Sep 302018
 September 30, 2018  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Dena M. Castricone of Murtha Cullina writes:

Just days before the EU Commission reassesses the EU-US Privacy Shield program in light of the EU Parliament’s recent adequacy criticisms, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with four companies allegedly falsely claiming participation in the program.  One of the issues the EU Parliament cited this summer with the EU-US Privacy Shield program was lack of US oversight and enforcement.

Read more on National Law Review.

Sep 302018
 September 30, 2018  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Online

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports:

We live our lives on the internet. That’s because when Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the web, he made it easy for everyone to use it and share information. Fast forward 28-years, and your personal information is controlled largely by major companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Enough already. Berners-Lee wants to put our data back in our hands.

Berners-Lee wants to do this with a new open-source project: Solid. He’s not the first. People are sick of having their personal data locked in the hands of giant corporations. Adding insult to injury, as one privacy-scandal and security-hole follows another–Apple, Facebook, and Google in just the last few weeks–it’s clear you can’t trust them to protect your data.

Read more on ZDNet.

Sep 302018
 September 30, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Online

Catalin Cimpanu reports:

Telegram users who specifically utilize the application for its anonymity features are advised to update their desktop clients as soon as possible to patch a bug that will leak their IP address in some scenarios.

The bug was found by Dhiraj Mishra, a bug hunter from Mumbai, India, and was patched by Telegram with the releases of Telegram for Desktop v1.4.0 and v1.3.17 beta.

Mishra told ZDNet that he discovered that the Telegram desktop clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux would reveal users’ IP addresses. The leak, Mishra said, happened only during voice calls.

Read more on ZDNet.

Sep 302018
 September 30, 2018  Posted by  Business, Online

Natasha Lomas reports:

At a Senate hearing this week in which US lawmakers quizzed tech giants on how they should go about drawing up comprehensive Federal consumer privacy protection legislation, Apple’s VP of software technology described privacy as a “core value” for the company.

“We want your device to know everything about you but we don’t think we should,” Bud Tribble told them in his opening remarks.

Facebook was not at the commerce committee hearing which, as well as Apple, included reps from Amazon, AT&T, Charter Communications, Google and Twitter.

But the company could hardly have made such a claim had it been in the room, given that its business is based on trying to know everything about you in order to dart you with ads.

You could say Facebook has ‘hostility to privacy‘ as a core value.

Read more on TechCrunch.