Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts

Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts

Text messages sent by Telsolutions Ltd on behalf of a dozen local authorities contained shortlinks to webpages urging council tax defaulters to pay up – and in a dozen cases seen by The Register there was little or no authentication protecting personal data from prying eyes.

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.

Ex-Google Employees Build New Search Engine

Ex-Google Employees Build New Search Engine

Neeva isn’t saying that it doesn’t collect any information when it talks about user privacy; it says that you can trust it to keep your data safe and not pass it on to advertisers or third parties.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 5, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 5, 2021

A group of researchers from universities in Germany and the United States have done a privacy study on Alexa Skills.Read more: https://therecord.media/first-fully-weaponized-spectre-exploit-discovered-online/.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Congressional hearing investigates role of cryptocurrencies in domestic terrorism financing

Congressional hearing investigates role of cryptocurrencies in domestic terrorism financing

A recent Congressional hearing held by the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy sought to examine the use of cryptocurrencies in financing domestic terrorism such as the Capitol Insurrection as well as the way privacy rights make investigations harder.

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk

Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk

Police forces across the U.S. made more than 20,000 requests last year for footage captured by Ring's "video doorbells" and other home-security cameras, underscoring how the rapid growth of inexpensive home surveillance technologyhas given American law enforcement an unprecedented ability to monitor neighborhood life.

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

Privacy faces risks in tech-infused post-Covid workplace

People returning to work following the long pandemic will find an array of tech-infused gadgetry to improve workplace safety but which could pose risks for long-term personal and medical privacy.

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.

Leak exposes CPF of 220 million Brazilians

Leak exposes CPF of 220 million Brazilians

The dfndr lab, a research laboratory for security of PSafe, identified on Tuesday (19) a leak in a database that exposed personal information 220 million people - practically the entire population of Brazil.

Amazon’s Ring now reportedly partners with more than 2,000 US police and fire departments

Amazon’s Ring now reportedly partners with more than 2,000 US police and fire departments

All but two US states — Montana and Wyoming— now have police or fire departments participating in Amazon’s Ring network, which lets law enforcement ask users for footage from their Ring security cameras to assist with investigations, the Financial Times reported, Figures from Ring show more than 1,189 departments joined the program in 2020 for a total of 2,014.

Businesses Can’t Afford to Lose Trust in the Encrypted Economy, and Neither Can You

Businesses Can’t Afford to Lose Trust in the Encrypted Economy, and Neither Can You

As the co-founder of an end-to-end encrypted cloud service, I am deeply concerned at how demands for access to encrypted data will affect the security of thousands of businesses and the millions of clients who rely on them in the EU and worldwide.

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.

Ring adds end-to-end video encryption to its doorbells and security cameras at CES 2021

Ring adds end-to-end video encryption to its doorbells and security cameras at CES 2021

Ring has updated its policies since, including making privacy and security settings more accessible via a Control Center dashboard and introducing mandatory two-factor authentication.Customers using Ring's end-to-end encryption feature would need to decrypt the video before sharing it with police.

Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting in Unsealed Remarks

Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting in Unsealed Remarks

The documents feature internal Facebook communications in which managers appear to admit to major flaws in ad targeting capabilities, including that ads reached the intended audience less than half of the time they were shown and that data behind a targeting criterion was “all crap.” Facebook says the material is presented out of context.

Dozens sue Amazon's Ring after camera hack leads to threats and racial slurs

Dozens sue Amazon's Ring after camera hack leads to threats and racial slurs

A new class action lawsuit, which combines a number of cases filed in recent years, alleges that lax security measures at Ring, which is owned by Amazon, allowed hackers to take over their devices.

The pandemic has taken surveillance of workers to the next level

The pandemic has taken surveillance of workers to the next level

Monitoring what people are doing is not the same thing as measuring their work output.

College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software

College Students Are Learning Hard Lessons About Anti-Cheating Software

Molina didn’t think much of the company until he started using its monitoring software for a business administration course over the summer and his webcam became a device to observe, record and study him during an exam.

The ones who brought you Let's Encrypt, bring you: Tools for gathering anonymized app usage metrics from netizens

The ones who brought you Let's Encrypt, bring you: Tools for gathering anonymized app usage metrics from netizens

The Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) has a plan to allow companies to collect information about how people are using their products while protecting the privacy of those generating the data.

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

Hawley Reveals Existence of Coordination Tool Used By Big Tech Firms to Censor Users & Facebook Tool to Covertly Track Users Across Internet

Hawley Reveals Existence of Coordination Tool Used By Big Tech Firms to Censor Users & Facebook Tool to Covertly Track Users Across Internet

Senator Hawley also revealed an internal tool used by Facebook to track the actions of users across the internet that was previously believed to be private.Senator Hawley questioned the CEOs on whether Facebook used the Tasks platform to coordinate in their censorship of users.

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Exam surveillance software sparks global student revolt

Khan began to suspect that it was his dark skin tone that rattled Examplify, a test proctoring platform adopted by New York state's law exams board during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This AI automagically creates fake faces for privacy-safe photo sharing

This AI automagically creates fake faces for privacy-safe photo sharing

John Koetsier: So, a couple questions that come up — and we’re going to get into the questions around I want to share pictures of myself, maybe my family, or something like that, and I want to do that in a privacy safe way.

Why Are There So Many Data Breaches?

Why Are There So Many Data Breaches?

Object Stores have many uses such as:Providing a location for the upload or download of dataStore process inputs, outputs, temporary and data filesStoring, transcoding and playing audiovisual mediaStoring data backupsStoring website contentHosting static websitesTwo of the largest cloud Object Store services are Azure Storage and AWS S3.What security options are available.

ISPs Are Monitoring IPTV Pirates' Activities, Court Documents Reveal * TorrentFreak

ISPs Are Monitoring IPTV Pirates' Activities, Court Documents Reveal * TorrentFreak

Users of pirate IPTV services in the UK and Ireland are most likely being monitored by one or more major ISPs. Secret traffic analysis, provided to the High Court in a recent blocking case involving UEFA, reveals that studies were carried out in connection with Sky which determined many subscribers were accessing pirate IPTV platforms via the ISP.Blocking of regular piracy websites has been a feature of anti-piracy enforcement in Europe for almost 15 years.

Auckland University's 'bizarre' files on students' social media posts

Auckland University's 'bizarre' files on students' social media posts

A University of Auckland statement sent to Craccum said: "We know that students communicate about and respond to issues via social media and looking at what is being posted is one of the ways that the university listens to the student voice and gets a sense of the student sentiment in real time.

Urbit for Normies

Urbit for Normies

Inside will be a super clean interface with all the functionality you might want from your computer, in one place and with one login (think document creation, email, social media access, accounting) — but it will run on your virtual Urbit computer, so it will be safe from corporate prying and data leaks, available on any device, and all inside one simple interface.

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech

Che-Hsuan Cheng, a doctoral student in material science and engineering in Deotare’s group and the first author on the study in Advanced Optical Materials, is most interested in its application as self-erasing invisible ink for sending secret messages.

Ring's new tiny drone can autonomously fly around your home and send alerts if it detects intruders, fire, or emergencies while you're away

Ring's new tiny drone can autonomously fly around your home and send alerts if it detects intruders, fire, or emergencies while you're away

Amazon's Ring on Thursday announced a new smart home security camera called the Always Home Cam. It's a tiny drone that can fly around the house when you're away, following a path you set.

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house

In an interview ahead of the announcement, he said the company has spent the past two years on focused development of the device, and that it is an “obvious product that is very hard to build.” Thanks to advancements in drone technology, the company is able to make a product like this and have it work as desired.

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

image copyrightMind The Gap. image captionThe app sends a notification if you are too close to your colleaguesAlthough many contact-tracing apps have found it hard to accurately detect distances with Bluetooth, Hack Partners says the combination of the technology with audio measuring, gives an accuracy of between 6-8cm.