A lawsuit accuses Google of "the surreptitious location tracking of millions of mobile phone users." The legal action was sparked by a report demonstrating that some Google apps tracked and time-stamped users' locations even if a user deactivated the "location history" setting.
An analysis of the privacy issues Amazon will face as it dives deeper into the healthcare business leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: A preview of ISMG's Security Summit in New York Aug. 14-15.
Hubris has a new name: Bitfi. The cryptocurrency wallet-building company, backed by technology eccentric John McAfee, earned this year's not-so-coveted Pwnies Award for "Lamest Vendor Response" for how it mishandled security researchers' vulnerability disclosures. Bitfi has promised to do better.
One measure of why it's so difficult for organizations to keep their software patched and better secured: Of the nearly 20,000 unique vulnerabilities in 2,000 products cataloged last year, only half involved Microsoft, Adobe, Java, Chrome or Firefox software, says Flexera's Alejandro Lavie.
When it comes to the internet of things, balancing the need to protect privacy against the need for technological innovation, such as to improve healthcare, is proving challenging, says attorney Jean Marie Pechette.
Facebook is making substantial investments to improve its data security and privacy practices. But the long-term cost of those investments and impact on the bottom line has spooked investors, leading to a $120 billion loss in market value on Thursday, the largest one-day loss of value for a U.S. traded company.
Facebook has promised to bring machine learning to bear on the problem of hate speech and information warfare via its platform. But insiders have been urging the company to pursue a major cultural change, including prioritizing not doing anything "creepy" over the quest for short-term gain.
Under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, within 72 hours of an organization learning about the data breach, it must report the breach to relevant authorities or face fines. The U.K.'s data privacy watchdog says it's already seen the volume of self-reported breaches quadruple.
Early experiments are demonstrating how blockchain, the distributed and immutable ledger behind virtual currencies, potentially could play an important role in identity management, says Avivah Litan, a Gartner Research analyst who will be a featured speaker at ISMG's Security Summit Aug. 14-15 in New York.
Barely one month after the enforcement date of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, California passed its own landmark new data privacy legislation. Cisco Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy discusses this new law and what it says about the business value of data privacy.
Silicon Valley employees are increasingly calling on executives to restrict the use of facial recognition technology, mobilized in part by the U.S. government's previous policy of separating children from parents at the border. Experts say facial recognition regulations are needed - and quickly.
Timehop, the social media app that resurfaces older social media posts for entertainment, says its ongoing investigation has revealed that an attacker may have compromised more personal information than it previously suspected over the course of a breach that lasted at least seven months.
An Australian company that issues identity cards for access to airports has been notifying applicants and cardholders that their personal information may have been compromised, according to a news report. Australian federal police are investigating.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion of California's groundbreaking new privacy law as well as an update on the potential impact of the hacker group responsible for the Ticketmaster breach.