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Lawsuit against weather app sign of things to come?

Last week , the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, filed a complaint against The Weather Channel Product and Technology, LLC (TWC) the company owned by IBM and behind the popular Weather Channel mobile application.

Feuer stated: “[W]e allege TWC elevates corporate profits over users’ privacy, misleading them into allowing their movements to be tracked, 24/7. We’re acting to stop this alleged deceit.”

Full article: Lawsuit against weather app sign of things to come?

DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users

Responding to a forum post that accused it of “fingerprinting users”, privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo says that fears are unfounded and that it is not tracking its users.

The allegation was made after the Firefox extension CanvasBlocker showed a warning to users. The suggestion of fingerprinting — gathering as much information as possible about a user through their browser to create a unique identifier that can be used for tracking — is clearly something that would seem to sit in opposition to what DuckDuckGo claims to stand for. The company CEO says the accusation is simply wrong.

Full article: DuckDuckGo denies using fingerprinting to track its users

Wearables in The Arena: The Shifting Legal Landscape Governing Fitness Trackers in Professional Sports

The use of wearable technology (colloquially known as “wearables”) has been on the radar of athletes, sponsors, sports teams and leagues for years, with the various constituencies carefully balancing the necessity for player privacy with growing professional and financial interests.

Full article: Wearables in The Arena: The Shifting Legal Landscape Governing Fitness Trackers in Professional Sports

Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens

In 2014, Facebook filed a patent application for a technique that employs smartphone data to figure out if two people might know each other.

The author, an engineering manager at Facebook named Ben Chen, wrote that it was not merely possible to detect that two smartphones were in the same place at the same time, but that by comparing the accelerometer and gyroscope readings of each phone, the data could identify when people were facing each other or walking together.

That way, Facebook could suggest you friend the person you were talking to at a bar last night, and not all the other people there that you chose not to talk to.

However, Facebook says it hasn’t put this technique into practice.

Full article: Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens

How Facebook Tracks Non-Users via Android Apps

If you quit Facebook or never joined because of its data collecting practices the odds are good the social network is still tracking you – despite your protest.

Facebook collects data of non-users of its social network via dozens of mainstream Android apps that send tracking and personal information back to the social network. Some of the dozens of apps sharing data with Facebook include Kayak, Yelp and Shazam.

Full article: How Facebook Tracks Non-Users via Android Apps | Threatpost | The first stop for security news

Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018

People are flocking to privacy tools online that block trackers following your every click, companies are hiring more privacy experts, and politicians are fighting for legislation to force companies to be more open about how they use your data.

While Cambridge Analytica was the biggest event, other privacy mistakes throughout the year continued to grow people’s concerns.

Full article: Tech’s invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018 – CNET

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns

Social media users say they’re being burned by online advertisements spoiling “surprise” gifts by popping up in front of the intended recipient. That’s because of data collected through online tracking by companies like Google and Facebook.

Full article: Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns | CBC News

Google facing mounting pressure over tracking tactics

Google’s data privacy practices are attracting the regulator attention, due to the search engine’s tracking of user locations, the BBC news website reports. Seven organisations have come together to file complaints with a number of regional watchdogs over Google’s tracking behaviours, with issues based on research which suggests users have no choice but to engage with the tracking system.

Full article: Google facing mounting pressure over tracking tactics

Thefts, Hacks And Surveillance: Whose Side Is Blockchain On?

Crypto is in the news for the recent hacks and breaches, becoming the favorite currency of cybercriminals. This article examines what is actually going on, the fundamentals of security and what the crypto-community is actually doing to prevent hacks and surveillance.

Full article: Thefts, Hacks And Surveillance: Whose Side Is Blockchain On?

Microchip implants are threatening workers’ rights

Initially, the chips are being used in place of ID cards as a way of opening secure doors. But there’s good reason to think the use of implants could expand to more sinister purposes, giving employers much greater control over their workers and raising serious concerns over issues related to human dignity, ethics and health.

Full article: Microchip implants are threatening workers’ rights

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