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Warning Puts a Damper on
Lawmakers' Use of TikTok
Aug 11, 2022 9:25 AM CDT
Warning Puts a Damper on Lawmakers' Use of TikTok
Memo from chamber's Chief Administrative Office warns against app due to privacy, security concerns
- 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...
IRS Outsources Online Security
to Private Company
Jan 21, 2022 4:42 PM CST
IRS Outsources Online Security to Private Company
Video selfies will be required for some online functions by this summer
- The bane of some people’s existence, the Internal Revenue Service, is about to make life a little harder this summer. American taxpayers will be unable to perform most functions at IRS.gov without providing a video selfie to a private identity verification company, CNBC reports. Do not panic yet—...
Dec 29, 2021 7:45 AM CST
Plaintiffs Nab Small Victory in Google Privacy Case
Judge rules that Sundar Pichai can be questioned regarding complaint about Chrome browser
- 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...
Priest Case Shows
of App Data Is Here
Jul 22, 2021 12:25 PM CDT
Priest Case Shows 'Weaponization' of App Data Is Here
Supposedly 'anonymous' data exposed his use of gay dating app
- A Catholic priest resigned from a top role at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops this week after a news site exposed his alleged use of the Grindr gay hookup app—but Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill isn't the only person in the US with secrets to hide, and analysts say...
Facebook Plans Workaround
on Instagram's Age Minimum
Mar 19, 2021 5:30 PM CDT
Facebook Plans Workaround on Instagram's Age Minimum
Criticism meets internal announcement about allowing users under 13
- Two days after saying it needs to do better at protecting its youngest customers, Facebook has said in an internal post that it's developing an Instagram app that would add users under age 13. Federal privacy regulations don't allow children younger than 13 to use the app as...
in case you missed it
May 24, 2020 10:13 AM CDT
Woman Must Delete Photos of Grandchildren on Facebook
Court in Netherlands rules GDPR covers case
- A Dutch court has interpreted the General Data Protection Regulation to cover a woman's posting of photos of her grandchildren on Facebook. That means, in this case, she has to take the photos down, the BBC reports, because she lacks the parents' permission to post them. After a rift...
Zoom Hid Security
Apr 8, 2020 9:50 AM CDT
Zoom Hid Security Flaws: Shareholder
Class-action lawsuit also claims unauthorized disclosure of personal info
- Shares in videoconferencing app Zoom hit record highs at the end of last month as COVID-19 forced people to work and socialize from home. Then came the drop, coinciding with concerns about " zoombombing " and other security and privacy issues. Another drop in stock price came Tuesday, with shares...
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...
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...
UK Age Checks for Porn
Will Take Effect in July
Apr 17, 2019 4:25 PM CDT
UK Age Checks for Porn Will Take Effect in July
Opponents say new laws threaten privacy
- Starting July 15, UK websites will have to run "robust" age checks on users before providing pornography—or face being blocked by the government. Sites also could lose access to payment services if they don't ensure customers are over 18, the
reports. The age verification requirement is...
Yep, It's Another
Mar 21, 2019 2:02 PM CDT
Yep, It's Another Privacy Problem for Facebook
Millions of passwords were stored in plain text, a big no-no
- Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company said Thursday, an acknowledgement it offered after a security researcher posted about the issue online. "Security rule 101 dictates that under no circumstances passwords should be stored in plain text, and at all times must...
Facebook Says It Gave
4 Chinese Companies Access
Jun 6, 2018 10:10 AM CDT
Facebook Says It Gave 4 Chinese Companies Access
One of which was Huawei, which has lawmakers unnerved
- Days after the
New York Times
came out with a report alleging that Facebook improperly let other companies have access to users' personal information comes a follow-up from the
that reports the group included four Chinese companies—one of which US intelligence has identified as a possible national security...
Zuckerberg Says He
Was One of the 87M
Apr 11, 2018 10:50 AM CDT
Zuckerberg Says He Was One of the 87M
Facebook CEO's own data was scooped up by Cambridge Analytica
- Mark Zuckerberg was back on Capitol Hill Wednesday, and he told lawmakers in a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that his own Facebook information was compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with Zuckerberg numbering as one of the 87 million users whose data was shared. Reuters reports he didn'...
Apr 9, 2018 6:01 AM CDT
Apple's Wozniak Dumps Facebook: 'More Negatives Than Positives'
Apple co-founder has deactivated his account over data commotion
- One of the biggest names in tech says he's defecting from one of tech's biggest platforms. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told
in an email Sunday he's leaving Facebook due to privacy concerns in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal. "Users provide every...
Next Week, a Congressional
Grilling for Mark Zuckerberg
Apr 4, 2018 8:13 AM CDT
Next Week, a Congressional Grilling for Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO to testify next Wednesday in front of House committee on his site's use of user data
- The leaders of a House oversight committee say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the panel next Wednesday. In an announcement Wednesday, Reps. Greg Walden and Frank Pallone say the hearing will focus on Facebook's "use and protection of user data." Facebook is facing scrutiny over...
Facebook Takes 'First of
Many Steps' for Privacy
Mar 28, 2018 10:15 AM CDT
Facebook Takes 'First of Many Steps' for Privacy
Privacy tools overhaul is in wake of multiple controversies, and to prep for tighter EU rules
- Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months. The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data it gathers on users. But the company hopes its 2....
Facebook Made Him Rich.
Now He Says Delete the Site
Mar 21, 2018 3:20 AM CDT
Facebook Made Him Rich. Now He Says Delete the Site
Brian Acton is co-founder of WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $19B
- WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton made a fortune when the messaging app was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014. Now he says it's time to dump the social media site. "It is time. #deletefacebook ," Acton tweeted Tuesday as the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal deepened. Acton remained...
Can Microsoft Defy Feds?
Supreme Court to Weigh In
Oct 16, 2017 11:25 AM CDT
Can Microsoft Defy Feds? Supreme Court to Weigh In
Company won't turn over emails held on server overseas
- The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad, per the AP . The justices said Monday they'll hear the administration's appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held that the emails sought...
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