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Digital Privacy

October 24, 2018
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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here, and to promote a better understanding of the online dangers we face, the Identity Theft Resource Center teamed up with CyberScout to conduct a survey entitled “Social Media Habits and You.” Focusing on cyber security in the family setting, the survey sheds new light on the ways parents and guardians monitor their kids’ online behavior.

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September 17, 2018
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New Mexico’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a popular children’s app developer as well as Google and Twitter’s online ad platforms for allegedly violating the privacy of children under the age of 13, the New York Times has reported.

The app named in the lawsuit, Fun Kid Racing and its developer, Tiny Lab Productions, are accused of sharing the data of children with five separate online advertising companies. If proven in court, this would mean a violation of COPPA (...

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September 13, 2018
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Drastic times call for drastic measures, and it seems like EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker feels we’ve entered the dire zone when it comes to extremist content. He’s called for a fine penalizing websites that allow extremist content on their platforms for longer than an hour.

In an annual State of the Union address, Juncker indicated that too little had been done in the three months internet firms had been given to remove radical posts in a timely way. The proposed fine...

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September 3, 2018
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Did you hear about the partnership between Google and MasterCard? The online search and advertising giant is working with the credit card company to connect offline purchases to online browsing in a move that would significantly bolster the Google Adwords advertising platform.

A recent Bloomberg article detailed how Google has paid million of dollars for access to Mastercard’s customer data, including the time and location of their purchases.

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August 29, 2018
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After an historic wipeout, Facebookstock was up 2.5 percent Monday on news first reported by the Wall Street Journal that the company is looking into ways to incorporate users' financial...

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August 20, 2018
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Technology giant Google is facing a lawsuit following the recent revelation that they track iPhone and Android users regardless of their privacy settings.

The suit was filed on August 17 in response to an Associated Press investigation that confirmed various popular apps were tracking and storing user location, despite providing a help page that told users they wouldn’t be tracked: “[w]ith Location...

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August 6, 2018
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Facebook stock was up 2.5 percent today on news reported by the Wall Street Journal that the company is looking into ways to incorporate user’s financial information into their platform.

The initial story reported by the Wall Street Journal indicated that the banking customer data was to be integrated into the larger Facebook platform, but Facebook has...

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July 9, 2018
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Individuals are becoming more aware—and concerned—about their personal cyber risks in this age of the data breach.

Once a product for commercial lines, cyber insurance is emerging as the next frontier for personal lines coverages. Cyber threats such as data theft, system compromise and social media risks are no longer exclusive to businesses; they happen to people, too.

The costs are high,...

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July 2, 2018
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If you know anyone who maintains social media accounts and works in law enforcement, and they don't use an alias, send them this article. Scratch that. If you know anyone who might be targeted by hackers who has too much real information "out there" (i.e., most people), send this article to them.

It's no secret that people with...

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June 20, 2018
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Two of Google’s most widely sold IoT devices have a privacy problem that makes it possible for hackers to pinpoint their location. Security experts Brian Krebs and Craig Young reported the findings that Google Home and Chromecast both allow unauthenticated traffic to the devices, which can return that location’s device.

This privacy gaffe presents a serious threat. Utilizing Google’s comprehensive archive of Wi-Fi network maps all around the world, geolocation can be read without the...

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