Android 10: Google Confirms 193 Security Vulnerabilities Need Fixing

Android 10: Google Confirms 193 Security Vulnerabilities Need Fixing

It was also time to address a total of 193 Android security vulnerabilities that Google has confirmed need fixing with the Android 10 release.True to her word, a whole host of new security and privacy features are indeed included as part of the Android 10 release.

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

Fighting the illegal surveillance!

The mass surveillance conducted by European governments has on two occasions been struck down by the European Court of Justice.However Danish politicians and telco industry refuse to honor fundamental rights and continue to retain data illegally.You can download the current draft (in Danish) here (pdf).

Building a more private web

Building a more private web

So today, we are announcing a new initiative to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web.Starting with today’s announcements, we will work with the web community to develop new standards that advance privacy, while continuing to support free access to content.

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned.(Microsoft did not explicitly say humans may review audio recordings from its products in its privacy policy until after Motherboard's earlier reporting on Skype and Cortana).

The future of privacy is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed

The future of privacy is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed

The South China Morning Post has another example of this: a story about a Chinese AI startup working on “gait recognition”: Watrix says its software can identify a person from 50 metres away – even if they have covered their face or have their back to a camera – making it more than a match for Sherlock Holmes.

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.

We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix's 'The Great Hack' about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

We talked to the professor who fought Cambridge Analytica to get his data back in Netflix's 'The Great Hack' about why privacy rights in the US are lagging behind the rest of the world

It's been well over a year since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users to target advertising for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Chrome Extension turns out to be a watchdog on User’s actions: An expert says.

Chrome Extension turns out to be a watchdog on User’s actions: An expert says.

The experimentalist switched between Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to compare the experiences with cookies blocking and privacy policy.To the obvious outcome, Chrome proved to be sharing user information with third-party content developers in order to customize the ads and contents presented while surfing the web.

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.

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Three weeks ago, writing for The Guardian, Alex Hern reported: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

The research is important because it could help show whether a wearable brain-control device is feasible and because it is an early example of a giant tech company being involved in getting hold of data directly from people’s minds.

Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them

Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them

Following in the footsteps of other large corporations such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon; Microsoft silently updated its privacy statement admitting it has a group of people listening to users' conversations and interactions through its platform —and transcribing part of those dialogs:Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing .

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

The administration claimed in its letter to Congress—which was signed by outgoing National Intelligence chief Dan Coats—that the NSA has suspended the spying program, but Free Press Action government relations director Sandra Fulton said in a statement that this "should give little comfort to those whose privacy rights are routinely violated by authorities.".

Why DuckDuckGo isn’t as bad as some people make it seem.

Why DuckDuckGo isn’t as bad as some people make it seem.

According to DuckDuckGo’s privacy policy: DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information.So they use the tracking pixel data to improve their product.TL;DR: They collect anonymous data to measure engagement of specific events, to make it a more user friendly experience for everybody.

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.

Arsenic in the water of democracy: UK police, politicians and privacy activists clash over facial recognition deployments

Arsenic in the water of democracy: UK police, politicians and privacy activists clash over facial recognition deployments

We call on the Government to issue a moratorium on the current use of facial recognition technology and no further trials should take place until a legislative framework has been introduced and guidance on trial protocols, and an oversight and evaluation system, has been established.

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.

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Hundreds of contractors reportedly were hired to transcribe Messenger voice chats in order to test the accuracy of an AI algorithm — raising questions about what Facebook does with the data.

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

Microsoft has updated its privacy policy and other online pages to explicitly state that human employees or contractors may listen to recordings captured by the company's Cortana and Skype Translator products.

FBI and Facebook clash over new surveillance proposal

FBI and Facebook clash over new surveillance proposal

As per the new proposal, the FBI is asking third-party vendors to provide monitoring services, which might bring up possible conflicts with Facebook and other social media companies over privacy policies.

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

If you follow the funding strategies for technology companies and the darlings of Silicon Valley, you know the smartphone space is a tough nut to crack.The company exists to serve a core mission—for Purism, the security and privacy of its customers—above a profit motive.

How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

If OK Google or Google Assistant are active on your Android device but you are not using these tools, you may want to consider disabling those.Here is how you disable OK Google on your device:Open the Google application on the Android device.

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the violation of the privacy law was sufficient for Facebook users to sue the company.Six Flags, where the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously decided that consumers can sue companies that violate the state's biometric privacy law.

There is more than only black and white in information security and privacy

There is more than only black and white in information security and privacy

When it comes to information security and privacy, some people specialized in spreading black and white thinking.The new filter bubble, inflated by black and white thinking of like-minded people, is proclaimed as the only truth.

Netflix’s new documentary “The Not So Surprising Hack”

Netflix’s new documentary “The Not So Surprising Hack”

Earlier this month, Facebook got fined with 5 billion dollars.“The Great Hack” unfolds the true story of the data and privacy scandal in a narrative that is thrilling, but foremost frightening.Will they actually listen when, as mentioned in the documentary, data has surpassed oil in value?

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

Facebook loses facial recognition appeal, must face privacy class action

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent.

Opinion | What We’ve Learned From Our Privacy Project (So Far)

Opinion | What We’ve Learned From Our Privacy Project (So Far)

It’s unnervingly easy to violate the privacy of others — purposefully or inadvertently — using surveillance tools accessible to most everyone.

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

The increasing popularity of Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant has triggered concerns from politicians and privacy enforcers over how some companies handle recordings from users interacting with their voice assistants.

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

But many of these apps, said Hastings, send user or device data to third-party data analytics companies — often to monetize your information — without your explicit consent, instead burying the details in their privacy policies.

Group sex app leaks locations, pics and personal details. Identifies users in White House and Supreme Court

Group sex app leaks locations, pics and personal details. Identifies users in White House and Supreme Court

We’ve seen some pretty poor security in dating apps over recent years; breaches of personal data, leaking users locations and more.We contacted 3fun about this on 1st July and asked them to fix the security flaws, as personal data was exposed.

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