Darren Pauli reports: Google’s “encryption everywhere” claim has been undermined by Mountain View stripping secure search functions for BT WiFi subscribers piggy-backing off wireless connections, sysadmin Alex Forbes has found. The move described as ‘privacy seppuku’ by Forbes (@al4) meant that BT customer searches were broadcast in clear text and possibly open to interception. Read […]
Andrea Peterson reports: In the four years that it grew from a start-up to a company valued at $18 billion, car hailing service Uber’s aggressive tactics have made the company a lot of enemies — local regulators, taxi drivers and some journalists among them. But no legal battle or protest caused the company as many public […]
Craig Timberg, Nancy Scola and Andrea Peterson report: An Uber executive’s suggestion that the company should investigate the private lives of journalists has sparked a backlash against the popular car service, offering a potent reminder that tech companies are amassing detailed — and potentially embarrassing — records of users’ communications, Internet traffic and even physical movements. […]
Jensen Werley reports: Interline Brands, a Jacksonville-based office supply and cleaning company, has agreed to settle in a $40 million lawsuit for sending ads via fax, a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Junk Fax Prevention Act. The lawsuit, filed in May 2011, was a class action suit that began with a […]
See what shining the light on a problem can do? Natasha Singer reports: The maker of ClassDojo, a popular behavioral tracking app used in schools across the United States, announced revisions on Tuesday in the way it retains student information. Starting in January, the company intends to keep students’ behavioral records for only one school […]
Sometimes I find out about FTC enforcement actions before the FTC has disclosed anything. Case in point (no pun intended), Courthouse News reports: Inbound Call Experts et al. defraud consumers by lying about threats to their computers, the FTC says. There is no mention of this case on the FTC’s site (yet).