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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Your Kid’s School Is Probably Collecting Tons of Data on Them

Your Kid’s School Is Probably Collecting Tons of Data on Them

We’re living in a time when cyber-bulling, self-harm, suicide and school shootings are all things that parents and educators need to worry about. And as technology became more prevalent in the classroom, an obvious solution was born—monitor what our kids are searching, reading, viewing and writing to look for red flags. As a result, schools…
Senate takes another stab at privacy law with proposed COPRA bill

Senate takes another stab at privacy law with proposed COPRA bill

Enlarge / Sen. Maria Cantwell during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Aug. 22, 2018. Perhaps the third time's the charm: a group of Senate Democrats, following in the recent footsteps of their colleagues in both chambers, has introduced a bill that would impose sweeping reforms to the current disaster patchwork of US privacy law.…
Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and Televisions offered in the nation

Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and...

Russia has officially passed a law banning the sale of electronic equipment that doesn’t have Russian software pre-installed on it. The law — which is set to go into effect starting July 1, 2020 — will force electronic equipment sold in Russia — such as smartphones, computers, and smart TVs — to ship pre-installed with apps…
FTC head asks Congress genuine personal privacy laws he can implement

FTC head asks Congress genuine personal privacy laws he can implement

Enlarge / FTC Chairman Joseph Simons testifying about antitrust matters before a Senate committee in September 2019. In testimony before a House subcommittee Wednesday, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons renewed his call for Congress to pass new privacy legislation, telling representatives, essentially, he can't enforce a law that doesn't exist. Simons was on Capitol…
Facebook is covertly utilizing your iPhone’s cam as you scroll your feed

Facebook is covertly utilizing your iPhone’s cam as you scroll your...

iPhone owners, beware. It appears Facebook might be actively using your camera without your knowledge while you’re scrolling your feed. The issue has come to light after a user going by the name Joshua Maddux took to Twitter to report the unusual behavior, which occurs in the Facebook app for iOS. In footage he shared,…
Google has access to comprehensive health records on 10s of countless Americans

Google has access to comprehensive health records on 10s of countless...

Enlarge / Mountain View, Calif. - May 21, 2018: Exterior view of a Googleplex building, the corporate headquarters complex of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. Google quietly partnered last year with Ascension—the country's second-largest health system—and has since gained access to detailed medical records on tens of millions of Americans, according to a…
DNA screening start-up exposes consumer details in information breach

DNA screening start-up exposes consumer details in information breach

Veritas Genetics, a DNA-testing startup, has become the latest company to fall victim to a security incident that exposed customer information. According to Bloomberg, the company said it recently became aware of an instance of unauthorized access involving a consumer-facing portal. While it did not contain genetic data or health records, the details are very…
Facebook Groups API defect exposed information to 100 designers, business states

Facebook Groups API defect exposed information to 100 designers, business states

Enlarge / A wall of user photos form a Facebook logo at the company's data center in Lulea, Sweden. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images More than a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light, Facebook is once again admitting that some developers have accessed user data that they should not have. Facebook said in a developer…
5 months after returning rental automobile, male still has push-button control

5 months after returning rental automobile, male still has push-button control

Enlarge / FordPass, offered by Ford Motor Company, is available for iOS and Android devices. When Masamba Sinclair rented a Ford Expedition from Enterprise Rent-a-Car last May, he was excited to connect it to FordPass. The app allows drivers to use their phones to remotely start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors,…
RIP: How to stop Google from taking all your information after you pass away

RIP: How to stop Google from taking all your information after...

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Inevitably, one day you’re going to die. While you may think your online identity will go to the grave with you, that’s not always how it works out. Without setting…

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