privacy
Computing

Despite promising to stop sharing your data, Facebook continues to do so

Facebook admitted it wasn't truthful to its users in 2015 when it said it would restrict its data-sharing practice. Now, we're learning that Facebook continued to share your data with 61 technology companies.
Computing

After 14 years, a new generation of Wi-Fi security is coming. Here’s what to know

Wireless security rarely gets as big an upgrade as WPA3 will bring about. As new hardware begins to support it, we should see much better password protections for all Wi-Fi users whether at home or in public.
Mobile

Get a warrant before tracking cell phone users, Supreme Court rules in privacy win

The Supreme Court determined that police departments across the nation must first attain a search warrant before tracking mobile device users. This decision could have enormous implications.
Computing

Improving security means killing the password, but that battle has just begun

Although password use is in decline, switching to biometrics or machine-learning algorithms may not be enough to fix our digital security woes. We need to change the way we store login credentials, as well.
Computing

Amazon, Microsoft, Uber donate to oppose the California Consumer Privacy Act

Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber have made large contributions to a group attempting to prevent a privacy act from becoming law in California. As per state disclosure records, several tech giants have made similar donations.
Mobile

Apple quietly bans developers from selling your contacts’ data

Apple quietly updated its developer guidelines to ban developers from selling data collected from an iPhone users contacts app -- a practice similar to what landed Facebook in hot water with Cambridge Analytica.
Web

Privacy’s virtual credit card service adds cash back for online transactions

Worried about all the places online your debit card information is stored? With Privacy, you can use virtual or "burner" cards for all your online transactions, making your financial details anonymous on the internet.
Computing

How 20th century check fraud is helping prevent 21st century data theft

Trusona is a thoroughly modern data protection and authentication system that wants to do away with passwords entirely. While its methods are cutting edge, they are built on the expertise of 20th century social engineering.
Computing

One social media user attempts to cash in by auctioning off all his Facebook data

How much would you be willing to accept as compensation to share your Facebook data? One social media user is trying to find out by taking a page out of Facebook's playbook and selling his own data to the highest bidder.
DT Daily

New HTC U12 Plus literally puts the squeeze on more expensive top-tier phones

HTC U12 Plus smartphone takes on the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 spec-wise, Apple opens the door for users to check on data the company has collected, Razer brings speed to laptop gaming with a new external GPU device.
Mobile

Apple releases tools for checking the data it collects, starting with Europe

A New York Times journalist recently took a look at just how much Facebook knew about him, and was horrified by the answer. So how much do other popular tech companies know about their users? In the case of Apple, not that much.
Mobile

Google and ‘Google, You Owe Us’ begin $4.3 billion court battle

In a landmark case for the British courts, a campaign group called Google, You Owe Us is pushing forward with a lawsuit accusing Google's data gathering on iPhones during 2011-2012 of being unlawful and a breach of privacy.
Mobile

Oracle persuades Australia to examine Google’s data-tracking practices

The latest battle between Oracle and Google is playing out in Australia, where Oracle has successfully convinced competition and privacy regulators to look into how Google allegedly tracks its Android phone users.
Web

Another Facebook privacy scandal — 3 million users’ data exposed by quiz

Facebook is at the center of a new privacy scandal involving a further three million users who took part in a personality quiz several years ago. Their data was discovered on a website that was far too easily accessible.
Computing

Web trackers aren’t just spying on you; they’re slowing you down

Trackers might be found within the inner workings of most modern websites, but their impact could be far broader than just privacy invasions. They might be actively slowly down the internet as we know it.
Computing

Gmail’s new confidential mode is finally rolling out. Here’s how to use it

After rolling out an overhauled interface for Gmail, Google is now beginning to deploy the new confidential mode to make your emails more secure. Learn how to use it and add an expiration date or a passcode requirement to emails you send.
Computing

From evil empire to role model, Microsoft builds its claim to the high ground

Microsoft was once known as the evil empire. Today, it's become a role model, innovating in numerous areas while steering wide of privacy and data security scandals that plague many rivals. Build 2018 championed that success.
Computing

Facebook’s very, very sorry, and it has absolutely no intention to change

Facebook’s F8 developer conference gave the company and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, a chance to atone for many, many sins. Instead, Facebook moved forward with a business-as-usual approach, announcing new features as if nothing had changed…