How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

The new tool, Blacklight, emulates how users might be tracked as they browse the Web. To use it, you simply type in a Web address, and the tool scans the site for the following types of privacy violations: third-party cookies, ad trackers, key logging, session recording, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook tracking, and Google Analytics’ “Remarketing Audiences”.

A hacker published thousands of students' grades and private information after a Nevada school district refused to pay ransom

A hacker published thousands of students' grades and private information after a Nevada school district refused to pay ransom

Brett Callow, a threat analyst with cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told Business Insider that he discovered leaked documents published to an online hacking forum that purported to include records from Nevada's Clark County School District, including students' names, social security numbers, addresses, and some financial information.

A New Open-Source Tool for Tracking Disinformation

A New Open-Source Tool for Tracking Disinformation

The Social Media Analysis Toolkit (SMAT) — co-created by Mozilla Fellow Emmi Bevensee — provides a free, open, and intuitive way to scrutinize what’s trending on internet platforms.

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.

Why the Government’s plans to regulate the internet are a threat to free speech

Why the Government’s plans to regulate the internet are a threat to free speech

The Government’s proposed new internet regulator will infringe free speech.The Government published the Online Harms White Paper in April 2019 and intends to put a Bill before Parliament next year.

Personal information of roughly 46,000 veterans exposed in VA hack

Personal information of roughly 46,000 veterans exposed in VA hack

(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that roughly 46,000 veterans had their personal information, including Social Security numbers, exposed in a data breach in which "unauthorized users" gained access to an online application used for making health care payments.

SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org lets you comment against Trump’s “Censor the Internet” executive order

SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org lets you comment against Trump’s “Censor the Internet” executive order

Fight for the Future has unveiled a new website and campaign to Save Free Speech Online: .The website helps you make a comment on the public record against President Trump’s most recent plan to destroy free speech online.

How the EARN IT Bill Undermines American’s Rights Online

How the EARN IT Bill Undermines American’s Rights Online

The bill, known as Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (or EARN IT for short), undermines American people and companies online rights by letting the Attorney General dictate how online services operate.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 11, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 11, 2020

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled what many of us knew for a long time: that the NSA program to spy on American phone records was completely illegal.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Time for proof - Covid-19 strengthens the case for digital ID cards

Time for proof - Covid-19 strengthens the case for digital ID cards

In countries without a system of secure digital identities, the closure of bricks-and-mortar government offices and the shift of public services online have caused havoc (see article).Its “Aadhaar” biometric system has created digital identities for 1.3bn people.

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

Digital Services Act: what we learned about tackling the power of digital platforms

From February 2019, EDRi met with academics, civil society organisations and representatives of the European Commission and the Parliament to better understand what type of reform was envisaged for the e-Commerce Directive.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 28, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: August 28, 2020

UK class action style claim filed over Marriott data breach.A new class action lawsuit has been filed in the United Kingdom against Marriott for failing to protect personal data.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

A Reg reader last night spoke of the horrifying moment he realized an online store used by his wife was mixing up some of its online customers, allowing people to gain access to some strangers' personal information and order carts.

Almost 235 Million YouTube, TikTok and Instagram Profiles Exposed Online by Unsecured Database

Almost 235 Million YouTube, TikTok and Instagram Profiles Exposed Online by Unsecured Database

Many users keep their profiles open, allowing companies such as Deep Social to collect that data and compile it further.While the database belonged to Social Data, the evidence point toward Deep Social, another company used to scrape data from online sources and has since dissolved.

Fully-Fledged Guide On Ways To Protect Your Data Online

Fully-Fledged Guide On Ways To Protect Your Data Online

We’ve collected essential methods and options for protecting yourself from third parties and hacker attacks on the internet.We’ve already touched on the topic ‘Why do we need to protect data?’ In our article 5 Reasons Why Online Privacy Matters, you can drive into this topic more.

Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

Tired of Gmail? Try a Privacy-First Email Provider

While Gmail doesn’t scan the content of your emails to collect information for its advertising machines, data from your Google account is used to serve ads in your Gmail inbox.

Byron Holland: Facebook harms its customers and competitors with little to no consequence

Byron Holland: Facebook harms its customers and competitors with little to no consequence

Civil liberties groups, grassroots activists, multinational corporations and network operators like my group, the Canadian Internet Regulatory Authority (CIRA), have banded together to boycott the social media giant for its failure to curb the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech on its platform.

Privacy iS NOT a Dirty Word

Privacy iS NOT a Dirty Word

The years passed and I continued to strut on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like, increasingly trying to convince myself that, in the end, only terrorists and really bad guys had to worry about their online privacy, not a good guy like me.

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.

The Future of Online Identity is Decentralized

The Future of Online Identity is Decentralized

Large internet corporations like Google and Facebook allow all to create an account on condition that some personally identifiable information is revealed, usually a phone number.Whether you choose authenticity or anonymity, decentralized identity proofs allow you to build a cross-platform online identity.

Why Is a Tech Executive Installing Security Cameras Around San Francisco?

Why Is a Tech Executive Installing Security Cameras Around San Francisco?

Longtime San Francisco residents and the tech workers have not historically seen eye-to-eye on many things.Around a quarter of San Francisco parents send their children to private school, a higher percentage than many large cities, including New York.

#MoreOnionsPorfavor: Onionize your website and take back the internet

#MoreOnionsPorfavor: Onionize your website and take back the internet

Starting today, July 8th, the Tor Project is running a one month campaign called #MoreOnionsPorfavor to raise awareness about onion sites, that is, websites available over onion services.

This tech makes your online photograph difficult for Facial Recognition Software to recognize

This tech makes your online photograph difficult for Facial Recognition Software to recognize

Researchers develop a new technique that will keep your online photos safe from facial recognition algorithms.The research, which has been ongoing for more than six months, is targeted at countering the facial-recognition algorithms of big tech firms such as Facebook and Google.

Attorney General Becerra Reminds Consumers of Data Privacy Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

Attorney General Becerra Reminds Consumers of Data Privacy Rights Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

“Under the CCPA, Californians have the right to access and stop the sale of their personal data if they choose to exercise it,” said Attorney General Becerra .These data brokers are required to provide information on how consumers can opt-out of the sale or submit requests under the CCPA.

Stalker Online hacked! Over one million gamers’ passwords made available for download

Stalker Online hacked! Over one million gamers’ passwords made available for download

The database, which is being offered for sale for “several hundred Euros worth of Bitcoins”, contains 1,289,084 Stalker Online player records, including usernames, account passwords, email addresses, phone numbers, and IP addresses.

A Former Google Executive Takes Aim at His Old Company With a Start-Up

A Former Google Executive Takes Aim at His Old Company With a Start-Up

After that, Mr. Ramaswamy said he aimed to charge a monthly subscription of less than $10 and he hopes to bring the price down over time as more users sign up.

Has the battle for privacy already been lost?

Has the battle for privacy already been lost?

“With over a third of consumers across 10 countries (roughly 350 million people) experiencing cybercrime in the last year alone, consumers are understandably concerned about their privacy and attempting to take action to protect it,” the report says.

Digital self-defense lessons for protestors

Digital self-defense lessons for protestors

The monitoring and capturing of information posted on social media platforms to generate profiles and make predictions about users might feel a little to close the Minority Report.But, continuous surveillance of protestors via social media platforms is already happening all over the world.

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Letter to US Senate Judiciary Committee: Reject the EARN IT Act, S. 3398

Human Rights Watch strongly supports action by the United States government to fulfill its international treaty obligations to protect children from sexual exploitation and eradicate the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter join the fight against US demands for visa applicants’ online handles

Reddit and Twitter have filed supporting evidence in a lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the requirement that nearly all visa applicants submit their social media handles for scrutiny.