• Jul 3, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Privacy News Online,

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020

Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of July 3rd, 2020 Andrew Yang unveils Data Dividend Project to make tech companies pay for your personal information A new project started by Andrew Yang is floating the idea of making tech companies pay users for the personal information given up. Most of the time, we are giving … Continue reading “Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 3, 2020”

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  • Jul 2, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

After exaggerated claims about their importance, here’s the reality of contact tracing apps

Back in February, this blog was one of the first to warn that the obvious technological response to the coronavirus – the use of contact tracing apps – raised important privacy questions. Since then, both the apps and their implications have been the subject of debate around the world. That’s particularly the case for the … Continue reading “After exaggerated claims about their importance, here’s the reality of contact tracing apps”

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  • May 6, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

Growing storm over UK’s coronavirus tracing app shows how not to do it

As this blog noted a couple of weeks ago, many governments around the world are looking to introduce coronavirus tracing apps to help take their countries out of lockdown. The hope is that such apps can be used by millions of people to pinpoint potential new cases of Covid-19 so that medical interventions can be … Continue reading “Growing storm over UK’s coronavirus tracing app shows how not to do it”

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  • May 1, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Is the GDPR failing? If it is, how can it be saved?

The coronavirus pandemic rightly dominates the headlines, including those of the privacy world, but in the background, life goes on. For example, companies operating in the EU are still subject to the GDPR, two years after it first came into operation. But as this blog noted a few months back, there are increasing fears that … Continue reading “Is the GDPR failing? If it is, how can it be saved?”

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  • Apr 23, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

What’s the best approach for building Bluetooth-based tracing apps as a way out of the pandemic lockdowns?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, governments around the world are desperately trying to find a way to ease current lockdowns without triggering massive new waves of infection by Covid-19. There is a wide consensus that one promising element of any plan is the use of tracing apps. As this blog wrote back in March, the … Continue reading “What’s the best approach for building Bluetooth-based tracing apps as a way out of the pandemic lockdowns?”

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  • Dec 9, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple has released a detailed explanation of the privacy invading location seeking behavior observed on the iPhone 11 Pro by security researcher Brian Krebs. Privacy Online News first reported on the iPhone 11 Pro phoning home with location data earlier in December. Apple has explained that the location data is used by Ultra Wideband technology … Continue reading “Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro”

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  • Dec 4, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

iPhone 11 Pro phones home with user location even when told not to

*** UPDATE:  Apple explains location seeking behavior on iPhone 11 Pro  *** Security researcher Brian Krebs recently showed that the iPhone 11 Pro tracks users’ location even when explicitly told not to. As of iOS 13.2.3, this is still active. While it’s usually only asked in half jest, half conjecture… The question: “Is my iPhone … Continue reading “iPhone 11 Pro phones home with user location even when told not to”

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  • Mar 2, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

After the quantified self, the quantified employee; but what about privacy?

Back in 2017, Privacy News Online wrote about workplace surveillance. The systems described were all based on monitoring how employees were using company technology. They noted every email sent and received, tracking both sides of instant messaging applications, recording social networking activity, storing online searches and which Web sites are visited. But technology has moved … Continue reading “After the quantified self, the quantified employee; but what about privacy?”

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  • Jan 12, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps

It will hardly be news to readers of this site that mobile apps are tracking us on a massive scale. And yet a story in the New York Times last month about how apps are routinely monitoring users and their geographical position seems to have shocked many. Indeed, Los Angeles prosecutors were moved by the … Continue reading “People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps”

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Apple could have years of your internet browsing history; won’t necessarily give it to you

Apple has years of your internet browsing history if you selected “sync browser tabs” in Safari. This internet history does not disappear from their servers when you click “Clear internet history” on Safari – which has led to many users being surprised to receive this data from Apple. This recently was brought to the internet’s … Continue reading “Apple could have years of your internet browsing history; won’t necessarily give it to you”

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  • Oct 18, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming,

Powerful and pervasive artificial intelligence is coming: now is the time to talk about its impact on privacy

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rather like the GNU/Linux desktop: every year is the one when it will finally take off. Indeed, this has been true for AI far longer than for the GNU/Linux desktop, since it is generally held that AI as a discipline was born back in 1956, whereas the GNU project only started … Continue reading “Powerful and pervasive artificial intelligence is coming: now is the time to talk about its impact on privacy”

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  • Aug 25, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Copyright, Governments, Privacy, Security,

Welcome to the Internet of listening, eavesdropping, spying things

There’s a new frontier for digital privacy: home devices that understand spoken commands. That’s impressive and convenient, but it comes with definite risks, as Rick Falkvinge pointed out earlier this week. The product sites of the main players in the so-called “smart speaker” sector – Amazon, Apple, and Google – offer plenty of upbeat advertising … Continue reading “Welcome to the Internet of listening, eavesdropping, spying things”

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Apple removes VPN apps from the Chinese App Store on government orders

Today, Chinese iPhone users woke up to discover that censorship-defeating apps such as the Private Internet Access VPN app are no longer present in the Chinese Apple App store. The move comes after the Chinese government launched an inquiry into Apple’s App Store content back in April of 2017 – targeting several livestreaming sites. Recently, along … Continue reading “Apple removes VPN apps from the Chinese App Store on government orders”

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Apple patents technology enabling police to prevent iPhones from filming police abuse

Apple has been awarded a patent for making your camera refuse to record what it’s seeing if it also sees something akin to an infrared strobe light. The intention is to prevent recording concerts, but once the technology exists, it will also be used by authorities who don’t want police violence and abuse of power … Continue reading “Apple patents technology enabling police to prevent iPhones from filming police abuse”

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  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Joseph
  • News,

iPhone 6, New Samsung & Blackberry Phones Highlight Security Demands

The Apple iPhone 6 and 6+ certainly made a mark to anyone who follows the latest smartphone release or other markets that were impacted by its release, but many would-be customers have expressed concern over what they are considering a major concern for those who spend hundreds of dollars for the devices. While standing in … Continue reading “iPhone 6, New Samsung & Blackberry Phones Highlight Security Demands”

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