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.

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.

Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains Backdoor To Control Devices

Walmart Exclusive Wi-Fi Router Contains Backdoor To Control Devices

A Walmart exclusive Wi-Fi router, and others sold on Amazon & eBay contain hidden backdoors to control devices reports CyberNews.CyberNews researchers also discovered that ‘Wavlink’ branded routers, often sold on Amazon or eBay, contain similar backdoors (source).

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?

Technical know-how, whether in government or in the technology industry, cannot substitute for contextual understanding and lived experiences in determining whether it’s appropriate to apply AI systems in sensitive social domains.

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees

“I’m not sure if I’m missing something from this question,” Zuckerberg responded, in polite disbelief, “but I certainly haven’t seen any data that suggests that free food is anywhere near the list of primary reasons that people come to work at this company.

Seattle Judge Orders Media to Share Unpublished Protest Photos with Police

Seattle Judge Orders Media to Share Unpublished Protest Photos with Police

However on Thursday, King County Superior Court Judge Nelson Lee ultimately sided with the Police, ruling that the subpoena is enforceable, though he set several limitations on how they could use the unpublished materials.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ policy against using seller specific data hasn’t been violated

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke about a policy intended to prevent the company from using seller-specific data to help determine what products it should manufacture and sell itself.

Data brokering company is selling location data to the FBI and DHS

Data brokering company is selling location data to the FBI and DHS

To delete your device’s cache, tap Delete Location History at the bottom of the screen under Location History .This way, you won’t have to worry about any apps, let alone the FBI or a shady data firm, tracking where you’ve been.

What do Led Zeppelin, Cisco and Dr Oetker have in common? Facebook says they share our data with them

What do Led Zeppelin, Cisco and Dr Oetker have in common? Facebook says they share our data with them

We decided to take a look at "Advertisers Who Uploaded a Contact List With Your Information", a set of information that Facebook provides to users about advertisers who upload files containing their personal data (including unique identifier such as phone numbers, emails etc...).

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.