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500 Chrome Extensions Caught Stealing Private Data of 1.7 Million Users

Google removed 500 malicious Chrome extensions from its Web Store after they found to inject malicious ads and siphon off user browsing data to servers under the control of attackers. These extensions were part of a malvertising and ad-fraud campaign that's been operating at least since January 2019, although evidence points out the possibility that the actor behind the scheme may have been [Author: Ravie Lakshmanan]
Tags: Google, Chrome Extension, Privacy, Tech, Cybersecurity, Browser, Chrome Browser, Browser Security, Ravie Lakshmanan

New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations

The lawsuit says that Google, the top tech brand in public schools, used its educational products to spy on students.
Tags: Google, News, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Google Inc, Balderas, Computers and the Internet, Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, Education (K-12, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Chrome (Operating System, Hector H Jr

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

Google users in UK will soon lose EU data protection: Report

Post-Brexit, Google plans to move UK user accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, and will place them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, where privacy protections are weaker, reports Joseph Menn at Reuters. Excerpt: The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement. The change was described to Reuters by three people familiar with i...
Tags: Google, Europe, Post, UK, Technology, News, Privacy, Tech, Eu, European Union, Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Brexit, Reuters, Joseph Menn

UCLA backtracks on plan for campus facial recognition tech

After expressing interest in processing campus security camera footage with facial recognition software, UCLA is backing down. In a letter to Evan Greer of Fight for the Future, a digital privacy advocacy group, UCLA Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck announced the institution would abandon its plans in the face of a backlash from its student body. “We have determined that the potential benefits are limited and are vastly outweighed by the concerns of the campus community,” Beck wrote. ...
Tags: TC, Education, Privacy, Beck, Tech, Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Ucla, Evan Greer, Michael Beck, MIT Brown and New York University UCLA, Matthew William Richard, Campus Safety Alliance

Ring slightly overhauls security and privacy, but it’s still not enough

Security camera maker Ring is updating its service to improve account security and give more control when it comes to privacy. Once again, this is yet another update that makes the overall experience slightly better but the Amazon-owned company is still not doing enough to protect its users. First, Ring is reversing its stance when it comes to two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is now mandatory — you can’t even opt out. So the next time you login on your Ring account, you’ll re...
Tags: Amazon, Security, TC, Gadgets, Privacy, Tech, Ces, Eff, Zack Whittaker, Jamie Siminoff

This “Bracelet of Silence” actively blocks Alexa and Siri from hearing your conversations

The dilemma with phones and smart-speakers are that they undermine the privacy of not just their owners, but everyone around them. Maybe you have a friend who loves talking about their cat, and that’s perfectly fine… until YOU begin getting ads for cat-food on your Instagram.Students at the University of Chicago developed a unique, wrist-worn bracelet that can remotely scramble all sorts of microphones in a working radius of a few feet. Just wear “The Bracelet of Silence” and switch it on when...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Design, Privacy, Safety, Siri, University Of Chicago, Alexa, Product Design, Jammer, Alexa Siri, Huiying Li, Pedro Lopes, Scott Urban, Yuxin Chen, Zhijing Li

Class action suit against Clearview AI cites Illinois law that cost Facebook $550M

Just two weeks ago Facebook settled a lawsuit alleging violations of privacy laws in Illinois for the considerable sum of $550 million. Now controversial startup Clearview AI, which has gleefully admitted to scraping and analyzing the data of millions, is the target of a new lawsuit citing similar violations. Clearview made waves earlier this year with a business model seemingly predicated on wholesale abuse of public-facing data on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and so on. If your face is visible...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Privacy, California, Government, Tech, Illinois, BuzzFeed News, Twitter Facebook Instagram, CDW, ClearView, BIPA, Clearview AI, API Clearview

500 Chrome Extensions Caught Stealing Private Data of 1.7 Million Users

Google removed 500 malicious Chrome extensions from its Web Store after they found to inject malicious ads and siphon off user browsing data to servers under the control of attackers. These extensions were part of a malvertising and ad-fraud campaign that's been operating at least since January 2019, although evidence points out the possibility that the actor behind the scheme may have been [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Google, Chrome Extension, Privacy, Tech, Cybersecurity, Browser, Chrome Browser, Browser Security, Ravie Lakshmanan

1 in 10 Americans admit to using ‘stalkerware’ to monitor their partners

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. Despite what movies are letting us believe, spyware technology isn’t only used by hackers. In fact, stalkerware technology today, also known as “spouseware,” takes the form of apps or add-ons to a device that allows someone to remotely monitor another person’s activity. These apps have become a dangerous weapon that...
Tags: Startups, Privacy, Tech, Code Word

Delhi Police division denies it used drones to film CAA protestors

The Delhi Police, in response to two Right to Information requests filed by MediaNama about its usage of drones to film protestors of the Citizenship Amendment Act, has given the following responses: 1. The North District division, in response to the first RTI, said that the police of Police Station Kotwali in Red Fort, did […] ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Drones, Caa, Delhi Police, RTI, Red Fort, Medianama

Surprise! Audit finds automated license plate reader programs are a privacy nightmare

Automated license plate readers, ALPRs, would be controversial even if they were responsibly employed by the governments that run them. Unfortunately, and to no one’s surprise, the way they actually operate is “ deeply disturbing and confirm[s] our worst fears about the misuse of this data,” according to an audit of the programs instigated by a Californian legislator. “ What we’ve learned today is that many law enforcement agencies are violating state law, are retaining personal data for length...
Tags: Privacy, California, Government, Los Angeles, Tech, Policy, Marin, Wiener, Scott Weiner, LAPD Fresno PD, Sacramento County Sheriffs Departments Police

Facebook Dating launch blocked in Europe after it fails to show privacy workings

Facebook has been left red-faced after being forced to call off the launch date of its dating service in Europe because it failed to give its lead EU data regulator enough advanced warning — including failing to demonstrate it had performed a legally required assessment of privacy risks. Late yesterday Ireland’s newspaper reported that the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) had sent agents to Facebook’s Dublin office seeking documentation that Facebook had failed to provide...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Privacy, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Colombia, United States, Ireland, Data Protection, Dublin

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

UK names its pick for social media ‘harms’ watchdog

The UK government has taken the next step in its grand policymaking challenge to tame the worst excesses of social media by regulating a broad range of online harms — naming the existing communications watchdog, Ofcom, as its preferred pick for enforcing rules around ‘harmful speech’ on platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok in future. Last April the previous Conservative-led government laid out populist but controversial proposals to legislate to lay a duty of care on Internet platf...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Government, Social Media, Tech, Digital Media, Ofcom, United Kingdom, Home Office, User Generated Content, Damian Collins

FTC will review unreported acquisitions made by the Big Tech between 2010-19

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), on February 11, ordered Alphabet (including Google), Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple “to provide information about prior acquisitions not reported to the antitrust agencies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act”. These companies will have to provide information such as the terms, scope, structure, and purpose of such transactions made between January […] ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Alphabet, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Google Amazon Facebook Microsoft

Jam lets you safely share streaming app passwords

Can’t afford Netflix and HBO and Spotify and Disney+…? Now there’s an app specially built for giving pals your passwords while claiming to keep your credentials safe. It’s called Jam, and the questionably legal service launched in private beta this morning. Founder John Backus tells TechCrunch in his first interview about Jam that it will let users save login details with local encryption, add friends you can then authorize to access your password for a chosen service, and broadcast to friend...
Tags: Security, Social, TC, Apps, Spotify, Video, Hbo, Media, Privacy, Entertainment, Stanford, Disney, US, Tech, Policy, Netflix

California’s new privacy law is off to a rocky start

California’s new privacy law was years in the making. The law, California’s Consumer Privacy Act — or CCPA — became law on January 1, allowing state residents to reclaim their right to access and control their personal data. Inspired by Europe’s GDPR, the CCPA is the largest statewide privacy law change in a generation. The new law lets users request a copy of the data that tech companies have on them, delete the data when they no longer want a company to have it, and demand that their data isn’...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Twitter, Europe, Privacy, Law, California, Government, Tech, United States, Comcast, Davis, Data Protection, Facial Recognition, Data Security, Jean Yang

5G Will Be Built-In to Almost Every Device Later This Year — Is Your Security Stance Ready?

5G Will Be Built-In to Almost Every Device Later This Year — Is Your Security Stance Ready? With 5G on the horizon, we are starting to see a significant expansion of the “Internet of Things” — and it is creating a huge security challenge for businesses! A bigger attack surface at your business = m...
Tags: Security, Updates, Business, Technology, Networking, Privacy, Internet, Sem, Challenge, Patches, Tracking, Iot, 5g, Operations, Radio_Show, Best Practices

Apple is being two-faced about its security. Turns out they have a backdoor key to our backups.

Apple is being two-faced about its security. Turns out they have a backdoor key to our backups. Reports say that Apple is not going to allow customers to fully encrypt backups of the iOS data they store in iCloud after the FBI demanded access two years ago. Any backdoor will eventually be compromi...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Security, Mobile, Business, Technology, Privacy, Internet, Government, Sem, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Encryption, Fbi, Computers, Mobile Phones

Wacom tablet drivers track apps you open

Robert Heaton actually read the license agreement Wacom whas users of its tablets sign up for. Alarmed by the expansive, vague clauses therein, he set about intercepting the data going between the gadget's drivers and Wacom's servers. They track every application you open. [via fnordius] I suspect that Wacom doesn’t really think that it’s acceptable to record the name of every application I open on my personal laptop. I suspect that this is why their privacy policy doesn’t really admit that this...
Tags: Post, News, Privacy, Tech, Wacom, Heaton, Robert Heaton, Wacom Desktop Center

How to view and edit your Off-Facebook Activity

Learn about this activity shared with Facebook by websites and apps.
Tags: Facebook, Privacy, Tech, Blogging, Facebook Activity

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

In this email scam, Iran-linked hackers pose as journalists

Reuters today published a report about an email hacking operation targeting journalists and their connected sources, and the scam appears to be associated with Iran. The scam is this: send cleverly disguised emails that impersonate prominent journalists, in an effort to get the recipient to give up valuable data and access. Here is an example. IMAGE: Screenshot by researchers at the London-based Certfa Lab shows a bogus, Farsi-language interview request that appears to have been sent by jour...
Tags: Security, Post, Business, Technology, London, News, Email, Privacy, Tech, Atlanta, Iran, Cnn, Hack, Prague, Hacked, United Nations

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

Statement comes after leaked memo on use of technology in security provoked outcryThe European parliament has insisted it has no plans to introduce facial recognition technology after a leaked internal memo discussing its use in security provoked an outcry.A page on the European parliament’s intranet, seen by the Guardian, suggested that facial recognition could be used “in the context of biometric-based security and services to members [MEPs]”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Privacy, European Union, World news, Data Protection, Guardian, Facial Recognition

A bug caused videos from Google Photos to land up with strangers

In November 2019, users of Google Photos landed up with videos that were not theirs because of a bug. On February 4, Google sent an email to people who exported their Google Photos library between November 21 and November 25, 2019 informing them about it. A Google spokesperson confirmed this development to MediaNama. “We are […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Privacy, Google Photos, Bug

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

Russia’s push back against big tech has major consequences for Apple

Josh Nadeau Contributor Josh Nadeau is a Canadian journalist based in St. Petersburg who covers the intersection of Russia, technology and culture. He has written for The Economist, Atlas Obscura and The Outline. Last month, Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Apple for not unlocking two iPhones belonging to the Pensacola shooter, another volley in the struggle between big tech and the world’s governing bodies. But even the White House’s censure pales ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Column, Messenger, Asia, Twitter, Hardware, Privacy, Developer, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Linkedin, Tech, Turkey

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