Privacy

Shodan Safari, where hackers heckle the worst devices put on the internet

Google starts pulling unvetted Android apps that access call logs and SMS messages

Privacy campaigner Schrems slaps Amazon, Apple, Netflix, others with GDPR data access complaints

Twitter bug that made your private tweets public went unnoticed for over 4 years

Twitter users with an Android device should double- check their accounts, especially if they sent a tweet sometime between 2014 and 2019.

We’ve become aware of and fixed an issue where the “Protect your Tweets” setting was disabled on Twitter for Android. Those affected have been alerted and we’ve turned the setting back on for them. More here: https://t.co/0qM5B1S393

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) January 17, 2019

In a statement posted on the Twitter help forum on Thursday, the social network disclosed details surrounding a privacy bug that affected Twitter for Android users with protected tweets.  Read more…

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The Face ID ruling is a big win for digital rights. Here’s what needs to happen next.

Now, if the cops try to force you to unlock your iPhone with your face, the law might actually be on your side. 

Previously, other courts have ruled that the police could make suspects unlock their phones with Touch ID, even though legally they couldn’t force that same suspect to give up their passcode. Digital rights experts hope that a ruling in California, however, is a step toward changing that precedent.

Recently, California magistrate Judge Kanis Westmore denied a request for a warrant to compel suspects to unlock their phones using Face ID and Touch ID. In a written opinion (via Apple Insider) from Jan. 10, she said she made her decision in part because forcing someone to give up a passcode — whether alphanumeric or biometric — would violate their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.  Read more…

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Facebook urged to give users greater control over what they see

No, you can’t hide a security camera in your Airbnb rental photos and call that ‘disclosure’

One person’s recent experience at an Airbnb has the company apologizing and clarifying its rules on surveillance devices.

Airbnb recently dismissed a privacy concern from one if its users when he discovered security cameras inside his Airbnb rental. The cameras were not mentioned in the Airbnb listing, as required by the company’s rules. After the user went public with his ordeal, Airbnb refunded the user, banned the host, and clarified that the listing did indeed break Airbnb policy.

When Jeffrey Bigham rented a home on Airbnb for himself and his family over the winter holiday break, everything seemed to check out. The Carnegie Mellon University professor detailed in a blog post how he went over the description, checked out the photos, and did his due diligence before renting the home. Read more…

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