Tag Archives: privacy

The FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality will also kill internet privacy

Photo by James Bareham / The Verge After Congress repealed the FCC’s broadband privacy rules two weeks ago, new FCC chairman Ajit Pai promised the American people that he would ensure that the personal information they give to their ISPs would continue to be protected. Pai said that he planned to work with the Federal Trade Commission to “restore the ... Read More »

WhatsApp’s privacy protections questioned after terror attack

Chat apps that promise to prevent your messages being accessed by strangers are under scrutiny again following last week’s terror attack in London. On Sunday, the home secretary said the intelligence services must be able to access relevant information. Her comments followed the discovery that Khalid Masood appeared to have used WhatsApp minutes before carrying out his killings. There are ... Read More »

The Senate Prepares to Send Internet Privacy Down a Black Hole

TODAY, WHILE YOU’RE not watching, the Senate could gut rules protecting your internet privacy. Last year the Federal Communications Commission passed a set of strict privacy regulations that ban broadband internet providers from selling your browsing data without your consent. Now, while most Americans are watching Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination hearing and Obamacare repeal intrigue, senators could vote as ... Read More »

US House approves new privacy protections for email and the cloud

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Monday the Email Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants to search email and other data stored with third parties for longer than six months. The House approved the bill by voice vote, and it now goes the Senate for consideration. The Email Privacy Act would update a 31-year-old law ... Read More »

Evernote updates its privacy policy to allow employees to read your notes, and you can’t opt out of this

Popular online note-taking service Evernote has announced an update to its privacy policy, allowing some of its employees to read your notes. The updated policy will come into effect starting January 23, 2017. The reason behind the move is described as: “this is primarily to make sure that our machine learning technologies are working correctly, in order to surface the ... Read More »

How Windows 10’s data collection trades your privacy for Microsoft’s security

Windows 10’s aggressive data-collection capabilities may concern users about corporate spying, but enterprises have control that consumer-edition Windows users do not: Administrators can decide how much information gets sent back to Microsoft. But enterprises need to think twice before turning off Windows telemetry to increase corporate privacy. That’s because doing so can decrease the effectiveness of Windows 10’s security features. ... Read More »

Worries and uncertainty cloud outlook for digital privacy under President Trump

Some legal experts are worried Trump could abuse the NSA’s surveillance powers, but we just don’t know Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 31, 2016. Credit: Gage Skidmore 6COMMENTS Michael Kan IDG News Service Nov 9, 2016 4:53 PM When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes office, ... Read More »

Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Marketing companies are targeting children on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content, an “unfair and deceptive” business practice, three privacy groups said in a complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The companies, including Disney’s Maker Studios and DreamWorks’ AwesomenessTV, use popular “influencers” on YouTube to pitch products, aimed at children worldwide, with videos that “masquerade” as unsponsored content, ... Read More »

How to control your privacy in Chromebooks vs. Windows 10

Both Chrome OS and Windows 10 help themselves to similar usage data by default, but in different ways. COMMENTS Jared Newman | @onejarednewman PCWorld Sep 6, 2016 3:00 AM When it comes to privacy, both Google’s Chrome OS and Microsoft’s Windows 10 take an “opt-out” stance. By default, both platforms collect a variety of data about your usage, but the ... Read More »