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Apple’s App Tracking Transparency may not be strong enough

Apple introduced App Tracking Transparency last year which prohibits app developers from tracking users' activity across different apps without their explicit consent. Privacy advocates applauded the initiative. Facebook warned that it would bring down targeted advertising companies. Research published last week shows that App Tracking Transparency does not always prevent the collection of surreptitious personal...

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Smart devices spy on you – 2 computer scientists explain how the Internet of Things can violate your privacy

Have you ever felt a creeping sensation that someone’s watching you? Then you turn around and you don’t see anything out of the ordinary. Depending on where you were, though, you might not have been completely imagining it. There are billions of things sensing you every day. They are everywhere, hidden in plain sight –...

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Your sense of privacy evolved over millennia – that puts you at risk today but could improve technology tomorrow

Many people think of privacy as a modern invention, an anomaly made possible by the rise of urbanization. If that were the case, then acquiescing to the current erosion of privacy might not be particularly alarming. As calls for Congress to protect privacy increase, it’s important to understand its nature. In a policy brief in...

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Massive online surveillance by PenLink: Google is ‘best’, Apple ‘phenomenal’

A small Nebraska company called PenLink claims it does very good business with law enforcement agencies in the US and around the world. The company specializes in helping investigators monitor users of messenger services and social networks. Acting as an intermediate instance, they collect the data streams from Facebook, Google & Co. and passes them...

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AirTags have serious Privacy Issues

When Apple released AirTags last spring, many marvelled at the effectiveness of the coin-shaped trackers in locating lost items. At the same time, many early reviewers raised concerns because the AirTag's remarkable accuracy makes it a powerful stalking tool. This was proven by several cases of stalking that got a larger media coverage. There is...

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What does GDPR mean in practise?

Many businesses thought that by adding Cookie consent banners to their web pages and opt-in forms for email newsletter subscriptions they have satisfied the GDPR requirements. As it turns out, this is not the case. There are rulings by the Datenschutzbehörde in Austria, CNIL in France and a court in Munich that show how far...

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