Amazon Tried to Coerce Ecobee into Collecting Private User Data, the WSJ Reports

Amazon tried to use its power to coerce Ecobee into using its smart home products to collect user data by threatening Ecobee's ability to sell its products on Amazon, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The Verge reports: As of now, Ecobee's products can still be … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

LexisNexis to Provide Giant Database of Personal Information to ICE

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: The popular legal research and data brokerage firm LexisNexis signed a $16.8 million contract to sell information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to documents shared with The Intercept. The deal is alr … | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Update: Prosecutors asked that Rebekah Jones be banned from the internet

The state of Florida's former Covid-19 data manager was arrested today. After her firing in May of 2020, Rebekah Jones had become a critic of the state's publicly-available information, even setting up her own online dashboard of Covid-19 case data. The state suspected her of bei … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Japan's Brand New Anti-Piracy Law Goes Live

A few hours ago and after years of preparation, amendments to Japan's copyright law came into effect, aiming to criminalize those who download unlicensed manga, magazines, and academic texts from the Internet. From a report: While uploading pirated content has always been illegal … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid

The New York Times reports:Cybersecurity officials watched with growing alarm in September as Russian state hackers started prowling around dozens of American state and local government computer systems just two months before the election. The act itself did not worry them so muc … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

California Amends Freelancer Law, but Still Pursues Gig-Worker Companies

"California is exempting about two-dozen more professions from a landmark labor law designed to treat more people like employees instead of contractors, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Friday," reports the San Diego Union-Tribune:The amendments, which take effect im … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Bill Gates, Lancet, EU, and many others lambast U.S. withholding of WHO funds

This week U.S. president Donald Trump suspended America's $900 million annual contribution to the World Health Organization. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, called Trump's move a "crime against humanity...." The Hill reports: "Every … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Nonprofit Argues Germany Can't Ratify the 'Unitary Patent' Because of Brexit

Long-time Slashdot reader zoobab shares this update from the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, a Munich-based non-profit opposing ratification of a "Unified Patent Court" by Germany. They argue such a court will "validate and expand software patents in Europe," an … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Twitter Locks WikiLeaks Account Days Before Assange's Extradition Hearing

Days before Julian Assange's extradition hearings are set to continue, WikiLeaks' journalist Kristin Hrafnsson reports that the official WikiLeaks twitter account has been locked. "All attempts to get it reopened via regular channels have been unsuccessful," writes Hrafnsson in a … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

EFF Defends Bruce Perens Victory Against 'Open Source Security' in Appeals Court

Bruce Perens (Slashdot reader #3872) co-founded the Open Source Initiative with Eric Raymond in 1998. (And then left it this January 2nd.) But in 2017 Perens was also sued partly over comments made in a Slashdot discussion. He's just shared a video from the 9th Circuit Appeals C … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Equifax's Stock Rose More Than 50% in 2019

"There's still time to file a claim for a share of the $425 million that Equifax agreed to cough up after hosing almost half of the country in its massive data breach a few years ago," writes a Pennyslvania newspaper columnist, pointing victims to "Bu … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Ozilla Launches VPN as Part of Resurrected Firefox Test Pilot Program

Mozilla is resurrecting its recently expunged Test Pilot program with a renewed focus on privacy-focused tools and products. The Firefox developer today lifted the lid on the first product to emerge from the new Test Pilot, and it appears to be something akin to a virtual private … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Google's Chrome Has My Dead Grandpa's Data and He Never Used the Internet

schwit1 shares a Forbes article by Joe Toscano, a former experience design consultant for Google who in 2017 "decided to step away from my role consulting with Google, due to ethical concerns." This summer he got a big surprise when he looked in Chrome's "addresses" panel at chro … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

New York Schools Will Test Facial Recognition Despite Objections from State

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: A New York school district will move forward with its facial recognition pilot program next week, despite an explicit order from the New York State Education Department that it wait until a standard for data privacy and secu … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Critics calls White House social media bias survey a 'data collection ploy'

An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post:Venky Ganesan, a partner at technology investor Menlo Ventures, told The Washington Post that the White House's new survey about bias on social media is "pure kabuki theatre" and an attempt to curry political points with conservative … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Cal Politicians Rush to Gut Internet Privacy Law with Pro-Tech Giant Amendments

The right for Californians to control the private data that tech companies hold on them may be undermined today at a critical committee hearing in Sacramento. The Register reports: The Privacy And Consumer Protection Committee will hold a special hearing on Tuesday afternoon to … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Grandson of John Deere inventor calls out company for right-to-repair policies

chicksdaddy writes: The grandson of Theo Brown, a legendary engineer and inventor for John Deere who patented, among other things, the manure spreader is calling out the company his grandfather served for decades for its opposition to right to repair legislation being considered … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Teens charged with 'intimidation' for sharing Siri's response on school shooting

A 13-year-old boy visiting family in Indiana has been charged with "intimidation", according to the Northwest Indiana Times:The boy allegedly said to Siri, iPhone's voice assistant, "I am going to shoot up a school," according to a news release from the Valparaiso Police Departme … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Amazon Emails Customers That Their Names and Addresses Were Disclosed by Website

If you have received a strange email from Amazon today, you're not alone. A number of customers on Wednesday received an email from the company in which it notes that it "inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error." The company confirmed to BetaN … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Microsoft Employees Urge the Company to Not Bid on US Military's Project JEDI

On Tuesday, Microsoft expressed its intent to bid on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract -- a contract that represents a $10 billion project to build cloud services for the Department of Defense. The contract is massive in scope and shrouded in secrecy, wh … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

DuckDuckGo searches increase by 50% in a year

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it's hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20 million -- a year-on-year increase of 50%. Hitting the first 10 million daily … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

India Won't Scrap Aadhaar Biometric ID Database, but Imposes Some Restrictions

India's top court refused to scrap Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric database, in a ruling announced Wednesday, upholding the validity of the sprawling digital-identity program but also imposing some restrictions on its use and proliferation. Huffington Post reports: The ma … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Facing net neutrality critics, Verizon lifts data caps on public safety workers

An anonymous reader writes:Verizon testified Friday before a California State Assembly committee about why its "throttling" of county firefighters was completely unrelated to net neutrality. Then they surprised everyone by announcing that they were lifting all data caps on publi … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

How Cheap Smartphones Siphon User Data in Developing Countries

Newley Purnell, reporting for WSJ: For millions of people buying inexpensive smartphones in developing countries where privacy protections are usually low, the convenience of on-the-go internet access could come with a hidden cost: preloaded apps that harvest users' data without … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Firefox, Chrome Ban Stylish Extn Because It Logs Browsing History, Credentials

sombragris writes: Stylish, a popular extension available for Chrome and Firefox which allows for easy customization of any website, now phones home and shares its users' browser history with its corporate parent, according to blogger Robert Heaton. This prompted Firefox to ban … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Tech giants urge Congress to 'protect entrepreneurs' from Supreme Court ruling

U.S. states can now require online retailers to collect local sales taxes, according to a recent Supreme Court ruling that could affect thousands of third-party sellers on top tech sites. An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:In fact, Amazon, which last year started collecting sa … | Continue reading | 2 years ago

Google Hasn't Stopped Reading Your Emails Despite Making Announcement a Year Ago

An anonymous reader shares a report: If you're a Gmail user, your messages and emails likely aren't as private as you'd think. Google reads each and every one, scanning your painfully long email chains and vacation responders in order to collect more data on you. Google uses the … | Continue reading | 2 years ago