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Category Archives: Privacy

WaPo – How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules

The Washington Post: “The rules were adopted in October during the last weeks of the Obama administration after an intense battle that pitted large Internet service providers, the advertising industry and tech giants against consumer advocates and civil rights groups. The campaign to kill the FCC rules began just a few weeks after Trump’s November… Continue Reading

Google is trolling your online purchases to leverage their ad revenue

MIT Technology Review – Google Now Tracks Your Credit Card Purchases and Connects Them to Its Online Profile of You: “Google’s new ability to match people’s offline credit card purchases to their online lives is a stunning display of surveillance capitalism in action. The capability, which Google unveiled [the week of May 22, 2017], allows… Continue Reading

Paper – Attacks Landscape in the Dark Side of the Web

“The Dark Web is known as the part of the Internet operated by decentralized and anonymous-preserving protocols like Tor. To date, the research community has focused on understanding the size and characteristics of the Dark Web and the services and goods that are offered in its underground markets. However, little is still known about the… Continue Reading

Apple – Report on Government and Private Party Requests for Customer Information

“Apple is very seriously committed to protecting your data and we work hard to deliver the most secure hardware, software and services available. We believe our customers have a right to understand how their personal data is managed and protected. This report provides information regarding requests Apple received from government agencies and private parties from… Continue Reading

How to Opt Out of Twitter’s New Privacy Settings

Follow up to previous posting – Twitter drops ‘Do Not Track’ privacy protection – via EFF, guidance on how to restore your privacy when using Twitter – “concerned users have to click “Review settings” to opt out of Twitter’s new mechanisms for user tracking. That will bring you to the “Personalization and Data” section of… Continue Reading

Social Security Numbers: OMB and Federal Efforts to Reduce Collection, Use, and Display

Social Security Numbers: OMB and Federal Efforts to Reduce Collection, Use, and Display, GAO-17-655T: Published: May 23, 2017. Publicly Released: May 23, 2017 In its draft report, GAO noted that several governmentwide initiatives aimed at eliminating the unnecessary collection, use, and display of Social Security numbers (SSN) have been underway in response to recommendations that the presidentially… Continue Reading

Twitter drops ‘Do Not Track’ privacy protection

“Twitter has discontinued support of the Do Not Track browser preference. While we had hoped that our support for Do Not Track would spur industry adoption, an industry-standard approach to Do Not Track did not materialize…We now offer more granular privacy controls.” “We’ve updated our Privacy Policy, effective June 18th, 2017. You can learn more… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

CRS – Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents, Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist. May 12, 2017. [FAS] “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Attacks have been initiated against individuals, corporations, and countries. Targets have included government networks, companies, and political organizations, depending upon whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomatic… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – 15 Most Famous Cyberattacks of All Time

“The WannaCry ransomware attack has affected more than 200,000 computers in over 150 nations. The attack, which targets the Microsoft Windows operating system, has been described as one of the largest cyberattacks of all time. The malware encrypts files, demanding users of affected computers pay a ransom of $300 in bitcoin. The software behind WannaCry… Continue Reading

GAO – Internet of Things: Status and implications of an increasingly connected world

Technology Assessment: Internet of Things: Status and implications of an increasingly connected world, GAO-17-75: Published: May 15, 2017. Publicly Released: May 15, 2017. “The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the technologies and devices that sense information and communicate it to the Internet or other networks and, in some cases, act on that information. These… Continue Reading

Paper – Using Facebook Ads Audiences for Global Lifestyle Disease Surveillance: Promises and Limitations

Using Facebook Ads Audiences for Global Lifestyle Disease Surveillance: Promises and Limitations – “Every day, millions of users reveal their interests on Facebook, which are then monetized via targeted advertisement marketing campaigns. In this paper, we explore the use of demographically rich Facebook Ads audience estimates for tracking non-communicable diseases around the world. Across 47… Continue Reading

Amnesty International – How private are your favourite messaging apps?

“We’ve ranked 11 companies that run the world’s most popular messaging apps – including Skype, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger – on how well they’re using encryption to protect your online privacy. In particular, we’ve looked at whether they apply end-to-end encryption – a way of making your photos, videos and chats unintelligible to anyone but… Continue Reading