Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google, one of the most repeated lines you’ve used to fend off antitrust inquiries is to say search competition is “only one click away.” The recent House Antitrust Subcommittee report notes that “in an internal presentation about [Microsoft] Internet Explorer’s default search selection, Google recommended that users be given an initial opportunity to select a search engine and that browsers minimize the steps required to change the default search provider.” Finally, something we can agree on!

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Once that clear purpose is defined, it’s helpful to think about how information can be governed in a way that balances both the benefits and the risks.

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has beaten out competitor DuckDuckGo and will now be offered as an option for Android users during setup in select European countries, according to the results of Google’s most recent default search engine auction.

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

In a court filing in Dublin, Facebook said that a decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) would force the company to pull up stakes and leave the 410 million people who use Facebook and photo-sharing service Instagram in the lurch.

Transatlantic privacy is over

Transatlantic privacy is over

The Safe Harbor Privacy Principles issued by the US Department of Commerce in July 2000 was the first framework for regulating transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the European Union and the United States.

ThreatSpike Blog: Zoom still don't understand GDPR

ThreatSpike Blog: Zoom still don't understand GDPR

During the last month, Threatspike EDR detected the widely used Zoom Windows client accessing the Google Chrome cookie file during the uninstall process.The file is seen accessing the user's Chrome Cookies file and reading parts of the file that do not contain Zoom related information.

United States Postal Service (USPS) Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System

United States Postal Service (USPS) Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has reportedly filed a patent for a blockchain-based mail-in voting system.Following President Donald Trump’s conclusion that mail-in voting would represent ballots all over the place and fraudulent ballots would be named after dogs and dead people, the patent that was filed back in February 2020 was made public on Thursday 13th August.

Attorney General Becerra Announces Approval of Final Regulations Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

Attorney General Becerra Announces Approval of Final Regulations Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced approval by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) of final regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).Proposed final regulations were submitted to the OAL by Attorney General Becerra on June 1, 2020.

GitHub - google/differential-privacy: Google's differential privacy library.

GitHub - google/differential-privacy: Google's differential privacy library.

In order to run the differential private library, you need to install Bazel, if you don't have it already.Once you've installed Bazel and Git, open a Terminal and clone the differential privacy directory into a local folder:.

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India needs a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization and privacy of information collected online, an expert committee appointed by the government has recommended.

Brazilian General Data Protection Law – Overview and Implications

Brazilian General Data Protection Law – Overview and Implications

Here are some key highlights about LGPD: General principles: The main principles that all private and public entities must take into account when processing personal data are purpose, adequacy, free access, data quality, security, prevention of damage, accountability, transparency, need limitation, and non-discrimination.

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.

Signal >> Blog >> Your next upgrade deserves an upgrade

Signal >> Blog >> Your next upgrade deserves an upgrade

Signal iOS now includes a new feature that makes it possible to switch to a brand-new iPhone or iPad while securely transferring Signal information from your existing iOS device.Look for the migration prompt on your existing device, and confirm whether or not you want to initiate the transfer process.

Delete the data you didn’t know the Internet has on you

Delete the data you didn’t know the Internet has on you

Around the world, our digital footprint – that is, the amount of data we’re sharing online with companies and service providers – increased between March and May 1 “by an average of 55 percent in the six countries we measured,” Ringel explains.

Is The Australian Government’s App COVIDSAFE, Safe for Me? This Person Says Most Likely.

Is The Australian Government’s App COVIDSAFE, Safe for Me? This Person Says Most Likely.

TL;DR — After a review of the application permissions, sign up form, and as well a PCAP Dump of the entire process and a review of the architecture.So for those not aware, during the sign-up process of COVIDSAFE you are asked a few questions.

Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Google has made significant progress toward developing its own processor to power future versions of its Pixel smartphone as soon as next year — and eventually Chromebooks as well, Axios has learned.However, the Google-designed chips aren't expected to be ready to power Pixel phones until next year.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

In a memorandum [PDF] first spotted by The Guardian, the British government is asking that five more public authorities be added to the list of bodies that can access data scooped up under the nation's mass-surveillance laws: the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Environment Agency, the Insolvency Service, the UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UKNACE), and the Pensions Regulator.

None of seven proposed corona apps meets privacy criteria, says legal advisor

None of seven proposed corona apps meets privacy criteria, says legal advisor

Veldhuis was asked to assess the seven contenders against a number of criteria including anonymity, accuracy, transparency and whether the app would be deleted once it was no longer required.

Turkey Launches 'China-Style' Coronavirus Tracker

Turkey Launches 'China-Style' Coronavirus Tracker

(1) The controllers are obliged to take all necessary technical and administrative measures to provide a sufficient level of security in order to: a) prevent unlawful processing of personal data,.

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz issued interim findings of an ongoing review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications beyond the Page application.

Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR

Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR

Google has been accused of breaching one of the General Data Protection Regulation's (GDPR) principles surrounding consent that requires companies to provide a specific purpose for collecting and processing user personal data.

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

With all the potential for penalties, a question lingers: How much do the latest data privacy regulations limit customer journey data that powers personalized online experiences?This is another challenge for personalizing experiences online, as tools like cookies help companies optimize their marketing spend and deliver customers more relevant marketing messages.

ACLU Sues to End ICE’s Rigged Algorithm for Detaining Immigrants

ACLU Sues to End ICE’s Rigged Algorithm for Detaining Immigrants

The risk assessment algorithm is supposed to provide a recommendation to ICE officers who are then meant to make the final decision, but the agency’s New York Field Office diverged from the algorithm’s ruling less than 1 percent of the time since 2017.

Everything you need to know about the “Right to be forgotten”

Everything you need to know about the “Right to be forgotten”

Of course, given competing interests and the hyper-connected nature of the Internet, the right to be forgotten is much more complicated than an individual simply requesting that an organization erase their personal data.

Clearview AI says to opt-out of their facial recognition database, send them a government-issued photo ID

Clearview AI says to opt-out of their facial recognition database, send them a government-issued photo ID

Obviously, we're not recommending for anyone to do this, but rather we're pointing out how preposterous it is that they'll only delete the data they have on you if you send them more data, including your government-issued ID.

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

The commission is also investigating the GDPR compliance of dating app Tinder after concerns sparked about issues surrounding its “ongoing processing of users’ personal data”.We are fully cooperating with the Data Protection Commission, and will continue to abide by GDPR and all applicable laws”, Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, said.

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data.

Police force to roll out '81% inaccurate' live facial recognition

Police force to roll out '81% inaccurate' live facial recognition

However, this claim has been described as misleading by an independent report into the force's use of the technology, commissioned by the Met itself and revealed by Sky News, which found the technology was actually 81% inaccurate .Ms Morley's figures do not account for false negatives, but also misrepresent the number of false positives compared to accurate positives.

Opinion | Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

Opinion | Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

The problem is that we are being identified without our knowledge or consent, and society needs rules about when that is permissible.Discrimination based on protected characteristics like race and gender is already illegal, but those rules are ineffectual against the current technologies of surveillance and control.

Scottish police debuts portable 'cyber kiosks' that lets officers scan smartphones and laptops

Scottish police debuts portable 'cyber kiosks' that lets officers scan smartphones and laptops

The current process for reviewing on-device data could last for several months as devices were retrieved at crime scenes and sent to special labs for further analysis, which would leave both suspects, victims, and witnesses subject to the same frustrating wait times.‘The introduction of cyber kiosks will enable us to quickly identify if a device contains material related to an investigation,’ a video from the Scotland Police explains.