Government is tracking Americans' cell phones to see how they move and spread coronavirus

Government is tracking Americans' cell phones to see how they move and spread coronavirus

The data comes from the mobile advertising industry, people familiar with the matter explained to the Wall Street Journal.The goal of the portal would be to help officials learn how COVID-19 is spreading across the United States.

Zoom Calls Aren't as Private as You May Think. Here's What You Should Know.

Zoom Calls Aren't as Private as You May Think. Here's What You Should Know.

"Zoom should update their terms to ensure that data collected during meetings from any participant or host is explicitly excluded from any advertising or marketing use, and that they don't view and tag video footage to train AI for facial or object recognition," says Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy at Consumer Reports.

Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Tech companies, governments, and international agencies have all announced measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.Many of those measures are based on extraordinary powers, only to be used temporarily in emergencies.

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

An investigation by The Washington Post, however, has revealed that Whisper left the information of nearly 900 million users exposed to anyone that wanted to view it, located in a database that wasn’t password protected and was accessible by the public.

Amazon’s Echo wants you to get rid of privacy for good

Amazon’s Echo wants you to get rid of privacy for good

Ring, the home security camera company owned by Amazon, is very open about sharing user data with police.However, knowing how Amazon shares its Echo recordings, it would be highly inappropriate to handle personal health information in the same way.

New study quantifies how much Americans value their private information: about $3.50

New study quantifies how much Americans value their private information: about $3.50

A new study by the Technology Policy Institute (TPI) has identified how much money a Facebook user would want to be paid in exchange for having their contact information shared by Facebook: $3.50 per month.

Facebook would have to pay $3.50 per month to U.S. users for sharing contact info: study

Facebook would have to pay $3.50 per month to U.S. users for sharing contact info: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - German Facebook users would want the social media platform to pay them about $8 per month for sharing their contact information, while U.S. users would only seek $3.50, according to a study of how people in various countries value their private information.

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

In April last year, it was reported that Amazon employs thousands of contractors and full-time workers around the world to listen to voice recordings captured by Echo devices.

Mental health websites don't have to sell your data. Most still do.

Mental health websites don't have to sell your data. Most still do.

For example, the page dedicated to treatments for depression on French health website Eurekasante contacts an astounding 71 third parties (compared to 36 in our first research) as soon as you open the page.

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data.

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

That’s the issue raised by a new review of five popular period tracker apps by Consumer Reports' Digital Lab, which tests apps to see how well they protect consumers’ privacy and data.

How Twitter Misused Personal Phone Numbers for Advertising

How Twitter Misused Personal Phone Numbers for Advertising

This is in no doubt partly due to the nature of the platform – Twitter doesn’t encourage users to upload their entire lives and all associated media to the service in the way that Facebook and others do.

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report that examined some of the world’s most downloaded Android apps.

Cutting the Wire

Cutting the Wire

A previous version of the policy (July 18, 2017) stated it would only share user data when required by law.This change doesn’t leave the user with much confidence as to when the company may share your data.

How much data are you sharing this holiday season?

How much data are you sharing this holiday season?

By skipping past this information, we could be agreeing to anything from our first born child for a fake social media site to the literal shirt off our backs to win an iPad. That’s why we read a handful of privacy policies from popular services you might use this busy travel season to see what kind of data they collect.

Facebook Will Now Use Oculus VR Data for Ads Just as Everyone Expected

Facebook Will Now Use Oculus VR Data for Ads Just as Everyone Expected

As far as what data the company is going to collect and use, here’s the official statement:Facebook will now use information about your Oculus activity, like which apps you use, to help provide these new social features and more relevant content, including ads.

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Join the Open Sourced Reporting Network

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Uploaded Ring footage reportedly provides location to the square inch

Uploaded Ring footage reportedly provides location to the square inch

Gizmodo this week published a new report delving into video data available on Neighbors to identify precisely how many Ring cameras are deployed, and where.

Report finds the US has the largest number of surveillance cameras per person in the world

Report finds the US has the largest number of surveillance cameras per person in the world

PreciseSecurity notes the definition of a CCTV as "a TV system in which signals are not publicly distributed but are monitored, primarily for surveillance and security purposes," and found that the US tops the list when it comes to the number of surveillance camera installations per capita, with 50 million CCTVs monitoring the entire US population of over 327 million people.

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

PodShare is trying to help make up for the shortage of affordable housing in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles by renting dormitory-style lodging and providing tenants a co-living experience.

Amazon admits it has enacted zero civil liberties protections as part of surveillance doorbell partnerships

Amazon admits it has enacted zero civil liberties protections as part of surveillance doorbell partnerships

Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

WASHINGTON - Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information

Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information

For example, pluralities of adults say it is acceptable for poorly performing schools to share data about their students with a nonprofit group seeking to help improve educational outcomes or for the government to collect data about all Americans to assess who might be a potential terrorist.

Are.na Blog  -  Reimagining Privacy Online Through A Spectrum of Intimacy

Are.na Blog - Reimagining Privacy Online Through A Spectrum of Intimacy

This essay uses physical structures as metaphors to describe the spectrum of privacy and intimacy in digital spaces, and it explores how users’ thoughts and conversations play out in communication apps and social networks.

Apple redesigns its privacy pages, thumbing its nose at Facebook and Google

Apple redesigns its privacy pages, thumbing its nose at Facebook and Google

Apple has tried to market its dedication to privacy, comparing itself favorably to competitors that include Amazon ( AMZN ) , ( FB ) and Google ( GOOGL ) , which make money by packaging and selling personal information about the people who use their services.

Is your Airbnb host spying on you with a hidden camera? Use this simple trick to find out.

Is your Airbnb host spying on you with a hidden camera? Use this simple trick to find out.

Alex Heid, chief research and development officer at SecurityScorecard, has developed a simple method for detecting whether an Airbnb host is watching guests live on a hidden camera.Here's how to find out if your Airbnb host is discreetly watching you on a live security camera.

A Teen’s Guide To Privacy

A Teen’s Guide To Privacy

And if you’re concerned about what adults will think or say when they read your posts, consider making a “burner” or alternate account with stricter privacy settings for your most sensitive posts — or anything you fear could be taken out of context.

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.

Australia's regulator to take Google to court over data privacy

Australia's regulator to take Google to court over data privacy

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a lawsuit against the local unit of Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday, alleging that the company misled smartphone users on how it collected, kept and used personal location data.

Ring Gave Police Stats About Users Who Said ‘No’ to Law Enforcement Requests

Ring Gave Police Stats About Users Who Said ‘No’ to Law Enforcement Requests

Amazon’s home security company Ring tracked how its users responded to law enforcement requests for surveillance footage captured by Ring devices, and it provided overviews of that data to police departments upon request.