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Apple scans iCloud content for child sexual abuse photos, privacy chief says

Just days after the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and as a panel of privacy experts convened at CES in Las Vegas, Apple Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) Jane Horvath confirmed the Cupertino-based company scans content in iCloud for indications of child sexual abuse. “We are utilizing some technologies to help screen for child sexual abuse…

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Army joins Navy in banning TikTok

The U.S. Army this week joined the Navy in banning soldiers from using TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app marred by troublesome data handling practices, pegging it as a national security risk. “The U.S. Army’s decision to ban TikTok is yet another sign of the growing suspicion and mistrust U.S. authorities feel towards the Chinese-developed…

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Open dark web database exposes info on 267 million Facebook

An unsecured database on the dark web left the personal information of more than 267 million Facebook users, mostly in the U.S., exposed. Although the database, discovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech and traced to Vietnam, is now inaccessible, it laid bare names, phone numbers, timestamps and Facebook IDs and that information also…

Facebook Tor gateway down while TLS certificate renewed

Facebook’s Tor gateway will be out of commission for a week or two after a TLS certificate expired. “Our onion service, facebookcorewwwi.onion, is temporarily unavailable while we await renewal of our TLS certificate. In the meantime, Facebook is still accessible via facebook.com using Tor Browser,” the company posted on the Facebook Over Tor page. The social media…

Secret court judge orders FBI to reform FISA process

Spurred by a Justice Department inspector general (IG) report that found the FBI made serious mistakes in a FISA surveillance application during its Russia probe, a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge ordered the bureau to submit changes to the process for obtaining permission for surveillance. “The frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned…

2020 Predictions: Privacy

Dimitri Sirota, co-founder and CEO, BigIDSiri, Are You Listening? Overcollection of consumer data has been an issue for quite some time, but the introduction of smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Nest have exponentially accelerated consumer data collection, much of which is superfluous and lacking in value. Large and small organizations alike are…

Unsecured storage bucket exposes applications for birth certificate copies

A leaky Amazon Web Services storage bucket has exposed more than 752,000 applications requesting copies of birth certificates. A report yesterday by TechCrunch said the unsecured data set dates back to late 2017, but was just recently discovered by U.K.-based penetration testing company Fidus Information Security. The data is managed by a company that helps…

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