data privacy

Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Facebook and Oculus data privacy update: AR and data download

Oculus users were sent an update sheet today for the near-future of the VR platform owned by Facebook. In preparation for the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules in-effect date, Oculus is taking action. This May, new tools will be launched for Oculus users, including a new Privacy Center, Updated Terms of Service, Updated Privacy Policy, and a new Code of Conduct added to the Oculus official Terms of Service. Also you'll be able to download all your data - so that's neat.

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GrayKey: The best iPhone unlocker is now in the hands of police

GrayKey: The best iPhone unlocker is now in the hands of police

It would appear that there's a new best way to break into a locked iPhone as of this February. Back in February of this year, the startup known as Grayshift sent out an announcement of a new sort of device they'd whipped up. They had a device that apparently unlocked an iPhone - any iPhone - so that said iPhone could be rummaged through and utilized by law enforcement. Or, say, less-than-reputable persons. Of course, they'd never say they were all about such things at Grayshift.

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Facebook Shadow Profiles: The 5 things you need to know

Facebook Shadow Profiles: The 5 things you need to know

Today Mark Zuckerberg publicly denied knowledge of the term "Shadow Profile" at a congressional hearing. Zuckerberg did not deny knowledge of the definition of Facebook's shadow profiles, but he did attempt to cut ties between the definition and the commonly-known name for the subject. Today we've got a quick primer on the Facebook-made Shadow Profile.

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Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal seems unending, but this week, users are finally getting some answers about whether or not their data was shared. Yesterday, Facebook began surfacing links at the top of News Feeds to help users understand what kind of data they're sharing with third-party apps. Today, the company took things one step further and launched a new tool that allows users to see if their information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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Facebook says its changing its policies and wants your feedback

Facebook says its changing its policies and wants your feedback

As it's dealing with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we've been seeing Facebook slowly implement changes to the ways it allows people to access things like their shared information and their ad preferences. The whole time, Facebook has been citing a need to be more transparent about the data it collects and how it's used, and the next step in achieving that level of transparency is apparently updating its terms of service and data policy.

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Stop buying Galaxy S6: Here’s why

Stop buying Galaxy S6: Here’s why

Today I need to warn you that buying a Samsung Galaxy S6 - in any condition - is no longer worth the hassle. I warn you of this because the Samsung Galaxy S6 is now officially outside the realm of regular security updates. Once a smartphone is outside the span of time in which security updates are released, said phone becomes too dangerous for most average users to use.

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150m MyFitnessPal users impacted in Under Armour data breach

150m MyFitnessPal users impacted in Under Armour data breach

Under Armour has revealed a security breach that affects approximately 150 million MyFitnessPal users. Though the disclosure took place today, the breach itself happened in late February, according to the company. It became aware of the unauthorized data access on March 25 and has since tapped "leading data security firms" to help investigate the matter.

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Facebook privacy settings finally get a long-needed update

Facebook privacy settings finally get a long-needed update

Anyone who has ever attempted to delve into Facebook's settings menu knows what a nightmare it can be. Even Facebook itself is admitting today that its settings menu - spread out over a whopping 20 screens - is way too difficult to navigate. With that in mind (and prompted by the widespread backlash to the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal), Facebook is changing things for the better today.

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Facebook puts a brave face on FTC investigation

Facebook puts a brave face on FTC investigation

According to Facebook, the investigation they face at the hands of the FTC isn't only good, it's welcome. "We remain strongly committed to protecting people’s information," said Rob Sherman, Deputy Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook. "We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have." The FTC investigation into Facebook was confirmed by Tom Paul, Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. The investigation itself is not open to the public.

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Orbitz data breach exposes 880,000 customer credit cards

Orbitz data breach exposes 880,000 customer credit cards

Travel company Orbitz has revealed a huge security breach that exposed about 880,000 customer credit cards. According to the company, the breach -- which was discovered on March 1 -- could have spanned from October 1, 2017, until December 22, 2017, during which time the hacker may have had access to certain data. The data itself was submitted between January 1, 2016, and June 22, 2016, on the Orbitz platform, as well as between January 1, 2016, through December 22, 2017, through select business partners.

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Dark phone company caught selling phones to drug dealers

Dark phone company caught selling phones to drug dealers

The United States Department of Justice indicted 5 individuals for their work with Phantom Secure, a company that made "black" phones for users of all sorts. It's not the making of no-tracking smartphones that got the folks with Phantom Secure in trouble. It was the providing of these phones to international drug dealers that did them in.

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The next big thing in tech is Trust

The next big thing in tech is Trust

When Apple introduced the iPhone, they rightly assumed that the next generation would be willing to carry their identity in their pocket. In the very near future, companies like Google and Amazon will profit from their assumption that we're willing to go one step further. In the very near future, users will trust their entire identity to the cloud. Not only this, but they'll trust a company to tell them information they'd have otherwise had to have researched themselves.

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