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.

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you

Check Point Research says that it found three different ways to exploit the vulnerability, including the ability to put words in your mouth.

Bioprivacy

Bioprivacy

Each scenario asks you to consider whether or not you would share your own personal biometric data with a hypothetical car manufacturer in return for a benefit .

Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

As Patrick Wardle, principal security researcher at Jamf that found several issues in macOS, told Forbes: "If you're a large, well-resourced company such as Apple, who claims to place a premium on security, having a bug-bounty program is a no brainer."

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

“Neuroethical design is one of our program’s key pillars — we want to be transparent about what we’re working on so that people can tell us their concerns about this technology,” Mark Chevillet, director of the brain-computer interface (BCI) research program at Facebook Reality Labs says.

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

According to new Pew Research Center data, Americans are more likely to view megaliths like Facebook and Google as mistrustful swindlers — whereas just a few years ago, more Americans believed tech companies were having a positive effect on our world.

An exposed password let a hacker access internal Comodo files

An exposed password let a hacker access internal Comodo files

A hacker gained access to internal files and documents owned by security company and SSL certificate issuer Comodo by using an email address and password mistakenly exposed on the internet.

New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more

New research confirms Kazakhstan is spying on connections to Facebook, Twitter, VK, Instagram, Youtube, Google, and more

The full list of 37 sites identified by Censored Planet thus far are: On July 19th, a Kazakh government official tried to clarify that the installation of the fake certificate was not technically mandatory.

“Anonymous” Data Won’t Protect Your Identity

“Anonymous” Data Won’t Protect Your Identity

In the past several years, Montjoye and other researchers have published studies that reidentified individuals from sets such as anonymized shopping data or health records.

Why you need to use a VPN to stop Google and Facebook from tracking your porn habits

Why you need to use a VPN to stop Google and Facebook from tracking your porn habits

A team of researchers from Microsoft, the University of Pennsylvania, and Carnegie Mellon have revealed a study showing that Google and Facebook are keeping tabs on your porn viewing habits with trackers and using incognito mode or private browsing does not stop it.

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

In May last year, after Bitmain unveiled its new Antimer Z9 Mini, the Foundation funded research into ASIC resistance, partly to appeal to the network’s strong base of GPU miners.

Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode is way less private than you think

Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode is way less private than you think

Despite the long-known fact that Incognito isn't truly anonymous, new research has re-emphasised that Google and other web browsers are still tracking you in privacy mode, even on the most sensitive of sites.

Experts Say 'Emotion Recognition' Lacks Scientific Foundation

Experts Say 'Emotion Recognition' Lacks Scientific Foundation

“The topic of facial expressions of emotion — whether they’re universal, whether you can look at someone’s face and read emotion in their face — is a topic of great contention that scientists have been debating for at least 100 years,” Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and an expert on emotion, told me.

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

Nitesh Saxena also confirmed The Hacker News that the attack can not be used to capture targeted users' voice or their surroundings because "that is not strong enough to affect the phone's motion sensors, especially given the low sampling rates imposed by the OS," and thus also doesn't interfere with the accelerometer readings.

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Android app developers intentionally delayed updating their applications to work on top of Android 6.0, so they could continue to have access to an older permission-requesting mechanism that granted them easy access to large quantities of user data, research published by the University of Maryland last month has revealed.

Facebook Embeds 'Hidden Codes' To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos, Report

Facebook Embeds 'Hidden Codes' To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos, Report

Now in the same week that details of the record $5 billion FTC fine emerged, an Australian cyber researcher has reopened a years-old debate as to whether the social media giant is embedding "hidden codes" in photos uploaded by users onto the site.

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SoylentNews

I spent the afternoon poking through update files and security bulletins and trying to get an on-the-record response from Microsoft. I strongly suspect that some part of the Appraiser component on Windows 7 SP1 had a security issue of its own.

Finn Myrstad: What Happens When We Sign Away Our Online Privacy?

Finn Myrstad: What Happens When We Sign Away Our Online Privacy?

About Finn Myrstad's TED Talk. Finn Myrstad explains that not only would it take you dozens of hours, but you would probably not agree with all the ways your data is being used. Finn Myrstad is the Director of Digital Policy at the Norwegian Consumer Council.

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

King said it is much more likely the federal government will want this DNA data for law enforcement purposes rather than to exploit any employer-employee loophole in GINA.All of these DNA testing companies explain this in their privacy statements, and 23andMe makes clear that it stands on the side of consumers.

Academics steal data from air-gapped systems via a keyboard's LEDs

Academics steal data from air-gapped systems via a keyboard's LEDs

The research team behind this exfiltration method says it tested the CTRL-ALT-LED technique with various optical capturing devices, such as a smartphone camera, a smartwatch's camera, security cameras, extreme sports cameras, and even high-grade optical/light sensors.

Exclusive: Britons abandon Facebook as usage plummets by more than a third

Exclusive: Britons abandon Facebook as usage plummets by more than a third

Interactions, which occur when users click on a web link or advert inside the Facebook app, declined in seven of the last 12 months, with an average monthly fall of 2.6pc.

The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere

The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere

The bad news for the online publishing industry is that behavioral ads based on real-time bidding are unlikely to survive for long in the EU. Assuming that is confirmed by further research, a world without micro-targeted ads based on real-time bidding would represent a huge win for privacy, with negligible damage to online publishers.

If you did the Mannequin Challenge, you are now advancing robotics research

If you did the Mannequin Challenge, you are now advancing robotics research

The data: To approach this problem, a team at Google AI turned to an unexpected data set: thousands of YouTube videos of people performing the Mannequin Challenge. The method: The researchers converted 2,000 of the videos into 2D images with high-resolution depth data and used them to train a neural network.

17-Year-Old Weakness in Firefox Let HTML File Steal Other Files From Device

17-Year-Old Weakness in Firefox Let HTML File Steal Other Files From Device

Except for phishing and scams, downloading an HTML attachment and opening it locally on your browser was never considered as a severe threat until a security researcher today demonstrated a technique that could allow attackers to steal files stored on a victim's computer.

Opinion | What if All Your Slack Chats Were Leaked?

Opinion | What if All Your Slack Chats Were Leaked?

Slack should give everyone the same privacy protections available to its paying enterprise customers and let all of its users decide for themselves which messages they want to keep and which messages they want to delete.

The 'Surveillance Scores' Companies Use to Rip You Off Might Be Totally Illegal

The 'Surveillance Scores' Companies Use to Rip You Off Might Be Totally Illegal

Customer value scores, such as those used by major retailers like Walmart, enable retailers to render “instantaneous, automated judgments about a consumer that may result in consumers paying different prices for the same product based on how much profit the algorithm decides a particular consumer will produce,” according to the petition.

Facebook app banned by Apple got data from 187k users first- 9to5Mac

Facebook app banned by Apple got data from 187k users first- 9to5Mac

The social media giant said in a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s office — which TechCrunch obtained — that it collected data on 31,000 users in the U.S., including 4,300 teenagers.

Facebook collected device data on 187,000 users using banned snooping app

Facebook collected device data on 187,000 users using banned snooping app

Earlier this year, a TechCrunch investigation found both Facebook and Google were abusing their Apple-issued enterprise developer certificates, designed to only allow employees to run iPhone and iPad apps used only inside the company.

Opinion | We Read 150 Privacy Policies. They Were an Incomprehensible Disaster.

Opinion | We Read 150 Privacy Policies. They Were an Incomprehensible Disaster.

To create personalized Products that are unique and relevant to you, we use your connections, preferences, interests and activities based on the data we collect and learn from you and others (including any data with special protections you choose to provide); how you use and interact with our Products; and the people, places, or things you're connected to and interested in on and off our Products.

Facebook will pay you to let it track what you do on your phone

Facebook will pay you to let it track what you do on your phone

A spokesperson declined to comment on how much people will be paid and who will be targeted with invitations to use the Study app.

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