News tagged: Privacy
Privacy International says it has encountered evidence proving UK intelligence agencies are using social media to collect data, possibly on millions of people. This evidence has surfaced due to the privacy rights group's legal battle against UK spy agencies over their collection.
Although it appeared the practice of wireless carriers tracking users and making the tracked info available to others was largely over, that doesn't seem to be the case. Philip Neustrom, co-founder of Shotwell Labs, came across websites that can yield your account data.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which it'll decide whether US law enforcement can force an American company to hand over data that's stored on international servers. Companies have argued that warrants cannot apply to internationally stored data.
OnePlus has some great flagship smartphones, but there are also some things many users didn't know. According to Chris Moore, owner of a UK-based security and tech blog, the company is secretly collecting user data without their permission. He found out that his phone
Apple changed how its WiFi and Bluetooth toggles work in iOS 11. No longer do they actually turn off those capabilities. Instead, placing them in the "off" position just disconnects your device from networks and devices. According to the EFF, this hurts privacy and security.
Regulators in India aren't pleased with Apple's refusal to approve a government-led anti-spam application for iOS devices. This refusal has "infuriated" regulators and the government appears interested in forcing Apple to comply. The app would let users report calls and texts.
The UK may be pulling away from a long list of EU regulations as a result of Brexit, but it's not going to stray from the EU's data laws. According to a paper published on a government website, the country intends to continue complying with laws dealing with data handling.
China is implementing harsher restrictions on online privacy, outright banning anonymous posts. The country's internet regulator revealed new regulations on Friday that include, among other things, a complete ban on anonymous content. Those rules go into effect on October 1.
When Windows 10 was launched, users were mostly complaining about two things - privacy and forced upgrades. While Microsoft made some changes to data it acquires, not much has been done to forced upgrades. The good news is that Microsoft learned something from that and is
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Disney that claims the company is illegally spying on underage users through a variety of mobile apps. The Walt Disney Company is accused of violating privacy laws by collecting the personal info of children with 42 separate apps.
Updated data privacy laws in the UK will let people erase their childhood social media history. The upcoming Data Protection Bill includes a section that lets people request social networks remove content that was posted when the user was under the age of 18.
Though recent policies in China are leading to an apparent crackdown against VPNs, the country has pushed back against the recent claim that all VPNs will be blocked. Bloomberg recently reported all VPNs would be blocked next year, but a state-run site denies that.
A lawsuit against Facebook over its tracking of logged out users has been tossed out by a judge in California. The case was based around the claim that Facebook has violated wiretapping and privacy laws by tracking users via Like buttons even when people aren't logged in.
ProtonMail, a secure email provider, has expanded its VPN service to everyone. ProtonVPN has left its beta and can now be used by anyone without any expense. Like similar services, the software can help secure your internet connection, therefore enhancing your privacy.
A proposal from the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs could implement a strong ban against encryption backdoors in member countries. The draft proposal outlines a plan to block the kind of backdoor the FBI wanted from Apple last year.
Facebook has rolled out a feature called "disaster maps" that'll provide early responders with useful information when disaster strikes. It's working with UNICEF and others to figure out which sort of data should be included in the maps. The maps will be regularly updated.
A mobile privacy case will be heard by the Supreme Court and it could result in police officers around the nation needing to get warrants before collecting phone location data. The justices have agreed to hear an appeal from a man convicted of armed robbery in Ohio and Michigan.
Internet companies like Twitter have fired back against the claim that they offer a "safe space" for terrorists. Just after the London terrorist attack, UK prime minister Theresa May said more internet regulations were needed to remove the "safe spaces" offered by tech companies.
In the wake of a terrorist attack in London, UK prime minister Theresa May has called for stronger internet regulations. She believes the government should institute regulations that get rid of "safe spaces" for terrorists. Internet services currently provide a safe space.
A couple dozen US technology companies have called on Congress to further restrict internet surveillance. Facebook, Amazon, and others believe the government should be working to increase personal privacy and government transparency. They're focused on FISA's Section 702.