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Firefox is finally fixing its broken screenshot tool

Firefox's screenshot tool has a lot going for it, but after two days of trying to use it I gave up and went back to using Ksnapshot (now Spectacle) for the near-constant screenshotting I do, all day long: that's because when you hit "save" in Firefox's screenshot UI, it didn't save it to your hard-drive, ...

Google starts pulling unvetted Android apps that access call logs and SMS messages

Google is removing apps from Google Play that request permission to access call logs and SMS text message data but haven’t been manually vetted by Google staff. The search and mobile giant said it is part of a move to cut down on apps that have access to sensitive calling and texting data. Google said in ...

Privacy campaigner Schrems slaps Amazon, Apple, Netflix, others with GDPR data access complaints

European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has filed a fresh batch of strategic complaints at tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube. The complaints, filed via his non-profit privacy and digital rights organization, noyb, relate to how the services respond to data access requests, per regional data protection rules. Article 15 of Europe’s General ...

Twitter bug that made your private tweets public went unnoticed for over 4 years

01.17.2019 · Posted in Technology Articles

Twitter users with an Android device should double- check their accounts, especially if they sent a tweet sometime between 2014 and 2019. We’ve become aware of and fixed an issue where the “Protect your Tweets” setting was disabled... ...

The Face ID ruling is a big win for digital rights. Here’s what needs to happen next.

01.17.2019 · Posted in Technology Articles

Now, if the cops try to force you to unlock your iPhone with your face, the law might actually be on your side.  Previously, other courts have ruled that the police could make suspects unlock their phones with Touch ID, even though legally they ... ...

Facebook urged to give users greater control over what they see

Academics at the universities of Oxford and Stanford think Facebook should give users greater transparency and control over the content they see on its platform. They also believe the social networking giant should radically reform its governance structures and processes to throw more light on content decisions, including by looping in more external experts to ...

Most Facebook users don’t know their interests are tracked for ad targeting, Pew study finds

Most Facebook users have no idea how the company tracks and profiles everything they do to target ads, a new Pew Research study confirms.

Pew reports that three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users surveyed in the study did not know that Facebook tracks their interests and various personal traits so they can be more efficiently ...

No, you can’t hide a security camera in your Airbnb rental photos and call that ‘disclosure’

01.16.2019 · Posted in Technology Articles

One person’s recent experience at an Airbnb has the company apologizing and clarifying its rules on surveillance devices. Airbnb recently dismissed a privacy concern from one if its users when he discovered security cameras inside his Airbnb re... ...

Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds

A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes. Pew found three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users did not know the social networking behemoth maintains a list of their interests and traits to target them with ads, only ...