Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

Florida governor bans Covid-19 'vaccine passports'

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports "Individual Covid-19 vaccination records are private health information and should not be shared by a mandate," DeSantis' executive order reads.

Firefox 87 trims HTTP Referrers by default to protect user privacy

Firefox 87 trims HTTP Referrers by default to protect user privacy

However, if a website does not set any kind of referrer policy, then web browsers have traditionally defaulted to using a policy of ‘no-referrer-when-downgrade’, which trims the referrer when navigating to a less secure destination (e.g., navigating from https: to http:) but otherwise sends the full URL including path , and query information of the originating document as the referrer.

How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you

How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you

In a new paper being presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency conference next week, researchers including PhD students Nicholas Vincent and Hanlin Li propose three ways the public can exploit this to their advantage: Data strikes , inspired by the idea of labor strikes, which involve withholding or deleting your data so a tech firm cannot use it—leaving a platform or installing privacy tools, for instance.

A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

He was a special adviser to the Federal Trade Commission in 2011 and 2012 and then joined the National Economic Council to work on competition policy during the Obama administration, which was known for its kid-glove treatment of tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon.

WhatsApp Help Center - We’re updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

WhatsApp Help Center - We’re updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

We are making changes to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy that relate to messaging between businesses and their customers on WhatsApp. We are also providing more information about how we collect, share, and use data.

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.

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

WhatsApp users who don't agree to the new terms and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will have their accounts deleted eventually.WhatsApp users who don't agree to the new terms and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will have their accounts deleted eventually.

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.

Apple Vs Facebook Who Will Win The Data Privacy War?

Apple Vs Facebook Who Will Win The Data Privacy War?

Two of the world’s biggest technology companies, Apple and Facebook, are taking very different approaches to user privacy, and their decisions are having ripple effects throughout the tech community.

TikTok hit with consumer law breaches complaints across Europe

TikTok hit with consumer law breaches complaints across Europe

It said the company’s virtual item policy where users can purchase coins to use for virtual gifts for TikTok celebrities whose performance they like, contains unfair terms and misleading practices.“TikTok fails to protect children and teenagers from hidden advertising and potentially harmful content on its platform,” BEUC said.

Google to Stop Collecting Advertising Identifiers in iOS Apps in Response to iOS 14's Upcoming Tracking Prompt

Google to Stop Collecting Advertising Identifiers in iOS Apps in Response to iOS 14's Upcoming Tracking Prompt

In a blog post, Google said that app developers may see a "significant impact" to their Google ad revenue on iOS after Apple's new policy takes effect: Apple's ATT changes will reduce visibility into key metrics that show how ads drive conversions (like app installs and sales) and will affect how advertisers value and bid on ad impressions.

Poll: Would you buy a Huawei phone again if Google support returns?

Poll: Would you buy a Huawei phone again if Google support returns?

This means that phones like the Huawei P40 series and Mate 40 line lack Google Play Services, the Google Play Store, and a host of other Google apps.

WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

The shift to more privacy-focused messaging apps had been building before WhatsApp’s public relations disaster, Ghodrati said.Apps like Signal, Telegram, Wickr, and WhatsApp offer privacy features ranging from end-to-end encrypted data transfer to ‘self-destructing messages’.”.

Neeva Search Engine by Two IIT Alumni Hopes to Take on Google by Ensuring Ad-Free Results, More Privacy

Neeva Search Engine by Two IIT Alumni Hopes to Take on Google by Ensuring Ad-Free Results, More Privacy

Although there are some alternatives to Google Search such as DuckDuckGo, which also promises data safety, Neeva hopes to provide a tailor-made search experience specifically for the end-user.

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Machine learning algorithms on these social media platforms are doing two tasks: displaying advertisements based on the user’s behavior and saving the user’s time by automatically doing what the user expects to do.

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc-owned messenger.

Overthinking Data Privacy on Social Media

Overthinking Data Privacy on Social Media

Instead, they will feed your data to machine learning algorithms to offer you a good service and also to display personalized advertisements on linked platforms.

Skype say: we respects your privacy. We are committed to keeping your personal data private

Skype say: we respects your privacy. We are committed to keeping your personal data private

For several days now, WhatsApp users have been invited to accept a new condition for using the instant messaging service: the company explains that from February 8, data will be shared with Facebook, otherwise the service will be inaccessible.

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

Singapore changes the rules and will now use COVID-19 contact-tracing app data in criminal cases

The Singapore government has decided to use data gathered by its TraceTogether COVID-19-coronavirus contact-tracing app in criminal investigations.Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan by saying that Singapore’s Criminal Procedure Code means its Police can obtain any data for criminal investigations, including data gathered by TraceTogether.

Google told its scientists to 'strike a positive tone' in AI research - documents

Google told its scientists to 'strike a positive tone' in AI research - documents

A senior Google manager reviewing a study on content recommendation technology shortly before publication this summer told authors to “take great care to strike a positive tone,” according to internal correspondence read to Reuters.

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

As noted by some users today and now confirmed by 9to5Mac, Facebook is now promoting banners on some of its iOS apps, once again criticizing Apple for the changes in App Store privacy guidelines.

Apple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig Federighi

Apple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig Federighi

Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi has warned developers to "play by the rules" as they relate to Apple's upcoming anti-tracking policy for iOS 14, or their apps could be removed from the App Store.

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

First there’s Trump himself, whose attacks on Chinese tech companies appear to be part of a broader strategy aimed at getting a better trade deal out of China.

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

Streetlight Spy Cameras Have Led to a Massive Privacy Backlash in San Diego

The so-called "smart streetlights" were originally approved as an initiative to monitor and mitigate traffic, but quietly became a crime-solving tool for local police and faced public outcry from privacy-concerned residents.Last week, the San Diego city council unanimously passed two privacy ordinances aimed at providing transparency into the use of surveillance tech by police.

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

Google Photos will end its free unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021

After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used.

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

An equivalent technical interoperability requirement for the largest social media and messaging platforms would enable interconnection between very large services (such as Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram) and services run by other organisations and even individuals that wish to.

Trump could be banned from Twitter after he leaves office, company's rules indicate

Trump could be banned from Twitter after he leaves office, company's rules indicate

Donald Trump could be removed from after he leaves office if he continues to break the platform’s rules, according to Twitter’s policy regarding public figures.

49% Facebook Employees Don’t Believe It Had Positive Impact On World

49% Facebook Employees Don’t Believe It Had Positive Impact On World

Coming to the internal survey, the findings say that “workers felt strained by office shutdowns and were continuing to lose faith that the company was improving the world.” Only 51% of Facebook employees believe that the company is making a positive impact on the world.

Readup Has the World's Best Privacy Policy

Readup Has the World's Best Privacy Policy

With this blog post, I have two objectives: (1) To encourage you to actually read our new Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and (2) To make the case that the best privacy policy is the most humane privacy policy, and that no organization has a more humane privacy policy than Readup.

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

The 4th industrial revolution, the Great Reset and Covid-19

If the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan did indeed start during the Military World Games, what are the odds that on that very same day a global pandemic exercise is co-organized by the World Economic Forum?