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Feds logged website visitors in 2019, citing Patriot Act authority

Feds logged website visitors in 2019, citing Patriot Act authority

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The federal government gathered up visitor logs for some websites in 2019, the Office of Director of National Intelligence disclosed in letters made public this week. And the feds cited authority derived from a provision of the Patriot Act to do it. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe confirmed these actions in a November 6…
Does Tor provide more benefit or harm? New paper says it depends

Does Tor provide more benefit or harm? New paper says it...

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The Tor anonymity network has generated controversy almost constantly since its inception almost two decades ago. Supporters say it’s a vital service for protecting online privacy and circumventing censorship, particularly in countries with poor human rights records. Critics, meanwhile, argue that Tor shields criminals distributing child-abuse images, trafficking in illegal drugs, and engaging in other…
Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking

Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking

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Enlarge / A man glowers at an iPhone, just as ad firms are worried iOS users will when they discover how they are being tracked and that they can opt out of it. Apple's plan to add a new privacy feature to iOS to limit "invasive, even creepy" tracking by third-party firms is nothing but…
Pardon the Intrusion #30: Your data is up for sale

Pardon the Intrusion #30: Your data is up for sale

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Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. During the first wave of COVID-19, contact tracing apps were touted as THE BIG SOLUTION to tackling the pandemic. Most countries rolled out their own versions, and later…
Do You Let Your Kids Follow You on Social Media?

Do You Let Your Kids Follow You on Social Media?

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If you’re the parent of a pre-teen or teenager, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about and talking with them about social media. Social media can be an important way for older kids to connect with their friends, especially right now. But it can also be full of predators, cyber bullies, and inappropriate…
The fight over the fight for California’s privacy future

The fight over the fight for California’s privacy future

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Aurich Lawson / Getty Images When state Senator Bob Hertzberg learned that an ambitious privacy initiative had gotten enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in California, he knew he had to act quickly. “My objective,” he says, “was to get the damn thing off the ballot.” It was the spring of 2018. Facebook’s emerging…
Companies can track your phone’s movements to target ads

Companies can track your phone’s movements to target ads

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Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google and Apple have taken steps this year they say will help users shield themselves from hundreds of companies that compile profiles based on online behavior. Meanwhile, other companies are devising new ways to probe more deeply into other aspects of our lives. In January, Google said it…
A bevy of new features makes iOS 14 the most secure mobile OS ever

A bevy of new features makes iOS 14 the most secure...

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Enlarge / From left to right: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max.Samuel Axon Eleven months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared privacy a “fundamental human right.” The affirmation came as the iPhones his customers carry in their pockets store ever more sensitive information and the company seeks to make privacy a key…
Pardon the Intrusion #25: Ransomware goes pro

Pardon the Intrusion #25: Ransomware goes pro

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Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. Ransomware is quickly shaping up to be one the most significant online security threats of our era. And there’s no end in sight. Although it’s been around for…
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…

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