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