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December 13, 2018
Digital Privacy

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...

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December 12, 2018
Location data tracking

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....

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December 10, 2018
USB

Hackers stole tens of millions of dollars from Eastern European banks in a campaign called “DarkVishnya.” The method deployed by the hackers relied on devices connected at the physical location of the targets, rather than attempting to breach networks remotely.

There were several steps to the hack. The first step involved planting in the target banks a device. There types were used: a netbook or equivalent laptop, an inexpensive micro computer favored by...

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December 7, 2018
Facebook

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...

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December 5, 2018

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,...

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December 4, 2018

Email accounts of four top officials at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) were successfully hacked during the 2018 midterm elections.

The NRCC announced the hack on Tuesday through spokesman Ian Prior, and attributed it to “an unknown entity.”

“[U]pon learning about the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now...

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