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.

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

Global Privacy Control Launched to Offer Users Greater Internet Trust

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.

Instagram could face up up to $500 billion in fines in class-action lawsuit alleging it illegally harvested biometric data

Instagram could face up up to $500 billion in fines in class-action lawsuit alleging it illegally harvested biometric data

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 says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

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.

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

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.

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

The LinkedIn controversy comes a week after TikTok, one of the most popular apps in the world, said it would stop snooping on user clipboards after iOS 14 revealed that it was doing just that.

Do You Own Your Data?

Do You Own Your Data?

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?

Why GoatCounter ignores Do Not Track

Why GoatCounter ignores Do Not Track

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.

Dental Practice Gets $10,000 HIPAA Penalty for PHI Disclosures on Social Media

Dental Practice Gets $10,000 HIPAA Penalty for PHI Disclosures on Social Media

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.

Your Computer Printer Has Been Silently Tracking You For Ages

Your Computer Printer Has Been Silently Tracking You For Ages

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.

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

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.

Facebook Warns Apple iOS 13 And Android 10 Users About Real-Time Location Tracking

Facebook Warns Apple iOS 13 And Android 10 Users About Real-Time Location Tracking

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.

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

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

Another ESA-esque Journalist Data Leak Is Just Waiting to Happen

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.

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal

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.

If you did the Mannequin Challenge, you are now advancing robotics research

If you did the Mannequin Challenge, you are now advancing robotics research

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.

Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

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.

Why I don't like smartphones

Why I don't like smartphones

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.

Court Finds NYPD Can’t Use Sealed Arrest Information Without Obtaining Court Order

Court Finds NYPD Can’t Use Sealed Arrest Information Without Obtaining Court Order

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.

Motel 6 to pay $12M to settle lawsuit over guest privacy

Motel 6 to pay $12M to settle lawsuit over guest privacy

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.

IBM’s photo-scraping scandal shows what a weird bubble AI researchers live in

IBM’s photo-scraping scandal shows what a weird bubble AI researchers live in

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.

Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

(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.

Yelp, Duolingo, other apps send personal data to Facebook without consent

Yelp, Duolingo, other apps send personal data to Facebook without consent

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.

What is Location Data … and Why Should You Care? | Data & Me

What is Location Data … and Why Should You Care? | Data & Me

We recently sat down with Gil Elbaz, CEO and Founder of Factual, a location data company powering innovation in product development, mobile marketing and real-world analytics.

Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data

Report: Apps give Facebook sensitive health and other data

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.

Facebook Can't Gather Users' Data From Other Websites, German Antitrust Office Says

Facebook Can't Gather Users' Data From Other Websites, German Antitrust Office Says

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.

We Need to Fix the ‘Data Wild West’

We Need to Fix the ‘Data Wild West’

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.

How smartphone apps track users and share data

How smartphone apps track users and share data

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.

Sphere

Sphere

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.

What Facebook's Address Book Mining Tells Us About Our Privacy

What Facebook's Address Book Mining Tells Us About Our Privacy

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.