What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

But buried within its business-like announcement of the indictment of four Chinese military hackers, there is the following statement, which has huge implications for privacy: For years, we have witnessed China’s voracious appetite for the personal data of Americans, including the theft of personnel records from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the intrusion into Marriott hotels, and Anthem health insurance company, and now the wholesale theft of credit and other information from Equifax.

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

Why the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) risks turning into a paper tiger

In November 2019, BEUC sent another letter to the DPC, noting: “One year after these complaints were filed, it has yet not been decided whether Google infringed the GDPR.” As Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC, said: Considering the scale of the problem, which affects millions of European consumers, this investigation should be a priority for the Irish data protection authority.

TSA: Making Woman Take Down Pants & Underwear “Not a Strip Search”

TSA: Making Woman Take Down Pants & Underwear “Not a Strip Search”

Their attempt to try the same justification — essentially that the TSA screeners who violated Mrs. Mengert were not interested in looking at her body; rather, she was just incidentally exposed as they searched her clothes — is a bit curious since the case they cited told the police to pound sand:.

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.

Children’s apparel company Hanna Andersson discloses data breach

Children’s apparel company Hanna Andersson discloses data breach

Hanna Andersson, a children’s clothing company with stores across the country, has told customers that their card payment data may have been compromised in a security breach last year.

Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech

Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech

Anu Raghunathan, a math and mechanical engineering major at New York University and chair of the university’s Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) chapter told Motherboard she was surprised by the Mozilla reception of an event she organized at NYU in October, where students and expert panelists discussed ethical AI, discrimination against women in tech, and algorithimic bias.

IWantClips Admits Performer Data Breach

IWantClips Admits Performer Data Breach

In this isolated incident, there was a minor inadvertent data release that affected a very small number of our artists (483 United States based artists out of our community of more than 30,000 artists) who had previously received a 1099 from us in the year 2017.

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Facebook Says Encrypting Messenger by Default Will Take Years

Millican's presentation at the conference, in fact, wasn't about how Facebook plans to pull off the transition to default encryption for Messenger, which currently offers the feature only through its Secret Conversations mode.

Armed and Ready: How Your Data Is Being 'Weaponized' Against You

Armed and Ready: How Your Data Is Being 'Weaponized' Against You

All new Android users are asked if they would like to switch on Google Now. According to the product page, Google Now gives you the “right information at just the right time” and the “information that you need throughout your day, before you even ask.” Based on usage, Google Now aims to pre-empt your consciousness and present to you the data it thinks you will look for before you ask for it.

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

US to start collecting DNA from people detained at border

A memo outlining the program published Monday by the Department of Homeland Security said U.S. citizens and permanent residents holding a “green card” who are detained could be subject to DNA testing, as well as asylum seekers and people entering the country without authorization.

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word."Users can opt in to help Siri improve by learning from audio samples of their requests," Apple says.

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

It comes as Christopher Steele, the ex-head of MI6’s Russia desk and the intelligence expert behind the so-called “Steele dossier” into Trump’s relationship with Russia, said that while the company had closed down, the failure to properly punish bad actors meant that the prospects for manipulation of the US election this year were even worse.

Your annual reminder that Facebook tracks your location after you opt out

Your annual reminder that Facebook tracks your location after you opt out

Several major news organizations and outlets, from AFP to CNBC to The Hill, are reporting that Facebook told US senators that it continues to track users’ location even after they’ve turned those settings off within the app.

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

Though Apple has been using differential privacy since 2017, it’s been combined with federated learning only as of iOS 13, which rolled out to the public in September of this year.

Report: Facebook employee fired for taking bribes to reactivate shady ads

Report: Facebook employee fired for taking bribes to reactivate shady ads

A Facebook employee was fired after accepting thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for reactivating an ad account that violated the platform's policies, according to a Buzzfeed report.

Why parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids’ data

Why parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids’ data

Like thousands of American public school districts, Montgomery county gives students laptops and has hired tech companies to track students’ activities on those computers, including monitoring what they search for and what websites they visit.

India may force social media platforms to offer user verification - government sources

India may force social media platforms to offer user verification - government sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s proposed new privacy bill may require large social media platforms to offer an identity-verification option, a potentially precedent-setting effort to rein in the spread of “fake news”, two government sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Most Facebook employees wouldn’t trust it with their financial data: survey

Between Facebook’s Libra project and Google’s new Google Pay-linked checking accounts, Big Tech is demonstrating big plans to integrate itself into the world of digital finance.The survey, released today, polled more than 5,000 professionals working at various companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber.

Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers.The FBI warned that hackers can take control of your unsecured smart TV and in worst cases, take control of the camera and microphone to watch and listen in.

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

"Anything that arrives at the border is subject to being searched - that means anything," postmaster Kathleen Case told the BBC.Some days every item of mail - which are placed in a bonded truck in Canada and then sent about 80km (50 miles) through Maine and over the international Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - is inspected.

Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources

Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national security panel’s inquiry into the safety of the personal data it handles, people familiar with the matter said.

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber will start audio-recording trips to protect its passengers

Uber has plans to ensure its passengers feel safe when using the service by introducing an audio-recording safety feature to all rides.

Stolen Disney+ logins selling for $3 on hacking forums

Stolen Disney+ logins selling for $3 on hacking forums

Disney says its new Disney Plus streaming service doesn’t have a security breach, but some users have been shut out after hackers tried to break into their accounts.Disney Plus does require codes sent by email when changing account passwords, but it doesn’t use them for logging in from new devices.

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will start audio-recording rides as a safety measure

Uber will launch a feature to audio-record rides in the United States as a way to ensure passenger and driver safety, according to company communications accessed by The Washington Post and confirmed by Uber itself.

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

Giving Government Vast Snooping Authority Is One Thing Democrats and Republicans Both Like

This relatively innocuous language pushes back the sunset provision of the Patriot Act by three months, leaving its vast powers in the hands of a president who Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden charges with "failure to uphold basic democratic principles," who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused of "alarming connections and conduct with Russia" and, joined by Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, says is making an attempt to "shred the Constitution.".

Uber reports a sharp rise in government demands for user data

Uber reports a sharp rise in government demands for user data

The ride-hailing company said the number of law enforcement demands for user data during 2018 are up 27% on the year earlier, according to its annual transparency report published Wednesday.

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame

The news: Governments worldwide are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and spy on citizens, think tank Freedom House has warned in its latest report.

Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate

Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate

The tech giants have “funded scores of nonprofits, including consumer and privacy groups, and academics,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director at the Center for Digital Democracy, a public interest group that does not accept donations from Google or Facebook.

Google gives up on US carriers, will roll out its own RCS chat system

Google gives up on US carriers, will roll out its own RCS chat system

The only power RCS has comes from the fact that your carrier might do it, which would instantly upgrade the baseline messaging service it offers on (at least new) phones.

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal, starting as early as next year.