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Airbnb Spying, a Monster Breach, and Intravenous Semen Injection: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Friends, I have some good news and some bad news. That bad news, if you missed our PSA last week, is that a colossal breach exposed nearly 773 million emails and more than 21 million passwords. This is not ideal, I know. And if you have not already, this is as good an opportunity as any to overhaul your personal…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Smartphones, Drones, Psa, Split, Best Of Gizmodo


Sheryl Sandberg Reiterates Yet Again That Facebook Has a Lot of Work to Do

Last year was not great for Facebook’s embattled chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg—particularly after it was revealed that she personally requested information on vocal Facebook critic George Soros after he publicly deemed the company as a “menace.” But Soros conspiracy ordeal notwithstanding, the company she’s…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Privacy, Data, Sheryl Sandberg, George Soros, Soros, Sorry We Did The Bad Things


Report: The FTC May Slam Facebook With 'Record-Setting' Fine Over User Privacy

Federal Trade Commission staff assessing whether social media giant Facebook violated a legally binding user privacy agreement with the agency are considering slapping the company with a “record-setting fine,” the Washington Post reported Friday, citing “three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Washington Post, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Fines, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cambridge Analytica, delete Facebook


How to Stop Worrying About Every 'Mega' Password Breach That Comes Along

News of this week’s so-called “mega breach” might deeply trouble you. If so, that means it’s a perfect time to take control of your personal security. Yes, every company should be held responsible for practicing sloppy security, allowing your sensitive data to get into the wrong hands. But at this point, there’s…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Pro Tips, Security Hygiene


Tim Cook on iPhone Sales: We Need to Talk About Facebook

Just in case you weren’t already aware of this, Apple is super duper serious about privacy. In a new Time opinion piece, Tim Cook reiterated the company’s old talking points about how other companies (read: Facebook and Google) turn people’s personal data into a product that they can sell, sometimes without the user…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Science, Privacy, Time, Marketing, Tim Cook


Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Lawmakers Over Phone-Tracking Scandal, Dubiously Blames Shutdown

Saying there is no legal reason why Ajit Pai should rebuff an invitation to brief lawmakers during the government shutdown, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday criticized the FCC head for refusing to appear for a briefing about the ongoing controversy over wireless carriers disclosing the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Privacy, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Ajit Pai, Location Data, Wireless Carriers


The Worst Pain in the World, Bendable Phones, and Joshua Tree: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Ten hut, Gizmodo readers! Do you have a New Year’s Resolution you should be working on? Do not answer that rhetorical question, because yours are the feeble dreams of weaklings and mine is to whip this sorry, good-for-nothing blog audience squad into shape!Read more...
Tags: Food, Gadgets, Comics, Astronomy, TV, Science, Technology, Privacy, Syfy, Ces, Glass, Surveillance, Physics, Birds, International Space Station, Ocean


President Trump's Government Shutdown Is Breaking Federal Websites

Dozens of federal government websites are not working correctly due to the ongoing government shutdown, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday, including ones for the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and some NASA and Department of Justice webpages. According to BuzzFeed, these sites and others appear to be…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Nasa, Cybersecurity, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Federal Government, Trump, BuzzFeed News, Seventh Circuit of the U S Court of Appeals


Israeli Cyber-Intelligence Firm Denies Role in Khashoggi Murder, But Won't 'Deny or Confirm' Saudi Sales

One of the co-founders of the Israeli cyber-intelligence firm behind the powerful phone-surveillance software Pegasus, NSO Group, has denied that their products were involved in the Saudi Arabian government’s torture and murder of journalist in self-imposed exile Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Privacy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Cybersecurity, Pegasus, Espionage, Spies, Istanbul, Mohammed bin Salman, Zero Day, NSO Group, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi


Marriott Faces Sprawling Class-Action Lawsuit Over Hotel Reservation Data Breach

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain operator, has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit over the data breach now said to affect upwards of 300 million people. The suit, brought by more than 150 past hotel guests, according to Vox, is at least the second to surface since the breach was disclosed in late…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Marriott, Lawsuits, Vox, Marriott Breach


Marriott Faces Massive Class-Action Lawsuit Over Hotel Reservation Data Breach

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain operator, has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit over the data breach now said to affect upwards of 300 million people. The suit, brought by more than 150 past hotel guests, according to Vox, is at least the second to surface since the breach was disclosed in late…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Marriott, Lawsuits, Vox, Marriott Breach


Amazon's Ring Security Cameras May Have Let Employees Spy on Customers: Report

It shouldn’t be the case that inviting smart technology into our homes to safeguard against potential threats might instead lead to serious breaches of individual privacy, and yet reports of such violations of user trust are increasingly common. Now, Amazon’s Ring security cameras have come under fire for just that.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Science, Privacy, Ring, Security Cameras


Phone Companies Pinky Swear They'll Stop Selling Your Location Data, For Real This Time

Last May, T-Mobile promised to stop selling its subscribers’ location data after reports surfaced that it was being funneled to law enforcement officers who’d otherwise need a warrant to get it. But that hasn’t happened so far.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Sprint, Att, T Mobile, Where Im At


Report of Bounty Hunters Buying Phone Location Data Leaves U.S. Senators Seething

Senate Democrats called on federal agencies Wednesday to investigate the practice by major telecommunications companies of selling location data generated by subscribers’ mobile devices following an undercover investigation by a security reporter that shed new light on a black market trade.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Senate, Surveillance, T Mobile, You Are The Product


ACLU Warns: Trump's Attorney General Pick Is the 'Godfather' of America's Surveillance Hell

The corporate lawyer and former chief U.S. law enforcement officer nominated to replace Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department has a controversial past involving the warrantless surveillance of Americans and once fought to make it easier for phone companies to secretly hand over customer records to the government,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, America, Aclu, Justice Department, Fourth Amendment, Trump, Jeff Sessions, William Barr, Unaccountable To Laws


Black Market for Your Location Data Apparently Thriving Despite Privacy Vow by T-Mobile's John Legere and Others

After vowing to end the practice of selling their customers’ location data to “shady middlemen” last summer, we now know that at least there major wireless carriers—T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint—were completely full of shit. That practice has continued, and Motherboard on Tuesday produced the receipts.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Sprint, Ron Wyden, John Legere, T Mobile, Black Market Location Data


Apple Sure Is Riding a Very High Privacy Horse in Vegas

With the Consumer Electronics Show just days away, a very curious billboard has surfaced in Las Vegas that prominently touts Apple’s privacy standards. Playing to city’s own infamous tagline, it reads: “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.”Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Privacy, Ces, Las Vegas, Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show, Privacy And Security, Billboard Trolling


Lawsuit Accuses Weather Channel App of Misleading Users and Profiting From Their Location Data

More than a couple weather apps have recently come under fire for their handling of user data, either by collecting too much or allegedly tracking users without their permission. Now, the maker of yet another popular weather app is being accused by the city attorney of Los Angeles of deceiving millions of users and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Los Angeles, Data, Location Tracking, Privacy And Security, The Weather Channel App


Phishing Scam From Fake PayPal Account Was Promoted on Twitter

An account posing as PayPal used a paid promotion on Twitter to bait users into sharing their personal information under the guise that they were entering an end-of-year contest, The Next Web reported this week.Read more...
Tags: Security, Twitter, Science, Privacy, Paypal, Phishing Scams


PopSugar's Twinning App Doesn't Think I Look Like Troye Sivan (Oh Also It Leaked Your Photos)

About two seconds before dropping a selfie in PopSugar’s Twinning app, a web app that generates your celebrity look-alike based on a user-uploaded selfie, I hesitated. “I work for a tech website,” I said to myself. “I know better than this.” But in the end, my desire to affirm my likeness for Troye Sivan won out over…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Facial Recognition, Troye Sivan


Google Has Lawsuit in Illinois Over Facial Recognition Scanning in Google Photos Dismissed

Google has had a lawsuit in Illinois over its facial-recognition software thrown out, with a judge dismissing the case on the grounds that the plaintiff in the case did not suffer “concrete injuries,” Bloomberg reported on Saturday. The ruling puts to rest one of three lawsuits against major tech companies for alleged…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Privacy, Bloomberg, Cybersecurity, Snapchat, Surveillance, Illinois, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Google Photos, Biometric Information Privacy Act


Report: Washington Redskins Killed Stadium Wifi Deal With Huawei Over Security Concerns

The Washington Redskins axed a deal in 2014 with Chinese tech giant Huawei to provide free wifi at games near the nation’s capital after being warned that the company could pose a cybersecurity threat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the matter.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Sports, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Hackers, Espionage, Washington Redskins, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, FedEx Field


New Technology Changes We're Excited About for 2019

2019 is the year that tech gets it together, we can feel it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Video Games, Labor, Internet, 5g, Palm


Facebook: Giving Other Companies Access to Your Private Messages Actually Wasn't a Big Deal

Having rounded out the year with yet another bombshell report from the New York Times about Facebook’s mishandling of user data, the beleaguered social media company is now hitting back at claims that it allowed its partners to view Facebook users’ private messages.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Privacy, New York Times, delete Facebook


Senators Join Call to Investigate Google Over Apps Sharing Kids' Private Info

Pressure is mounting on U.S. regulators to investigate whether Google Play Store is currently distributing mobile apps that place children’s personal information at risk. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Kids, Privacy, Play Store


DC Attorney General Hits Facebook With Major Cambridge Analytica Lawsuit

While Facebook has encountered plenty of public outrage and bad publicity since the Cambridge Analytica scandal first emerged in March, its legal penalties have been few and far between. That could change soon, as the attorney general of the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the social network on Wednesday.…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Privacy, District Of Columbia, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook With Major Cambridge Analytica Lawsuit


Facebook Caps Off 2018 With Yet Another Massive Privacy Scandal

This has been a terrible 2018 for Facebook so far, from numerous revelations   its shady privacy practices and high-profile political spats to admissions it helped enable genocide. With 13 days left in the year, it’s still getting worse. Much worse.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, delete Facebook


Turning Off Facebook Location Tracking Doesn't Stop It From Tracking Your Location

Aleksandra Korolova has turned off Facebook’s access to her location in every way that she can. She has turned off location history in the Facebook app and told her iPhone that she “Never” wants the app to get her location. She doesn’t “check-in” to places and doesn’t list her current city on her profile. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Privacy, You Can Run But You Cant Hide, Facebook Location Tracking Doesn, Aleksandra Korolova


Facebook's Post-Cambridge Analytica Privacy Tool Is Still Months Away

In the aftermath of the , Facebook promised users a tool that would give them back some power over how extensively they can be tracked online. That was seven months ago.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Privacy, Clear History, Facebook s Post Cambridge Analytica


Guess What Facebook Fucked Up This Time

Facebook did it again.Read more...
Tags: Photos, Facebook, Science, Privacy, Bugs, Facebook Stories, 2018 Aint Over Yet



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