Tag: Online Privacy

Allo, Google’s New Messaging Service Leaves User Privacy Up to the User

Allo, Google’s new user messaging app with Google Assistant built in, offers automatic generated responses called Smart Replies as well as other computer-generated suggestions. Seems like a lot of useful features, right? Well it turns out that these features and options come with a big price to your online privacy, which Google confirmed yesterday. Instead of keeping messages on Google servers for a short period of time, Google is going …
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Firefox to Release a Crucial Fix Tomorrow

Mozilla is going to patch a flaw in Firefox that if used properly, could be used by attackers to pretend to be the browsers software update servers, and inject malicious code into the victim’s computer. The vulnerability can be exploited to unmask people using the Tor Projects Firefox based, Tor Browser. The hole in security allows an attacker to obtain a valid certificate for addons.mozilla.org to pretend to be the …
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Four Major Toy Companies Fined for Violating the COPPA

In light of a four-year investigation, four major toy companies have all agreed to stop letting online marketers track children’s internet habits. Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, found Hasbro, Mattel, Viacom, and JumpStart Games to be in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  In its four years, Operation Child Tracker uncovered that third-party vendors were using cookies and IP addresses to track kids under 13 years old. …
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The New EU Union Commissioner Gets Grilled by MEPs

MEPs tore into the UK’s new European Commissioner the other night, then decided to take up his position. Security Union Commissioner Sir Julian King started the hearing by speaking French, then went on to address the more technical side of border control, encryption and data protection, passenger name records, government surveillance, as well as cybercrime. Members of the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee asked how he would balance being the …
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