privacy

Facebook tells US, UK and Australia it won't weaken chat encryption

If officials were hoping that Facebook would stop end-to-end encryption in its messaging apps just because they sent a strongly-worded letter, they had another thing coming. Facebook has sent its own letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr, acting Ho… Source: Engadget | Facebook tells US, UK and Australia it won't weaken chat encryption

Former Apple exec claims the company spied on his text messages

A former Apple executive is claiming the company spied on his text messages before suing him. In February, Gerard Williams III, who spent almost 10 years working on mobile device chips at Apple, left the company. The same month, he joined NuVia Inc -… Source: Engadget | Former Apple exec claims the company spied on …

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ACLU sues to reveal the FBI's uses of facial recognition

The ACLU is unsurprisingly concerned about the FBI's use of facial recognition, and it wants to force the agency to divulge its practices. It just filed a lawsuit against the FBI, the Justice Department and the DEA ordering them to turn over records… Source: Engadget | ACLU sues to reveal the FBI's uses of facial …

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How to Delete Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on HomePod

This article explains how to delete your Siri audio interaction history and opt out of sharing audio recordings with Apple on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. How to Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on HomePod How to Delete Your Siri Audio History on HomePod Earlier this year, it was discovered that Apple hired contractors …

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Facebook AI can 'hide' people from facial recognition

Facebook has already stopped using facial recognition by default, but now it might have a way for people to dodge facial recognition altogether. Its researchers have developed an AI system that can "de-identify" people in real time, including live v… Source: Engadget | Facebook AI can 'hide' people from facial recognition

Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from your car

Your connected car data might be safer from prying eyes — Georgia's Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to obtain personal data from cars. The decision overturns an earlier state Court of Appeals ruling that defended police obtaining… Source: Engadget | Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from …

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NordVPN admits to 'isolated' server breach in Finland

Virtual private network provider NordVPN has confirmed an attacker breached one of its servers, though the tangible impact of the breach seems to be pretty limited. There were no user activity logs on the server — the company says it doesn't track,… Source: Engadget | NordVPN admits to 'isolated' server breach in Finland

Facebook expands its reward program for data abuse reports

Facebook is broadening its data abuse bounty program to reward more security sleuths. As of today, researchers can earn at least $500 when they find Facebook data vulnerabilities in third-party apps and sites using active penetration tests, not just… Source: Engadget | Facebook expands its reward program for data abuse reports

Instagram gives you more control over data shared with third-party apps

Instagram has been tightening the reins on third-party apps for a while, and now it's putting more of that control in your hands. It's adding more powerful controls over data sharing that let you quickly shut down a sketchy app. There's a new autho… Source: Engadget | Instagram gives you more control over data shared …

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EA leaks personal data for 'FIFA 20' Global Series players

EA opened up registrations for the FIFA 20 Global Series competition today. However, those trying to register noticed that the sign-up page displayed personal details of players who had already done so. They saw usernames, email addresses and dates o… Source: Engadget | EA leaks personal data for 'FIFA 20' Global Series players

Instagram's Threads is a camera app for sharing with your closest friends

If you want to get a glimpse of Mark Zuckerberg's "privacy-focused" vision for Facebook, then look no further than Instagram's new social app: Threads. This new standalone, camera-first messaging app is an extension of Instagram's Close Friends featu… Source: Engadget | Instagram's Threads is a camera app for sharing with your closest friends

How to Protect Yourself in the 'Words with Friends' Data Breach

Around 200 million players of the popular Words With Friends and Draw Something games from Zynga have had their accounts’ information stolen by “outside hackers,” as the company describes. While your linked credit cards and any other methods you use to buy stuff within Zynga’s games appears to be safe so far, your…Read more… Source: …

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U.K. Court Reinstates Lawsuit Accusing Google of Bypassing Safari's Privacy Settings to Track iPhone Users

An appeals court in London has reinstated a lawsuit filed against Google that accuses the company of unlawfully gathering personal information by circumventing the iPhone’s default privacy settings, according to Bloomberg. The collective action, equivalent to a class action lawsuit in the United States, alleged that Google illegally tracked and gathered the personal data of …

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How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic

Mozilla this week began piloting its own browser-based VPN service, and if you’re located in the U.S. you can start testing it for free right away. Called the Firefox Private Network, the service promises Firefox users a more secure, encrypted path to the web that prevents eavesdroppers from spying on your browsing activity and hides …

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