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June 8, 2018
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Facebook’s privacy violations and data leaks at this point are becoming so frequent that the company might want to consider scheduling regular news conferences to discuss the latest and greatest security facepalms.

The latest: Facebook accidentally set the default data sharing settings for 14 million users to “public” for all new posts. In short, what was meant to be posted to a circle of friends was posted to the internet, and the world at large.  

“We recently found a bug...

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June 4, 2018
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Another day, another news story about Facebook’s privacy practices.The list of recent stories should be enough to spell the end for most companies, but Facebook abides.

By now you would have to be a monk living in a cave underneath the lost city of Atlantis to have missed the Cambridge Analytica story, wherein Facebook data belonging to 50 million users was used to influence the United States presidential ...

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May 25, 2018
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A data privacy scandal of far greater magnitude than Cambridge Analytica was reported this month, and while it gets worse with each new emerging detail, it’s getting nowhere near the same coverage.

As reported by Slate, the four largest wireless carriers in the U.S. (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) have been tracking each...

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May 22, 2018
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A ballot initiative was recently proposed in California to give consumers privacy rights similar to those granted by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The initiative, called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, would make it possible for residents of the state to find out how businesses handle their personal data, including...

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May 18, 2018
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U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward Markey (D-MA) have formally requested the FTC to begin an investigation into Google for tracking the location of Android users.

The request follows news originally reported by Quartz, that Google’s location services are actively tracking Android users with a very high degree of detail and sophistication, and the...

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February 9, 2016
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By Eduard Goodman and Paul Keane

Editor’s note: When the European Court of Justice invalidated a 15-year-old Safe Harbor agreement last October, it tossed Google, Apple, Amazon and hundreds of small and midsize U.S. companies that transact with European clientele into an ocean of uncertainty.

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August 6, 2015
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LAS VEGAS—Hacking the daily stuff of life is one theme emerging at this year’s Black Hat computer security conference. More than 10,000 computer security professionals, researchers and government workers are expected at the conference, which features 290 sessions describing network security flaws, attacks past, present and future, and how to guard against them. Black Hat is known as a conference where security types present the fruits of research that’s necessary, but at...

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August 5, 2015
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Drones could help hack into personal computers, and, according to emails posted by WikiLeaks, military contractors may want to do that. Boeing and Hacking Team were in talks earlier this year to plant malware on drones to perform such activities, according to emails stolen from Hacking Team in July. How this could work: An al-Qaeda operative is hiding in the foothills of another country, which may or may not be protecting him from U.S. detection. The U.S. military could try hacking into that...

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August 4, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

In a move that could set a precedent for service providers, Google pushed back against the expansion of what’s become known as the Right to be Forgotten ruling, and refused to comply with a notice issued by French data protection agency Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes mandating the company remove links from its domains worldwide (as opposed to removal by country only). “We respectfully disagree with the CNIL’s...

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August 3, 2015
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A government contractor, several of whose employees were caught on video drunk while on a sensitive security mission in Afghanistan, now is being used to help fix the security breach at the Office of Personnel Management. “What are they thinking?” asked Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who wants to know how the company got its contract from the OPM with no competitive bidding. “What in this company’s background gave them assurances that they are the company that can handle this incredibly...

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