Top websites put escape hatches into privacy policies

In effect, there’s a race to the bottom as companies make representations that are weak and provide little actual privacy protection to consumers!
The privacy policy for Hulu, a video-streaming service with about 9 million subscribers, opens with a declaration that the company “respects your privacy.”
That respect could lapse, however, if the company is ever sold or goes bankrupt. At that point, according to a clause several screens deep in the policy, the host of details Hulu can gather about subscribers — names, birth dates, email addresses, videos watched, device locations and more — could be transferred to “one or more third parties as part of the transaction.” The policy does not promise to contact users if their data changes hands.
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‘Scary’ privacy concerns warrant tougher restrictions on drone use, say industry experts

Aliesha Staples operates a drone business and says the possibilities are endless, but can be “scary”!
Industry experts are calling for drone operators to be licensed and want tight restrictions implemented to monitor the growing popularity of unmanned aircraft.
Aliesha Staples operates a drone business and says the possibilities are endless, but can be “scary”.
“The most interesting request we had was a surveillance request. And the scariest request was when someone wanted a fully sold out concert filmed and the drone was going to be flying above people. And we turned that one down quickly,” she said.
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Privacy Isn’t Just Digital: What I Learned In Private Investigations

Most of us don’t fully understand how privacy works, how it extends beyond our browser history, or how we’re really vulnerable!

When you think about protecting your privacy, you probably think about your Facebook data or text messages. However, as I learned while working for a private investigations company, most of us don’t fully understand how privacy works, how it extends beyond our browser history, or how we’re really vulnerable.
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Privacy Group’s FTC Complaint: Uber Shouldn’t Track Users When They’re Not Using The App

Uber data collection shift should be barred, privacy group urges!
(Adam Fagen)
A digital-privacy group has filed a complaint against Uber, saying the company’s new privacy policy says it could use a rider’s location information to track where they are even when the app is running in the background, and also takes issue with the company’s policy regarding collecting address book information. The Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C wants the FTC to investigate.
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Louisiana governor vetoes license plate reader bill, citing privacy concerns

We know where you’ve been:
Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops!

In a rare move against the advance of license plate readers, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has vetoed a plan to acquire the scanners in the Bayou State. It had previously passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature overwhelmingly.
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WhatsApp users, your personal data might be at risk!
Google Search Shake Up
TWO YEARS SINCE Edward Snowden became a household name, technology companies are competing like never before for privacy bragging rights. In that race, Google may have just dropped out of the lead group. And WhatsApp faceplanted at the starting line.
In the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual “Who’s Got Your Back” privacy scorecard that rates companies’ protection of their users’ data from government surveillance and censorship, Google slipped for the first time, receiving only three stars out of five…
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DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

“It’s really a myth that you need to track people to make money in search!”- Duck Duck Go CEO Gabriel Weinberg

Privacy-first search aggregator DuckDuckDuckGo has grown a whopping 600 percent since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden began revealing the extent of the US spying apparatus.
The search engine uses sites including Wikipedia, Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing and Yummly and offers users bare-bones search results without the personalisation and tracking wizardry which powers Google.
Chief executive officer Gabriel Weinberg told CNBC it crunches some three billion searches a year. “We’ve grown 600 percent since the surveillance revelations two years ago,” Weinberg says.
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Privacy concerns stand against wearable adoption

Many people still don’t fully understand the privacy issues around wearable technology!
As more wearable devices continue to enter into the market and into our lives, questions are being raised as to how vulnerable this may be making us when it comes to potential security and privacy risks.
Smartphones already have the capacity to hold a large quantity of data about us as individuals and wearable technology is likely to work in a similar way — with fitness trackers able to store information about our health, for example, or the routes taken during exercise sessions.
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Deeply personal information exposed in security clearance hack

Unencrypted information of this kind this is disgraceful – it really is disgraceful!!
The U.S. national flag is pictured at the Office of Personnel Management building in Washington June 5, 2015. In the latest in a string of intrusions into U.S. agencies' high-tech systems, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information ever on government workers. The office handles employee records and security clearances   REUTERS/Gary Cameron  - RTX1FAQF
Deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances – mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests, bankruptcies and more – is in the hands of hackers linked to China, officials say.
In describing a cyberbreach of federal records dramatically worse than first acknowledged, authorities point to Standard Form 86, which applicants are required to complete. Applicants also must list contacts and relatives, potentially exposing any foreign relatives of U.S. intelligence employees to coercion. Both the applicant’s Social Security number and that of his or her cohabitant are required.
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Twitter Advertisers Can Now Target You Based on the Other Apps on Your Phone

It’s easy to understand why this type of targeting may freak some users out!
For the past six months, Twitter has been collecting data on which smartphone apps its users download. Now, the company is using that data to make some money.
Twitter announced on Wednesday that its advertisers can use that app information to target users with ads. Marketers will be able to target you based on the different categories of apps you have downloaded onto your phone as well as how recently you downloaded them.
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