Category: digital

Turning Off Facebook Location Tracking Doesn’t…

Turning Off Facebook Location Tracking Doesn’t Stop It From Tracking Your Location:

Turning Off Facebook Location Tracking Doesn’t Stop It From Tracking Your Location

Facebook should be fined for Instagram forcing…

Very scummy practice. That is all.

EPIC Obtains DHS Pre-Election Assessment on Th…

EPIC Obtains DHS Pre-Election Assessment on Threats to US Election Infrastructure:

EPIC Obtains DHS Pre-Election Assessment on Threats to US Election Infrastructure

Got an email from Marriott regarding breach of…

Marriott’s email says I can use “webwatchers” to see if hackers are using my info. Is webwatchers itself safe to log in to/turn information over to? Or am I turning over my personal information to even more groups that could sell/use it?

Privacy Policy concerns for Web Watcher servic…

Unfortunately, I received an email from Marriott informing me of their historic data breach, and options and suggestions for effected guests. I stayed at a Westin in July of 2017, and presume they meant me. Upon reading Kroll’s privacy policy for their Web Watcher service I was disturbed to read of their extensive automatic collection of my personal information, right down to my web browser session statistics. Furthermore, they provide my information to third parties that may be in foreign countries with different privacy laws. They also can sell my personal information in the event of a company sale.Are these types of provisions normal? I understand that extensive personal information is key for them to provide their services, but doesn’t this set up a number of situations where my personal information is being sold to strangers where it could be used for unwanted and unknown purposes? Am I misreading this, or am I just recognizing the disturbing reality?​Any thoughts welcome!First Reddit post!​MindGarbage​Here’s some bits from the actual policy,“b. Information Which May Be Collected AutomaticallyThis Platform, online services, applications, email messages, and advertisements, if any, may use “cookies” and other technologies such as pixel tags and web beacons to collect information about you and your activity (pixel tags and web beacons are also known as clear GIFs, action tags or web tags), such as your IP address, mobile device ID, geographic location, operating system, browser type, and service provider, and website session statistics. For more information, see the “Information Collected from Cookies and Other Technologies” section below."THEN, after giving themselves permission to share my data with third-parties for services requested,” We have taken reasonable steps to ensure that these affiliated companies and third- party service providers will use your personal information only to accomplish the purposes for which the information was collected. Some of these affiliates and service providers may be located outside of Canada, including in the United States and as a result your personal information may be processed and stored outside of Canada where it will be subject to applicable foreign laws. “

Can video/audio/image files posted to a websit…

Hi,I have created a website and have done so anonymously, now I want to start posting contend and I don’t want to blow it.So when I post videos, audio files, images and docs or spreadsheets i want to be certain i am not posting any metadata or other stuff that can lead back to me.What are the pitfalls here? If I run a program that erases the metadata is it then safe to post?Are there any hidden codes aside from metadata? I’m thinking back to when they were able to catch a virus writer by tracking some hidden code that revealed his microsoft windows login. Not that i’m doing anything like that…Thanks

European governments agree to outsource intern…

European governments agree to outsource internet censorship to Google and Facebook:

European governments agree to outsource internet censorship to Google and Facebook

My Firewall blocked communications of Google’s…

Was Google trying to send data somewhere else? Or is my Firewall preventing the DNS from actually doing it’s job and it keeps spamming my IP with requests and gets blocked over and over again? Can someone explain what this data means?​https://i.redd.it/mp4qwoyzeh221.png

No, end-to-end encryption does not prevent Fac…

No, end-to-end encryption does not prevent Facebook from accessing WhatsApp chats:

No, end-to-end encryption does not prevent Facebook from accessing WhatsApp chats

Quora just notified its users that user data w…

Link to website announcement:https://help.quora.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020212652The full text of what was sent to users:We are writing to let you know that we recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to our systems by a malicious third party. We are very sorry for any concern or inconvenience this may cause. We are working rapidly to investigate the situation further and take the appropriate steps to prevent such incidents in the future.What HappenedOn Friday we discovered that some user data was compromised by a third party who gained unauthorized access to our systems. We’re still investigating the precise causes and in addition to the work being conducted by our internal security teams, we have retained a leading digital forensics and security firm to assist us. We have also notified law enforcement officials.While the investigation is still ongoing, we have already taken steps to contain the incident, and our efforts to protect our users and prevent this type of incident from happening in the future are our top priority as a company.What information was involvedThe following information of yours may have been compromised:Account and user information, e.g. name, email, IP, user ID, encrypted password, user account settings, personalization data Public actions and content including drafts, e.g. questions, answers, comments, blog posts, upvotes Data imported from linked networks when authorized by you, e.g. contacts, demographic information, interests, access tokens (now invalidated) Questions and answers that were written anonymously are not affected by this breach as we do not store the identities of people who post anonymous content.What we are doingWhile our investigation continues, we’re taking additional steps to improve our security:We’re in the process of notifying users whose data has been compromised. Out of an abundance of caution, we are logging out all Quora users who may have been affected, and, if they use a password as their authentication method, we are invalidating their passwords. We believe we’ve identified the root cause and taken steps to address the issue, although our investigation is ongoing and we’ll continue to make security improvements. We will continue to work both internally and with our outside experts to gain a full understanding of what happened and take any further action as needed.What you can doWe’ve included more detailed information about more specific questions you may have in our help center, which you can find here.While the passwords were encrypted (hashed with a salt that varies for each user), it is generally a best practice not to reuse the same password across multiple services, and we recommend that people change their passwords if they are doing so.ConclusionIt is our responsibility to make sure things like this don’t happen, and we failed to meet that responsibility. We recognize that in order to maintain user trust, we need to work very hard to make sure this does not happen again. There’s little hope of sharing and growing the world’s knowledge if those doing so cannot feel safe and secure, and cannot trust that their information will remain private. We are continuing to work very hard to remedy the situation, and we hope over time to prove that we are worthy of your trust.The Quora Team