22 Apr 2019

Three-Fourths of Consumers Don’t Trust Facebook, Threatpost Poll Finds

A recent Threatpost survey suggest that people have lost trust in Facebook as a result of the social media giant’s many privacy snafu’s over the past few years, with three out of four respondents stating that Facebook is lying about how it handles consumer data. In addition, a whopping 95%

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19 Apr 2019

Unsecured Databases Leak 60 Million Records of Scraped LinkedIn Data

A security researcher with GDI foundation has found eight unprotected databases exposing 60 million records of LinkedIn user data. In addition to LinkedIn profile information, the data includes the email address of users, even of those who have configured their LinkedIn privacy settings so that only their direct connections can

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19 Apr 2019

Facebook admits to storing plaintext passwords for millions of Instagram user

For the second time this week, and the umpteenth time in the past 12 months, Facebook has made the news due to a massive privacy blunder. In an unwelcome sequel to a March statement by the company that it had stored between 200 million and 600 million plain text user

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18 Apr 2019

Facebook uploaded 1.5 million people’s email contacts without permission

On Wednesday, a new chapter was added to the seemingly never-ending story of Facebook privacy snafus when the social media giant admitted that the email contacts of up to 1.5 millions users were “unintentionally uploaded to Facebook when they created their account.” Ironically, the discovery was made when the company

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16 Apr 2019

Government websites top the charts for online trust

According to a new report based on 2018 figures from the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA), US Federal government websites ranked higher than any other sector in terms of security and privacy, with 91% of websites qualifying for the ‘ Honor Roll,’ OTA’s top rating. This is a vast

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16 Apr 2019

Google’s location history data shared routinely with police

An investigation by The New York Times reveals that Google regularly shares location data of users with US law enforcement, and that requests for this data have surged in the last six months. Google stores the location information of users that have the Location History feature enabled in a system

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12 Apr 2019

EU Citizens’ Hit by UK Government Data Leak

In two separate incidents this week, the UK Home Office inadvertently revealed private information on hundreds of UK and EU citizens. In a first incident, 500 email addresses of UK citizens from countries belonging to the Commonwealth were leaked. The second incident involved the inadvertent exposure of 240 email addresses

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04 Apr 2019

Over 58,000 Android users had stalkerware installed on their phones last year

A new report by Kaspersky Lab highlights the rise of ‘stalkerware’, which is a type of spyware offered by legitimate firms for supposedly benign aims like monitoring children or employees. However, many stalkerware apps do not indicate to users that they are being monitored, even though legitimate solutions should do

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04 Apr 2019

Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Facebook this week managed to make the news again in connection with multiple data protection fiasco’s. The biggest incident is the discovery of personal data of a whopping 540 million Facebook users on an unsecured Amazon S3 storage server. Security researchers with UpGuard found the server, which belongs to a

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04 Apr 2019

79% of organizations want a federal privacy law amid lack of compliance

New research by Integris Software shows that the vast majority of US companies (79%) are in favor of a federal privacy law. However, the current compliance efforts of firms are falling short, since only 23% of organizations are fully compliant with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and just 36%

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