What the Great Personal Data Leak of 2021 tells us about Facebook, the GDPR, and privacy

What the Great Personal Data Leak of 2021 tells us about Facebook, the GDPR, and privacy

The fact that personal details of dozens of EU officials are among the latest leak may help to concentrate minds at the DPC.

More than half App Store privacy labels false in small-scale Washington Post spot checks

More than half App Store privacy labels false in small-scale Washington Post spot checks

Similar to how Age Ratings work on the App Store, developers report their own privacy practices.Is Apple doing enough, or should it be more proactive in checking whether developers are telling the truth about their apps?

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

Alphabet CEO: Plan to target EU commissioner was not “sanctioned” by me

In a virtual meeting on Thursday, Sundar Pichai told Mr. Breton, the internal market commissioner, that Google was a very large company and that the document “was never shown to me.” He added that he had not “sanctioned” the plan, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

Facebook and UK Privacy Regulator ICO Complicit in subverting democracy

Facebook and UK Privacy Regulator ICO Complicit in subverting democracy

Responding to Channel 4’s latest revelations about the massive cache of voter data used by the Trump campaign, Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group said: “This latest revelations lays bare two key problems.

Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional

Big win for online freedom in EU: key parts of France’s new “hate speech” law ruled unconstitutional

The latest ruling by the French court undermines the argument that general filters of this kind should be adopted under the Digital Services Act – something that is already controversial, in any case.

Zoom plans new blocking features to comply with requests from Chinese government

Zoom plans new blocking features to comply with requests from Chinese government

Zoom says it’s working on new features that will allow it to block users based on their geographical location after admitting it recently suspended three user accounts based in Hong Kong and the US at the request of the Chinese government.

Why the UK is banning default passwords in IoT devices

Why the UK is banning default passwords in IoT devices

So today I’ve announced we are developing new legislation to hold firms manufacturing and stocking internet-connected devices to account to stop hackers threatening people’s privacy and safety.

Your customers don’t want absolute privacy — just fair compensation for their data

Your customers don’t want absolute privacy — just fair compensation for their data

We were very intrigued with this, so as part of another study, we asked a group of users to rank, in order of importance, things like protecting privacy, getting paid fairly, data control, transparency, and others.

Opinion: 50 years ago, I helped invent the internet. How did it go so wrong?

Opinion: 50 years ago, I helped invent the internet. How did it go so wrong?

Later that decade, the Advanced Research Projects Agency — a research funding arm of the Department of Defense created in response to Sputnik — determined they needed a network based on my theory so that their computer research centers could share work remotely.

Vulnerability in WebEx and Zoom allows hackers to access their sessions

Vulnerability in WebEx and Zoom allows hackers to access their sessions

Vulnerability testing specialists point out that any web application that uses numeric or alphanumeric identifiers is exposed to enumeration attacks.

Thread by @random - walker: "When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently since it hasn’t faced much public scrutiny […]"

Thread by @random - walker: "When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently since it hasn’t faced much public scrutiny […]"

Many of today's prominent computer scientists entered the field decades ago, inspired by the potential of digital technology to hold powerful institutions to account.The tech industry itself badly needs more accountability.The CS community has responded to ethical concerns by promoting a distinct field, algorithmic fairness.

How Much Responsibility Should Monster.com Take for Third Party Data Breach?

How Much Responsibility Should Monster.com Take for Third Party Data Breach?

While noted that they are not responsible for data sold to third parties, the California Consumer Privacy Act will require that companies provide customers with the right to opt out of selling their personal information to third parties.

An open letter to Stewart Butterfield: Why Slack will never replace email

An open letter to Stewart Butterfield: Why Slack will never replace email

I’m Dvir Ben Aroya, an entrepreneur who has spent a lot of time thinking about how to improve workplace communications, and now focus on Spike — the first conversational email for teams.

Losing Face: Two More Cases of Third-Party Facebook App Data Exposure

Losing Face: Two More Cases of Third-Party Facebook App Data Exposure

A separate backup from a Facebook-integrated app titled “At the Pool” was also found exposed to the public internet via an Amazon S3 bucket. The At the Pool discovery is not as large as the Cultura Colectiva dataset, but it contains plaintext (i.e. unprotected) Facebook passwords for 22,000 users.

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

German Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Katarina Barley of the center-left Social Democrats responds to Zuckerberg in an op-ed for ZEIT ONLINE. It is the responsibility of each social-media platform to ensure that actionable content is immediately deleted and not further disseminated.

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

German Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Katarina Barley of the center-left Social Democrats responds to Zuckerberg in an op-ed for ZEIT ONLINE.

Face recognition tech presents a surveillance issue and Amazon is running amok

Face recognition tech presents a surveillance issue and Amazon is running amok

Kent Walker, the company's general counsel and senior vice president of global affairs, made it clear that Google — unlike Amazon and Microsoft — will not sell a face recognition product until the technology's potential for abuse is addressed.

Other Operating Systems

Other Operating Systems

Switch VirtualBox VM Settings Follow these steps in order: Users who want to download and import a Whonix-Custom-Workstation template using the stable method, click on Expand on the right.

Research: Some Android apps share your data with Facebook without consent

Research: Some Android apps share your data with Facebook without consent

A worrying number of popular Android apps share user data with Facebook without user consent, new research from Privacy International shows (via Financial Times). In a response to Privacy International, Facebook acknowledged that developers didn't have the option to disable transmission of the "SDK initialized" data before June.

Tumblr will start blocking adult content on December 17th

Tumblr will start blocking adult content on December 17th

"As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures and mindsets," the company said in a statement about its decision to ban adult content.

I’m an Amazon Employee. My Company Shouldn’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police.

I’m an Amazon Employee. My Company Shouldn’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police.

Amazon, where I work, is currently allowing police departments around the country to purchase its facial recognition product, Rekognition, and I and other employees demand that we stop immediately.

Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption

Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption

Providers of information and communications technology and services - carriers, device manufacturers or over-the-top service providers -– are subject to the law, which can include requirements to assist authorities to lawfully access data, including the content of communications.