Privacy

Your car follows you on Instagram: how to tame its data addiction

Did you read the privacy policy before getting into your car? It could be as long as 14,000 words if you drive a Kia. Or it may require a university degree to comprehend if you drive a Jeep or Tesla, according to a recent report by All About Cookies. Multiple organizations are expressing concerns about cars becoming a “privacy nightmare.”
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Data leak at Editorialist affects thousands of shoppers

The luxury fashion shopping platform Editorialist has been leaking user data for months.
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Loophole enables data brokers to bypass GDPR

A loophole in Swedish law allows data brokers to obtain a media license and bypass GDPR, the EU’s strict privacy law, digital rights non-profit noyb claims.
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Tor introduces WebTunnel to fight censorship

WebTunnel will serve as a “bridge” to connect to the Tor network in heavily censored regions, the developers said.
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Airbnb bans security cameras inside listings

Airbnb has updated its policy to completely ban hosts from using indoor security cameras in their rentals after facing privacy concerns.
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Sam Altman's eye-scanning Worldcoin 'Orb' banned in Spain

Spain has banned Worldcoin for up to three months, drawing a sharp rebuke from Sam Altman's company, amid perceived privacy risks from the venture which scans irises in exchange for a digital ID and free cryptocurrency.
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What the most popular FemTech apps know about you

From tracking periods to calorie intake, breast checks, and sexual health, we’ve trusted a bunch of apps with our most intimate data.
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Signal app to boost privacy with usernames

Signal, the preferred social messaging app among privacy advocates, gets an update that hides your phone number and lets you pick a username instead.
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Ultimate identity change: we asked what’s possible with plastic surgery

When your email is leaked, you change it. If your phone number is exposed, you might get a new one. But what about a compromised facial identity?
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Data-hungry dating apps ranked from top to bottom

Grindr and Bumble are some of the most data-hungry dating apps out there, while Hinge could be a match if you’re looking for privacy.
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How to ensure user privacy as an app developer

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has looked into period and fertility apps to gain key insights into how app developers can ensure the privacy of their users.
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Uber fined $11M for violating privacy of EU drivers

Uber has been slapped by the Netherlands' data watchdog agency for its lack of transparency and uninformed data policies, violating the privacy rights of EU Uber drivers.
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How a bad joke via Snapchat nearly cost a student €110K+

People regard their messages between friends on Snapchat and other social media as sacred and private. But in the age of digital surveillance, nothing is sacred, and everyone is watching you.
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NSA found illegally buying private data of Americans

US Senator Ron Wyden called out the US National Security Agency Thursday for buying up the private data of Americans through illegal data brokers – without their knowledge, consent, or a warrant.
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Meta tightens teen message controls

Meta announces steps to protect teens from unwanted contact after a lawsuit claimed it allowed Instagram and Facebook to become a “marketplace for predators.”
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Amazon’s Ring to stop sharing video with police without warrant

Amazon’s Ring said it will retire its police-friendly policy of handing over video upon law enforcement request without an official warrant.
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Smartphone ambient light sensors allow spying

Android and iPhone ambient light sensors can be turned into cameras, allowing malicious actors to secretly film unsuspecting victims and their surroundings.
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Yahoo! fined 10 million euros over cookie policy

French data watchdog CNIL has fined media giant Yahoo! a mighty 10 million euros ($10.86 million) for its unsavory cookie practices.
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