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Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages?

This week, a German federal court ruled that Facebook must give the mother of a dead 15-year-old access to her entire account. They’re not just talking about access to a memorial page, either. The mother gets access to everything, including private messages. In Germany, the judges decided, heirs should be able to inherit a social media account in the same way that they might inherit a box of letters. Read More >>

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Firefox Focus Browser for iOS Can Now Lock Your Internet History Behind FaceID

Firefox has got bit into the whole internet privacy thing with the Firefox Focus smartphone browser, automatically removing things like trackers and ads, plus letting you delete your browsing history nice and easily. But if you like keeping your browsing history around for one reason or another, iOS users now have the option to safeguard it behind FaceID. That way nobody will go snooping and find out what presents you're buying them. Or what porn you've been watching. Read More >>

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Facebook’s ‘Maximum Penalty’ for Cambridge Analytica is Pocket Change

Facebook, the social media giant that recently clocked in at a total valuation of nearly $600 billion, is facing the maximum penalties UK authorities have available to punish the company for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. And – drumroll, please – it’s £500,000. Read More >>

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Apple’s New iOS Police-Blocking Feature Has a Pesky ‘Workaround,’ Security Firm Says

Apple’s latest version of iOS, released yesterday, includes USB Restricted Mode, a security measure that seems designed to prevent unwanted decryption of iPhones by both bad actors and law enforcement using passcode cracking tools. Read More >>

privacy
Even the Jehovah’s Witnesses Have to Abide by GDPR Rules

There's nothing more annoying that having to get up and answer your front door because someone is trying to peddle something. Especially in the middle of the day, when you're only home because you ave more important things to deal with like sick kids, incoming deliveries, or trying to get some work done away from the office. Jehovah's Witnesses are some of the most infamous, especially the ones near me that try and trick you into not immediately realise they're not there to talk about Jesus and the Apocalypse. But an EU court has said that even they need to abide by GDPR rules. Read More >>

photography
Nikon’s New CoolPix P1000 Has a Bananas 125x Zoom Lens

With a ridiculous 83x zoom, people have used the super long lens on Nikon’s Coolpix P900 to snap pics of Saturn or pull off the kind of shots you normally only see in spy movies. But apparently that wasn’t good enough, so today, Nikon is announcing the new Coolpix P1000 featuring frankly ridiculous 125x zoom, which is now the longest lens of any superzoom camera on the market. Read More >>

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Workout Data From Fitness App Used to Identify Government Spies and Military Personnel

In the latest incident of seemingly innocuous data sharing leading to potentially dangerous exposure, the popular fitness app and activity trackers Polar Flow has been revealing the location of military and government personnel working at sensitive locations, according to ZDNet. Read More >>

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Facebook Stock Hits All-Time Record High Despite Ongoing Screw-Ups

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the social media giant gave access to the data of up to 87 million users to an app partnered with an ultra-sketchy election data firm, still isn’t totally resolved, with news breaking this week investigators from four agencies are looking into Facebook’s conduct. But all the negative attention the site has received this year has apparently failed to blunt its momentum. Read More >>

technology
Sydney Airport Kicks Off Test to Replace IDs With Facial Recognition

This week, some passengers travelling through the international airport in Sydney, Australia will be the first guinea pigs in a programme that intends to replace the passport with facial scans. The check-in process may surely become less of a headache, but at what price? Read More >>

security
Hacking Firm’s Ex-Employee Made Off With Menacing Spy Tools, Israel Says

NSO Group, an Israeli hacking company, is mostly known for peddling malware capable of remotely cracking into iPhones. But according to Israeli authorities, the firm’s invasive mobile spy tools could have wound up in the hands of someone equally, if not far more, devious than its typical government clients. Read More >>

privacy
These Academics Spent The Last Year Testing Whether Your Phone Is Secretly Listening To You

It’s the smartphone conspiracy theory that just won’t go away: Many, many people are convinced that their phones are listening to their conversations to target them with ads. Vice recently fuelled the paranoia with an article that declared “Your phone is listening and it’s not paranoia,” a conclusion the author reached based on a 5-day experiment where he talked about “going back to uni” and “needing cheap shirts” in front of his phone and then saw ads for shirts and university classes on Facebook. Read More >>

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Ticketmaster Discloses Breach That Impacts Nearly 5 Per cent of Its Customers

Ticketmaster on Wednesday disclosed a data breach reportedly caused by malware infecting a customer support system outsourced to an external company. Read More >>

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Quiz App Left 120 Million Facebook Users’ Data Exposed as Recently as Last Month

Facebook’s race to prove it’s a good and trustworthy company over the last few months kicked off when it was revealed that a quiz app sold user data to a political firm. Now, a different quiz app is getting some heat. A researcher discovered that a third-party app called NameTests left the data of 120 million Facebook users exposed to anyone who happened to find it. Read More >>

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Your Tinder Photos Are Finally Encrypted Thanks to a 69-Year-Old US Senator

Tinder may be known primarily as a millennial hookup app but thanks to a little pressure from a 69-year-old, married Baby Boomer senator, the dating service is more secure. Tinder parent company Match Group announced this week in a letter to Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden that it will finally encrypt photos uploaded by its users. Read More >>

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Careless App Developers Leave Millions of Sensitive Medical and Financial Records Exposed

Thanks to poorly secured backend databases, a few thousand mobile apps are leaking substantially sensitive data, including personal health information, plaintext passwords, and financial transactions, researchers have found. Read More >>