Happiness and the "default user"

Happiness and the "default user"

I propose the following question: Is it becoming increasingly difficult to achieve "happiness", in a society where all your habits, search queries, shopping trends, financial state, emotional state, contacts and so on are actively collected and processed for the simple goal of using it against you.

Toll attacker made off with past and present employee data and commercial agreements

Toll attacker made off with past and present employee data and commercial agreements

This server contains information relating to some past and present Toll employees, and details of commercial agreements with some of our current and former enterprise customers," the company said on Tuesday.

Health minister now unsure if source code for COVID contact tracing app is safe to release

Health minister now unsure if source code for COVID contact tracing app is safe to release

Health minister Greg Hunt has put a question mark over whether a promise to release all source code for the federal government’s forthcoming COVID-19 contact tracing app is actually possible due to security concerns.

Snowden Warns Governments Are Using Coronavirus to Build 'the Architecture of Oppression'

Snowden Warns Governments Are Using Coronavirus to Build 'the Architecture of Oppression'

“Every academic, every researcher who's looked at this knew this was coming,” says famed whistleblower Edward Snowden in an exclusive interview with VICE co-founder Shane Smith.

Facebook Is More Concerned With the Appearance of Privacy, According to Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Is More Concerned With the Appearance of Privacy, According to Mark Zuckerberg

One of the more interesting insights that comes from Mark Zuckerberg's lost journal pages, as reported by Wired's Steven Levy, is that even early on, the Facebook founder clearly wanted people to feel like they are having a private experience.

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

The EARN IT Act puts that question front and center by giving the attorney general the ultimate say in setting the “best practices” that will give Section 230 immunity for child exploitation suits.

‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses

‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses

Then, a Google recruiter came to campus and, Ms. Stapleton said, she “won ‘American Idol.’” The company flew her out to Mountain View, Calif., which felt to her “like the promised land” — 15 cafeterias, beach volleyball courts, Zumba classes, haircuts and laundry on-site.

How to Revert Your Windows 10 Account to a Local One (After the Windows Store Hijacks It)

How to Revert Your Windows 10 Account to a Local One (After the Windows Store Hijacks It)

Not only is this an annoyance but if you end up in some comedy-of-errors situation where someone who isn’t you logs into the Windows Store then it converts your local user account to a Microsoft account with their login credentials.

Edward Snowden says 'the most powerful institutions in society have become the least accountable'

Edward Snowden says 'the most powerful institutions in society have become the least accountable'

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden speaks via video link at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal on November 4, 2019.

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.

Govt. Sold Your Driving License Data To Private Companies & Earned Rs 65 Cr

Govt. Sold Your Driving License Data To Private Companies & Earned Rs 65 Cr

of India has not only sold your private data related with driving license and vehicle, but also earned a substantial amount of money. 1 Govt Of India: We Sold Your Driving License Data To Pvt. Firms2 From Where This Data Came From?3 Why Was This Data Sold?4 Is There Any User Consent Here?

Most popular types of cyber attacks against individual users, part II

Most popular types of cyber attacks against individual users, part II

Furthermore, good anti-viruses have online protection and will alert you if a web page or an email attachment is trying to infect your system.

Chrome “clear cookies on exit” feature does not work

Chrome “clear cookies on exit” feature does not work

If - like me - you don't mind having the Chrome bookmarks bar always visible, it gives you instant access to manually clear cookies by site.

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

It’s clear after this hearing that companies who deliberately over-collect data and sidestep user privacy are making a business choice, and they could choose to operate differently. Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley asked DeVries whether users can fully turn off all Google’s location tracking services on their Android phones.

The Ground We Play On…

The Ground We Play On…

Sylo started its journey half a decade ago, with one dream — giving people the freedom they deserve while communicating online. Over the years Sylo has kept working on improving its technology-mix in the pursuit of providing better solutions that are free from any conditions.

Location Data Mishandling — A Reading List – FOAM

Location Data Mishandling — A Reading List – FOAM

— Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location tech The methods described in three Facebook patent applications use your historical location data - and others' - to…www.buzzfeednews.com So far these two reports have been about downstream data mishandling — what happens several steps after the origin protocols capture and digest location data before selling it off to third parties.

Data Privacy Week: Confronting the Corporate Gaze

Data Privacy Week: Confronting the Corporate Gaze

The Privacy International Network is working to expose companies that fail to protect their customers’ data, analysing their terms of service and practices, exploring how users perceive social media platforms, and studying how these platforms are being leveraged for intelligence purposes. They researched the existing legal framework on telecommunications and privacy to explore how companies were protecting their customers’ data.

Taking the smarts out of smart TVs would make them more expensive

Taking the smarts out of smart TVs would make them more expensive

(Hint: remotes aren’t going away, but voice control and devices like the Google Home Hub are a big part of the future.) And we definitely talked about the pervasive ad tracking that all smart TVs do — especially after I noticed the new Vizio P-Series in my parents’ house seems to ping the network an awful lot .

Zuck’s 2019 Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is Good

Zuck’s 2019 Challenge Is to Explain Why Facebook Is Good

Yesterday, he announced his challenge for the coming year : My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society — the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties.

Cybersecurity and human rights

Cybersecurity and human rights

In addition, should the drafted bill pass, INCD will have access to computers and the authority to collect and process information, all in the name of identifying cybersecurity infiltrators.

The Cost of Living in Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet Empire

The Cost of Living in Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet Empire

(Oprah might not be famous as a tech analyst, but she knows a thing or two about getting people to share their personal data.) Facebook has long since shown itself to be a conspiracy of moral ghouls harvesting human intimacy for ad dollars; as sickening as it is to imagine Netflix browsing your private messages, these new disclosures don’t change your basic understanding of the operation any more than, say, a snowstorm changes your understanding of December.

Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.

Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.

They sure are convenient, but Amazon warehouse workers in Europe protested the company during Black Friday, describing their working conditions as inhuman. If that didn’t convince you, maybe the security breach exposing the data of 30 million Facebook accounts did.

Congressman wants to know if he's being tracked by Google via his phone

Congressman wants to know if he's being tracked by Google via his phone

But by using an iPhone, instead of a Google Android phone, as an example, Poe left himself open to Pichai dodging the question. Google uses GPS, Wi-Fi and cell tower data to track a person's location.

Quora Data Breach Affects 100 Million Users

Quora Data Breach Affects 100 Million Users

On December 3rd, 2018, the infamous Question and Answer site, Quora announced that the private messages and account information from around 100 million users was exposed by a “malicious third party.” The breach was first discovered by Quora on Friday, according to chief executive, Adam D’Angelo, and an investigation is still underway.

What is Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication?

What is Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication?

The second factor could be the access to your phone, your fingerprint, facial recognition, or a secret question. When a hacker tries to break into your account, they will also need access to the authenticator app on your phone.

EPIC Files Suit to Block Census Citizenship Question

EPIC Files Suit to Block Census Citizenship Question

Earlier this year, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was shut down after EPIC filed a lawsuit to block the collection of state voter data, and challenging the Commission's failure to complete a privacy impact assessment.

Confidentiality Of Responses To U.S. Census May Come Up For 'Renewed Debate'

Confidentiality Of Responses To U.S. Census May Come Up For 'Renewed Debate'

The confidentiality of census information came up after Rep. Jimmy Gomez — a Democrat from California who serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — asked a follow-up question after the acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, John Gore, appeared at a congressional hearing in May. Gomez requested a written response on whether there are any laws that could compel the Census Bureau "to disclose confidential census data for law enforcement or national security purposes."

The Facebook Dilemma

The Facebook Dilemma

On Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, FRONTLINE presents The Facebook Dilemma. With dozens of original interviews and rare footage, The Facebook Dilemma examines the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

Tim Cook: Personal data collection is being 'weaponized against us with military efficiency'

And those of us who believe in technology's potential for good must not shrink from this moment," Cook said. They may say to you, "Our companies will never achieve technology's true potential if they are constrained with privacy regulation." But this notion isn't just wrong, it is destructive.

Google dodges questions about China during Senate privacy hearing

Google dodges questions about China during Senate privacy hearing

Google's chief privacy officer Keith Enright dodged multiple questions about the company's plans to launch a censored search app in China during a senate hearing on data privacy on Wednesday.