Victim of Facebook Data Breach Shares Viral Video of FB 'Following' Him 'All Over' Internet

Victim of Facebook Data Breach Shares Viral Video of FB 'Following' Him 'All Over' Internet

Businesses and organizations share this information with Facebook to "personalize user experience" by showing relevant ads, introducing users to new products, services and events, according to Facebook's website.

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

Q Link Wireless, a provider of low-cost mobile phone and data services to 2 million US-based customers, has been making sensitive account data available to anyone who knows a valid phone number on the carrier’s network, an analysis of the company’s account management app shows.

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

Dual-use digital surveillance technologies finally get regulated – a little

“Out of Control: Failing EU Laws for Digital Surveillance Export”, noted that “The current European Union export regulation framework fails to protect human rights.” The document provides a good introduction to the region’s digital surveillance exports, and how these tools are already being abused, notably by the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang.

UK to depart from GDPR

UK to depart from GDPR

In a Financial Times article last week, culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he would use the appointment of a new information commissioner to focus not just on privacy but on the use of data for ‘economic and social goals’.

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google

Brave Browser, the secure and private browser launched by Brendan Eich in 2018, has recently announced the acquisition of Tailcat and the release of their Google Search alternative: Brave Search.Brendan Eich emphasizes that Brave Search (and the Browser behind it) will not treat its users or its users’ data the way that Google does.

Apple’s new Find My feature could let you know if you’re the one being tracked

Apple’s new Find My feature could let you know if you’re the one being tracked

If you turn off the setting off, the system will warn you that unknown devices can see your location without you being notified, Apple blogger Benjamin Mayo shared on Twitter.

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

“The only way to counter Big Tech with its bad habit of collecting personal data is to develop a robust, independent, and privacy-preserving search engine that delivers the quality users have come to expect.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Robin Wilton from Internet Society

Privacy Talks | Interview with Robin Wilton from Internet Society

[] – Without getting too technical, why is quantum computing a threat to encryption and how worried should we be?What are some other resources that you’d suggest for those looking to learn more about quantum computing?

Facebook Just Admitted It Has Lost the Battle With Apple Over Privacy

Facebook Just Admitted It Has Lost the Battle With Apple Over Privacy

The company released a pair of ads in three of the most widely-circulated newspapers in the country, accusing Apple of attacking small businesses and the open internet.

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

WhatsApp users who don't agree to the new terms and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will have their accounts deleted eventually.WhatsApp users who don't agree to the new terms and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will have their accounts deleted eventually.

Social network Gab is down as its Twitter account disappears

Social network Gab is down as its Twitter account disappears

Screenshot by CNET Gab, a social media platform popular with right-wing users, stopped working Friday evening, with its website serving up an error message.A Gab Twitter account disappeared from the short-message service.

New browser-tracking hack works even when you flush caches or go incognito

New browser-tracking hack works even when you flush caches or go incognito

Researchers from the University of Illinois, Chicago said in a new paper that most browsers cache the images in a location that’s separate from the ones used to store site data, browsing history, and cookies.

40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

A coalition of more than 40 advocacy groups is calling on President Joe Biden to take executive action imposing a moratorium on U.S. government use of facial recognition and other biometric technology, block state and local governments from using federal funds for such tools, and support related legislation introduced in Congress last year.

Security experts Can Now Break Encryption that Protects People’s Data Using Quantum Computing

Security experts Can Now Break Encryption that Protects People’s Data Using Quantum Computing

Using the "quantum annealing" method, the company said its research found that even the strongest versions of the advanced encryption standard may be decodable by quantum computers that could be available a few years from now.

2020: Palantir Posts $1.1B Revenue, $1.17B Loss

2020: Palantir Posts $1.1B Revenue, $1.17B Loss

The data mining and analytics company Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) has posted its first annual earnings as a public company for the year 2020, reporting $1.1 billion in revenue and a net loss of $1.17 billion.

Computer-stored encryption keys are not safe from side-channel attacks

Computer-stored encryption keys are not safe from side-channel attacks

In the paper Stealing Keys from PCs using a Radio: Cheap Electromagnetic Attacks on Windowed Exponentiation (PDF), the researchers explain how they determine decryption keys for mathematically-secure cryptographic schemes by capturing information about secret values inside the computation taking place in the computer.

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Instead of trading at 39 exchanges around the world, as he had claimed, Qin spent investor money on personal expenses and to invest in other undisclosed high-risk investments, including initial coin offerings, prosecutors said.

Google apps feel strain as firm's privacy standoff with Apple drags on

Google apps feel strain as firm's privacy standoff with Apple drags on

Since early December, Apple has required any iOS app to include a privacy “nutrition label”, listing all the ways the app uses personal data.Of those three, just one – Google Translate – has a privacy label, which lists 25 ways personal data may be used.

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Called App Tracking Transparency, the new opt-in requirement will mark a significant shift in how mobile app developers are able to collect data on iPhone owners and share that data with other firms to aid in advertising.

TikTok tracks you even if you never made an account

TikTok tracks you even if you never made an account

VICE reporter Riccardo Coluccini – who has used the app but had never made a TikTok account before in his life – sent a GDPR request to TikTok to find out what information the social media giant had gathered on him.

Opinion  -  With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click 'Agree'? - The New York Times

Opinion - With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click 'Agree'? - The New York Times

Ever since a 1996 ruling upholding this notion, companies have tested the limits of so-called shrink-wrap agreements through increasingly creative means, like hiding terms of service behind layers of hyperlinks, burying them in small print, forcing users to agree before they can get access to a previously downloaded app or making the terms binding when a customer simply opens a webpage.

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

QQ Messenger, a popular Chinese instant messaging app by Tencent, was caught scraping web browser history with their desktop client.

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Machine learning algorithms on these social media platforms are doing two tasks: displaying advertisements based on the user’s behavior and saving the user’s time by automatically doing what the user expects to do.

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has admitted a Reporters Without Borders (RWB) complaint claiming that people are not properly protected against groundless and unjustified mass surveillance by Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND.

Ubiquiti tells customers to change passwords after security breach

Ubiquiti tells customers to change passwords after security breach

Image: Ubiquiti Networks Networking equipment and IoT device vendor Ubiquiti Networks has sent out today notification emails to its customers informing them of a recent security breach.According to Ubiquiti, the intruder accessed servers that stored data on users, such as names, email addresses, and salted and hashed passwords.

We need more than deplatforming

We need more than deplatforming

Commit to meaningful transparency of platform algorithms so we know how and what content is being amplified, to whom, and the associated impact.These are actions the platforms can and should commit to today.

News Release: Airport Screening While Wearing Masks Test

News Release: Airport Screening While Wearing Masks Test

Early results, released today on the Biometric Rally website, indicate:Without masks, median system performance demonstrated a ~93% identification rate, with the best-performing system correctly identifying individuals ~100% of the time.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Charity GetSchooled Breaches 900k Children’s Details

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Charity GetSchooled Breaches 900k Children’s Details

This breach occurred when GetSchooled (), a charity founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with Viacom left a database open and accessible to anyone with a browser and internet connection.

The real cost of smart speakers

The real cost of smart speakers

Watch the video above to learn what we know and don’t know about how smart speakers use our data.And join the Open Sourced Reporting Network to help us report on the real consequences of data, privacy, algorithms, and AI.Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network.

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Do You Know Your Microsoft Productivity Score?

Whether Microsoft can hone a people-centered, scientific, analytical platform here—or whether it’s so much apophenia, finding patterns and meaning where there may be none—is mostly a matter of salesmanship.