The Studs on This Punk Bracelet Are Actually Microphone-Jamming Ultrasonic Speakers

You can prevent facial recognition cameras from identifying you by wearing face paint, masks, or sometimes just a pair of oversized sunglasses. Keeping conversations private from an ever-growing number of microphone-equipped devices isn’t quite as easy, but researchers have created what could be the first wearable that actually helps increase your privacy. Read More >>

Social Media Post Mocking a Dementia Patient Doesn’t Violate Patient Privacy Law, Court Rules

A nurse’s aide is legally in the clear after posting a hatefully-captioned photo of an Alzheimer’s patient at a nursing home. After the patient’s husband William Furlow sued for personal injury, the State of Minnesota Court of Appeals in the U.S. has ruled that posting an image of a patient does not qualify as sharing private health records. The selfie, taken in a mirror with the patient in the background, announces: “This little shit just pulled the fire alarm and now I had to call 911!!! Woohoo". Read More >>

Police Use Family-Tracking App on Son’s Phone to Show His Dad Was Near Huge Blaze at Ex-Employer

Authorities linked a man in the US city of Barre, Vermont to a factory arson that destroyed “well over a million” dollars in property last month by convincing his son to give them access to an app that would allow them to view the suspect’s movements, Forbes reported. Read More >>

Data Protection Police Save us From the Horrors of Facebook Dating

Irish data protection regulators have forced Facebook to postpone the launch of its Facebook Dating tool across the EU, meaning we'll have to make it through another Valentine's Day only being able to send worrying messages to people we've silently stalked for 13 years and since before they had kids through the usual communications channels. Read More >>

Would Facebook Save Your Life If It Could?

If you were on trial for a murder you didn’t commit, it’s possible that Facebook has evidence that could set you free. But it is extraordinarily unlikely that Facebook would hand it over. Facebook would not only refuse to help you, but it will pay exorbitant legal fees to fight your subpoenas through appeals courts as you languish in jail for years. It will ignore your attorneys and judges. It will do so in the name of protecting your privacy. And based on current laws, Facebook’s not entirely wrong to hang you out to dry while it gives law enforcement all the information it desires. Read More >>

Ring App Shares Personal Data With Facebook, Other Unlisted Trackers, EFF Says

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced last week that its research into the Ring app’s Android version identified several embedded third-party trackers sucking up “a plethora” of personal information. Read More >>

‘Anonymised’ Data Is Meaningless Bullshit

When most of us think of how the concept of “data” has been skewered by the press, we’re probably thinking about an app’s location data tipping off our home address, or apps like Grindr tipping advertisers off about our sexuality. What’s less scrutinised, both by the public and by those in public office, is data that’s “anonymised” – tied to something like an IP address, rather than a name – even though that’s a concept we’ve seen to be bullshit time and again. Read More >>

Google Under Investigation by Ireland’s Data Protection Authority Over Location Tracking

Ireland’s data protection authority has announced a new probe into Google’s handling of location data, specifically the “the legality of Google’s processing of location data and the transparency surrounding that processing.” Read More >>

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Tinder, Bumble, and Grindr Are Under Investigation For Allowing Minors

Online dating is a hellscape, but the US House Oversight and Reform subcommittee is fed up with just how shitty apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Grindr have been with regard to their users’ safety and privacy. Yesterday, it launched a new investigation into dating apps for doing an inadequate job of screening for minors, and inappropriately selling or sharing personal data. Read More >>

Ring Confirms the Use of Third Party Trackers in its Mobile App

Ring has a strong reputation as a solid choice for home security, built largely around the Amazon-owned company's signature video doorbell. However, in recent times it's received just as much attention for the potential privacy issues surrounding the use of its products as it has for its engineering prowess. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg to Somehow Become Even More Unlikable in the 2020s, Mark Zuckerberg Says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has an ominous message for the rest of us: You may not like me, but you will understand me. Read More >>

Facebook’s ‘Clear History’ Tool Doesn’t Clear Shit

When we talk about Facebook’s myriad foibles and fuckups, we’re usually laying the blame on things that happen within the Big Blue App, or, increasingly, the social network’s CEO. What’s less discussed are the company’s ties to the potentially millions of sites and services using its software – but now, thankfully, we can get a window into that for ourselves. But don’t get too excited. Read More >>

Google Is Going to Charge Police in the US For People’s Data

Google announced that it was going to start charging American law enforcement authorities for legal data disclosure requests, such as subpoenas and search warrants, related to its users. The company receives thousands of petitions from authorities in the US every year and has decided to charge to help “offset the costs” associated with producing the information. Read More >>

Tinder’s New Panic Button Is Sharing User Data With Ad-Tech Companies

Tinder has a proven track record of providing a dating platform to some less-than-stellar men who have been accused of raping – and in one grisly case, dismembering – women they’ve met through the platform. But even when the company does something right, there are still privacy trade-offs to consider. Read More >>

Ring Got Reporters to Omit Its Ukraine Staff Is Working on ‘Many Other Amazon Projects’

Amazon’s home security company, Ring, pressed the chief editor at a Ukrainian business publication last year to delete a passage in an article touting the successes of Ring’s Kyiv-based research lab, the Intercept reported Friday. The article reportedly included a quote attributed to the general manager of Ring Ukraine stating the lab was not only working on Ring products, but on “many other Amazon projects” as well. Read More >>