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A vacuum vulnerability could mean your Roomba knockoff is hoovering up surveillance

Yet again we are reminded that the mild conveniences of the smart home are all well and good, right up until someone decides to turn one of those Wi-Fi-connected things you invited in against you.<p>But you probably didn’t think it was going to be the vacuum, did you?<p>Two researchers with enterprise …

Roomba

Google's Gmail privacy policy has Congress asking questions

A letter demanding answers on privacy just landed in Gmail's inbox.<p>Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation sent a letter to Alphabet's CEO Larry Page on Tuesday, asking questions about how Google and Gmail protect users' privacy. The request comes a week after …

Privacy

California malls are sharing license plate tracking data with ICE

A chain of California shopping centers is sharing its license plate reader data with a well-known U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contractor, giving that agency the ability to track license plate numbers it captures in near real-time.<p>A report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation …

License Plates

EU parliament calls for Privacy Shield to be pulled until US complies

The European Parliament has been making its presence felt today. As well as reopening democratic debate around a controversial digital copyright reform proposal by voting against it being fast-tracked, MEPs have adopted a resolution calling for the suspension of the EU-US Privacy Shield.<p>The …

Privacy

AI spots legal problems with tech T&Cs in GDPR research project

Technology is the proverbial double-edged sword. And an experimental European research project is ensuring this axiom cuts very close to the industry’s bone indeed by applying machine learning technology to critically sift big tech’s privacy policies — to see whether AI can automatically identify …

Artificial Intelligence

Your Google account might be giving outside developers access to your data — here's how to disconnect apps you don't trust before they read your mail

You may not be the only one reading your messages in your Gmail account.<p>While Google itself has stopped scanning Gmail users' email, some third-party developers have created apps that can access consumers' accounts and scan their messages for marketing purposes, according to a new report in The …

Apps

Privacy on Facebook and Google is 'like holding a gun to your head'

Vesselin Popov and his team at the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre have found themselves embroiled in one of the year’s biggest news …

Cambridge Analytica

California passes landmark data privacy bill

A data privacy bill in California is just a signature away from becoming law over the strenuous objections of many tech companies that rely on surreptitious data collection for their livelihood. The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 has passed through the state legislative organs and will now …

Privacy

Popular Facebook quiz app exposed data on more than 120 million users

If you tried to find out which Disney Princess you were on Facebook years ago, you might've given up more than your name.<p>A security researcher found that a popular quiz app on Facebook called "Nametests" had a flaw that let anyone pull up information on more than 120 million people, even after the …

Cambridge Analytica

Study calls out ‘dark patterns’ in Facebook and Google that push users toward less privacy

More scrutiny than ever is in place on the tech industry, and while high-profile cases like Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance in front of lawmakers garner headlines, there are subtler forces at work. This study from a Norway watchdog group eloquently and painstakingly describes the ways that companies …

Privacy

Mozilla bakes 'Have I Been Pwned' into Firefox's new privacy tool

Mozilla today announced an exciting new feature coming to future versions of Firefox. The feature is a proposed security tool that uses Troy Hunt’s ‘Have I Been Pwned‘ (HIBP) database to scour the web looking for accounts included in known data breaches.<p>We first learned of a similar feature last …

Mozilla

Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile stop sharing real-time cell phone location data

The scandal erupted after one company claimed to be able to track any cell phone in the US "within seconds."<p>A senator has strongly criticized three …

Privacy

Amazon and Microsoft back campaign against California privacy act

Amazon, Microsoft and even Uber have joined Google and other tech titans in actively opposing the California Consumer Privacy Act. As <i>The Verge</i> saw in the state's disclosure records, the three giants contributed a significant amount of money to a campaign pushing back <i>against</i> the initiative: Amazon …

Pressure mounts on EU-US Privacy Shield after Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Yet more pressure on the precariously placed EU-US Privacy Shield: The European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee has called for the data transfer arrangement to be suspended by September 1 unless the US comes into full compliance.<p>Though the committee has no power to suspend the …

Privacy

Will smart home tech make us care more about privacy?

For most people, the thought of a smart device sharing their intimate conversations and sending those recordings along to their acquaintances is the stuff of dystopian nightmares. And for one family in Portland, it’s a nightmare that became all too real when their Amazon Echo sent a recording of a …

Facial recognition company CEO explains why government surveillance is bad for privacy

It’s politics as usual in the US this week. The president is on Twitter complaining about the Federal government spying on him while Jeff Bezos is riding the Amazon cash-cow all the way to Surveillance-ville, Florida. Caught in the middle is the very idea of privacy, something Brian Brackeen, CEO …

Surveillance

How to download everything Apple knows about you

Apple just updated its privacy policy, and on Wednesday it also launched a new website that allows you to correct your personal data or delete your Apple account entirely.<p>In some regions, such as the EU, you can download an entire copy of your Apple ID and iCloud data, which shows you everything …

Amazon facial recognition software raises privacy concerns with the ACLU

Amazon hasn’t exactly kept Rekognition under wraps. In late 2016, the software giant talked up its facial detection software in a relatively benign AWS post announcing that the tech was already being implemented by The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon for suspect identification.<p>The ACLU …

Comcast is (update: was) leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers’ Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber’s account number and street address number will be served up the Wi-Fi name and password via the company’s Xfinity …

You’ll never read Facebook’s new data policy, so we did it for you

<i>(in)Secure is a weekly column that dives into the rapidly escalating topic of cybersecurity.</i><p>With privacy-centric European Union legislation set to …

LocationSmart didn’t just sell mobile phone locations, it leaked them

What’s worse than companies selling the real-time locations of cell phones wholesale? Failing to take security precautions that prevent people from abusing the service. LocationSmart did both, as numerous sources indicated this week.<p>The company is adjacent to a hack of Securus, a company in the …

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 …

The E.U.’s New Privacy Laws Might Actually Create a Better Internet

So far, the biggest perceived effect of the most important data-privacy law ever has been a sharp increase in emails from social networks and web …

Toward transitive data privacy and securing the data you don’t share

We are spending a lot of time discussing what happens to data when you explicitly or implicitly share it. But what about data that you have never ever shared?<p>Your cousin’s DNA<p>We all share DNA  —  after all, it seems we are all descendants of a few tribes. But the more closely related you are, the …

Gmail's 'self-destruct' feature could run afoul of public records laws

Google is releasing an update for Gmail which will give users the option to erase emails that they've sent.<p>But this "self-destruct" feature is cause …

NSA triples metadata collection numbers, sucking up over 500 million call records in 2017

The National Security Agency revealed a huge increase in the amount of call metadata collected, from about 151 million call records in 2016 to more than 530 million last year — despite having fewer targets. But officials say nothing is different about the year but the numbers.<p>A transparency report …

Live in the EU? Facebook is after your face data (again)

While the Cambridge Analytica scandal rumbles on, Facebook is quietly asking users in the EU and Canada to let it use its facial recognition to scan …

A flaw-by-flaw guide to Facebook’s new GDPR privacy changes

Facebook is about to start pushing European users to speed through giving consent for its new GDPR privacy law compliance changes. It will ask people to review how Facebook applies data from the web to target them with ads, and surface the sensitive profile info they share. Facebook will also allow …

Privacy

Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection

“Other companies suck in your data too,” Facebook explained in many, many words today with a blog post detailing how it gathers information about you from around the web.<p>Facebook product management director David Baser wrote, “Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons …

Apps

How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches

Another week, another massive privacy scandal. When it’s not Facebook admitting it allowed data on as many as 87 million users to be sucked out by a developer on its platform who sold it to a political consultancy working for the Trump campaign, or dating app Grindr ‘fessing up to sharing its …

Privacy