privacy

January 22, 2019

Lawmakers in Washington state are pushing for a new privacy law that would attempt to give consumers more control over the information that big tech companies and data brokers collect about them. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, would give consumers the right to see what data is collected about them and find out whether that information is being sold to a third party.

January 22, 2019

Only one in four Americans want online services such as Facebook and Google to collect less of their data if it means they would have to start paying a monthly subscription fee, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation. Few surveys of Internet users’ attitudes toward online privacy ask about such tradeoffs, so the Center probed Americans’ reactions to a series of likely consequences of reducing online data collection.

January 21, 2019

Android has grown over the last decade to become the most popular computing platform on Earth, and it’s an open source project. However, the version of Android you get on most smartphones is bundled with proprietary components, some of which plug into advertising services. It can seem intimidating, but you can gain some semblance of mobile privacy with a few quick tweaks.

January 21, 2019

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg defended the tech giant's efforts to fix a wide range of problems but conceded that it is "far from done" during a speech in Munich. In a Sunday speech at the Digital, Life, Design conference, the embattled Facebook executive and board member outlined five areas that Facebook is focused on improving for 2019: safety, election interference, fake accounts, data protection and transparency.

January 17, 2019

Top House Republicans are pressing the telecommunications industry about its handling of customer data following a report earlier this month that detailed how companies sell user location data to third parties. The top GOP members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint on Wednesday asking for details about the companies’ data-sharing agreements.

January 15, 2019

Facebook Inc. is among the technology companies leading the race to develop artificial intelligence. But Americans don’t trust it to do so responsibly, a survey from a U.K. think tank has found.

January 14, 2019

The Internet of Things central promise is that by allowing internet and compute-enable products into your home, you can enjoy luxuries and conveniences like voice assistants, different colored light bulbs that change on command, and a really smart toaster. There are always going to be tensions between certain IoT devices and privacy.

January 13, 2019

When Mita Yun gives a demo of the cute, cat-like pet robot Kiki, which includes microphones and a camera in its nose, she broaches the issue of privacy before even being asked. Yun -- the co-founder and CEO of Zoetic, the company based in Santa Clara, California, that is behind Kiki -- is quick to point out that the “AI companion” can recognize your face but doesn’t relay that information over the internet.

January 13, 2019

Yesterday, at the same time countless companies packed the show floor of CES 2019 with all manner of new connected smart gadgets from security cameras to high-tech baby monitors, another high-profile leak of consumer trust came out. The Intercept reported that Amazon's Ring Doorbell exposed the ostensibly private video captured by its electronic eye to strangers.

January 09, 2019

Only one in four Americans (26 percent) think government should strictly limit the use of facial recognition technology, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation—and that support drops even further if it would come at the expense of public safety. Fewer than one in five Americans (18 percent) would agree with strictly limiting the technology if that is the tradeoff, while a solid majority (55 percent) would disagree.

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