Web feature developers told to dial up attention on privacy and security – gpgmail

[ad_1] Web feature developers are being warned to step up attention to privacy and security as they design contributions. Writing in a blog post about “evolving threats” to Internet users’ privacy and security, the W3C standards body’s technical architecture group (TAG) and Privacy Interest Group (PING) set out a series of revisions to the W3C’s […]

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 […]

Google launches an open-source version of its differential privacy library – gpgmail

[ad_1] Google today released an open-source version of the differential privacy library it uses to power some of its own core products. Developers will be able to take this library and build their own tools that can work with aggregate data without revealing personally identifiable information either inside or outside their companies. “Whether you’re a […]

Top EC articles in August, Apple privacy woes, autonomous delivery robotics Starship, and Zhihu – gpgmail

[ad_1] Top Articles in August We are back from Labor Day (which an ironically somewhat unkind Canadian EC subscriber noted also takes place up north). August was the most successful month for Extra Crunch since our launch about six months ago — so thank you to the thousands of new and continuing members that help […]

Children’s privacy costs just $170 million for Google in settlement with the FTC – gpgmail

[ad_1] The Federal Trade Commission has set a price on children’s privacy online and the going rate is $170 million. That’s how much Google will have to pay under the terms of a settlement agreement to end investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General into YouTube’s alleged collection of children’s […]

Apple still has work to do on privacy – gpgmail

[ad_1] There’s no doubt that Apple’s self-polished reputation for privacy and security has taken a bit of a battering recently. On the security front, Google researchers just disclosed a major flaw in the iPhone, finding a number of malicious websites that could hack into a victim’s device by exploiting a set of previously undisclosed software […]

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13 – gpgmail

[ad_1] A group of app developers have penned a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, arguing that certain privacy-focused changes to Apple’s iOS 13 operating system will hurt their business. In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access […]

Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity – gpgmail

[ad_1] Privacy researchers in Europe believe they have the first proof that a long-theorised vulnerability in systems designed to protect privacy by aggregating and adding noise to data to mask individual identities is no longer just a theory. The research has implications for the immediate field of differential privacy and beyond — raising wide-ranging questions […]

Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio – gpgmail

[ad_1] Microsoft is the latest tech giant to amend its privacy policy after media reports revealed it uses human contractors to review audio recordings of Skype and Cortana users. A section in the policy on how the company uses personal data now reads (emphasis ours): Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both […]

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 […]