• Lawsuit accuses Google of tracking user activity in apps

    Lawsuit accuses Google of tracking user activity in apps

    Alphabet’s Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even when they follow the company’s recommended settings for stopping such monitoring, a lawsuit seeking class action status alleged on Tuesday. The data privacy lawsuit is the second filed in as many months against Google by the law firm Boies Schiller …
  • Amazon says directive for employees to delete TikTok was a mistake

    Amazon says directive for employees to delete TikTok was a mistake

    Amazon employees who on Friday morning were told to delete TikTok from their phones received the directive by mistake, the company told The Post. The e-commerce juggernaut’s IT department had sent out an email to workers saying that “if you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access …
  • The market, not lawyers, will ultimately decide society’s preferred outcome for Internet Censorship

    The market, not lawyers, will ultimately decide society’s preferred outcome for Internet Censorship

    It is common to hear social media figures and pundits deride censorship on social media and other technology platforms. As I wrote in Towards Data Science, this threat is very real, especially during the COVID-19 public health crisis. However, the exaggeration of the threat plays into our society’s growing fondness for “grievance culture.” The story …
  • TikTok caught spying on in-app keystrokes thanks to new iPhone feature

    TikTok caught spying on in-app keystrokes thanks to new iPhone feature

    A new security feature in iOS 14 has caught TikTok spying on millions of its users. The popular social media platform was caught red-handed copying text from a user’s clipboard every few seconds, effectively logging their keystrokes without their knowledge. Though this was previously done in secret, beta users of Apple’s new iPhone software receive …
  • Facebook sues individuals for offering to scrape data, gather likes

    Facebook sues individuals for offering to scrape data, gather likes

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  • Google tracks users in ‘incognito’ mode, $5 billion suit claims

    Google tracks users in ‘incognito’ mode, $5 billion suit claims

    Google got slapped with a $5 billion proposed class action lawsuit this week, with plaintiffs accusing the search giant of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by tracking their internet use even when they browsed in “incognito” mode. The complaint, filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., argues that Google learned the …
  • Zoom reaches deal with New York AG to better protect its users

    Zoom reaches deal with New York AG to better protect its users

    Zoom has reached a deal with New York regulators to better protect users from “Zoom-bombing” and other security problems. The Thursday pact with the state attorney general’s office marks the videoconferencing company’s latest effort to address mounting concerns about the security and privacy of its platform, which has become a crucial tool during the coronavirus …
  • Apple and Google take steps to ensure privacy as coronavirus tracking rolls out

    Apple and Google take steps to ensure privacy as coronavirus tracking rolls out

    In rolling out their coronavirus tracking system to developers, Apple and Google have confirmed that it will ban location tracking by other official apps. But the decision, which prioritizes privacy and preventing governments from using the system to compile data on citizens, could complicate things for state governments looking to track coronavirus outbreaks. State governments …
  • Big Company, Big Government, Big Brother? Privacy after Covid-19

    Big Company, Big Government, Big Brother? Privacy after Covid-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic will be a history-altering event. But where will it take us? One theory of governance is that democracies only make major changes when confronted with a crisis. It is too early to conclude whether Covid-19 was such a crisis, but the immediate response to it was a rebalancing, perhaps temporary, of individual …
  • Hawley Urges AG Barr to Launch Antitrust Probe into Amazon over ‘Predatory and Exclusionary Data Practices’

    Hawley Urges AG Barr to Launch Antitrust Probe into Amazon over ‘Predatory and Exclusionary Data Practices’

    Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) asked attorney general Bill Barr to open a criminal antitrust probe into Amazon following reports that the tech giant was illicitly accessing third-party seller data, a violation of official company policy designed to boost its own products. “Amazon abuses its position as an online platform and collects detailed data about …