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Law enforcement is using a facial recognition app with huge privacy issues

You may have good reason to be worried that police use of facial recognition might erode your privacy — many departments are already using software with serious privacy concerns. The New York Times has learned that over 600 law enforcement agencies… Source: Engadget | Law enforcement is using a facial recognition app with huge privacy …

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Google plans to nix third-party cookies in Chrome by 2022

Google plans to end support for third-party tracking cookies in Chrome within the next couple of years. In August, Google announced its open-source Privacy Sandbox project with the aim of making the web more secure and private to use. Its proposed ti… Source: Engadget | Google plans to nix third-party cookies in Chrome by 2022

Bipartisan bill would give parents more power to protect their kids online

House lawmakers have introduced new legislation that attempts to modernize the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Dubbed the "Preventing Real Online Threats Endangering Children Today," or PROTECT Kids act for short, Representatives Ti… Source: Engadget | Bipartisan bill would give parents more power to protect their kids online

Apple's Privacy Officer Jane Horvath Uses CES Appearance to Defend Company Stance on Encryption and Software Backdoors

Apple’s chief privacy officer attended a discussion panel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to debate the state of consumer privacy, marking the first time in 28 years that Apple has been at CES in an official capacity. Apple’s privacy officer at CES 2020 panel (Image: Parker Ortolani) Jane Horvath, Apple’s …

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Brazil hits Facebook with $1.6 million Cambridge Analytica fine

The Cambridge Analytica data scandal may have come to light nearly two years ago, but the former company — and as a result, Facebook — is still feeling the effects of the fall out. Brazil's government has imposed a $1.6 million fine on Facebook for… Source: Engadget | Brazil hits Facebook with .6 million Cambridge …

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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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