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Facebook Login Notifications alert you when interacting with 3rd party apps

Facebook has been widely criticized for its privacy and security practices and yet, a lot of people still use it not just to network but to log in to websites and apps. It’s of course pretty convenient but comes with possible risks. The social network giant is now introducing a new feature called Login Notifications […]

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Apple’s Privacy Officer Jane Horvath Uses CES Appearance to Defend Company Stance on Encryption and Software Backdoors

Apple’s chief privacy officer attended a discussion panel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to debate the state of consumer privacy, marking the first time in 28 years that Apple has been at CES in an official capacity. David Becker via Getty ImagesJane Horvath, Apple’s senior director for global privacy, joined […]

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Facebook to finally stop using 2FA numbers for “people you may know”

Two-factor authentication has been pretty helpful in preventing unauthorized access to your online accounts by getting a confirmation code whenever you try to log in. However, Facebook has also been using the numbers registered for 2FA for other purposes like targeted advertising and to populate the “people you may know” suggestions. Previously they have stopped […]

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NYT Investigation Reveals How Easily Smartphone Location Data Can Be Used to Identify and Track Individuals

The New York Times today claimed that it has obtained a file with the precise location of over 12 million smartphones over a period of several months in 2016 and 2017. While this data is technically anonymized, the report details how easy it is to associate specific data points with specific individuals. With the help […]

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DuckDuckGo’s Safari Privacy Browser Extension Now Available for macOS Catalina

Privacy oriented search engine DuckDuckGo today released an updated version of its browser extension for desktop Safari users running macOS Catalina. The launch comes after DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials had to be removed from the Safari extensions gallery following major changes introduced in Safari 12 that made the extension incompatible. From the DuckDuckGo website: As you […]

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How to Delete Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on HomePod

This article explains how to delete your Siri audio interaction history and opt out of sharing audio recordings with Apple on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.Earlier this year, it was discovered that Apple hired contractors to listen to a small percentage of anonymized ‌Siri‌ recordings to evaluate the virtual assistant’s responses with the purpose of […]

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Niantic collected Wizards Unite location data even when users not playing

While we probably have a lot of goodwill towards Niantic for bringing us addictive games like Pokemon Go and Harry Potter Wizards Unite, they are also not protected from criticism about the way they run their various games and now, the way they collect data. Apparently, even when you haven’t been playing the Harry Potter […]

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ZenKey by the Mobile Authentication Taskforce will be ready soon

A couple of years ago, the major mobile carriers in the US worked together as part of the Mobile Authentication Taskforce. The group then launched a multi-factor authentication service known then as Project Verify. The solution has been finalized and is now called ZenKey. It’s an effort by carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Version. The […]

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U.K. Court Reinstates Lawsuit Accusing Google of Bypassing Safari’s Privacy Settings to Track iPhone Users

An appeals court in London has reinstated a lawsuit filed against Google that accuses the company of unlawfully gathering personal information by circumventing the iPhone’s default privacy settings, according to Bloomberg. The collective action, equivalent to a class action lawsuit in the United States, alleged that Google illegally tracked and gathered the personal data of […]

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How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic

Mozilla this week began piloting its own browser-based VPN service, and if you’re located in the U.S. you can start testing it for free right away. Called the Firefox Private Network, the service promises Firefox users a more secure, encrypted path to the web that prevents eavesdroppers from spying on your browsing activity and hides […]

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Facebook now lets you choose to turn facial recognition on or off

If you’ve ever felt spooked or confused or downright paranoid about Facebook’s facial recognition capabilities, you’re not alone. It’s long been a source of criticism by both ordinary users and privacy advocates even as Facebook has positioned it as one of their safeguards to protect you from other people using your pictures or something to […]

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