privacy Archive

Stop Taking Important Phone Calls in the Bathroom at Work and Try This Instead

Last week, I was in a predicament. It’s one of those things that’s going to sound like a humblebrag, but it was nerve-wracking at the time. I had to go to a fashion preview in Midtown, then do a Skype interview for a volunteer repro-justice position I’m really excited about, then head downtown for … Continue reading Source link

Yahoo asks government to explain email scanning order

Yahoo secretly scanned its users emails at the behest of a U.S. government agency — and now it wants the government to explain why. In a letter to James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Yahoo carefully avoids admitting that it scanned users’ email or that it received an order to do so, but asks Clapper to “clarify this matter of public interest.” The program …

Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech

Armed with new research, civil rights organizations are urging the Justice Department to investigate law enforcement’s excessive use of face recognition technologies. A coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations asked the Department of Justice today to investigate the use of face recognition technology by local and state police and the FBI, after a report by the Georgetown Center on Privacy & Technology revealed half …

UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal says GHCQ illegally spied for 17 years

The independent tribunal ruled on a case brought by Privacy International, concluding that the UK spy agency GCHQ was acting illegally for 17 years while it amassed huge databases of “bulk collection” data of cellphone location and call-data — a practice revealed by the Edward Snowden docs. The surveillance violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which the UK …

Not OK, Google

At its hardware launch event in San Francisco yesterday, Alphabet showed the sweeping breadth of its ambition to own consumers’ personal data, as computing continues to accelerate away from static desktops and screens, coalescing into a cloud of connected devices with the potential to generate far more data — and data of a far more intimate nature — than ever before. Along with two new ‘Google designed’ flagship Android smartphones (called Pixel), the first Androids …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: A Cell Phone Company Employee Stole Photos From My Phone

Last summer, I was living in Hawai’i, having the time of my life. While enjoying my first nude beach experience, the ocean tried to take my phone. Obviously, I didn’t have it on me since I was naked; it was inside my shoes, which were tucked behind a rock up a sand hill. A freak wave washed over … Continue reading Source link

MasterCard launches its ‘selfie pay’ biometric authentication app in Europe

MasterCard is moving from trials of facial biometrics for payment authentication, including one in the U.S. and Canada launched earlier this year, to its first proper rollout of what is colloquially referred to as ‘selfie pay’ (aka MasterCard Identity Check). So basically enabling app users to confirm an online payment by showing their face to their smartphone’s camera. The biometric authentication app is being rolled out in Europe in the following markets: Austria, …

Avast CEO on why it’s just spent $1.4BN to absorb security rival AVG

Security firm Avast has today confirmed the completion of a $1.4 billion acquisition of fellow Czech-based antivirus company AVG. The deal will see Avast’s customer base nearly double — swelling from 230 million to more than 400 million in total, 160M of whom are mobile users. The acquisition was announced back in July, with scale and geographical breadth touted as the driving forces, along with a plan to expand product offerings including …

Facebook ordered to stop harvesting data on WhatsApp users in Germany

Facebook has been ordered to stop harvesting the data of WhatsApp users in Germany. The move follows the latter’s shock announcement last month that it would start sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook, including users’ phone numbers and last seen time in the app. Stated uses for the data includes marketing/ad targeting. Shock because, back at the time of the $19BN acquisition, WhatsApp’s founder publicly stated that nothing would …