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Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers

Online tracking gets more accurate and harder to evade.<p>Researchers have recently developed the first reliable technique for websites to track …

Security

This creepy tool reveals how Facebook tracks and studies your activity

Have you ever wondered how Facebook collects all the data it has to feed you with the content it presumes you’ll like and keep you coming back for more? Well, now there’s an app that can answer these questions.<p>Available for free, Data Selfie is an open-source Chrome extension that helps you …

Facebook

FBI orders Google to hand over non-US users' Gmail messages

A Philadelphia judge has ruled that Google must comply with FBI search warrants for Gmail messages stored outside the US, if the requests are issued …

Vizio tracked and sold your TV viewing habits without consent (updated)

A settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey Attorney General will cost Vizio $2.2 million. That sum will settle the charges with both the state and federal agencies after a complaint that Vizio installed software on 11 million smart TVs to track viewing histories without …

Net Neutrality

Data Privacy Day 2017: over 420 billion records stolen in 2016, time for a change?

Data Privacy Day 2017 is here, and we're reminded once again of the need to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best …

Data Breach

US border agents checking people's Facebook profiles, lawyer says

Social media accounts are being checked for political views in the wake of President Donald Trump's immigration ban, according to a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.<p>Should what's on your Facebook page be a factor in determining whether you're allowed to re-enter the United …

Immigration

Bitcoin jumps above $1,000 for first time in three years

LONDON (Reuters) - Digital currency bitcoin kicked off the new year by jumping above $1,000 for the first time in three years late on Sunday, having outperformed all central-bank-issued currencies with a 125 percent climb in 2016.<p>Bitcoin - a web-based "cryptocurrency" that has no central authority, …

Facebook Knows When You Fall In Love, And That's Pretty Creepy

How Facebook Learns About Your Offline Life

You probably know that social network uses your profile to serve ads it thinks you’ll like—but it also draws on a lot of information it gathers from …

13 Reasons You Should Be Very Worried About Your Government Spying On You

An explosive report was recently tabled in Parliamentshowing government's growing interception of private communication, but it slipped under the …

Yahoo Email Scanning For U.S. Spy Agency Shows Push to Recast Privacy

Yahoo's secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional …

Surveillance

EU court says mass data retention illegal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The mass retention of data is illegal, the European Union's highest court said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Britain's newly passed surveillance law and signaling that security concerns do not justify excessive privacy infringements.<p>The Court of Justice of the European Union …

Tesla to start penalizing those who don't move their cars after they're fully charged

If you and your Tesla are trying to squat in front of a Supercharger for too long, the electric car company is going to make sure you pay for it.<p>In a …

Evernote does U-turn on privacy policy after clarification fails to reassure customers

Evernote has now reversed a controversial change to its privacy policy after an earlier attempt at reassurance failed. In a new blog post, Evernote said that allowing engineers to read notes as part of its machine-learning efforts will now be on an opt-in basis.<p>An updated privacy policy caused …

Net Neutrality

​Uber keeps self-driving cars on the road, challenging the law

The ride-hailing company brushes off California DMV, announcing it won't pull its autonomous cars from San Francisco streets. Now the state's attorney general is getting involved.<p>Uber and the state of California are in a standoff.<p>After Uber rolled out its self-driving cars to passengers in San …

Driverless Cars

Uber snooping lawsuit exposes data and security practices

Uber fired Ward Spangenberg this February on his 45th birthday. Now he’s suing the tech giant, claiming that he was terminated as a result of age discrimination and because he blew the whistle about insecure data practices at Uber just a few weeks before his shares vested. Spangenberg has also made …

Data Breach

A win for transparency: Google publishes eight FBI National Security Letters

In a win for transparency advocates, on Tuesday Google revealed eight previously unpublished requests that the company received from the United …

Quest Diagnostics Breach Exposes Health Data of 34,000 Customers

Quest Diagnostics, a New Jersey-based medical laboratory company, disclosed a data breach affecting about 34,000 people on Monday.<p>Digital intruders …

Data Breach

WhatsApp, Skype face tighter constraints under new EU privacy rules - draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Messaging services such as Microsoft's (MSFT.O) Skype and Facebook's (FB.O) WhatsApp face stricter rules on the way they handle customer data under new privacy laws due to be proposed by the European Union, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.<p>The EU executive wants to …

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

Poorly secured webcams and other Internet-connected devices are already being used as tools for cyberattacks. Can the government prevent this from …

Talking Dolls May Spread Children’s Secrets, Privacy Groups Allege

Complaint alleges My Friend Cayla and I-Que Intelligent Robot collect and use personal information from children<p>Internet-connected toys pose privacy risks to children, and their parents often aren’t aware, according to advocacy groups for children and consumers.<p>A complaint filed Tuesday with the …

21st Century

Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously

Online anonymity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can give people a voice when they’d otherwise be afraid to speak up — whether that’s because of fear of government surveillance, discussing a topic that’s known to provoke cyberbullying or because the topic itself is sensitive — like …

Social Media

Twitter Warns Developers About Misusing Data

Twitter will expand and accelerate efforts to punish companies that employ its data for surveillance or other activities that violate its terms of …

Big Data

EU questions U.S. over Yahoo email scanning, amid privacy concerns

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission has asked the United States about a secret court order Yahoo (YHOO.O) used to scan thousands of customer emails for possible terrorism links, following concerns that may have violated a new data transfer pact.<p>Under the Privacy Shield agreement that came …

Android banking Trojan used Chrome browser vulnerability to infect over 300,000 devices in 2 months

The threat actors operating the malware appear to be only targeting smartphones with a Russian-language interface.<p>An android banking Trojan …

Google

Yahoo admits some employees knew of massive hack in 2014

An SEC filing reveals Yahoo is investigating what was known about the hack two years ago. That could have a big effect on the $4.8 billion Verizon deal.<p>As any investigator can tell you, it's not just what you knew, but when you knew it.<p>On Wednesday, Yahoo admitted that not long after a hack in 2014 …

Yahoo

Facebook sued over ads based on racial preference

A class-action lawsuit is accusing Facebook of breaking housing and job ad discrimination laws.<p>A <i>Pro Publica</i> investigation last week revealed that the social network lets marketers exclude users by "ethnic affinity." The lawsuit, first reported by <i>Business Insider</i>, alleges that such targeting tools …

Facebook