America’s largest companies push for federal online privacy laws to circumvent state regulatory efforts – gpgmail

[ad_1] As California moves ahead with what would be the most restrictive online privacy laws in the nation, the chief executives of some of the nation’s largest companies are taking their case to the nation’s capitol to plead for federal regulation. Chief executives at Amazon, AT&T, Dell, Ford, IBM, Qualcomm, Walmart, and other leading financial […]

Mental health websites in Europe found sharing user data for ads – gpgmail

[ad_1] Research by a privacy rights advocacy group has found popular mental health websites in the EU are sharing users’ sensitive personal data with advertisers. Europeans going online to seek support with mental health issues are having sensitive health data tracked and passed to third parties, according to Privacy International’s findings — including depression websites […]

After data incidents, Instagram expands its bug bounty – gpgmail

[ad_1] Facebook is expanding its data abuse bug bounty to Instagram. The social media giant, which owns Instagram, first rolled out its data abuse bounty in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw tens of millions of Facebook profiles scraped to help swing undecided voters in favor of the Trump campaign during the […]

WebKit’s new anti-tracking policy puts privacy on a par with security – gpgmail

[ad_1] WebKit, the open source engine that underpins Internet browsers including Apple’s Safari browser, has announced a new tracking prevention policy that takes the strictest line yet on the background and cross-site tracking practices and technologies which are used to creep on Internet users as they go about their business online. Trackers are technologies that […]

Facebook contractors said to have collected and transcribed users’ audio without permission – gpgmail

[ad_1] Reset the counter on “number of days since the last Facebook privacy scandal.” Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users’ audio, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors. The report came from Bloomberg, […]

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission – gpgmail

[ad_1] Robocall-blocking apps promise to rid your life of spoofed and spam phone calls. But are they as trustworthy as they claim to be? One security researcher said many of these apps can violate your privacy as soon as they are opened. Dan Hastings, a senior security consultant cybersecurity firm NCC Group, analyzed some of […]

Facebook could face billions in potential damages as court rules facial recognition lawsuit can proceed – gpgmail

[ad_1] Facebook is facing exposure to billions of dollars in potential damages as a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook’s arguments to halt a class action lawsuit claiming it illegally collected and stored the biometric data of millions of users. The class action lawsuit has been working its way through the courts since 2015, […]

Amazon quietly adds ‘no human review’ option to Alexa settings as voice AIs face privacy scrutiny – gpgmail

[ad_1] Amazon has tweaked the settings for its Alexa voice AI to allow users to opt out of their voice recordings being manually reviewed by the company’s human workers. The policy shift took effect Friday, according to Bloomberg, which reports that Alexa users will now find an option in the settings menu of the Alexa […]