Category: Privacy

DJI mobile app will let anyone identify drones in flight

Drones have become more common these days especially in the consumer market. All sorts and sizes of flying robots, controlled by phones or dedicated controllers can be found in any toy store and hobby store. The use of drones extends to business and even military which has naturally raised red flags when it comes to privacy. But while most groups are calling for stricter drone regulations, DJI is…

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Federal court slaps device search limits on US border security

The US government must have “reasonable suspicion of digital contraband” before it can search travelers’ phones, laptops, and other electronics, according to a new ruling by a federal court. The decision marks a significant step in data privacy for international travelers, and comes after widespread criticism of CBP and ICE actions at the border.

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I’ve given smart speakers as gifts before – I won’t do it again

Black Friday is coming but the holiday shopping season isn’t waiting for its traditional kick-off, though while tech deals may be everywhere you look, there are some gadgets I won’t be putting into my cart. Smart speakers and, more recently, smart displays have become a go-to gift for many over the past few years, but in 2019 they may not be quite so warmly received.

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Apple privacy page redesigned to answer the big questions

Apple has redesigned its privacy pages, aiming to better explain what personal data your iOS and macOS devices might be sharing and what they’ll keep secret, as discussions around user information protection in the digital age become more mainstream. The revamped site pulls together what has become a mainstay topic at Apple events over the past couple of years, as the Cupertino firm tries to…

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Amazon Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant hacked with laser in major security flaw

Ever since smart speakers started hitting shelves, there’s been no lack of people bringing up certain security concerns, whether those have to do with flaws in hardware and software or just general privacy issues. Today, a team of researchers are detailing a new vulnerability that exists in many smart speakers – along with some phones and tablets – that could potentially allow hackers to issue…

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Countries are building facial recognition systems – Understanding reasons behind it

A future of surveillance and cameras draws even closer to our reality. This month, the world’s second-largest country, India, joined the list of governments that have announced plans to build a country-wide facial recognition system. This follows China’s commitment to similarly build a facial recognition database that can identify any citizen within seconds.

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Alexa and Google Assistant hacks let eavesdropping smart speakers do voice phishing

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home can certainly be useful tools, but along with that usefulness also comes a number of security concerns. These concerns have been well stated since these smart speakers first hit the market, and today, a team of security researchers are sounding the alarm on exploits affecting Google Home and Amazon Echo devices that developers can use to either…

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Mind Your Own Business Act could drop a bomb on US privacy laws

Amid all the privacy debates we’ve seen in recent years, one consistent complaint is that companies don’t face harsh enough punishments to discourage the misuse of user data. Today, US Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon introduced new legislation that could change that. Dubbed the “Mind Your Own Business Act,” this bill would empower the FTC to levy harsher punishments for privacy violations and give…

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fantasy game turns into a privacy nightmare

Although not as big as Pokemon GO, Niantic Labs third AR game is still raking in millions of downloads, not to mention concurrent users. The game has had its rough patches while trying to distance itself from its more popular sibling. It may be facing its most difficult challenge yet, and not from the usual culprits like cheating or lackluster. The problem comes from within Niantic itself, from…

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Instagram finally lets you manage third-party app access

Instagram remains one of the most popular image-centric social network today and perhaps the only Facebook property (aside from Oculus) that has remained largely untouched by privacy scandals. Its association to Facebook and its popularity, however, also makes it a prime target for less conscientious people who’d love to pilfer users’ private information at every opportunity. Despite that…

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