All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Privacy’

Facebook Tests Privacy Checkup So You Don’t Make a Complete Ass of Yourself

Facebook tests new features and little tweaks all the time, and the majority of them never make it to primetime (meaning a global rollout). But here’s one that we think would be rather helpful. The company is testing a new “privacy checkup” warning that asks users if they are sure they want to continue posing publicly. Maybe you turned your …

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Stingray: Local Cops Track Cell Phones Like NSA

According to the Associated Press, police are able to track your cell phone with a device called Stingray. The mechanism is a suitcase-sized tool manufactured by the Harris Corporation that mimics a cell phone tower. There is not much known about the device, but back in 2011 the city of Miami inadvertently published the price and description of a unit …

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WhatsApp ‘Sets Record Straight’ On Facebook Acquisition

A little less than a month ago, Facebook announced that it is acquiring WhatsApp for about $19 billion. There have been countless articles about what this deal will mean for WhatsApp users in the meantime, and apparently WhatsApp hasn’t been too fond of a lot of that coverage. CEO and co-founder Jan Koum took the company blog today to express …

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MTA Transit Employees Have Their Personal Info Exposed In Data Breach

Around 15,000 current and former workers of the New York City Transit Authority have their Social Security number and other personal data exposed after the information was found on a CD, which was still inside a refurbished CD-ROM drive. The Associated Press further reported that the information was discovered when the buyer of the reworked CD drive saw the disc, …

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Edward Snowden Appears At SXSW; Calls For Better Online Security Measures

In a rare public appearance, fugitive and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the audience of the SXSW conference regarding Internet privacy and surveillance. The conference, which was held on Monday in Austin, Texas, put the controversial U.S. intelligence leaker through via Google Hangouts all the way from Russia, where Snowden currently resides. The U.S. Constitution backdrop gave a …

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Mass. Upskirting Photos Ruled Legal; Lawmakers Vote to Ban

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on ruled it legal to take photos underneath a person’s clothing, known as “upskirting.” The high court said on Wednesday that the practice did not violate the law, because the “Peeping Tom” statute only applies to those who are nude or are partially nude. In 2010, Michael Robertson was arrested and accused of using …

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LinkedIn Now Lets You Block People

LinkedIn announced that users can now block other members. According to the company, this has unsurprisingly been a highly requested feature. “I come to you today to assure you that your concerns were heard loud and clear,” writes LinkedIn Trust & Safety head Paul Rockwell in the LinkedIn Help Center (via TechCrunch). “We built this feature not only because it …

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FCC Wants Greater Control Of The News

The Federal Communications Commission is planning on conducting a study to determine how news outlets decide what topics to take up. It sounds simple and innocent enough, but many are critical about the move on speculations that it is the government’s way of elbowing itself into newsrooms. When questioned about government surveillance of the media, FCC chair Tom Wheeler stated …

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Facebook Adds a Ton of New Gender Options in Support of LGBT Community

Facebook continues to give tons of support to the LGBT community, and today they are taking another step in that direction by offering users a host of new options when they select their gender. “When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organizations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic …

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Facebook Sends Teen’s Emails to Stranger

Facebook is sometimes a fickle friend, but what if your private messages and notifications were being sent to a complete stranger? That’s what happened between an American mom and a teenage girl in Mexico, according to Fox News. Kristal McKenzie said she was taken quite by surprise when she started receiving strange emails from Facebook. In Spanish. “When I was …

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Instagram Bug That Could’ve Made Private Photos Public Fixed (Operative Word Being Could’ve)

It looks like Instagram users are lucky that a vulnerability was never utilized – even though the bug was there for at least 6 months. Barcelona-based security researcher Christian Lopez has just revealed that Facebook has effectively plugged a vulnerability within Instagram that would have enabled hackers to turn private photos public. According to Lopez, it took Facebook’s security team …

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NSA Gets Its Very First Privacy Officer

The NSA has always been a controversial government agency as its actions are deemed to go too far at times. Even before the Snowden leaks, people were skeptical of the agency after it was revealed that its powers were abused in the Watergate scandal. You’d think the agency would have somebody around to double check its privacy practices long before …

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