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
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
Chinese authorities have arrested 22 Apple employees and distributors for allegedly stealing iPhone user data and selling it on the black market. The individuals reportedly got the data from an internal Apple database they had access to.
Security June 8, 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
Viral selfie app Meitu, which turns users into anime characters, recently went under fire for extensive data collection. The company defends its practices and says it's not selling user data, but here's the deal.
Apps/Software January 21, 2017
Facebook has been steadily purchasing user data from third-party data brokers, including information such as household income estimates, shopping habits, and more to serve better targeted ads. Opting out is not impossible, but it's rather cumbersome.
Internet December 31, 2016
The latest advertising campaign of Spotify says thanks to a weird 2016 by revealing interesting and strange listening habits of users. "Dear person who played 'Sorry' 42 times on Valentine's Day, what did you do?" one of the billboards says.
Internet November 30, 2016
Can you imagine a world without Google services? If you can't, here's a detailed guide on how to back up your data with Google Takeout, in case Google includes you in its recent account suspension spree.
Google November 19, 2016
AT&T has reportedly been mining user data for profit as part of project 'Hemisphere.' The carrier apparently gave law enforcement access to customer data even without warrants, as long as they paid up and stayed quiet.
Security October 27, 2016
Users who get into Skype voice calls and type simultaneously were proven to be at risk by security researchers. A recent study from cybersecurity experts shows that hackers can determine user data based on sound alone.
Security October 22, 2016
WhatsApp will begin sharing its user data with parent company Facebook to help the social network build better targeted ads. Tech Times shows you how to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp personal info with Facebook.
Apps/Software August 25, 2016
Facebook has denied allegations of being reluctant in complying with German authorities' requests for user data, arguing that many requests were in fact poorly formulated. Nevertheless, the social network pledges to cooperate and help authorities fight terrorism.
Security August 8, 2016
Google released its latest transparency report, and it reveals that governments have requested more user data in the second half of 2015 than in any time period so far.
Google July 19, 2016
Twitter faced new allegations of being hacked, but multiple sources indicated that the rumor was false. The platform catered to its users' credential safety and urged them to take additional security measures.
Security June 10, 2016
On its latest Global Government Requests Report that covers the second half of 2015, Facebook says that government requests for user data had increased by 13 percent. Of the data requests coming from the U.S. government, 60 percent contained a gag order.
Security April 29, 2016
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
DuckGoGo's CEO has taken potshots at Google and said that unlike the latter, it did not track user data to generate profits. The search alternative claims it is profitable despite not tracking users unlike Google.
Internet October 11, 2015
Facebook has released its government transparency report for the second half of 2014, showing that requests by world governments for user data are rising.
Internet March 17, 2015
Anonymous messaging app Whisper is accused of retaining users' deleted messages. The accusatory report also says Whisper feeds user data to researchers and stalks individuals it believes to be prominent figures.
Apps/Software October 16, 2014
Google's latest Transparency Report shows a 15 percent increase in information demand by governments in H1 2014 when compared to H2 2013. The report's data revelation is reflective that governments all over the globe are hankering for user information.
Internet September 16, 2014
Yahoo reveals that it was forced to reveal classified user data to the U.S. government or pay huge fines. In 2007, Yahoo was asked to release user data under the pretext of national security.
Business September 12, 2014
The privacy setting of Facebook is ever-changing, with the company preparing more privacy tweaks to give users further control on who can see which posts. Get to know what are these and equip your account with the right settings.
Internet April 9, 2014
Yahoo has finally beefed up its security, which makes all their sites now more security-friendly. Learn more of the security measures coming up.
Apps/Software April 3, 2014
Users, heads up! Google+ has added a new feature that lets you and your visitors see your profile and content views -- with a small disclaimer included.
Internet April 1, 2014
The U.S. government has allowed technology and telecommunication firms to broadly disclose the number of national security letters and requests for information from FISC.
Society January 29, 2014
Google noted that the governments' requests for user information have increased by more than 100% compared to the requests made in 2010.
Society November 14, 2013
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