Digital Transparency

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You can successfully hack a $2B cryptocurrency network with only $1.5M

Blockchains may be secure by design, but researchers continue to show that the same is not true for the thousands of motley cryptocurrencies based on the technology.<p>Husam Abboud, a cryptocurrency researcher at FECAP University in Brazil, has demonstrated that it would take as little as $1.5 million …

Cryptocurrency

Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

On the first day of GDPR enforcement, Facebook and Google have been hit with a raft of lawsuits accusing the companies of coercing users into sharing personal data. The lawsuits, which seek to fine Facebook 3.9 billion and Google 3.7 billion euro (roughly $8.8 billion in dollars), were filed by …

Privacy

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It’s every smart home speaker owner’s worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told CBS News affiliate Kiro-TV that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a …

Smart Homes

EU is livestreaming Zuck’s hearing — reluctantly

The so-called Conference of Presidents is made up of the leaders of the political groups of the European Parliament led by Parliament President Antonio Tajani. Albrecht, and the chair of the Parliament’s civil liberties committee, (UK Labour MEP) Claude Moraes, are not part of this “select” group, …

Social Media

Steve Wozniak tells us: 'We've lost our privacy and it's been abused'

<b><br>Sabrina Hoffmann, editor-in-chief of Business Insider Deutschland:</b> You've always seemed to be less focused on profit and power and more focused on just creating amazing computers. In times of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, manipulated elections and cybersecurity threats: are you disappointed by …

Artificial Intelligence

Chinese officials are invading people's privacy by literally sleeping in their beds

Imagine government officials in your country all of the sudden move into your house for a week every other month. They sleep in your bed, sit and eat with you and your family, and report back to the government about it.<p>Since the beginning of 2018, this has been the reality in Xinjiang, China. The …

Human Rights

Facebook to UK parliament: No Zuckerberg for you

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the UK asked Mark Zuckerberg to appear before a parliamentary committee in order to address questions and concerns about user data privacy. The CEO declined in March and the company sent CTO Mike Schroepfer to testify instead. But the UK's Digital, …

Internet

Another personality quiz is coming back to haunt millions of Facebook users

Welp, it looks like another quiz app may have exposed millions of Facebook users' personal data.<p>A personality quiz app created by researchers exposed …

Cambridge Analytica

3,000 Google employees demand an end to cooperation with military on A.I.

More than 3,000 Google employees wrote an open letter to CEO Sundar Pichai wanting out of what they term “the business of war.” Google senior …

Facebook suspends 200 apps in post-Cambridge Analytica clean-up

As the Cambridge Analytica scandal keeps creeping down on Facebook like a mudslide, the company has been trying to preemptively oust the other skeletons in its closet with app audits. Now it’s announced it may have snagged up to 200 more potentially problematic apps — and it won’t say what they are …

Apps

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over collection of texts and call logs

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over the revelations that it logged text messages and phone calls via its smartphone apps.<p>In the lawsuit filed in Facebook’s home of the northern district of California, the primary plaintiff, John Condelles III, states that the social network’s actions …

Privacy

Facebook vs. Google: Clash of the privacy infringers

We all love free products and hey, if we have to give up some information about ourselves in exchange for those products, that’s just the price of free, right? But then, once our information was compromised in the most recent Facebook data leaks, we were all up in arms. “How could you do this to …

Privacy

Google Billionaire Sergey Brin Urges Caution On AI Development

“It was the best of times,<br>it was the worst of times,<br>it was the age of wisdom,<br>it was the age of foolishness,<br>it was the epoch of belief,<br>it was the epoch of incredulity,<br>it was the season of Light,<br>it was the season of Darkness,<br>it was the spring of hope,<br>it was the winter of despair …”<p>These are the words …

Artificial Intelligence

China is building a vast civilian surveillance network — here are 10 ways it could be feeding its creepy 'social credit system'

China is setting up a vast surveillance system that tracks every single one of its 1.4 billion citizens — from using facial recognition to name and shame jaywalkers, to forcing people to download apps that can access all the photos on their smartphones.<p>The growth of China's surveillance technology …

China

The data scientist behind the Cambridge Analytica scandal fires back at Facebook

The scapegoat in Facebook's ongoing data privacy scandal is firing back at the social media giant.<p>Aleksandr Kogan, the relatively unknown scientist …

Deleting your Facebook account won't keep it from tracking you

The #DeleteFacebook movement has been riding high ever since the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal got rolling, with high-profile figures like Elon Musk publicly declaring their intention to purge their good names from Facebook’s ledgers (only not really doing it, in Musk’s case).<p>But, by …

Logging in with Facebook may let Javascript trackers steal personal data

Using Facebook to login to certain websites may open you up to data theft attacks if those sites also employ particular Javascript trackers. Although …

German court says ad-blocking is legal

Germany's supreme court has dismissed a landmark case brought by a publisher looking to destroy ad-blocking services in the country. European behemoth Axel Springer was defeated in its years-long battle with Eyeo, the firm that owns AdBlock Plus. Springer argued that blocking adverts was in …

Facebook will exclude 1.5 billion users from Europe's privacy standards

Facebook makes a great show of pretending to care about safeguarding your data, but today, it’s shattered that illusion. The company has confirmed to Reuters that it won’t be extending the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws worldwide.<p>That means that the social network’s …

Facebook admits tracking users and non-users off-site

Facebook has released more information on the social media platform’s tracking of users off-site, after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, failed to answer questions about the process from US politicians and as the company prepares to fight a lawsuit over facial recognition in California.<p>In a blog post, …

Privacy

Facebook stops fighting proposed California privacy law

Facebook has announced that it will stop opposing a proposed California ballot measure designed to protect the privacy of the state's citizens. The California Consumer Privacy Act would, if enacted, force companies to be more open about the types of data they store about folks. Naturally, the usual …

How to fix the big tech backlash? Build companies with purpose

Tech companies have an image problem.<p>Apple is attempting to fight a rear-guard action from its own investors about the addictiveness of its iPhones. Facebook is desperately trying to convince society that its social network is still a force for good, even though it recently became clear Cambridge …

We forced 9 privacy experts to say "I told you so" about Facebook - hopefully we'll listen next time

We should have known that Facebook was abusing our data. Why? Because lots of privacy activists told us so. Since most of them are too good of a human to rub that in our nose, we went ahead and forced them to accept our spoonfed quote. Hopefully, next time we will listen.<p>Rick Falkvinge, founder …

Privacy

How to delete yourself from the Internet

Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user’s files hostage. And what about those websites that track your every move, targeting you with …

Privacy

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's left Facebook over data collection

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told USA TODAY he's leaving Facebook out of growing concern for the carelessness with which Facebook and other Internet companies treat the private information of users.<p>"Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and ... Facebook makes a lot …

Social Media

Twitter postpones platform change that would cut off third-party apps

Twitter’s app Sword of Damocles is still hanging<p>The people behind third-party Twitter clients Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon, and Tweetings are warning users that their apps could lose important features like push notifications and an auto-refresh timeline in June. The problem is that after June …

Facebook: Most users may have had public data 'scraped'

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's acknowledgement that most of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their personal data scraped by "malicious actors" …

Social Media

How to ghost your internet provider with a secret IP address

Two new projects just launched that could hinder internet-service providers’ ability to eavesdrop on their customers, helping internet users protect …

This site guesses exactly who you are based on just 15 questions

Inti de Ceukelaire, the ethical hacker from ‘Oilsjt’ in Belgium, is back again. De Ceukelaire has built a tool that can pretty reliably tell who you are after answering 15 questions on his new site ‘Oilsjt Analytica,’ a cheeky reference to Cambridge Analytica’s recent Facebook scandal.<p>I would say …