Tag: Data Privacy

Smart TVs Are Vulnerable To Hackers And Collect Too Much Data, Consumer Reports Says

An investigation by Consumer Reports revealed that smart TVs by Samsung and Roku carry easy-to-find flaws that hackers can exploit. The study also found that the internet-connected appliances may be collecting too much information from its viewers.

Smart Home February 8, 2018

After Widespread Outcry, OnePlus Pledges To Let Users Opt Out Of Data Collection

OnePlus has addressed its controversial data collection program after it was found to be pulling sensitive information from users, such as MAC addresses and phone numbers. OnePlus plans to make users more aware that they can opt out of the program.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 16, 2017

Google DeepMind Medical Trial Violated UK Privacy Law

A top privacy watchdog has revealed that the Royal Free NHS Trust broke UK law when it shared patient health records with Google DeepMind. The data was used in a medical trial involving the artificial intelligence division in 2015.

July 5, 2017

Comcast Clears The Air Over Sale Of Customers' Browsing History

Comcast has cleared the air over the controversy surrounding sale of customers' browsing histories. The company affirmed it would not share sensitive web data without opt-in consent from consumers.

Internet April 1, 2017

Pornhub, YouPorn Promise Increased Internet Security Amid Congress Privacy Protection Repeal

Both Pornhub and YouPorn have beefed up their internet privacy protection with HTTPS encryption. The switch comes at a time of mounting outrage against the recent repeal of internet privacy rules the FCC set last year.

Security April 1, 2017

Congress Repeals Internet Privacy Rules: ISPs Can Now Sell Your Data Without User Permission

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal privacy rules passed by the FCC last year. The rollback will introduce the right of internet service providers to sell internet browsing data sans any permission or consent from consumers.

Internet March 29, 2017

Sex Toy Company Settles Lawsuit For $3.75 Million Over Tracking Usage Of ‘Smart’ Vibrators

A sex toy company has settled a lawsuit which alleged that its smart vibrators were used to college usage data. The company will be required to destroy all collected data under the terms of the settlement.

Business Tech March 15, 2017

World Wide Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee: To Save The Web, These Three Things Must Be Changed

The inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, has outlined three primary trends that threaten his original vision of an open web. He has also suggested ways in which to combat them.

Internet March 12, 2017

Amazon Hands Over Alexa Recordings To The Police After 'OK' From Murder Suspect

Amazon has decided to back down on its free speech argument, handing over Alexa recordings to U.S. police to aid a murder trial. It remains to be seen, however, if there’s any evidence be lifted from the data.

Business Tech March 8, 2017

FCC Chair Moves To Halt Broadband Privacy And Data Protection Rules Passed In October

The FCC plans to halt the implementation of a data security rule that compels ISPs to protect consumer data. Ajit Pai, current FCC chairman, plants to prevent the data security obligations from taking effect on March 2.

Internet February 24, 2017

EU Watchdogs Still Concerned For Windows 10 User Privacy After Changes By Microsoft In Creators Update

Despite the changes that Microsoft will implement in the upcoming Creators Update, authorities in the European Union are still concerned for the data privacy of Windows 10 users. Apparently, the additional measures are not enough.

Microsoft February 21, 2017

US House Passes Email Privacy Act: Requires Warrant Before Authorities Can Probe Your Emails

The U.S. House passed the Email Privacy Act Monday, which seeks to modernize an age-old an online privacy law permitting probes sans warrants for some emails. It remains to be seen whether the bill stalls in the Senate.

Security February 7, 2017

Here's How To Use The Amazon Echo Kill Switch

The popularity of Amazon Echo has raised some privacy concerns because of the device's ability to listen and record everything. Here's how you can shut down the device verbally if you want to keep something in private.

Smart Home January 22, 2017

Europe Wants Facebook, Google, WhatsApp And Others To Implement Stricter Privacy Rules Like Telcos

The European Commission wants Facebook, Google, WhatsApp and other online services and apps to play by the same privacy rules governing telcos. The EC has submitted a new proposal in this regard, aiming to 'complete the EU data protection framework.'

Internet January 11, 2017

Evernote Updates Privacy Policy, Lets Employees Read Users' Notes: You Can't Opt Out Of It Either

Evernote has recently updated its privacy policy that lets its employees look at user data, a prospect that has caused outrage among its users. The new policies take effect Jan. 23, 2017.

Apps/Software December 14, 2016

Facebook Pauses WhatsApp Data Sharing In Europe Following Serious Concerns Raised By Privacy Watchdogs

Facebook has finally given in to pressure from data protection watchdogs in Europe and has paused the collection of WhatsApp user data after the latter raised 'serious concerns' in October.

Business Tech November 17, 2016

[UPDATED] Entry-Level US Android Phones Are Secretly Sending Text Messages, Call Log Data To China Every 72 Hours: Report

It has been found that some entry-level Android smartphones are actively collecting sensitive information without consent from the user. The information is sent to a third-party firmware company in China, reports state.

Security November 16, 2016

EU Watchdog Tells Facebook To Stay Off WhatsApp Data

EU regulators want tech companies to pay close attention to the privacy of their customers, and they're probing WhatsApp's and Yahoo’s handling of the matter. The first hearings are scheduled for November.

Security October 29, 2016

Windows 10 Privacy Boosting Tips: Four Settings To Turn Off For Maximum Privacy

Windows 10 came with a slew of great features paired with privacy issues. We listed four main tips that should assure Microsoft only gets very little user data off your back.

Microsoft October 14, 2016

Privacy Groups Prepare To File Complaint Over WhatsApp Sharing Data To Facebook

WhatsApp and Facebook's plan with their user's data has drawn the anger of privacy groups who are now readying to fight back. The group Electronic Privacy Information Center has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission.

Apps/Software August 27, 2016

House Unanimously Passes Bill To Prevent Government Agents From Reading Old Emails

The House unanimously passed a bill, the Email Privacy Act (EPA) or H.R. 699 . The bill regulates the release of important communications and texts stored online.

Business Tech April 28, 2016

UK Spying On Millions Of People: Privacy International Posts Massive Document Trove Revealing 'Bulk Personal Datasets'

Privacy International revealed that the British government uses 'bulk personal databases' to spy on a large number of citizens. Leaked internal documents from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ show that the trend is worrisomely widespread.

Internet April 22, 2016

Google Wants Chrome Apps, Extensions To Be More Transparent With User Data Collection

Google's newly upgraded User Data Policy for the Chrome Web Store improves the security and privacy offerings for users. The upgraded policy requires apps and extensions to be more transparent with user data collection.

Apps/Software April 18, 2016

Security Researchers Give You A Good Reason Not To Use Shortened URLs

Two Cornell Tech security researchers released their findings on how confidential information for both companies and people become exposed to vulnerabilities when they resort to shortened URLs of six characters.

Apps/Software April 17, 2016

European Parliament Votes New Data Protection Laws, Now Stricter: What Does This Mean For Consumers?

The European Parliament approved new data protection rules aimed at giving private citizens more control on data sharing and increase the accountability of companies that are bound by such rules. The new law is expected to be adopted within the national law of all member states.

Internet April 16, 2016

Uber Transparency Report Reveals Information Of 14 Million Users Shared With The Government

Uber has released its first Transparency Report. It shows that the company, though grudgingly, had shared with the U.S. regulators and state law enforcement the details of more than 14 million drivers and users.

Business April 14, 2016

FBI Might Still Need Apple After Help From Israeli Firm Doesn't Unlock iPhone

The FBI is reportedly getting some help from an Israeli forensics solutions firm, but might still need help from Apple since the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone remains locked.

Legal March 24, 2016

Apple's Latest iOS 9.3 Lets You Password-Protect Your Notes: Here's How To Do It

Apple formally unwrapped its new iOS 9.3 OS version and some cool new features are in the mix. Among the highlights, iOS 9.3 now lets you protect your sensitive Notes with passwords and Touch ID.

Apps/Software March 22, 2016

Tim Cook Vows To Protect Customer Data From The FBI During iPhone SE Event

Apple's CEO Tim Cook opened the iPhone SE event by commenting on the FBI court case, saying he vows to protect customer data.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 21, 2016

French Data Protection Authority Gives Facebook Three Months To Stop Tracking Users Without Consent

Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, the French authority for digital privacy, warned Facebook to change its practices. Facebook was repeatedly accused of collecting and using sensitive user data, even of people who do not own a Facebook account.

Internet February 9, 2016

Ashley Madison Gained 4 Million New Members Despite Hack That Exposed Millions Of Cheaters

The Ashley Madison data breach was one of the biggest hacks of 2015, but the adultery site apparently keeps growing despite the fiasco. More than four million members have apparently joined Ashley Madison since the hack.

Internet December 30, 2015

Top Apps To Keep Your Private Photos Safe And Secret: KeepSafe, Gallery Lock Lite And More

With better cameras on smartphones came a flood of spontaneous pictures and videos that captured users at their best… and worst. We compiled a list of best iOS and Android apps to help you secure the pleasurable or painful visual evidence.

Apps/Software December 29, 2015

BlackBerry CEO Slams Apple Over Encryption And Data Privacy Practices

BlackBerry CEO John Chen tackled data privacy, protection and encryption in a new missive, criticizing rivals such as Apple for their practices. We're in a 'dark place' when companies put more value on their brand than on justice, Chen highlighted.

Apps/Software December 18, 2015

Microsoft Partners With Deutsche Telekom For Germany Data Centers To Fend Off U.S. Spying

Microsoft announced that it will open new data centers in Germany in late 2016, in a bid to protect consumers' digital information from U.S. government surveillance. Deutsche Telekom is the German data trustee in charge of controlling and overseeing access to customer data.

Business November 11, 2015

You Can Make Your 'Do Not Track' Requests, But Websites Ignore Them And The FCC Does Nothing

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) denied a request filed by a privacy advocacy organization. Consumer Watchdog asked the regulator to force web sites and advertisers to honor 'Do Not Track' requests, but the FCC refused.

Internet November 9, 2015

BlackBerry Priv Review Roundup: What Do Experts Think Of The First BlackBerry Android Smartphone?

BlackBerry Priv reviews showed that packing an Android OS and a QWERTY keyboard into a BlackBerry phone was a rather good idea. The Priv’s specs recommend it as a business device with a solid battery life and reliable security features.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 7, 2015

Max Schrems, European Law Student, Is Winning Against Facebook In A Data Privacy Case

A new ruling from the European Union could prompt U.S. tech companies to restructure the way they handle their European operations in terms of privacy practices. Max Schrems is hopeful that the new ruling could reach an online privacy milestone.

Legal October 20, 2015

Pakistan Bans BlackBerry Enterprise Services Due To Security Concerns

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ordered that all mobile service providers block customer access to BlackBerry Enterprise Services, which establishes secure networks the government can’t monitor, by Nov. 30.

Internet July 27, 2015

Who Has Your Back? EFF Gives Apple, Adobe, Yahoo, And Dropbox Perfect Scores On Protecting Your Data

The fifth annual 'Who Has Your Back' EFF report praises Apple and eight other companies for their practices and policies to protect user data. The latest report included stricter criteria, but these compaies obtained perfect scores.

Internet June 19, 2015

France Orders Google To Expand 'Right To Be Forgotten' Globally

French regulators have ordered Google to expand its removal of information about European citizens under the 'right to be forgotten' rule globally. Google argues this would let France set a precedent in creating international Internet laws.

Legal June 12, 2015

Facebook Blames A Bug For Tracking Nonusers And Denies Breaching EU Privacy Laws

Facebook's policies get ripped in a new report commissioned by a watchdog in Belgium. The social networking site fires back, pointing to a bug to explain one of the issues.

Internet April 10, 2015

FREAK: The Newly Discovered Web Vulnerability That Poses Threat To Android, Apple Users

A U.S. encryption mandate from the 1990s has come full circle to prove that weak encryption is not something any government should make a requirement. The vulnerability undermines a major 'secure' icon consumers have long trusted.

Internet March 4, 2015

White House Outs Draft Of Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights: Here's Why Not Everyone Is Satisfied

A discussion draft of a bill that aims to provide consumers with more control on the data being collected about them is met with widespread criticism.

Internet March 1, 2015

Uber: Security Breach Left Personal Data Of 50,000 Drivers Compromised -- But Don't Panic

The ride-sharing service claims hacked data has not been used for any nefarious reason but is urging drivers, whose information was accessed by an unauthorized party, to monitor their credit reports.

Business February 28, 2015

Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone with Secret iFeature Allows Government to Spy on You

Infamous former NSA contractor Edward Snowden thinks that Apple's iPhone has "special software" that authorities can activate remotely to be able to gather information about the user.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 24, 2015

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