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Ashley Judd: Naomi's Suffering Shouldn't Be Public Spectacle

In 'NYT' essay, she argues that police records about her mom's death shouldn't be unsealed

(Newser) - The family of Naomi Judd wants the police records about her suicide kept sealed , and daughter Ashley Judd lays out the reasons why in a poignant New York Times essay. She writes that memories of discovering Naomi in her final moments "haunts my nights," while fears that the...

Warning Puts a Damper on Lawmakers' Use of TikTok

Memo from chamber's Chief Administrative Office warns against app due to privacy, security concerns

(Newser) - Even members of the US House of Representatives and their staff like to catch the latest viral dance video on TikTok, but a new warning from the chamber's Chief Administrative Office may have them rethinking using the popular social-media app. "We do not recommend the download or use...

Popular Period Tracker Says It's Got Users' Backs on Privacy

Flo launches 'Anonymous Mode' to scrub customer identifiers that can aid in abortion prosecutions

(Newser) - As women scramble to delete period and fertility tracker apps from their mobile devices in the wake of last week's Roe v. Wade decision , with fears that data from such apps could be tied to prosecutions over abortion, one of the largest health apps is assuring customers their information...

Should We Relax on Gay Rights? 'Yes—and No'
Should We Relax on
Gay Rights? 'Yes—and No'
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Should We Relax on Gay Rights? 'Yes—and No'

Ruth Marcus warns why we shouldn't dismiss Thomas' seemingly outlier push on nixing other precedents

(Newser) - Attached to the Supreme Court's majority opinion in overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday was a solo concurring opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas that suggested he'd like to also reconsider cases involving contraception, same-sex marriage, and other private sexual conduct. The pundit consensus has since deemed the chances...

Mark Cuban Just Did What Elon Musk Could Not

Billionaire gets teen tracking private jets to stop tracking his, promising future business advice

(Newser) - Elon Musk tried to get a Florida teen to stop tracking his private jet , to no avail. Mark Cuban, on the other hand, appears to have been successful. Insider reports that 19-year-old Jack Sweeney has stopped sharing data on his Cuban-dedicated Twitter account after the Dallas Mavericks owner reached out...

Tim Hortons Knew When Customers Visited a Rival

Government slams coffee chain for tracking people through its app constantly

(Newser) - The Tim Hortons coffee chain is big in Canada, and the government there has just rebuked the company over a way-too-nosy app. Essentially, the app tracked customers 24/7—even if they thought they had opted out of such tracking—and even determined when they were visiting rival chains, reports the...

Judge: Warrant for Google Location History Was Unconstitutional

Cops used 'geofence warrant' to find people who were near scene of bank robbery

(Newser) - A warrant that used Google location history to find people near the scene of a 2019 bank robbery violated their constitutional protection against unreasonable searches, a federal judge has ruled. The decision—believed to be the first of its kind—could make it more difficult for police to continue using...

Reported Secret CIA Program Sees Pushback: 'It Is Not OK'

Edward Snowden, civil rights advocates slam initiative that reportedly scooped up Americans' info

(Newser) - Facebook isn't the only entity you might need to worry about when it comes to your personal data. According to two lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the CIA has been secretly scooping up info en masse on Americans, and civil liberties activists aren't happy about it. News...

Plaintiffs Nab Small Victory in Google Privacy Case

Judge rules that Sundar Pichai can be questioned regarding complaint about Chrome browser

(Newser) - If you use Google Chrome and don't want the web browser to remember where you've been, you can head into "Incognito" mode, which ostensibly keeps your activity private. A lawsuit now brings under the microscope the meaning of what "private" actually means, and a California federal...

Amazon Is About to Take and Share a Slice of Your Internet
Amazon Has Plans to Share
Your Internet on June 8
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Amazon Has Plans to Share Your Internet on June 8

Here's what to know about Amazon Sidewalk and how to opt out

(Newser) - 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

Users will be able to make their friends' list private

(Newser) - 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 Patient Records

Goals include greater efficiency, help for clinicians

(Newser) - 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...

BuzzFeed Found Biden's Venmo Account in Minutes

Report raises concerns about the payment app's privacy features

(Newser) - 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 Invasion-of-Privacy Case

She sued over the publication of personal letter to her father

(Newser) - 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 Unknowingly Photographed

Watchdogs say Cadillac Fairview broke Canadian privacy laws

(Newser) - 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

Duchess of Sussex hits bump in complaint against Associated Newspapers Limited

(Newser) - Meghan Markle suffered an early loss this week in her lawsuit against a UK tabloid publisher. Variety reports that Associated Newspapers Limited, which puts out the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail, 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

Boston University joins UA in not informing faculty, other students of infected students in their classes

(Newser) - 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...

Man Felt 'Violated' After Landlord Text on Stimulus Check

Ore. man says property manager illegally accessed payment status via IRS site, asked for rent

(Newser) - 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'
Working From Home During
Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'
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Working From Home During Virus? Beware of 'Zoombombs'

FBI warns that hackers are 'hijacking' videoconferencing app

(Newser) - 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

If you downloaded content from Google Photos using Google Takeout, you may have been affected

(Newser) - 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...

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