Tag: Privacy

A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.

Danielle Teuscher decided to give DNA tests as presents last Christmas to her father, close friends and 5-year-old daughter, joining the growing number of people taking advantage of low-cost, accessible genetic testing. But the 23andMe test produced an unexpected result. Ms. Teuscher, 30, a nanny in Portland, Ore., said she […]

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The Internet of Dongs remains a security dumpster-fire

The Internet of Dongs is Brad Haines’s term for the world of internet-connected, “teledildonic” sex toys, and Haines, along with Sarah Jamie Lewis, have exhaustively documented all the ways in which internet-connected sex toys can screw you, from leaking private data to physically attacking your junk. But Lewis and Haines’s work remains an […]

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New York City’s new rideshare regs put Big Brother in backseat, give GPS tracking a whole new meaning

Whether you love them or hate them, rideshares like Uber and Lyft have become a daily part of life for millions of New Yorkers. These app-based services make it easy to pay for your ride, but while the privacy cost isn’t always as clear, it’s about to get a lot larger. These apps have […]

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Apple and Google in hot water over app that tracks a Saudi woman’s whereabouts

Apple and Google are under fire for hosting a Saudi Arabian government app that lets men track women and prevent them from leaving the country, reported Business Insider. Downloaded over one million times, Absher includes innocuous functions like being able to pay a parking fine. However, it’s the app’s travel features that have been the target […]

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Vast majority of Americans and Europeans believe ad-targeting and feed customization are immoral

An RSA survey of 6,000 US and EU adults found that only a minority (48%) believes there is any ethical way to use personal data (that figure rises to 60% when considering US respondents alone); 57% believe that data-breaches are the fault of companies for gathering and retaining data, not the hackers who release […]

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More details emerge about Android Q’s improved privacy and permissions controls

Android Q news is starting to arrive bit by bit, largely due to an early AOSP build that’s been doing the rounds. Probably the most welcome enhancement — other than the much-anticipated system-wide dark mode — is an overhaul to the privacy and permissions settings. Thanks to our friends at XDA Developers, we now know […]

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[Update: Now in stable version too] SwiftKey Beta automatic Incognito mode is here to save you from awkward predictions

Picture this: you have national security level web browsing to do, and fire up Incognito mode. However, unless you also remember to toggle your keyboard over to Incognito, it’s still studying what you type to add words to its dictionary. If you can already see a potentially embarrassing situation brewing, worry no more, as the […]

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Apple Shows Facebook Who Has the Power in an App Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook employees woke up on Wednesday morning, many found they could not perform even the most basic work tasks. Their calendars were not working. Nor were campus maps that help people find their co-workers. They were unable to check Facebook’s latest shuttle bus schedule. And they […]

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The Shift: Maybe Only Tim Cook Can Fix Facebook’s Privacy Problem

It’s nowhere in his job description, but Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has recently taken a moonlight gig as Facebook’s privacy watchdog. On Wednesday, Mr. Cook and his lieutenants took aim at Facebook for violating Apple’s rules with a research app that allowed Facebook to snoop on users’ online activity. […]

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Facebook Paying Users To Install VPN App That Gathers Personal Data

Image credit – TechCrunch Early last year, a report from TechCrunch revealed that Facebook had been trying to promote its VPN client which actually tracked and gathered information about the user. The app was later removed from Apple’s App Store. However a new report from TechCrunch has revealed that Facebook […]

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Delusion of Consumer Consent

The internet’s business model is tailored advertising. Internet firms hoover up information about what you do and say on the web, in apps and even in physical locations. They then sell advertisers the ability to figure out whether you’re valuable enough for them to want to reach you, and if […]

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Android Q all but confirmed as version 10 as more UI changes are revealed

We’re likely a couple of months away from the first developer preview build of Android Q, but already we know a fair amount about what to expect from the next major version. Most excitingly, we could be finally getting a system-wide dark mode. We can now say with a greater degree of certainty that Android […]

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An iPhone Bug Lets FaceTime Users Eavesdrop, in a Stumble for Apple

SAN FRANCISCO — The iPhone as an eavesdropping device? Watch out, it can happen. On Monday, Twitter and other social networking sites lit up with anxious Apple users after the news site 9to5Mac reported on a strange glitch in the company’s iPhones. The issue: It turns out that an iPhone […]

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What Would John Stuart Mill Do—to Fix Facebook?

Silicon Valley’sliberalbranding can seem paradoxical given its political impact. Thescandals that accompanied the 2016 election—CambridgeAnalytica, Russianinterference—revealed that Facebook had contributedto the election of one of the least liberal presidents in history. The company hasalso been criticized for a host of other sins similarly at odds with SiliconValley’s liberaltechnocratic vibe: hijackingattention, […]

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