privacy

Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Spotify is sorry about their new privacy policy

Over the past day or so you may have noticed a new privacy policy popping up when you attempt to open or update Spotify. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is sorry about this. Not because of the privacy policy itself - it's mostly harmless - but about the method with which it was distributed. Asking for permission to access your photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and contacts. Needless to say this has thrown some users for a bit of a loop.

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Blackphone 2 packing larger screen to land in September

Blackphone 2 packing larger screen to land in September

Smartphone users who are concerned about privacy and security may want to wait until September to buy a new smartphone. September is the month confirmed for the launch of the Blackphone 2 smartphone. Among the improvements that smartphone will bring to the mix is a larger screen. The original Blackphone launched in 2014.

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IRS hack larger than reported: 600k+ taxpayers targeted

IRS hack larger than reported: 600k+ taxpayers targeted

This year the IRS joined the OPM and other entities -- both government and private -- that were hit with cyberattacks of one sort or another. The massive Office of Personnel Management hack has received the most attention, but as you may remember, the IRS was also targeted and suffered a huge loss of data. Only, it didn't report accurate numbers. As it turns out, the hack was even more massive than originally reported, with more than half a million people having been targeted.

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AT&T and NSA were BFFs shocking Snowden files claim

AT&T and NSA were BFFs shocking Snowden files claim

AT&T and the NSA have worked hand in hand to install a vast internet monitoring system, with the telecoms firm aiding spies in wiretapping the United Nations. Although it's been well known for some time that all of the telecommunications firms are obliged to work with the National Security Agency (NSA) on internet monitoring, courtesy of a number of legal requirements, the scale to which AT&T was in bed with the government has not been realized until now.

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Firefox gets truly private browsing mode

Firefox gets truly private browsing mode

Firefox may become the browser of choice for the tracking-paranoid, with Mozilla testing an experimental stealth feature that supercharges privacy. The new Private Browsing option, released in a pre-beta version of Firefox for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, takes the existing privacy window and layers on blocking of third-party analytics and tracking systems.

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‘Cyberflashing’ incident ushers in new era of perverts

‘Cyberflashing’ incident ushers in new era of perverts

The modern world is full of funny new terms that speak of situations facilitated by the gadgets we carry around with us. The new word buzzing around is 'cyberflashing', and some are saying the first of such incidents has taken place via a lone pervert using AirDrop. Reportedly, the suspect used Apple's AirDrop to send unsolicited indecent pictures (it is unclear whether they were images of the suspect) to a passenger on a train in London. Police say they have investigated the matter.

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Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter has announced that it is, for the first time, expanding the scope of its transparency report, doing so to include two new categories: email privacy practices and trademark notices. This brings the report up to five categories. In addition, Twitter is making it easier to find its data with a redesign of its transparency site, including adding improvements to its mobile transparency portal. The new design is already in place, and the data has been refreshed with the two new sections.

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EFF launches Privacy Badger 1.0 browser extension

EFF launches Privacy Badger 1.0 browser extension

The EFF has launched a new browser extension that is designed to stop data collection via cookies and other hidden trackers when you surf the web. The new browser extension is called Privacy Badger 1.0 and it aims to keep you from being spied on as you surf the web. Privacy Badger has been available in alpha and beta forms for a while.

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Researchers claim that phone batteries do help spy on you

Researchers claim that phone batteries do help spy on you

There might be some credence to worries that your smartphone batteries can undermine your privacy after all. But not as ludicrous as the NFC antenna mistaken for a spying contraption. This new theory has the backing of French and Belgian researchers. But before you throw out that battery, be aware that it isn't the battery itself that is doing the potential spying. It is merely an unwilling accomplice for less than conscientious websites that might be trying to identify your device, whether you like it or not. And you probably don't.

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Sorry France, Google says “non” on privacy demands

Sorry France, Google says “non” on privacy demands

Google has rejected France's calls for the "right to be forgotten" program to be applied worldwide, risking the wrath of the European Union in the process. The French data protection regulator, CNIL, had issued Google with a formal notice in June demanding that any links ousted from Google's European search sites under the program should also be delisted from indexes globally. That, Google argues, is a path with potentially dangerous implications.

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EFF developing stronger ‘Do Not Track’ standards for web browsers

EFF developing stronger ‘Do Not Track’ standards for web browsers

While a "Do Not Track" setting has become standard in most browsers today, including Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, it's commonly known that internet advertisers still have ways of tracking users. Advertisers profit from tracking the browsing history of users, and whether users have turned the Do Not Track setting on or not, many will ignore it altogether in their quest for data. That's why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced it's building a stronger standard for the setting, aimed to protecting user privacy.

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Silent Circle tries again: Blackphone 2 for Android for Work

Silent Circle tries again: Blackphone 2 for Android for Work

Given all the news about spying and hacking, you'd think mobile users would be more conscientious of their devices and habits, and yet they are none the wiser. Having somewhat failed to corner the consumer market, Silent Circle is now targeting a more reasonable audience: the enterprise. The company will be bringing its "privacy-first" smartphone, now the upcoming Blackphone 2, to the workplace and it won't be doing so alone. It has enlisted in Google's Android for Work thrust, hopefully to leave a better mark in the industry.

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