Privacy

This AI app will clone anyone you (dis)like, but needs to see your WhatsApp chat history

The latest AI companion app promises to clone your loved one – or favorite entertainer – so they can become your artificially intelligent emotional support system. What could go wrong?
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Apple policy sparks outcry as more VPNs removed from Russian App store

AdGuard VPN led the charge against Apple on Tuesday, responding to a recent notice announcing the removal of dozens of VPN services from the Russian App Store – all at the request of the Kremlin’s digital watchdog.
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Apple removes VPN services from its store in Russia

Russia’s citizens can no longer download popular VPN services from the official AppStore.
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Florida man picks a fight with "spy" drone, discovers it's a Walmart delivery

The Lake County Sheriff's Office received a complaint about a Walmart delivery drone being shot in the Clermont area on 26th June.
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The impact of Idaho, Nebraska, and Kansas's laws on Pornhub users

In a significant development impacting internet governance and digital rights, states like Idaho, Nebraska, and Kansas are preparing to pass legislation requiring adult websites to verify that users are over 18 years old.
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Kentucky's Pornhub ban: a digital crossroads of privacy, protection, and personal freedom

Have you ever wondered what would happen if access to adult content websites like Pornhub was suddenly restricted in your state?
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Mall of America arms itself with facial recognition tech, sparking fears over surveillance

The Mall of America, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and servicing over 40 million visitors each year, has decided to install facial recognition cameras on its premises to keep guests safe.
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The irony of Indiana's Pornhub block: safeguarding kids or invading privacy?

Is age verification on adult sites and linking any form of content to digital IDs the most significant challenge the online world has ever known?
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Can Pornhub hold the moral high ground using device-based age verification?

Pornhub has decided to use device-based verification to make sure kids can't access porn.
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Australia’s privacy watchdog accuses Medibank of not using MFA, leading to breach

Australia’s largest health insurer, Medibank, allegedly neglected basic cybersecurity measures and signs of a breach when they occurred in 2022, leading to almost 10 million individuals being exposed.
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The five things Apple will do to keep its “Private Cloud Compute” private

“End-to-end encryption is our most powerful defense,” says Apple. However, this safeguard cannot be applied when sending data to large language models in the cloud. Nonetheless, Apple assures that no one, even Cupertino iGeeks, will be able to access personal data when it leaves the user’s device for processing in the cloud.
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Top travel apps harvesting your data without asking – Cybernews exclusive

From Booking.com to Airbnb, Hilton to Radisson – every travel app you use for your next vacation will try to milk your data. Worse, some won’t even tell you about the secrets they’re extracting from you.
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British police to scan 480,000 Formula 1 fans’ faces at Silverstone

To help prevent criminal activity, Northamptonshire Police will use facial recognition technology at the F1 British Grand Prix, which is expected to attract about 480,000 people, the BBC reported.
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Ex-husband loads woman's car with AirTags to stalk her

Duct-taped under the bumper and hidden in a side mirror, the tracking devices planted by her ex-spouse turned a woman's life into a nightmare.
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European police now want real-time access to messengers

Whether it’s Signal, WhatsApp, or another platform, the Belgian police want “front-door” access to any user communications, encrypted or unencrypted, documents released by the European Commission have revealed. Another document suggests establishing a trusted authority for holding the encryption keys.
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Anyone can tap into your WiFi location data to track you, researchers find

Apple will provide your WiFi location to anyone sending a query, and researchers demonstrated that “an unprivileged, weak attacker” – in other words, anyone – can exploit Apple’s WiFi-based positioning system (WPS) to perform global mass surveillance.
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Reject all cookies but get them anyway? Websites abusing “legitimate interest”

The twisted logic of cookie consent banners doesn’t work as you might expect. Despite pressing the opt-out button, dozens and sometimes hundreds of vendors on a single website still think they have the “legitimate interest” to track your data. Here’s what you can do.
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UK's new AI traffic cameras monitor seatbelt use, raise privacy concerns

UK police forces are rolling out new AI-driven traffic cameras across England that can detect if a driver is wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone while on the road – despite privacy concerns.
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