Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS

Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS

Leith from Trinity College at the University of Dublin, analyzed traffic originating from iOS and Android devices heading to Apple and Google servers at various stages of a phone’s operation, such as data shared: on first startup following a factory reset;when a SIM is inserted/removed;when a handset lies idle;when the settings screen is viewed;when location is enabled/disabled;when the user logs in to the pre-installed app store.

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China cracks down on use of Tesla vehicles, citing privacy concerns

China is prohibiting its military and government personnel from using Tesla vehicles, citing a potential security risk posed by the electric automaker’s data collection, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

A lawsuit filed in June alleges Google actively violates privacy laws by continuing to “intercept, track and collect communications” even when people use Chrome’s Incognito Mode.Privacy and security company “pCloud” compiled data on which popular apps share the most personal information, based on Apple’s new privacy labels.

Invasive apps

Invasive apps

By using the new Apple privacy labels featured in the App Store, we identified which apps share the most of your private data with third parties and which gather the most for their own benefits, to find the most invasive overall.

IPhone app privacy: which apps collect the most personal data?

IPhone app privacy: which apps collect the most personal data?

The company examined app privacy labels in the App Store, and compiled a ranking of apps by the percentage of personal data collected, as well as the amount of it passed to third parties.

Google Is Collecting Data in Incognito Mode, Alleges Class Action Lawsuit

Google Is Collecting Data in Incognito Mode, Alleges Class Action Lawsuit

Alphabet Inc. had requested the case be thrown out, saying the privacy policy users consent to explicitly notifies its data collection practices.“Google also makes clear that ‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,’ and that the user’s activity during that session may be visible to websites they visit, and any third-party analytics or ads services the visited websites use,” company spokesperson José Castañeda told The Verge in response to the court ruling.

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Opinion | America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong

Lawmakers in at least a dozen other states have proposed legislation addressing user privacy, almost entirely with rights provisions only to opt out of data collection.

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web

Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web

But as our industry has strived to deliver relevant ads to consumers across the web, it has created a proliferation of individual user data across thousands of companies, typically gathered through third-party cookies.

Judge in Google case disturbed that 'incognito' users are tracked

Judge in Google case disturbed that 'incognito' users are tracked

Weighing Google’s attempt to get the suit dismissed, Koh said she finds it “unusual” that the company would make the “extra effort” of data collection if it doesn’t use the information to build user profiles or targeted advertising.

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Location tracking apps and privacy implications

Through the app employed in the study - published in Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies - researchers were able to identify which kind of personal information the app extracted and its privacy sensitivity according to users.

This is how we lost control of our faces

This is how we lost control of our faces

But then, spurred by the realization that facial recognition could track and identify individuals more effectively than fingerprints, the US Department of Defense pumped $6.5 million into creating the first large-scale face data set.

Who Controls My Data?

Who Controls My Data?

Kogan, in collaboration with Cambridge Analytica, had paid hundreds of thousands of users to take a personality test and agreed to have their data collected for academic use.

Consumer protection agency investigating Venmo’s collection practices

Consumer protection agency investigating Venmo’s collection practices

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, the filing shows Venmo owner PayPal received a Civil Investigative Demand from the CFPB on January 21st, “related to Venmo’s unauthorized funds transfers and collections processes, and related matters.”.

Tory party illegally collected data on ethnicity of 10m voters, MPs told

Tory party illegally collected data on ethnicity of 10m voters, MPs told

The Conservative party acted illegally when it collected data on the ethnic backgrounds of 10 million voters before the 2019 general election, the information commissioner has told a committee of MPs. However, Elizabeth Denham insisted there had been no need to issue an enforcement notice against the party, as it had voluntarily deleted the data it held after a “recommendation” from her office.

Facial Recognition Is Running Amok in China. The People Are Pushing Back.

Facial Recognition Is Running Amok in China. The People Are Pushing Back.

That was why his client, the law professor Guo Bing, sued the zoo not for the unauthorized use of his biometric data but for breaching the contract.If passed, the Hangzhou law would be China's first regulating the use of facial recognition in residential compounds.

U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

Demands to ban using Section 215 for library records gradually faded — it appeared that in practice, the F.B.I. was not using it to monitor what books people had checked out — and Congress ended the use of Section 215 for bulk collection of calling data in 2015.

CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has filed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that highlights their ongoing plans to create a facial recognition database with mugshots of all non-US citizen travelers.

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow developers to track how they use other apps, would still be launched.

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.

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Debt collectors will soon be allowed to reach you by text or on Facebook

Consumer advocates criticized the rule for not requiring alleged debtors to consent before being contacted by email or text, and for setting a limit on phone contact that could result in a flood of calls for people who owe money to several creditors.

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

Our Digital Privacy Has Been Compromised: It’s Time We Fought to Take It Back

If tech companies won’t self-regulate their data collection practices and impose meaningful privacy-protecting restrictions on the way they handle our data, then it’s time for Congress to step up and take action.

Forrester releases privacy and cyber security predictions for 2021

Forrester releases privacy and cyber security predictions for 2021

As companies look to transition to a new normal in 2021, Forrester has forecasted that data privacy matters will become more pressing, while potential budgeting issues and evolving international relations are set to impact cyber security professionals.

CDO Question to Ask About Data Protection

CDO Question to Ask About Data Protection

Unless you know what data your organization holds, you can’t track and protect it.Mapping how data is transferred from one system to another helps you understand how personal data moves inside your organization and identify critical privacy compliance issues such as cross-border transfers.

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

DHS Biometrics Proposal Represents ‘Unacceptable Escalation of Government Surveillance,’ Senators Say

The letter submitted by the senators opposes the substance of the rule and points out past instances wherein DHS failed to protect biometric data as evidence the agency and its components aren’t fit to enact this kind of change.

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Once that clear purpose is defined, it’s helpful to think about how information can be governed in a way that balances both the benefits and the risks.

Q&A: EU's top court rules that UK, French and Belgian mass surveillance regimes must respect privacy

Q&A: EU's top court rules that UK, French and Belgian mass surveillance regimes must respect privacy

Now that the CJEU has decided on the application of EU law in relation to bulk data retention and collection, the cases will be sent back to the national courts for a final decision.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

The good news for consumers and news publishers alike is that CPRA seeks to close any loopholes in the previous privacy law the state passed two years ago.

Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year

Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year

Amazon plans to add Ring cameras to the network later, notifying device owners directly when Sidewalk is available to use.Similar to a mesh network, adding more devices will extend Sidewalk’s range and functionality, so it’s critical for Amazon to integrate Sidewalk into as many home devices as possible.

Customs and Border Protection paid to access a private company's network of cameras that spans the US

Customs and Border Protection paid to access a private company's network of cameras that spans the US

CBP has spent tens of thousands of dollars for access to LEARN, a system sold by a commercial vendor called Vigilant that uses hundreds of cameras across the US to monitor highways and automatically alert authorities when specific license plates drive by.

Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors

Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors

A former director of the National Security Agency and the first commander of the US Cyber Command, Alexander served as the public face of US data collection during the Edward Snowden leaks, but he retired from public service in 2013.