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Senate confirms Bedoya to FTC, establishing Democratic majority

The Senate confirmed privacy expert Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission. The move secures a Democratic majority at the agency tasked by the...

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Google pitches for user trust with expanded privacy controls

At Google I/O 2022, the company announced new privacy control features intended to give users better control over their data as well as allowing them...

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Twitter made a browser game to help explain its privacy settings

Twitter released a new browser game called Twitter Data Dash that’s intended to help explain some of its privacy settings. The game was made by...

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How to use Edge’s tools to protect your privacy while browsing

Microsoft’s Edge browser has increased its focus on privacy. For example, it blocks trackers by default using one of three different levels of...

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ICE uses data brokers to bypass surveillance restrictions, report finds

A new study from Georgetown Law finds that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has created a vast surveillance apparatus by combining...

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Clearview AI agrees to permanent ban on selling facial recognition to private companies

Clearview AI and the ACLU have struck a deal to settle a lawsuit over the company’s use of facial recognition tech, restricting private access...

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Cycle-tracking apps stand behind their privacy policies as Roe teeters

The leaked Supreme Court opinion indicating that the court will overturn Roe v. Wade raised concerns that data from period tracking apps could be...

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Mental health app privacy language opens up holes for user data

Privacy policies for mental health apps like BetterHelp and Cerebral include language that lets the apps change the policies without warning or sell...

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Meta took down 27.3 million pieces of bad content from Facebook, Instagram in India

Meta took down 24.6 million pieces of bad content from Facebook and over 2.7 million pieces of content from Instagram in March 2022. Here are the...

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Twitter Circle is in testing for the tweets you’d rather keep to ‘select people’

Twitter’s new test gives some users the ability to create a Circle. It’s a group of up to 150 people who will be able to see tweets you choose to...

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Mental health apps have terrible privacy protections, report finds

A Mozilla report found that mental health and prayer apps have particularly bad data privacy protections. The apps suck up personal information and...

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Thomson Reuters commits to human rights assessment of ICE contracts after union investor push

The Canadian media conglomerate Thomson Reuters has announced an independent human rights impact assessment of all company operations, including...

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Google’s ad-tracking overhaul continues with first developer preview of Privacy Sandbox on Android

Google plans to replace Android’s advertising ID with a Privacy Sandbox that it says will cut down on invasive tracking. Developers of ad-supported...

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Ola Electric customer sends notice to the company for making private data public

Ola Electric claims that the rider made use of all three brakes which include the front brake, rear brake and regenerative brake. After an...

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Facebook doesn't know what it does with your data, where it goes

As per Facebook's privacy engineers they do not have enough control to maintain standards regarding what data are gathered and how they are...

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Google Play will now show what data apps collect, how they use it

Google's "Data safety" section will require developers to provide information about how their apps collect, share, and secure user...

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Google Play Store’s app privacy labels start appearing

Google is rolling out a new safety section in app store listings on the Play Store, which are designed to show users more details on the data apps...

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Why we can’t record mobile phone calls — and why we should be able to

Wary of legal ramifications, and completely ignoring the needs of their customers, both Apple and Google have made it nearly impossible to record any...

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Google gives Europe a ‘reject all’ button for tracking cookies after fines from watchdogs

Google is updating its cookie banners in Europe, giving users the option to reject all tracking cookies with a single click. Google was previously...

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DuckDuckGo’s browsers and extensions now protect against AMP tracking

The privacy focused DuckDuckGo browser has joined the list of companies moving away from using Google’s AMP framework, saying the technology is bad...

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Brave is bypassing Google AMP pages because they’re ‘harmful to users’

Google’s AMP framework has ruled the mobile web for years. But now, Brave, like many others, is offering users a way to get around those pages via...

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DuckDuckGo’s privacy-centric browser arrives on Mac

DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused browser has arrived on Mac in beta. You can join the waitlist to gain access to the browser, which automatically...

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Google is adding a privacy settings walkthrough to Chrome

Google is adding a new Privacy Guide to Chrome, which will give you a guided tour of privacy and security settings in the browser. Google is adding a...

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Tile’s new ‘Scan & Secure’ feature will let you use its app to find unwanted tracking tags

Tile’s new app update adds a "Scan & Secure" feature that lets anyone (whether they’re a Tile customer or not) scan for unwanted...

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Ireland fines Meta for bad record-keeping

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has fined Meta, Facebook’s Parent Company, $18.6 million for 12 reported data breach notifications in 2018....

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Twitter is launching a Tor service for more secure and private tweeting

Twitter is launching an onion service version of its site that’s optimized for the Tor privacy and anti-censorship network. The announcement comes...

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Snapchat turns off public ‘heatmap’ for Ukraine

Snapchat’s heatmap feature has been turned off for Ukraine, making it so that the app no longer broadcasts the locations that its users are making...

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Biden demands Congress protect kids online in State of the Union address

President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass new rules to enhance child safety on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram in his first...

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