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.
A number of technology companies have come together to create the Global Privacy Control (GPC), a new standard to help ensure consumers can feel safe about how their personal data is used on participating websites.
That practice violates an Illinois state law that bans companies from collecting people's biometric data — like a facial recognition scan — without their knowledge or consent, the lawsuit alleges.
LinkedIn plans to stop its app from repeatedly copying the contents of an iOS device’s clipboard, after a user highlighted the seemingly privacy-invasive practice earlier this week.
The privacy feature in iOS 14, which is still in a limited beta for developers, has revealed several apps engaging in clipboard copying in recent weeks.
Discussion Questions: Since some entities (like corporations) do treat personal data as a commodity, for now, should we still demand that individuals be given a way to share in the distribution of the material benefits from the use/selling of such data?
Again, you can’t expect every consumer to be deeply invested in the issue, and as mentioned before, it’s not even easy to find out what exactly is being tracked in the first place so it’s not all that clear what you’re consenting to.
A dental practice has been fined $10,000 by the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights for violating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules by disclosing patients’ protected health information (PHI) on Yelp when responding to patient reviews.
For additional safety, apart from yellow-dot technology, Xerox introduced another feature at the same time that made color copiers to shut down if they spotted steganography in documents hinting they were the currency.
The issue of technology-company workers listening and transcribing audio recordings made via smart speakers and virtual assistant apps came to the fore in April, when the Bloomberg news agency reported Amazon, Google and Apple were all involved in the practice.
And so the new OS releases from Google and Apple include settings that let users “control when you share your device’s precise location with apps like Facebook,” Paul McDonald, Facebook’s platforms location engineering director explained.
The Irish regulator, which takes the lead in overseeing Facebook in Europe, said it’s already looking at similar data processing by Google, Apple and Microsoft.
Another ESA-esque Journalist Data Leak Is Just Waiting to Happen. Many journalists who sign up for events aren’t aware of this piece of information that private data is shared with a ton of exhibitors.
According to The New York Times, selling location data generates billions of dollars per year for telecommunication firms and mobile app companies. It's not guaranteed to pass, but the New York City bill could be the first in a trend of cities establishing their own location data rules.
The data: To approach this problem, a team at Google AI turned to an unexpected data set: thousands of YouTube videos of people performing the Mannequin Challenge. The method: The researchers converted 2,000 of the videos into 2D images with high-resolution depth data and used them to train a neural network.
LONDON — Germany’s top antitrust enforcer, Andreas Mundt, recently asked a room full of lawyers, academics and regulators to imagine a wall filled with their personal information collected by Facebook and Google.
Smartphones have powerful CPUs and fast network connections, except that you aren't actually allowed to use these resources in any meaningful sense, because doing so consumes battery power, and people don't want the precious battery life of their phones drained unnecessarily.
NEW YORK – A judge ruled today in a putative class action lawsuit filed by The Bronx Defenders and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP that the plain language of New York law prohibits the NYPD from using sealed arrest information in its possession for law enforcement purposes without first obtaining court permission.
SEATTLE — The national hotel chain Motel 6 has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the state of Washington for providing the names of hotel guests to immigration officials for two years.
On Tuesday, NBC published a story with a gripping headline: “Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent.” I linked to it in our last Algorithm issue, but it’s worth a revisit today.
(AP) — Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash.
As with the previous exposé, Privacy International shows that simply pulling yourself off Facebook doesn’t necessarily mean Facebook isn’t getting data related to your habits.
NEW YORK (AP) — Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook without users' consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
All Tech Considered 3 Things You Should Know About Europe's Sweeping New Data Privacy Law The Federal Cartel Office says Facebook's subsidiaries such as WhatsApp and Instagram can continue to collect data, but the information cannot be merged with Facebook users' profiles unless they have given their voluntary consent.
Ignite is marketed as a “revolutionary portfolio of premier data and advanced analytics solutions.” Equifax claims that the product aims to offer companies specialised data, so they can “pinpoint specific risk groups, target audiences and more.” Under all of this lingo lies a striking reality: the personal data of millions of people outside of the European Union might be on the databases Equifax is selling to its customers, many of them without any legal safeguards in regard to its use.
Researchers at Oxford university analysed approximately a third of the apps available in Google’s Play Store in 2017 and found that the median app could transfer data to 10 third parties, with one in five apps able to share data with more than 20.
Do you know that all your activities in the Internet are traced and recorded? Whether you use search engines, read emails or communicate in social media, all your activities are always in full view. We dream of a free world with safe Internet.
Last week Gizmodo reported on its own experiments confirming the findings of a new academic study regarding Facebook’s “shadow profiles” including the company’s practice of associating contact information with user accounts that was not willingly provided by those users, but rather obtained from the address books of other users.