Items tagged with Privacy

Earlier this year, Google awarded a security researcher $107,500 for finding vulnerabilities in the company’s smart speakers. The researcher demonstrated that these vulnerabilities could be leveraged to link secondary accounts to Google smart home devices, then control the devices for nefarious ends, including... Read more...
Back in August of this year, an unknown actor operating under the username “devil” posted information relating to 5.4 million Twitter users for sale on BreachForums. This data included the email addresses and phone numbers tied to users’ accounts. Now, someone with the username “Ryushi” claims to be selling a similar... Read more...
iRobot’s automated Roomba vacuum cleaners have been navigating households for many years using infrared sensors. However, the company has equipped some of its more recent Roomba models with visible light cameras. As it turns out, these cameras can capture images of people in compromising positions, and these images... Read more...
In recent years and months, personal privacy and security have become of utmost importance when it comes to choosing and using different platforms online. TikTok exists as something of an outlier on that front, but we digress. With this change and, ultimately, the publics’ pursuit of privacy, Google has announced... Read more...
TikTok from Chinese megafirm ByteDance has turned short-form video into a social media phenomenon, making Twitter look pretty dumb for canning Vine a few years back. The skyrocketing popularity of TikTok has some security experts and political leaders concerned. As a Chinese company, the Chinese government has access... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple announced a set of new security features coming soon to iPhones. Among these features is an option to enable end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for iCloud backups. US users are slated to be the first group for which this feature will be widely available, with Apple targeting the end of the year for its US... Read more...
Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor turned mass surveillance whistleblower, officially became a Russian citizen in September of this year when Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting citizenship to Snowden and seventy-four other foreigners residing in the country. Last week, Snowden’s lawyer... Read more...
The proliferation of “smart” devices within the home has raised privacy concerns as it has become more apparent that the companies selling these devices often have access to data and media collected by the devices. Eufy, a sub-brand of the popular Chinese electronics manufacturer Anker Innovations, tries to capitalize... Read more...
Almost a year ago exactly, DuckDuckGo introduced a new App Tracking Protection feature for its Android browser app as part of the company’s plan to build an all-in-one privacy app that extends beyond just web browsing and search results. DuckDuckGo initially launched this new feature in closed beta, but, as of... Read more...
Two iOS developers used a jailbroken iPhone to decrypt and analyze network traffic between the device and Apple. What the developers found is that many of Apple’s own apps frequently send detailed user behavior data along with unique device identifiers back to Apple even when analytics sharing, personalized ads, and... Read more...
Advocate Aurora Health (AAH), a healthcare provider with locations in Illinois and Wisconsin, has published a data breach notice to its website. However, rather than being the victim of a ransomware attack or some other form of unauthorized access, AAH has instead attributed the incident to a bit of JavaScript... Read more...
This week, the Northern District of California court is considering whether to let a lawsuit filed against Google continue as a class action lawsuit. The suit in question is seeking statutory damages on behalf of millions of Google Chrome users, claiming that Google misled users of Chrome’s Incognito mode into a false... Read more...
Mullvad VPN, the Swedish VPN service that powers Mozilla VPN, is currently in the midst of a security audit of its Android app. While conducting this audit, the company discovered that Android’s VPN settings don’t block the operating system from making certain connections to Google servers outside the VPN tunnel... Read more...
Back in 2018, the Associated Press (AP) published a piece bringing attention to the fact that Google still collects some user location data even when Location History is disabled in Google Account settings. Two years later, the Arizona Attorney General sued Google for deceptive location tracking practices, citing this... Read more...
Last year, Cloudflare, a company that provides DDoS mitigation, content delivery network (CDN) services, and many others, published a blog post declaring its intention to kill CAPTCHAs. Now about a year and a half later, the company is introducing an alternative to standard CAPTCHAs that should be much faster and... Read more...
Most wearable fitness trackers include the ability to track sleep, but what if you don't want to wear something on your wrist at night? Well, Amazon might have just the thing with its new Halo Rise. This device looks like a clock, but it contains a low-power sensor that can monitor and analyze your sleep, plus it... Read more...
Edward Snowden has gained Russian citizenship nine years after fleeing the United States and landing in Russia. On Monday, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting citizenship to 75 foreigners residing in the country, with Snowden among them. Snowden, a former NSA contractor, publicly exposed the... Read more...
Among the many features and devices announced at the Google I/O event in May of this year was a new feature for the Google app giving users the option to request that their personal information be removed from Google search results. The company told users at the time of the announcement that the feature would be made... Read more...
After introducing video end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for a subset of its wired doorbell and camera devices over a year ago, Ring has announced that it is now extending this capability to its wireless devices. While the company doesn’t specify in its announcement which of its battery-powered devices will support E2EE... Read more...
Do you ever feel like company advertisers are doing more than listening to you? Let's face it, they probably are. You might be concerned to hear that your pocket smart device is also tracking where you are. This is not new information for most people. Many use GPS mapping apps, such as Google Maps, Waze, and Apple... Read more...
We wrote last week about research showing that Meta takes advantage of the in-app browser feature on mobile devices to inject JavaScript into web pages viewed in the Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger mobile apps. Now that same researcher has found that the TikTok in-app browser injects JavaScript which functions... Read more...
Internal moves and discussions at Apple may indicate that the company is moving to grow its advertising business. Apple already generates around $4 billion in ad revenue every year. However, according to Bloomberg, Apple’s vice president of the ad group, Todd Teresi, is pushing for a significant expansion of the... Read more...
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