‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

Digital advertisers in France also complained about Apple’s move to the country’s antitrust regulator, which said last month it will allow the feature because it is in line with privacy rules (though the watchdog will continue to investigate whether Apple favours its own services and products).Now, in a Canadian exclusive interview with the Toronto Star, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook talks about the company’s approach to privacy and how that helps set it apart from other big tech players.

Going Against Google Analytics With Plausible’s Co-Founder [Interview]

Going Against Google Analytics With Plausible’s Co-Founder [Interview]

Google has created many useful products that improved the lives of many people all around the world but in recent years Google has changed their priorities and now it’s all about optimizing value for their shareholders, squeezing even more money and further dominating the web.

Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Over 7,000 police officers and public servants in the US have been using or testing Clearview AI's facial recognition software without authorization from their departments, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

It’s more a story about human nature, about how capitalism has mutated to exploit digital technology, about the liberal democratic state and the social contract, and about governments that have been asleep at the wheel for several decades.

Everything you wanted to know about “surveillance advertising” – and how to avoid it

Everything you wanted to know about “surveillance advertising” – and how to avoid it

Reflecting the broad-based resistance to this privacy-corrosive approach, there’s a new coalition of organizations, which is calling for a ban on what is dubs “surveillance advertising“: Surveillance advertising – the core profit-driver for gatekeepers like Facebook and Google, as well as adtech middlemen – is the practice of extensively tracking and profiling individuals and groups, and then microtargeting ads at them based on their behavioral history, relationships, and identity.

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

Chinese hackers targeted Uyghurs living in US, Facebook security team finds

"They targeted activists, journalists and dissidents among Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities from Xinjiang in China primarily living abroad in Turkey, Kazakhstan, the United States and other countries," Facebook said in a post Wednesday detailing its findings about the cyber espionage campaign.

Daring Fireball: T-Mobile Is Automatically Enrolling Cell Phone Customers Into Ad Tracking Based on Their Online Activity

Daring Fireball: T-Mobile Is Automatically Enrolling Cell Phone Customers Into Ad Tracking Based on Their Online Activity

Drew FitzGerald, reporting for The Wall Street Journal (News+ link): T-Mobile US Inc. will automatically enroll its phone subscribers in an advertising program informed by their online activity, testing businesses’ appetite for information that other companies have restricted.

Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers

Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers

App developers rely on third-party servers to simplify data storage, but new research indicates that these servers are often left with little to no security over sensitive data.The issue lies in developers who do not secure their server, so any and all app categories are affected.

WhatsApp Help Center - We’re updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

WhatsApp Help Center - We’re updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

We are making changes to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy that relate to messaging between businesses and their customers on WhatsApp. We are also providing more information about how we collect, share, and use data.

Facebook Just Admitted It Has Lost the Battle With Apple Over Privacy

Facebook Just Admitted It Has Lost the Battle With Apple Over Privacy

The company released a pair of ads in three of the most widely-circulated newspapers in the country, accusing Apple of attacking small businesses and the open internet.

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem

Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem

The app's privacy policy says that Clubhouse rooms are recorded: Solely for the purpose of supporting incident investigations, we temporarily record the audio in a room while the room is live.

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

Facebook to invest $1 billion in news industry after Australia row

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years, days after a high-profile stand-off with the Australian government over paying news outlets for content.

UAE gives greenlight to trial of a new facial recognition technology to enhance services by the private and government sectors

UAE gives greenlight to trial of a new facial recognition technology to enhance services by the private and government sectors

On the off chance that the underlying preliminary turns out effective, the service will extend the utilization of the facial acknowledgment innovation and backing the dispatch of a connected arrangement of administrations in some private area organizations.

Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch and wants to sell it to you starting next year in exchange for your health data

Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch and wants to sell it to you starting next year in exchange for your health data

Still, Facebook hopes its smartwatch will make it less dependent on Apple and Google, whose operating systems power most of the world’s mobile devices.

Facebook strikes back against Apple privacy change, prompts users to accept tracking to get 'better ads experience'

Facebook strikes back against Apple privacy change, prompts users to accept tracking to get 'better ads experience'

The next day, Apple CEO Tim Cook alluded to Facebook in a speech at a data privacy conference in Brussels, saying, "If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, it does not deserve our praise.

Businesses Can’t Afford to Lose Trust in the Encrypted Economy, and Neither Can You

Businesses Can’t Afford to Lose Trust in the Encrypted Economy, and Neither Can You

As the co-founder of an end-to-end encrypted cloud service, I am deeply concerned at how demands for access to encrypted data will affect the security of thousands of businesses and the millions of clients who rely on them in the EU and worldwide.

It's time for Europe to take private data from the hands of powerful tech monopolies and give it back to the people

It's time for Europe to take private data from the hands of powerful tech monopolies and give it back to the people

In it I described the danger that a platform like Google poses for the individual rights of citizens, for pluralist competition, and for freedom of expression when it remains unchecked by regulations.

Google Blocking Web Privacy Proposals at W3C

Google Blocking Web Privacy Proposals at W3C

In August 2019, at approximately the same time that Google was rolling out its much-hyped “Privacy Sandbox” privacy framework, it was also working to block efforts of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards body to bolster the web privacy features of new technical specifications.

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

After tech behemoths like Twitter moved to ban Trump and thousands of other far-right accounts, millions moved to apps like Signal and Telegram for their encrypted messaging services."Signal is [pretty] much a classic 'messenger' product, end-to-end encrypted by default," Isaac explained.

Ransomware Gang Collects Data from Blood Testing Lab

Ransomware Gang Collects Data from Blood Testing Lab

Apex Laboratory, which provides blood work at home for patients in New York City, Long Island and South Florida, has been hit with a ransomware attack that also resulted in patient data being stolen.

Facebook Declared War on Apple, and It Just May Signal the End of Facebook

Facebook Declared War on Apple, and It Just May Signal the End of Facebook

The ads attacked Apple's new privacy changes, which Facebook claims will severely hurt small businesses, and "will change the internet as we know it--for the worse.".What about Facebook's argument that Apple's new policy will change the internet for the worse?.

A Facebook bug exposed Instagram users’ personal email addresses and birthdays

A Facebook bug exposed Instagram users’ personal email addresses and birthdays

The experimental upgrade meant that if a Facebook business account was linked to Instagram and was included in the test group, the Business Suite tool would show additional information about a person alongside any direct message — including their supposedly private email address and birthday.

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

As noted by some users today and now confirmed by 9to5Mac, Facebook is now promoting banners on some of its iOS apps, once again criticizing Apple for the changes in App Store privacy guidelines.

Facebook Criticising Apple’s iOS 14 Privacy Changes is a Hypocrisy

Facebook Criticising Apple’s iOS 14 Privacy Changes is a Hypocrisy

During WWDC 2020, Apple had announced a new iOS 14 privacy-based feature that sent chills down the spine of advertisement agencies.framework only a month away, Facebook is trying to sabotage it by running campaigns to pressurize Apple into postponing the new iOS 14 privacy feature.

Facebook Runs Second Full-Page Ad Criticizing Apple, Says Opt-In Tracking Will Make the Internet Worse

Facebook Runs Second Full-Page Ad Criticizing Apple, Says Opt-In Tracking Will Make the Internet Worse

For the second consecutive day, Facebook is running a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post that claims Apple's tracking change will harm not only small businesses, but the internet as a whole.

TikTok has been quietly sending job applicants' personal data to China

TikTok has been quietly sending job applicants' personal data to China

TikTok discloses that "your data is stored in China" in privacy-policy documents for candidates in European countries, Japan, and Singapore.TikTok routes the personal data of job applicants through servers in China, and discloses this to candidates only in certain countries, Business Insider has discovered.

Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Omnisec was one of the largest competitors of Crypto AG.Swiss cryptologist and professor Ueli Maurer was a consultant for Omnisec for years and told SRF that in 1989 US intelligence services (National Security Agency) contacted Omnisec through him.

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

Publishers revolt over Google's Privacy Sandbox rollout

The group, made up of online businesses “who share a concern that Google is threatening the open web model that is vital to the functioning of a free and competitive media and online economy”, has asked the UK Competition and Markets Authority to delay the introduction of Privacy Sandbox until the law is changed to ensure a level playing field.

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

In a statement that seems aimed directly at Facebook's complaint about the impact on small businesses, Apple says that advertising that respects privacy was the standard prior to the growth of the internet.

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice's Motherboard.Muslim Pro sells location data to a third-party broker called X-Mode, according to Motherboard's report.