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Apple pushes iOS 14’s updated ad anti-tracking feature to 2021

By apple, Business, cross-site tracking, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, ios 14, Mobile, News, personal computing, privacy, Security, web tracking

Apple’s iOS 14 promises to be one of the company’s most significant software updates in years. Between additions like widgets and the App Library, there’s a lot coming with iOS 14 that will likely change how you interact with your iPhone. But few of…

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Former Uber security chief arrested for covering up 2016 hack

By cyberattack, databreach, engadget, gear, hack, Hacking, Internet, justice department, News, privacy, ridesharing, Security, Transportation, uber

Federal prosecutors have charged Uber’s former security chief, Joseph Sullivan, with obstruction of justice for attempting to hide the company’s 2016 data breach from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The hack exposed the email addresses and phone…

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Chrome will soon let you know if a web form is unsecure

By browser, browser security, browsersecurity, chrome, chrome 86, chrome86, engadget, forms, gear, google, google chrome, googlecrome, HTTP, https, News, privacy, Security, user privacy, userprivacy

Google is going a step further to protect people’s information when they try to submit details through unsecured web forms. Starting in the M86 build, Chrome will raise a red flag on forms that are on secure HTTPS pages, but aren’t actually su…

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Secret Service bought location data pulled from common apps

By Agency, apps, babel street, cell phone, contract, data, engadget, federal, gear, law enforcement, locate x, location data, News, privacy, ron wyden, secret service, smartphone, US, warrantless

The Secret Service paid a private company for access to location data generated by common smartphone apps, Motherboard reports. Internal documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the agency spent $35,844 …

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Clearview AI wins an ICE contract as it prepares to defend itself in court

By clearview ai, clearviewai, engadget, gear, ice, immigration and customs enforcement, immigrationandcustomsenforcement, News, privacy

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this week signed a deal with Clearview AI to license the facial recognition company’s technology. According to a federal purchase order unearthed by the nonprofit Tech Inquiry (via The Verge), an ICE m…

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App tracks mental health by studying your phone usage

By android, anxiety, app, dalhousie university, depression, engadget, gear, health, ios, iPhone, medicine, mental health, News, privacy, prosit, science, tomorrow

The smartphone in your hand might be the key to gauging your mental health. Researchers at Dalhousie University have developed (via CBC and Gizmodo) a mobile app, PROSIT, that can detect conditions like anxiety or depression based on how you u…

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LinkedIn faces lawsuit over claims it ‘secretly’ read iPhone clipboard data

By clipboard, engadget, gear, Internet, ios, ios 14, iPhone, lawsuit, Lawsuits, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mobile, News, privacy, social media, Social network, social networking

The clipboard detection in iOS 14 isn’t just prompting developers to rethink app privacy — it’s also putting these companies in legal trouble. Reuters reports that iPhone user Adam Bauer has sued LinkedIn over claims the job-focused social net…

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Facial recognition linked to a second wrongful arrest by Detroit police

By aclu, civil liberties, crime, detroit, engadget, facial recognition, facialrecognition, gear, law enforcement, lawenforcement, michigan, News, police, privacy, tomorrow, wrongful arrest, wrongfularrest

A false facial recognition match has led to the arrest of another innocent person. According to the Detroit Free Press, police in the city arrested a man for allegedly reaching into a person’s car, taking their phone and throwing it, breaking …

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Reddit and LinkedIn will fix clipboard snooping in their iOS apps

By clipboard, engadget, gear, Internet, ios, ios 14, iPad, iPhone, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mobile, News, privacy, reddit, social media, Social network, social networking

The clipboard privacy feature in iOS 14 is prompting more major developers to tone down their apps’ nosy behavior. To start, Reddit told The Verge in a statement that it would fix code in its iOS app that copies clipboard data with virtually e…

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Comcast is the first ISP to join Mozilla’s push for more secure browsing

By comcast, dns, dns over https, doh, domain name server, encryption, engadget, Firefox, gear, Internet, Internet service provider, ISP, Mozilla, News, privacy, Security, trusted recursive resolver, Web, xfinity

Mozilla’s effort to secure domain name requests now has a major new ally: Comcast. The cable giant’s Xfinity brand has become the first internet provider to provide encrypted DNS services through Mozilla’s Trusted Recursive Resolver program. I…

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