"15.4% of the 1.3 million Android applications we analyzed, contained security-related code snippets from Stack Overflow. Out of these 97.9% contain at least one insecure code snippet." https://www.aisec.fraunhofer.de/en/stackoverflow.html #security #privacy
Client-side scanning is a new proposal of US law enforcement to combat child porn by hashing every image sent by IM clients against a database of known CP hashes. EFF discusses how this can be abused.
"Facebook isn't neutral turf on which good ideas will naturally prevail over bad ones, John Stuart Mill-style. It's an advertising-driven business whose design deliberately promotes its own peculiar idea of "engagement." https://www.axios.com/costs-facebook-free-speech-zuckerberg-444086fb-8f91-467a-b388-936b9de10a02.html #facebook #privacy
Conveniently skips CA and other shenanigans but still interesting PoV:
"Why would Facebook or Google owe you anything? (...) You willfully used a service and generated data that wouldn’t otherwise exist. What you get in return is Facebook itself, for which you’ve not paid a nickel. (...) You’re an infinitesimally small part of a data cooperative whose benefits accrue to the very users that generated it." https://www.wired.com/story/no-data-is-not-the-new-oil/ #privacy #facebook #google
Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet’s Google have failed to provide adequate transparency for global users around political advertising on their services, a privacy advocacy group said on Tuesday.
Smart TVs sending sensitive user data to Netflix and Facebook
"Ecuadorian authorities have arrested the executive of a data analytics firm after his company left the personal records of most of Ecuador's population exposed online on an internet server." #privacy Novaestrat
#Facebook “uses precise location even when you’re not using the app” #privacy https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/09/10/facebook_location_tracking/
#facebook asked people for their mobile numbers "only for #authentication purposes", then used them for profiling, and then leaked on the web... https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/04/facebook-phone-numbers-exposed/ #privacy
"This system behind Facebook’s $50 billion business makes it a liability for any user to “friend” another. There’s simply no way to be sure which friends will agree to surrender one’s personal information." #privacy https://gizmodo.com/alex-stamos-ex-facebook-security-chief-blames-journal-1837520235
"Brave Rewards for Android relies on SafetyNet (...) this means that Rewards only works on certain Android devices" (=devices with Google Play Services tracking enabled) https://github.com/brave/browser-android-tabs/issues/1865 #privacy #bravebrowser
"Twitter Inc said on Tuesday that it may have used data for personalized ads without a user’s permission due to issues with the microblogging website’s settings" #privacy https://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-data-idUSKCN1UX02O
Brave Rewards cannot on ungoogled phones I'm afraid due to heavy usage of Google proprietary SafetyNet https://github.com/brave/browser-android-tabs/issues/1865 #privacy #android
Facebook is embedding tracking data inside the photos you download https://techstartups.com/2019/07/13/facebook-embedding-tracking-data-inside-photos-download/ #privacy #facebook
The Reg is bashing NHS for placing Google and FB trackers on sensitive pages, but this comment nails it https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/11/nhs_inform_loads_facebook_pixel_google_doubleclick_trackers/ #privacy