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/

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/

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/

 

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/

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.
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According 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

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/

 

 

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!!
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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

Apple and Google have joined Microsoft’s fight for digital privacy

It seems like Microsoft has firmly taken a side.

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Reuters reports that Microsoft put out a lawsuit against the United States Department of Justice back in April, and the case has received quite a bit of support from organizations all over the country.

Microsoft alone has received thousands of requests to keep quiet to their customers, and it makes sense that this would feel antithetical to the goals of any corporation that wants to protect the rights of its users.

Read more: http://www.winbeta.org/news/apple-google-joined-microsofts-fight-digital-privacy

WhatsApp privacy under threat as France and Germany push EU to allow states to break encryption

Telegram, iMessage and WhatsApp all use some form of encryption – and so could come under threat from a renewed scrutiny of the technology which privacy advocates say is key to all parts of the internet

France and Germany are to pressure the EU to let them break one of the most central technologies of the internet.
The two countries plan to ask the European Commission to force technology companies to limit the encryption used to keep messages private.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/whatsapp-privacy-under-threat-as-france-and-germany-push-eu-to-allow-states-to-break-encryption-a7204961.html

 

Privacy groups call foul on WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp’s new terms-of-service are causing quite a stir among privacy advocates

WhatsApp’s new terms-of-service are causing quite a stir among privacy advocates. Yesterday, the company announced it would begin sharing user phone numbers, profile data, status message and online status with Facebook, its parent company — a change that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) claims violates a Federal Trade Commission consent order.
Read more: https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/27/privacy-groups-call-foul-on-whatsapp-sharing-data-with-facebook/