Happiness and the "default user"

Happiness and the "default user"

I propose the following question: Is it becoming increasingly difficult to achieve "happiness", in a society where all your habits, search queries, shopping trends, financial state, emotional state, contacts and so on are actively collected and processed for the simple goal of using it against you.

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of privacy advocacy organizations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protecting children’s privacy online.

It's Not Just Zoom. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Webex Have Privacy Issues, Too.

It's Not Just Zoom. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Webex Have Privacy Issues, Too.

A single privacy policy governs Google's three videoconferencing services, and Teams and Skype share the same Microsoft privacy policy.Consumer Reports is writing to Cisco, Google, and Microsoft with a number of recommendations on how to improve their privacy policies, and publishing a complete report on what we found.

Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx are collecting more customer data than they appear to be

Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx are collecting more customer data than they appear to be

Consumer Reports has analyzed the privacy policies of Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx and discovered that they may be collecting more data than many people realize.But by agreeing to the privacy policies of these services, you are giving companies like Google and Microsoft access to plenty of personal data.

Google is reportedly working on its own Apple Card-style smart debit card

Google is reportedly working on its own Apple Card-style smart debit card

The company did release a statement to TechCrunch noting, “We’re exploring how we can partner with banks and credit unions in the US to offer smart checking accounts through Google Pay, helping their customers benefit from useful insights and budgeting tools, while keeping their money in an FDIC or NCUA-insured account.

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

By contrast, it is the big ad-tech companies — especially Facebook and Google — that do not want to make it easy for consumers to avoid profiling, because their business models rely on it.

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.

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

With all the potential for penalties, a question lingers: How much do the latest data privacy regulations limit customer journey data that powers personalized online experiences?This is another challenge for personalizing experiences online, as tools like cookies help companies optimize their marketing spend and deliver customers more relevant marketing messages.

Ford Sharing Driving Data With Allstate, Plans Loyalty Credit Card

Ford Sharing Driving Data With Allstate, Plans Loyalty Credit Card

Adhering to the latest industry trends, Ford has made a deal with insurer Allstate to share customer driving data and plans to issue a loyalty credit card tied into its rewards program.

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Roberts and Hawkins recently wrote an op-ed in the journal Science encouraging Congress to require companies to allow people to opt in (or out) of major changes to terms of service on health apps.

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

They had been working on an investigation into surveillance on journalists and human rights activists in a particular Middle Eastern nation, and had been in contact with sources the government was hostile to.One group of foreign correspondents, working on sensitive stories, were finding that their phone calls to some sources were automatically redirected.

Details of 10 million MGM hotel guests leaked online

Details of 10 million MGM hotel guests leaked online

The data was acquired in the summer after attackers gained access to MGM servers, though the breach went under the radar at the time.Though no financial information was leaked, the information made available on a public hacking forum is sufficient for cybercriminals to perform other varieties of attack, including spear-phishing emails and SIM jacking.

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

Every Click You Make: Data Tracking, Consumer Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

In the age of the Internet-of-things, every digital device you own collects information about you, while websites, corporations and social media platforms use different techniques to surveil and track your personal data.

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

The commission is also investigating the GDPR compliance of dating app Tinder after concerns sparked about issues surrounding its “ongoing processing of users’ personal data”.We are fully cooperating with the Data Protection Commission, and will continue to abide by GDPR and all applicable laws”, Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, said.

Facebook to Pay $550 Million to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook to Pay $550 Million to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook said on Wednesday that it had agreed to pay $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois, giving privacy groups a major victory that again raised questions about the social network’s data-mining practices.

What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You

What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You

While the Facebook suit isn’t related to personal health data, it’s not hard to imagine that the information collected by period trackers—especially with some employers and health insurers licensing the apps to use as part of corporate wellness programs—could be used in ways that harm women, King says.

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.

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.

Opinion | How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

Opinion | How the ‘Sharing’ Economy Erodes Both Privacy and Trust

But it is being cynically manipulated by the “sharing” or “trust” economy — where we trade homes, cars or belongings through third-party administrators such as Airbnb — in ways that threaten our privacy.It’s also a model of consumerism that makes our traditional idea of trust irrelevant.

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.Consumer Reports warns the IoT camera manufacturers that its ratings will reflect whether it believes adequate steps have been taken to ensure the security and privacy of users is protected.

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

A new report, called Out of Control: How Consumers Are Exploited by the Online Advertising Industry, published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming.

Stanford Law’s Jen King on California’s New Privacy Law

Stanford Law’s Jen King on California’s New Privacy Law

In the discussion that follows, Dr. Jennifer King, Director of Privacy at Stanford’s CIS, explains the new law and how far it may go to protect consumer personal data.

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

3D TV Tells You Everything About This Decade’s Tech

What I remember most from those press conferences in 2010 was the assuredness that millions of people somehow actively wanted to have to put glasses on their faces in order to watch television.

New Year, New Rights: What to know about California’s new privacy law

New Year, New Rights: What to know about California’s new privacy law

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) expands the rights of Californians over their data.Starting in 2020, Californians have the right to know what personal information is being collected, access it, see with whom their data is being shared, and opt-out of the sale of that data.

California is rewriting the rules of the internet. Businesses are scrambling to keep up

California is rewriting the rules of the internet. Businesses are scrambling to keep up

Sacramento lawmakers struck a deal to turn it into law, and unusually for a law that stands to affect billion-dollar companies, it remained largely unchanged by lobbying efforts through 2019.In the data economy, users’ personal information can be used in lightning-fast transactions, like the real-time auction that goes on behind each online ad, and stored in databases for decades.

America should demand privacy protection — before it's too late

America should demand privacy protection — before it's too late

Having worked and legislated in this space since long before the first mainstream thinkpiece was written about data privacy, I know for certain that a balanced approach will protect American consumers from bad actors, while ensuring the innovators can keep innovating.

Alexa is coming to more everyday household devices like light switches and thermostats

Alexa is coming to more everyday household devices like light switches and thermostats

Amazon's integration of AVS into AWS IoT Core should lead to a rapid jump in the number of Alexa-powered consumer IoT devices.

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency

DNA genealogical databases are a gold mine for police, but with few rules and little transparency

Fields said he was guided by “common sense” in the two cases he has searched consumer DNA — the July hunt for a serial rapist, and a 2018 arrest of a man for the unsolved murder of a college co-ed.

1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server

1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server

It does, though, contain profiles of hundreds of millions of people that include home and cell phone numbers, associated social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Github, work histories seemingly scraped from LinkedIn, almost 50 million unique phone numbers, and 622 million unique email addresses.

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.