Facebook imposes heavy fines for stealing users’ data

Facebook imposes heavy fines for stealing users’ data

  According to a report A federal judge on Friday approved a $650 million (roughly Rs. 4,780 crores) settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users. US District Judge James Donato approved the deal in a class-action lawsuit that was filed in […]

EU nations unite ahead of WhatsApp, Skype privacy talks

European Union members’ decision to take a joint stance in the privacy talks represents the end of a three-year impasse. European Union countries on Wednesday agreed to take a joint position in forthcoming negotiations with EU lawmakers and the European Commission on planned privacy rules governing Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft’s Skype, ending a three-year impasse. […]

COVID app triggers overdue debate on privacy in Singapore

Singapore – For a country that prides itself on being on the cutting edge of high-tech governance, there has been little national discussion in Singapore on the balance between data collection and individual privacy. Now, COVID-19 has forced the conversation, after it was revealed that data from the government’s contact-tracing app, contrary to initial promises, […]

Bangladesh bought spyware from Israeli surveillance company

Bangladesh has bought Israeli-made surveillance equipment that can be used to monitor the mobile phones of hundreds of people simultaneously, an Al Jazeera investigation has found. Documents and statements obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit show that the Bangladesh army purchased the Israeli equipment in 2018 using a Bangkok-based middleman and Bangladeshi military intelligence officers […]

WhatsApp takes another step to allay privacy concerns

American message WhatsApp, the communications application, has started posting status messages about its “commitment to your privacy” due to misunderstandings about changes to its privacy policy. While messages with this status have been appearing for some time, According to On Saturday, messages about the status of the application began arriving in the United States and […]

What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

We all know that apps collect our data. Yet one of the few ways to find out what an app does with our information involves reading a privacy policy. Let’s be real: Nobody does that. So late last year, Apple introduced a new requirement for all software developers that publish apps through its App Store. […]

Big Tech: Biden urged to protect consumers’ online privacy

As Joe Biden was being sworn in as president of the United States, digital rights groups called on him and legislators to curb the power of technology firms and guard consumers’ online privacy. Advocacy groups want Biden to ban facial recognition technology on his first day – which critics say can perpetuate discriminatory policing – […]

India asks WhatsApp to withdraw ‘discriminatory’ privacy policy

‘Differential and discriminatory treatment of Indian and European users attracting serious criticism,’ says Indian ministry. India’s technology ministry has asked WhatsApp to withdraw changes to its privacy policy the messaging platform announced earlier this month, saying the new terms take away choice from Indian users. The demand creates a new headache for WhatsApp and its […]

Privacy fears grow over Singapore virus tracking

SINGAPORE: Singapore has one of world’s most effective strategies in battling the coronavirus pandemic, but concerns are rising among rights advocates that this is coming at a price, with “unwarranted surveillance” through the government’s contact tracing mechanisms. With slightly more than 59,100 reported virus infections, the densely populated city-state of nearly 6 million people has had […]

WhatsApp battles privacy concerns in India – its biggest market

WhatsApp is battling mistrust globally after it updated its privacy policy to let it share some user data with the parent company, Facebook, and other group firms, and the backlash risks thwarting its ambitions in its biggest market, India. Though WhatsApp has yet to see mass uninstalls of its app in India, users concerned about […]

Why are WhatsApp users joining rival platforms?

Changes to privacy terms by WhatsApp has caused an exodus of users to rivals Telegram and Signal. WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned messaging service that has more than two billion users, has recently announced controversial changes to its privacy terms, prompting a mass exodus of users to rival platforms, particularly Telegram and Signal. Users outside Europe who […]

Turkey: Erdogan’s media office quits WhatsApp over privacy change

Turkish presidency will switch to local app BiP to brief journalists following WhatsApp’s controversial new usage terms. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s media office says it is quitting WhatsApp after the messaging app’s move to oblige many of its users to agree to a controversial new privacy policy. In statements made through WhatsApp on Sunday, […]

The Spy in Your Phone

The story of how Israeli-made spyware Pegasus works, the hacking of journalists' phones and its ominous consequences. . Source link

Coalition of rights groups joins suit against Israeli firm NSO

Facebook last year filed a lawsuit against NSO, accusing it of subverting WhatsApp to hack into phones of activists. A coalition of human rights groups on Wednesday joined Facebook’s lawsuit against Israeli spyware vendor NSO, alleging that the company “prioritizes profit to the detriment of human rights”. The organisations – including internet rights group Access Now, London-based Amnesty International, and the Committee to Protect Journalists […]

Activists sound alarm over African biometric ID projects

In January this year, Kenya’s High Court halted the roll-out of the country’s controversial biometric ID, the Huduma Namba, citing the lack of a regulatory framework to protect the privacy of citizens. Once distribution is complete before the end of 2021, Kenyans will need the ID – which holds their fingerprints, contact details and occupational […]

Nigerian intelligence bought tool to spy on citizens: Report

Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence Agency has acquired equipment that it can use to spy on its citizens’ calls and text messages, according to a report by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which researches digital surveillance, security, privacy and accountability. The report, titled Running in Circles: Uncovering the Clients of Cyber-espionage Firm Circles, said a telecom […]

South Korea’s Spycams Exposed

As covert filming soars in South Korea, we join the hunt to expose spycams hidden everywhere, from schools to hotels. . Source link

Facebook to pay Illinois users $650m to settle privacy case

The case between Facebook and users in the state of Illinois represents the biggest consumer privacy settlement in US history. Facebook Inc. will be making payouts to only about a quarter of the 6 million Illinois residents eligible for the biggest consumer privacy settlement in U.S. history. Based on a tally filed in court after […]

The Database: Collecting the world’s financial data

 What do you do if your bank account suddenly gets closed and you and your business can no longer function – and you have no idea why? You discover it is because you are on a database that you did not even know existed, saying that you have links with “terrorism” and therefore few banks […]