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.

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”.

New ‘unpatchable’ exploit allegedly found on Apple’s Secure Enclave chip, here’s what it could mean

New ‘unpatchable’ exploit allegedly found on Apple’s Secure Enclave chip, here’s what it could mean

All data stored on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and other Apple devices is encrypted with random private keys, which are only accessible by the Secure Enclave.

Facebook says Apple's iOS 14 changes could hurt its ad targeting

Facebook says Apple's iOS 14 changes could hurt its ad targeting

With the update to its mobile devices, Apple will ask users if they want to let app developers track their activity across other apps and websites.In iOS 14, each app that wants to use these identifiers will ask users to opt-in to tracking when the app is first launched.

Introducing IOTA Stronghold. Stronghold is a collection of…

Introducing IOTA Stronghold. Stronghold is a collection of…

There are many challenges involved in securely managing digital secrets like passwords, vehicle access codes, and wallet seeds:High-value secrets like private keys need to be encrypted at rest, using modern and secure algorithmsSuch secrets need to be purged from device memory immediately after useUsers must be able to configure systems to their security needsApplications need to run on any type of hardware from phones to cars, where possible leveraging Trusted Execution Environments.

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

Last week, Apple publicized a study by a consulting firm called Analysis Group showing that the 30 percent commission it charges many apps for the right to appear on iPhones is close to what other platforms charge for distribution.

Trump is moving forward with his plan to regulate social media

Trump is moving forward with his plan to regulate social media

(CNN Business)The Trump administration took a key step on Monday toward fulfilling the president's executive order on social media, formally asking the FCC to develop regulations that could apply to Facebook, Twitter and other tech platforms.

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, were prepared to testify virtually on Monday before the House Antitrust Subcommittee.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 24, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 24, 2020

The Apple and Google contact tracing API framework was created as a way to let governments develop apps that would do Bluetooth based contact tracing without violating privacy and collecting locations and identifiers in a centralized location.

States probe Apple for potential consumer protection violation

States probe Apple for potential consumer protection violation

Texas is among a group of states whose attorneys general are probing Apple over potential violations of a consumer protection law, according to a document obtained by the Tech Transparency Project through an open records request and shared with CNBC.

FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

That may already be happening — the FBI reportedly used the All Writs Act, the same controversial measure it tried to use to force Apple to hand over iPhone data, to request Kher’s information.The data isn’t very useful during the pandemic, but it could be problematic whenever normal travel resumes.

Privacy-loving EU building massive travel surveillance system for visitors that will affect billions of people

Privacy-loving EU building massive travel surveillance system for visitors that will affect billions of people

All of this data, and the answers to even more rigorous questions for visa applicants, are fed into central EU databases, where they can be accessed by over 100 national authorities, and thousands of official accounts.

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Universal Clipboard application.

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

New #iOS 14 allows #Apple users to selectively disable ad tracking by making their unique IDs invisible to apps.

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

Attorney General Barr’s dismissal of American privacy began long before the EARN It act

However, FISA and the Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995 which he testified to, did allow for temporary warrantless surveillance (Sec. 308).Presently under the Trump administration, Barr has been pushing for explicit backdoor access into encryption technologies employed by companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and secure messaging platforms including Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp.

IOS 14 will require apps permission from users to track, causing complaints from Google, Facebook and other companies

IOS 14 will require apps permission from users to track, causing complaints from Google, Facebook and other companies

This is a measure that Apple has implemented to make sure the apps don’t track us without asking permission or hide the request permission after an interface designed to make us accept without realizing it.

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

(Reuters) - A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook ‘Privacy Matters’ reveals 5000 app developers continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.But in a satirical turn of events, Facebook announced via Privacy Matters that some third-party applications continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

The findings demonstrate how common it is for dialog in TV shows and other sources to produce false triggers that cause the devices to turn on, sometimes sending nearby sounds to Amazon, Apple, Google, or other manufacturers.

Apart from TikTok, another 53 iOS apps copy data from the clipboard

Apart from TikTok, another 53 iOS apps copy data from the clipboard

Shady TikTok Caught Snooping iPhone Clipboard Data Via iOS 14 Privacy Feature — 502 Geek Guy (@Its502geekguy).Security researcher Tommy Mysk told that an additional 53 apps identified in March still indiscriminately capture universal clipboard data when they open, potentially sharing sensitive data with other nearby devices using the same Apple ID.

Warning—Apple Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying On Millions Of iPhone Users

Warning—Apple Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying On Millions Of iPhone Users

Apple originally dismissed the clipboard vulnerability as an issue, and only provided a fix after significant media coverage of the security research.

TikTok App to Stop Accessing User Clipboards After Being Caught in the Act by iOS 14

TikTok App to Stop Accessing User Clipboards After Being Caught in the Act by iOS 14

Apple's new ‌iOS 14‌ feature appears to have been added in response, and apps are no longer able to read the clipboard without users knowing exactly what's going on.

Republicans push bill requiring tech companies to help access encrypted data

Republicans push bill requiring tech companies to help access encrypted data

Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images A group of Senate Republicans is looking to force tech companies to comply with "lawful access" to encrypted information, potentially jeopardizing the technology's security features.The Justice Department has criticized tech companies like Apple and Facebook for embracing encryption, arguing the technology is protecting terrorists and child predators.

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

Part of iOS 14 was a change in the App Store that gives users even more information by way of what Apple calls a privacy summary.

Apple Watch to track if users are washing their hands correctly

Apple Watch to track if users are washing their hands correctly

Apple will monitor if owners of its smartwatch are washing their hands for long enough in a new feature built to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Intel agencies red-flag use of 53 mobile apps with links to China: Complete list

Intel agencies red-flag use of 53 mobile apps with links to China: Complete list

Indian intelligence agencies have asked the government to block or advise people to stop use of 53 mobile applications linked to China over concerns that these weren’t safe and ended up extracting a large amount of data outside India, people familiar with the development told Hindustan Times.

Necessary measures to enhance privacy and protect data

Necessary measures to enhance privacy and protect data

Owners of devices equipped with the Apple Mac OS system can restrict ad tracking in the security/privacy range, and verify who receives system diagnostic data, and in the same range also can manage access rights to applications, and access to Internet services can be controlled under the Settings System / Internet Accounts.

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move applies to federal law enforcement agencies.

New Hasty Attempt to Tackle Fake News in Brazil Heavily Strikes Privacy and Free Expression

New Hasty Attempt to Tackle Fake News in Brazil Heavily Strikes Privacy and Free Expression

Social networks and private messaging applications would be obliged to keep the chain of all communications that have been forwarded tracking all its nodes, regardless of the distribution of the content was done maliciously at the source or along the chain.

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