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Is Facebook Really Asking For Your Banking Information?

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 Gets New Creepy Feature That Shares Your Phone Battery Status

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 Will Give You Ad-Blocking VPN For $4 A Month

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

That Facebook Patent About Microphones Secretly Listening To You Isn’t What You Think It Is

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

Security Alert: Chromecast, Google Home Bug Leaks Your Location Data, But A Fix Is Coming

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

At Least 60 Device Makers Got Deep Access To Facebook User Data

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

Here’s How To Know What Data Apple Has On You

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

There Will Be No Ads On Facebook Dating App: Why This Matters

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 Officially Shuts Down Over Facebook Data Scandal

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

Facebook Knows Too Much About You, But Google Might Know Even More

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

LinkedIn Bug Could Have Compromised Users' Personal Data, Including Emails And Phone Numbers

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

Here’s How Facebook Collects Your Data Even When You Never Use It

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

Google Play Store Contains Over 3,000 Android Apps For Kids That Improperly Collect Data

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Nope, We’re Not Secretly Listening To Your Conversations

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

Facebook: 87 Million Accounts Compromised By Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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 Will Now Stop Sharing HIV Status Of Users After The Practice Was Exposed

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

Here's How To Check What Facebook Knows About You

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 Apologizes For Data Scandal With Full-Page Newspaper Ads But Admits Something Scary

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

It Just Got Worse: Facebook Has Been Collecting Phone Call, Messaging Data From Android Users

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

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

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