Blackstone to acquire Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Blackstone to acquire Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

(Reuters) - Blackstone Group Inc (BX.N) said on Wednesday it agreed to acquire genealogy provider Inc from private equity rivals for $4.7 billion, including debt, placing a big bet on family-tree chasing as well as personalized medicine.

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago is doubling down on efforts to enforce its emergency coronavirus travel order, as officials will now be reviewing the social media posts of possible violators as the pandemic continues.

Snapdragon chip flaws put >1 billion Android phones at risk of data theft

Snapdragon chip flaws put >1 billion Android phones at risk of data theft

“While DSP chips provide a relatively economical solution that allows mobile phones to provide end users with more functionality and enable innovative features—they do come with a cost,” researchers from security firm Check Point wrote in a brief report of the vulnerabilities they discovered.

Google's secret home security superpower: Your smart speaker with its always-on mics

Google's secret home security superpower: Your smart speaker with its always-on mics

"Your Nest speakers and displays will notify you if a critical sound is detected, like a smoke alarm or glass breaking, by sending an alert to the Home app," the company wrote in a blog post.

COVID-19 contact tracing applications are privacy snares, Defcon

COVID-19 contact tracing applications are privacy snares, Defcon

COVID contact tracing apps boast the power of gathering personal data that exposes your activities, movements, and relationships.Experts believe governments must avoid this data-hungry mindset in contact tracing apps.

Google ‘accidentally’ enabled smart speakers to listen passive sounds

Google ‘accidentally’ enabled smart speakers to listen passive sounds

“Your Nest speakers and displays will notify you if a critical sound is detected, like a smoke alarm or glass breaking, by sending an alert to the Home app.”.

Report: Hundreds of apps have hidden tracking software used by the government

Report: Hundreds of apps have hidden tracking software used by the government

A new report exposes how a federal contractor secretly puts government tracking software into hundreds of mobile apps.Since the data Anomaly Six collects is technically anonymous and since it isn’t selling the data for commercial purposes — i.e. advertising or marketing — it’s fine to do this within the eyes of the law.

Privacy and Voting

Privacy and Voting

Literally anyone anywhere with no record or oversight can go to your state or county election website, type in a few details about you (usually last name and date of birth are sufficient) and pull up your full name, date of birth, home address, phone number, email, sex, and more.

Google 'Spying' On People's App Use, Lawsuit Claims

Google 'Spying' On People's App Use, Lawsuit Claims

by Wendy Davis @wendyndavis, Yesterday Google employees “spy” on smartphone users, collecting their sensitive data and information about their use of other companies' apps, New York resident Robert McCoy alleges in a new class-action complaint.

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

The changing face of privacy in a pandemic

China’s cavalier approach to privacy has seen the country deploy drones, artificial intelligence, and security cameras to enforce quarantines and monitor public spaces.There are two main approaches to contact tracing apps, and both versions rely on anonymized IDs to record interactions with nearby devices, which allows for complete privacy.

A U.S. government contractor embedded tracking software in the apps of millions of smartphone users

A U.S. government contractor embedded tracking software in the apps of millions of smartphone users

According to the report: A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 7, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 7, 2020

A pair of hacks at genealogy site GEDMatch has laid bare serious privacy issues with online databases of DNA information.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

The Department of Justice wants to stop California from having net neutrality

The Department of Justice wants to stop California from having net neutrality

In the case of broadband privacy which was passed at the state level in Maine , the internet service providers (ISPs) actually tried to stop the law from being enacted by claiming that their right to selling profiles of user internet activity and history is part of their constitutional right to free speech .

Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

Lawmakers Ask California DMV How It Makes $50 Million a Year Selling Drivers' Data

In an earlier email to Motherboard, the California DMV said data requesters may include insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and prospective employers.

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

“Our entire leadership team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Blackstone to further accelerate Ancestry’s global leadership in family history and consumer genomics, and to help us achieve our mission to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives,” Margo Georgiadis, Ancestry president and CEO, said in a statement.

Hackers hit university online exam tool

Hackers hit university online exam tool

A data security breach involving an online examination tool used by Australian universities is under investigation."Any breach of security and privacy of this type is of course deeply concerning and we will continue to work with ProctorU to understand the circumstances of the breach and determine whether any follow-up actions are required on our part," the spokeswoman said.

Achilles: Small chip, big peril.

Achilles: Small chip, big peril.

In this research dubbed “ Achilles ” we performed an extensive security review of a DSP chip from one of the leading manufacturers: Qualcomm Technologies.Check Point Research decided not to publish the full technical details of these vulnerabilities until mobile vendors have a comprehensive solution to mitigate the possible risks described.

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Trump admin shrugs off FCC court loss to fight Calif. net neutrality law

Despite the FCC's preemption order being overturned in court, the DOJ's amended complaint yesterday argued that California's net neutrality law "is preempted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.".

Redcar and Cleveland Attack Recovery Cost Over £10m

Redcar and Cleveland Attack Recovery Cost Over £10m

Whilst the council had industry standard tools deployed to secure its computer network at the time of the attack, which it said had been configured to provide optimum protection, it has since made additional improvements to its cyber-defenses, with further upgrades planned.

The US is building a new Great Firewall

The US is building a new Great Firewall

“With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok, WeChat, and others are significant threats to the personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for Chinese Communist Party content censorship,” said Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state.

Peter Dutton confirms Australia could spy on its own citizens under cybersecurity plan

Peter Dutton confirms Australia could spy on its own citizens under cybersecurity plan

Dutton said law enforcement agencies would target terrorists, paedophiles and drug traffickers operating in the dark web – promising proposed new powers will apply “to those people and those people only”.

OnePlus phones will have Facebook pre-installed

OnePlus phones will have Facebook pre-installed

Speaking to Android Police, OnePlus has since confirmed that it has struck a deal to include Facebook App Installer, Facebook Services, and Facebook App Manager as system apps on its latest smartphones — namely OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and Nord.

Now-fixed exploit used Microsoft Office macros to hack macOS

Now-fixed exploit used Microsoft Office macros to hack macOS

A now-fixed exploit in the macOS version of Microsoft Office may have allowed attackers to hack a Mac user just by getting them to open a document.

Robots, Oracles and Protocols; Breaking Cryptography Through Information Leakage

Robots, Oracles and Protocols; Breaking Cryptography Through Information Leakage

Once this integer is found, our second message which we know is also properly will be denoted as M₁.As we know that M₁ is also properly padded, we know the interval in which it resides, and can use this to narrow the possible intervals for M₀.

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

Turkey takes Germany’s “hate speech” law, and makes it much worse with its own censorship and data localization rules

The new censorship law also seems to have been brought in partly for personal reasons, as Al Jazeera reports: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has greatly concentrated powers into his own hands during 17 years in office, pledged this month to bring social media platforms under control following a series of tweets that allegedly insulted his daughter and son-in-law after they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.

Google accidentally enables Home smart speakers to listen in to everyday house sounds

Google accidentally enables Home smart speakers to listen in to everyday house sounds

Usually, Google Home devices only respond to its active ‘wake words’ – such as “Ok, Google” or “Hey, Google” – but in this instance the speaker was listening out to a passive sound and make “my dumb smoke detectors smart,” the Reddit user wrote.

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

A study performed by Google last year, for example, concluded that disabling cookies reduced publisher revenue by more than 50 percent.

Chinese gamers will need to verify their real names on all games by September

Chinese gamers will need to verify their real names on all games by September

The long awaited end of anonymity while gaming in China was announced at the country’s biggest gaming expo, ChinaJoy, by an official from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Publicity Department.

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

As global geopolitical tensions continue to rise, there is increasing concern that the data TikTok collects from its users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

Home  -  Google Plus Profile Litigation

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