Browsing Tag: Privacy

By B.K. DeLongWith this morning’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility, Google has made the move to bring in a solid hardware component for their Android mobility platform and fired another shot across the bow of Apple. But one big questions remains: What does this acquisition mean for those trying to better secure the Android platform for their users?

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Reports about the potential for biometric scanning to usher in a new age of super snooping have prompted a retort from the industry itself, as one CEO used an interview with InfoSecurity.com this week to throw cold water on research from Carnegie Mellon University and argue that people – not face scanners – are the source of privacy breaches. 

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A major provider of Internet services and mobile access in South Korea has been hit by one of the larger data breaches in recent history, resulting in the compromise of personal information belonging to as many as 35 million users. The attack on SK Telecom’s Cyworld site reportedly came from an IP address in China and resulted in the loss of users’ names, email addresses and other data.

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The practice of history sniffing, which has been seen as out-of-bounds and a serious privacy violation for the better part of a decade now, is still ongoing by some ad networks, researchers have found. A study completed recently by researchers at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society found that at least one ad network apparently is still using the technique to gather information about what links users have clicked on and which sites they’ve visited.

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