Narrative: Declining Privacy & Security

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    Narrative: Declining Privacy and Security (Jan 24, 2017)

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    Senator Franken Sends Questions to Apple About iPhone X Face ID Feature (Sep 13, 2017)

    Though the headline on the Recode piece linked below says Apple is facing questions from the US Senate on its new Face ID feature, the reality is that the questions are coming from one Senator: former comedian Al Franken, who’s always taken an interest in tech issues and tends to use them to raise his public profile. A number of the questions he’s posing have already been addressed by Apple (including in its public announcement of the feature) while others suggest Franken thinks Apple is Google or some other company which regularly uses data on its customers to target advertising. All of which suggests he either hasn’t taken time to understand the feature properly, or is simply grandstanding, which frankly feels more likely. Apple’s stance on privacy and security is abundantly clear at this point, as demonstrated by its approach to the Touch ID feature (which Franken previously investigated in a similar way). None of that will stop people freaking out about the feature, and coincidentally or not the Economist magazine’s cover story this week is about the dangers of companies collecting facial data. But Apple is storing this data on the device in ways inaccessible to anyone but the user or for purposes other than those intended by Apple and approved by the user.

    via Recode

    Major US Wireless Carriers Band Together to Solve SMS-Based 2FA Security (Sep 8, 2017)

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    Equifax Suffers Potentially Massive Breach, Handles Fallout Terribly (Sep 8, 2017)

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    Lenovo Pays $3.5m as Part of Settlement with FTC Over PC Adware Security Issues (Sep 5, 2017)

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    Essential CEO Andy Rubin Apologies for Customer Privacy Breach (Aug 31, 2017)

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    Instagram Says Error Allowed Hackers to Obtain Celebrity Email Addresses, Phone Numbers (Aug 30, 2017)

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    Essential Appears to Have Caused a Major Privacy Breach Through Email to Customers (Aug 30, 2017)

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    Uber Stops Tracking User Locations After Dropoffs (Aug 29, 2017)

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    AccuWeather Removes Privacy-Infringing Technology From its iOS App (Aug 24, 2017)

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