News tagged: Privacy
Most Amazon Prime subscribers aren't interested in a product that gives delivery people access to their home, according to a report from Survey Monkey completed on behalf of Recode. 58% of Prime users are totally against Amazon's Key product. Just 5% are supportive.
Concerns over how third-party developers can use facial recognition data from the iPhone X are being raised by groups like the ACLU and Center for Democracy and Technology. They believe developers could potentially use face scanning info in an improper way.
Signal, a popular privacy-centric messaging app, now has a standalone desktop application. The app joins the service's mobile applications and its web messenger. Until now, encrypted conversations on a desktop required a Chrome web application to work.
In response to reduced consumer privacy protection from the federal government, states have moved to add privacy protections, but ISPs are pushing to get rid of those regulations. Verizon is pressuring the FCC to use its power to ban states from protecting privacy.
The Tor Project, a charity that builds and maintains the Tor anonymity network, is holding its annual end-of-year crowdfunding campaign and it's receiving some assistance from Firefox maker Mozilla. For this campaign, Powering Digital Resistance, Mozilla will match donations.
The FTC is relaxing the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by telling companies they won't face penalties for letting kids use voice commands with their products. That act prevents companies from collecting audio recordings of people under the age of 13.
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.