Google Says It Will Delete Location Data When Users Visit Abortion Clinics

Under pressure from employees and supporters of reproductive rights, the company announced privacy changes for the post-Roe era.

#abortion, #google-inc, #privacy, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision

Google hit with more privacy complaints for “deceptive” sign-up process

Google hit with more privacy complaints for “deceptive” sign-up process

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More than a billion people worldwide have signed up for Google accounts, clicking through screens promising that “your personal info is private and safe.” This week, Google’s sign-up process came under fire when European Union consumer rights groups issued new privacy complaints suggesting that the opposite is true—that Google intentionally designs default settings to deceive new users into granting permissions to harvest and share a broad swath of personal info.

“The language Google uses at every step of the registration process is unclear, incomplete, and misleading,” the European consumer organization BEUC told Reuters. BEUC is helping to coordinate a potential civil lawsuit in Germany and several new complaints to data-protection authorities from consumer rights groups in France, Greece, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Slovenia.

The key issue in these complaints is how hard Google makes it for account users to choose privacy-friendly options. It’s much easier, the consumer groups argue, to set up an account to share personal info than to protect it. As Tech Crunch reported, Google designed a one-click “express personalization” option allowing data tracking, while “manual personalization” requires 10 clicks to turn off tracking.

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#data-protection, #european-union, #google, #policy, #privacy

Our Data Is a Curse, With or Without Roe

There is so much digital information about us out there that we can’t possibly control it all.

#abortion, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #internal-sub-only-nl, #law-and-legislation, #privacy

Payment Data Could Become Evidence of Abortion, Now Illegal in Some States

Financial companies collect a lot of payment data from customers. Prosecutors could subpoena those records for evidence of abortion, legal experts say.

#abortion, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bernard-tara-siegel, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #credit-cards, #debit-cards, #fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #law-and-legislation, #lieber-ron, #mobile-applications, #national-advocates-for-pregnant-women, #personal-finances, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #privacy, #subpoenas, #women-and-girls

Companies Scramble to Work Out Policies Related to Employee Abortions

Some have offered to cover travel and other expenses for employees, and are working to ease worker fears about safety and confidentiality.

#abortion, #dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-supreme-court-decision, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #privacy, #united-states, #women-and-girls

Roe v. Wade Was Overturned. Here’s how Your Phone Could Be Used to Spy on You.

From figuring out how often you go to the bathroom to potentially being used to prosecute you, your trusty smartphone might not be so trusty in a post-Roe world.

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#privacy, #technology

Facebook is receiving sensitive medical information from hospital websites

Facebook is receiving sensitive medical information from hospital websites

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A tracking tool installed on many hospitals’ websites has been collecting patients’ sensitive health information—including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments—and sending it to Facebook.

The Markup tested the websites of Newsweek’s top 100 hospitals in America. On 33 of them we found the tracker, called the Meta Pixel, sending Facebook a packet of data whenever a person clicked a button to schedule a doctor’s appointment. The data is connected to an IP address—an identifier that’s like a computer’s mailing address and can generally be linked to a specific individual or household—creating an intimate receipt of the appointment request for Facebook.

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#facebook, #healthcare, #meta, #policy, #privacy, #science, #tracking

Political Affiliation Influences Our Fear of Data Collection

It’s not government Americans don’t trust with their data; it’s the opposite political party

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#privacy, #technology

Tim Hortons coffee app broke law by constantly recording users’ movements

Outside view of a Tim Hortons restaurant in Toronto shows the Tim Hortons logo and a maple leaf.

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Canadian investigators determined that users of the Tim Hortons coffee chain’s mobile app “had their movements tracked and recorded every few minutes of every day,” even when the app wasn’t open, in violation of the country’s privacy laws.

“The Tim Hortons app asked for permission to access the mobile device’s geolocation functions but misled many users to believe information would only be accessed when the app was in use. In reality, the app tracked users as long as the device was on, continually collecting their location data,” according to an announcement Wednesday by Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The federal office collaborated with provincial authorities in Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta in the investigation of Tim Hortons.

“The app also used location data to infer where users lived, where they worked, and whether they were traveling,” the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said. “It generated an ‘event’ every time users entered or left a Tim Hortons competitor, a major sports venue, or their home or workplace.”

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#policy, #privacy, #tim-hortons

How Illinois Is Winning in the Fight Against Big Tech

In the absence of federal privacy legislation, the state’s law is considered among the nation’s strongest.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #biometrics, #clearview-ai-inc, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #google-inc, #privacy, #social-media

What Would an Egalitarian Internet Actually Look Like?

The online system is broken. How do we fix it?

#comcast-corporation, #computers-and-the-internet, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

A Face Search Engine Anyone Can Use Is Alarmingly Accurate

PimEyes is a paid service that finds photos of a person from across the internet, including some the person may not want exposed. “We’re just a tool provider,” its owner said.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #facial-recognition-software, #gobronidze-giorgi, #pimeyes-web-site, #privacy, #search-engines

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #austria, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-storage, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #enterprise-computing, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #france, #germany, #google-inc, #great-britain, #india, #kazakhstan, #kenya, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #social-media, #software, #south-africa, #spain, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications

Digital Technology Invaded Our Lives. Now Women May Pay For It.

In a post-Roe America, we’ll bear the costs of letting data collection undermine our liberty.

#abortion, #brandeis-louis-d, #computers-and-the-internet, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #data-storage, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #electronic-communications-privacy-act, #facial-recognition-software, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion

To protect personal information from companies that sell data, some individuals are relying on privacy guides instead of government regulation or industry transparency

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#health, #health-care, #politics, #privacy, #reproduction, #social-sciences, #technology

The Messy Progress on Data Privacy

America still doesn’t have a federal data privacy law. But look what we have found — hope!

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #internal-sub-only-nl, #law-and-legislation, #privacy, #united-states

New F.T.C. Majority Gives Lina Khan a Chance to Push an Aggressive Agenda

The confirmation of a third Democrat creates an opportunity for Lina Khan, the Federal Trade Commission’s chair, to advance efforts to rein in corporate power.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bedoya-alvaro, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #corporations, #democratic-party, #federal-trade-commission, #khan-lina, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

Overturning ‘Roe’ Is a Radical, Not Conservative, Choice

An abrupt and profound change to an established law is utterly destructive to respect for the law.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #law-and-legislation, #privacy, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us

Cryptocurrencies and NFTs Are a Buyer Beware Market

Scams and volatility plague this market, and the Biden administration is still trying to decide where the federal government fits in

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policy, #privacy, #technology, #the-science-agenda

As Europe Approves New Tech Laws, the U.S. Falls Further Behind

Federal privacy bills, security legislation and antitrust laws to address the power of the tech giants have all failed to advance in Congress, despite hand wringing and shows of bipartisan support.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #social-media, #states-us

The Census Faces Privacy Concerns

Technology advances forced the Census Bureau to use sweeping measures to ensure privacy for respondents. The ensuing debate goes to the heart of what a census is.

#census, #census-bureau, #population, #privacy, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #statistics

Your iOS app may still be covertly tracking you, despite what Apple says

Your iOS app may still be covertly tracking you, despite what Apple says

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Last year, Apple enacted App Tracking Transparency, a mandatory policy that forbids app makers from tracking user activity across other apps without first receiving those users’ explicit permission. Privacy advocates praised the initiative, and Facebook warned it would spell certain doom for companies that rely on targeted advertising. However, research published last week suggests that ATT, as it’s usually abbreviated, doesn’t always curb the surreptitious collection of personal data or the fingerprinting of users.

At the heart of ATT is the requirement that users must click an “allow” button that appears when an app is installed. It asks: “Allow [app] to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites?” Without that consent, the app can’t access the so-called IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers), a unique identifier iOS or iPadOS assigns so they can track users across other installed apps. At the same time, Apple also started requiring app makers to provide “privacy nutrition labels” that declared the types of user and device data they collect and how that data is used.

Loopholes, bypasses, and outright violations

Last week’s research paper said that while ATT in many ways works as intended, loopholes in the framework also provided the opportunity for companies, particularly large ones like Google and Facebook, to work around the protections and stockpile even more data. The paper also warned that despite Apple’s promise for more transparency, ATT might give many users a false sense of security.

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#apple, #apps, #biz-it, #ios, #privacy, #tracking

Some Medical Ethicists Endorse NFTs–Here’s Why

The technology could help patients exert control over their medical data

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#ethics, #health, #health-care, #privacy, #public-health, #technology

‘Seek and Hide’ Grapples With the Complexity of the Right to Privacy

The law professor Amy Gajda writes about the tug of war between the right to know and the right to be let alone.

#books-and-literature, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #gajda-amy, #privacy, #seek-and-hide-the-tangled-history-of-the-right-to-privacy-book

Tim Cook delivers speech railing against “data industrial complex,” sideloading

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the IAPP 2022 conference.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at the annual International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) conference on Tuesday to talk about privacy, security, ad tracking, and sideloading.

Calling privacy “one of the most essential battles of our time,” Cook lambasted companies that moneteize large user data collection operations, comparing them to real-world stalkers.

By contrast, he claimed that Apple maintains “a commitment to protecting people from a data industrial complex built on a foundation of surveillance.” To vigorous applause from the audience of privacy professionals, he voiced his support for US privacy regulations akin to those passed in Europe in recent years.

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#apple, #apple-app-store, #iapp, #iapp-2022, #privacy, #sideloading, #tech, #tim-cook

Verizon Investigates Spam Texts but Sees No Russia Link

The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did not appear to be Russian hackers.

#cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #privacy, #secret-service, #smartphones, #telemarketing, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #text-messaging, #verge-the-vox-media-llc, #verizon-communications-inc, #wireless-communications

Does the End of Cash Mean the End of Privacy?

A new bill in Congress says anonymity can be preserved.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #lynch-stephen-f-1955, #privacy, #treasury-department, #virtual-currency

In Busan, A Smart City Built on Data Takes Shape 

Fifty-four families volunteered to share data on everything from sleeping habits to trash volume to help developers make a city from scratch in Busan.

#busan-south-korea, #home-automation-and-smart-homes, #privacy, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sustainable-living, #urban-areas, #wearable-computing

Arizona Offers Driver’s Licenses on iPhones. Other States Want to Be Next.

Digital copies of licenses and state-issued IDs, which can also be stored on Apple Watches, will only work at security checkpoints at a Phoenix airport for now, officials said.

#airport-security, #apple-inc, #arizona, #drivers-licenses, #identification-devices, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #phoenix-ariz, #privacy, #states-us, #wearable-computing

17 New Nonfiction Books to Read This Season

Two journalists dive into George Floyd’s life and family; Viola Davis reflects on her career; a historian explores the brutal underpinnings of the British Empire; and more.

#alexander-elizabeth-1962, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #brand-stewart, #davis-viola, #de-waal-frans, #elkins-caroline, #lehmann-haupt-christopher, #newton-maud, #poetry-and-poets, #privacy, #rendall-steven-translator

This Database Stores the DNA of 31,000 New Yorkers. Is It Illegal?

The database used by the New York Police Department violates state law and the Constitution, the Legal Aid Society contends in a lawsuit.

#city-council-nyc, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #legal-aid-society, #new-york-city, #office-of-the-chief-medical-examiner-of-the-city-of-new-york, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Where Is Russia’s Cyberwar? Researchers Decipher Its Strategy

When Russia invaded Ukraine, many analysts expected an unprecedented level of cyberattacks—which so far haven’t materialized

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#computing, #defense, #politics, #privacy, #social-sciences, #technology

Russia Is Using ‘Digital Repression’ to Suppress Dissent

The Putin regime has a portfolio of digital tools to control information and crack down on protests within the country

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#defense, #politics, #privacy, #social-sciences, #technology

How California Is Building the Nation’s First Privacy Police

A new state agency has a $10 million budget to regulate Google, Facebook and others. But first it needs to be created.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #horse-racing, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #states-us

Brave takes on the creepy websites that override your privacy settings

Stylized illustration of a fingerprint.

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Some websites just can’t take “no” for an answer. Instead of respecting visitors’ choice to block third-party cookies—the identifiers that track browsing activity as a user moves from site to site—they find sneaky ways to bypass those settings. Now, makers of the Brave browser are taking action.

Earlier this week, Brave Nightly—the testing and development version of the browser—rolled out a feature that’s designed to prevent what’s known as bounce tracking. The new feature, known as unlinkable bouncing, will roll out for general release in Brave version 1.37 slated for March 29.

Overriding privacy

Bounce tracking is one of the key ways websites circumvent third-party cookie blocking. When a browser prevents a website such as site.example from loading a third-party tracking cookie from a domain such as tracker.example, site.example pulls a fast one. When site.example detects that the tracker.example cookie can’t be set, it instead redirects the browser to the tracker.example site, sets a cookie from that domain, and then redirects back to the original page or a new destination.

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#biz-it, #brave, #browsers, #privacy, #third-party-cookies

Weight Watchers App Gathered Data From Children, F.T.C. Says

Kurbo by WW, a weight loss app geared toward children, illegally collected data from users as young as 8 without their parents’ consent, the Federal Trade Commission said in a complaint.

#children-and-childhood, #childrens-online-privacy-protection-act, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #diet-and-nutrition, #eating-disorders, #federal-trade-commission, #fines-penalties, #mobile-applications, #parenting, #privacy, #weight, #weight-watchers-international-inc

Taliban Search Operation Echoes Resented U.S. Tactics in Afghanistan

An intrusive sweep that has spanned several provinces risks alienating Afghans and fueling the insurgency the new government is trying to stop.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #international-crisis-group, #kabul-afghanistan, #massoud-ahmad-1989, #massoud-ahmed-shah, #minorities, #mujahid-zabiullah, #northern-alliance, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #tajiks-ethnic-group, #taliban

The Sunday Read: ‘The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon’

A New York Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

#audio-neutral-informative, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #industrial-espionage, #israel, #politics-and-government, #privacy

Facial Recognition at Airports: What You Need to Know

Customs officials aim to save time and increase security by ramping up the use of facial recognition. But what about privacy? A biometrics specialist weighs in.

#airport-security, #content-type-service, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #facial-recognition-software, #privacy, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

Israel Says Police Didn’t Hack Civilians Without Court Approval

An official investigation refuted claims that the police had illegally hacked dozens of civilians using spyware from NSO Group, an Israeli company that has long attracted global scrutiny.

#israel, #new-york-times, #nso-group, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

I.R.S. Will Allow Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback

The agency, dealing with controversy over its decision to use facial recognition software, said it would allow taxpayers to authenticate their accounts with a live, virtual interview.

#computer-security, #facial-recognition-software, #federal-taxes-us, #idme-inc, #internal-revenue-service, #privacy, #tax-preparers-and-preparation

A Fall From the Society Pages to Prison Unsettles Greenwich

The sealing of the case against Hadley Palmer, 53, who must register as a sex offender for secretly filming minors, has revived questions about judicial favoritism for the wealthy. Lawyers say they were trying to protect her victims.

#belle-haven-greenwich-conn, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #connecticut, #greenwich-conn, #palmer-hadley, #photography, #prisons-and-prisoners, #privacy, #self-incrimination, #sex-crimes, #york-correctional-institute

California’s strict child-data bill would limit Big Tech data collection

California’s strict child-data bill would limit Big Tech data collection

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California lawmakers plan to introduce a new bill to protect children’s data online this Thursday, mirroring the UK’s recently introduced children’s code, as part of growing momentum globally for stricter regulation on Big Tech.

The California age-appropriate design-code bill will require many of the world’s biggest tech platforms headquartered in the state—such as social media group Meta and Google’s YouTubeto limit the amount of data they collect from young users and the location tracking of children in the state.

If passed into law, it will also place restrictions on profiling younger users for targeted advertising, mandate the introduction of “age-appropriate” content policies, and ban serving up behavioral nudges that might trick them into weakening their privacy protections.

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#alphabet, #apple, #big-tech, #california, #facebook, #google, #meta, #policy, #privacy

Google Plans Privacy Changes, but Promises to Not Be Disruptive

It says it will give other companies plenty of time to adapt to changes to its Android software. Similar changes made by Apple affected big internet companies.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #chrome-browser, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #smartphones

Greenwich Woman Who Secretly Made Videos of Children Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes

Hadley Palmer, 53, pleaded guilty to making images of children in intimate situations at her home in Belle Haven, a wealthy Connecticut enclave. The court record was sealed over an A.P. reporter’s objection.

#associated-press, #belle-haven-greenwich-conn, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #children-and-childhood, #connecticut, #crime-and-criminals, #greenwich-conn, #hadley-palmer, #hedge-funds, #john-f-blawie, #privacy, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sex-crimes

I Used Apple AirTags, Tiles and a GPS Tracker to Watch My Husband’s Every Move

A vast location-tracking network is being built around us so we don’t lose our keys: One couple’s adventures in the consumer tech surveillance state.

#airtag, #android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #bluetooth-wireless-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #global-positioning-system, #iphone, #landairsea, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #stalking-crime, #tile-inc

Cyberattack Misinformation Could Be Plan for Ukraine Invasion

A falsified video would be an update on the traditional use of propaganda campaigns during warfare

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#computing, #defense, #politics, #privacy, #social-sciences, #technology

Facial Recognition Plan from IRS Raises Big Concerns

Government agencies are tapping a facial recognition company to prove you’re you

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#policy, #privacy, #social-sciences, #technology

Meta Says Apple’s Privacy Changes Could Cost the Company $10 Billion

After Apple made it harder to track people on the internet, even tech giants felt the effects.

#apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #iphone, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #online-advertising, #privacy, #snap-inc, #social-media, #software

A Teenager Tracked Elon Musk’s Jet on Twitter. Then Came the Direct Message.

Jack Sweeney, a freshman at the University of Central Florida, said that Mr. Musk raised privacy and security concerns about his popular Twitter account, @ElonJet.

#air-traffic-control, #airlines-and-airplanes, #amazon-com-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #cuban-mark, #dallas-mavericks, #drake-rapper, #federal-aviation-administration, #gates-bill, #microsoft-corp, #musk-elon, #orlando-fla, #privacy, #private-aircraft, #private-spaceflight, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #tesla-motors-inc, #twitter, #university-of-central-florida