Privacy

Big tech tackles online safety for children and teens with new AI powered apps and controls

Parents concerned with protecting their kids online can take advantage of the newest AI-powered apps and controls to hit the market. Here’s the latest roundup.
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US federal agencies given 30 days to get rid of TikTok

Government agencies have thirty days to ensure the Chinese-owned TikTok app has been completely wiped from any federal device or system.
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Saudi social media app leaks user info and pictures

Fayvo, an app designed to have all your favorites in one place, spilled user information exposing them to phishing and similar malicious attacks.
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White Castle faces multi-billion dollar judgment over biometric fingerprints violations

The White Castle fast food chain could be forced to pay billions in fines after being found guilty of collecting its employees' biometric fingerprints without consent.
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US telecom companies charged for facilitating millions of illegal robocalls

A group of US telecom companies have been charged by the feds for their involvement in millions of illegal telemarketing calls made to American consumers.
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+200m American records compromised in top data broker breaches

Data brokers sit on a treasure trove of personal data, including demographic details, court and criminal records, and Social Security Numbers. The biggest data broker hack ever led to the exposure of nearly 180 million user records.
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Madison Square Garden's facial recognition and dangerous surveillance trends

The Madison Square Garden story of a venue using face algorithms to deny entry to certain people is a watershed moment that should concern everyone.
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TikTok accused by privacy watchdog of tracking user emotions to sell advertising slots

Rarely a stranger to controversy, TikTok has been slammed yet again for launching an advertising emotion tracker – a disputed tech feature that digital human rights group Access Now has described as “another privacy nightmare” for 200 million users in Europe alone.
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Top 10 cyber risks of 2023 and how to address them

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed many development teams into hyper-release cycles for mobile and other web application solutions for their customers.
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Russian e-commerce giant exposed buyers' delivery addresses

A leading electrical engineering company in Russia, Elevel, has exposed its customers' personally identifiable information (PII,) including full names and addresses.
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Facebook accused of granting China access to user data

Two senators have written an open letter to Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg, claiming to have seen leaked documents that suggest Facebook allowed more developers from a wider range of blacklisted countries to view sensitive user data than was previously thought.
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Tinder rolls out Incognito Mode and blocking function

A popular dating app has introduced new features to ensure safe matchmaking.
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Meta sues AI company for scraping user data

Meta has announced legal action against controversial Voyager Labs.
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‘Love life’ at Oxford University shattered by data breach

A dating website promoting casual sex for Oxford students publicly shared a database with student and staff names, email addresses, and college names.
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Government-issued ID now required to access adult sites in Louisiana

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New state law says that users must verify their age before accessing any website where more than 33.3% of the content is X-rated.
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US agrees to tighter data privacy for EU citizens

The EU has a step towards ensuring its citizens have better protection from prying eyes in the US, with both parties agreeing to regulations that safeguard “transatlantic data flows.” In practice, this could mean American companies such as Meta being obliged to delete European citizens’ data instead of holding onto it indefinitely.
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Hungarian government abused its databases to bombard citizens with political spam

Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz has exploited personal data stored in government databases to send political spam to citizens in this year’s parliamentary elections, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.
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Dropbox acquires German encryptor

A German-based company that offers one-stop encryption services for files held on major data storage centers such as Google Drive and Dropbox is selling up… to Dropbox.
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Amazon cloud databases expose user data, study finds

Amazon’s popular cloud-based data storage feature is exposing sensitive information, including names, dates of birth, and marital status, according to fresh research from cyber analyst Mitiga.
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From recorded keystrokes to activated cameras: how much does your employer know about you?

Most are becoming increasingly concerned that the increase in workplace surveillance and monitoring of employees has gone too far.
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