Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) expressed concern that the technology can be tracking user behavior without a consumer knowing, in a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons.
The law, passed by the state legislature on Tuesday and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, requires companies to disclose the types of data they collect about consumers and with whom they share that information. Companies will be forced to let consumers opt-out of having their data sold. The law will also prohibit companies from charging a consumer or treating them differently because they opted out of having their data sold.
Facebook has admitted that it gave dozens of companies access to its users’ data after saying it had restricted access to such data back in 2015, the latest wrinkle in a firestorm over how the social network manages user information.
On Wednesday, a security researcher named Vinny Troia said he stumbled on a massive database containing the detailed records of 340 million people --all of which was mistakenly made available online. "It seems like this is a database with pretty much every U.S. citizen in it," Troia told the magazine.
There is nothing more private than your personal genetic information, and sending away for a personal genome kit means sharing your DNA with the testing companies. What do they do with it, beyond providing consumers with genetic and health assessments?
Facebook Inc faced criticism on Wednesday from Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers who demanded that the social media company be more forthcoming about data it has shared with four Chinese firms.
The newest version of Apple's Safari browser will push back hard against the ad-tracking methods and device fingerprinting techniques that marketers and data brokers use to monitor web users as they browse. Starting with Facebook.The next version of Safari will explicitly prompt you when a website tries to access your cookies or other data, and let you decide whether to allow it...
The Echo device in your room could be secretly recording your conversation -- and in some cases, could send it to a random person, according to a report from local Seattle TV network KIRO7.
The ramifications were visible from day one, with major U.S.-media outlets including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune were forced to shutter their websites in parts of Europe." New European privacy regulations went into effect on Friday that will force companies to be more attentive to how they handle customer data. The ramifications were visible from day one, with major U.S.-media outlets including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune were forced to shutter their websites in parts of Europe.
...in recent years, a little more than half of thefts of consumers' personally identifying information were classified as "non-digital," meaning they didn't involve -- or at least, didn't start with -- the thief exploiting some cyber vulnerability, according to a 2017 report from the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Identity.