privacy

France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

France orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users, shipping data to US

Slowly and bit by bit, Facebook is losing legal ground in Europe over what many member states are now calling illegal practices that violate the privacy of users and non-users alike. The case it faces in France, however, is significant because of its timing and its root cause. The French privacy regulator CNIL has ordered Facebook to stop tracking the web activities of non-Facebook users, among other things, or face hefty fines. But in addition, it has called out Facebook for transferring European data to the US, which has basically been declared illegal in the EU.

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Microsoft Edge’s inPrivate browsing fails at being private

Microsoft Edge’s inPrivate browsing fails at being private

Most browsers these days include an "incognito" or private browsing mode, which, in theory, does not store anything related to your browsing activities on the computer they were used on. Its purpose is to add some level of privacy, especially for a computer that is accessed by multiple users. The newest web browser on the block, Microsoft Edge, also has that feature, which it calls "inPrivate" mode. However, it turns out that browsing in that mode might not be a completely private activity after all.

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Nest thermostat leaked unencrypted zip codes, now fixed

Nest thermostat leaked unencrypted zip codes, now fixed

It seems that Nest is again being made into the poster boy for everything that can go wrong with Internet of Things appliances. Remember the Nest Protect smoke detector fiasco of 2014? How about the more recent case of the cold shoulder from suddenly non-working thermostats? Now researchers from Princeton University have discovered how Nest, along with some other "smart appliances" might be leaking information, like the user's ZIP code, in an easily hacked, unencrypted way, leaving users exposed and even potentially in danger.

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Apple to blame for leaky incognito mode on Macs, says NVIDIA

Apple to blame for leaky incognito mode on Macs, says NVIDIA

Mac users, beware! Your super private incognito mode, or actually anything you might be doing that you don't want other eyes to see, might not be that safe after all. At least if those eyes belong to other people you allow to use your Mac. A report over the weekend revealed how Apple's computers sometimes suddenly pops up a "ghost" of a previously closed window, potentially revealing its contents. At first, it was NVIDIA's GPUs were theorized to be the culprit, as it is the one handling the graphics work. NVIDIA, however, says it's Apple's OS X that's at fault.

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Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will have new GAIA security solution

Samsung 2016 Smart TVs will have new GAIA security solution

It seems that for 2016, Samsung will be putting a lot of focus on its smart TV platform. After announcing that all its 2016 smart TV lineup will be IoT friendly, and that its SUHD TVs can even become smart home hubs, it is now revealing how it plans to safeguard all the private information that will be passing through those TVs. Samsung has just introduced GAIA, a three-layered security solution it has built on top of its Tizen-based smart TV platform that promises the same encapsulation and isolation methods it uses with its KNOX Android security framework.

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U.S. voter database leak leaves millions exposed

U.S. voter database leak leaves millions exposed

A leaky database has been discovered that contains information on more than 191 million U.S. voters. The discovery was made by researcher Chris Vickery, who found his own personal information among millions of others’ in the misconfigured database. Despite efforts, the source of the database hasn’t yet been discovered and law enforcement, at least at this time, doesn’t appear too interested in taking down the list.

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China’s anti-terrorism law does what US, UK could only dream of

China’s anti-terrorism law does what US, UK could only dream of

The US and the UK have only been planning and talking about it for years, but China has already done it. Unsurprisingly, despite strong criticism and outcry from the US and tech companies, China has passed a law that practically requires technology companies to have backdoors to encrypted systems and to hand the Chinese government keys to those doors should they be required by law. Almost ironically, the US' arguments against that law sound similar to the ones used by tech companies against the US' similar proposal.

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Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

Alleged hacker charged with stealing scripts, celebrity IDs

An alleged hacker has been charged with stealing television scripts, celebrity social security numbers, explicit personal videos, and more through the use of phishing techniques and malware. None of the victims have been named, however they’re said to include a comedy film, “hip-hop biopic,” professional athletes, and actors, among others. The data theft came to light after the alleged hacker reportedly tried to sell some of the content to a well-known radio host.

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Yahoo’s warning users of state-sponsored spying, too

Yahoo’s warning users of state-sponsored spying, too

Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer Bob Lord has announced that Yahoo will now inform its’ users when they’re the subject of a state-sponsored attack. The notifications will be provided if the company “strongly suspect[s]” an account has been targeted by a state-sponsored actor of some sort, giving the user a chance to protect his or her account.

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Now the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Now the TSA can force you to go through the body-scanner

Your next flight might include a mandatory trip through the body scanner, with the US government quietly changing the opt-out rules for searches. In a document published earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security outlined an update to the Advanced Imagery Technology protocols used by the TSA at US airports, adding a clause which allows officers to insist travelers go through the controversial machines.

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