privacy

Uber app found to have special iPhone screen recording permission

Uber app found to have special iPhone screen recording permission

Uber's iPhone app has a special permission (entitlement) that has some privacy experts upset. Security researcher Will Strafach recently made the entitlement public in the form of a tweet, and Uber has since confirmed it in a roundabout way, saying that it is used to improve the way the app renders on the Apple Watch.

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Equifax update: More victims than households in the USA

Equifax update: More victims than households in the USA

Equifax announced today that 2.5-million previously uncounted US-based victims were "potentially impacted" by their data breach. While Equifax continues to call them "customers", the vast majority of these users were victimized by the credit company itself, seeking out and purchasing their personal info before holding it in a series of insecure web-connected locations. Thus far the Equifax data breach puts 145.5-MILLION US citizens in the "potentially impacted" category.

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DJI adds an internet off-switch for drone privacy

DJI adds an internet off-switch for drone privacy

DJI has rolled out a new option for drone operators, offering privacy-minded pilots a way to take their aircraft completely offline. The update, dubbed the DJI Local Data Mode, was announced back in August. It's targeted at enterprise users and government agencies, who might want the usefulness of a drone but at the same time demand the security guarantee that the data it's collecting isn't being uploaded to the internet.

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This Blockchain phone is unreal: Sirin Labs, Solarin, and FINNEY

This Blockchain phone is unreal: Sirin Labs, Solarin, and FINNEY

Sirin Labs' FINNEY device was announced this week as the world's first blockchain smartphone. Inside the data provided by the company (Sirin Labs) we've gotten a fair idea of what could work, what will be difficult, and what will be downright impossible to accomplish. This is a realistic look at what's going to happen with this device and the rest of the FINNEY device family in the near future.

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iPhone X Face ID spills secrets as Apple talks security

iPhone X Face ID spills secrets as Apple talks security

With the iPhone X on the horizon, and plenty of questions about how Face ID will hold up, Apple has relaunched its privacy site and released a white paper about the facial recognition system. Announced at Apple's iPhone event earlier this month, Face ID relies on the iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera, the cluster of new sensors that occupies much of the controversial "notch" at the top of the smartphone's OLED screen. Since it completely replaces Touch ID, there have been questions all the way up to the government about just how safe and secure it might be.

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Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram has tweaked its comment controls, adding more granularity over who can respond in an attempt to cut down on harassment and bullying. The photo and video social network has faced criticism for handling offensive and threatening comments against its users poorly, in addition to offering mediocre tools for them to manage their accounts. Indeed, until now it was effectively an all-or-nothing approach.

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Yubico’s new USB-C authenticator is entirely too tiny

Yubico’s new USB-C authenticator is entirely too tiny

The Yubico YubiKey 4C Nano is the perfect way for you to lose access to your computer because of it's miniature size. The image of this device you see above and/or below should give you an accurate sense for scale - it's just about the size of most USB/Bluetooth dongles. The difference here is that this device is the key to your crypto and touch-to-sign, FIDO U2F, one-time password, smart card (PIV), and smart card (OpenPGP) authentication - important stuff.

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Firefox on iOS 11 blocks tracking, Firefox Focus gets more tabs

Firefox on iOS 11 blocks tracking, Firefox Focus gets more tabs

Although it may have been seemingly pushed to the sidelines, Firefox remains one the most popular browsers available on all major operating systems. And although it was late to arrive on iOS, it is making up for lost time by introducing new features like, finally, ad and content blocking. It is also adding new features to the Android version of its privacy-focused Firefox Focus which, almost ironically, removes one of the app's key strengths.

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Purism Librem 5: the promise of a truly free, truly open phone

Purism Librem 5: the promise of a truly free, truly open phone

Part of the appeal of Android is its openness, at least compared to iOS. But, let’s face it. Google isn’t running a charity and Android’s direction will always be aligned with Google’s business. There will always be a large hole to be filled as far as a truly open, truly free, truly secure, and truly private phone goes. And Purism, the people behind the more or less successful Librem laptops, is diving into that space with the Librem 5 phone, and it is taking open source communities along for the ride.

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GO Keyboard reportedly violates Google Play privacy policies

GO Keyboard reportedly violates Google Play privacy policies

Privacy has unfortunately become almost a commodity these days. It is something that users mostly take for granted, especially in exchange for convenience, and something companies use to barter with each other. Despite that somewhat lax attitude, however, there are times when too much is really too much. As seems to be the case with GO Keyboard, a popular third-party Android keyboard that is reportedly going way above acceptable behavior and even outright violates Google Play rules.

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Experian criticized for sending credit freeze PINs through email

Experian criticized for sending credit freeze PINs through email

Experian is being criticized for allowing consumers to get their credit freeze PINs through email after answering questions that mostly involve information already leaked by Equifax and others. The PINs are used to unfreeze one's credit, making it possible to seek loans and other similar things. Many consumers have put a freeze on their credit in light of the massive Equifax data leak.

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iOS 11 just destroyed Uber’s most annoying privacy flaw

iOS 11 just destroyed Uber’s most annoying privacy flaw

Uber's oft-criticized location tracking has been reined in with the arrival iOS 11, with Apple forcing app-makers to give more granular controls over privacy to users. The ride-sharing app always made use of location services on the iPhone to allow drivers to navigate to their pickup, of course, but that proved insufficient for Uber's appetites. In an update in 2016, Uber decided to restrict an existing location privacy option that iPhone users had previously been enjoying.

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