Most companies with voice-enabled products employ supervised learning, in which humans aid in teaching artificial intelligence to better sort and categorize data. In the case of Alexa, that means thousands of workers listening to private voice recordings.
Security April 11, 2019
The investigation Jeff Bezos ordered when The National Enquirer threatened him with private text and photos has concluded that Saudi hacked the Amazon CEO’s phone. No proof yet whether these two are linked, though.
Security April 1, 2019
Facebook reportedly left the passwords of millions of users viewable and searchable by thousands of its own employees. The passwords were not encrypted but instead written in plain text.
Security March 21, 2019
It's time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton. The entrepreneur, who sold the messaging app to Facebook for $19 billion, has been vocal in criticizing the company's policies on privacy and advertising.
Apps/Software March 18, 2019
A cybersecurity firm claims Facebook Messenger had a vulnerability that could reveal who users talked to. The security flaw was eventually fixed by Facebook.
Security March 7, 2019
Facebook is using phone numbers that users submitted for two-factor authentication as a way for them to be searchable on the platform. In response, Facebook said this practice isn’t new.
Security March 5, 2019
Documents reveal that AMI, the parent company of tabloid National Enquirer, has threatened to publish nude photos of Jeff Bezos. But the Amazon CEO isn’t playing its game.
Business Tech February 8, 2019
An investigation by TechCrunch found that a lot of popular iOS apps are secretly recording iPhone users' screens. This method of gathering data known as 'session replaying' may inadvertently expose sensitive information and put them at risk.
Security February 6, 2019
Through its Research VPN app, Facebook has been offering users aged 13 to 35 up to $20 for their data. Here's how to check if your (or your kid's) Android or iOS device is sending info to the company.
Security January 30, 2019
Facebook confirmed that it’s going to pull its data collection app called Facebook Research from iOS. The app remains available for Android users as of this writing.
Security January 30, 2019
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks people distrust Facebook because they don’t understand how it operates. He also clarified that the company doesn’t sell user data to advertisers.
Internet January 26, 2019
Apple is a regular absentee from each CES event. This time, however, it decided to make an appearance by putting up a billboard that mocks Android and its many security issues.
Apple January 7, 2019
Facebook gave major companies access to user data. It was part of partnerships on data collection the company entered into with a number of services, both big and small.
Security December 19, 2018
Quora has been hacked, the company’s CEO just confirmed. Names, email addresses, and passwords, alongside private actions of up to 100 million people have been stolen.
Security December 4, 2018
In an upsetting turn of events, Marriott has confirmed that its guest reservation database has suffered a massive data breach, potentially affecting hundreds of millions of customers. Here’s how to make sure your private information is protected.
Security December 1, 2018
Facebook is not asking for your banking data, contrary to what reports claim. Rather, it’s working with banks to bring banking features over to Messenger via a chatbot.
Security August 7, 2018
Google Maps now shares your battery percentage data to other users. Keep in that mind before telling friends you didn’t respond because you were running out of battery, they’ll know if you’re lying.
Apps/Software August 3, 2018
Verizon’s new Safe Wi-Fi VPN service lets customers protect up to 10 devices with VPN just for $4 a month. However, it’s hard to imagine anyone trusting Verizon again after its many blunders.
Internet July 29, 2018
Facebook just filed a patent that’ll allow it to secretly turn on your mobile phones and listen to you as you’re watching ads. Except that’s not really the case.
Security June 29, 2018
Google will roll out a patch mid-July to fix a serious security issue discovered in Chromecast and Home devices. The vulnerability, which Google initially ignored, lets attackers acquire a user’s precise location data.
Security June 19, 2018
Facebook has reportedly been sharing loads of user data and friends' data with at least 60 device makers over the past decade. Phone and tablet makers often had deep access to that data without any kind of user consent.
Internet June 4, 2018
Apple has launched a privacy website ahead of the GDPR, allowing users in the EU to download all data that Apple has collected on them. Here’s how you can do that.
Apple May 25, 2018
You won’t see ads on Facebook’s online dating service, the company confirms. That’s probably a wise move for a company that’s embroiled in one of the worst data scandals in history.
Apps/Software May 7, 2018
Cambridge Analytica, a key player in Facebook’s series of data scandals, has officially shut down. Employees were reportedly told to pack up and leave their offices immediately.
Security May 4, 2018
The Facebook data scandal rocked the internet world, and many thought that Google was the next in line to be asked data privacy questions. Google may know much more about users than Facebook, making it a bigger security threat.
Security April 23, 2018
A bug in LinkedIn's AutoFill plugin could have allowed attackers to steal user data, including email addresses and phone numbers. LinkedIn says it has now patched the flaw and it didn't find evidence of abuse.
Security April 21, 2018
Facebook explains what kinds of data it collects and how, even from those who don’t actively use the site or don’t have an account at all. The move follows Mark Zuckerberg's recent appearance in front of the Congress.
Security April 17, 2018
Researchers discovered that over 3,000 Android apps for kids on the Google Play Store improperly collect data, including nearly 300 apps that collect location or contact data without parents' permission. Can Google do something about this improper data collection issue?
Security April 16, 2018
Despite what the conspiracy theorists claim, Facebook doesn’t secretly listen to your conversations, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirms. The embattled executive has to do more than deny to rebuild the public’s trust.
Security April 11, 2018
The number of Facebook accounts affected by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal is actually 87 million, as opposed to 50 million. Facebook is introducing a slew of privacy changes to mitigate the fiasco.
Security April 5, 2018
Grindr faced backlash from its users after a research firm discovered that the app was sharing their HIV status data to third-party companies. Grindr defended the practice, but it was clearly at fault in protecting the privacy of its users.
Public Health April 3, 2018
People are concerned about the recent scandal involving Facebook and its subscriber's data. Now, experts shared the steps in finding what user information it has collected throughout the years.
Internet March 27, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page ads in several major newspapers around the world to apologize for the data privacy scandal that has rocked the social network. However, the apology contains a statement that should scare Facebook users.
Security March 26, 2018
Facebook has been collecting SMS and call records all these years, according to Twitter users who noticed so while looking in their Facebook history file. The news comes amid the company’s Cambridge Analytics scandal.
Security March 26, 2018
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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