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Online Privacy & Security

Facebook’s Privacy Policy Breaches European Law, Report Finds

A report commissioned by the Belgian privacy commission has found that Facebook is acting in violation of European law, despite updating its privacy policy. Conducted by the Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT at the University of Leuven in Belgium, the report claimed that Facebook’s privacy policy update in January had only expanded older policy and practices, and found that it still violates European consumer protection law.

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SSL-busting Code that threatened Lenovo users Found in a Dozen More Apps

Lenovo wasn’t the only one using SSL certs that unlock every SSL site on the Internet. “What all these applications have in common is that they make people less secure.” The list of software known to use the same HTTPS-breaking technology recently found preinstalled on Lenovo laptops has risen dramatically with the discovery of at least 12 new titles, including one that’s categorized as a malicious trojan by a major […]

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Follow-up: Lenovo Devices Cannot Be Trusted for Secure Work

Yesterday I published an article of Lenovo Devices Cannot Be Trusted for Secure Work at https://privacyblog.com/2015/02/19/lenovo-devices-cannot-be-trusted-for-secure-work/. It describes a problem in Lenovo laptops sold between September 2014 and January 2015 that allows hackers to intercept encrypted communications from the laptops by snooping on wi-fi connections. Now Lenovo has issued an announcement claiming the security problem is not a problem at all.

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Web Privacy is the Newest Luxury Item in Today’s World

Writing in the The Christian Science Monitor, Paul F. Roberts reports, “A growing number of tech firms offer online privacy tools at a price. They are giving privacy-conscious consumers new ways of avoiding tracking on the Web with self-destructing e-mails and temporary online identities.” He also gives a brief overview of today’s threats: “There were more reported data breaches last year than ever before, leaking credit card information and health […]

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How to Block Advertisers from Tracking Your Mobile Device

Mobile devices can track your Internet usage as well as the desktop systems do. You can block most (although not all) tracking rather simply. For Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch): Go to Settings —> Privacy —> Advertising and turn on Limit Ad Tracking. For Android devcies: Go to Settings —> Account —> choose Google account —> Ads, and turn on Opt out of interest-based ads.

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AT&T Offers Data Privacy — for a Price

AT&T is installing a very high speed Internet service, called GigaPower, in Austin, Texas and in Kansas City, Missouri. The company plans to add 100 more cities to the new up to 1 gigabit-per-second fiber optic fiber service soon. (See http://goo.gl/Nu81IE for details.) However, customers are offered two different prices. The cheaper service includes an agreement that AT&T will track users as they surf the Web. Customers who want to […]

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Report: NSA Hacked Hard Drive Firmware for Spying

The US government has been accused of embedding spyware directly onto hard drives using secret manufacturer information, according to a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stating that Russian security software manufacturer Kaspersky Lab made the claims, and stem from its efforts to find and eliminate malicious software. Kaspersky says officials appear to have only used the spyware to target specific, foreign-based individuals.

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