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Wireless providers argue your web history isn’t ‘sensitive’ and they should be able to sell it

Internet providers are continuing to argue that they should be free to share and sell your web browsing history without permission because it isn’t “sensitive information.”<p>The latest group to make that argument is the CTIA, an industry association that represents AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and …

Net Neutrality

Broadband Privacy Rules: Senate May Kill Consumer Privacy Rules For Good Next Week

The Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules, a set of protections that would require internet service providers to get permission before collecting …

Net Neutrality

Facebook’s AI Is Learning to Predict and Prevent Suicide

For years, Facebook has been investing in artificial intelligence fields like machine learning and deep neural nets to build its core …

Machine Learning

Here Are Some Stats That Put The Whole 'Duopoly of Google and Facebook' in Perspective

Here's a positive spin on eMarketer's recent report: Digital advertising on mobile will only become easier for marketers, as Google will control …

Advertising

Edward Snowden explains exactly how the CIA would hack your Samsung TV

To hack into your Samsung TV, the CIA isn't breaking into your house. They're hacking it when you order on Amazon.<p>That's what Edward Snowden pointed out during an interview on Tuesday with <i>The Intercept</i>. The interview was taped live at SXSW for the podcast <i>Intercepted</i>.<p>The CIA's efforts to hack the …

Edward Snowden

British democracy at risk from Russian hackers, says GCHQ

Foreign secretary accuses Russia of ‘dirty tricks’ as GCHQ is reported to have written to parties with advice on cyber-attacks<p>The foreign secretary has said there is “plenty of evidence” that Russia has the ability to disrupt British politics with cyber-attacks following reports that intelligence …

World Politics

Landmark privacy rules are going to get killed because internet providers asked nicely

Your internet provider can see bits and pieces of almost everything you do online: the sites you visit, the apps you use, the services you connect to. It’s an unpleasant reality for anyone concerned with their privacy, since this information can reveal a whole lot about you. But it’s stayed that …

Net Neutrality

WikiLeaks: CIA can hack Android phones and Samsung TVs

<i>(Reuters)</i> – Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks on Tuesday said it had obtained a secret trove of hacking tools used by the CIA to break into or circumvent the security of phones, communication apps and other devices, and published confidential documents describing those programs.<p>Among the most noteworthy …

Cybercrime

ACLU and 170 other organizations urge FCC to preserve net neutrality

The future of net neutrality is in jeopardy again, so advocates are getting back to the fight. In a letter sent today to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, as well as Senators John Thune and Bill Nelson, over 170 groups ask Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to continue to support and protect …

Net Neutrality

MIT finds an easy way to control robots with your brain

A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) wanted robots to be a more natural extension of our bodies. See, you'd usually have to issue vocal or very specific mental commands to control machines. But the method the CSAIL team developed works simply by reading …

Robots

Fed's Powell warns of digital currency's risks

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - A top U.S. Federal Reserve official on Friday raised caution about central banks issuing digital currencies as they are vulnerable to cyber attacks and criminal activities along with privacy issues that still need to be addressed.<p>"A digital currency issued by a central …

Google just cracked one of the building blocks of web encryption (but don’t worry)

It’s all over for SHA-1<p>Today, Google made major waves in the cryptography world, announcing a public collision in the SHA-1 algorithm. It’s a deathblow to what was once one of the most popular algorithms in cryptography, and a crisis for anyone still using the function. The good news is, almost no …

Information Security

Uber used an elaborate secret program to hide from government regulators

All to avoid being caught in cities where Uber wasn’t strictly legal<p>Uber has a secret, worldwide program called “Greyball” to hide from government employees looking to catch Uber cars operating in violation of local regulations, reports <i>The New York Times</i>.<p>The Greyball program, which was reportedly …

Uber

The world’s biggest advertising CEO fears Amazon

As CEO of WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, there’s a lot that could keep Martin Sorrell up at night. The London-listed $27.6 billion company—home to agencies like Ogilvy & Mather and J. Walter Thompson that service the world’s biggest companies—is dealing with slowing growth, fierce …

Advertising
Google

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 …

Web Development

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 …

Machine Learning

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, …

Banking

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

Facebook can spot trends in your posts and determine if you are in a relationship – image credit: Facebook<p>Facebook has revealed that using data from the posts people make it is able to tell when they fall in love. This is creepy, frankly, and even the claims that the data is “anonymised” doesn’t …

Facebook

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 …

Surveillance

On The Ethical Use Of Data Vs. The Internet Of Things

, Contributor<p>(Credit: Shutterstock)<p>The number of “things” in the Internet of Things is expanding at an astronomical rate. In 2016, 5.5 million new things become connected every day, such as a smart mattress that helps optimize your sleep, but could also alert customers of potential partner …

Internet of Things

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 …

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 …

Tesla

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