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Flock Safety is a multibillion-dollar startup that’s got eyes everywhere. As of Wednesday, with the company’s new Solar Condor cameras, those eyes are solar-powered and use wireless 5G networks to…

Flock Safety’s solar-powered cameras could make surveillance more widespread

A feature Google demoed at its I/O confab yesterday, using its generative AI technology to scan voice calls in real time for conversational patterns associated with financial scams, has sent…

Google’s call-scanning AI could dial up censorship by default, privacy experts warn

Apple released new data about anti-fraud measures related to its operation of the iOS App Store on Tuesday morning, trumpeting a claim that it stopped over $7 billion in “potentially…

Apple touts stopping $1.8B in App Store fraud last year in latest pitch to developers

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UnitedHealth data breach should be a wake-up call for the UK and NHS

The ransomware attack that has engulfed U.S. health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group and its tech subsidiary Change Healthcare is a data privacy nightmare for millions of U.S. patients, with CEO Andrew Witty confirming this week that it may impact as much as one-third of the country. But it should also serve as a wake-up call…

8:43 am PDT • May 3, 2024
UnitedHealth data breach should be a wake-up call for the UK and NHS

OpenAI is facing another privacy complaint in the European Union. This one, which has been filed by privacy rights nonprofit noyb on behalf of an individual complainant, targets the inability…

ChatGPT’s ‘hallucination’ problem hit with another privacy complaint in EU

Meta’s tracking ads business could be facing further legal blows in the European Union: An influential adviser to the bloc’s top court affirmed Thursday that the region’s privacy laws limit…

Meta could face further squeeze on surveillance ads model in EU

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Security bugs in popular phone-tracking app iSharing exposed users’ precise locations

The location-sharing app iSharing, which has 35 million users, fixed vulnerabilities that exposed users’ personal information and precise location data.

7:01 am PDT • April 24, 2024
Security bugs in popular phone-tracking app iSharing exposed users’ precise locations

Dating apps are not following great privacy practices and are collecting more data than ever in order to woo Gen Z users, a new study by Mozilla pointed out. Researchers reviewed…

Mozilla finds that most dating apps are not great guardians of user data

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UnitedHealth says Change hackers stole health data on ‘substantial proportion of people in America’

The health tech giant processes 15 billion health transactions a year, and handles health information for about half of all Americans.

3:35 pm PDT • April 22, 2024
UnitedHealth says Change hackers stole health data on ‘substantial proportion of people in America’

The director general of the UK’s National Crime Agency has targeted Meta over its planned expansion of end-to-end encryption to Instagram.

European police chiefs target E2EE in latest demand for ‘lawful access’

House and Senate lawmakers passed a bill reauthorizing the controversial Section 702 powers under FISA, which allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct warrantless searches of Americans’ communications.

Lawmakers vote to reauthorize US spying law that critics say expands government surveillance

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Your Android phone could have stalkerware — here’s how to remove it

This simple guide helps you identify and remove common consumer-grade spyware apps from your Android phone.

2:15 pm PDT • April 19, 2024
Your Android phone could have stalkerware — here’s how to remove it

“You can’t leak or sell what you don’t have,” according to the company’s website.

Cape dials up $61M from a16z and more for mobile service that doesn’t use personal data

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published new guidance that has major implications for adtech giants like Meta and other large platforms. Since November 2023, the owner of Facebook…

Adtech giants like Meta must give EU users real privacy choice, says EDPB

Incoming guidance by an expert steering body on European Union data protection law could have major implications for Meta’s advertising business model. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has decided…

EU privacy body adopts view on Meta’s controversial ‘consent or pay’ tactic

Nearly two dozen rights groups are urging the EDPB to not endorse a strategy used by Meta that they say is intended to bypass the EU’s privacy protections.

Meta’s ‘consent or pay’ tactic must not prevail over privacy, EU rights groups warn

Spyware makers are reportedly working on targeting individuals with stealthy data-stealing malware using online banner ads.

Government spyware is another reason to use an ad blocker

A flagship European Union digital market regulation appears to be shaking up competition in the mobile browser market. It’s been a little over a month since the Digital Markets Act…

Alternative browsers report uplift after EU’s DMA choice screen mandate

By adding Standard Notes to its portfolio of apps, Proton will deepen its reach with an engaged community of pro-privacy users.

Proton picks up Standard Notes to deepen its pro-privacy portfolio

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has warned key planks of the bloc’s data protection and privacy regime are under attack from industry lobbyists and could face a critical reception…

As AI accelerates, Europe’s flagship privacy principles are under attack, warns EDPS

The Indian government has finally resolved a years-long cybersecurity issue that exposed reams of sensitive data about its citizens. A security researcher exclusively told TechCrunch he found at least hundreds…

Indian government’s cloud spilled citizens’ personal data online for years

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‘Reverse’ searches: The sneaky ways that police tap tech companies for your private data

Reverse searches cast a digital dragnet over a tech company’s store of user data to catch the information that police are looking for.

8:05 am PDT • April 2, 2024
‘Reverse’ searches: The sneaky ways that police tap tech companies for your private data

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Your cut-out-and-keep guide to Big Tech talking points in a new age of antitrust

With tech giants facing new laws and enforcements aimed at cutting their empires down to size, a lobbying frenzy replete with wildly binary claims is underway. As the likes of Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, Microsoft and TikTok face unprecedented (yes, actually!) scrutiny from lawmakers and law enforcers around the world, lobbyists are working overtime to…

4:51 am PDT • April 2, 2024
Your cut-out-and-keep guide to Big Tech talking points in a new age of antitrust

In 2016, Facebook launched a secret project designed to intercept and decrypt the network traffic between people using Snapchat’s app and its servers. The goal was to understand users’ behavior…

Facebook snooped on users’ Snapchat traffic in secret project, documents reveal

Controversial crypto biometrics venture Worldcoin has been almost entirely booted out of Europe after being hit with another temporary ban — this time in Portugal. The order from the country’s…

Worldcoin hit with another ban order in Europe citing risks to kids

Customers say their leaked AT&T customer data — names, addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers — is accurate.

AT&T won’t say how its customers’ data spilled online

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced its first industry-wide review of data security and privacy policies across the largest U.S. airlines. The DOT said in a press release Thursday that…

DOT to investigate data security and privacy practices of top US airlines

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Users say Glassdoor added real names to user profiles without their consent

One user said Glassdoor pulled her full name from an email and added it to her profile. Another user said it wasn’t clear how Glassdoor got his data.

2:45 pm PDT • March 20, 2024
Users say Glassdoor added real names to user profiles without their consent

Meta has proposed to drop the price of an ad-free subscription in the European Union — currently the only way regional users of its social networks, Facebook and Instagram, can…

Meta offers lower cost for EU ad-free subscription under privacy review

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Want to see an NHS doctor? Prepare to cough up your data first.

To get a doctor’s appointment in the U.K. these days, you have to entrust more of your data to private companies — and there’s not a great deal you can do about it. In part due to growing pressure from the government to meet a two-week limit for patient appointments, family doctors — or general…

4:48 am PDT • March 18, 2024
Want to see an NHS doctor? Prepare to cough up your data first.