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Cameo's Private Celeb Shout-out Videos Weren't So Private After All

Cameo is a delightful app. You can pay D-list celebrities—the tier of folks you’d watch on The Masked Singer or some other ridiculous reality show—to record personalized videos for you and your friends. Prices per video depend on each celeb’s rates, but paying a Real Housewife to send a surprise birthday greeting to a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy


EU Warns Google Buying Fitbit Presents a Major Privacy Risk

It wasn’t too long ago that Google announced it had plunked down $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit. While the news was welcomed by some, many others raised the question of what would happen with all that health data Fitbit had collected. You can count the European Data Protection Board among the latter. At its 18th…Read more...
Tags: Google, Wearables, Science, Privacy, Fitbit, Data Privacy, European Data Protection Board, EU Warns Google


Report: Firm Tracking Purchase, Transaction Histories of Millions Maybe Not Really Anonymizing Them

The nation’s largest financial data broker, Yodlee, holds extensive and supposedly anonymized banking and credit card transaction histories on millions of Americans. Internal documents obtained by Motherboard, however, appear to indicate that Yodlee clients could potentially de-anonymize those records by simply…Read more...
Tags: Credit Cards, Science, Technology, Privacy, Finance, Banking, Data, Cybersecurity, Motherboard, Yodlee, Pseudoanonymized


The Studs on This Punk Bracelet Are Actually Microphone-Jamming Ultrasonic Speakers

You can prevent facial recognition cameras from identifying you by wearing face paint, masks, or sometimes just a pair of oversized sunglasses. Keeping conversations private from an ever-growing number of microphone-equipped devices isn’t quite as easy, but researchers have created what could be the first wearable…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Research, University Of Chicago, Microphones, Smart Assistants, Jammers


Ring Finally Rolls Out Mandatory Two-Factor Authentication After Privacy Scandals

Following scandals involving hijacked camera feeds the company blamed on its users and data, Amazon-owned Ring is making two-factor authentication mandatory on its devices. As of this week, users will have to input a one-time, six-digit code via email or SMS any time they log in to their camera feeds. The…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Privacy, Ring, Surveillance Tech, Its About Time


Police Use Family-Tracking App on Son's Phone to Show His Dad Was Near Huge Blaze at Ex-Employer

Authorities linked a man to a factory arson that destroyed “well over a million” dollars in property last month by convincing his son to give them access to an app that would allow them to view the suspect’s movements, Forbes reported.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Privacy, Police, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Location, Forbes, Life360, Family Tracker


Social Media Post Mocking a Dementia Patient Doesn't Violate Patient Privacy Law, Court Rules

A nurse’s aide is legally in the clear after posting a hatefully-captioned photo of an Alzheimer’s patient at a nursing home. After the patient’s husband William Furlow sued for personal injury, the State of Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that posting an image of a patient does not qualify as sharing private…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Abuse, Elderly, Social Media Post, Elder Abuse, William Furlow, State of Minnesota Court of Appeals


U.S. Indicts Four Chinese Military Members Over 2017 Equifax Hack

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that four members of the Chinese military have been indicted for the 2017 hack of Equifax that compromised the data of at least 145 million people. The theft of social security numbers, addresses, and driver’s license information has been characterized as the largest…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, China, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Doj, U S Department of Justice, Equifax


U.S. Indicts 4 Chinese Military Members Over 2017 Equifax Hack

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that four members of the Chinese military have been indicted for the 2017 hack of Equifax that compromised the data of at least 145 million people. The theft of social security numbers, addresses, and driver’s license information has been characterized as the largest…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, China, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Doj, U S Department of Justice, Equifax, Chinese military


Feds Find Fourth Amendment Workaround, Buy Phone Locations From Marketing Firms

Sidestepping the need to obtain a search warrant, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reportedly been accessing phone location data belonging to millions of Americans by buying it straight from private marketing firms. The data is drawn from seemingly ordinary phone apps, including mobile games and weather…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Homeland Security, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Ad Tech, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Carpenter V United States, Surveillance Tech


NYPD to Launch a Totally Reliable iOS App to Log Police Activity That Will Definitely Work as Intended

The New York Police Department is replacing the memo books used by over 30,000 officers to track everything from patrol assignments and 911 calls to arrest records with an iOS app, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Apps, Science, Technology, Crime, Privacy, Police, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, New York Times, Nypd, New York Police Department


Alleged CIA Leaker Joshua Schulte Was Made Scapegoat for Being 'a Pain in the Ass,' Defense Argues

Defense lawyers for former CIA software engineer Joshua Adam Schulte say that the CIA and federal prosecutors don’t actually know for certain who was behind a 2017 leak of cyber espionage documents, let alone whether it was their client, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Instead, they said he really pissed…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Privacy, Nsa, Cybersecurity, Spying, Courts, Espionage, Cia, Wikileaks, Central Intelligence Agency, Wall Street Journal, Joshua Adam Schulte, Joshua Schulte, Vault 17


CEO of Creepy Face Recognition Firm Clearview AI Says He Has First Amendment Right to Billions of Photos

Hoan Ton-That, the CEO and founder of a face recognition company that he freely admits could help lead to a surveillance “nightmare” and a “dystopian future or something,” says he has a First Amendment right to scrape whatever images he damn well pleases off public websites like Twitter to pad out his company’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Police, Cybersecurity, Law Enforcement, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Face Recognition, CFAA, Clearview AI, Creepy Face Recognition Firm Clearview


Would Facebook Save Your Life If It Could?

If you were on trial for a murder you didn’t commit, it’s possible that Facebook has evidence that could set you free. But it is extraordinarily unlikely that Facebook would hand it over. Facebook would not only refuse to help you, but it will pay exorbitant legal fees to fight your subpoenas through appeals courts as…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Privacy, SCA, Stored Communications Act, Omar Ameen, Facebook Save Your Life


'Anonymized' Data Is Meaningless Bullshit

When most of us think of how the concept of “data” has been skewered by the press, we’re probably thinking about an app’s location data tipping off our home address, or apps like Grindr tipping advertisers off about our sexuality. What’s less scrutinized, both by the public and by those in public office, is data that’…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Stop Trying To Make Anonymization Happen, Fakemodo


Lindsey Graham Is Quietly Preparing a Mess of a Bill Trying to Destroy End-to-End Encryption

Top Trump ally and consistent encryption scaremonger Senator Lindsey Graham is working on a bill that could coerce tech companies to stop providing end-to-end encryption by threatening them with massive legal liability, The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2019 (or EARN IT…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Congress, Cybersecurity, Encryption, End To End Encryption, Lindsey Graham, Top Trump, Earn It Act


Report: FBI Investigating NSO Group Over Notorious International Hacks

The FBI is investigating shady cyber-intelligence company NSO Group and the possible use of its phone-hijacking tools in several high-profile hacks, Reuters reported on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Malware, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Hacking, Hackers, Pegasus, Espionage, Reuters, NSO Group, Cyber Intelligence


Tinder, Bumble, and Grindr Are Under Investigation For Allowing Minors

Online dating is a hellscape, but the U.S. House Oversight and Reform subcommittee is fed up with just how shitty apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Grindr have been with regard to their users’ safety and privacy. Yesterday, it launched a new investigation into dating apps for doing an inadequate job of screening for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Tinder, Dating Apps, Online Dating, Bumble, Grindr, Okcupid, Dying Alone Is Better Than Online Dating, U S House Oversight and Reform subcommittee


Mark Zuckerberg to Somehow Become Even More Unlikable in the 2020s, Mark Zuckerberg Says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has an ominous message for the rest of us: You may not like me, but you will understand me.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Privacy, Advertising, Social Media, Hate Speech, Targeted Ads, Disinformation


Facebook's 'Clear History' Tool Doesn't Clear Shit

When we talk about Facebook’s myriad foibles and fuckups, we’re usually laying the blame on things that happen within the Big Blue App, or, increasingly, the social network’s CEO. What’s less discussed are the company’s ties to the potentially millions of sites and services using its software—but now, thankfully, we ca…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Privacy, Optics, Half Assed


Ring App Shares Personal Data With Facebook, Other Unlisted Trackers, EFF Says

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Monday announced that its research into the Ring app’s Android version identified several embedded third-party trackers sucking up “a plethora” of personal information.
Tags: Amazon, Science, Privacy, Police, Ring, Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF, Surveillance Tech


Google Is Going to Charge Cops for Your Data

Google announced that it was going to start charging law enforcement authorities for legal data disclosure requests, such as subpoenas and search warrants, related to its users. The company receives thousands of petitions from authorities every year and has decided to charge to help “offset the costs” associated with…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Privacy, Data, Law Enforcement


Ring Got Reporters to Omit Its Ukraine Staff Is Working on 'Many Other Amazon Projects'

Amazon’s home security company, Ring, pressed the chief editor at a Ukrainian business publication last year to delete a passage in an article touting the successes of Ring’s Kyiv-based research lab, the Intercept reported Friday. The article reportedly included a quote attributed to the general manager of Ring…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Privacy, Ukraine, Ring, Surveillance Tech


Ring Asked Reporters to Omit Ukraine Staff's Work on 'Many Other Amazon Projects'

Amazon’s home security company, Ring, pressed the chief editor at a Ukrainian business publication last year to delete a passage in an article touting the successes of Ring’s Kyiv-based research lab, the Intercept reported Friday. The article reportedly included a quote attributed to the general manager of Ring…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Privacy, Ukraine, Ring, Surveillance Tech


Ring Got Reporters to Omit That Its Ukraine Staff Is Working on 'Many Other Amazon Projects'

Amazon’s home security company, Ring, pressed the chief editor at a Ukrainian business publication last year to delete a passage in an article touting the successes of Ring’s Kyiv-based research lab, the Intercept reported Friday. The article reportedly included a quote attributed to the general manager of Ring…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Privacy, Ukraine, Ring, Surveillance Tech


Tinder's New Panic Button Is Sharing Your Data With Ad-Tech Companies

Tinder has a proven track record of providing a dating platform to some less-than-stellar men who have been accused of raping—and in one grisly case, dismembering—women they’ve met through the platform. But even when the company does something right, there are still privacy trade-offs to consider.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Tinder, We Live In Hell


Apple's Fancy Browser Privacy Tech May Do More Harm Than Good

Of all the tech giants, Apple has repeatedly reminded us that it’s the one that cares most about privacy. One of its many privacy-minded innovations is its Safari “ ” feature—a machine-learning algorithm introduced back in 2017 that aims to stop annoying ads from tracking you from one…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Security, Science, Privacy, Safari, Browsers, Ads


DOJ Says FBI Cracked Lev Parnas's iPhone 11 in Two Months Even as It Demands Apple Backdoor

The U.S. Department of Justice claimed in a letter to a federal judge this week that it took almost two months for the FBI to break into an iPhone 11 owned by Lev Parnas, a former associate of Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who has been sucked into the sprawling impeachment mess facing the White House, …Read more...
Tags: Ios, Politics, Science, Technology, Privacy, White House, Ukraine, Cybersecurity, Encryption, Fbi, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Rudy Giuliani, U S Department of Justice, Impeachment


Microsoft Discloses It Left Over 250 Million Customer Support Records Exposed on Servers

Microsoft inadvertently left hundreds of millions of customer service and support requests exposed on several servers without password protection from Dec. 5 to Dec. 31, 2019, the company’s Security Response Center wrote on a blog post on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Security Response Center


Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data

Even if you’re a hardcore #DeleteFacebook-er, you’re probably guilty of using your worn out Facebook account to log into the occasional app—just for the convenience factor alone. Now, the company’s offering a bit more insight into how these tools function.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Science, Privacy, DeleteFacebook, Look Over Here



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