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Say Cheese! The EU Is Set to Create One of Earth's Biggest Biometric Databases

The European Parliament has voted by a significant margin to streamline its systems for managing everything from travel to border security by amassing an enormous information database that will include biometric data and facial images—an issue that has raised significant alarm among privacy advocates.Read more...
Tags: European Union, Biometrics, Data, Privacy, Security, Parliament


If You Used This App, the Passwords of the Private WiFi Networks You Connected to Leaked Online

Thousands of users of an app called WiFi Finder, the stated purpose of which is, obviously, to locate and provide credentials for public wifi hotspots, inadvertently submitted their own home wifi passwords to the app’s database, which has now leaked online.Read more...
Tags: Stop Downloading Garbage Apps, Privacy, Security


Mental Health and Quitting-Smoking Apps Are Sharing Your Secrets

When it comes to subjects like mental health or addiction, one should be able to trust that an app designed to help you through such a difficult and personal problem would take your privacy seriously. But a new study suggests that not only is this not the case, but these apps are coughing over your data to tech giants…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Health, Google, Android, Facebook, Apps, Science, Privacy, Data, Ios Apps, Mental Health, Android Apps, Health Apps


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's "weirdest" languages, spy planes spot archaeological sites, making museums more accessible and more from around the web Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those …
Tags: Art, Apps, Science, Design, Privacy, Planes, Tech, History, Accessibility, Museums, Artists, Linguistics, Archaeology, English, Websites, Linkaboutit


Medical Files of 145,000 Vulnerable Rehab Patients Carelessly Leaked Online

The leaks are never-ending; but naturally, some are more sensitive than others.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Protected Health Information




Facebook Asked Some Users for Their Email Passwords, Then 'Unintentionally Uploaded' 1.5 Million Contact Lists Without Consent

Earlier this month, Facebook admitted that it was asking some users who signed up on desktop while using email addresses not supporting the OAuth open standard to give them the passwords to their email accounts—with options to avoid doing so hidden in a “Need Help?” sub-menu. Now the social media giant has admitted…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Passwords, Social Media, Cybersecurity


Microsoft Claimed a Security Breach Didn't Compromise Email Messages—It Did

A series of security reports published over the weekend have raised serious concerns about Microsoft’s transparency in the wake of a recent data breach. Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Privacy, Outlook, Data Breach, Hotmail


The Feds, Police Are Using Google's Location History Feature to Track Down Suspects

Law enforcement queries of Google’s massive mobile device Location History database, which employees call Sensorvault, has “risen sharply in the past six months,” the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing sources at the company.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Privacy, Police, Smartphones, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Cell Phones, Gps, Location, Fourth Amendment, Location History


Report: Hackers Steal, Publish Data on Thousands of Federal Agents, Police Officers Across US

Hackers have stolen data from “several FBI-affiliated websites” and are distributing it across the web, TechCrunch reported on Friday, with details on “thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers” now floating around on the web.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Ukraine, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Hacking, Hackers


Ecuador Arrests Digital Privacy Activist and Programmer for 'Collaborating' with WikiLeaks

Police in Ecuador have arrested Swedish programmer and digital privacy activist Ola Bini for allegedly trying to destabilize the Ecuadorian government by “collaborating” with WikiLeaks. Bini was arrested at Quito Airport in Ecuador on his way to Japan.Read more...
Tags: Security, Japan, Science, London, Privacy, Hacking, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Ecuador, Donald Trump, Chelsea Manning, Ruby on Rails, President Trump, Lenín Moreno, Quito Airport, Ola Bini


5 Times Jeff Bezos Tried to Warn Us Amazon Is Listening

Last night, Bloomberg published an alarming report about the “thousands” of Amazon workers paid to listen to Alexa recordings captured in customers’ homes and offices. But users of the company’s digital assistant shouldn’t be too shocked. After all, CEO Jeff Bezos has been trying to tell us for years.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Science, Privacy, Bloomberg, Surveillance, Jeff Bezos, Alexa


Amazon's Human Helpers Are Quietly Listening in on Some Alexa Recordings

There’s been a number of incidents where Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has done things like misinterpret something it overheard and started sending random people recordings of private conversations, or audio files kept by the company wound up in the wrong hands. But a real-life stranger could potentially be…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Machine Learning, Amazon Echo, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers, Alexa Who Else Is Listening


Google Will Now Let You Use Your Android Phone as a Physical Security Key

By now you should know that two-factor authentication is a vital and necessary component of good security hygiene. That said, the most common ways of getting 2FA codes usually involve text messages or authenticator apps, which aren’t always hacker-proof. But today, Google announced at its Cloud Next conference that…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Science, Privacy, Titan Key


Senators Introduce Bill to Stop 'Dark Patterns' Huge Platforms Use to Trick Users

Senators Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) have introduced legislation to ban so-called “dark patterns” tactics designed to trick users into handing over access to their data, Reuters reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Privacy, Virginia, Cybersecurity, Nebraska, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Platforms, Mark Warner, Reuters, Deb Fischer


Facebook Is Paying a British Newspaper to Run Facebook-Friendly Sponsored Content

Facebook is paying British newspaper the Daily Telegraph to run a series of sponsored articles called “Being human in the information age” defending it against claims it is encouraging the spread of misinformation, aiding in the spread of hate speech, violating privacy, and generally ruining society in myriad other…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Science, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Media, Daily Telegraph


540 Million Facebook User Records Exposed Online, Plus Passwords, Comments, and More

Researchers at the cybersecurity firm UpGuard on Wednesday said they had discovered the existence of two datasets together containing the personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users. Both were left publicly accessible.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Science, Privacy, UpGuard


Facebook Is Just Casually Asking Some New Users for Their Email Passwords

Facebook has been prompting some users registering for the first time to hand over the passwords to their email accounts, the Daily Beast reported on Tuesday—a practice that blares right past questionable and into “beyond sketchy” territory, security consultant Jake Williams told the Beast.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Passwords, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Jake Williams


Huawei Says U.S. Government Has a 'Loser's Attitude' Because American Tech Can't Compete

Huawei just reported over $100 billion in annual sales for the first time ever in 2018. And rotating chairman Guo Ping took a victory lap in front of reporters today with some particularly harsh words for the American government.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Nsa, China, Telecommunications, Edward Snowden, National Security, Espionage, Huawei, Spies, 5g, New Cold War, Ren Zhengfei, Guo Ping, Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Says U S Government


Huawei Says US Government Has a 'Loser's Attitude' Because American Tech Can't Compete

Huawei just reported over $100 billion in annual sales for the first time ever in 2018. And rotating chairman Guo Ping took a victory lap in front of reporters today with some particularly harsh words for the American government.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Nsa, China, US, Telecommunications, Edward Snowden, National Security, Espionage, Huawei, Spies, 5g, New Cold War, Ren Zhengfei, Guo Ping, Meng Wanzhou


How to Leave No Trace on a Borrowed Computer

Say you need to borrow someone else’s laptop or desktop, but you don’t want to leave a digital trail of breadcrumbs behind you when you’ve gone. Maybe you’re using a public computer, or maybe you’re just borrowing a friend’s and don’t want to mess up all their own settings and preferences too much—how do you make sure…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Windows, Web, Desktop, macOS, Leave no trace


Chinese Dating App for Queer and Lesbian Women Reportedly Left 5.3 Million Profiles Exposed

A Chinese dating app for lesbian and queer women exposed the profiles and private data of over 5.3 million users, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday, possibly since June 2018.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Data Breach, Dating, Lgbtq, Dating Apps


FEMA Breach Exposes Personal Data and Banking Information of 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may have put the personally identifying information of millions of disaster survivors at risk of fraud and identity theft, according to a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.Read more...
Tags: Fema, Department Of Homeland Security, Office Of Inspector General, Privacy, Privacy And Security, Data Breach


Either the CEO of AT&T Staged a Robocall During a Live Interview or No One Is Immune to This Plague

The robocalling problem just keeps getting worse and worse—last year, the Federal Communications Commission ordered telecommunications executives to start doing something about the problem, which one report in January 2019 estimated had exploded to the tune of 26.3 billion robocalls placed to U.S. numbers annually.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Wireless, Phones, Att, Apple Watch, Robocalls, AT amp, Randall Stephenson


Spy-Cam Ring Recorded 1,600 Hotel Guests for a Subscription Porn Site

South Korean authorities say as many as 1,600 motel guests in the country were secretly recorded last year as part of an illegal spy-cam ring that included thousands of patrons. Tiny cameras were concealed inside of TVs and power sockets, among other locations, in 42 motel rooms in 10 cities.Read more...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Privacy, Sex Crimes, Hidden Cameras


Should Facebook Spying Be Used to Keep Kids From Dangerous Parents?

Last year, an English child protection worker was assigned a case where a mother was deemed a high risk to her baby’s safety. It’s the worker’s job to protect the child and, if necessary, separate the mother from her kid. Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Right Vs Wrong


It's Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones, Researcher Finds

In a dusty plastic bin under my bed lies at least four laptops, six cellphones, and a half-dozen hard drives. I have no idea what’s on any of them. Most of these devices predate the cloud-storage era, and so likely contain solitary copies of photos, texts, and emails, among other confidential files (porn?) that I’d…Read more...
Tags: Science, Hardware, Privacy, Data Destruction


Lawmakers Move to Block Companies From Using Face Recognition Without Your Consent

On the heels of this week’s news that a major tech company had scraped nearly a million images off Flickr to help train a facial-recognition tool, Senate lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at prohibiting commercial users of facial recognition from collecting and re-sharing such data without the…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Senate, Ibm, Facial Recognition


Thousands of ICE Employees Have Access to Massive, Nationwide License Plate-Tracking System

Records obtained by the ACLU of Northern California in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit show that local city governments are piping automated license plate reader (ALPR) data to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the organization wrote on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Immigration, Dhs, Surveillance, Aclu, Ice, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Mass Surveillance, Northern California, Customs Enforcement, Automated License Plate Readers


Owner of MAGA-Friendly Yelp Knockoff Threatens to Call FBI After Researcher Exposes Security Holes

The rollout of a Yelp-like phone app aimed at helping Donald Trump’s supporters find businesses friendly to MAGA-hat wearing chuds is going about as well as you’d imagine.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Fbi, Donald Trump, LMFAO, Maga



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