Hackers stole personal data from 1 billion Yahoo user accounts

Yahoo says it believes hackers stole personal data from more than one billion user accounts in a cyberattack that happened in 2013!
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Yahoo says it believes hackers stole personal data from more than one billion user accounts in a cyberattack that happened in 2013.

The technology giant says the data affected included “names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords”, as well as security questions and answers, but it claims financial information such as card details was not compromised.

Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2116392-hackers-stole-personal-data-from-1-billion-yahoo-user-accounts/

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Company Behind “Smart” Vibrator To Settle Claims It Violated Users’ Privacy

Customers claim, that they would not have purchased “the vibrator” had they known their actions would be monitored, collected, and transmitted.

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From phones to children’s toys and speakers, just about everything can become a “smart” device today. Even vibrators. And just like all of the other devices, sex toys can also violate your privacy. That’s the crux of a soon-to-be settled lawsuit.
Read more: https://consumerist.com/2016/12/08/company-behind-smart-vibrator-to-settle-claims-it-violated-users-privacy/
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Personal data of 130,000 US Navy sailors exposed by compromised laptop

The Navy has acknowledged the breach was the result of hackers gaining access to the laptop of an employee working for the Navy contractor Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE)!

A laptop belonging to an employee of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has been compromised by hackers exposing the sensitive information of 130,000 US Navy sailors.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/news/personal-data-of-130000-us-navy-sailors-exposed-by-compromised-laptop/

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How private is your iPhone data, and how to protect your privacy

How private is your iPhone, and the personal data stored on it? We examine the iPhone’s built-in privacy measures, explain how to protect your iPhone privacy, and argue that Apple is more deserving of your trust – and your data – than Google.

The biggest political battle of the second half of the 2010s may well be privacy.  Most of all this battle will be fought in the realm of technology, where corporate behemoths Apple and Google represent (at least in the mind of the average tech user) opposite ends of the spectrum.
Read more: http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/iphone/private-iphone-data-apple-fbi-backdoor-hack-privacy-google-hacker-3635262/

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Productivity Commission warns consumers do not own their data, but calls for mandatory access

The Productivity Commission is calling for the legal right for people to be able to access their own information
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Consumers are being warned they do not own the private data that governments and private companies hold about them, but the Productivity Commission is calling for the legal right for people to be able to access their own information.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-03/consumer-access-to-private-data-should-be-guaranteed/7991728
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Sweden bans cameras on drones, deeming it illegal surveillance

Sweden’s move is in marked contrast to many other parts of the world!
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Sweden last week banned the use of camera drones without a special permit, infuriating hobby flyers and an industry group but likely pleasing privacy campaigners.
Drone pilots will now have to show that there’s a legitimate benefit that outweighs the public’s right to privacy – and there are no exemptions for journalists, nor any guarantee that a license will be granted.
Read more: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/10/27/sweden-bans-cameras-on-drones-deeming-it-illegal-surveillance/
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Wearable tech and the privacy issue

Wearables are increasingly faced with myriad legal challenges, the most difficult of which revolve around data privacy

In fitness, gaming, smartwatches and a host of other areas, wearable technology has found a place in consumers’ hearts. For the product manufacturers, however, it is often described as a regulatory minefield: wearables are increasingly faced with myriad legal challenges, the most difficult of which revolve around data privacy.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/features/wearable-tech-and-the-privacy-issue/
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ahoo undertook mass email spying for US government; Microsoft, Google, Twitter all deny involvement

According to a report by Reuters, Yahoo Inc built a secret custom software program to search all of its customers’ email messages, at the request of U.S. intelligence officials.
yahooAccording to a report by Reuters, Yahoo Inc built a secret custom software program to search all of its customers’ email messages for specific information, at the request of U.S. intelligence officials. The report cites three unnamed former employees and “a fourth person appraised of the events,” saying that the company scanned “hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts” at the request of the National Security Agency or the FBI.
Read more: http://www.winbeta.org/news/yahoo-undertook-mass-email-spying-for-us-government-microsoft-google-twitter-all-deny-involvement
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App vs. website: Which best protects your privacy? It depends

“My goal is not just to tell people a scary story but to issue a call to action. Users could start requesting the pri­vacy and trans­parency con­sid­er­a­tions they want from the com­pa­nies they interact with.”— David Choffnes, assis­tant professor

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Should you use the app—or a web browser—for that? That’s the ques­tion that North­eastern researchers, led by assis­tant pro­fessor David Choffnes, ask in new research that explores how free app– and web-based ser­vices on Android and iOS mobile devices com­pare with respect to pro­tecting users’ privacy.
Read more: https://scienceblog.com/487812/app-vs-website-best-protects-privacy-depends/
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WhatsApp and Facebook could face legal action from privacy groups over data sharing policy

SO MUCH FOR PROMISES!!
WhatsApp made a promise in 2014 that it wouldn’t share personally identifiable information such as phone numbers!!
2016-08-29-image-5 When Facebook purchased WhatsApp in 2014, the messaging service vowed that its focus on user privacy wouldn’t change. Last week, an update to the company’s terms-of-service appeared to backtrack on this pledge, something that privacy groups and watchdogs on both sides of the Atlantic are unhappy about.
Read more: http://www.techspot.com/news/66126-whatsapp-facebook-could-face-legal-action-privacy-groups.html
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