On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data.
Someone using this tool on the Stay Safe Online website to “update their privacy settings”, would actually be helping Hotjar build a profile of information about themselves, including the sites they shop on, the email service they use, the type of mobile device they have, how they listen to music, share photos and videos, the ride share services they use, their favorite search engines, social networks, web browsers and more.
While the Facebook suit isn’t related to personal health data, it’s not hard to imagine that the information collected by period trackers—especially with some employers and health insurers licensing the apps to use as part of corporate wellness programs—could be used in ways that harm women, King says.
Google also that, regarding legal requests from government agencies in the U.S., “By far the most common is the subpoena, followed by search warrants.” It says it notifies users whose data has been requested where possible, as “If Google receives ECPA legal process for a user’s account, it’s our policy to notify the user via email before any information is disclosed unless such notification is prohibited by law.”.
While it is arguable that telemetry data isn’t technically “personal data” when it is viewed on its own without other information; however, if there’s a way to link a given set of telemetry data to a particular Firefox browser instance and IP address – and Mozilla just revealed that there is – then that telemetry data all of a sudden becomes the most personal of data.
In a study [PDF] conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council named Forbrukerrådet on 10 apps, it has been found out that several popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid & Grindr along with certain popular menstrual help apps such as Clue and MyDays have been sharing the personal data of users with as much as 135 different third parties for advertising purposes.
That’s the issue raised by a new review of five popular period tracker apps by Consumer Reports' Digital Lab, which tests apps to see how well they protect consumers’ privacy and data.
Home DNA-testing company 23andMe is laying off about 100 people, or 14% of its staff, on Thursday, in the wake of declining sales.
A bipartisan group in Congress is attempting (again) to pass legislation that would restrict the National Security Agency from abusing the PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment (FISA) Court in order to collect and access private records of Americans.
Now a newly published report, has revealed that 250 million Microsoft customer records, spanning an incredible 14 years in all, have been exposed online in a database with no password protection.
According to research conducted by VPNMentor, an adult affiliate website supporting more than 66 million registered members, appears to have left a database containing 20GB of visible data unsecured.This incident goes to underscore both the severity of data breaches and the risks of visiting adult websites.
Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
What is known, is that GE earned 30 million USD from San Diego’s city council to install these cameras and microphones in street lights under the guise of looking at traffic flows and environmental data and has the legal, government granted rights to sell whatever “source data” is gleaned from the surveillance equipment.
In this isolated incident, there was a minor inadvertent data release that affected a very small number of our artists (483 United States based artists out of our community of more than 30,000 artists) who had previously received a 1099 from us in the year 2017.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Messages are also stored using end-to-encryption but as said earlier, this is nullified if the user also enabled iCloud Backup.
Shawn Riley, North Dakota's chief information officer and head of the information technology department, said there were more than 15 million cyberattacks against the state's government per month in 2019, a 300 percent increase since 2018.In 2018, there were about 5 million attempted cyberattacks per month.
In an announcement of the seizure of the domain posted Thursday by the US Justice Department, the DOJ alleged that WeLeakInfo allowed its users to access "a search engine to review and obtain the personal information illegally obtained in over 10,000 data breaches containing over 12 billion indexed records—including, for example, names, email addresses, usernames, phone numbers, and passwords for online accounts."
Apple announced in a report Friday that it received a record-high 3,619 requests from the US government for users‘ account information in the first half of 2019, up 36% from the previous six-month period.
This is the key part of the legal argument: “The provisions of the directive will not apply to activities which are intended to safeguard national security and are undertaken by the public authorities themselves, without requiring the cooperation of private individuals and, therefore, without imposing on them obligations in the management of business” (UK Case C-623/17, paragraph 34/79).”.
This is in no doubt partly due to the nature of the platform – Twitter doesn’t encourage users to upload their entire lives and all associated media to the service in the way that Facebook and others do.
The car itself is collecting driving data such as speed and braking patterns, but the built-in navigation and entertainment services are also collecting information of a more personal nature, she says.
The policy change came after Census Bureau research found that an attacker could isolate almost half of the respondents using public data, allowing them to be cross referenced with commercially available medical data, purchasing information and the like.
Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report that examined some of the world’s most downloaded Android apps.
In the discussion that follows, Dr. Jennifer King, Director of Privacy at Stanford’s CIS, explains the new law and how far it may go to protect consumer personal data.
Note that these insights are derived from data that is already available to you in the following places: your Exchange Online mailbox your activity in OneDrive and SharePoint documents your chat and call history from Teams and from Skype for Business MyAnalytics simply applies some basic calculations and rules to make this data more actionable.
Likewise, some current implementations don’t even have an opt-out option, it’s “opt-in” or nothing, which leads to another consideration right now: Make clear you’re collecting the cookies (or any personal data) for a specific purpose .