Privacy

Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users' WhatsApp personal data without consent

Facebook has suffered a serious setback in its attempts to exploit WhatsApp users' private data in Germany.<p>Facebook has lost its bid to collect the …

Security

This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office

A new window film from Designtex takes its cues from science fiction.<p>Open offices are privacy nightmares, especially if you’re trying to hide sensitive data on screens. But since open offices aren’t going away any time soon, there’s Casper: a new product from the applied materials company Designtex …

Inventions

A Tor Browser Might Not Be Your Best Solution for Internet Privacy

I’m very privacy-minded. I’ve written quite frequently about securing your browser and network on the Mac. I figure it’s about time to give the …

Encryption

What you need to know about the privacy of the new smart camera Amazon wants you to put in your bedroom

Amazon's newest version of its Echo smart-home device, the Look, boasts a built-in video camera that can capture your outfits and provide fashion recommendations.<p>That's a big step toward a lifestyle of the future.<p>But it also creates some important privacy issues that are worth keeping in mind if …

Amazon Echo

Backyard skinny-dippers lack effective laws to keep peeping drones at bay

Recent advances in technology mean we can no longer rely on fences or barriers around our homes to protect our privacy. This was certainly the case …

Drones

Why GDPR Is An Opportunity To Make Customers Love You More

Anyone navigating privacy and permissioning as GDPR's May 2018 deadline draws nearer should take a look at <i>The Forrester Privacy and GDPR Maturity</i> …

Security

Can an app really track you after you delete it?

LOS ANGELES — Can a deleted app keep on tracking you, even if the app is off the phone?<p>The unsatisfying answer: Yes and no.<p>The app can’t follow you around and know your whereabouts. But app developers can engage in "tagging," leaving behind a unique ID on an iPhone so the developer can recall the …

Security

Your headphones aren't spying on you, but your apps are. Here's why.

Lawyers in the US are claiming that headphone and speaker company Bose, is secretly collecting information about what users listen to when they use its bluetooth wireless headphones.<p>Edelson, the lawyers acting on behalf of customer Kyle Zak of Illinois, claim that information about what Zak has …

Security

Unroll.me hit with privacy suit over alleged sale of user data

Inbox clean-up service accused of violating federal privacy laws by allegedly harvesting user data.<p>Consumers aren't quite ready to forgive Unroll.me for its alleged practice of selling users' email data.<p>The inbox clean-up service was sued Wednesday in Northern California District Court for failing …

Security

China's Cyberspace Body Issues Draft on Cross-Border Data Flow Controls

As China and the world business community prepare for the June 1 effective date of China’s Cyber Security Law (the “Law”), China’s regulators have been preparing regulations on the various mandates of the law. Earlier, I had discussed draft measures concerning the inspection of network products and …

China

Here's How To Find Out Exactly How Much Information Facebook Knows About You

Slightly terrifying<p>Levels of privacy on Facebook are always a bit of a tricky subject. It's not like you're going to be deleting your profile (you …

Facebook

German spies to access citizens' ID photos

A new German law will allow intel agencies access to all citizens' ID photos. In combination with facial recognition surveillance technology, this means agents will be able to identify people in crowds, warn critics.<p>Data protection experts, lawyers, and opposition politicians lined up in the German …

Surveillance

Are dodgy boxes illegal? The EU has had its say

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) is getting firm on the sale of dodgy boxes, though what that means for devices already bought remains …

Internet

Use of Cookies

<b>About cookies</b> <br>Cookies are files, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to …

Security

Don’t be afraid of always-listening devices

I’m a big fan of the web comic, XKCD, though I admittedly don’t understand roughly 20% of the jokes. But if you’re a sciencey, nerdy nerd like me, …

Amazon Echo

Greater transparency would boost trust in Texas government | Commentary

2. HB 2710 by Hunter would restore access to dates of birth in governmental records. A 3rd Court of Appeals ruling made much of that information off …

Government

Linux/Shishinga malware spotted burteforcing passwords

Eset researchers spotted a Linux malware dubbed Shishinga that is written in Lua and uses four different protocols and Lua scripts for modularity.<p>The …

New human rights to protect against 'mind hacking' and brain data theft proposed

A response to advances in neurotechnology that can read or alter brain activity, new human rights would protect people from theft, abuse and hacking<p>New human rights that would protect people from having their thoughts and other brain information stolen, abused or hacked have been proposed by …

The Brain

Privacy concerns raised over Calgary parking enforcement proposal

'We're looking at George Orwell's '1984' right in the eye here' say residents oppose to photo enforcement plan<p>Privacy advocates say Calgary city …

Security

Powerful algorithms need a new formula, not more transparency, to be kept in check

Algorithms today dictate our credit scores, our favorite music playlists, and, of course, what shows up in our social media feeds. So shouldn’t the public know what code and mathematical equations go into making them work?<p>“No,” says Microsoft. In a submission to a UK parliamentary inquiry into the …

Transparency

Fut 17 Online Generator

Terms of service<p>These terms of service ("Terms", "Agreement") are an agreement between the operator of MyWebsite ("Website operator", "us", "we" or …

Security

Why the Industry Needs a Gut-Check on Location Data Use

Most Popular<p>Last year, ads for Goodwill were served to people whose mobile phones had been spotted at thrift shops or second-hand stores in the past. …

Security

FCC chairman launches process to reverse net neutrality rules

"This will be the beginning of the discussion, not the end," Chairman Pai said, promising to seek public input before reversing rules.<p>Federal …

Internet

SugarHouse fined $30,000 over surveillance violations

SugarHouse Casino on Wednesday received a $30,000 fine from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for violations of the Fishtown property's …

Philadelphia

Chipotle got hacked!

So, Chipotle got hacked. The restaurant on Tuesday announced it had discovered a breach in its payment system that may have affected credit card …

Security

MEPs raise Netflix quota to 30% and sharpen rules on violent online posts

Netflix and other video-on-demand platforms could be required to include a minimum 30% of European content—more than the Commission’s proposed 20% …

Brexit

ATO logs into Facebook to catch tax cheats

Posting photos of your business class travel or an exotic holiday on social media may land you in the ATO net which is already cast wide around …

Identity Theft

Ransomware attacks are taking a greater toll on victim's wallets

The hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the infection rose to US$1,077, …

Security

Amazon adds eyes to AI ears with Echo Look smart home camera

In Amazon’s quest to get further inside your home, the company is using a new tool: a camera.<p>For the first time, Amazon is adding a video camera to …

Amazon

Government wants private dagga use to remain illegal

The South African government has <b>appealed</b> a Cape Town High Court ruling that cultivating and using dagga (marijuana) in private should be …

News (South Africa)