Google Just Revealed How Many People Use Its Privacy Checkup Tool. It’s Not Good News

Google Just Revealed How Many People Use Its Privacy Checkup Tool. It’s Not Good News

I did reach out to Google, and a spokesperson pointed me to a blog post that says 200 million people (out of its four billion total users) use Privacy Checkup.That means that around 95 percent of people who use Google have never changed the settings that control what data the company collects and saves.

It Just Got Harder for AI Companies to Import European Personal Data

It Just Got Harder for AI Companies to Import European Personal Data

Last week’s decision means that AI companies can no longer rely on the Privacy Shield program to import personal data from EEA member states to the U.S. There might be a way to make binding corporate rules work for intra-enterprise transfers to the U.S. But for the vast majority of U.S.-based AI companies, they will now need to use the Standard Contractual Clauses as a transfer mechanism.

This Billion Dollar Company Considers Privacy Laws a Threat to Its Business

This Billion Dollar Company Considers Privacy Laws a Threat to Its Business

ZoomInfo, a data broker that collects contact information by harvesting it from peoples' email inboxes, sees increased attention on privacy legislation as a core risk to its billion dollar business, according to public records.

The Garmin hack could have been a disastrous, large scale privacy breach

The Garmin hack could have been a disastrous, large scale privacy breach

Hopefully, the increased amounts of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cyber hacking is finally enough to force the government to pass legislation that actually holds companies accountable for letting hackers breach the privacy of their users.

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

A new class-action lawsuit filed by Patrick Calhoun and others claims that the Chrome browser sends user’s personal information such as IP addresses, cookie identifiers, and browsing history to Google without users’ consent and against Google’s promises that the information will not be sent.

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

Study confirms companies with poor privacy practices are more likely to suffer data breach

Study confirms companies with poor privacy practices are more likely to suffer data breach

To back up the intuitive conclusion that companies with poorer privacy practices are more likely to suffer a data breach, Osana first started by assigning a privacy score to over 11,000 companies and organizations.

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.

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

Government admits breaking privacy law with NHS test and trace

“The reckless behaviour of this government in ignoring a vital and legally required safety step known as the data protection impact assessment (DPIA) has endangered public health,” said Jim Killock, the executive director of Open Rights Group (ORG).

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.

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Over 12,000 mistakenly quarantined by phone tracking, Health Ministry admits

Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up. Tens of thousands of Israelis attempted to appeal after the phone tracking system identified them as needing to quarantine and about half the appeals were upheld, Ayelet Grinbaum, who was representing the Health Ministry at the hearing, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Data Privacy In Times Of COVID-19

Data Privacy In Times Of COVID-19

If we look at countries like Taiwan, China and South Korea who were earliest adopters of technology we can say that while the tracing technology had not been able to completely control outbreak but it did surely help in reducing the time it took to map an infected person’s contacts and in some cases to even enforce quarantines.

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Biden FCC Would Restore Net Neutrality Rules

Under the broadband heading--Biden has already committed to a $20 billion investment in rural broadband--the proposals included that "Democrats will restore the FCC's clear authority to take strong enforcement action against broadband providers who violate net neutrality principles through blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or other measures that create artificial scarcity and raise consumer prices for this vital service.".

Google was just slapped with a lawsuit that claims it tracks people on hundreds of thousands of apps even when they opt out

Google was just slapped with a lawsuit that claims it tracks people on hundreds of thousands of apps even when they opt out

A class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that Google tracks users on hundreds of thousands of apps even when they opt out of "Web & App Activity" in the settings.

Inside America’s Secretive $2 Billion Research Hub Collecting Fingerprints From Facebook, Hacking Smartwatches And Fighting Covid-19

Inside America’s Secretive $2 Billion Research Hub Collecting Fingerprints From Facebook, Hacking Smartwatches And Fighting Covid-19

Among the government’s wilder Mitre orders: a prototype tool that can hack into smartwatches, fitness trackers and home thermometers for the purposes of homeland security; software to collect human fingerprints from social media websites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the FBI; support in building what the FBI calls the biggest database of human anatomy and criminal history in the world; and a study to determine whether someone’s body odor can show they’re lying.

New records show Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have thousands of previously unreported military and law enforcement contracts

New records show Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have thousands of previously unreported military and law enforcement contracts

New research shows that Silicon Valley companies have thousands of previously-unreported subcontracts with the US military and federal law enforcement including ICE and the FBI.The subcontracts were surfaced through open records requests filed by Jack Paulson, a former Google researcher who previously joined coworkers to pressure the company not to work with the Pentagon.

IOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?

IOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?

The green light being on does not mean that the camera feed is being recorded and saved; all iOS knows is that the app can access the camera feed at that time.

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.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

Outline of the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. Senators Graham, Blackburn, and Cotton call the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (press release): "a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior".

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images China-based surveillance campaigns are using Android malware to spy on Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities worldwide, according to new research from mobile cybersecurity firm Lookout.Lookout It’s not known how many Uighurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities have downloaded apps containing the malware.

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn says it will stop repeatedly copying iOS clipboard

LinkedIn plans to stop its app from repeatedly copying the contents of an iOS device’s clipboard, after a user highlighted the seemingly privacy-invasive practice earlier this week.

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

The privacy feature in iOS 14, which is still in a limited beta for developers, has revealed several apps engaging in clipboard copying in recent weeks.

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

The LinkedIn controversy comes a week after TikTok, one of the most popular apps in the world, said it would stop snooping on user clipboards after iOS 14 revealed that it was doing just that.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020

A new project started by Andrew Yang is floating the idea of making tech companies pay users for the personal information given up.A new feature called a “paste notification” will even let you know when an app pastes what you have copied to your clipboard.

Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed

Act now to protect encryption and make sure that there is no EARN IT Act passed

This bill is a heinous attack on our free speech right to use encryption and will have drastic impacts on privacy if passed.By participating in the Day of Action, you’ll be making a political difference by exerting pressure on the Senate Judiciary Committee to kill the EARN IT Act in committee.

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

Now Is The Time: Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition

That’s why we’re asking you to contact your elected officials and tell them to co-sponsor and vote yes on the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020.

The Senate’s New Anti-Encryption Bill Is Even Worse Than EARN IT, and That’s Saying Something

The Senate’s New Anti-Encryption Bill Is Even Worse Than EARN IT, and That’s Saying Something

The best that EARN IT’s sponsors can muster in defense is that the bill itself doesn’t use the word “encryption”—asking us to trust that the commission won’t touch encryption.

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google’s auto-deletion features, by contrast, allow the company to continue to gather user data, and personalise products with it, while reassuring the privacy-conscious that their information will not be stored indefinitely.

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.

Billions of internet activity records tracked by Oracle’s BlueKai leaked online

Billions of internet activity records tracked by Oracle’s BlueKai leaked online

When BlueKai sells the data to advertising companies, they remove personal information such as name and address from the records that are shared.Some people often dismiss the privacy concerns of web browsing activity and internet history being siphoned up and sold wholesale.