Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

Hackers posted an archive containing data they said includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, professional titles, email addresses, phone numbers and other personally identifiable information (PII) on a popular hacker forum, according to a report in CyberNews on Tuesday.

Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Over 7,000 police officers and public servants in the US have been using or testing Clearview AI's facial recognition software without authorization from their departments, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

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.

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

100 points of ID to get Facebook, Tinder account

The government is considering forcing users of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — as well as online dating platforms like Tinder — to upload 100 points of identification in order to use them.

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Australians would need to show their driver’s licence or passport to open an account Credit: Chesnot/Getty Currently, Australians are not required to provide ID to use most online platforms, however some ask users to “verify” their account by providing an email address or phone number.

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Mobile device-tracking by Apple and Google take center stage in a report revealing that, despite both allowing users to opt out of sharing telemetry data – they do anyway.

2 out of 3 People Never Read Mobile App Privacy Settings

2 out of 3 People Never Read Mobile App Privacy Settings

The survey found that a large majority of people report NEVER checking privacy settings on mobile apps.Age played a major factor, with 72.6% of people under 35 saying they never read mobile app privacy settings.

The new Policing Bill fails to provide sufficient safeguards around extraction of victims' data.

The new Policing Bill fails to provide sufficient safeguards around extraction of victims' data.

Our main concerns regarding Chapter 3 of the PCSC Bill: Continued reliance on "consent" of victims and witnesses to hand over their devices Section 36 of the Bill provides that an authorised person, such as a police officer, can extract data from an electronic device if the user of a device has:.

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date

Tinder and other Match Group-owned apps are going to let their users run background checks on possible dates.Match won’t share its users’ data with Garbo, but users can run a background check so long as they get their date’s last name or phone number, which they likely would want to share anyway if they plan on moving forward with dating.

Algorithmic bias: how automated decision making has become an assault on privacy – and what to do about it

Algorithmic bias: how automated decision making has become an assault on privacy – and what to do about it

Even worse is a growing tendency for such automated decision-making systems to draw on highly personal data as a matter of routine.First, it is vital for people to know what classes of personal data are being used for decision making.

2020 was a ‘record-breaking’ year in US school hacks, security failures

2020 was a ‘record-breaking’ year in US school hacks, security failures

This disruption continues, and while the report acknowledges the "heroic" efforts of IT staff, the analysis also says that "school district responses to the COVID-19 pandemic also revealed significant gaps and critical failures in the resiliency and security of the K-12 educational technology ecosystem.".

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Moreover, the experts say that at present, “vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission, so cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll-out of a digital passport is not currently justified.” However, they also recognize that as more data emerges, so the pressure on governments to issue vaccine passports will increase.

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

People returning to work following the long pandemic will find an array of tech-infused gadgetry to improve workplace safety but which could pose risks for long-term personal and medical privacy.

Despite Scanning Millions of Faces, Feds Caught Zero Imposters at Airports Last Year

Despite Scanning Millions of Faces, Feds Caught Zero Imposters at Airports Last Year

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesU.S. Customs and Border Protection scanned more than 23 million people with facial recognition technology at airports, seaports, and pedestrian crossings in 2020, the agency recently revealed in its annual report on trade and travel.

Apple's War With Facebook Continues as New Privacy Controls Will Stop Apps From Illicitly Tracking Our Movements

Apple's War With Facebook Continues as New Privacy Controls Will Stop Apps From Illicitly Tracking Our Movements

Apple issued an 11-page report on Thursday titled "A Day in the Life of Your Data," and announced plans to roll out a new layer of privacy control this spring that will prevent iPhone apps from tracking our movements without our knowledge.

Tory party illegally collected data on ethnicity of 10m voters, MPs told

Tory party illegally collected data on ethnicity of 10m voters, MPs told

The Conservative party acted illegally when it collected data on the ethnic backgrounds of 10 million voters before the 2019 general election, the information commissioner has told a committee of MPs. However, Elizabeth Denham insisted there had been no need to issue an enforcement notice against the party, as it had voluntarily deleted the data it held after a “recommendation” from her office.

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

One in five companies admit to spying on remote workers without their knowledge

In a report by Metro, unions warn that employers are taking advantage of Covid-19 restrictions to monitor remote workers covertly.According to TUC research, one in seven employees has seen surveillance increase since they started working from home.

Report: TikTok Harvested MAC Addresses By Exploiting Android Loophole

Report: TikTok Harvested MAC Addresses By Exploiting Android Loophole

According to a Wall Street Journal report, TikTok used a banned tactic to bypass the privacy safeguard in Android to collect unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices, data that allows the app to track users online without allowing them to opt out.

Not going dark: personal data from the Internet of Things ushers in a golden age for law enforcement

Not going dark: personal data from the Internet of Things ushers in a golden age for law enforcement

A report from the Brennan Center for Justice provides a good summary of how the authorities are accessing that data in order to help them with their work: The proliferation of connected devices provides expansive opportunities for the government to assemble detailed portraits of people’s lives.

New Zealand central bank says its data system was breached

New Zealand central bank says its data system was breached

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said on Sunday that it was responding with urgency to a breach of one of its data systems.In a November 2019 Financial Stability report, the RBNZ warned that the frequency and severity of cybersecurity incidents were on the rise in New Zealand.

Telegram feature exposes your precise address to hackers

Telegram feature exposes your precise address to hackers

Advertisement A proof-of-concept video the researcher sent to Telegram showed how he could discern the address of a People Nearby user when he used a free GPS spoofing app to make his phone report just three different locations.

ExamSoft’s proctoring software has a face-detection problem

ExamSoft’s proctoring software has a face-detection problem

Back in September, multiple non-white exam-takers told the New York Times that the software couldn’t identify them due to “poor lighting” — a problem that Teninbaum, who has light skin, wasn’t able to replicate.

Alibaba facial recognition tech specifically picks out Uighur minority: Report

Alibaba facial recognition tech specifically picks out Uighur minority: Report

Advertisement Advertisement An archived record of the technology shows it can perform such tasks as "glasses inspection", "smile detection", whether the subject is "ethnic" and, specifically, "Is it Uighur".Consequently, if a Uighur livestreams a video on a website signed up to Cloud Shield, the software can detect that the user is Uighur and flag the video for review or removal, IPVM researcher Charles Rollet told Reuters.

Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

Uber must pay a $59.1 million fine in California for repeatedly refusing to turn over data related to its 2019 sexual assault report to the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative judge ruled Monday.

New report shows Google tracks 80% of the Web, with Amazon likely to overtake Facebook as second-worst privacy threat

New report shows Google tracks 80% of the Web, with Amazon likely to overtake Facebook as second-worst privacy threat

The contrast is stark when comparing to our 2017 Tracking the Trackers study which found Google to have a 64.4% reach on US sites.In the EU, Google trackers exist on 87.5% of Web sites compared to 86.4% in the US.

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Formally linking the operations of APT39 to Rana, the FBI detailed eight separate and distinct sets of previously undisclosed malware used by the group to conduct their computer intrusion and reconnaissance activities, including an Android spyware app called "" with information-stealing and remote access capabilities.

300,000 Spotify accounts hacked

300,000 Spotify accounts hacked

Spotify officials suggested that after the hack, users change their passwords and not use the same passwords on other platforms.“Working with Spotify, we confirmed that the database belonged to a group or individual using it to defraud Spotify and its users.

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice's Motherboard.Muslim Pro sells location data to a third-party broker called X-Mode, according to Motherboard's report.

Dating Site Bumble Leaves Swipes Unsecured for 100M Users

Dating Site Bumble Leaves Swipes Unsecured for 100M Users

Bumble fumble: An API bug exposed personal information of users like political leanings, astrological signs, education, and even height and weight, and their distance away in miles.

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

How Police Can Crack Locked Phones—and Extract Information

A new report from the Washington, DC-based research nonprofit Upturn uncovers how police have maintained access to suspects’ phones even as these defenses grow more complex: by contracting with digital forensic firms that specialize in bypassing locks and accessing and copying encrypted data.