Items tagged with: privacy

Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps following data investigation | The Washington Post

Facebook revealed Friday that it had suspended “tens of thousands” of apps that may have mishandled users' personal data, part of an investigation sparked by the social giant's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.

The suspensions — far more than the hundreds against which Facebook has taken action against in the past — occurred for a “variety of reasons,” the company said in a blog post, without elaborating. They were associated with about 400 developers.
#technology #Facebook #privacy #security
"The F.B.I. has used secret subpoenas to obtain personal data from far more companies than previously disclosed, newly released documents show."

"The requests, which the F.B.I. says are critical to its counterterrorism efforts, have raised privacy concerns for years but have been associated mainly with tech companies. Now, records show how far beyond Silicon Valley the practice extends — encompassing scores of banks, credit agencies, cellphone carriers and even universities."

"The demands can scoop up a variety of information, including usernames, locations, IP addresses and records of purchases. They don’t require a judge’s approval and usually come with a gag order, leaving them shrouded in secrecy. Fewer than 20 entities, most of them tech companies, have ever revealed that they’ve received the subpoenas, known as national security letters."

"The documents, obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and shared with The New York Times, shed light on the scope of the demands — more than 120 companies and other entities were included in the filing — and raise questions about the effectiveness of a 2015 law that was intended to increase transparency around them."

#FBI #privacy #NSL #FourthAmendment #surveillance

The New York Times: Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies (By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries)


World’s most destructive botnet returns with stolen passwords and email in tow | Ars Technica

If you've noticed an uptick of spam that addresses you by name or quotes real emails you've sent or received in the past, you can probably blame Emotet. It's one of the world's most costly and destructive botnets—and it just returned from a four-month hiatus.
#technology #computing #privacy #spam #botnet #Emotet

Google Maps incognito mode is in testing, along with eyes-free navigation

Google Maps has received plenty of love in 2019, but the search company is reportedly hard at work on two more additions to the mapping service.

The company is testing an incognito mode in the preview version of Google Maps (version 10.26), according to Android Police. Google Chrome‘s incognito mode doesn’t record your browser history on the device or your Google account, and a similar principle is in effect here.
#technology #Google #Maps #privacy
You can soon hide your tracks in Google Maps thanks to incognito mode

HP printers try to send data back to HP about your devices and what you print | Robert Heaton

Last week my in-laws politely but firmly asked me to set up their new HP printer. I protested that I’m completely clueless about that sort of thing, despite my tax-return-job-title of “software engineer”. Still remonstrating, I was gently bundled into their study with an instruction pamphlet, a cup of tea, a promise to unlock the door once I’d printed everyone’s passport forms, and a warning not to try the window because the roof tiles are very loose.

At first the setup process was so simple that even a computer programmer could do it. But then, after I had finished removing pieces of cardboard and blue tape from the various drawers of the machine, I noticed that the final step required the downloading of an app of some sort onto a phone or computer. This set off my crapware detector.
#technology #computing #printing #HP #security #privacy
This will be fascinating to many people across the spectrum(s) of opinion... An interview with #EdwardSnowden
#NBC 's Brian Williams spoke via tele-video link between the studio and Snowden, still in Russia.

Anything about Snowden is hot-button. Some think Snowden is a hero and/or patriot, others think him a traitor.
Still others, especially outside America, see him as a voice of knowledge about the American security tentacles and also privacy in general. So, whether focused on 'deep state' or 'fascism', or simply tuning in to hear him talk about how our devices are spying on us.. this is worth a listen. Just a little bit on several topics, how your phone is chattering constantly, how he secures his own, how he feels about being stuck in Russia, and what he thinks of possibly helping to stop election hacking (spoiler: he'd welcome it) ....

Edward Snowden discusses Trump and privacy in the digital age

#snowden #digitalage #privacy #metadata #patriot #spay or traitor? #security #hacking #cybersecurity #analysis #perspective

Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs | TechCrunch

iOS 13, which will be generally released later this week, has already been spotted catching Facebook’s app trying to use Bluetooth to track nearby users.
Apple definitely takes privacy and security far more seriously than Facebook does.

#technology #Apple #iOS #Facebook #security #privacy
Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs

SIM-based attack has been used to spy on people for two years

phone's software. AdaptiveMobile Security researchers say they've discovered a new vulnerability, nicknamed Simjacker, that's being used to surveil people's devices by an unnamed surveillance company. The technique sends SMS messages containing instructions for an old [email protected] Browser app supported on some carriers' SIM cards.
#technology #mobile #smartphone #security #privacy
If you're interested in privacy online, there's an excellent website called DarkPatterns.org which explores the dirty tricks some sites use:


("Dark patterns" are tricks used to fool you into doing things you don't really want to.)

#DarkPatterns #Privacy
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Americans Deserve Their Day in Court About NSA Mass Surveillance Programs

#legalanalysis #nsaspying #surveillancetechnologies #privacy #electronicfrontierfoundation #eff #digitalrights #digitalprivacy
posted by pod_feeder_v2

Americans Deserve Their Day in Court About NSA Mass Surveillance Programs

#legalanalysis #nsaspying #surveillancetechnologies #privacy #electronicfrontierfoundation #eff #digitalrights #digitalprivacy
posted by pod_feeder_v2

The Windows 10 Privacy Settings You Should Check Right Now | Wired

If you're at all concerned about the privacy of your data, you don't want to leave the default settings in place on your devices—and that includes anything that runs Windows 10.

Microsoft's operating system comes with a variety of controls and options you can modify to lock down the use of your data, from the information you share with Microsoft to the access that individual apps have to your location, camera, and microphone. Check these privacy-related settings as soon as you've got your Windows 10 computer set up—or now, in case you're a longtime user who hasn't gotten around to it yet.
#technology #computing #windows #security #privacy

Vulnerability lets text messages steal emails from Android phones

Bogus text messages aren't just being used to send you to malicious websites or crash your phone -- in some cases, they can hijack your emails. Check Point Research has discovered a vulnerability in phones from Huawei, LG, Samsung and Sony that lets attackers use custom SMS to intercept all email traffic on target devices.
#technology #mobile #Android #security #privacy
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A huge database of Facebook users’ phone numbers found online | TechCrunch

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online.

The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam.
Oops! Again...

#technology #internet #Facebook #security #privacy
A huge database of Facebook users’ phone numbers found online

Everything you need to know about privacy in Android 10 | Android Authority

Android 10 has landed, complete with a new name, a new mascot, and several fun features. One of the most important aspects of the new operating system is enhanced security and improved user control over permissions. You can now fine-tune the data apps access, restrict location services based on usage, contain background app activity and best of all, do all of this from a single privacy hub in settings.
#technology #mobile #Android #privacy
All the key Android 10 privacy updates explained

Google has secret webpages that feed your personal data to advertisers, report says | CNet

New evidence submitted for an investigation into Google's collection of personal data in the European Union reportedly accuses the search giant of stealthy sending your personal user data to advertisers. The company allegedly relays this information to advertisers using hidden webpages, allowing it to circumvent EU privacy regulations.
#technology #Google #privacy

Facebook can now recognize and tag your face – whoever and wherever you are | TechRadar

Facebook is rolling out facial recognition to all of its 360 million users, making it easier than ever for your friends and family to tag you in embarrassing photos.

Facial recognition first arrived on Facebook in 2017 under the name 'Tag Suggestions', but was only available to a small sample of users. It's now accessible worldwide under the more logical name 'Face Recognition'.
The good news is that the article links to another article that explains how to delete your Facebook account.

#technology #Facebook #FacialRecognition #privacy #security

You can block images on Gmail for iPhone now | Engadget

Gmail users can now finally opt out of having images load automatically on the iPhone app. The email client unveiled its latest update to the App Store that includes an option for those who want to stop their messages from being tracked or who don't need to see every single external image sent to their inbox. To activate, simply go to Settings, select your account, go to Images and select "Ask before displaying external images". Android users have had this option for a while now.
#technology #Google #Gmail #privacy
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"The Trump administration wants to expand its DNA testing program by enabling Customs and Border Protection officials to extract genetic material from undocumented immigrants in its custody, according to a draft policy obtained by BuzzFeed News."

"The move will likely inspire the anger of civil liberties and immigrant advocates, who argue that the government should not draw sensitive personal information from people without being tied to a specific crime."

"Administration officials estimate that CBP officials would spend more than 20,000 additional work hours on such a policy in its first year of implementation. Hundreds of thousands of individuals could be tested each year if the draft regulation, proposed by the Department of Justice, is fully implemented."

"While the regulation does not specifically say Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials would also test people in their custody, it also does not limit them from doing so."

#Trump #GOP #DNA #Immigration #HumanRights #Privacy

EFF and Mozilla Release Public Letter to Venmo

#privacy #electronicfrontierfoundation #eff #digitalrights #digitalprivacy
posted by pod_feeder_v2

EFF and Mozilla Release Public Letter to Venmo

#privacy #electronicfrontierfoundation #eff #digitalrights #digitalprivacy
posted by pod_feeder_v2
@jlelse I really should go to sleep, so I'll look at who I'm following tomorrow. In the meantime, maybe you could search by hashtags? Type in the subject you're interested in, and you get a whole lot of people posting about it. You could also search through hashtags like introductions or FollowFriday. For example, @switchingsocial has some pretty cool FF recommendations.
Not sure how well searching works on a one user instance though. It doesn't know about as many people.
I feel like I'm in a #fediverse bubble. Haven't followed some new people in the last time. Please send recommendations with your favorite accounts posting about #Linux, #Privacy, #IndieWeb and #FOSS.

Thank you! 🤗

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BBC building Alexa-style virtual assistant, to be called Beeb.

"The BBC already works with other voice assistants, such as Alexa and Google Assistant, but it is increasingly pushing users towards its own products, **so it can collect more data**."

Emphasis mine.


#SurveillanceCapitalism #privacy #DeepState #BBC
@WishSimply, your first sentence "For your wishlist needs you might want to check out wishsimply." was immediately talking about the product you wish to advertise. To be honest, your comment basically fits to any post containing hashtags #privacy and #amazon. So if you were not joining the conversation, we may think that you are running a bot account spamming on all posts having those hashtags...

If you reverse the order: first joint the conversation and then bring up your product and also first tell us the problem and just after that you have a solution, then your advertising become less annoying and more effective I think.

For example in the case of this post, you could have started with bringing up that Google is just the tip of the iceberg and there are lots of other BigData trader companies in the dark side. Amazon is one of them as it is mentioned at the end of the post. And then continue with that wish list is another privacy invading product of Amanzon and others. And then mention that you are developing a privacy respecting alternative to that. At least this is how I would have introduced it if I were you.

I know this is a tough dilemma because advertising is bad in general. Usually, it just makes people to waste money on stuff that they don't need. However, without some kind of advertising good solutions/products cannot spread. Therefore, I think the good/acceptable way of advertising is spreading information in a honest, correct and helping way, aiming to improve something (such as the privacy of individuals).
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@Kenny Chaffin

I've never pretended that David is not a pseudonym. The personal details about myself that I've revealed (with some protective vagueness) are true.

Privacy is a terribly important issue to me. Look at the #privacy #tag, and you'll find plenty from me. E.g., https://diasp.eu/posts/36bb1ee0a2890137a9ec4061862b8e7b

Did you look at my profile page yet? Just click on the penguin with the flyswatter to see it.

I notice your profile page has no information at all. Maybe Kenny Chaffin is your real name. I wouldn't expose myself to possible doxxing, etc. by giving up my name, but that's your choice.

Fake .eu address? So you think it's somehow deceptive to have an account on a European pod? I chose a European pod because privacy laws in Europe are generally stricter than those in the USA.

Facebook will now stop following you around the web (sort of) | TechRadar

Facebook has introduced a tool that lets you see which third-party websites and apps are sending it your browsing history, and stop them doing so in future.

The feature, which is currently available in Ireland, Spain and South Korea, is found in the mobile app's settings under the heading 'Off-Facebook Activity'. It allows you to see which companies have shared data about your browsing habits using tracking tools like The Facebook Pixel and Facebook Login.
Oh, really? And what if you haven't got a Facebook account?

[Facepalm]#technology #Facebook #privacy #facepalm

Google stops sending Android cell signal data over privacy concerns

Google's increased focus on privacy led it to quietly drop a service for carriers. Reuters sources have learned the tech giant shut down Mobile Network Insights, a feature that gave providers maps of cellular signal strength and speed data collected from Android phones, back in April. The data was anonymized and required opting in to sharing location, usage and diagnostic info, but Google was reportedly worried the practice might raise hackles among users and government regulators.
#technology #mobile #smartphone #privacy
"Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has called for a complete ban on police use of facial recognition, as part of his campaign’s broader plan for criminal justice reform. If elected president, Sanders specifically pledges to 'ban the use of facial recognition software for policing'. The plan also calls for ending programs that provide military equipment to local police and establishing federal standards for the use of body cameras."

"Sanders is the first presidential candidate to call for an outright ban on police use of facial recognition, although a number of other Democratic candidates have expressed concerns about how the technology is being used. Last year, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker joined with other senators in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, raising concerns about racial bias in facial recognition algorithms."

#Bernie2020 #facialrecognition #surveillance #privacy

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"The New York Police Department has taken DNA samples from people convicted of crimes, as well as from people who are only arrested or sometimes simply questioned. The practice has exposed the Police Department to scrutiny over how the genetic material is collected and whether privacy rights are being violated, civil liberties lawyers said."

"A growing number of law enforcement agencies throughout the country — including police departments in Connecticut, California and Maryland — have amassed genetic databases that operate by their own rules, outside of state and federal guidelines, which tend to be far more strict."

"According to a 2013 survey, 30 states and the federal government permitted the analysis of DNA samples collected from individuals who are arrested or charged, but not convicted, of certain crimes. These databases generally did not include low-level offenders."

"New York State law requires a conviction before someone’s DNA can be included in the state-operated DNA databank. But databases built by local authorities are not subject to the state rules."

#surveillance #privacy #DNA #InformedConsent

The New York Times: N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database. (By JAN RANSOM and ASHLEY SOUTHALL)

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"Breaking a long silence about a high-profile National Security Agency program that sifts records of Americans’ telephone calls and text messages in search of terrorists, the Trump administration on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the system has been indefinitely shut down — but asked Congress to extend its legal basis anyway."

"In a letter to Congress delivered on Thursday and obtained by The New York Times, the administration urged lawmakers to make permanent the legal authority for the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans’ domestic communications, the USA Freedom Act. The law, enacted after the intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden revealed the existence of the program in 2013, is set to expire in December, but the Trump administration wants it made permanent."

#NSA #surveillance #FourthAmendment #privacy

The fashion line designed to trick surveillance cameras | The Guardian

Automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of cars around a city, may have met their match, in the form of a T-shirt. Or a dress. Or a hoodie.

The anti-surveillance garments were revealed at the DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas on Saturday by the hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose, who presented the inaugural collection of her Adversarial Fashion line.
From the YouKnowWhatToDo Department.

#technology #ALPR #ANPR #privacy
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FBI seeks to monitor Facebook, oversee mass social media data collection | ZDNet

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the FBI has recently sought proposals from third-party vendors for technological solutions able to harvest publicly-available information in bulk from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.
The law enforcement agency says the data collected will be used "to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests."
Can we expect another big move onto alternate social media sites?

#technology #Facebook #FBI #privacy
"One in five California lawmakers were mistaken for convicted criminals in an experiment testing the reliability of facial-recognition software in identifying potentially dangerous suspects. The Los Angeles Times reports that local assemblyman Phil Ting called for the experiment as part of a bill to ban the use of such technology by police and law-enforcement agencies. The experiment incorrectly matched his face to a convicted felon, which he argues could put innocent people in jeopardy if police mistakenly identify them as dangerous criminals. 'The software clearly is not ready for use in a law-enforcement capacity', Ting said. 'These mistakes, we can kind of chuckle at it, but if you get arrested and it’s on your record, it can be hard to get housing, get a job. It has real impacts'. Proponents of the technology argue that it is useful in searching for lost children or elderly people in large group situations."

#facialrecognition #biometrics #surveillance #privacy
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#2FA #Privacy
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"A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent."

"The 3-0 decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco over Facebook’s facial recognition technology exposes the company to billions of dollars in potential damages to the Illinois users who brought the case."

#facebook #privacy #facialrecognition #biometrics #consent
Facebook loses facial recognition appeal

Microsoft contractors are listening to select Skype calls and Cortana recordings | The Verge

Microsoft contractors are manually reviewing voice recordings gathered via Skype’s automated translation feature and the Cortana voice assistant, a new report from Motherboard has revealed. In audio recordings shared with the publication, users could be heard having intimate conversations and discussing relationship issues as well as other personal topics like weight loss. “The fact that I can even share some of this with you shows how lax things are in terms of protecting user data,” the contractor who shared the audio files with Motherboard said.
#technology #Microsoft #Windows #Skype #Cortana #security #privacy
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