Mexico will require new cell phone users to provide biometric data to the government

Mexico will require new cell phone users to provide biometric data to the government

In addition, it will contain the biometric data of the user, or, where appropriate, of the legal representative of the business registering the cell phone; the user’s address; the data of the telecommunications company, or where appropriate, of the authorized ones; and the contact information for the mobile phone line, either postpaid or prepaid.

Victim of Facebook Data Breach Shares Viral Video of FB 'Following' Him 'All Over' Internet

Victim of Facebook Data Breach Shares Viral Video of FB 'Following' Him 'All Over' Internet

Businesses and organizations share this information with Facebook to "personalize user experience" by showing relevant ads, introducing users to new products, services and events, according to Facebook's website.

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

Digital advertisers in France also complained about Apple’s move to the country’s antitrust regulator, which said last month it will allow the feature because it is in line with privacy rules (though the watchdog will continue to investigate whether Apple favours its own services and products).Now, in a Canadian exclusive interview with the Toronto Star, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook talks about the company’s approach to privacy and how that helps set it apart from other big tech players.

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

But last October, after being on the job for about six weeks, her boss at the cleaning company sent out a companywide message — telling employees to download an app on their personal phones that would check their location and ensure they were working their scheduled hours.

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

Q Link Wireless, a provider of low-cost mobile phone and data services to 2 million US-based customers, has been making sensitive account data available to anyone who knows a valid phone number on the carrier’s network, an analysis of the company’s account management app shows.

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.

There's Another Facebook Phone Number Database Online

There's Another Facebook Phone Number Database Online

See More →An online tool lets customers pay to unmask the phone numbers of Facebook users that liked a specific Page, and the underlying dataset appears to be separate from the 500 million account database that made headlines this week, signifying another data breach or large scale scraping of Facebook users' data, Motherboard has found.

US government is purchasing smart data to spy on its citizens

US government is purchasing smart data to spy on its citizens

This happens due to lax privacy laws in the country, as is stated: “approach a third-party firm that sells databases of information on citizens, pay them for it and then use the data however deemed fit.”.

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.

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

But the reporting on Ice’s use of utility records is a powerful reminder that it’s not just flashy gadgets that increasingly watch our every move; there’s also a large and ever-growing economy of data brokerage, in which companies and government agencies, law enforcement included, can buy up data on millions of Americans that we might not even think of as sensitive.

Leaked phone number of Mark Zuckerberg reveals he is on Signal

Leaked phone number of Mark Zuckerberg reveals he is on Signal

A security researcher revealed that Zuckerberg uses Signal by posting his leaked phone number which confirmed the Facebook CEO uses Signal app, "In another turn of events, Mark Zuckerberg also respects his own privacy, by using a chat app that has end-to-end encryption and isn't owned by @facebook.

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

The ban happens to cover exactly what the regulator feared: Facebook using personal information it previously gathered in new ways.That happens to be exactly what the regulator has warned Facebook not to do with the telephone numbers of South Africans collected by its Whatsapp service.

533M Facebook users' data leaked

533M Facebook users' data leaked

The database has been online since last June .Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, said on Saturday the database appears to be the same set of Facebook-linked telephone numbers that have been circulating in hacker circles since January and whose existence was first reported by tech publication Motherboard.“If you have a Facebook account, it is extremely likely the phone number used for the account was leaked,” Gal tweeted.

533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

Gal first discovered the leaked data in January when a user in the same hacking forum advertised an automated bot that could provide phone numbers for hundreds of millions of Facebook users in exchange for a price.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

There’s new Android malware on the loose that disguises itself as a “System Update” app.

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Federal government considers forcing Australians to provide ID to use social media and dating sites

Australians would need to show their driver’s licence or passport to open an account Credit: Chesnot/Getty Currently, Australians are not required to provide ID to use most online platforms, however some ask users to “verify” their account by providing an email address or phone number.

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Mobile device-tracking by Apple and Google take center stage in a report revealing that, despite both allowing users to opt out of sharing telemetry data – they do anyway.

Smartphones share our data every four and a half minutes, says study

Smartphones share our data every four and a half minutes, says study

He said the devices not only collected data about handset activity, but also about handsets nearby; when a user connects to a wifi network the WiFi MAC addresses of other devices on the network are sent to Apple.

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

An interesting article in the Guardian points out that some parole systems are moving on to a more “humane” version of the ankle bracelet to track people, based on smartphone apps.

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.

IPhone Call Recorder bug gave acess to other people's conversations

IPhone Call Recorder bug gave acess to other people's conversations

By passing the app’s network traffic through a web proxy tool like Burp or Zap, an attacker could insert the phone number of any app user in the recordings request.

How to block ad tracking on your iPhone

How to block ad tracking on your iPhone

However, the page goes on to say that contextual data, such as info about your device, its location, your App Store searches, and what you read on Apple News could be collected.

Security Vulnerability in 'Call Recorder' App Exposed User Conversations

Security Vulnerability in 'Call Recorder' App Exposed User Conversations

A recent report from mobile security firm Zimperium suggested that thousands of iOS apps that use public cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure have improper setups that risk exposing user data.

If the future of privacy is cookieless, what happens to the ad tech industry when third-party cookies go away?

If the future of privacy is cookieless, what happens to the ad tech industry when third-party cookies go away?

And, that history of adjusting to change, is why Tapad is prepared for the cookieless future, Olchovy said: The end of the third-party cookie will certainly lead to more fragmentation in the industry but that's is something we've been dealing with all along.

How Apple's locked down security gives extra protection to the best hackers

How Apple's locked down security gives extra protection to the best hackers

But the 1% of top hackers are going to find a way in and, once they’re inside, the impenetrable fortress of the iPhone protects them.”Bill Marczak, Citizen Lab. Despite these difficulties, Stortz says, modern computers are converging on the lockdown philosophy—and he thinks the trade-off is worth it.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 26, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 26, 2021

Starting in May, WhatsApp users that haven’t accepted the new privacy policy will no longer be able to send or receive messages.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

So Long as You Carry a Cellphone, the Government Can Track You

So Long as You Carry a Cellphone, the Government Can Track You

"[I]t is our understanding that the Carpenter decision concerned historical Cell Site Location Information which is distinct from the opt-in app data available on the Venntel platform," the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently told the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) in response to a query about the use of commercial databases such as Venntel.

WhatsApp will eventually delete your account if you don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp will eventually delete your account if you don’t accept new privacy policy

WhatsApp has confirmed that users that don’t accept their controversial new privacy policy will eventually have their accounts deleted.When the privacy policy was first announced, a flurry of users migrated from WhatsApp to other end-to-end encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram.

WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

Feb 18 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp said on Thursday it will go ahead with its controversial privacy policy update but will allow users to read it at “their own pace” and will also display a banner providing additional information.