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.”.

New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music

New Spotify Patent Involves Monitoring Users’ Speech to Recommend Music

The patent filing outlines how Spotify currently uses a decision tree—showing users different artists, genres, and more—to help refine its recommendation algorithm for the user.

Intention to issue € 10 million fine to Grindr LLC

Intention to issue € 10 million fine to Grindr LLC

- Our preliminary conclusion is that Grindr has shared user data to a number of third parties without legal basis, said Bjørn Erik Thon, Director-General of the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

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.

Facebook is suing an Israeli spyware company for allegedly hacking WhatsApp. Now, that company says Facebook tried to buy its spyware in 2017.

Facebook is suing an Israeli spyware company for allegedly hacking WhatsApp. Now, that company says Facebook tried to buy its spyware in 2017.

NSO Group — a secretive Israeli spyware firm facing allegations that it hacked platforms like WhatsApp and helped authoritative governments spy on dissidents — now claims that Facebook tried to buy its surveillance technology in 2017 to monitor its users.

Australia sues Facebook, alleges breach of user data

Australia sues Facebook, alleges breach of user data

In the Federal Court lawsuit, the Australian Information Commissioner accused Facebook of breaching privacy law by disclosing 311,127 users' information for political profiling via a survey product, 'This Is Your Digital Life', on its website.

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

A new report, called Out of Control: How Consumers Are Exploited by the Online Advertising Industry, published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming.

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Fifteen civil rights groups launched a major campaign on Monday calling on Congress to investigate how Amazon and its home surveillance company Ring violate civil liberties, particularly through partnerships with law enforcement.

Quest Diagnostics Says Up to 12 Million Patients May Have Had Financial, Medical, Personal Information Breached

Quest Diagnostics Says Up to 12 Million Patients May Have Had Financial, Medical, Personal Information Breached

Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest blood testing providers in the country, warned Monday that nearly 12 million of its customers may have had personal, financial and medical information breached due to an issue with one of its vendors.

Facebook finally set to launch Clear History privacy tool

Facebook finally set to launch Clear History privacy tool

When you block someone, they won’t be able to see things you post on your Timeline, tag you, invite you to events or groups, start conversations with you or add you as a friend.

Data breach in Michigan may have exposed personal, medical information of 600,000 people

Data breach in Michigan may have exposed personal, medical information of 600,000 people

The business that hackers targeted, Wolverine Solutions Group, a health care company that partners with health plans and hospital systems, said that it has begun notifying clients whose information was compromised by the breach.

Court filing links spy exposed by AP to Israel’s Black Cube

Court filing links spy exposed by AP to Israel’s Black Cube

LONDON (AP) — A Canadian attorney says he appears to have been targeted by the same undercover operative unmasked by The Associated Press at a New York hotel last month , drawing a line between the man and the notorious Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube.

Forget privacy: you're terrible at targeting anyway

Forget privacy: you're terrible at targeting anyway

If you ask it what video a person like you wants to see next, it will recommend some political propaganda crap, because 50% of the time 90% of the people do watch that next, because they can't help themselves, and that's a pretty good success rate.

Profiling and Automated Decision Making: Is Artificial Intelligence Violating Your Right to Privacy?

Profiling and Automated Decision Making: Is Artificial Intelligence Violating Your Right to Privacy?

As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted in August 2018 “big data analytics and artificial intelligence increasingly enable States and business enterprises to obtain fine-grained information about people’s lives, make inferences about their physical and mental characteristics and create detailed personality profiles.”

Ready to be tracked at the grocery store? Amazon’s mini-mart raises new questions for digital privacy

Ready to be tracked at the grocery store? Amazon’s mini-mart raises new questions for digital privacy

This diagram appears in a pair of related patents by Amazon executives, which describe a variety of high-tech methods of tracking products, employees and customers through a facility such as a distribution center or a retail store.

Microsoft made $1.3 billion in cash payments in GitHub deal

Microsoft made $1.3 billion in cash payments in GitHub deal

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said in a filing late Thursday it had made $1.3 billion in cash payments in connection to its acquisition of coding hosting startup GitHub. Software developers use GitHub to host and share code as they write it, often using it to distribute open source software.

Facebook admits its camera-equipped listening device can collect your data for ads

Facebook admits its camera-equipped listening device can collect your data for ads

Given that Facebook's business model relies on using people's data to serve them personalised ads, it seemed fair to assume that the Portal smart speaker could serve a purpose beyond simply acting as a voice-activated home assistant that can handle video calls.

Vizio, sued for making creepy smart TVs, will notify customers via the TVs

Vizio, sued for making creepy smart TVs, will notify customers via the TVs

In what is likely a first in the industry, Vizio is on the verge of agreeing to display a class-action lawsuit message through its previously sold "Smart TV" televisions as part of a legal settlement.