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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

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

Apple Employees And Distributors Arrested In China For Selling iPhone User Data On The Black Market

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

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

Hot Anime Selfie App Meitu Denies Claims Of Selling User Data, Points Finger At China Instead

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 Knows A Lot About Your Offline Habits, Buying Third-Party Data To Serve Better Targeted Ads

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

Spotify Says Thanks To Weird 2016 In New Ad Campaign That Shows The Fun Side Of User Data

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

Google Suspended Then Restored Pixel Resellers' Accounts: How To Download Your Google Data Via Takeout In Case You Get Banned

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 Reportedly Getting Rich By Spying On Customers And Selling User Data To The Government

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

Hackers Can Steal Your Data By Recording Keystroke Sounds Over Skype

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

How To Opt Out Of WhatsApp User Data Sharing With Facebook

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

After Germany Attacks, Facebook Pledges To Cooperate With Authorities To Fight Terrorism

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

Government Requests For Google User Data Hit A Record High In 2015

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 Says It Was Not Hacked, But It's Locking Accounts After 32M User Credentials Surfaced Online

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

US Government Wants To Hide Data Demands: Facebook Says 60 Percent Of Requests Had Gag Orders

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 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

Search Alternative DuckDuckGo CEO Says Tracking Is Not Needed To Make Profits: He's Looking At You, Google

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 User Data Requests By Government Rising

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

Whisper gets loud defending its messaging storage policy, claims it doesn't track users

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 Transparency Report is out: Governments across the globe still hungry for user data

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

U.S. government pushed Yahoo to share user data or face $250,000 daily fine: Report

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

Three Facebook privacy setting changes 1.2 bn users must know

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 toughens up encryption to protect user data, announces better version of Messenger

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

Google+ now allows users to see number of profile, photo, and content views

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

Obama lets tech giants disclose a bit more on US user data requests

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

Requests from governments for user data sharply on the rise: Google

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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