Don’t trust Facebook’s shifting line on controversy
 Would you tell Facebook you’re happy to see all the bared flesh it can show you? And that the more gratuitous violence it pumps into your News Feed the better? Read More ...
EU still unhappy with Windows 10 data collection, despite changes
Microsoft's announced changes to Windows 10 privacy policies around enough for the European Union (EU), which has let the company know that it's not doing enough to inform users of what data is collected, and why. The post EU still unhappy with Windows 10 data collection, despite changes appeared first on Digital Trends....
The court system should know as much about electronically stored information as does your teenager
 Devices that compile, analyze and store electronic information are everywhere. Known as the Internet of Things, the number of devices connected to the internet is already double the number of humans on earth. Electronically stored info from smart appliances, home security systems, fitness trackers and personal assistants are compiling a mass of info that is making its way into U.S. courts. Read More ...
Windows 10 privacy settings still worrying European watchdogs
 European Union data protection authorities continue to have privacy-related concerns about Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, despite the company making some tweaks to privacy settings for users of the OS after criticism and concerns were raised last year. Read More ...
Legislation to stop U.S. border agents from demanding passwords and logins is on the way
 Privacy advocates aren’t happy with proposals for enhanced digital prying at U.S. borders, and now that issue could be taken up in the Senate. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden called for accountability around reports that U.S. Customs and Border agents are obtaining the passwords to locked devices that belong to detainees at the border. Read More ...
Learn how to design for privacy and security from Facebook’s Benjamin Strahs
 Freshly-launched startups don’t often have the funding for a fully formed security team, but a data breach or a privacy overreach can be deadly for a new company. That’s why Facebook security engineer Benjamin Strahs is joining TechCrunch at our D.C. meetup and pitch-off this week: he’ll offer advice to founders about how to bootstrap a secure culture at their companies.… Read More ...
Mark Zuckerberg warns against reversal of global thinking; wants Facebook to be “social infrastructure”
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out a vision on Thursday of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company’s platform could be the “social infrastructure” for the globe. In a 5,700-word manifesto, Zuckerberg, founder of the world’s largest social network, quoted Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. president during the country’s 19th century Civil War known for his eloquence, and offered a philosoph...
Signal encrypted chat app adds video calls, iOS users beware
At the height of the great Snowden whistleblowing phase of history, highly secure and encrypted messaging services became en vogue. While some of that has died down, a notable few like Signal remain. Developed by Open Whisper Systems, which also developers the Signal protocol now used by Whatsapp for encryption, the Signal app started out as a simple, text-based chat … Continue reading...
ACLU calls for tech firms to lobby for surveillance reform
 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has put out a fresh call for tech companies to push for reform of the surveillance regime in the U.S., warning of the added urgency given new U.S. President Donald Trump — who has already been demonstrably hostile to foreigners’ privacy rights in his first few days in office Read More ...
Attack of the apps
 Mobile surveillance by ad-sponsored smartphone apps is intrusive and creepy — and it can easily compromise your enterprise’s data. Read More ...
Messaging app Wire now has an external audit of its e2e crypto
 Encrypted messaging app Wire has now published an external audit of its crypto protocol, Proteus, and the implementation of the protocol across its various apps. Read More ...
Legal challenge to Facebook EU-US data transfer mechanism kicks off in Ireland
 Another legal challenge to a data transfer authorization mechanism relied upon by Facebook and thousands of other companies to legally move user data from the European Union to the US for processing has kicked off in the Irish High Court today. The hearing is expected to last for three weeks. Read More ...
Police use pacemaker data to charge Ohio man with arson and fraud
Privacy concerns have been raised in Ohio after police obtained data from a man’s pacemaker with a warrant in order to charge him with arson and insurance fraud. The pacemaker data allegedly contradicted his version of events. The post Police use pacemaker data to charge Ohio man with arson and fraud appeared first on Digital Trends....
Even old email will need search warrants if US law is passed
While recent events are still fresh in the memory and lives of those in the US, a new but related matter might rock the boat even more. Especially for those in the tech who are still in the middle of a tussle with the government. The House of Representatives has just voted to pass a bill that will require search … Continue reading...
A bill requiring the government to obtain a warrant to search your email just flew through the House
 A bill set to update online privacy laws dating back three decades just cruised through the House by unanimous vote for the second time. The bipartisan bill known as the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387), introduced by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis and Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, would require the government to seek a warrant in order to access the email of American citizens. As it stands, ambiguity… Read More ...
A bill requiring the government to obtain a warrant to search your email just flew through the House
 A bill set to update online privacy laws dating back three decades just cruised through the House by unanimous vote for the second time. The bipartisan bill known as the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387), introduced by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis and Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, would require the government to seek a warrant in order to access the email of American citizens. As it stands, ambiguity… Read More ...
Vizio settles for $2.2 million in FTC suit over snooping on consumers’ viewing habits
 TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit after it was shown that for years the company has been secretly collecting viewing data and selling it to third parties. The penalty may seem light, but the damage to the Vizio brand may be irreparable. Read More ...
Vizio settles for $2.2 million in FTC suit over snooping on consumers’ viewing habits
 TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit after it was shown that for years the company has been secretly collecting viewing data and selling it to third parties. The penalty may seem light, but the damage to the Vizio brand may be irreparable. Read More ...
Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers
Vizio will pay $3.7m in penalties to settle a huge privacy lawsuit, that alleged its smart TVs tracked millions of viewers and then sold that personal data without permission. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a joint-complaint filed with the New Jersey Attorney General, Vizio automatically tracked what owners of its connected TV sets were watching, despite not … Continue reading...
US judge orders Google to turn over foreign emails in FBI case
Google has been ordered by a US court to turn over emails stored on servers outside the country to the FBI, in turn complying with a search warrant related to fraud investigation. The order came from Philadelphia’s US Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter, who ruled that transferring the emails to the US for FBI review did not technically count as seizure … Continue reading...