19 Oct 2018

New Apple Portal Lets Customers Download All Their Data

“Apple users can now download a copy of their data through the tech company’s revamped privacy portal, TechCrunch reports. This privacy portal is already available for European citizens, as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation law went into effect in May of this year. However, it is not available for every region

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28 Sep 2018

Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone’s Sensors Without Asking

“When Apps want to access data from your smartphone’s motion or light sensors, they often make that capability clear. That keeps a fitness app, say, from counting your steps without your knowledge. But a team of researchers has discovered that the rules don’t apply to websites loaded in mobile browsers,

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26 Sep 2018

Twitter bug could have shared users’ private messages with developers

“Twitter said Friday it has patched a bug that could have shared users’ private messages with software developers outside of the company. The issue is estimated to have impacted less than 1 percent of Twitter’s total user base, which includes 335 million monthly active users as of July. The company

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17 Sep 2018

The New Apple Watch Is Going to Have More of Your Health Data Than Your Doctor

The recently announced Series 4 version of the Apple Watch will feature a hospital-grade electrocardiogram that will track user heart health over time and support an export-to-PDF functionality in order to share the information with the owner’s doctor. This shift is repositioning the device into a growing healthcare-wearable tech market

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12 Sep 2018

States are flouting right to encrypted messaging: U.N. expert

“Many governments are neglecting or ignoring their duty to protect online encryption that helps ensure freedom of expression and privacy, the U.N. expert on freedom of expression said on Monday. In many states including Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Britain, citizens cannot count on keeping their online conversations private,

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11 Sep 2018

A Popular App Has Been Stealing Everyone’s Browser History

The highest grossing “paid utilities” app in the Apple Mac App Store has been “deceiving users and stealing their browser histories to send to China.” Marketed as anti-malware or anti-adware, users were not suspicious of granting permissions. But a researcher has found that all files given these permissions were saved

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05 Sep 2018

Egypt’s Sisi intensifies control over cybersphere

Egypt has increased the policing of cyberspace through a new law ratified over the weekend that permits prosecution for a umber of new “vaguely-defined” offenses. The new law only applies to users to 5,000 or more followers and subjects them to liability and censorship for sharing “fake news,” incitement of

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05 Sep 2018

Five Eyes Intel Alliance Urges Big Tech to Help Break Encrypted Messages

In a joint statement with America’s “Five Eyes” partners Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, DHS secretary urged tech companies to support law enforcement by improving access to criminal and terrorist communications using encrypted platforms. The statement also noted that, in the event of “impediments to lawful access to

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28 Aug 2018

Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism

“The real difference between the old and the new ages of data-intelligence-driven consumer marketing, and the invasion of privacy they entail, is that lots of people are finally aware that it is taking place. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, the recent reports about Google, and related events have contributed to that

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22 Aug 2018

Gmail’s Confidential Mode Lets You Send Self-Destructing Emails

A new Gmail feature allows users to send self-destructing emails that recipients are not able to forward or print. Senders can detail the length of time before the email expires and whether to include a password protection. Analysts have raised fears that the style Google uses provides an easy platform

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