Category: Privacy

Amazon, Apple, Google support Microsoft in legal fight for disclosures of government data access

Technology, media, pharmaceutical and other companies, along with major corporate lobbying groups, filed legal briefs on Friday in support of a Microsoft lawsuit that aims to strike down a law preventing companies from telling customers the government is seeking their data. Friday was the deadline for filing of friend-of-the-court briefs by nonparticipants in the case. …

How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location? That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group. You can spy on more people if you would like — just check out the company’s price list. …

Google’s “In-App” Search can now find content inside apps on your mobile phone

More of the content we’re looking for is saved in mobile applications, which is why Google has been working to bring that information to the surface by indexing apps in search. Now, it will do the same thing on your phone, too. The company is introducing a new search mode in its Google app called …

Facebook Is Playing Games With Your Privacy And There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

If you agree to Facebook’s terms and conditions, expect to be transmogrified, horror-movie style, into an unwitting, twitching little guinea pig. Despite all its moves to improve privacy across the site and the numerous furores it’s faced, the company still thinks it’s fine to carry out tests on users, playing games with our notions of …

WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook for ad targeting — here’s how to opt out

Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp has announced a big change to its privacy policy which, once a user accepts its new T&Cs, will see it start to share some user data with its parent company — including for ad-targeting purposes on the latter service. “[B]y coordinating more with Facebook, we’ll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people …

Apple issues urgent iPhone software update after attempted hack with most sophisticated spyware ever seen

Apple has issued a global upgrade of its iOS mobile operating system after a botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software. The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in iOS to take complete control of iPhone devices. An Apple spokesperson said: “We were made …

A serious attack on the iPhone was just seen in use for the first time

Earlier this month, an Emirati human rights activist named Ahmed Mansoor got a suspicious text. It promised new details of torture in the country’s state prisons, along with a link to follow if he was interested. If Mansoor had followed the link, it would have jailbroken his phone on the spot and implanted it with …

Digital Europe: Swedes don’t like cash, they prefer card and mobile payments

In 1661, Stockholms Banco, the precursor to the Swedish central bank, issued Europe’s first banknotes, on thick watermarked paper bearing the bank’s seal and eight handwritten signatures. Last year – as Britain did last week – Sweden launched a new series of notes, cheery affairs featuring 20th-century Swedish cultural giants such as Astrid Lindgren, the …

Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets

WikiLeaks’ global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found. In the past year alone, the radical transparency group has published medical files belonging to scores of ordinary citizens while …