Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple said in a statement that it had began an immediate investigation after "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" contacted the company about the app and Apple found it had endangered law enforcement and residents.

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

PayPal withdraws support for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

In a statement given to The Verge, Dante Disparte, the Libra Association’s head of policy and communications, reaffirmed the nonprofit’s commitment to “build a generational payment network.

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Departments of Motor Vehicles should not profit from drivers' personal information after a Motherboard investigation found DMVs across the country selling data to a wide array of companies, including private investigators.

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Gen. Letitia James is leading a bipartisan coalition of states looking into whether Facebook “stifled competition and put users at risk” by increasing the price of advertising, reducing consumer-choice quality and mishandling personal information, according to a statement Friday.

A website that revealed personal information about porn actors has been shut down by a porn company: 'We simply didn't want it out there for the world to see anymore'

A website that revealed personal information about porn actors has been shut down by a porn company: 'We simply didn't want it out there for the world to see anymore'

This week, the site was abruptly shuttered and replaced with a message from the porn production company Bang Bros.On Wednesday, a website named PornWikiLeaks went offline and was replaced with a message: "We have purchased this site with the intention of shutting it down and removing all information associated with it," the message reads.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services Reports Data Security Breach

Presbyterian Healthcare Services Reports Data Security Breach

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) issued a statement on its website acknowledging a data security incident from early May that affected more than 180,000 patients.

Harvard student denied entry into US due to friends' social media posts

Harvard student denied entry into US due to friends' social media posts

Ismail Ajjawi, who lives in Lebanon, was questioned for hours at Boston's Logan airport and ultimately had his visa canceled after immigration officials searched his phone and laptop, according to The Harvard Crimson.

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.

Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matches 26 Lawmakers To Mugshots As California Bill To Block Moves Forward

Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matches 26 Lawmakers To Mugshots As California Bill To Block Moves Forward

In May, the California State Assembly approved Ting’s bill to ban law enforcement’s use of facial recognition and biometric scanners, which identify things such as how a person walks, in body cameras.

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Unlike other video doorbells and surveillance products, police often end up promoting Ring sales through partnerships with the company."When an industry association that represents security and surveillance camera companies thinks that your practices are too invasive and lack transparency, that really says something," Fight for the Future's deputy director Evan Greer said in a statement.

ITWire - Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 barred from use in German schools

ITWire - Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 barred from use in German schools

Ronellenfitsch adds, "As soon as, in particular, the possible third-party access to the data in the cloud and the issue of telemetry data have been resolved in a comprehensible and data protection-compliant manner, Office 365 can be used as a cloud solution by schools."

In Defense of Privacy

In Defense of Privacy

Media coverage of the threat to personal privacy from technology tends to follow a narrative in which privacy is a virtue, Big Tech its evil predator and government the good knight capable of protecting it.".

China cracks down on popular social media apps

China cracks down on popular social media apps

SHANGHAI -- China's cyberspace regulator has blocked access to 26 podcast sharing or voice-based social apps, citing subversive content including "historical nihilism" and pornography. In a statement, Soul said it will work with the CAC to rectify its network.

Facebook again fails to block DC attorney general's lawsuit

Facebook again fails to block DC attorney general's lawsuit

"For the second time, the court has denied Facebook's attempt to stop our lawsuit that seeks to hold the company accountable for not protecting the personal data of nearly half of DC residents," Racine tweeted.

Massive Desjardins Group data breach caused by employee who's since been fired

Massive Desjardins Group data breach caused by employee who's since been fired

Laval police informed the financial-services giant that personal information of more than 2.9 million members has been shared with people outside of the organization. The largest data breach in history occurred in 2013 when three billion Yahoo accounts were hacked.

60M Minor Accounts Vulnerable, Instagram Exposes Kids Contact Details

60M Minor Accounts Vulnerable, Instagram Exposes Kids Contact Details

Instagram revealed to me that the contact information of these minors was already currently displayed in plain sight on their profile page in the Instagram app — meaning that over 1,000,000,000 users could view their profile and extract that person’s phone number or email address.

The CIA Spied on People Through Their Smart TVs, Leaked Documents Reveal

The CIA Spied on People Through Their Smart TVs, Leaked Documents Reveal

Hackers at the Central Intelligence Agency, with the help of colleagues from the British spy agency MI5, developed malware to secretly spy on targets through their Samsung Smart TVs, according to new documents published by WikiLeaks.

Facebook falls following report that Zuckerberg emails link him to controversial privacy practices

Facebook falls following report that Zuckerberg emails link him to controversial privacy practices

stock dipped on a Wall Street Journal report that the company has uncovered emails linking CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the social media giant's controversial privacy practices.

'Malicious cyber attack' exposes travelers' photos, says US customs agency

'Malicious cyber attack' exposes travelers' photos, says US customs agency

“This breach comes just as CBP seeks to expand its massive face recognition apparatus and collection of sensitive information from travelers, including license plate information and social media identifiers,” Neema Singh Guliani, American Civil Liberties Union senior legislative counsel, said in a statement.

Michigan Attorney General asking for information on major data breach

Michigan Attorney General asking for information on major data breach

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking for information from the collection agency, as well as Quest Diagnostics and Optum360, two companies that have confirmed their records were affected by the breach.

Quest Diagnostics Says Up to 12 Million Patients May Have Had Financial, Medical, Personal Information Breached

Quest Diagnostics Says Up to 12 Million Patients May Have Had Financial, Medical, Personal Information Breached

Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest blood testing providers in the country, warned Monday that nearly 12 million of its customers may have had personal, financial and medical information breached due to an issue with one of its vendors.

Facebook lobbied against Australian privacy regulations, flying in the face of Mark Zuckerberg's PR push

Facebook lobbied against Australian privacy regulations, flying in the face of Mark Zuckerberg's PR push

The documents, which are marked “highly confidential” and have been seen by Business Insider Australia, also suggest Bleich was critical of the Australian government and offered to amplify Facebook’s concerns with relevant policymakers.

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

The authors of the Restatement — three professors from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School — contend that courts have reasoned there’s no need for businesses to do more, because nobody reads these contract terms anyway.

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach

Given how notoriously lax UK law is when it comes to allowing state employees to trawl through whatever personal data they fancy with few meaningful prior permissions required (known in the jargon as "lawful interception"), Lord Justice Fulford, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and head of audit agency IPCO, characterised the breach as "serious" and requiring "immediate mitigation".

Binance says more than $40 million in bitcoin stolen in ‘large scale’ hack [Updated]

Binance says more than $40 million in bitcoin stolen in ‘large scale’ hack [Updated]

In a statement, the company said hackers stole API keys, two-factor codes and other information in the attack. It will be about a week before Binance can release withdrawals or accept deposits again because it needs to “make sure we completely eradicate any trace of hackers in all our accounts and data and that is a pretty tedious process,” Zhao said.

Brooklyn Apartment Tenants Rise Up Against Landlord’s Plans to Install Facial Recognition Technology

Brooklyn Apartment Tenants Rise Up Against Landlord’s Plans to Install Facial Recognition Technology

The landlord, Nelson Management Group, filed an application to install the tech with New York State Homes & Community Renewal (NYSHCR)—which can approve or deny the request. This is the first time a property manager filed an application for facial recognition technology with NYSHCR according to The Brooklyn Eagle.

Data as a Property Right

Data as a Property Right

As we’ve seen, some of the largest tech companies can know more about us and our lives than our families and those closest to us. Data generated by each individual needs to be owned by them, with certain rights conveyed that will allow them to know how it’s used and protect it.

Google blocks TikTok downloads in India over pornography concerns

Google blocks TikTok downloads in India over pornography concerns

The app has reportedly been downloaded more than 240 million times in India alone, and in a statement, TikTok India says it has more than 120 million monthly active users. And China has called for short-form video apps like TikTok to be responsible for the content their users upload.

One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority

One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority

The technology is not mature — in 2017 Yitu promoted a one-in-three success rate when the police responded to its alarms at a train station — and many of China’s cameras are not powerful enough for facial recognition software to work effectively.

Facebook fights for the right to follow users–and nonusers–around the web

Facebook fights for the right to follow users–and nonusers–around the web

Its goal is to fight a court order that would force it to stop using cookies and other tracking technology to follow its users as they navigate around the internet to serve them ads–at least until Facebook explains exactly how and why it collects data and what it does with the information.