How to Hide Your Feelings From AI Voice Assistants

How to Hide Your Feelings From AI Voice Assistants

In the paper Emotionless: Privacy-Preserving Speech Analysis for Voice Assistants, researchers propose adding a privacy-preserving intermediate layer between users and cloud services.

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.

What do you do when your biometrics data gets stolen?

What do you do when your biometrics data gets stolen?

By manipulating the URL search criteria the researchers were able to gain access to over 27.8 million records, and 23 gigabytes-worth of data including admin panels, dashboards, fingerprints, facial recognition data, unencrypted usernames and passwords, security clearance levels & personal information on the staff.

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Google job search service draws antitrust complaint

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Google faces another antitrust allegation in the European Union -- this time focused on its job search service. "We confirm we have received the letter and we will assess it," a European Commission spokesperson wrote an emailed statement.

MoviePass Changed Some Users’ Passwords on Purpose So They Couldn’t Use the Service

MoviePass Changed Some Users’ Passwords on Purpose So They Couldn’t Use the Service

And thanks to a recent in-depth report on the company’s questionable business practices, here’s a scene that could be used during the “beginning of the end” portion of the eventual film: CEO Mitch Lowe ordering his employees to change the passwords of heavy MoviePass users so they would not be able to log on and use the service.

5 Encrypted Messaging Apps Doing A Better Job Than WhatsApp

5 Encrypted Messaging Apps Doing A Better Job Than WhatsApp

Loki Messenger is an open source and decentralized encrypted messaging service using blockchain technology to secure user data. The decentralized nature of blockchain technology allows the Loki Project to create a privacy suite enabling users to interact securely with the internet, encompassing encrypted messaging services, forums, online marketplaces and social media platforms.

Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

Apple says it will review the process that it uses, called grading, to determine whether Siri is hearing queries correctly, or being invoked by mistake. The Guardian story from Alex Hern quoted extensively from a contractor at a firm hired by Apple to perform part of a Siri quality control process it calls grading.

What a No-Carrier Phone Could Look Like

What a No-Carrier Phone Could Look Like

You could flip the Cellular Modem Hardware Kill Switch (HKS) on your Librem 5 and still call or text from your primary phone number while at that coffee-shop WiFi. This would offer you the ability to have a no-carrier phone–in either form–that now you only have when on WiFi–which means no triangulation-location tracking from cellular towers.

Netflix Wants To Know If You’re Binge Watching In A Moving Car, Why?

Netflix Wants To Know If You’re Binge Watching In A Moving Car, Why?

It’s being reported that the streaming giant is now collecting physical activity data from the devices of selected users. Netflix later confirmed in a statement that physical activity data is being collected to “improve video playback quality when a user is on the go” and added that they currently don’t have any plans to roll out any related feature.

Sephora customers' data breached, names, e-mail addresses and passwords exposed

Sephora customers' data breached, names, e-mail addresses and passwords exposed

SINGAPORE - International beauty retailer Sephora has admitted to a breach of its online users’ data, affecting customers in Singapore as well as in other countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia.

Does Deleting FaceApp Make You Safe Again?

Does Deleting FaceApp Make You Safe Again?

"This gives FaceApp and its parent company Wireless Lab an enormous amount of latitude to do pretty much anything with your data that they'd like," said Budington in an email. The company's privacy policy does point out that any information should be anonymized.

Still available via Google Analytics: Data slurped from 4 million browsers

Still available via Google Analytics: Data slurped from 4 million browsers

Six days after Ars revealed an online service selling links to tax returns, prescription refills, and reams of other sensitive information collected from more than four million browsers, the data remains available to existing customers—thanks, in part, to essential assistance from Google Analytics.

ALA urges LinkedIn Learning to reconsider changes to terms of service that impair library users’ privacy rights

ALA urges LinkedIn Learning to reconsider changes to terms of service that impair library users’ privacy rights

“The requirement for users of LinkedIn Learning to disclose personally identifiable information is completely contrary to ALA policies addressing library users’ privacy, and it may violate some states’ library confidentiality laws,” said ALA President Wanda Kay Brown.

Blog: Cookies – what does ‘good’ look like?

Blog: Cookies – what does ‘good’ look like?

Any non-essential cookies, including third party cookies used for the purposes of online advertising or web analytics, require prior consent to the GDPR standard. Being fairer, more transparent and accountable to the people who use your website will increase their trust and confidence in you.

Why the Ghost Keys `Solution’ to Encryption is No Solution

Why the Ghost Keys `Solution’ to Encryption is No Solution

Forcing providers to modify their software to implement a ghost key system would seriously damage the overall trust that people have in end-to-end encrypted communications.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

Internet group brands Mozilla ‘internet villain’ for supporting DNS privacy feature

Internet group brands Mozilla ‘internet villain’ for supporting DNS privacy feature

The U.K.’s Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA), the trade group for U.K. internet service providers, nominated the browser maker for its proposed effort to roll out the security feature, which they say will allow users to “bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK.”.

DNA testing can share all your family secrets. Are you ready for that?

DNA testing can share all your family secrets. Are you ready for that?

DNA testing from the likes of leading services 23andMe and Ancestry, among others, has always boiled down to risk and reward, a fascination and curiosity about one’s roots and/or predispositions to disease, balanced against trepidations around privacy, security, and, for sure, the possibility of an awkward or identity-altering discovery.

How Facebook Makes it Nearly Impossible For You To Quit

How Facebook Makes it Nearly Impossible For You To Quit

In an attempt to assuage a growing range of critics and prove that it’s not deliberately or exploitively trapping users in its service, Facebook advertises the availability of this export in a format that "allows another service to more easily import it.” That’s Facebook's exact text.

Google Announces DNS over HTTPS ‘General Availability’

Google Announces DNS over HTTPS ‘General Availability’

The move is an effort by Google to boost consumer privacy, reduce the threat of man-in-the-middle attacks, and speed up the internet with a new solution for securing domain name server traffic that uses the encrypted HTTPS channel.

Qwant Maps: open source Google Maps alternative launches

Qwant Maps: open source Google Maps alternative launches

Qwant Maps displays a search field at the top to find points of interests quickly; just type in an address or the name of a place to jump to it right away.

WhatsApp Begins Move to Ban GB WhatsApp Users

WhatsApp Begins Move to Ban GB WhatsApp Users

The following steps will help you switch from the app’s clones to the original WhatsApp with all your chat data intact as if nothing even ever happened;.

Amazon patent reveals drone surveillance as a service

Amazon patent reveals drone surveillance as a service

A new patent granted to Amazon suggests the retail giant is exploring ways in which drone surveillance could be packaged up as a new business solution.

Epic privacy fail: WeTransfer shared its users' files with the wrong people

Epic privacy fail: WeTransfer shared its users' files with the wrong people

The file sharing service sent the following email to impacted users. Dear WeTransfer user, We are writing to let you know about a security incident in which a number of WeTransfer service emails were sent to the wrong people. I mean, look, WeTransfer had one job -- share files with the correct friggin' people!

When AI-enhanced customer service is on the line, so is your privacy

When AI-enhanced customer service is on the line, so is your privacy

Another feature that a unified pool of messaging data makes possible is “sentiment analysis”, to provide human agents with the context they need to personalize future customer interactions.

Amazon Considers Adding ‘Surveillance as a Service’ to Delivery Drones Because Maybe Every Product Should Monitor Us

Amazon Considers Adding ‘Surveillance as a Service’ to Delivery Drones Because Maybe Every Product Should Monitor Us

A patent, filed in June 2015 and approved earlier this month, describes technology that would allow a delivery drone to “perform surveillance action at a property of an authorized party” by making a “geo-fence” of the property and then “imag[ing] the property to generate surveillance images,” after or during which, the image data that is not within that geo-fence would apparently be obscured.

Amazon patents ‘surveillance as a service’ tech for its delivery drones

Amazon patents ‘surveillance as a service’ tech for its delivery drones

Amazon’s delivery drones are not yet dropping off packages, but the company is already envisioning how else that might be used — including by offering “surveillance as a service.” Amazon was recently granted a patent that outlines how its UAVs could keep an eye on customers’ property between deliveries while supposedly maintaining their privacy.

Amazon wants to sell “surveillance as a service”

Amazon wants to sell “surveillance as a service”

In case Amazon’s surveillance capabilities weren’t extensive enough with its Echo, Ring , and Key products, not to mention all the data Amazon routinely collects on its customers, the company recently received a US patent to provide “surveillance as a service.”.

MongoDB 4.2 Introduces End-to-End Field Level Encryption for Databases

MongoDB 4.2 Introduces End-to-End Field Level Encryption for Databases

The newly introduced Field Level Encryption (FLE), which will be available in the upcoming MongoDB 4.2 release, is an end-to-end encryption feature that encrypts and decrypts sensitive users' data on the client-side, preventing hackers from accessing plaintext data even if the database instance left exposed online or the server itself gets compromised.

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