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When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of ‘Stalkerware’

NSA zero-days and sophisticated state surveillance tools get all the headlines. But we’re overlooking the dangerous, life-threatening, rise of “stalkerware,” which enables domestic violence.

Source: When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of ‘Stalkerware’ – Motherboard

1Password ‘travel mode’ keeps your passwords safe at the border but also adds risk

To protect your passwords and data from border control searches, 1Password has added a special feature – called Travel Mode – that temporarily removes all passwords, credit cards, and other stored data from a user’s devices. However, this feature also may bring some risks.

First, it deprives you of the ability to access some of your accounts. That in turn could lead to confrontations with border agents, particularly if they’re not familiar with password managers.

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Gene pattern research prompts privacy concerns

A recent study by Stanford biologists unearths new evidence that a limited selection of a person or animal’s genetic information is sufficient to significantly predict the contents of their DNA, which could have implications for working with incomplete or damaged sets of DNA, according to researchers.

Source: Gene pattern research prompts privacy concerns | Stanford Daily

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

Google is taking targeted advertising to a whole new level.  It has started tu evaluate billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases – even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores.

Source: Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff – The Washington Post

1Password adds a ‘travel mode’ to keep your passwords safe at the border

1Password received a handy new feature last week that allows the app to temporarily remove all passwords, credit cards, and other stored data from a user’s devices. The feature is called Travel Mode, and it was created to protect users worried about running into trouble with security agents while traveling.

Source: 1Password adds a ‘travel mode’ to keep your passwords safe at the border – The Verge

Tricking “secure” Samsung Galaxy S8 iris scanner can be easy

While fingerprint scanners are pretty common feature on smartphones now, Samsung is trying to further with iris scanners stating it makes new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ their securest phones. However, German white-hat hacker group  Chaos Computer Club (CCC) have announced that they’ve found relatively easy way to trick the iris-recognition system of new Samsung Galaxy S8.

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The next big personal data attack waiting to happen…

With data security of all organisations under significant threat from external actors, all organisations need to review the security of processing personal data as a matter of urgency. And such reviews must include the use of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) used in the workplace.

Source: The next big personal data attack waiting to happen… | Ardi Kolah LL.M | Pulse | LinkedIn

New tools safeguard Census data about where you live and work

A team led by Duke University, in collaboration with the Census Bureau, has developed new methods that enable people to learn as much as possible from Census data and other government workforce statistics for things like disaster management, policy-making and funding decisions, while guaranteeing that no one can trace the data back to your household or business.

Source: New tools safeguard Census data about where you live and work

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