A U.S. government contractor embedded tracking software in the apps of millions of smartphone users

A U.S. government contractor embedded tracking software in the apps of millions of smartphone users

According to the report: A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you.

Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you.

Operating in the shadows of the online marketplace, specialized tech companies you've likely never heard of are tapping vast troves of our personal data to generate secret "surveillance scores" - digital mug shots of millions of Americans - that supposedly predict our future behavior.

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Over the years, PI and our global network of partners have documented and challenged the growing push towards identity systems around the world - leading to some of the world’s largest biometric databases, as well as other technologies that can be used to track and profile individuals and communities.

The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

As the biggest of three companies that store the vast majority of the world’s travel information—from airline seats to hotel bookings — Sabre has been called on to hand over that travellers’ data and, on at least one occasion, do “real-time” tracking of a suspect.

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India seeks to limit Facebook, Google dominance over online data

India needs a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization and privacy of information collected online, an expert committee appointed by the government has recommended.

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

68.3% of iOS and 67.5% of Android users will likely deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in.44.8% of iOS and 47.2% of Android users would potentially allow themselves to be tracked, if app owners were to give them proper reasoning in advance.

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

During a panel on technology and surveillance hosted by Motherboard and Mijente, Snowden was asked by Mijente campaign organizer Jacinta González what needs to be done to get workers within the tech industry to take a stronger position in the dismantling of oppressive systems.

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

Battling anti-encryption drive, tech companies pledge new child abuse disclosures

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tech companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft on Thursday pledged to improve and standardise annual disclosures around online child exploitation, as they fight off moves to limit encryption.

Exclusive: New York Times phasing out all 3rd-party advertising data

Exclusive: New York Times phasing out all 3rd-party advertising data

The New York Times will no longer use 3rd-party data to target ads come 2021, executives tell Axios, and it is building out a proprietary first-party data platform.Beginning in July, The Times will begin to offer clients 45 new proprietary first-party audience segments to target ads.

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

Facebook is quietly helping to set up a new pro-tech advocacy group to battle Washington

The group’s board is set to include Susana Martinez, the former Republican governor of New Mexico; Bradley Smith, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission; and Chris Carney, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who’s now at a consulting firm, two people said.

The Original Cookie specification from 1997 was GDPR compliant

The Original Cookie specification from 1997 was GDPR compliant

If you tried to do this before cookies, when people put a product into a shopping cart on the first page they visited, as soon as they click on anything else, the browser would think this was a completely new visit, and...

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Opinion | What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?

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By contrast, it is the big ad-tech companies — especially Facebook and Google — that do not want to make it easy for consumers to avoid profiling, because their business models rely on it.

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Australia has become the latest country to track the movements of the public, with the federal and New South Wales governments having received the location data of millions of Vodafone Australia customers.

Government is tracking Americans' cell phones to see how they move and spread coronavirus

Government is tracking Americans' cell phones to see how they move and spread coronavirus

The data comes from the mobile advertising industry, people familiar with the matter explained to the Wall Street Journal.The goal of the portal would be to help officials learn how COVID-19 is spreading across the United States.

Inquiry calls for web pre-screening to end UK child abuse 'explosion'

Inquiry calls for web pre-screening to end UK child abuse 'explosion'

The report makes four recommendations for action the government should take to tackle online abuse: Requiring industry to pre‐screen material before it is uploaded to the internet to prevent access to known indecent images of children.

The Private Internet Access Android app is being open sourced

The Private Internet Access Android app is being open sourced

Private Internet Access (PIA) is open sourcing its Android VPN app and dependencies code to the public as part of its commitment to open sourcing all clients in the name of transparency and privacy.

The industry is looking to first-party data to replace cookies, but the open web may lose out

The industry is looking to first-party data to replace cookies, but the open web may lose out

At the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Palm Springs, California, on Feb. 10, the IAB Tech Lab proposed developing a new identifier based on people’s email addresses or phone numbers, which provide a more consistent, deterministic way of recognizing someone than the third-party cookie ever did.

Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

Conservative News Sites Track You Lots More Than Left-Leaning Ones

Popular right-leaning outlets analyzed by the researchers placed 227 cookies in a user's browser, versus 131 for the median popular left-leaning counterparts., the most popular right-leaning site, placed around 4 percent more cookies in women's browsers than , the most popular left-leaning site as categorized by BuzzFeed.

Coronavirus brings China's surveillance state out of the shadows

Coronavirus brings China's surveillance state out of the shadows

Facial recognition firm Megvii said on Tuesday it had developed a new way to spot and identify people with fevers, with support from the industry and science ministries.

Google Chrome Will Phase Out Third-Party Cookies by 2022

Google Chrome Will Phase Out Third-Party Cookies by 2022

In a move that many have feared for the last year, Google has finally given a timeline for phasing out support for third-party cookies in its Chrome web browser.

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.

Report: Out of control

Report: Out of control

The actors, who are part of what we call the digital marketing and adtech industry, use this information to track us over time and across devices, in order to create comprehensive profiles about individual consumers.

Leaked data proves just how much our phones are spying on us

Leaked data proves just how much our phones are spying on us

The investigation was coordinated by the New York Times Privacy Project and used a leak from a location data company, one of many unknown businesses from an under-reported industry dedicated to using electronic data to track every single one of us everywhere we go.

California's new privacy law puts billions worth of personal data under protection

California's new privacy law puts billions worth of personal data under protection

That's thanks to the California Consumer Privacy Act, which went into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 1, and deals with how large companies are allowed to collect and use data of California residents.

'Do Not Sell My Info': U.S. retailers rush to comply with California privacy law

'Do Not Sell My Info': U.S. retailers rush to comply with California privacy law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add “Do Not Sell My Info” links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the retailers collect, sources said.

California is rewriting the rules of the internet. Businesses are scrambling to keep up

California is rewriting the rules of the internet. Businesses are scrambling to keep up

Sacramento lawmakers struck a deal to turn it into law, and unusually for a law that stands to affect billion-dollar companies, it remained largely unchanged by lobbying efforts through 2019.In the data economy, users’ personal information can be used in lightning-fast transactions, like the real-time auction that goes on behind each online ad, and stored in databases for decades.

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

TorrentFreak writes that what API is trying to protect here are its monetary interests related to unauthorized copying and sale of the industry standards that the association produces.API's DMCA application, that has now been approved, said the copyrighted standards – described as a valuable asset – are available to download without permission.

Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Sometimes, that involves field agents proactively contacting companies when they have information of a threat—as two FBI agents did when they caught wind of researchers trying to alert casinos of vulnerabilities they said they had found in casino kiosk systems.

Offering software for snooping to governments is a booming business

Offering software for snooping to governments is a booming business

But some, including NSO Group, as well as Gamma Group (an Anglo-German firm) and Hacking Team (an Italian one which in April merged with another company to create Memento Labs), sell software to help governments access online data on persons of interest.