LocationSmart Knows Where You Are at (Almost) All Times and is Being Investigated for Selling that Information

The FCC has opened an investigation into LocationSmart, a company that is buying your real-time location data from four of the largest U.S. cell phone carriers in the United States. The investigation comes a day after a security researcher from Carnegie Mellon University exposed a vulnerability on LocationSmart’s website.

It is bad enough that a company is selling your private information, namely real-time information showing where your cell phone is located. Even worse, a very elementary bug in the company’s website allowed anyone to see the information without even paying for it! Your personal information was exposed to hackers, Chinese spies, political organizations, collection agencies, and your ex-spouse. Then again, if you are cheating on your spouse, he or she might soon become your “ex” after learning where you are spending some time!

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Google Could Face $4.3 Billion Claim in U.K. iPhone Privacy Case

iPhone users suing Google over data-collection claims may be seeking as much as 3.2 billion pounds ($4.29 billion), the search giant said in a court filing.

The group representing iPhone users, known as Google You Owe Us, now includes 4.4 million people, according to documents filed with the court at a hearing Monday. The group says the Alphabet Inc. unit unlawfully collected people’s personal information by bypassing Apple Inc.’s iPhone default privacy settings.

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Senate Votes To Save Net Neutrality But the Battle Hasn’t Been Won Just Yet

Good news from the U.S. Senate! Consumers win another battle. On Wednesday, the Senate voted to reinstate the net neutrality protections the Federal Communications Commission decided to repeal late last year.

However, the battle isn’t over. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for action and if it is approved there it will need President Trump’s signature. If all that happens, Internet service providers will have to continue following rules that prohibit blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.

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Huge new Facebook Data Leak Exposed Intimate Details of 3 Million Users

As if Facebook didn’t already have huge security and privacy problems, still another privacy breach has occurred. Academics at the University of Cambridge distributed the data from the personality quiz app myPersonality to hundreds of researchers via a website with insufficient security provisions, which led to it being left vulnerable to access for four years! Gaining access illicitly was relatively easy.

You can read more at: http://bit.ly/2L70yRu.

The Truth about PGP’s So-Called Email Bug: It Isn’t Much of a Problem

Word has been circulating in recent days that PGP has a major bug called Efail can can lead to encrypted emails being decrypted. Details about the problem have now been released and it seems the problem is not with PGP itself. It is with the way that some programmers implement PGP in their various email systems. PGP itself is not the problem.

In fact, decrypting PGP-encrypted email messages with Efail is a difficult task, at best. It probably is not practical for most hackers although NSA or agencies of other governments with access to high-powered computers and sophisticated software tools might be able to decrypt your email messages.

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9 Alternatives to Whatsapp that Actually Respect Your Privacy

According to an article in the MakeTechEasier web site:

“When social media giant Facebook purchased everyone’s favorite mobile messenger Whatsapp, users were promised their data would be private and that they wouldn’t be subject to the shady things that Mark Zuckerberg and crew are known for. That promise is all but gone, leaving many of us seeking alternatives.

“As time has gone on, more and more privacy has been taken away from Whatsapp users in the name of “analytical data.” Gone are the days when you could trust this app to be totally private and not expect to get data mined for valuable information – information that could easily be sold to advertisers.

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Facebook Sued (Again!) Over Collection of Mobile Call and Text Data

Do you know what data Facebook is steali… uh, collecting from your Android cellphone? Probably not. It seems that Facebook never told you what data it collects. It is collecting a lot more data about you than you know.

A new lawsuit seeks to hold Facebook liable for allegedly violating the privacy of all Android users who installed a Facebook app while the data collection occurred. Facebook reportedly collects metadata about calls and texts such as the recipients of text messages, and the time and duration of phone calls. What’s worse, Facebook never told you or anyone else about the collection of the personal information.

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