Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Australia has become the latest country to track the movements of the public, with the federal and New South Wales governments having received the location data of millions of Vodafone Australia customers.

Poland’s COVID-19 “selfie app” raises privacy questions – will everyone eventually be tracked?

Poland’s COVID-19 “selfie app” raises privacy questions – will everyone eventually be tracked?

While it’s perfectly fine for such an app to exist – especially as an alternative to using law enforcement man hours to physically check on at-risk quarantined patients, it would be a huge privacy concern if Poland decided to make every citizen download the COVID-19 selfie app.

Cambridge Analytica: Australia takes Facebook to court over privacy

Cambridge Analytica: Australia takes Facebook to court over privacy

Image copyright Getty Images Australia's privacy regulator is taking Facebook to court over the Cambridge Analytica scandal."Facebook failed to take reasonable steps to protect those individuals' personal information from unauthorised disclosure," the Australian commissioner's office said.

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

The European parliament has insisted it has no plans to introduce facial recognition technology after a leaked internal memo discussing its use in security provoked an outcry.

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn’t been connected to a single arrest

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn’t been connected to a single arrest

Police in San Diego have used facial recognition for seven years, collecting over 65,000 face scans in the past three years alone – but the program hasn’t been connected to a single arrest.

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

Amazon confirms that the Kindle Fire's Silk browser tracks users

The Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the so-called "cloud acceleration" feature is an opt-out service that all Kindle Fire users are automatically enrolled in by default.

ACLU sues Homeland Security over ‘stingray’ cell phone surveillance

ACLU sues Homeland Security over ‘stingray’ cell phone surveillance

One of the largest civil liberties groups in the U.S. is suing two Homeland Security agencies for failing to turn over documents it requested as part of a public records request about a controversial cell phone surveillance technology.

Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map

Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map

While police can request videos from users through Ring, the company has denied that it provides information to law enforcement on who, specifically, owns their products.

Facebook built a facial-recognition app that let employees identify people by pointing a phone at them

Facebook built a facial-recognition app that let employees identify people by pointing a phone at them

The app, which was developed by Facebook employees between 2015 and 2016 and tested internally, relied on information from the social network's vast collection of user-uploaded photos and facial-recognition data to identify people in real life within seconds, sources told Business Insider.

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

Last week, the researchers found several security flaws in the baseband protocol of popular Android models — including Huawei’s Nexus 6P and Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ — making them vulnerable to snooping attacks on their owners.

Facebook says a bug caused its iPhone app’s inadvertent camera access

Facebook says a bug caused its iPhone app’s inadvertent camera access

has faced a barrage of concern over an apparent bug that resulted in the social media giant’s iPhone app exposing the camera as users scroll through their feed.

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

Still, it’s unusual for advertisers to target users based on their activity from months earlier, Dweck says.Still, he acknowledges that a daily auto-delete window would significantly affect advertisers’ ability to target Google users based on a profile of their search activity.

Google reportedly targeted people with 'dark skin' to improve facial recognition

Google reportedly targeted people with 'dark skin' to improve facial recognition

Google has been using subcontracted workers to collect face scans from members of the public in exchange for $5 gift cards, according to a report from the New York Daily News.“They said to target homeless people because they’re the least likely to say anything to the media,” a former contractor told the Daily News.

Apple isn't too happy about apps that secretly record your phone's screen

Apple isn't too happy about apps that secretly record your phone's screen

According to TechCrunch, Apple is telling developers via e-mail that apps "must request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity."

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

After a long delay, Facebook is releasing a tool that will allow people to see what kind of information it has collected about their online activity beyond its borders — from the news they read to the shopping websites they visit to the porn they watch — along with an option to dissociate that data from their accounts.

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

Microsoft has updated its privacy policy and other online pages to explicitly state that human employees or contractors may listen to recordings captured by the company's Cortana and Skype Translator products.

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

But many of these apps, said Hastings, send user or device data to third-party data analytics companies — often to monetize your information — without your explicit consent, instead burying the details in their privacy policies.

Amazon lets Alexa users disable human voice recording review

Amazon lets Alexa users disable human voice recording review

Following the leak of Google Assistant user voice recordings last month, Google said human reviewers listen to voice recordings to improve the assistant’s ability to recognize accents, languages, and dialects.

StockX was hacked, exposing millions of customers’ data

StockX was hacked, exposing millions of customers’ data

The fashion and sneaker trading platform pushed out a password reset email to its users on Thursday citing “system updates,” but left users confused and scrambling for answers. An unnamed data breached seller contacted TechCrunch claiming more than 6.8 million records were stolen from the site in May by a hacker.

Voter records for 80% of Chile's population left exposed online

Voter records for 80% of Chile's population left exposed online

Image: ZDNet ZDNet has confirmed the validity and accuracy of this information with several of the individuals whose data was contained in the leaky database.

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

According to the report, Messenger Kids had a design flaw that allows for a situation in which a child can enter a group chat with other users — including adults — who hadn't been preapproved by their parents.

YouTube facing investigation from federal government over inability to protect children

YouTube facing investigation from federal government over inability to protect children

YouTube’s ongoing problems surrounding content that involves children has led to an investigation from the federal government, according to a new Washington Post report.

WhatsApp assisting police in Hayez investigation

WhatsApp assisting police in Hayez investigation

WhatsApp has published Information for Law Enforcement Authorities that outlines the kinds of information they can disclose when they receive a valid legal request. WhatsApp respond to government requests for data in accordance with applicable law and their terms of service.

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely than Ever

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely than Ever

The blog post makes only a brief mention of Actionable Insights’ second, less altruistic purpose: “enabling better business decisions” through “analytics tools.” According to materials reviewed by The Intercept and a source directly familiar with the program, the real boon of Actionable Insights lies not in its ability to fix spotty connections, but to help chosen corporations use your personal data to buy more tightly targeted advertising.

Fortune 500 giant Tech Data exposed customer and billing data

Fortune 500 giant Tech Data exposed customer and billing data

The Fortune 500 information technology giant secured an exposed server shortly after researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar found and reported the leaking data.

Security lapse exposed private Theta photos

Security lapse exposed private Theta photos

Millions of photos taken by Theta camera owners — some private and unlisted — were left exposed after security researchers found an open database without a password.

Only a small percentage of users buys stuff through Alexa, report claims

Only a small percentage of users buys stuff through Alexa, report claims

with 85 posters participating Analysts have been aggressively optimistic in their predictions about the growth of consumer shopping via virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, but a new report claims that only a small fraction of Alexa device owners shop with voice commands.

United Airlines Covers Creepy Cameras On Its Seatback Screens Following Outcry

United Airlines Covers Creepy Cameras On Its Seatback Screens Following Outcry

In a statement, a United Airlines spokesperson said: “As with many other airlines, some of our premium seats have in-flight entertainment systems that came with cameras installed by the manufacturer.

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

If You Care About Privacy, Throw Your Amazon Alexa Devices Into the Sea

Bloomberg makes clear that there haven’t been any reports of Amazon employees or contractors actually abusing this power and tracking down users at home.

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

A Facebook spokesperson said before May 2016, it offered an option to verify a user's account using their email password and voluntarily upload their contacts at the same time. Facebook now plans to notify the 1.5 million users affected over the coming days and delete their contacts from the company's systems.