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Digital Privacy

December 7, 2018
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A trove of internal communications from senior level Facebook employees were released by a British parliamentary committee earlier this week. The documents were seized in late November, and span a period from 2012 to 2015. The documents were initially sealed in U.S. courts as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the social media giant.

Revelations from the communications include:

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December 5, 2018
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The Mozilla Foundation has released the second installation of *Privacy Not included, the organization’s annual privacy guide to internet-connected gifts. The list was started to promote the idea that privacy and security by design can and should be a major selling point.

Mozilla is the non profit organization behind the popular open source Firefox web browser. It released the guide to educate consumers about privacy and tech, by providing a list of connected...

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December 3, 2018
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Data 114 million business and individuals has been discovered in an unprotected database. Among the information exposed was the full name, employer, email, address, phone number and IP address of 56,934,021 individuals, and the revenues and employee counts for up to 25 million business entities.

Hackenproof, the Estonian cybersecurity company that found the data trove online, announced their discovery on their ...

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November 30, 2018
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This holiday season, make sure you protect your loved ones from identity theft and scams.

Follow these 10 tips for secure shopping in stores and online, sharing on social media and communicating via phone, email and snail mail.

November 30, 2018
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Marriott announced an enormous breach of the company’s reservations database that may have potentially exposed the personally identifiable information of more than 500 million guests.

If you’ve made reservations at the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels or anywhere else that operates on Marriott’s Starwood guest reservation database...

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November 30, 2018
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The holidays are about so much more than exchanging presents. They're a time to reflect on the precious gifts in our lives. This holiday season, while you eat, drink and make merry, make sure you protect what matters most:

Your identity—you’ve spent a lifetime building your financial credit and professional reputation, but identity thieves can take that away in an instant.  Elderly relatives—Scammers often target the elderly, especially around the holidays.... Read More
November 26, 2018
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The U.K. parliament seized a set of internal documents from Facebook ahead of a major hearing with seven countries scheduled later this week regarding the ongoing, now outlawed, practices of user data by the company.

The documents reportedly feature several confidential emails between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and several senior executives at the company on the topic of privacy and data controls.

The head of a now-defunct software development...

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November 19, 2018
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Microsoft’s flagship Office suite has been gathering user data in violation of the European Union’s GDPR, Dutch regulators have determined.

Telemetry information harvested from versions of Office 2016 and Office 365 (including the web-based version) included content from documents and email subject lines, and was sent without informing or receiving consent from EU-based users to US-based servers. The potential for the collection and storage of confidential data was...

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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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