privacy

Verizon Supercookie refuses to die, gets help from AOL

Verizon Supercookie refuses to die, gets help from AOL

Perhaps "zombie cookie" is indeed a better name for Verizon's much criticized "supercookie" scheme. The major US carrier received a lot of heat early this year when it was revealed how it used "undeletable" cookies to track users' Internet comings and goings for the purpose of advertising. The furor has died down since Verizon allowed customers to opt out of this kind of tracking. But now it seems that Verizon is ready to earn the public's ire again, revealing that it will combine its users' advertising profile into AOL's ad network.

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Potential chaos as US snooping snipes US-Europe data deal

Potential chaos as US snooping snipes US-Europe data deal

US government snooping has scuppered a controversial agreement between the United States and Europe, which for 15 years had allowed liberal data transfer across the Atlantic. The Safe Harbour system had been established by the European Commission between 1998 and 2000, allowing US companies to register their data protection certification as equal and equivalent to that demanded by EU law.

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15m T-Mobile consumers hacked: SSN and more taken

15m T-Mobile consumers hacked: SSN and more taken

The names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and more of fifteen million T-Mobile credit applicants have been stolen, the carrier has confirmed today. The hack focused on the servers of consumer credit agency Experian, which had stored credit assessment data of customers applying for service with T-Mobile between September 1, 2013 through September 16, 2015.

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Microsoft explains what data Windows 10 collects

Microsoft explains what data Windows 10 collects

Right from the get go, one of the most voiced criticisms of the new Windows 10, right next to forced system updates, is its privacy policy of, well, not being private by default. It had all the switches for sending data turned on, which users might unknowingly leave enabled unless they become aware of it. Responding to the negative reception of these "features", Microsoft blogged about the types of data it does and does not collect and for what purpose. Suffice it to say, not everyone might be satisfied with the non-statement.

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Privacy-conscious Blackphone 2 now available for purchase

Privacy-conscious Blackphone 2 now available for purchase

Silent Circle has promised and now it is delivering on it second attempt to corner the still niche market for enterprise hardened mobile devices designed to keep your data in and intruders out. The Blackphone 2, now equipped with a larger screen and more or less updated specs, is now available for purchase. Sadly, that extra bit of security and privacy does come at a rather high price than most high-end smartphones. But for some, particularly in the enterprise, that might be something worth paying for.

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France orders Google to apply ‘right to be forgotten’ removals globally

France orders Google to apply ‘right to be forgotten’ removals globally

French privacy watchdog CNIL has denied Google's appeal against applying "right to be forgotten" removals to all of its global sites. Google was protesting a June decision from CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés), which saw the regulator threaten the search giant with sanctions. Google has been following recent European court decisions that gives individuals the right to file removal requests for certain information. However, Google was only removing search results from its European domains, such as Google.fr or Google.de.

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AVG openly admits selling user details to advertisers

AVG openly admits selling user details to advertisers

AVG has practically redefined what it means to offer a freemium service. While most products will just gate features behind paywalls, the Czech security outfit has found a different way to make money. And that is by selling some user details to advertisers. While it is hardly shocking to hear of companies cashing in on their customers' information, AVG's "coming out" is ruffling feathers as it now more openly admits to this worrying business practice. Sadly, it is a practice that almost everyone uses but get away with it because barely anyone reads the fine print.

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Comcast strikes settlement with California over privacy issue

Comcast strikes settlement with California over privacy issue

Comcast and California have struck a settlement deal according to the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris. The settlement was announced on Thursday, and is related to claims that Comcast published personal customer data online, including phone numbers, names, and addresses. This is said to have affected “tens of thousands” of Comcast subscribers who had shelled out for an unlisted VOIP service.

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Spotify updates its privacy policy again, makes it more clear

Spotify updates its privacy policy again, makes it more clear

Spotify updated its privacy policy in the recent past, and while many users went on to accept the updated terms (which are, by all accounts, fairly benign), some users expressed concern about some of the content Spotify may or may not be accessing. That all boiled down to a communication issue, says Spotify, which had quickly pushed out an apology when the uproar started. Now it is back with another updated privacy policy, and this one is more clear.

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Iowa starts testing smartphone-based digital driver’s licenses

Iowa starts testing smartphone-based digital driver’s licenses

Over a year ago, we heard about the state of Iowa's initiative to develop digital driver’s licenses that could eventually replace the plastic cards used through the US. The digital licenses would feature the same information as the physical versions — photo, address, date of birth, etc. — but be stored on a user's smartphone. Well, Iowa has now announced that it's beginning a test program, known as the Mobile Driver License (mDL), for a number of different situations, but limited to employees of the states' Department of Transportation.

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