Louisiana State Government Hit by Ransomware Attack Forcing Server Shutdowns

Louisiana State Government Hit by Ransomware Attack Forcing Server Shutdowns

The Monday's ransomware attack resulted in the subsequent shutdown of a majority of large state agencies, including the Office of the Governor, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Transportation and Development, among others.

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit

But DuckDuckGo's tool has one major difference: Rather than populating a list of upgradable sites manually, Smarter Encryption fills it out automatically using the same web crawling smarts built into DuckDuckGo's private search service.

Congressional Democrats demand details on Google's use of patient data by Dec. 6

Congressional Democrats demand details on Google's use of patient data by Dec. 6

CNBC later reported, and the companies confirmed, that they had signed an industry-standard agreement that allows for some sharing of protected health information under the current health privacy rules, known as HIPAA, but forbids either company from using that data for any purpose but to provide patient care.

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee on Monday wrote Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension Health demanding briefings by Dec. 6 on how patient data the hospital chain is storing on the cloud is used.

Spain to track citizen locations for days, without consent, in the name of monitoring “population movements”

Spain to track citizen locations for days, without consent, in the name of monitoring “population movements”

Get Brave For Free Spain is about to run an experiment, tracking its citizens' every move in the real world for several days by using location data transmitted by their mobile phones.

‘Data Privacy’ Searches Skyrocket to All-Time Highs in the U.S.

‘Data Privacy’ Searches Skyrocket to All-Time Highs in the U.S.

‘Data Privacy’ Searches Skyrocket to All-Time Highs in the U.S. Interest in data privacy has skyrocketed to the highest level in history since data started being gathered in 2004.Google Trends’ levels represent the search interest relative to the highest point in a specific date range.

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

In order to help fight the good fight for the equality of all people, 2.5 years ago, Private Internet Access began exploring partnerships with others in the industry with the idea that together, we would be stronger.

Windows will improve user privacy with DNS over HTTPS

Windows will improve user privacy with DNS over HTTPS

There are now several public DNS servers that support DoH, and if a Windows user or device admin configures one of them today, Windows will just use classic DNS (without encryption) to that server.

Cops put GPS tracker on man’s car, charge him with theft for removing it

Cops put GPS tracker on man’s car, charge him with theft for removing it

A little more than a year ago, the state of Indiana charged a suspected drug dealer with theft for removing a government-owned GPS tracking device from his SUV.The case began in July 2018, when the Warrick County Sheriff's Office got a warrant to attach a GPS tracking device to Derek Heuring's car.

Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate

Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate

The tech giants have “funded scores of nonprofits, including consumer and privacy groups, and academics,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director at the Center for Digital Democracy, a public interest group that does not accept donations from Google or Facebook.

People getting rid of Fitbits after Google

People getting rid of Fitbits after Google

"With news of the acquisition of your company, I intend to sell my Fitbit & delete my account," said a tweet from Tanya Janca, which received several hundred retweets and likes.

How to Lock Down Your Health and Fitness Data

How to Lock Down Your Health and Fitness Data

Photograph: AppleSpeaking of deleting data, pick Devices from the previous menu, then choose a device from the list, and you can erase everything Apple Health holds on you with a couple of taps.

Startpage replies to questions about ownership change

Startpage replies to questions about ownership change

The change raised fears and questions, especially since Startpage or System1/Privacy One Group Ltd provided little information about specifics off the deal.Startpage published an article on its site recently that attempts to answer some of these questions and reassure users of the service that the deal has no privacy implications.

Exclusive: Interpol plans to condemn encryption spread, citing predators, sources say

Exclusive: Interpol plans to condemn encryption spread, citing predators, sources say

Echoing a joint letter last month from the top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, the larger group will cite difficulties in catching child sexual predators as grounds for companies opening up user communications to authorities wielding court warrants.

What is Startpage's relationship with Privacy One/System1 and what does this mean for my privacy protections?

What is Startpage's relationship with Privacy One/System1 and what does this mean for my privacy protections?

To help ensure that our users have no concerns, the Startpage founders and System1/Privacy One went to great lengths to safeguard that Startpage’s privacy remains excellent and independent, now and in the future.System1 invested in Surfboard Holding through the Privacy One Group, its wholly owned subsidiary with Delaware incorporation, for legal and fiscal reasons.

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists | Caroline McCarthy | TEDxBoulder

How Americans Can Become Tech Policy Activists | Caroline McCarthy | TEDxBoulder

In this talk former technology journalist and longtime media executive Caroline McCarthy offers a basic overview of what makes tech policy different from all the other political issues out there, and a framework for learning about it and getting involved with elected officials.

Opinion | We Hate Data Collection. That Doesn’t Mean We Can Stop It.

Opinion | We Hate Data Collection. That Doesn’t Mean We Can Stop It.

And does it even matter that we do not want to be watched — or is it of no consequence, because they know we’re trapped, and so do we.And more than 80 percent feel like they have very little or no control over the data being collected about them.

Porn, public transport and other dubious justifications for using facial recognition software

Porn, public transport and other dubious justifications for using facial recognition software

Last month the joint standing committee on intelligence and security told the government it needed to rethink its plans for a national facial verification database built off people’s passport and driver’s licence photos.

Browsers and privacy

Browsers and privacy

The following browsers were tested: Firefox 70.0.1 (Mozilla Binaries from MX Linux) Firefox ESR 68.2.0 (Debian package) Chromium 78.0.3904.97 (Debian Package) Brave Browser 1.0.0 (Package from Brave web site) Epiphany 3.32.1.2 (Debian package) Midori 7.0 (Debian package) The method itself was relatively simple.

Our Data Future

Our Data Future

She said the programme would walk me through the basics of data property and that I could ask all my questions in real time, receive feedback and get simulations based on the data analysis that was running in the background on my devices.

A Paranoid Guide to Fighting the ‘Bugging Epidemic’

A Paranoid Guide to Fighting the ‘Bugging Epidemic’

“I used to sell mostly cameras, but in last few years it’s more detection devices,” said Jill Johnston, chief executive of KJB Security Products in Nashville.Also popular are radio frequency, or R.F., detectors that can pick up signals emitted by surveillance devices.

YouTube change of conditions : between Deception and wrong interpretation !

YouTube change of conditions : between Deception and wrong interpretation !

Google's extremely popular video platform, sentenced in the United States for violating the law on the tracking of children for advertising purposes, has negotiated a four-month period before changing the rules.

Microsoft Taps Eric Holder to Audit AnyVision Over Concerns of Face Recognition Surveillance

Microsoft Taps Eric Holder to Audit AnyVision Over Concerns of Face Recognition Surveillance

Microsoft is bringing on former US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether AnyVision, a facial recognition company it invested in over the summer, violated Microsoft’s ethics guidelines, according to an NBC News report Friday.

Startpage Search owner changes raise serious questions

Startpage Search owner changes raise serious questions

The announcement revealed that the relationship between the two groups started in January 2019 and that Startpage will continue to deliver "quality, unbiased search results while respecting online privacy and never storing consumer data" going forward.

(Update: Instagram statement) Shady app lets stalkers view private Instagram accounts in exchange for their own data

(Update: Instagram statement) Shady app lets stalkers view private Instagram accounts in exchange for their own data

The catch is that you have to invite at least one other person to the service to be able to view private profiles, which is how the app manages to constantly increase its pool of available content — if any of its users happen to follow a private profile, it just farms that account's content.

Did Some Phone Cameras Inadvertently Open While Users Scrolled Facebook App?

Did Some Phone Cameras Inadvertently Open While Users Scrolled Facebook App?

Facebook app on iOS 13.2.2 opens my phone’s rear camera when I open a profile photo swipe down to return (look at the little slit on the left of the video).

Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information

Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information

For example, pluralities of adults say it is acceptable for poorly performing schools to share data about their students with a nonprofit group seeking to help improve educational outcomes or for the government to collect data about all Americans to assess who might be a potential terrorist.

Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

HIPAA does govern several aspects of patient data privacy, but one of these provisions allows “covered entities” (such as a hospital or medical office subject to the law) to share data to Business Associates — which are companies that may help the covered entity carry out its health care functions.

Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the use of facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded complies with its ethics principles, the company said on Friday.

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google confirmed the testing and rollout of this feature in a statement to The Verge, and apologized for the issues:.

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