cybersecurity Privacy

How to stop your smart home spying on you

Everything in your smart home, from the lightbulbs to the thermostat, could be recording you or collecting data about you. What can you do to curb this intrusion? Davey Winder Sun 8 Mar 2020 13.00 GMTLast modified on Tue 10 Mar 2020 12.29 GMT During an interview with the BBC last year, Google’s senior vice-president for devices and services, Rick […]

Privacy Surveillance

The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

Congressional hearings are urgently needed to address location tracking. “When the government tracks the location of a cellphone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user,” wrote John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, in a 2018 ruling that prevented the government from obtaining location data from cellphone towers […]

Privacy United States

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

Supposedly an easier way to track attendance Sean [email protected]  Jan 28, 2020, 5:29pm EST Share this on Facebook (opens in new window) Share this on Twitter (opens in new window) SHAREAll sharing options Barely over a year ago, we pointed out how dystopian it seemed when Chinese schools added “smart uniforms” to track their students’ attendance. But US colleges are already […]


Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data

An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells ‘Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.’ Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey. By Joseph CoxJan 27 2020, An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest […]

Educational Resource Privacy

Library Freedom Institute, a one-of-a kind privacy-focused four-month program for librarians.

Privacy issues are a critical part of digital inclusion work. I participated in the last cohort of the Library Freedom Institute and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Whether you know a little or a lot about current privacy issues going in, you will learn a lot and meet a lot of very passionate, talented […]


In China, A New Call To Protect Data Privacy

January 5, 20209:00 AM ET EMILY FENG A pedestrian uses a smartphone while standing under surveillance cameras in Beijing last May.Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg via Getty Images China produces huge amounts of online data — and little of it is protected. That has led to a thriving market for stolen personal information, from national identification numbers to […]

Privacy Smart Cities

1 big thing: Smart cities spark privacy worries

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios Momentum for smart cities — fed by big promises from industry and big hopes by government — is being slowed by a wave of public skepticism, Axios’ Kim Hart and Aïda Amer report. Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs, which has proposed a futuristic smart-city development for Toronto’s waterfront, this month pledged not to sell personal data from the project […]

Digital Identity Privacy

California Rings In The New Year With A New Data Privacy Law

December 30, 20199:00 AM ET RACHAEL MYROW FROM California’s new digital privacy law takes effect on Jan. 1.Saul Gravy/Getty Images/Ikon Images On Jan. 1, the toughest data privacy law in the U.S. goes into effect: the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA. That’s why you’re seeing a host of emails pop up in your inbox […]


Ring hackers are reportedly watching and talking to strangers via in-home cameras

Hackers are using two-way talk function to wake people up in the middle of the night and watch unsuspecting children Poppy Noor @PoppyNoor Fri 13 Dec 2019 18.45 GMTLast modified on Fri 13 Dec 2019 19.34 GMT Hackers are tapping in to cameras intended for home security, talking to children through the devices and even dropping racist remarks, according to […]


FTC Urged To Step Up Enforcement Of Children’s Privacy Rules

by Wendy Davis  @wendyndavis, Yesterday Advocacy groups are urging the Federal Trade Commission to step up enforcement of a federal privacy law that prohibits website operators from knowingly collecting data from children younger than 13 without their parents’ permission. In comments filed with the agency Wednesday, 19 organizations say noncompliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act […]