London’s Tube network to switch on wi-fi tracking by default in July

London’s Tube network to switch on wi-fi tracking by default in July

To deliver data of the required detail, TfL says detailed digital mapping of all London Underground stations was undertaken to identify where wi-fi routers are located so it can understand how commuters move across the network and through stations.

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

The percentage of users that are not comfortable with this data collection is likely to be significantly higher than 51% considering it’s much more invasive than compiling a list of interests and involves sharing aggregated real-time snapshots of their movements with third-parties.

Data versus trends

Data versus trends

Google announced a new tool a few days ago at its Google I/O event which will automatically delete your Location, Web, and App Activity history data after a set period of time per your chosen settings. Now Google giving you a feature to delete your user data seems counterproductive for Google doesn’t it.

AT&T denies that selling phone location data was illegal as FCC investigates

AT&T denies that selling phone location data was illegal as FCC investigates

The details came in letters to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who had demanded an update on the carriers' sale of customers' real-time geolocation data.

San Francisco Is Preparing to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco Is Preparing to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

As facial recognition technology makes its presence felt across the globe, the city of San Francisco is preparing to ban its use by local agencies.

Twitter accidentally shares user location data with advertising partner

Twitter accidentally shares user location data with advertising partner

Twitter Inc said on Monday it may have accidentally collected and shared location data of some users accessing its app through Apple devices with an advertising partner.

What Type of Data Do Our Devices Gather and Send to Companies?

What Type of Data Do Our Devices Gather and Send to Companies?

Unfortunately, you might be horrified to discover that some of your most trusted devices are gathering a slew of personal data and trends about your life, compiling them, and selling them off to the biggest advertising agencies.

Panic as panic alarms meant to keep granny and little Timmy safe prove a privacy fiasco

Panic as panic alarms meant to keep granny and little Timmy safe prove a privacy fiasco

But researchers at Fidus Information Security discovered, and revealed on Friday, that the system has a dangerous flaw: you can send a text message to the SIM and force it to reset.

Google's privacy promises don't sway many experts

Google's privacy promises don't sway many experts

Google announced new privacy tools Tuesday intended to give people more control over how they're being tracked on the go or in their own home, part of a broader effort by big tech companies to counter increasing scrutiny of their data collection practices.

Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users

Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users

A spokesperson for Google said the company had no similar feature like this to announce at this time, but that the company is “always looking for new ways to improve transparency and give users helpful control over their privacy.”.

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile get sued for reportedly selling your location data

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile get sued for reportedly selling your location data

The suit, which was filed by Z LAW on Thursday, claims that AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile made geolocation data available to a Securus, a broker that allows law enforcement to access your location without a warrant.

Refunds for 300 million phone users sought in lawsuits over location-data sales

Refunds for 300 million phone users sought in lawsuits over location-data sales

with 59 posters participating, including story author The four major US wireless carriers are facing proposed class-action lawsuits accusing them of violating federal law by selling their customers' real-time location data to third parties.

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The news provides the first instance of individual telco customers pushing to be awarded damages after Motherboard revealed in January that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had all sold access to the real-time location of their customers’ phones to a network of middlemen companies, before ending up in the hands of bounty hunters.

Google Confirms It Will Automatically Delete Your Data -- What You Need To Know

Google Confirms It Will Automatically Delete Your Data -- What You Need To Know

What's new is the soon to be rolled out "auto-delete controls" that will enable users to set time limits on how long Google can save your data.

Google will let you better control your privacy

Google will let you better control your privacy

Google has finally introduced an option that gives you the ability to automatically erase all your location and activity history on the Web. This is a feature that comes with the goal of putting more tools in the hands of users so they can control how your data is used.

Google Adds New Option to 'Auto-Delete' Your Location History and Activity Data

Google Adds New Option to 'Auto-Delete' Your Location History and Activity Data

Google has introduced a new, easier, privacy-focused auto-delete feature for your Google account that will allow you to automatically delete your Location History and Web and App Activity data after a set period of time.

Google now lets you auto-delete your app activity, location and web history

Google now lets you auto-delete your app activity, location and web history

As a middle ground, Google today announced that you can now auto-delete your location history and web and app activity by setting a time limit for how long Google can save this data.

Google will soon let you auto-delete your location tracking data

Google will soon let you auto-delete your location tracking data

Google is introducing a new feature for your Google account that will allow you to automatically delete your Location History and Web and App Activity data after a set period of time.

5 ways to stop companies from tracking and targeting you online

5 ways to stop companies from tracking and targeting you online

Desktop and mobile anti-tracking extensions like Privacy Badger, Adblock Plus, Disconnect and Ghostery will keep trackers from collecting information from your browser as you go from website to website.

Google can still use Bluetooth to track your Android phone when Bluetooth is turned off

Google can still use Bluetooth to track your Android phone when Bluetooth is turned off

A Quartz investigation found that a user can turn Bluetooth off on their smartphone running Google’s Android software, and the phone will continue to use Bluetooth to collect location-related data and transmit that data to Google.

Online Privacy Isn’t Dead—If We Fight for It

Online Privacy Isn’t Dead—If We Fight for It

You willingly gave away your privacy to Facebook,” and “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” These statements are clichés in the most nefarious sense, they’re boilerplate platitudes that reveal a fundamental misunderstanding of user preferences, and more dangerously, they give corporations and governments every excuse to continue down the same path of snooping.

Google knows everywhere you go — here's how to stop it from tracking you and delete the logs

Google knows everywhere you go — here's how to stop it from tracking you and delete the logs

I know the roads I drove on April 16, and I can't see any reason why Google should store it, even if it's only for my use.

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

Massachusetts Court Blocks Warrantless Access to Real-Time Cell Phone Location Data

We’re heartened that the Massachusetts court took these issues seriously and made clear that the police must get a warrant, whether they access historical cell phone location data or whether they cause a phone to send its real-time location.

Why ‘Anonymized Data’ Isn’t So Anonymous

Why ‘Anonymized Data’ Isn’t So Anonymous

The researchers gave this example from one of the two identified individuals: Many of the movies this person rated on Netflix were not rated by this person on IMDb. Deanonymizing the Netflix dataset revealed information that was not already public.

A court ruling ‘chalking’ illegal could make way for more privacy-invasive tech

A court ruling ‘chalking’ illegal could make way for more privacy-invasive tech

The city initially won but the U.S. Sixth Circuit Appeals Court reversed the decision, said that chalking is a form of trespass that requires a warrant, similar to attaching a tracker to a car to monitor its real-time location, according to the court’s ruling.

Congress sends letter to Google for details on Sensorvault location tracking database

Congress sends letter to Google for details on Sensorvault location tracking database

Online security 101: How to protect your privacy from hackers, spies, and the government Source code of Iranian cyber-espionage tools leaked on Telegram Microsoft loses control over Windows Tiles subdomain Failed student jailed for Silk Road, dark web drug profiteering US legislators have sent an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for details about Sensorvault, an internal Google database that keeps track of users' historical geo-location details.

Google's Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You've Been

Google's Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You've Been

The data Google is turning over to law enforcement is so precise that one deputy police chief said it “shows the whole pattern of life.” It’s collected even when people aren’t making calls or using apps, which means it can be even more detailed than data generated by cell towers.

How to unlock an iPhone you've forgotten the password to, even if it's disabled

How to unlock an iPhone you've forgotten the password to, even if it's disabled

Dave Johnson/Business Insider Instead, you need to reset the iPhone to its factory settings and then restore your apps and data from a backup. After it's erased, it'll be returned to its factory settings and you can follow the directions to restore the iPhone with a recent backup.

Google Helps Police Identify Devices Close to Crime Scenes Using Location Data

Google Helps Police Identify Devices Close to Crime Scenes Using Location Data

It's no surprise that law enforcement seeks help from tech companies during criminal investigations, but the use of location history databases like Sensorvault has raised concerns...

Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant, Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole

Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant, Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole

Under the Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act (HB 57), state law enforcement can only access someone’s transmitted or stored digital data (including writing, images, and audio) if a court issues a search warrant based on probable cause.

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