privacy

10.9.19

Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security and Used Them for Advertising

This could make people think twice about using a phone number to secure their account at all.

10.5.19

Google Is Investigating Why it Trained Facial Recognition on 'Dark Skinned' Homeless People

Former workers reveal "questionable and misleading methods" used to obtain facial scans.

8.22.19

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Multiple contractors working for Microsoft explain how they listened to audio captured by Xbox consoles.

8.15.19

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

The change comes after Motherboard found that Microsoft hired contractors to listen to some Skype phone calls.

8.7.19

Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls

Documents, screenshots, and audio obtained by Motherboard show that humans listen to Skype calls made using the app's translation function.

8.2.19

This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

Facebook has failed to be fully transparent with data concerning political advertising, so two researchers collected the data themselves.

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7.29.19

Netflix's 'The Great Hack' Misses The Big Picture

The real "hack" isn't Cambridge Analytica, Facebook or the 2016 election. It's the system that made our data tragedies inevitable.

7.24.19

As Authoritarian Governments Surveil the Internet, Open Source Projects Decide How to Respond

Kazakhstan is telling citizens to download a cryptographic certificate, letting authorities monitor their traffic. Mozilla and Wikimedia are discussing how to respond from afar.

7.18.19

FaceApp Isn't Creepy Because It's Russian, It's Creepy Because It's Capitalist

FaceApp’s privacy policy is bad. Its policy isn’t uniquely bad because it’s a Russian company.

7.4.19

Twitter Pushed Adverts for Spyware to Monitor Girlfriends

The app heavily suggested spying on a girlfriend without her consent.

7.4.19

Anti-Virus Companies Now Flag Malware China Installs on Tourists’ Phones

After a collaborative investigation found Chinese authorities were planting malware on the phones of travellers, Symantec, Malwarebytes and other cybersecurity firms have updated their products.

7.3.19

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

The malware downloads a tourist's text messages, calendar entries and phone logs, as well as scans the device for over 70,000 different files.

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