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Vermont Passes First-of-Its-Kind Law to Regulate Data Brokers Vermont Passes First-of-Its-Kind Law to Regulate Data Brokers

Earlier this week, Vermont became the first state in the nation to enact a law that will regulate data brokers that buy and sell personal information in an attempt to add a new layer of accountability to the massive, data-trading companies that often operate without much oversight.

Your Worst Alexa Nightmares Are Coming True Your Worst Alexa Nightmares Are Coming True

What’s the most terrifying thing you can imagine an Amazon Echo doing? Think realistically. Would it be something simple but sinister, like the artificially intelligent speaker recording a conversation between you and a loved one and then sending that recording to an acquaintance? That seems pretty bad to me. And…

New PGP Encryption Exploits Are Being Discovered Almost Every Other Day New PGP Encryption Exploits Are Being Discovered Almost Every Other Day

For more than a week, PGP developers have been rapidly working to patch critical flaws in the legacy encryption protocol used for sending and receiving secure emails; a tool that’s widely relied upon by lawyers, journalists, dissidents, and human rights advocates, many of whom operate at the highest levels of risk in…

Dozens of American News Sites Blocked in Europe as GDPR Goes Into Effect Today Dozens of American News Sites Blocked in Europe as GDPR Goes Into Effect Today

The European Union’s digital privacy law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), officially went into effect today. But some websites in the U.S. have decided to block their services entirely rather than adhere to the new regulations. Dozens of American newspapers are currently blocked in Europe and…

Mark Zuckerberg Played Parliament for Fools and They're Pissed Mark Zuckerberg Played Parliament for Fools and They're Pissed

For a moment, Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before members of the European Parliament looked like it was going to be a very bad day for the Facebook CEO. Then he started answering questions, a flood of pablum spewed from his mouth, and everyone got angry.

This Phone Tracking Company's 'Demo' Tool Let You Track Almost Anyone in the U.S. in Real Time This Phone Tracking Company's 'Demo' Tool Let You Track Almost Anyone in the U.S. in Real Time

A troubling flaw in phone tracking company LocationSmart’s demo tool, used to advertise its services, let anyone take advantage of an easily exploited flaw to track phones from America’s top four carriers without the user’s consent or knowledge, according to KrebsOnSecurity. The demo site was reportedly taken down…

A Shady Company Offering Police Cellphone Location Data Was Reportedly Just Hacked A Shady Company Offering Police Cellphone Location Data Was Reportedly Just Hacked

A hacker has reportedly provided journalists with login credentials and other data stolen from the servers of Securus, a company that was recently revealed to be selling cellphone location information to U.S. law enforcement agencies without a warrant.

The DOJ and FBI Are Now Reportedly Investigating Cambridge Analytica The DOJ and FBI Are Now Reportedly Investigating Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica, the shady UK-based election firm that shut down after it allegedly partnered with an app to scrape data on at least 87 million Facebook users without their consent and months of ensuing controversy, is rapidly seeing its problems grow worse. Already embroiled in trouble with authorities in the UK,…

Amazon Echo That Records Kids Draws Concern From U.S. Lawmakers Amazon Echo That Records Kids Draws Concern From U.S. Lawmakers

U.S. lawmakers are raising concerns over the Amazon Echo Kids Edition, a hands-free, voice-controlled hockey puck of a device that reads bedtime stories, plays Disney tunes, and programs our offspring to be tactful and courteous when interacting with artificial intelligent machines—a useful survival skill to impart in…

UK Authorities Order Cambridge Analytica to Give a US Voter All the Data It Has on Him UK Authorities Order Cambridge Analytica to Give a US Voter All the Data It Has on Him

UK authorities have ordered Cambridge Analytica, the sketchy election firm at the center of a data scandal involving at least 87 million Facebook users, to hand over all of the information it acquired on a US voter in a move that could potentially open the floodgates for others to know what information the firm…

Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations Shhlack Lets You Encrypt Slack Messages So Your Boss Can't See Private Conversations

Slack, the messaging service of choice for tens of thousands of organizations, has given employers a considerable amount of access to the data and communications of employees. A new tool called Shhlack finally gives employees the power to shield their private conversations with end-to-end encryption.

GitHub Tells Some Users It Accidentally Stored Their Passwords in Plain Text But Hey, NBD GitHub Tells Some Users It Accidentally Stored Their Passwords in Plain Text But Hey, NBD

Code repository GitHub warned “a select number of users” on Tuesday that due to a flaw in its password reset system, the company had stored their passwords in plain text on internal logs.

WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum Quits After Internal Battle With Facebook Over User Privacy

Jan Koum, the billionaire CEO of Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, is leaving the company following disputes over “the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption,” the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Companies in China Are Using Brain Sensors to Monitor Employees’ Emotions Companies in China Are Using Brain Sensors to Monitor Employees’ Emotions

Companies throughout China are using brainwave sensors to train workers and screen for mental fitness, South China Morning Post reports. More than a dozen factories are requiring workers to wear devices that use artificial intelligence to monitor their emotions. While officials say this saves money, the implications…

Hackers Designed a 'Master Key' to Unlock Millions of Hotel Room Doors Hackers Designed a 'Master Key' to Unlock Millions of Hotel Room Doors

A critical flaw in electronic locks left millions of hotel rooms worldwide vulnerable to hackers. Now, the security researchers who developed the attack are helping hotels patch the problem, literally door to door.

1 Million US Children Affected by Identity Theft Last Year, Infuriating Study Finds 1 Million US Children Affected by Identity Theft Last Year, Infuriating Study Finds

It’s never too early to have your identity stolen, unfortunately.

When Are We Going to Get Mad at Google? When Are We Going to Get Mad at Google?

People love Google. It’s so useful! You can just type a few words into the search engine and then find loads of relevant websites—all for free. It’s not exactly free, of course. Google, like Facebook, offers free online services in exchange for the privilege to serve its users targeted ads. So, unless you’re using…

Uber Plans to Stop Giving Drivers a Log of Your Exact Pickup and Drop-Off Locations Uber Plans to Stop Giving Drivers a Log of Your Exact Pickup and Drop-Off Locations

In a pilot program launching soon, Uber will begin obscuring riders’ exact pickup and drop-off locations in the trip history displayed to drivers. Instead, it will display a broader location area.

FTC Privacy Audits of Companies Like Facebook and Google Are ‘Woefully Inadequate' FTC Privacy Audits of Companies Like Facebook and Google Are ‘Woefully Inadequate'

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress last week, several lawmakers grilled him on Facebook’s failures to comply with a 2012 consent decree that required the social media company to submit routine privacy audits to the Federal Trade Commission.

Facebook Is Trying to Exclude 1.5 Billion Users From Stricter Privacy Regulations Facebook Is Trying to Exclude 1.5 Billion Users From Stricter Privacy Regulations

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a strict set of laws governing what data tech companies can collect on users, requiring them to seek explicit opt-in consent before doing so, and promptly disclose breaches, goes into effect on May 25th, 2018. Currently, the GDPR would require Facebook to…

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