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iOS 14 privacy settings will tank ad targeting business, Facebook warns

iOS 14 privacy settings will tank ad targeting business, Facebook warns

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Facebook is warning developers that privacy changes in an upcoming iOS update will severely curtail its ability to track users' activity across the entire Internet and app ecosystem and prevent the social media platform from serving targeted ads to users inside other, non-Facebook apps on iPhones. The next version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS…
College contact-tracing app readily leaked personal data, report finds

College contact-tracing app readily leaked personal data, report finds

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Enlarge / A surveillance camera mounted on a wall on a sunny day.Thomas Winz / Getty In an attempt to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, one Michigan college is requiring all students to install an app that will track their live locations at all times. Unfortunately, researchers have already found two major vulnerabilities in…
Secret Service buys location data that would otherwise need a warrant

Secret Service buys location data that would otherwise need a warrant

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Enlarge / Dozens of apps on your phone know where you are, whether you're home, at a doctor's appointment, at the airport, or sitting still in a blank white room to pose artfully for a photo shoot. An increasing number of law enforcement agencies, including the US Secret Service, are simply buying their way into…
Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

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Enlarge / A close-up of a police facial recognition camera in use at the Cardiff City Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Police used the technology to identify individuals who were issued with football banning orders in an attempt to prevent disorder. Critics argued that the use of such technology is invasive and…
Beware of find-my-phone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, NSA tells mobile users

Beware of find-my-phone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, NSA tells mobile users

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The National Security Agency is recommending that some government workers and people generally concerned about privacy turn off find-my-phone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth whenever those services are not needed, as well as limit location data usage by apps. “Location data can be extremely valuable and must be protected,” an advisory published on Tuesday stated. “It can…
New AI tool detects child sexual abuse material with ‘99% precision”’

New AI tool detects child sexual abuse material with ‘99% precision”’

Child sexual abuse material on the web has grown exponentially in recent years. In 2019, there were 69.1 million files reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the US — triple the levels of 2017 and a 15,000% increase over the previous 15 years. A new AI-powered tool called Safer aims to stem…
This AI uses emojis to protect BLM protestors from facial recognition

This AI uses emojis to protect BLM protestors from facial recognition

If you’ve attended any of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, there’s a good chance you’ve been caught on camera. And if your image has been shared on social media, it could end up in a facial recognition database used by police. Computer scientists have tried to mitigate this threat by using blurring and pixelation techniques…
Here’s how to manage your remote worker’s device security

Here’s how to manage your remote worker’s device security

One of the biggest consequences of COVID-19 for enterprises beyond 2020 will be the acceleration of the trend to working the majority of the working week from home. Already organizations were encouraged to look into it on the promise that each employee working from home would, on average, work an additional 1.4 days per month, and…
TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data

TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard...

In March, researchers uncovered a troubling privacy grab by more than four dozen iOS apps including TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media and video-sharing phenomenon that has taken the Internet by storm. Despite TikTok vowing to curb the practice, it continues to access some of Apple users’ most sensitive data, which can include passwords, cryptocurrency wallet…
tvOS, surround-sound AirPods, and more: The other big WWDC announcements

tvOS, surround-sound AirPods, and more: The other big WWDC announcements

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook starts the WWDC 2020 keynote. Today, Apple made one of its biggest announcements in years: that Macs will begin to transition away from Intel processors. The company also outlined plans for new versions of iOS, macOS, and watchOS. But while those were the headlining changes, there are a bunch…

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