Cell-mostly internet users place privacy burden on themselves

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new report from the Media, Inequality and Change (MIC) Center—a joint project of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University—details the kinds of online privacy tradeoffs that disproportionately impact cell-mostly internet users, who are likely to […]

Developers get open source boost for data privacy protection

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Google has announced that it is releasing the open-source version of a differential privacy library that helps power some of its own products. Google invested in differential privacy protection, for example, in gauging how popular a specific restaurant’s dish is on Google Maps, said Engadget. Now the tool might help […]

Facebook Dating lets you seek romance on the social network: Is privacy a concern?

[ad_1] by Edward C. Baig, Usa Today Credit: CC0 Public Domain Are you ready to friend Cupid on Facebook? On Thursday, the world’s largest social network announced the launch of Facebook Dating in the U.S., adding a fertile market to a service that is already available in 19 other countries. More than 200 million people […]

Telegram gets message scheduling, major privacy additions

[ad_1] The Telegram team has been pretty busy in 2019, and the version 5.11 update brings even more goodness to the table. For starters, the app now lets you schedule messages. Scheduling a message is done by simply holding on the send button and then choosing Schedule Message. From here, you can specify a time […]

400 mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports

[ad_1] An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday. An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases—including 133 million US […]

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids' privacy law

[ad_1] This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore. Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent. The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $136 million and the company will pay an additional $34 million to […]

Google to settle YouTube child privacy violations for up to $200 million

[ad_1] The FTC approved the fine last month, but this is the first time the dollar amount has been reported. At the moment, details on the other terms of the settlement are unavailable. Just last week, we learned that YouTube is allegedly planning to ban targeted ads on videos aimed at children. It’s unclear if […]

Preventing privacy leaks when online data can be gathered publicly

[ad_1] A University of Missouri researcher is part of a team that received a $1.2 million grant over 4 years from the National Science Foundation to study how to help prevent privacy leaks when there is a large amount of data that can be gathered publicly. Credit: University of Missouri Protecting an individual’s identity from […]

Privacy questions as humans reviewed user audio at Facebook

[ad_1] In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, photo an iPhone displays the apps for Facebook and Messenger in New Orleans. Facebook says it paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane) Facebook has paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, raising privacy concerns […]

Wearable pet devices are putting human privacy at risk

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain The billion-dollar pet industry now has a growing market dedicated to wearable devices but new research from the University of Bristol has found these devices capture more data on the owners rather than their pets. Consumers have the option to track location, activity and health data of their pets but […]