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Google admits to tracking Android users with location turned off

Google has admitted to silently tracking the locations of Android smartphone owners even when location services has been explicitly turned off. The company has been secretly uploaded details of nearby cell towers to its servers since the start of 2017.

'Invasive' Amazon Key rejected by 60 percent of Prime members

Amazon launched its new in-home delivery service Key today. The smart lock system lets drivers place items inside your house, potentially compromising privacy. It's exclusive to Prime members but a survey has found 60 percent of people are not interested.

Tim Cook attacks social media for helping to 'divide people'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared his opinions on the problems of fake news, government-sponsored ads and manipulation on social media. He said he's critical of how platforms are used to divide and influence people because of the lack of controls provided.

Apple locked in differential privacy debate

A new data collection technique being used by firms including Apple could let companies collect app use information while protecting your identity. Differential privacy adds "noise" to data harvested from your device, preventing it from being traced back.

Apple's appeal 'eclipsed' by companies building for the future

According to a recent survey, Amazon is now the most trusted tech company, beating rivals Apple, Google and Facebook to win over customers. Facebook and Twitter rank particularly poorly with web users saying they wouldn't mind if social media disappeared.

Google Wifi gets site blocker to help kids stay safe online

Google's announced it's adding a new safety feature to its family-friendly Wifi router. Site Blocking helps children stay safe online by allowing you to restrict access to approved sites. The feature knows over 8 million "non-kid-friendly" sites.

Windows 10 data collection found to violate privacy laws

A report from the Netherlands has found Windows 10 breaches data protection laws by collecting personal information without letting users explicitly choose settings. Microsoft has said it is assessing the case, claiming privacy compliance is "a priority."

The Pirate Bay hijacks visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency

Torrenting site The Pirate Bay has been caught hosting a cryptocurrency mining script that hijacked visitors' CPUs to generate coins. The site's operators said it's an attempt to move away from displaying ads. The experimental script has proved divisive.

U.S. Senate has 'important questions' about Apple Face ID privacy

The U.S. Senate has sent Apple a list of questions about privacy concerns with Face ID on the iPhone X. Face ID unlocks the device using facial recognition but people are concerned about the privacy impact. One Senator said there are "important" issues.

Apple's Face ID might allow cops to unlock your phone

Apple's new Face ID technology on the iPhone X could make it easier for law enforcement to unlock your phone. The biometric authentication method offers fewer legal protections than a passcode or PIN. There are also concerns it could be bypassed.

Equifax is getting crushed

Equifax has already plunged 18 percent since it announced last week that hackers may have the personal details of nearly half the US population. Options traders are betting that this is only the start.

Facebook fined 1.2 mln euros by Spanish data watchdog

Madrid - Spain's data protection watchdog said Monday it has slapped Facebook with a fine of 1.2 million euros ($1.44 million) for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

Security-minded web browser Cocoon goes free for all

A free web browser is aiming to offer privacy-minded Internet users a safer way to navigate online. Cocoon uses cloud technology to proactively protect against hacks, ransomware and malicious sites. It also comes with encryption and an IP address shield.

Can bosses snoop on employees? European court to rule

Strasbourg - Europe's top human rights court is set to rule Tuesday whether bosses have the right to spy on employees who use company messaging systems, in a landmark decision for privacy in the work place.

This Linux-powered phone wants to give you back your privacy

Purism has announced a crowdfunding campaign for a Linux-powered smartphone. The company is known for its Linux laptops. It's now turning its attention to creating an open-source mobile device designed to put you in control of your data.

LinkedIn forced to allow AI bots to scrape its data

LinkedIn has been ordered to unblock a startup's access to its data, concluding a legal debate that sets a precedent for the future. LinkedIn sent a cease and desist letter when HiQ Labs started scraping its data. A court allowed the activity to continue.

Google says it's 'committed' to keeping data 'safe and private'

Google has detailed how it intends to make its services compliant with Europe's incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy rules. The company said it is "committed" to ensuring its products meet the guidelines and offer safety assurances.

Microsoft: Windows 10 users 'positive' about privacy changes

Windows 10 users have been "positive" about privacy improvements made with the recent Creators Update. Microsoft said that feedback suggests its customers are now pleased with the options available but it recognised there's "still work to do."

Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

Vienna - Google's Street View cars on Thursday started taking images in Austria, the only EU country along with Germany to remain largely absent from the popular online service showing 360-degree pictures of places around the world.

Would you clean toilets for free Wi-Fi? 22,000 unwittingly agreed

Wi-Fi hotspot provider Purple has warned of the dangers of logging onto public networks without first reading the terms and conditions. The company snuck a spoof "community service" clause into its own T&Cs. Amazingly, just one person noticed.

John McAfee and Intel agree to settle lawsuit over his name

John McAfee has settled his lawsuit with Intel over the rights to use his name for his new company. McAfee sold his well-known antivirus firm to Intel six years ago. He started a lawsuit last year to regain the rights to use "McAfee" at his current firm.

Google DeepMind's NHS deal was illegal under U.K. privacy law

Google DeepMind's data sharing deal with the U.K.'s NHS was illegal under domestic privacy laws. The finding was confirmed by the U.K.'s Information Commission today which ruled patients should have been fully informed of how their data was being used.

Gmail stops scanning your emails to personalise its ads

Google has announced it will stop scanning Gmail users for information used to personalise adverts. The company said it will bring the service inline with the enterprise G Suite version of Gmail. The decision has been welcomed by privacy campaigners.

Google proposes framework to let governments access overseas data

Google has put forth a proposal to overhaul the laws surrounding the access of data held in overseas datacentres to aid criminal investigations. The company wants to pioneer a new legal framework that helps prosecutors while preserving personal privacy.

Mozilla launches its privacy-first mobile web browser on Android

Mozilla has officially launched Firefox Focus on Android devices. Previously iOS-exclusive, the web browser is designed for people looking for strengthened online privacy and a clutter-free experience. There's a built-in ad blocker and data saving mode.

Google Chrome bug lets sites secretly record from your webcam

A bug in Google Chrome could allow malicious webpages to surreptitiously record video without your knowledge. The warning comes from a security researcher who discovered a way to bypass Chrome's usual indication that a recording is active.

Are Internet connected toys a security risk?

When it comes to Internet security toys feature low down on the list of areas of vulnerability. Where many people introduce firewalls to their computers they may overlook the toys their children play with, yet the Internet of Things is ever expanding.

Three years on: Google discusses the right to be forgotten

Google has detailed its ongoing work to respond to right to be forgotten requests from EU citizens after the controversial concept was made law three years ago today. The company is continuing to actively protest proposed evolutions of the ruling.

Noiszy interview: How a browser plugin masks your digital tracks Special

Noiszy is a new browser plugin that masks your tracks with digital noise. It's one of a new breed of tools that let you resist online tracking and break the filter bubble. In this interview, its creator speaks to Digital Journal about the need for Noiszy.

New York considering 'textalyzers' to fight distracted driving

Albany - While still in the development stage, several New York lawmakers want police to be able to use textalyzers to determine if a person was using a hand-held electronic device while driving. Currently, police must obtain a warrant to search phone records.
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