Telegram CEO Issues Warning Regarding WhatsApp Security

“Durov noted at the time that WhatsApp was designed for surveillance purposes and was tailored to the needs of US government agencies like the FBI.” via RT The latest vulnerabilities discovered in the WhatsApp messenger are a reminder that the Meta-owned product is first and foremost a surveillance tool, the man behind the competing Telegram app has warned. Pavel Durov … Continue reading

Google & Facebook Fined for Spying on Users

It’s very disappointing how these incredible platforms and technologies end up being used in such unethical ways. via RT Image: © Getty Images / Westend61 A French privacy watchdog accused the tech giants of making it difficult for users to opt out of tracking their activity France’s online privacy regulator has ordered Google and Facebook to cough up some €210 … Continue reading

Google Hit With $5bn Lawsuit Claiming it is Tracking Users in Incognito Mode

by Arty Katkov via Sputniknews Image credit: © AP Photo / Jeff Chiu Google says it will defend itself against the claims and that plaintiffs consented to its privacy policy. On Friday, a federal judge denied a request by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. to drop the case against it – this means it now faces a class-action suit seeking … Continue reading

Canadian Govt. Considers Using Phone Location Data to Identify Gatherings of People

Christopher Nardi National Post A report by The Logic indicates the City of Toronto has obtained data from wireless carriers in order identify gatherings of people. Justin Trudeau is not closed to the idea of requesting location data from telecommunications companies in order to spot social gatherings that are contravening orders to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first … Continue reading

If You’re Close to the Scene of a Crime, Police Can Demand Google Hand over Your Data

Aaron Kesel The Mind Unleashed Google reverse location search warrants have privacy and civil liberties advocates concerned. The Gainesville Police Department suspected an innocent man was involved in a burglary so naturally they requested that Google give them all of his location data. Google’s legal investigations support team wrote to Zachary McCoy telling him that local police were demanding information … Continue reading

Google’s ‘Nightingale’ Secretly Gathers the Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

Google has been working with one of the largest healthcare systems in the U.S. to collect and analyze the personal health information of millions of citizens across 21 states, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Tech giant reportedly teamed up with St. Louis-based Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the country, last year, and the data sharing has accelerated … Continue reading

Smart Assistants from Google, Amazon, Passively Spy on Users, Says Tech Investor

A venture capital entrepreneur, who was previously in charge of technological strategy at the mass media company Time Warner, believes that the tech they previously worked on is a far cry from the “toxic” achievements – “pollutants” – that the modern tech community has arrived at, which has resulted in widespread passive spying techniques and a lack of centralised control. … Continue reading

Facebook Privacy Breach Leaves Hundreds of Millions of Users’ Phone Numbers Exposed

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts were left exposed on an unprotected server in the latest massive security breach to plague the embattled tech giant. Up to 419 million phone numbers were stored on a database housed on multiple servers including the numbers of an estimated 133 million US-based users alone. The revelation comes just weeks … Continue reading

Pentagon Testing New Mass Surveillance Balloons

According to FCC documents, the US military has been experimenting with a new type of mass surveillance. Offering the option of a cheap monitoring platform that can follow cars, boats and other vehicles over a wide area, high-altitude balloons are currently being taken very seriously by the Pentagon. Recent trials have seen at least 25 of these solar-powered balloons released … Continue reading

Siri ‘Regularly’ Records Sex Encounters, ‘Countless’ Private Moments to Apple Contractors

Apple’s Siri AI assistant sends audio of sexual encounters, embarrassing medical information, drug deals, and other private moments recorded without users’ knowledge to human ‘graders’ for evaluation, a whistleblower has revealed. Recordings from Apple’s Siri voice assistant are fed to human contractors around the world, who grade the AI based on the quality of its response and whether its activation … Continue reading

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