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Amazon Has Plans to Share
Your Internet on June 8
in case you missed it
Jun 5, 2021 3:00 PM CDT
Amazon Has Plans to Share Your Internet on June 8
Here's what to know about Amazon Sidewalk and how to opt out
- If you have an Amazon Echo or Ring security camera, the clock is ticking: You have six days to opt out of your device being lumped into a shared wireless network. Known as Amazon Sidewalk, the plan is one geared toward making sure Amazon's smart home devices have connectivity...
Venmo Makes Privacy Changes
After Story About Biden
May 29, 2021 11:45 AM CDT
Venmo Makes Privacy Changes After Story About Biden
Users will be able to make their friends' list private
- Venmo is making a fundamental change to its privacy settings after a story about President Biden exposed a weakness. Users will be able to make their list of friends private, reports BuzzFeed . The money-exchange app previously made anyone's list of contacts viewable to everyone else on the app, and...
Google, Hospital Chain
Cut Data Deal on
May 26, 2021 5:00 PM CDT
Google, Hospital Chain Cut Data Deal on Patient Records
Goals include greater efficiency, help for clinicians
- Google is moving deeper into the health care business. Under a multiyear deal with HCA Healthcare, a hospital chain, the companies' engineers will develop algorithms to help monitor patients, guide medical decisions, and increase efficiency. Google will store data generated by HCA's medical devices, as well as information from...
May 15, 2021 11:15 AM CDT
BuzzFeed Found Biden's Venmo Account in Minutes
Report raises concerns about the payment app's privacy features
- A profile of President Biden in the
New York Times
on Friday revealed that he does something a lot of grandparents do—send his grandkids money via Venmo. That prompted BuzzFeed to do an investigation of sorts. And in less than 10 minutes, the site located Biden's Venmo account...
Meghan Markle Wins
Feb 11, 2021 2:10 PM CST
Meghan Markle Wins Invasion-of-Privacy Case
She sued over the publication of personal letter to her father
- A newspaper invaded the Duchess of Sussex’s privacy by publishing a personal letter to her estranged father, a British judge ruled Thursday, in a major victory for the royal in her campaign against what she sees as media intrusion. The former American actress Meghan Markle , 39, sued publisher Associated...
Shoppers Using Mall Kiosks
Oct 30, 2020 9:21 AM CDT
Shoppers Using Mall Kiosks Unknowingly Photographed
Watchdogs say Cadillac Fairview broke Canadian privacy laws
- A commercial real estate company behind major shopping malls in Canada broke privacy laws in taking 5 million photos of shoppers and using facial recognition technology without their knowledge, according to federal and provincial privacy commissioners. Cadillac Fairview embedded inconspicuous cameras at digital information kiosks at 12 shopping malls—two...
Judge on Markle Lawsuit:
a 'House of Cards' May Fall
Sep 30, 2020 12:18 PM CDT
Judge on Markle Lawsuit: a 'House of Cards' May Fall
Duchess of Sussex hits bump in complaint against Associated Newspapers Limited
- Meghan Markle suffered an early loss this week in her lawsuit against a UK tabloid publisher.
reports that Associated Newspapers Limited, which puts out the
Mail on Sunday
, can use as part of its legal defense material from a behind-the-scenes book that ADL insists Markle...
Schools Debating Whether to
Reveal Students' COVID Status
Sep 2, 2020 6:33 AM CDT
Schools Debating Whether to Reveal Students' COVID Status
Boston University joins UA in not informing faculty, other students of infected students in their classes
- University of Alabama professors aren't the only ones "terrified" of an administration directive on COVID-19 in their own classrooms. Last week, it was reported that instructors there received an email from higher-ups warning them not to reveal to the rest of the class if anyone in that class...
Landlord Text on
Apr 21, 2020 8:07 AM CDT
Man Felt 'Violated' After Landlord Text on Stimulus Check
Ore. man says property manager illegally accessed payment status via IRS site, asked for rent
- On April 15, Austin Goodrich received his stimulus check from the government. That same day, he got some odd texts from his property manager, per Business Insider . In messages documented by Joshua Browder, CEO of the DoNotPay legal chatbot, Goodrich's landlord asked him, "You got your stimulus, just...
Working From Home During
Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'
Apr 1, 2020 12:27 PM CDT
Working From Home During Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'
FBI warns that hackers are 'hijacking' videoconferencing app
- As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, people stuck at home have taken to using videoconferencing apps to hold work meetings and chat with family and friends. One such app that's become ubiquitous: Zoom, founded by Cisco engineer Eric Yuan. But be careful before you log in for that virtual...
Google 'Bug' Sent Videos
to the Wrong Users
Feb 4, 2020 8:31 AM CST
Google 'Bug' Sent Videos to the Wrong Users
If you downloaded content from Google Photos using Google Takeout, you may have been affected
- On Monday evening, some users of Google Takeout, which lets you download data from your Google apps, received what the Verge calls a "nonchalant email" from the company about a "technical issue," and it's one that's raising eyebrows . Per a statement sent by Google to...
Makes Big Move
on Social Media
Feb 3, 2020 6:12 AM CST
Stephen King Makes Big Move on Social Media
Author has quit Facebook over concerns on 'false information,' privacy
- Last month, Facebook decided it wasn't going to bar or fact-check political ads during this election season, nor keep those ads from being targeted to certain groups of people. Now, partly based on that, Stephen King has made his own decision: He has left the social media site for...
In This School
Way to Flush
Jan 4, 2020 5:30 AM CST
In This School District, a Controversial Way to Flush Out Threats
Civil rights advocates say western NY system compromises student privacy
- An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. The Lockport City School District said it activated the system Thursday after meeting conditions set by state education officials, including that...
Suspect: Cops Illegally Got My
Phone Data—and Maybe Yours
Nov 21, 2019 11:48 AM CST
Suspect: Cops Illegally Got My Phone Data—and Maybe Yours
Okello Chatrie is not alone in raising concerns about geofence warrants
- Authorities accessed the cellphone location data of 19 people in the vicinity of a Virginia bank heist before closing in on their suspect, who's claiming the act was illegal. Lawyers for 24-year-old Okello Chatrie of Richmond, who has pleaded not guilty to stealing $195,000 in the armed robbery,...
Facebook Hit With Biggest FTC
Fine Ever for Tech Firm
Jul 24, 2019 9:17 AM CDT
Facebook Hit With Biggest FTC Fine Ever for Tech Firm
Company slammed with $5B penalty over privacy; Zuckerberg escapes serious personal liability
- Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business—but they're only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion. The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company, though...
Millions Having Fun
Now, the Downside
Jul 18, 2019 11:41 AM CDT
Millions Having Fun With FaceApp. Now, the Downside
Critics say users are jeopardizing their own privacy through Russian-made app
- You may have seen the wrinkled faces of friends online, or shared your own, thanks to an aging filter that transforms user photos via the viral FaceApp. The Russian-made app has been around since 2017 but has seen new interest with the viral #FaceAppChallenge and #AgeChallenge, with participants including Lil...
How Google Contractors
End Up Hearing Your
Jul 12, 2019 7:31 AM CDT
How Google Contractors End Up Hearing Your Conversations
Company says 0.2% of audio snippets are reviewed and transcribed
- Google has confirmed contractors around the world listen to samples of audio recorded by the virtual Google Assistant on smart speakers and Android devices. The confirmation comes after a rogue Dutch contractor reportedly shared more than 1,000 audio clips with Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS , which notes 153 conversations...
Meghan Markle Called 'Diva'
After Wimbledon Request
Jul 10, 2019 6:42 AM CDT
Meghan Markle Called 'Diva' After Wimbledon Request
Duchess of Sussex is once more in unwanted spotlight with pleas for privacy
- First Meghan Markle and Prince Harry irked taxpayers with their home redo . Then they set off an "almighty storm" with an ultra-private christening for baby Archie. Now Markle is being accused of harboring a "secretive, high-maintenance attitude," and making "diva-ish demands" after apparently trying to get...
Apr 10, 2019 12:40 PM CDT
Bosses Nab Intimate Details on Workers—via Fertility Tracker
Data is so useful, some employees are paid to use Ovia: 'WaPo'
- Some of the 10 million users of Ovia's health apps, including women trying to conceive via period tracking and expectant mothers recording everything from bodily functions to sex drive, are sending some of that data straight to their bosses. That's according to the
, which reports employers...
Tosses Out Some
Apr 8, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
Mark Zuckerberg Tosses Out Some Decent Trash
'Times' feature follows around a garbage picker, who finds a working vacuum cleaner, hair dryer
- Mark Zuckerberg insists he's pushing Facebook on a path toward greater privacy for users. And Business Insider notes that if Zuckerberg read the
New York Times
on Sunday, he got a real taste of what it feels like to have your privacy violated. There, in a feature on a...
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