This laptop contains Trump Tower floor plans and ‘national security information!
An encrypted Secret Service agency laptop was stolen from an agent’s vehicle recently, it has been revealed, potentially giving the thief access to classified data located on agency servers. According to one source speaking about the theft, this laptop contains Trump Tower floor plans and ‘national security information,’ though the Secret Service stresses that its laptop has ‘multiple layers of security.’
Read more: https://www.slashgear.com/secret-service-loses-encrypted-laptop-with-possible-access-to-classified-data-17479005/
From 1999 on — Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) has used its powers to snoop on journalists and their sources.
The tools are there to be abused. Anyone who doubts this aspect of intrusive surveillance programs is either a supporter or a beneficiary. Oversight might be in place and various checks and balances instituted, but the scope and breadth of these programs ensures — at minimum — collection of communications and data government surveillance agencies have no business looking at.
Read more: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170227/07572936794/leaked-documents-show-german-intelligence-agency-spent-years-spying-foreign-domestic-journalists.shtml
The company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets!
Samsung has confirmed that its “smart TV” sets are listening to customers’ every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets.
Read more: https://theweek.com/speedreads/538379/samsung-warns-customers-not-discuss-personal-information-front-smart-tvs
This raises some chilling questions about the possibility for a “Big Brother” future where our innermost thoughts can be routinely monitored.
Are you lying? Do you have a racial bias? Is your moral compass intact?
To find out what you think or feel, we usually have to take your word for it. But questionnaires and other explicit measures to reveal what’s on your mind are imperfect: you may choose to hide your true beliefs or you may not even be aware of them.
Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/brain-scanners-allow-scientists-to-read-minds-could-they-now-enable-a-big-brother-future/
The first line of defense in protecting student privacy are our teachers.
Gearing up for their district’s password-reset day in October, teachers and school administrators in Raytown, Missouri, watched a spoof video “gym” tour by their tech-support staff, who offered tips for stronger passwords amid “laptop lunges” and “cross-tech” training.
Read more: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/01/how_to_protect_students_personal_data.html
You could be paying more at checkout!
Shopping online could make you a victim of price discrimination. Companies can use data like your past searches or location to influence the price you pay. Anna Werner reports on how that could mean paying more at checkout.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/browser-history-and-location-can-change-what-you-pay-online/
You may not be aware of is that Facebook also works with several data brokers to gather information about users’ “offline life”.
The company collects data on your income level, shopping history and more. …what you may not be aware of is that the company also work with several data brokers to gather information about users’ offline life. This can include things like places that you frequent, how much money you make and the number of credit cards you have.
Read more: http://www.techspot.com/news/67588-facebook-buying-data-about-users-offline-lives.html
65 million passwords were lost in a 2013 breach of the site’s security!
The popular blogging website Tumblr was reportedly taken down by hackers for two hours last night.A group of hackers known as R.I.U. Star Patrol have since claimed that they are responsible.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4057780/Tumblr-hacked-Cyber-criminals-site-Europe-online-attack-just-fun.html
Yahoo says it believes hackers stole personal data from more than one billion user accounts in a cyberattack that happened in 2013!
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/
Customers claim, that they would not have purchased “the vibrator” had they known their actions would be monitored, collected, and transmitted.
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/