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  • Google to phase out tracking cookies within two years

    01/14/2020 2:13:03 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01 14 2020 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    Google on Tuesday announced it would begin phasing third-party cookies out of its Chrome web browser, following in the steps of competitors Safari and Firefox. However, unlike those two companies that banned cookies outright, Google will phase out their support for cookies "within two years," Justin Schuh, director at engineering for Chrome, wrote in a blog post. "Some browsers have reacted to these concerns by blocking third-party cookies, but we believe this has unintended consequences that can negatively impact both users and the web ecosystem," he continued. Google cited user concerns about cookies including privacy and data collection, pledging to...
  • Barr Asks Apple to Unlock Pensacola Killer’s Phones, Setting Up Clash

    01/13/2020 7:23:50 PM PST · by Theoria · 182 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Jan 2020 | Katie Benner
    Attorney General William P. Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., was an act of terrorism, and he asked Apple in an unusually high-profile request to provide access to two phones used by the gunman.Mr. Barr’s appeal was an escalation of a continuing fight between the Justice Department and Apple pitting personal privacy against public safety. “This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that the public be able to get access to digital evidence,” Mr. Barr said, calling on technology companies to find a solution and complaining that...
  • ONC adds social determinants standards to interoperability advisory

    HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is continuing the industry's push to incorporate social factors that influence health—like food insecurity and homelessness—into patient care. The 2020 edition of the ONC's interoperability standards advisory, a collection of agency-recognized interoperability standards and implementation specifications, includes resources to support sharing information on four new categories of data related to social determinants: drug use, food insecurity, housing insecurity and transportation insecurity. "As factors like these can greatly impact one's overall health, ensuring this information is known, and captured in clinical systems and available to providers is important," wrote the ONC's...
  • Apple’s back at CES for the first time in 28 years — and for a good reason

    01/03/2020 9:33:44 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    DigitalTrends ^ | January 3, 2020 12:07PM PST | By Ed Oswald
    Apple made some waves at CES 2019 by placing a billboard outside the Las Vegas Convention Center that needled its competitors over user privacy. This year, the company will have an official presence, with Jane Horvath, its senior director of global privacy, set to appear January 9 on a panel called the Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable. The company will be showing off its HomeKit smart home platform during CES. There, Horvath will likely argue for increased privacy protections. The roundtable is also expected to be attended by executives from Facebook and Procter & Gamble, as well as a Federal Trade...
  • Firefox will let users delete collected data thanks to California's new privacy law

    01/03/2020 9:04:31 AM PST · by Openurmind · 28 replies
    Cnet ^ | Jan 2, 2020 | Oscar Gonzalez , Laura Hautala
    Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, says it's giving all users more control of their own data. The change is spurred by the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, which went into effect Wednesday. The new data privacy law gives California residents the right to know what personal data tech companies collect. It also enables people to ask companies to delete their data and not sell it. Mozilla said changes it's making under the CCPA will apply to every Firefox user, not just those in California. In a blog post Tuesday, Mozilla said it'll give Firefox users the option...
  • It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

    12/22/2019 9:05:45 PM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies
    December 22, 2019 | Mark Mazzetti, Nicole Perlroth and Ronen Bergman
    ToTok, an Emirati messaging app that has been downloaded to millions of phones, is the latest escalation of a digital arms race. IMAGE: The Aldar Building in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where the Emirates’ signals intelligence agency and Pax AI, a data mining firm linked to ToTok, have their offices.  Photo Credit...Ben Job/ReutersWASHINGTON — It is billed as an easy and secure way to chat by video or text message with friends and family, even in a country that has restricted popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Skype.But the service, ToTok, is actually a spying tool, according to American officials...
  • 'I'm your best friend, I'm Santa Claus': Mother releases chilling video of hacker talking to her daughter through the Ring security camera

    12/12/2019 6:33:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2019 | Raven Saunt
    A mother has released a chilling video of a hacker talking to her eight-year-old daughter through a Ring security camera in her bedroom. The footage was recorded at the family home in Desoto County, Mississippi. Ashley LeMay had installed the Ring security camera in order to watch over her three daughters and to feel connected to them during her night shifts as a nurse.
  • Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Sues Justice Department and FBI

    12/10/2019 11:49:46 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 68 replies ^ | 12/10/19 | Gordon Ahl
    On Dec. 10, Lisa Page filed a complaint against the Department of Justice and the FBI for alleged violations of the Privacy Act related to the disclosure of information about her to the media. The document is available here and below.
  • Schiff’s Snooping Standard: He says he can gather and release private metadata because only ‘the far right’ objects.

    12/08/2019 3:41:27 PM PST · by karpov · 78 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 8, 2019
    Kudos to Margaret Brennan of CBS for asking Adam Schiff on Sunday about his release of phone logs of his political opponents. Mr. Schiff dismissed any criticism, and his reason is revealing about the balance of power in Washington. “The blowback has only come from the far right,” Mr. Schiff said. “But look, every investigator seeks phone records to corroborate, sometimes to contradict, a witness’s testimony.” Yes, but executive-branch investigators who want to get data from private telecom companies typically must obtain some kind of judicial order. Mr. Schiff did it himself. Prosecutors are also supposed to limit the release...
  • Hold the Phone, Call Records Released By Adam Schiff

    12/08/2019 4:00:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | December 8, 2019 | Jeff Crouere
    It was bad enough for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to subpoena the phone records of businessman Lev Parnas and President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and other political opponents, but when he released them in his impeachment report it was a stunning abuse of power. In the view of columnist Kimberly Strassel, Schiff’s move “trampled law and responsibility…it was a disgraceful breach of ethical and legal propriety.” Not surprisingly, Trump-hating members of the news media trumpeted the release of the call records as a major step toward the President’s impeachment. Their desire to destroy the President is so...
  • After Google acquisition, some Fitbit users worry about privacy

    11/20/2019 11:54:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 20, 2019 | Jennifer Elias
    When Mike Carpenter learned Google’s latest acquisition would be Fitbit, the maker of a device he wore at all hours of the day except in the shower, he left his Fitbit Charge 3 on the table at his office where he was working that day. He, and others like him, haven’t picked it up since. On Nov. 1, Google said would be buying Fitbit for $2.1 billion in hopes of boosting its hardware business getting a foothold in the health space. Google explicitly said in the announcing the deal that it won’t sell users' personal or health data. Despite that...
  • Facebook bug accesses iPhone's camera while user scrolls through News Feed

    11/13/2019 10:45:06 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/12/2019 | Allen Kim
    (CNN) — Facebook says a bug that inadvertently accesses a user's iPhone camera while they're scrolling through the News Feed will be fixed sometime today. The bug, which was discovered by Joshua Maddux, owner of web design firm 95Visual, appears to be exclusive to iOS and does not affect Android devices. Maddux took to Twitter to report his discovery, where he posted a video that showed his camera, pointing forward, was running in the background while he was scrolling Facebook. "I thought I had opened the camera by accident," Maddux wrote in an email to CNN of the discovery. "Then,...
  • Duck Duck Go offers Mac users even more privacy (why Google when you can Duck?)

    11/11/2019 6:17:54 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 38 replies
    Computerworld ^ | November 7, 2019 | Jonny Evans
    People are finally waking up to the importance of privacy and the risk of entities over whom we have no control hoovering up the details of our digital lives, and that’s why the latest news from Duck Duck Go is so worthwhile. Apple’s good privacy just got better We know Apple is working to protect privacy – its newly updated privacy website shares a huge amount of information on its efforts, while the newly-published Safari white paper confirms the browser’s privacy protections include (among other things): Protection from cross-site tracking. Ad measurement tools that respect user privacy. Secure payments. Sign-in...
  • KSL investigates the secret score that determines how a company will treat you

    11/09/2019 11:37:31 AM PST · by bgill · 28 replies
    ksl ^ | Nov. 8, 2019 | Sloan Schrage
    If you have ever owned a smartphone, shopped online, bought an airline ticket or used a credit card, you are being secretly scored in ways that can impact your wallet. The scorers are businesses we buy products and services from every day. They are called Customer Lifetime Value or CLV scores. All sorts of retailers and businesses use them to judge our value as consumers... most businesses will not tell you what your score is. “It’s not your right as a consumer right now,” Thomas said. “Nobody has legislated that it’s your right to see it and to have input...
  • 'Game-Changer' Warrant Let Detective Search Genetic Database

    11/07/2019 3:19:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 6, 2019 | Kashmir Hill and Heather Murphy
    or police officers around the country, the genetic profiles that 20 million people have uploaded to consumer DNA sites represent a tantalizing resource that could be used to solve cases both new and cold. But for years, the vast majority of the data have been off-limits to investigators. The two largest sites, and 23andMe, have long pledged to keep their users’ genetic information private, and a smaller one, GEDmatch, severely restricted police access to its records this year. Last week, however, a Florida detective announced at a police convention that he had obtained a warrant to penetrate GEDmatch and...
  • Audio from two Amazon Echo devices is handed over to police as they investigate death of [tr]

    11/01/2019 7:50:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2019 | Emily Crane
    Audio from two Amazon Echo devices has been handed over to police as they investigate the death of a Florida woman who was impaled by a spear during an argument with her husband. Silvia Galva, 32, died when a spear impaled her chest in her Hallandale Beach condo back in July. Her 43-year-old husband, Adam Crespo, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. According to a search warrant obtained by CBS4, police requested the audio recordings from two Amazon Echo devices that the couple had in their home at the time Galva died.
  • 18th Anniversary of the USA PATRIOT Act

    10/25/2019 3:08:34 PM PDT · by ammodotcom · 9 replies ^ | October 25,2019 |
    Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the USA PATRIOT Act - a textbook example of how the United States federal government expands its power. The American public largely accepts the USA PATRIOT Act as a part of civic life as immutable, perhaps even more so than the Bill of Rights. However, this act – passed in the dead of night, with little to no oversight, in a panic after the biggest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor – is not only novel, it is also fundamentally opposed to virtually every principle on which the United States of America was founded....
  • DNA Spit Kit Genealogy Databases: Boy, Will You Regret This!

    10/16/2019 7:09:14 AM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 119 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/15/2019 | Lionel Nation
    They might find a particular marker or something that indicates you may have a predisposition or high likelihood of breast cancer or Alzheimer's.... What could go wrong?
  • Amazon Workers May Be Watching Your Cloud Cam Home Footage [Bloomberg Link Only]

    10/10/2019 7:17:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Bloomberg [Link in Body] ^ | October 10, 2019 | Natalia Drozdiak, Giles Turner and Matt Day
  • Life After Google [George Gilder and Cryptocosm]

    10/04/2019 6:14:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published October 19, 2018 | George Gilder (video presentation)
    George Gilder | Life After Google