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A Third of TikTok’s U.S. Users May Be 14 or Under, Raising Safety Questions

Three current and former employees expressed concerns about the Chinese-owned app’s safeguards for children who could be even younger than that.
Tags: News, Privacy, Social Media, Federal Trade Commission, Computer Security, Microsoft Corp, Computers and the Internet, Downloads and Streaming, Video Recordings, Children and Childhood, Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, Musical.ly Inc, TikTok (ByteDance


#NAMA: Non-personal data for sovereign and public interest purposes

“Take Amartya Sen’s flute example: there is a little kid who makes a flute and then there is another little kid who plays the flute and then there is a little kid who doesn’t have any other toy. Should this flute be given to the person who has made it, to the person who actually knows to play the flute, or to the person who doesn’t have any other toy?” This parable, brought up at MediaNama’s two-day discussion on the Governance of Non-Personal Data, is a useful lens to look at the government re...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Privacy, Policy, Data Protection, Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs, Delhi Police, NPD, Ministry of Commerce, Chatham House, FTI, Maruti, Aadhaar, Medianama


Instagram wasn’t removing photos and direct messages off its servers

A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found Instagram retained photos and private direct messages on its servers long after he deleted them. Independent security researcher Saugat Pokharel found that when he downloaded his data from Instagram, a feature it launched in 2018 to comply with new European data rules, his downloaded data contained photos and private messages with other users that he had previously deleted. It’s not uncommon for companies to store fre...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Pokharel, Saugat Pokharel, TechCrunch Pokharel


Instagram wasn’t removing photos and direct messages from its servers

A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found Instagram retained photos and private direct messages on its servers long after he deleted them. Independent security researcher Saugat Pokharel found that when he downloaded his data from Instagram, a feature it launched in 2018 to comply with new European data rules, his downloaded data contained photos and private messages with other users that he had previously deleted. It’s not uncommon for companies to store fre...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Pokharel, Saugat Pokharel, TechCrunch Pokharel


ASSOCHAM, Kalam Centre depose before Parliamentary Committee on Data Protection Bill

Industry body ASSOCHAM and non-profit organisation Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre took opposing stances on data localisation in their depositions before the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill on August 11, two sources told us. While Kalam Centre argued in favour of data localisation for purposes of law enforcement, ASSOCHAM argued in favour of free cross-border data flows to encourage competition and investment. The next meeting is scheduled for August 20 at 11 am, at l...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Singh, Ajay Sharma, ASSOCHAM, Varun Aggarwal, JPC, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Sahil Gupta, Rajendra Kumar, Personal Data Protection Bill, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Personal Data Protection Bill 2019, Department of Legal Affairs, Rakesh Maheshwari


TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users were also not informed of this form of tracking, per its report. Its analysis found that this concealed tracking ended in November as US scrutiny of the company dialled up, after at least 15 months during which TikTok had b...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, Mac, US Government, France, China, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption


UK Court rules Welsh Police’s use of face recognition tech as unlawful

In a landmark judgement, the UK’s Court of Appeal, on Tuesday, that South Wales Police’s use of facial recognition technology was unlawful as it breached privacy rights, data protection laws and equality laws. The South Wales Police has confirmed to the court that it will not appeal against this judgment. With this, the Court of Appeal overturned a September 2019 ruling by the High Court in Cardiff, UK, which said that SWP’s use of facial recognition technology was lawful and that it complied ...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, Privacy, Australia, Court, High Court, Surveillance, Liberty, Cctv, Cardiff, Court of appeal, South Wales, Facial Recognition, South Wales Police, ClearView


TikTok’s older version collected device identification data, violating Google’s app store policy

TikTok has faced a lot of scrutiny for its data collection practices. It’s one of the many reasons why the app might get banned in the US. And a new privacy issue will not help its cause. The app’s older Android version collected MAC addresses of devices — a practice banned by Google. An investigation from the Wall Street Journal revealed that the company gathered users’ device MAC addresses without informing them, or even Google. The report notes that the short video app collected this data for...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Privacy, Mac, US, Wall Street Journal, Tiktok


Twitter expands conversation limits feature to all users

Twitter has expanded its conversation limits feature to everyone, the company announced Tuesday. The limits allow Twitter users on the web version of the service or the mobile apps to restrict people from replying to their tweets, specifically people they don’t follow, or people who they have not mentioned in a tweet. “People tell us they feel more comfortable Tweeting [with the feature] and more protected from spam and abuse,” Director of Product Management Suzanne Xie said. Twitter started tes...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, News, Privacy, US, Social Media, Ftc, Xie, Suzanne Xie


Report: TikTok Collected Persistent IDs From Android Phones in Apparent Violation of Google Policy

TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app that Donald Trump’s administration is incoherently threatening to ban from the U.S. and may be gearing up for a court fight in response, quietly collected persistent identifiers from Android devices for 15 months, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Advertising, Cybersecurity, Ads, Donald Trump, Bytedance, Tiktok


Therapy app Talkspace mined user data for marketing insights, former employees allege

In the report, several former employees said that "individual users' anonymized conversations were routinely reviewed and mined for insights."Talkspace denied using user data for marketing purposes, though it acknowledged that it looks at client transcripts to improve its services.It's still unclear whether teletherapy is as effective as traditional therapy. A recent report raises questions over how the mobile therapy company Talkspace handles user data.Launched in 2014, Talkspace is an app tha...
Tags: Google, Privacy, Mental Health, Depression, Therapy, Innovation, The New York Times, Times, University Of California, Talkspace, Electronic Frontier Foundation, HIPAA, Hayley Tsukayama, Oren Frank, Times They, Karissa Brennan


‘Stalkerware’ phone spying apps have escaped Google’s ad ban

Several companies offering phone-spying apps — known as “stalkerware” — are still advertising in Google search results, despite the search giant’s ban that took effect today, TechCrunch has found. These controversial apps are often pitched to help parents snoop on their child’s calls, messages, apps and other private data under the guise of helping to protect against online predators. But some repurpose these apps to spy on their spouses — often without their permission. It’s a problem that the ...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Security, Apps, Privacy, Tech, Companies, Computing, World Wide Web, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Stalkerware, Coalition Against Stalkerware


TikTok is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

More worries for TikTok: A European data watchdog that’s landed the biggest blow on a tech giant to date — slapping Google with a $57M fine last year (upheld in June) — now has an open investigation into the social video app du jour, TechCrunch has confirmed. A spokeswoman for France’s CNIL told us it opened an investigation into how the app handles user data in May 2020, following a complaint related to a request to delete a video. Its probe of the video sharing platform was reported earl...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Apps, Europe, Privacy, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Data Protection, Cnil, Gdpr, DPC, General Data Protection Regulation


UK court rules police use of facial recognition was ‘unlawful’

British police used facial recognition unlawfully, the Court of Appeal ruled today, in a landmark decision that could have a big impact on the technology’s use in the UK. The judgment stems from a complaint by Cardiff resident Ed Bridges, who said police had scanned his face while he was Christmas shopping, and again when he was at a protest. Bridges argued that South Wales Police (SWP) had breached his right to privacy, as well as equality and data protection laws. But last September, the UK‘s ...
Tags: Security, Startups, UK, Supreme Court, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Cardiff, Court of appeal, South Wales, Neural, Ed Bridges


Drone’s flight path needs rigour to serve India’s varied parts

By Dr. Poornima Advani, partner, The Law Point From protecting farms to traffic management, India is moving ahead with the use of drones, as contactless operations have caught on amid the pandemic. But their flight path ahead will need rigorous planning, despite many safeguards introduced in recently-notified rules. Under the draft Unmanned Aircraft System Rules issued in June, policymakers have shown prudence by requiring drone operators to seek permits that are renewable every five years as we...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Surveillance, Drones, Views, Modi, Securities and Exchange Board of India SEBI, SCC, DGCA, Union of India, Drone Rules, Directorate General of Civil Aviation DGCA


Google Takes Aim at Stalkerware (and Misses)

When most of us think of companies paving an uncompromisingly ethical path into the future, we’re not thinking about Google. Even when the company does seem to actually give a shit about surveillance, moves to keep our private lives private could just as easily be construed as something it does for market power,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Privacy, Nest, Stalkerware, Pots And Kettles


Taking Protest to the Streets, and the Mayor’s Front Door

City leaders and public health officials are now seeing protests outside their own homes, with some protesters wielding bullhorns, spray paint, and even eggs and paintballs.
Tags: News, Privacy, Demonstrations, Vandalism, Black Lives Matter Movement, Schaaf, Protests and Riots, Real Estate and Housing (Residential, Seattle (Wash, Civil Rights Movement (1954-68, Libby (1965-, Durkan, Jenny A, George Floyd Protests (2020


Hide Files on Your Android With a PIN-Protected 'Safe Folder'

Files by Google is a handy app that helps manage your Android phone’s storage space and securely transfer data to the cloud and other devices. Now, it can also lock your personal files in an encrypted, PIN-protected folder, thanks to its new Safe Folder feature.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Privacy, Lifehacks, Data Privacy, Files by Google


Reddit Gets Trumped: Hackers Vandalize Communities With MAGA Messages

Reddit got Trumped. On Friday, many users visited their favorite subreddits and found something unexpected: pro-Donald Trump Make America Great Again campaign banners and messages supporting the president. It was not a coincidence. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Hacking, Reddit, Donald Trump, Donald Trump Make America Great Again


Huawei Has About a Month Before It Runs Out of Smartphone Chips

The Trump administration’s sanctions are hitting Huawei hard, and the Chinese tech giant now says it will run out of processors chips for its smartphones by September without access to U.S. venders, according to a weekend Associated Press report.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, China, Samsung, Intel, Associated Press, Huawei, Qualcomm, Trump, Privacy And Security


How to Limit Who Can Reply to Your Tweets

iOS: Twitter users can now limit who can reply to their tweets using the iOS app—and here’s hoping this feature rolls out to Android and the web in the near future. It’s that helpful when it comes to limiting the potential for harassment on that cursed website.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Privacy, Lifehacks


Google launches the final beta of Android 11

With the launch of Android 11 getting closer, Google today launched the third and final beta of its mobile operating system ahead of its general availability. Google had previously delayed the beta program by about a month because of the coronavirus pandemic. Image Credits: Google Since Android 11 had already reached platform stability with Beta 2, most of the changes here are fixes and optimizations. As a Google spokesperson noted, “this beta is focused on helping developers put the fi...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Bluetooth, Privacy, Tech, Spokesperson, Smartphones, Software, Computing, Api, Operating System, Operating Systems, Sdk, Pixel, Mass Surveillance


TikTok announces first data center in Europe

TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app that’s found itself at the center of a geopolitical power struggle which threatens to put hard limits on its global growth this year, said today it will build its first data center in Europe. The announcement of a TikTok data center in the EU also follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court last month that put international data transfers in the spotlight, dialling up the legal risk around processing data outside the bloc. TikTok said the forthcoming ...
Tags: Security, Social, Cloud, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Russia, India, Disney, US, Social Media, Tech


Deadline to submit bids for India’s biggest facial recognition tool postponed for the tenth time

You are reading it here first: The deadline to submit bids for India’s controversial Automated Facial Recognition System has been shifted for the tenth time. The deadline is 5 pm on August 27. The earlier deadline to submit bids was August 6, and the National Crime Records Bureau that the deadline was extended due to “administrative reasons”. The large scale facial surveillance tool is a centralised web application, and is pegged to be the foundation for “a national level searchable platform o...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, NEC, Surveillance, Cctv, Facial Recognition, Ernst, National Crime Records Bureau, Medianama, NCRB, Telangana Police, AFRS, Joint Parliamentary Committee, Tamil Nadu Police


'I don't care': young TikTokers unfazed by US furor over data collection

Trump has threatened to ban the app amid privacy concerns. But young people say they’re used to being trackedMauren Sparrow downloaded TikTok in March to pass the time during lockdown. Since then she’s posted tutorials on crafting and videos of her two cats, Calcifer and Jiji, some of which have accrued millions of views and likes. But with the Chinese-owned app now under fire over data privacy concerns, Sparrow, 29, and other young users have reacted with a resounding shrug. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, China, US, Social Media, Surveillance, Donald Trump, Trump, Jiji, Trump Administration, Tiktok


A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping

Security researchers say they have developed a new technique to detect modern cell-site simulators. Cell site simulators, known as “stingrays,” impersonate cell towers and can capture information about any phone in its range — including in some cases calls, messages and data. Police secretly deploy stingrays hundreds of times a year across the United States, often capturing the data on innocent bystanders in the process. Little is known about stingrays, because they are deliberately shrouded in ...
Tags: Security, Privacy, Mobile Security, Washington, San Francisco, Tech, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, United States, Telecommunications, Washington Dc, Cell Phones, Dc, Mobile Phone, Bermuda, Electronic Frontier Foundation


Adam Schiff Accused of Protecting a Suspected FBI Surveillance Dragnet

Nearly a dozen civil liberties organizations have accused Congressman Adam Schiff and other Democratic leaders of purposely undermining the online privacy of U.S. citizens and immigrants; possibly in an effort, they say, to conceal the unlawful surveillance of Americans’ web browsing activity by the FBI’s national…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Surveillance, Fbi, Fisa, Adam Schiff, William Barr


Deepfakes are the most worrying AI crime, researchers warn

Deepfakes are the most concerning use of AI for crime and terrorism, according to a new report from University College London. The research team first identified 20 different ways AI could be used by criminals over the next 15 years. They then asked 31 AI experts to rank them by risk, based on their potential for harm, the money they could make, their ease of use, and how hard they are to stop. Deepfakes — AI-generated videos of real people doing and saying fictional things — earned the top spot...
Tags: Security, Startups, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, University College London, Neural


US tech needs a pivot to survive

James Stranko Contributor James Stranko is a writer and independent advisor to American tech companies expanding abroad. He was on the founding team of Fuel, McKinsey’s practice serving VC firms and pre-IPO tech leaders. Daire Hickey Contributor Share on Twitter Daire Hickey is managing partner of 150Bond, a strategic advisory firm based between New York and Dublin, and co-founder of ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Column, Europe, New York, Privacy, Opinion, Government, China, Germany, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy


Bernie Sanders-backed bill in the US prohibits private entities from collecting facial data

Senators Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley introduced a bill in the US Senate which prohibits private companies from collecting people’s biometrics, including facial data, eye scans, voiceprints, and fingerprints, without their consent. It also bars private entities from selling, and leasing biometric data of people. Even in terms of consent, the bill, called National Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2020, requires private companies to receive written consent from consumers and employees befor...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Boston, US, Surveillance, United States, US Senate, Ibm, Facial Recognition, New York State, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Merkley