Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

In December, the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook, alleging that as the company grew more dominant and faced less competition, it reneged on its promises to protect user privacy.

Google is exploring a health record tool for patients

Google is exploring a health record tool for patients

Wachter, having advised technology companies on their health efforts since the early 2000s, said he has witnessed a number of tech giants including Google try and fail to create new versions of the electronic health record (EHR).

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

The company has joined forces with dozens of Chinese trade groups and tech firms working with the state-backed China Advertising Association to develop the new technique, which would use technology called device fingerprinting, the people said.

What the Great Personal Data Leak of 2021 tells us about Facebook, the GDPR, and privacy

What the Great Personal Data Leak of 2021 tells us about Facebook, the GDPR, and privacy

The fact that personal details of dozens of EU officials are among the latest leak may help to concentrate minds at the DPC.

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

The initial outlook for the number of users giving consent to track looks bleak, with a median opt-in rate of just 32 percent, according to an analysis of 300 apps across 2,000 devices from AppsFlyer, a mobile marketing and attribution company.

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

A blog post titled “The Facts on News Reports About Facebook Data,” published Tuesday evening, is designed to silence the growing criticism the company is facing for failing to protect the phone numbers and other personal information of 533 million users after a database containing that information was shared for free in low level hacking forums over the weekend, as first reported by Business Insider.

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

Xcinex Prepares To Launch Venue Streaming System, Using Sensor To Count Viewers And Charge Per Ticket

Xcinex Prepares To Launch Venue Streaming System, Using Sensor To Count Viewers And Charge Per Ticket

But unlike SR Labs, which prices day-and-date movies at a flat $50 after a $150 hardware purchase, Xcinex’s Venue system uses scanning technology to count the number of viewers and let distributors charge them according.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

Pharmacies score customer data in vaccine effort. Some are crying foul.

A spokesperson for the Federal Trade Commission, who didn’t say if the consumer protection agency is examining how retail pharmacies are using data from Covid vaccinations, said companies could be investigated if they mislead customers about how their information is being used.

Silicon Valley Is Not Focusing Enough on the Dangers Deepfakes Present

Silicon Valley Is Not Focusing Enough on the Dangers Deepfakes Present

Many of these new technology-wielding channels have featured a new phenomenon called “deepfakes,” or videos where a public figure’s image, usually via photo, audio, or video, is imposed into a situation, most notably in a meme format such as a music video or comedy gag.

Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules

Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules

Apple has begun rejecting app updates that do not comply with the App Tracking Transparency rules that the company is enforcing starting with iOS 14.5, according to a new report from Forbes.

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

A new law in Russia requires devices to have Russian software preinstalled.Russia now requires all smart devices — including phones, computers, and TVs — in the country to have Russian software preinstalled, in what some locals have called a "law against Apple.".

Whistleblower: Ubiquiti Breach “Catastrophic” — Krebs on Security

Whistleblower: Ubiquiti Breach “Catastrophic” — Krebs on Security

[NYSE:UI] — a major vendor of cloud-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as routers, network video recorders and security cameras — disclosed that a breach involving a third-party cloud provider had exposed customer account credentials.

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

(Reuters) - Two advocacy groups on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

New Android malware disguises itself as a system update

New Android malware disguises itself as a system update

It is a spyware capable of making the user release complete control of the device to criminals, spy on all their browsing and allow personal data and files to be accessed without much effort – including bank and social network information or stored photos and videos.

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U]

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U]

A Google spokesperson told Ars Technica that the company disagrees with this research as it considers essential that both iOS and Android devices send and receive data to the companies behind them, which helps them keep their software up to date and check that everything is working as expected.

Boston Dynamics Introduces Stretch: A New Robot For Moving Boxes

Boston Dynamics Introduces Stretch: A New Robot For Moving Boxes

Boston Dynamics has been showing interest in the logistics space since 2019 when it purchased Kinema Systems, a company that makes machine vision software for robots in warehouses.

Apple Forbids Facial Scanning of Employees—But Not Factory Workers

Apple Forbids Facial Scanning of Employees—But Not Factory Workers

The exemption for Apple employees appears to contrast with the company’s stance that its human rights policy, which contains privacy provisions, extends to “business partners and people at every level of its supply chain.”.

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.

Backblaze Appoints Chief Information Security Officer

Backblaze Appoints Chief Information Security Officer

Backblaze provides businesses and consumers with cloud services to store and use their data in an easy and affordable manner, serving as a foundation for developers, IT professionals, and individuals to back up & archive data, host content, manage media, build their applications, and more.

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

Supreme Court rejects Facebook appeal in secret user tracking lawsuit

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Facebook to intervene in a $15 billion class-action lawsuit charging the company with illegally tracking the online activities of its users even when they are not on the platform.

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

DMV’s are making a fortune selling your personal data

According to an investigation by Vice, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in several states is supplementing its income by selling the personal information of drivers in their state to third parties.This information includes their names, addresses, dates of birth and which cars they own.

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit

The justices declined to hear Facebook’s appeal of a lower court ruling that revived the proposed nationwide litigation accusing the company of violating a federal law called the Wiretap Act by secretly tracking the visits of users to websites that use Facebook features such as the “like” button.

Instagram is ‘most invasive app’, new study shows

Instagram is ‘most invasive app’, new study shows

The study found that Instagram collects 79 per cent of its users’ personal data and shares it with third parties, including search history, location, contacts and financial info.“Any information you agree to be gathered by an app when signing up can be analysed for their benefit and even shared.

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple's plan still leaves multiple opportunities for users to remove government-imposed apps, but promoting them during setup will inevitably result in broader distribution of Russia's chosen software.

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.

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Some of Additional States Sign On to Texas-Led Lawsuit Against Google

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Google in December, claiming the company was too large and the competition was fierce.Nevada was the first state to be signed by a Democratic Attorney General.

Japan to probe Line after reports it let Chinese engineers access user data

Japan to probe Line after reports it let Chinese engineers access user data

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government said on Wedneseday it would investigate messaging app Line, owned by SoftBank Corp’s Z Holdings Corp, after Japanese media reports that it let Chinese engineers at a Shanghai affiliate access Japanese users’ data without informing them.

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.

A Hacker Got All My Texts for $16

A Hacker Got All My Texts for $16

In Sakari's case, it receives the capability to control the rerouting of text messages from another firm called Bandwidth, according to a copy of Sakari's LOA obtained by Motherboard.