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Category: Privacy protection


Mobile, Mobile security, Privacy protection

Samsung Galaxy S10 Fingerprint Sensor Allegedly Bypassed with a Cheap Gel Screen Protector

October 15, 2019

Via: Hot for Security

A woman in Castleford, UK, discovered that a £2.70 ($3.40) full screen protector for her Samsung Galaxy S10 allowed everyone access via the thumbprint authentication. Thumbprint authentication is now a widely used form of security, also used in essential services […]


Mobile, Privacy protection

70% of presidential campaigns fail to provide adequate online privacy and security protections

October 14, 2019

Via: Help Net Security

An alarming 70% of the campaign websites reviewed in the OTA 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign Audit failed to meet OTA’s privacy and security standards – potentially exposing visitors to unnecessary risks. Only seven (30%) of the analyzed campaigns made the […]


Mobile, Privacy protection

Twitter Used Private Security Information to Better Target Ads

October 9, 2019

Via: Hot for Security

Twitter used people’s private information to help third-party advertisers target the right users by mistake, the company said in an announcement. The social media firm claims that it stopped this practice, but it makes no mention of what happens now […]


Mobile, Privacy protection

Google Assistant Audio Privacy Controls Updated After Outcry

September 23, 2019

Via: Threat Post

Google is unveiling new privacy controls for the Google Assistant virtual assistant after the company came under fire earlier this year for eavesdropping on users’ personal audio snippets – without their permission. The tech giant on Monday promised more transparency […]


Application security, Mobile, Privacy protection, Security

Facebook Suspends ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps in Privacy Review

September 20, 2019

Via: Security Week

The review was launched in 2018 after revelations that the political consultancy hijacked personal data on millions of Facebook users and included attorneys, external investigators, data scientists, engineers, policy specialists and others, according to a Facebook statement. The suspensions are […]


Mobile, Privacy protection, Threats & Malware, Vulnerabilities

WhatsApp ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature potentially puts user privacy at risk

September 17, 2019

Via: Hot for Security

WhatsApp’s “Delete for Everyone” feature, meant to allow people to delete files they accidentally sent, works differently on iPhones than it does on Android phones, a researcher has warned. This discrepancy could place senders’ privacy at risk by leaving some […]


Mobile, Privacy protection

Google’s differential privacy library can now be used by anyone

September 6, 2019

Via: Help Net Security

Google has open-sourced a differential privacy library that helps power some of its core products. What it differential privacy? Differential privacy is a method for analyzing data contained in a database and providing helpful insight from it, without disclosing the […]


Mobile, Privacy protection

CEO voice deepfake blamed for scam that stole $243,000

September 4, 2019

Via: Hot for Security

So-called artificial intelligence apps like Zao had been stirring up controversy with their potential abusive use to beat facial recognition systems. The Chinese deepfake video app proved itself to be widely popular as users had fun transplanting their digital faces […]


Mobile, Network security, Privacy protection

Firefox now blocks third-party tracking cookies, cryptomining scripts by default

September 4, 2019

Via: Help Net Security

It took a lot of testing and tweaking, but Mozilla’s Firefox browser is finally being delivered with Enhanced Tracking Protection and a web-based cryptomining blocking feature on by default. The changes “Enhanced Tracking Protection works behind-the-scenes to keep a company […]


Mobile, Privacy protection

Apple Updates Privacy Policies After Siri Audio Recording Backlash

August 29, 2019

Via: Threat Post

Apple is taking steps to improve the privacy of audio collected by its Siri voice assistant, on the heels of backlash around a program that let contractors listen into Siri conversations. On Wednesday, the phone giant apologized for violating users’ […]