Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Through the app employed in the study - published in Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies - researchers were able to identify which kind of personal information the app extracted and its privacy sensitivity according to users.

Amazon Plans Largest Corporate Surveillance Program

Amazon Plans Largest Corporate Surveillance Program

Before they take it down, here's the video Amazon circulated internally to roll out what amounts to the largest expansion of corporate surveillance in human history: using artificial intelligence enabled cameras on their fleet of thousands of delivery vans https://t.co/CJy1jPj134 — Evan Greer (@evan_greer).

Apple Hearing Study unintentionally collected historical data from users

Apple Hearing Study unintentionally collected historical data from users

In an email sent out to participants of the Apple Hearing Study, it appears that a bug has caused the study to unintentionally collect thirty days of historical data.

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoWashington governor to require 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from UK, South Africa White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report Overnight Health Care: Congress to pass deal with 0 stimulus checks | House panel subpoenas for Azar, Redfield CDC documents | Fauci, Azar to receive COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday MORE (D) signed legislation Tuesday pausing the use of facial recognition technology at K-12 schools in the state for two years.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

"This legislation requires state education policymakers to take a step back, consult with experts and address privacy issues before determining whether any kind of biometric identifying technology can be brought into New York's schools.

Facial recognition is getting better at making matches around face masks

Facial recognition is getting better at making matches around face masks

The error rates increased for every algorithm once researchers added masks to the test photos, even for facial recognition that was designed specifically for the coverings.One-to-many algorithms would test facial recognition's capabilities to match people against a group of images rather than the same photo.

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Several of the watches had even more severe vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to send voice and text messages to children that appear to come from their parents, to intercept communications between parents and children, and even to record audio from a child's surroundings and eavesdrop on them.

How India Censors The Web

How India Censors The Web

We run these tests for each website in our corpus from connections of six different ISPs (Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, MTNL, BSNL, and ACT), which together serve more than 98% of Internet users in India .

Smartphone Data Can Predict Depression and Anxiety

Smartphone Data Can Predict Depression and Anxiety

For the study, the researchers analyzed passively-collected cell phone data on social activity, screen time, location, physical exercise, and sleep patterns from volunteer participants.The researchers then matched the phone data against the fMRI results to predict higher or lower connectivity between the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and the amygdala.

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

When installing a mobile messenger like WhatsApp, new users can instantly start texting existing contacts based on the phone numbers stored on their device.

Facial recognition cameras in schools erode privacy and normalize surveillance

Facial recognition cameras in schools erode privacy and normalize surveillance

“We found that in schools where students of color predominate, more surveillance technologies are used,” Shobita Parthasarathy, professor at the University of Michigan and lead author of the study, told CyberNews.

Privacy Advocates Demand Ban on Facial Recognition in Schools in Response to Damning Study on the Technology

Privacy Advocates Demand Ban on Facial Recognition in Schools in Response to Damning Study on the Technology

Privacy advocates on Monday urged lawmakers to ban facial recognition in schools in response to a new study finding that use of the technology in educational settings would likely lead to a number of negative consequences including the normalization of surveillance and worsening of racial biases.

New machine learning method allows hospitals to share patient data -- privately

New machine learning method allows hospitals to share patient data -- privately

While the approach could potentially be used to answer many different medical questions, Penn Medicine researchers have shown that federated learning is successful specifically in the context of brain imaging, by being able to analyze magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of brain tumor patients and distinguish healthy brain tissue from cancerous regions.

Give Students #UserFreedom

Give Students #UserFreedom

Not only do programs like Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or invite a potentially malicious third-party into the educational environment, but more importantly, they increase society's dependence on proprietary software, software that denies its users their freedom.

Tool to protect children's online privacy

Tool to protect children's online privacy

Basu said games and other apps that violate COPPA pose privacy risks that could make it possible for someone to determine a child's identity and location.

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

Fitness wearables may improve real-time tracking of seasonal influenza outbreaks

When the Scripps Research scientists added aggregated Fitbit variables, such as resting heart rate and sleep data, into a model that included CDC’s surveillance data for flu-like illnesses from three weeks prior, they were able to significantly improve real-time predictions at the state level.

How often does your IP address change without a VPN?

How often does your IP address change without a VPN?

Specifically, the study looks at IP address retention periods of internet service providers (ISPs) around the world.Of the ten countries, the study found that ISPs in the Netherlands showed the highest average IP address retention period at a whopping 36.96 days between IP address changes.

Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR

Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR

Google has been accused of breaching one of the General Data Protection Regulation's (GDPR) principles surrounding consent that requires companies to provide a specific purpose for collecting and processing user personal data.

Researchers expose vulnerabilities of password managers

Researchers expose vulnerabilities of password managers

Senior author of the study, Dr. Siamak Shahandashti from the Department of Computer Science at the University of York, said: "Vulnerabilities in password managers provide opportunities for hackers to extract credentials, compromising commercial information or violating employee information.

Mozilla does not respect user requests to stop tracking telemetry data

Mozilla does not respect user requests to stop tracking telemetry data

As an explanation, Mozilla claims that “we need better insight into our opt-out rates for telemetry” to “ensure new features improve your user experience and to guide Mozilla’s business decisions.”.

Microsoft Edge has more privacy-invading telemetry than other browsers

Microsoft Edge has more privacy-invading telemetry than other browsers

Concluding the paper, Leith writes: From a privacy perspective Microsoft Edge and Yandex are qualitatively different from the other browsers studied.Edge also sends the hardware UUID of the device to Microsoft and Yandex similarly transmits a hashed hardware identifier to back end servers.

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.

A new report shows the most popular web browsers in the world are sending companies your history or personal data. Here’s how each browser’s privacy stacks up.

A new report shows the most popular web browsers in the world are sending companies your history or personal data. Here’s how each browser’s privacy stacks up.

Chrome, Firefox, and Safari were each ranked in the second-lowest privacy tier, while Microsoft Edge and Yandex were ranked as „least private.“ „For users of Edge and Yandex … my advice would be to change browser,“ the study’s author told Business Insider.

There's a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

There's a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

What's more, the study authors note that because of the way people tend to "speak" with their hands while speaking with their actual mouths, the wearable jammer is extra effective at blocking hidden microphones at is moves around.

Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

Popular right-leaning outlets analyzed by the researchers placed 227 cookies in a user's browser, versus 131 for the median popular left-leaning counterparts., the most popular right-leaning site, placed around 4 percent more cookies in women's browsers than , the most popular left-leaning site as categorized by BuzzFeed.

Data privacy benefits outweigh spend, says Cisco

Data privacy benefits outweigh spend, says Cisco

“With this study, we now have empirical evidence of privacy investments paying off for companies – particularly with improved customer relationships, revenue impact and real bottom-line results,” said Cisco vice-president and chief privacy officer Harvey Jang.

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

In a study [PDF] conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council named Forbrukerrådet on 10 apps, it has been found out that several popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid & Grindr along with certain popular menstrual help apps such as Clue and MyDays have been sharing the personal data of users with as much as 135 different third parties for advertising purposes.

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

Survey finds majority of Americans are concerned about data collection by governments and companies

The thing about internet tracking and surveillance is that when it comes to online privacy both companies and governments have been historically caught lying to the public or just straight up selling private data legally .

Twitter drops Grindr from ad network over 'GDPR breaches'

Twitter drops Grindr from ad network over 'GDPR breaches'

“By stating that it does ‘not control the use of these tracking technologies’, and by asking users to read the privacy policies of any third-party companies that may receive personal data, Grindr is attempting to shift accountability for the advertising technologies that it is using away from itself,” the report concluded.