Tag: Privacy

Trump Administration Sued Over Social Media Screening for Visa Applicants

WASHINGTON — A pair of documentary film organizations sued the Trump administration on Thursday over its requirement that foreigners disclose their social media accounts — including pseudonymous ones — when they apply for visas. The lawsuit, which raises novel issues about privacy and surveillance in the social-media era, challenged a rule the State Department put […]

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These Supposed Security Browser Extensions Have Allegedly Been Snooping On Users

Companies like Avast and AVG are probably known to users as being the developers of security-based software like antiviruses. However, it seems that the browser extensions that these companies made have been accused of snooping on users who have installed their extensions. Advertising These extensions include Avast Online Security, AVG Online Security, Avast SafePrice, and […]

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We No Longer Expect Privacy. You Can Change That.

Since the start of the Privacy Project, the most common response I have gotten from readers is a request for some kind of solution. They’re slightly freaked out and hoping for tips to shore up their digital hygiene or for a guide that might help them navigate the internet without giving away their personal data. […]

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China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West

TUMXUK, China — In a dusty city in the Xinjiang region on China’s western frontier, the authorities are testing the rules of science. With a million or more ethnic Uighurs and others from predominantly Muslim minority groups swept up in detentions across Xinjiang, officials in Tumxuk have gathered blood samples from hundreds of Uighurs — […]

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Australia Introduces Phone Detection Cameras for Roads

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Facebook Testing a Way to Let You Move Photos to Rival Sites

LONDON — Facebook is trying to make it easier for users to move photos from the social network to rival online services, reacting to European privacy laws and criticism from regulators that its size and control over data hinders competition. On Monday, Facebook said it would begin testing a “data portability” tool in Ireland that […]

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What to Consider Before Trading Your Health Data for Cash

After I signed up for my insurance plan, I got an email with a link to a “wellness program” that, if I traded some health data — such as steps from a pedometer or smartwatch exercise data — could earn me a small monthly payout and some gift cards. But the second I logged in, […]

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Facebook allegedly blocked personal accounts of WhatsApp spyware maker’s employees

On Tuesday, eight employees from the Israel-based security company, NSOGroup, filed a lawsuit against Facebook in the Tel Aviv district court for blocking their accounts. The company said this was an independent action and it doesn’t concern its ongoing tussle with the social media giant regarding Pegasus spyware used to exploit WhatsApp. According to the lawsuit, […]

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One Man Can Bring Equifax to Justice (and Get You Your Money)

On Dec. 19, District Judge Thomas Thrash of Atlanta will hold a final approval hearing for the Equifax 2017 data breach settlement. There’s a lot at stake. If the settlement is approved, the $31 million pool earmarked for claims will be paid out to some victims. Others will get free credit monitoring (because the cash […]

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They See You When You’re Shopping

For months you’ve been casing a Gucci shoulder bag online, adding it to your virtual cart, only to close the tab before buying it. One weekend, lounging in your pajamas, you decide to go for it, and back you go to the Gucci website. In an office building on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., […]

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The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard. DMVs across the country are selling data that drivers are required to provide to the organization in order to obtain a license. This information includes names, physical addresses, and […]

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Smart CCTV Networks Are Driving an AI-Powered Apartheid in South Africa

Michael Kwet is a Visiting Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He is the author of Digital Colonialism: US Empire and the New Imperialism in the Global South, and hosts the Tech Empire podcast. “Beggars” and “vagrants” are not welcome in Parkhurst, South Africa, a mostly white, middle-class suburb of about […]

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Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and TVs sold in the country

Russia has officially passed a law banning the sale of electronic equipment that doesn’t have Russian software pre-installed on it. The law — which is set to go into effect starting July 1, 2020 — will force electronic equipment sold in Russia — such as smartphones, computers, and smart TVs — to ship pre-installed with apps […]

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Accused of a Crime, and Falling Into the ‘Technology Gap’

On April 27, a woman in eastern Brooklyn called the police. She told them that just before sunrise, at 5:50 a.m., her ex, John, confronted her on the street with a gun. The two were scheduled to appear at a court hearing over who would get possession of an apartment they once shared. The woman […]

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