’s privacy law throughout the United States, expanding the impact of a strict set of rules meant to protect consumers and their data.

A Teen’s Guide To Privacy

A Teen’s Guide To Privacy

And if you’re concerned about what adults will think or say when they read your posts, consider making a “burner” or alternate account with stricter privacy settings for your most sensitive posts — or anything you fear could be taken out of context.

Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

What's worse is that if you received one of these notifications through email/post and accidentally happen to ignore it, you are almost certainly in for this fine with a limited ability to appeal:.Considering the apathy and ignorance about internet freedom by the average American, the fear is that most people simply won't do that.

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

Colleges and universities are tracking potential applicants when they visit their websites, including how much time they spend on financial aid pages

At least 44 US colleges and universities have hired private consulting firms to help them track applicants who visit their websites, Douglas MacMillan and Nick Anderson at The Washington Post recently reported.