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Digital Privacy

January 14, 2019
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AT&T and T-Mobile announced that in March 2019 they would stop selling user location data to third parties. The announcements came on the heels of a Motherboard article that reported on the ability to track individual cellular phones via “location aggregator” companies with access to mobile customer information.

Cellular location data was sold...

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December 13, 2018
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A group of fifteen U.S. Senators have introduced a federal privacy bill called the Data Care Act, which has set its sights on the implementation of nationwide privacy standards that would apply to websites, apps, and online content providers. The goal: safeguard consumer data.

“People have a basic expectation that the personal information they provide to websites and apps is well-protected and won’t be used against them,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) who spearheaded the bill. “...

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December 12, 2018
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New York Times report about the ways smartphone apps track users and sell their location data (on a far greater scale than most customers realize) has gotten much deserved attention this week.

One data sample obtained by the Times showed records of a company updating users’ locations up to 14,000 times a day in 2017.

While many users allow location tracking on their mobile...

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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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