Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up

Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up

Amazon has said the number of demands for user data made by U.S. federal and local law enforcement have increased more during the first half of 2020 than during the same period a year earlier.

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Universal Clipboard application.

Brazil plans to bring in a “fake news” law, with serious implications for everyone’s privacy, no matter where they live

Brazil plans to bring in a “fake news” law, with serious implications for everyone’s privacy, no matter where they live

Initially, the law would have required “large” social networks and private messaging services – that is, those that offer services in Brazil, and have more than two million users – to identify every account’s user by gathering information derived from national identity cards.

Turkish privacy watchdog launches probe into TikTok

Turkish privacy watchdog launches probe into TikTok

The Personal Data Protection Board (KVKK) has acted on its own motion to open an investigation against TikTok after security flaw reports appeared on media, the authority said in a statement on July 3.

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

Reddit says it’s fixing code in its iOS app that copied clipboard contents

The privacy feature in iOS 14, which is still in a limited beta for developers, has revealed several apps engaging in clipboard copying in recent weeks.

No Cookies, No Problem — Using ETags For User Tracking

No Cookies, No Problem — Using ETags For User Tracking

User requests the same site again → ETag 123 is included in the request → The server checks whether the resource has changed (‘Is the ETag ID still the same?’) → If the ETag has not changed, the server instructs the browser to simply use the site that was delivered and cached on Monday → The resource does not have to be sent again, which saves time and bandwidth.

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook exposed user data to thousands of app developers

Facebook ‘Privacy Matters’ reveals 5000 app developers continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.But in a satirical turn of events, Facebook announced via Privacy Matters that some third-party applications continued to receive previously authorized users’ data after access should have automatically expired.

Search engine startup asks users to be the customer, not the product

Search engine startup asks users to be the customer, not the product

More security-conscious users should also be aware of Neeva's Data Retention policy, which simply states "we store the personal information we receive as described in this Privacy Policy for as long as you use our Services or as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected...

Microsoft Edge imports data without your permission

Microsoft Edge imports data without your permission

Like any browser, the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge asks if you want to import data from another browser during setup.Like other browsers, Microsoft Edge offers people the opportunity to import data during setup.

This Game Is Collecting Your Steam Log Ins For “Marketing Purposes,” But Can’t Ensure Data Security

This Game Is Collecting Your Steam Log Ins For “Marketing Purposes,” But Can’t Ensure Data Security

In fact, most of us don’t even know what personal data many Steam games collect which is why even the most invasive EULA agreements slide right by us.However, NETICTECH cannot ensure or warrant the security of any data against any possible loss or unauthorized access.

The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act shows that politicians still don’t understand encryption

The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act shows that politicians still don’t understand encryption

The government has a long , long history of trying to ban encryption and force tech companies to include encryption backdoors that can be opened by the government; however, they willfully miss the point that such requests are mutually exclusive to their wishes.

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google’s auto-deletion features, by contrast, allow the company to continue to gather user data, and personalise products with it, while reassuring the privacy-conscious that their information will not be stored indefinitely.

Necessary measures to enhance privacy and protect data

Necessary measures to enhance privacy and protect data

Owners of devices equipped with the Apple Mac OS system can restrict ad tracking in the security/privacy range, and verify who receives system diagnostic data, and in the same range also can manage access rights to applications, and access to Internet services can be controlled under the Settings System / Internet Accounts.

New paper warns of Cambridge Analytica type privacy risks in G Suite Marketplace Apps

New paper warns of Cambridge Analytica type privacy risks in G Suite Marketplace Apps

A new research paper presented at IEEE 41 calls attention to the fact that Google Suites App Marketplace – whose apps are able to tap into the powerful Google API to read contacts, emails, calendar, etc – allows unverified apps to ask for and oftentimes receive sensitive user data.

Google faces class action for allegedly tracking private browsing activity

Google faces class action for allegedly tracking private browsing activity

The class action is seeking $5,000 in damages per user, or three times actual damages, whichever is greater for the alleged invasion of privacy and is expected to consist of "millions of individuals".The Arizona attorney-general similarly filed a complaint against Google last week, alleging that the company deceptively tracked users based on various sources of location data.

Apple whistleblower goes public over 'lack of action'

Apple whistleblower goes public over 'lack of action'

Following the revelations of Le Bonniec and his colleagues, Apple promised sweeping changes to its “grading” program, which involved thousands of contractors listening to recordings made, both accidentally and deliberately, using Siri.

Happiness and the "default user"

Happiness and the "default user"

I propose the following question: Is it becoming increasingly difficult to achieve "happiness", in a society where all your habits, search queries, shopping trends, financial state, emotional state, contacts and so on are actively collected and processed for the simple goal of using it against you.

Public support vital to contact tracing apps: Can NHSx provide this?

Public support vital to contact tracing apps: Can NHSx provide this?

Even a newly constructed app using the Apple-Google software API (something NHSx is working on) is unlikely to solve all the issues the app has encountered, and it’s questionable whether new version will incite the public support needed.

India acknowledges, but brushes aside, features-not-bugs in Aarogya Setyu virus contact-tracing app

India acknowledges, but brushes aside, features-not-bugs in Aarogya Setyu virus contact-tracing app

The Indian government has acknowledged “potential security issues” in the Aarogya Setyu contact-tracing app which its opposition labels as a ‘surveillance system with no oversight,’ but says the code issues are not that big a deal.

Quibi is Leaking Emails to Google, Snapchat and Twitter

Quibi is Leaking Emails to Google, Snapchat and Twitter

"In 2020, no new technology organizations should be launching that leaks all-new user-confirmed emails to advertising and analytics companies — yet that’s what Quibi apparently decided to do," wrote Edwards.

Security lapse at India's Jio exposed coronavirus symptom checker results

Security lapse at India's Jio exposed coronavirus symptom checker results

The symptom checker allows anyone to check their symptoms from their phone or Jio's website to see if they may have become infected with COVID-19.But a security lapse exposed one of the symptom checker's core databases to the internet without a password, TechCrunch has found.

GitHub - ddz/whatsapp-media-decrypt: Decrypt WhatsApp encrypted media files

GitHub - ddz/whatsapp-media-decrypt: Decrypt WhatsApp encrypted media files

A recent high-profile forensic investigation reported that “due to end-to-end encryption employed by WhatsApp, it is virtually impossible to decrypt the contents of the downloader [.enc file] to determine if it contained any malicious code in addition to the delivered video.”.

Twitter jams open a back door to track your phone – which may already be in use by the government

Twitter jams open a back door to track your phone – which may already be in use by the government

The US government was reportedly already slurping up location data on millions of Americans through mobile advertisers – the same companies that are benefiting from Twitter’s new “always-on” mobile data sharing policy – even while it was meeting with Twitter and other social media platforms to gain access to their own treasure troves of user information, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited several individuals involved in the surveillance project.

This Smart Toilet Will Know You by the Shape of Your Asshole​

This Smart Toilet Will Know You by the Shape of Your Asshole​

Stanford researchers have created the panopticon of looking up your own ass, with a "smart toilet" that monitors your health by analyzing your stool, urine, and the timing of both, using four cameras and an array of sensors and identification systems.

Zoom is Leaking Peoples' Email Addresses and Photos to Strangers

Zoom is Leaking Peoples' Email Addresses and Photos to Strangers

The issue lies in Zoom's "Company Directory" setting, which automatically adds other people to a user's lists of contacts if they signed up with an email address that shares the same domain.

Coursicle  -  Loginless – A New Standard for User Identification

Coursicle - Loginless – A New Standard for User Identification

Option D (most convenient): if the user has ever provided us with their email or phone number, they can re-enter that PII and we'll send them a link they can use to associate their device with their UUID.

Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account

Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account

What the company and its privacy policy don't make clear is that the iOS version of the Zoom app is sending some analytics data to Facebook, even if Zoom users don't have a Facebook account, according to a Motherboard analysis of the app.

TikTok and other popular iOS apps are spying on your iPhone clipboard

TikTok and other popular iOS apps are spying on your iPhone clipboard

App developers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry recently published their research uncovering a major vulnerability with the cut-copy-paste feature on Apple iOS devices.The two developers found that Apple provides apps with the ability to read data stored in the system’s clipboard, officially called Pasteboard on iOS devices.

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

Whisper app exposes intimate secrets of nearly a billion users

An investigation by The Washington Post, however, has revealed that Whisper left the information of nearly 900 million users exposed to anyone that wanted to view it, located in a database that wasn’t password protected and was accessible by the public.

AT&T’s Ad Exchange is Overrun With Data Stealing Malware

AT&T’s Ad Exchange is Overrun With Data Stealing Malware

In the end, I analyzed about 10,000 web sessions, and found that nearly 2 out of every 100 ads from AppNexus are infected by malicious code .This is nearly double the average rate of malvertising for other ad networks, which ranges from 0.5 - 1%, depending on the source.