‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

Digital advertisers in France also complained about Apple’s move to the country’s antitrust regulator, which said last month it will allow the feature because it is in line with privacy rules (though the watchdog will continue to investigate whether Apple favours its own services and products).Now, in a Canadian exclusive interview with the Toronto Star, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook talks about the company’s approach to privacy and how that helps set it apart from other big tech players.

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

The company has joined forces with dozens of Chinese trade groups and tech firms working with the state-backed China Advertising Association to develop the new technique, which would use technology called device fingerprinting, the people said.

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

The ban happens to cover exactly what the regulator feared: Facebook using personal information it previously gathered in new ways.That happens to be exactly what the regulator has warned Facebook not to do with the telephone numbers of South Africans collected by its Whatsapp service.

EU police spy on 70,000 encrypted phones

EU police spy on 70,000 encrypted phones

Police agencies were able to monitor the encrypted communications of about 70,000 people in a second major hack by European law enforcement in the last year.Sky ECC has rejected the claim its app has been unlocked by European agencies and said it was cloned devices running a fake application that were hacked.

Releases · xwiki-labs/cryptpad

Releases · xwiki-labs/cryptpad

We identified and fixed a number of issues which caused shared folders that were protected with access lists to fail to load due to race conditions between loading the document and authenticating with the server as a user or member of a team.

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

(Reuters) - Two advocacy groups on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

Edward Snowden: Bitcoin privacy sucks

Edward Snowden: Bitcoin privacy sucks

Edward Snowden, the famous whistleblower who leaked highly confidential information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, criticized Bitcoin (BTC) for its inability to protect users financial privacy.And people thought that the creation of Bitcoin would solve the privacy concern in the financial space.

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

As the following chart shows, Instagram is most likely to share your personal information with third parties for advertising purposes.

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

An interesting article in the Guardian points out that some parole systems are moving on to a more “humane” version of the ankle bracelet to track people, based on smartphone apps.

California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns,' a sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult

California is banning companies from using 'dark patterns,' a sneaky website design that makes things like canceling a subscription frustratingly difficult

California banned companies from using "dark patterns," or tricks to get users to sell information.As of March 15, the California Consumer Privacy Act bans companies from using "dark patterns," or website designs that can confuse or trick users into opting into selling their information.

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

According to an investigation by Vice, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in several states is supplementing its income by selling the personal information of drivers in their state to third parties.This information includes their names, addresses, dates of birth and which cars they own.

DMVs Can (And Do) Collect and Sell Your Personal Data

DMVs Can (And Do) Collect and Sell Your Personal Data

An investigation by Vice found that, in several states, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) supplements its income by selling drivers' personal information—including their names, dates of birth, addresses, and the cars they own—to third parties.

Instagram is ‘most invasive app’, new study shows

Instagram is ‘most invasive app’, new study shows

The study found that Instagram collects 79 per cent of its users’ personal data and shares it with third parties, including search history, location, contacts and financial info.“Any information you agree to be gathered by an app when signing up can be analysed for their benefit and even shared.

EFF Joins Effort to Restrict Automated License Plate Readers in California

EFF Joins Effort to Restrict Automated License Plate Readers in California

One year ago, the California State Auditor released a damning report on the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by local law enforcement agencies that confirmed concerns EFF has raised for years.

Invasive apps

Invasive apps

By using the new Apple privacy labels featured in the App Store, we identified which apps share the most of your private data with third parties and which gather the most for their own benefits, to find the most invasive overall.

This AI Uses Your Brain Activity to Create Fake Faces It Knows You’ll Find Attractive

This AI Uses Your Brain Activity to Create Fake Faces It Knows You’ll Find Attractive

Developed by a team from the University of Helsinki and Copenhagen University, the artificially intelligent system was able to generate images of fake faces that it knew particular users would find attractive—because those same users’ brain activity played a part in training the AI.

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Google in December, claiming the company was too large and the competition was fierce.Nevada was the first state to be signed by a Democratic Attorney General.

DuckDuckGo Calls Out Google Search for 'Spying' on Users After Privacy Labels Go Live

DuckDuckGo Calls Out Google Search for 'Spying' on Users After Privacy Labels Go Live

DuckDuckGo claims that Google "wanted to hide" the information that it collects, which is why Google took so long to roll out support for App Privacy labels.

Apple Launches All-in-One Web Page With Privacy Labels for Its Own Apps

Apple Launches All-in-One Web Page With Privacy Labels for Its Own Apps

Apple today updated its privacy website with a new "Labels" section that brings privacy labels for all of Apple's apps together in one place, making it easier for users to learn about how Apple apps handle their personal data.

Experts doubt the privacy claims of Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts ad targeting model

Experts doubt the privacy claims of Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts ad targeting model

Google recently declared that it will stop selling targeted ads based on your internet history as provided by third party cookies, and is instead working on a new privacy conscious way for advertisers to target internet users called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC).

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Today we are publishing an open letter calling on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to publish a privacy notice for their DNS service that commits to deleting the data within 24 hours and to only using the data for providing the service.

IPhone Call Recorder bug gave acess to other people's conversations

IPhone Call Recorder bug gave acess to other people's conversations

By passing the app’s network traffic through a web proxy tool like Burp or Zap, an attacker could insert the phone number of any app user in the recordings request.

Security Vulnerability in 'Call Recorder' App Exposed User Conversations

Security Vulnerability in 'Call Recorder' App Exposed User Conversations

A recent report from mobile security firm Zimperium suggested that thousands of iOS apps that use public cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure have improper setups that risk exposing user data.

Malicious apps on Google Play dropped banking Trojans on user devices

Malicious apps on Google Play dropped banking Trojans on user devices

Google has removed 10 apps from the Play Store which contained droppers for financial Trojans.MRAT is used to provide remote access to a compromised mobile device, whereas AlienBot facilitates the injection of malicious code into existing, legitimate financial apps.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

If you schedule a Covid-19 vaccine appointment with major pharmacy chains such as Walgreens or CVS, your data may be used to bulk up those companies’ own significant marketing apparatuses, giving them a source of income even beyond what they’re paid for administering the vaccines and whatever you might decide to buy while you’re in the store to get one.

A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

He was a special adviser to the Federal Trade Commission in 2011 and 2012 and then joined the National Economic Council to work on competition policy during the Obama administration, which was known for its kid-glove treatment of tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon.

Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers

Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers

App developers rely on third-party servers to simplify data storage, but new research indicates that these servers are often left with little to no security over sensitive data.The issue lies in developers who do not secure their server, so any and all app categories are affected.

Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history

Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history

Transcript for Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history.Wall Street Journal reports all the new broadcasting deals could be done by next week as your tech makes a great day.

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

Border agents can search phones freely under new circuit court ruling

A US appeals court has ruled that Customs and Border Protection agents can conduct in-depth searches of phones and laptops, overturning an earlier legal victory for civil liberties groups.

Private dollars are seeding surveillance tech across the US

Private dollars are seeding surveillance tech across the US

Companies including Axon – which makes tasers, cameras and drones, and Verizon – which provides video surveillance technologies and 5G connectivity services – they’re in the Chula Vista Police Foundation’s Captain’s Circle of sponsors.