Is My Phone Recording Everything I Say? It turns out it sends screenshots and videos of what you do

Some computer science academics at Northeastern University had heard enough people talking about this technological myth that they decided to do a rigorous study to tackle it. For the last year, Elleen Pan, Jingjing Ren, Martina Lindorfer, Christo Wilson, and David Choffnes ran an experiment involving more than 17,000 of the most popular apps on Read more about Is My Phone Recording Everything I Say? It turns out it sends screenshots and videos of what you do[…]

Europe is reading smartphones and using the data as a weapon to deport refugees

Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that specialises in extracting a smartphone’s messages, location history, and even WhatsApp data. That information can potentially be turned against the phone owners themselves. In 2017 both Germany and Denmark expanded laws that enabled immigration officials to extract data from asylum seekers’ Read more about Europe is reading smartphones and using the data as a weapon to deport refugees[…]

Google allows outside app developers to read people’s Gmails

Google promised a year ago to provide more privacy to Gmail users, but The Wall Street Journal reports that hundreds of app makers have access to millions of inboxes belonging to Gmail users. The outside app companies receive access to messages from Gmail users who signed up for things like price-comparison services or automated travel-itinerary Read more about Google allows outside app developers to read people’s Gmails[…]

Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

Samsung’s Messages app bundled with the South Korean giant’s latest smartphones and tablets may silently send people’s private photos to random contacts, it is claimed. An unlucky bunch of Sammy phone fans – including owners of Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 8 gadgets – have complained on Reddit and the official support forums that the Read more about Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms[…]

This popular Facebook app publicly exposed your data for years

Nametests.com, the website behind the quizzes, recently fixed a flaw that publicly exposed information of their more than 120 million monthly users — even after they deleted the app. At my request, Facebook donated $8,000 to the Freedom of the Press Foundation as part of their Data Abuse Bounty Program. […] While loading a test, the website Read more about This popular Facebook app publicly exposed your data for years[…]

Facebook Patent Imagines Triggering Your Phone’s Mic When a Hidden Signal Plays on TV

You may have seen the ads that Facebook has been running on TV in a full-court press to apologize for abusing users privacy. They’re embarrassing. And, it turns out, they may be a sign of things to come. Based on a recently published patent application, Facebook could one day use ads on television to further Read more about Facebook Patent Imagines Triggering Your Phone’s Mic When a Hidden Signal Plays on TV[…]

Facebook, Google, Microsoft scolded for tricking people into spilling their private info

Five consumer privacy groups have asked the European Data Protection Board to investigate how Facebook, Google, and Microsoft design their software to see whether it complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Essentially, the tech giants are accused of crafting their user interfaces so that netizens are fooled into clicking away their privacy, and Read more about Facebook, Google, Microsoft scolded for tricking people into spilling their private info[…]

Red Shell packaged games (Civ VI, Total War, ESO, KSP and more) contain a spyware which tracks your Internet activity outside of the game

Red shell is a Spyware that tracks data of your PC and shares it with 3rd parties. On their website they formulate it all in very harmless language, but the fact is that this is software from someone i don’t trust and whom i never invited, which is looking at my data and running on Read more about Red Shell packaged games (Civ VI, Total War, ESO, KSP and more) contain a spyware which tracks your Internet activity outside of the game[…]

Facebook gave some companies special access to data on users’ friends

Facebook granted a select group of companies special access to its users’ records even after the point in 2015 that the company has claimed it stopped sharing such data with app developers. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited court documents, unnamed Facebook officials and other unnamed sources, Facebook made special agreements with certain companies called “whitelists,” Read more about Facebook gave some companies special access to data on users’ friends[…]

The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people’s private posts public

about 14 million people were affected by a bug that, for a nine-day span between May 18 and 27, caused profile posts to be set as public by default, allowing any Tom, Dick or Harriet to view the material. “We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Read more about The hits keep coming for Facebook: Web giant made 14m people’s private posts public[…]

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

It’s time to break out your “Alexa, I Told You So” banners – because a Portland, Oregon, couple received a phone call from one of the husband’s employees earlier this month, telling them she had just received a recording of them talking privately in their home. “Unplug your Alexa devices right now,” the staffer told Read more about You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened[…]

Google sued for ‘clandestine tracking’ of 4.4m UK iPhone users’ browsing data

Google is being sued in the high court for as much as £3.2bn for the alleged “clandestine tracking and collation” of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK. The collective action is being led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd over claims Google bypassed the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser on Read more about Google sued for ‘clandestine tracking’ of 4.4m UK iPhone users’ browsing data[…]

Teensafe spying app leaked thousands of user passwords

At least one server used by an app for parents to monitor their teenagers’ phone activity has leaked tens of thousands of accounts of both parents and children. The mobile app, TeenSafe, bills itself as a “secure” monitoring app for iOS and Android, which lets parents view their child’s text messages and location, monitor who Read more about Teensafe spying app leaked thousands of user passwords[…]

Tracking Firm LocationSmart Leaked Location Data for Customers of All Major U.S. Mobile Carriers Without Consent in Real Time Via Its Web Site

LocationSmart, a U.S. based company that acts as an aggregator of real-time data about the precise location of mobile phone devices, has been leaking this information to anyone via a buggy component of its Web site — without the need for any password or other form of authentication or authorization — KrebsOnSecurity has learned. The Read more about Tracking Firm LocationSmart Leaked Location Data for Customers of All Major U.S. Mobile Carriers Without Consent in Real Time Via Its Web Site[…]

UK Watchdog Calls for Face Recognition Ban Over 90 Percent False-Positive Rate

As face recognition in public places becomes more commonplace, Big Brother Watch is especially concerned with false identification. In May, South Wales Police revealed that its face-recognition software had erroneously flagged thousands of attendees of a soccer game as a match for criminals; 92 percent of the matches were wrong. In a statement to the Read more about UK Watchdog Calls for Face Recognition Ban Over 90 Percent False-Positive Rate[…]

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

Facebook’s apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don’t use Facebook. The company explained that the post is a partial response to questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to answer during his senate and Congressional hearings. It’s no real Read more about Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good[…]

The Golden State Killer Suspect’s DNA Was in a Publicly Available Database, and Yours Might Be Too

Plenty of people have voluntarily uploaded their DNA to GEDmatch and other databases, often with real names and contact information. It’s what you do if you’re an adopted kid looking for a long-lost parent, or a genealogy buff curious about whether you have any cousins still living in the old country. GEDmatch requires that you Read more about The Golden State Killer Suspect’s DNA Was in a Publicly Available Database, and Yours Might Be Too[…]

‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale

the workers wear caps to monitor their brainwaves, data that management then uses to adjust the pace of production and redesign workflows, according to the company. The company said it could increase the overall efficiency of the workers by manipulating the frequency and length of break times to reduce mental stress. Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is Read more about ‘Forget the Facebook leak’: China is mining data directly from workers’ brains on an industrial scale[…]

Chinese government admits collection of deleted WeChat messages

Chinese authorities revealed over the weekend that they have the capability of retrieving deleted messages from the almost universally used WeChat app. The admission doesn’t come as a surprise to many, but it’s rare for this type of questionable data collection tactic to be acknowledged publicly.As noted by the South China Morning Post, an anti-corruption Read more about Chinese government admits collection of deleted WeChat messages[…]

Revealed: how bookies use AI to keep gamblers hooked | Technology | The Guardian

The gambling industry is increasingly using artificial intelligence to predict consumer habits and personalise promotions to keep gamblers hooked, industry insiders have revealed.Current and former gambling industry employees have described how people’s betting habits are scrutinised and modelled to manipulate their future behaviour.“The industry is using AI to profile customers and predict their behaviour in Read more about Revealed: how bookies use AI to keep gamblers hooked | Technology | The Guardian[…]

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse :(

The Whois public database of domain name registration details is dead. In a letter [PDF] sent this week to DNS overseer ICANN, Europe’s data protection authorities have effectively killed off the current service, noting that it breaks the law and so will be illegal come 25 May, when GDPR comes into force. The letter also Read more about Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse 🙁[…]

Orkut Hello: The Man Behind Orkut Says His ‘Hello’ Platform Doesn’t Sell User Data

In 2004, one of the world’s most popular social networks, Orkut, was founded by a former Google employee named Orkut Büyükkökten. Later that year, a Harvard University student named Mark Zuckerberg launched ‘the Facebook’, which over the course of a year became ubiquitous in Ivy League universities and was eventually called Facebook.com. Orkut was shut Read more about Orkut Hello: The Man Behind Orkut Says His ‘Hello’ Platform Doesn’t Sell User Data[…]

Facebook admits: Apps were given users’ permission to go into their inboxes

Facebook has admitted that some apps had access to users’ private messages, thanks to a policy that allowed devs to request mailbox permissions. The revelation came as current Facebook users found out whether they or their friends had used the “This Is Your Digital Life” app that allowed academic Aleksandr Kogan to collect data on Read more about Facebook admits: Apps were given users’ permission to go into their inboxes[…]

How to Check if Cambridge Analytica Had Your Facebook Data

Facebook launched a tool yesterday that you can use to find out whether you or your friends shared information with Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-affiliated company that harvested data from a Facebook app to support the then-candidate’s efforts in the 2016 presidential election. If you were affected directly—and you have plenty of company, if so—you should Read more about How to Check if Cambridge Analytica Had Your Facebook Data[…]