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National Enquirer threat to reveal intimate Bezos pics trains focus on privacy protection

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By going public with alleged extortion attempts, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may have thwarted the National Enquirer’s attempts to quash the Washington Post’s probe into the tabloid media company’s practices, but the incident also turned a harsh spotlight on unethical, potentially illegal acts and ratcheted up concerns about privacy. In a Thursday blog post, Bezos…

Airline e-ticketing vulnerability exposes passenger PII

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A vulnerability in numerous airline e-ticketing systems can expose customer data via unencrypted check-in links that hackers can easily intercept, researchers at Wandera said. “The intercepted and unencrypted links enable unauthorized third parties to view, and in some cases even change, a user’s flight booking details, and/or print their boarding passes,” the researchers, who discovered…

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Germany bans Facebook from combining user data without permission

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Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, on Thursday banned Facebook from combining user data from its various platforms such as WhatsApp and Instagram without explicit user permission. The decision, which comes as the result of a nearly three-year antitrust investigation into Facebook’s data gathering practices, also bans the social media company from gleaning user data…

Google says it is not a flaw that passwords saved in its web browser can be viewed in plain text.

Google adds Password Checkup Chrome extension

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Google has rolled out a new Chrome extension that will inform users if their passwords have been compromised. The service, which was introduced as part of Google’s Safer Internet Day offerings, is called Password Checkup. The Chrome extension checks a person’s username and password against a list of four billion credentials that are known to…

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New York probing Apple response to FaceTime bug

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and freshly minted state Attorney General Letitia James Apple was being scrutinized for potentially mishandling notification of a FaceTime bug that allows callers to eavesdropon the audio of a call recipient before they answer the phone. Cuomo and James are probing whether Apple was too slow to warn consumers of…

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Girl Scouts, HPE team on cybersecurity curriculum

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A cybersecurity curriculum launched by HPE in partnership with The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital aims to sharpen the cybersecurity skills of girls between 9 and 11, educating them on personal information and digital footprint and online safety as well as privacy and security and cyberbullying. The program also includes Cyber Squad, a new…

12th annual Data Privacy Day advice: complicated passwords, VPNs and fines

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Considering the hundreds of millions of records exposed in data breaches just last year, the 12th annual Data Privacy Day could not arrive quickly enough. On the plus side for privacy, at least for EU residents, GDPR went into effect last May and will soon be joined by the California Consumer Privacy Act and other…

Illinois Supreme Court: Six Flags violated state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act

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In a test of the enforceability of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a 14-year-old boy was entitled to statutory damages – between $1,000 to $5,000 – after a Six Flags amusement park issuing a season pass didn’t get his express permission before fingerprinting him. “The Illinois law does…

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EPIC, Open Markets Institute and other groups urge FTC to break up Facebook

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center announced it has joined a coalition of groups urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC ) in a letter to break up Facebook  as well as issue strong penalties against the social media giant. The coalition also consists of the Open Market Institute,Electronic Privacy Information Center Color of Change, Common Sense…

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