An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits

An Exam Surveillance Company Is Trying to Silence Critics With Lawsuits

In August, as colleges and universities prepared for a fall semester that would mark the biggest experiment in online learning in history, Ian Linkletter, a learning technology specialist at the University of British Columbia, began researching Proctorio, the exam proctoring software many of the instructors at the school planned to use.

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

I often see people ask “how do I get my family/friends/significant other/coworkers/etc to care about privacy,” but I rarely see anyone ask “should you get them to care at all?” It’s an important question.

Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

The Web Request API will still be available and still be able to provide information about all network requests fired by the browser … as opposed to what those announcements state, the deprecation of the blocking ability of the webRequest API accomplishes nothing privacy-wise for content blockers since they will *still* require broad hosts permissions.".

French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU

French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU

CNIL points out that its conclusions apply not only to Microsoft hosting the Health Data Hub, but also to all the other kinds of French health data held on systems run by US companies.

Undocumented backdoor that covertly takes snapshots found in kids’ smartwatch

Undocumented backdoor that covertly takes snapshots found in kids’ smartwatch

Harrison Sand, a researcher at Norwegian security company Mnemonic, said that commands exist for surreptitiously reporting the watch’s real-time location, taking a snapshot and sending it to an Xplora server, and making a phone call that transmits all sounds within earshot.

Twilio Scoops Up Segment

Twilio Scoops Up Segment

A $3.2 billion acquisition marks a big win for Segment, which as a private upstart has raised about $284 million in total funding and was valued at $1.5 billion from its most recent financing round.

Cianan Brennan: How data becomes money - the price we pay for keeping web content free

Cianan Brennan: How data becomes money - the price we pay for keeping web content free

In auctioning off advertising space on their apps and websites, publishers likewise share personal data via permissions — phone numbers, device IDs, browsing history — with Google and hundreds of other companies like it.

Apple Dishes Out $288K Bounty To Five Hackers For Finding 55 Vulnerabilities

Apple Dishes Out $288K Bounty To Five Hackers For Finding 55 Vulnerabilities

What Happened: The hackers found 55 vulnerabilities — 11 of which were of critical severity and 29 of high severity — in a period between July and October this year, according to a blog post written by Sam Curry, one of the five beneficiaries of the bounty.

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Among the findings was a 2018 internal company document titled the Cunningham Memo in which Facebook Senior Data Scientist Thomas Cunningham informed CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Vice President of Growth Javier Olivan that Instagram could hit a "tipping point" where its growth could ultimately come at the expense of all users leaving Facebook's blue app.

H&M Fined €35.2 Mn for Violating Employees’ Privacy

H&M Fined €35.2 Mn for Violating Employees’ Privacy

& Co KG (H&M) was fined €35.2 (US$41.1 million) by the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The amount of the fine imposed is therefore adequate and effective to deter companies from violating the privacy of their employees.

“Anonymity Would Not Be Possible,” According to ECB’s Digital Euro Plans

“Anonymity Would Not Be Possible,” According to ECB’s Digital Euro Plans

The ECB has published a 50-page report to examine the prospects of launching a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).An ECB executive member Fabio Panetta, formerly head of the Italian central bank, has published a blog to introduce ECB’s latest report and seek public opinion.

H&M Hit With Record-Breaking GDPR Fine Over Illegal Employee Surveillance

H&M Hit With Record-Breaking GDPR Fine Over Illegal Employee Surveillance

The Data Protection Authority of Hamburg (HmbBfDI) announced the fine on Thursday after the company was found to have excessively monitored several hundred employees in a Nuremberg service centre.

Car manufacturers are challenging traditional auto insurers: Who will win the tech race?

Car manufacturers are challenging traditional auto insurers: Who will win the tech race?

As Elon Musk highlighted in Tesla’s Q2 earnings call on July 22, Tesla hopes to use its crash data not only to improve their insurance operations but also to learn how to adjust their car designs for less expensive repairs in the future.

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has beaten out competitor DuckDuckGo and will now be offered as an option for Android users during setup in select European countries, according to the results of Google’s most recent default search engine auction.

Amazon Pitches New Palm Scanning Tech For Stadiums, Offices As Consumer Privacy Concerns Linger

Amazon Pitches New Palm Scanning Tech For Stadiums, Offices As Consumer Privacy Concerns Linger

New technology announced Tuesday by Amazon that allows the palm of a user’s hand to double as a credit card or company ID could find its way into use in office buildings and sports stadiums, according to the e-commerce giant, which said it chose the palm technology because it's "more private" than other biometric markers as consumers continue to have concerns over data privacy and big tech.

Why privacy must be at the core of every tech product

Why privacy must be at the core of every tech product

The EU has been more willing to take on this fight with big companies and it’s a really good thing because we need the competition, but we also need to have regulations on the data that is collected on people.

Fashion retailer BrandBQ exposes 1 TB of customers, contractors data

Fashion retailer BrandBQ exposes 1 TB of customers, contractors data

The data exposed amounts to over 1 TB numbering 1 billion records and includes a range of personally identifiable information(PII) of the company’s customers such as full names, email addresses, phone numbers, and payment details without card numbers.

New homeowner 'freaked out' when stranger took control of her security system

New homeowner 'freaked out' when stranger took control of her security system

As she stood alone in her front hall, she watched in disbelief as the man unarmed the system, unlocked doors and windows and told her he could track when she left the house — all with a few clicks on the security company's app.

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

With iOS 14, Apple has opened up its mobile platform more than ever before with the ability to set third-party apps as defaults for mail and browser.Would you like Apple to open up messaging to allow third-party apps to be the default?

Ring's new tiny drone can autonomously fly around your home and send alerts if it detects intruders, fire, or emergencies while you're away

Ring's new tiny drone can autonomously fly around your home and send alerts if it detects intruders, fire, or emergencies while you're away

Amazon's Ring on Thursday announced a new smart home security camera called the Always Home Cam. It's a tiny drone that can fly around the house when you're away, following a path you set.

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

At the subcommittee hearing Kendall testified at on Thursday, lawmakers said the spread of misinformation on Facebook could be cause for future government regulation of social media platforms.

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house

In an interview ahead of the announcement, he said the company has spent the past two years on focused development of the device, and that it is an “obvious product that is very hard to build.” Thanks to advancements in drone technology, the company is able to make a product like this and have it work as desired.

Four eBay Employees To Plead Guilty In Bizarre Cyberstalking Plot

Four eBay Employees To Plead Guilty In Bizarre Cyberstalking Plot

Four former eBay employees will plead guilty to carrying out a targeted cyberstalking campaign against bloggers critical of the e-commerce giant, prosecutors said Wednesday, including sending items such as a bloody pig mask and a box of live cockroaches to a suburban Boston couple.

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees

“I’m not sure if I’m missing something from this question,” Zuckerberg responded, in polite disbelief, “but I certainly haven’t seen any data that suggests that free food is anywhere near the list of primary reasons that people come to work at this company.

Surveillance Company Explains How to Keep Facebook From Detecting Fake Accounts in Leaked Manual

Surveillance Company Explains How to Keep Facebook From Detecting Fake Accounts in Leaked Manual

But a leaked user manual obtained by Motherboard shows that, in reality, the company teaches customers how to create fake Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to gather information about people that is normally protected by their privacy settings on those platforms.

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

In a court filing in Dublin, Facebook said that a decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) would force the company to pull up stakes and leave the 410 million people who use Facebook and photo-sharing service Instagram in the lurch.

When the GDPR goes wrong…

When the GDPR goes wrong…

The merit behind the Bradford Trigger has nothing to do with personal data; each variable of the formula is a piece of information, which a company shall record, inter alia as required under the labour laws.

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

But the user data that the Facebook-owned messaging app shares publicly is allowing dozens of outside apps to track aspects of WhatsApp users' online activity — including whom they're likely talking to, when they're sleeping, and when they're using their devices.

Exclusive: AT&T considers cellphone plans subsidized by ads

Exclusive: AT&T considers cellphone plans subsidized by ads

The planned launch of an ad-supported version of AT&T’s video-streaming service HBO Max next year will serve as a “foundational element” that will provide new advertising inventory, and would be key to new phone plans supported by ads, Stankey said without offering details.

The 5 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

The 5 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

During the final sale of its core internet business to Verizon in 2017, Yahoo admitted they had actually been the target of several different large scale data breaches bringing the new number of compromised accounts to a staggering 3 billion.