Big tech has your kid’s data — and you probably gave it to them

Big tech has your kid’s data — and you probably gave it to them

The report calls on parents and schools to examine the type of gadgets children play with, like smart speakers, wifi-powered toys, and gaming apps, all of which are collecting data on kids.

Google personalizes search results even when you’re logged out, new study finds

Google personalizes search results even when you’re logged out, new study finds

The company began personalizing search results for every user, even those without a Google account, way back in 2009 using an anonymous cookie that would take into account information like your location, search history, and other factors.

Hunting with ꓘamerka 2.0 aka FIST (Flickr, Instagram, Shodan, Twitter)

Hunting with ꓘamerka 2.0 aka FIST (Flickr, Instagram, Shodan, Twitter)

ꓘamerka has new cool features, right now you can search for Flickr and Instagram photos, printers and cameras from Shodan and Tweets (FIST). root@kali:~/# python kamerka.py — lat xx,x — lon yy,y — instagram Photo from Instagram near “secret” Amazon warehouse

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

"There is no real option to turn off Location History once it has been enabled; users can only pause it after the Google account has been created," stated the complaint (PDF) led by the Norwegian Consumer Council.

IRL Ads Are Taking Scary Inspiration From Social Media

IRL Ads Are Taking Scary Inspiration From Social Media

Some ad tech firms, like Cuebiq, say they don’t share location data with their clients and that there would be no reason for advertisers to pinpoint individual users with their mobile ad IDs. But privacy advocates are suspicious of these claims because correlating data could be useful to advertisers in targeting potential customers.

How to Hide Your Location – An Online Safety Guide

How to Hide Your Location – An Online Safety Guide

This magic number holds important details and when you visit a website, the web admin gets to know some bits about you, such as your location and your internet provider.

The Internet of Things is Surveillance

The Internet of Things is Surveillance

This means that Amazon is collecting information on everyone that visits your home and when based on their mobile devices that they bring along with them. The device can easily listen and record based on specific marketing or “national security” phrases and wait to upload the information until the next wake word is spoken.

Carmakers are collecting data and cashing in – and most drivers have no clue

Carmakers are collecting data and cashing in – and most drivers have no clue

Now, carmakers are rushing to turn your car's data into a revenue stream, reselling blocks of location information and, one day, information from cars' on-board cameras and sensors could be bought by mapping companies or apps that monitor traffic conditions.

Is Your Smartphone Really Cheating You?

Is Your Smartphone Really Cheating You?

Most of this information is utilized by applications to enhance the user experience—thereby ensuring that your phone apps switch swiftly among landscape and portrait modes, and keep you on the correct track for your commute—but a section of this information is logged and stored based on the decisions of the handset manufacturer.

How 'free' Wi-Fi hotspots can track your location even when you aren't connected

How 'free' Wi-Fi hotspots can track your location even when you aren't connected

What distinguishes location-based marketing hotspot providers like Zenreach and Euclid from standard third-party hotspot providers is that the personal information you enter in the captive portal—like your email address, phone number, or social media profile—can be linked to your laptop or smartphone’s Media Access Control (MAC) address.

Do Your Apps Know Too Much About You?

Do Your Apps Know Too Much About You?

App makers are starting to bundle permission choices together and still aren’t quite there with letting their users know exactly what they’ll be using data for.

Why I deleted my Facebook account – Owen Selles – Medium

Why I deleted my Facebook account – Owen Selles – Medium

When you do get your Facebook data, it contains a huge number of files, which include: ads, apps, contact info, events, friends, messages, photos and videos, to name a few. You can delete your account — and presumable your data — but Facebook doesn’t like this at all.

How Cheap Mobile Ads Tell Hackers Your Location

How Cheap Mobile Ads Tell Hackers Your Location

Geolocated mobile ads can be used as inexpensive spy tools to track and locate individuals or groups of people, a security researcher said at the DerbyCon security conference in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier this month.

Is Decentralisation the new Utopia from centralized governments?

Is Decentralisation the new Utopia from centralized governments?

Decentralized technologies eliminate the need to position a human intermediary in systems by providing a global platform for respective parties to interact on a peer to peer network. The country’s government operates on Blockchain and all the citizens are provided with digital tokens which function as Voter Id card.

4 Anonymous Web Browsers That Are Completely Private

4 Anonymous Web Browsers That Are Completely Private

The network aims to protect a user’s location, browser history, personal data, and online messages from any person or bot that’s performing network traffic analysis. Comodo doesn’t come close to Tor Browser, but it does have some built-in tools that’ll make browsing the web a safer experience.

Feds Order Google To Hand Over A Load Of Innocent Americans' Locations

Feds Order Google To Hand Over A Load Of Innocent Americans' Locations

Then Google is asked to provide information on all users within those locations at those times, most likely including data on many innocent people.

UIDAI proposal for SIM cards impacts privacy

UIDAI proposal for SIM cards impacts privacy

On Friday, a joint statement said, “In fact, the DoT and UIDAI are in a process to bring out a completely hassle-free and digital procedure for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile app, which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgement in the Aadhaar Case.”

Facebook Privacy - Fact or Fiction?

Facebook Privacy - Fact or Fiction?

At the center of Facebook lies the profile - your personal account with the information you choose to share with your friends and the world. If you, like I once did, have your home address on your Facebook profile, it’s time to remove it.

A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe Online

A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe Online

Encrypting your email, being elusive with your social media information, and avoiding the lure of “checking in” are good starting points for protecting your online data privacy.

A Modest Privacy Protection Proposal – Member Feature Stories – Medium

A Modest Privacy Protection Proposal – Member Feature Stories – Medium

For maximum privacy, you should only use a prepaid phone service so that they don’t know your name. Once you have your proxy address(es) set up, you’ll want to use them for every service that doesn’t require proof of residence.

Google may face £3.3bn bill for UK customers' data breach

Google could face a compensation bill of up to £3.3bn over claims it harvested personal data, including political views and health information, from more than four million Britons without their permission. Mr Lloyd set up a consumer campaign called Google You Owe Us as part of this legal action.

How to Make Your Mac as Secure as Possible

How to Make Your Mac as Secure as Possible

Ricard’s advice: “Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and set Allow apps downloaded from to App Store or App Store and identified developers” Ricard’s advice: “Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault and turn on FileVault (note: may take some time)“

Instagram is testing the ability to share your precise location history with Facebook

Instagram is testing the ability to share your precise location history with Facebook

Instagram is currently testing a feature that would allow it to share your location data with Facebook, even when you’re not using the app, reports app researcher Jane Manchun Wong (via TechCrunch).

Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook

Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook

Instagram has been spotted prototyping a new privacy setting that would allow it to share your location history with Facebook. Located in the Privacy and Security settings, the Location History option “Allows Facebook Products, including Instagram and Messenger, to build and use a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your device.”

There are Many Problems With Mobile Privacy but the Presidential Alert Isn’t One of Them

There are Many Problems With Mobile Privacy but the Presidential Alert Isn’t One of Them

While there are legitimate concerns about the misuse of the WEA system and myriad privacy concerns with cellular phones and infrastructure (including the Enhanced 911, or E911, system) the tweet by McAfee gets it wrong.

BlackVue dashcams share cars' mapped GPS locations, stream video feeds

BlackVue dashcams share cars' mapped GPS locations, stream video feeds

Cloud-ready @BlackVue #dashcams illegally broadcast your EXACT GPS location, AND LIVE VIDEO from inside your car, without permission, PUBLICLY on the internet!

A Modest Privacy Protection Proposal – Jameson Lopp – Medium

A Modest Privacy Protection Proposal – Jameson Lopp – Medium

For maximum privacy, you should only use a prepaid phone service so that they don’t know your name. You can also provide protection for all devices on your network including smart TVs and mobile apps by configuring your router to use a local DNS server that is running Pi-hole.

What does Google know about me?

Web and app activity, which includes things like your search history and activity in maps, are turned on by default on iPhone and Android devices because they are tied to your Google account.

It is Still Possible to Obtain the Exact Location of Millions of Cruising Men on Grindr

It is Still Possible to Obtain the Exact Location of Millions of Cruising Men on Grindr

Desktop applications designed to do so are publicly available online, and give anyone access to a virtual map, on which you can travel from place to place, from city to city, and from country to country, while seeing the exact location of cruising men that share their distance online.

Privacy: Grindr API is STILL exposing the location of its users

Privacy: Grindr API is STILL exposing the location of its users

Applications designed to locate Grindr users are publicly available online, and give anyone access to a virtual map on which you can travel from city to city, and from country to country, while seeing the exact location of cruising men that share their distance online.

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