Earlier this week, Techdirt picked up on a passing mention in a Brazilian news story and a Slate article to point out that the US National Security Agency had apparently impersonated Google on at least one occasion to gather data on people.
A spy disguised as another spy....
As Forbes first reported this afternoon, Alma Whitten, Google’s director of privacy for product and engineering, has decided to step down from her current position. Google has now confirmed this.
They had a Director of Privacy? Google? Was she on permanent vacation?...
Earlier this week, the Data Center of China Internet (DCCI) released a report (h/t Tech In Asia) that showed nearly 35 percent of the Android apps it surveyed were secretly stealing user data unrelated to the app’s functionality. The DCCI, a research institute, looked at 1,400 apps downloaded from different app markets and found that 66.9 percent were tracking users’ private da...
Randi, who is a former marketing director of Facebook, posted a photo to her Facebook page showing her family’s reaction to the new Poke app that was released last week, and According to Buzzfeed, a friend of a friend saw the photo and reposted it on Twitter, which turned a semi-private moment into a very public affair....
As Webroot notes, the real danger is the malicious Chrome extension, which once installed, has access to all your data on all websites, as well as access to your tabs and browsing history. The Facebook event and Tumblr links are merely used to trick users into thinking the extension will do what they want; all the URLs in question look legitimate since they are hosted on the aforementioned ...
The Hacker News:
Japanese police arrested five mobile applications developers for creating and embedding a virus into smartphone applications. According to The Metropolitan Police Department, Intial reports said that about 90,000 smartphones users were infected with a virus lurking in applications they downloaded, But later they found that developers stole more than 10 million pieces of pers...
Finally!Google adds 'Do Not Track' to latest Chrome test build...
It has been more than three years since Ars first started covering Facebook’s inability to remove “deleted” photos from its servers, but this particular saga appears to be coming to an end. The company told Ars that its new photo storage systems are in place and are now deleting photos within a reasonable period of time, which we were able to independently confirm....
Have you ever uploaded a nudie shot to Photobucket — one of the web’s largest, and oldest, image-hosting sites? If you did, you probably kept it private, right? So only its intended recipient could see it, and it wouldn’t get found and spread all over the internet?
Yeah, there’s a good chance some 8,000 creeps have seen your naked photo on Reddit.
Come on people, it...
Google Inc. agreed to pay a record $22.5 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it breached Apple Inc.’s Safari Internet browser.
The fine, the largest ever the FTC has levied against a company, represents the first by the agency for a violation of Internet privacy as the agency steps up enforcement of consumers’ online rights.