Oct 252014
 

Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe report: The chief executive of the “anonymous” social media app Whisper has placed at least two employees on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation by the company. Earlier this month, the Guardian revealed that Whisper, which promises users anonymity and claims to be “the safest place on the internet”, was tracking the [...]

Oct 252014
 

Jonathan Mayer writes: Over the past couple of days, there’s been an outpouring of concern about Verizon’s advertising practices. Verizon Wireless is injecting a unique identifier into web requests, as data transits the network. On my phone, for example, here’s the extra HTTP header.1 X-UIDH: OTgxNTk2NDk0ADJVquRu5NS5+rSbBANlrp+13QL7CXLGsFHpMi4LsUHw After poring over Verizon’s related patents and marketing materials, here’s my rough understanding of how the header works. [...]

Oct 242014
 

Sheri Qualters reports: A federal appellate court ruled Thursday that self-service movie kiosk company Redbox did not violate the Video Privacy Protection Act by giving an outside customer-service vendor access to its customer database. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed Northern District of Illinois Judge Matthew Kennelly’s August 2013 summary judgment [...]

Oct 242014
 

Mike Masnick writes: … A few weeks ago, Nate Hoffelder discovered that Adobe’s ebook reader, Digital Editions 4, was spying on your ebooks, collecting a ton of information about them, and then uploading it all to Adobe’s servers in an unencrypted format, potentially revealing a lot of information about users of the product. Adobe came out with a ridiculously [...]

Oct 242014
 

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974). FCC PLANS $10 MILLION FINE FOR CARRIERS THAT BREACHED CONSUMER PRIVACY TerraCom and YourTel Allegedly Stored Customers’ Personal Information Online in a Format Accessible [...]

Oct 222014
 

The following press release was issued on Monday: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is taking action against a telemarketer accused of calling Hoosiers registered on the state’s Do Not Call list and making illegal robocalls. A lawsuit has been filed against Peter Tolman of California, doing business as Leads Direct Marketing, for placing calls to [...]

Oct 222014
 

April Glaser and Alison Macrina report: Adobe has made it extremely easy for unwanted eyes to read over the shoulders of library patrons. Earlier this month reports surfaced about how Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book software collects and transmits information about readers in plain text.* That insecure transmission allows the government, corporations, or potential hackers to intercept information [...]