Tag: Privacy

A Feature on Zoom Secretly Displayed Data From People’s LinkedIn Profiles

For Americans sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the Zoom videoconferencing platform has become a lifeline, enabling millions of people to easily keep in touch with family members, friends, students, teachers and work colleagues. But what many people may not know is that, until Thursday, a data-mining feature on Zoom allowed some participants to […]

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Researchers Want To Use Crowdsourced Data To Help Fight The COVID-19 Virus

If you’re not a doctor, scientist, or medical researcher, it doesn’t mean that you can’t help fight the COVID-19 virus. Simply staying at home to help flatten the curve is already a contribution towards society, but if you want to be more active in lending a helping hand, researchers at UC San Francisco could use […]

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Alabama and Massachusetts Are Handing the Addresses of People With Coronavirus Over to Police

Two U.S. states — Alabama and Massachusetts — have begun providing the addresses of those known to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to police in a bid to contain the spread and protect first responders who might answer a call where a coronavirus sufferer is involved. Alabama began providing the addresses — but not names […]

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Zoom Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Sharing Data with Facebook

On Monday a user of the popular video-conferencing software Zoom filed a class action lawsuit against the company for sending data to Facebook. The lawsuit argues that Zoom violated California’s new data protection law by not obtaining proper consent from users about the transfer of the data. “Defendant knew or should have known that the […]

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New York Attorney General Looks Into Zoom’s Privacy Practices

Zoom, the videoconferencing app whose traffic has surged during the coronavirus pandemic, is under scrutiny by the office of New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, for its data privacy and security practices. On Monday, the office sent Zoom a letter asking what, if any, new security measures the company has put in place to handle […]

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Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook

On Friday video-conferencing software Zoom issued an update to its iOS app which stops it sending certain pieces of data to Facebook. The move comes after a Motherboard analysis of the app found it sent information such as when a user opened the app, their timezone, city, and device details to the social network giant. […]

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We need to do more than flatten the curve; we need to demand action

VentureBeat published an opinion piece yesterday titled, “Don’t like dystopian surveillance? Flatten the coronavirus curve.” The author, Khari Johnson, rightly points out that, with the current pandemic, it’s more than our health on the line — it’s also our privacy. Johnson argues, “If you value privacy and due process or you don’t like the idea […]

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Latest Safari Update Will Fully Block Third-Party Cookies By Default

Cookies are useful for the internet because it helps websites know who we are, if we’ve already logged in, and so on. Unfortunately, over the years, cookies have gained a bad reputation for being used for tracking users across websites, meaning that over time, websites and companies will learn more about you and your activities, […]

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How to (Carefully) Use Tech to Contain the Coronavirus

Across the world, countries have ramped up technological efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. South Korea and Singapore have used cellphone location information to identify possible infections. Russia is using facial recognition to enforce quarantines. In China, a smartphone app is being used to assess people’s contagion risks. Israel has turned to a […]

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Don’t like dystopian surveillance? Flatten the coronavirus curve

On Monday, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said that things are going to get much worse in the week ahead and too many people aren’t taking the spread of COVID-19 seriously enough. Shelter in place and lockdown orders started about a week ago, and today, roughly one in three U.S. citizens are being asked […]

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Facebook, Don’t Exploit Us in Our Time of Need

My relationship with social media? It’s complicated, to say the least. I have a Facebook account, but I rarely use it. I need consistent mental health breaks from Twitter, though I criticize myself for not being one of those writers who seems to thrive on the platform. I have an on-again-off-again relationship with Instagram, downloading […]

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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit card purchase records to help trace the recent movements of coronavirus patients and establish virus transmission chains. In Lombardy, Italy, authorities are analyzing location data transmitted by citizens’ mobile phones to determine how many people are obeying a government lockdown order […]

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‘Zoombombing’: When Video Conferences Go Wrong

Zoom has become the default social platform for millions of people looking to connect with friends, family, students and colleagues while practicing social distancing during the new coronavirus pandemic. But the trolls of the internet are under quarantine, too, and they’re looking for Zooms to disrupt. They are jumping into public Zoom calls and using […]

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Translating a Surveillance Tool into a Virus Tracker for Democracies

Health officials and scientists in Britain hope to soon begin testing the first smartphone app that would alert people who had come in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus. The project is an urgent effort by the British authorities to translate a surveillance tool deployed to fight China’s outbreak into something more palatable in […]

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