Android Q is coming, and details about the new OS are trickling out. Earlier this week, XDA Developers published its findings about permissions in the Android Q framework, some of which has to do with better privacy for users. The most interesting permission change could involve clipboard permissions. Right now, XDA says apps can access a user’s clipboard and read whatever’s stored on that clipboard, even if it’s sensitive information like usernames and passwords. A new permission for Android Q might prevent apps from accessing the clipboard in the background, while only granting access to apps assigned by the OEM. XDA also says it found code related to facial identification, similar to Apple’s Face ID system. Some Android phones can use facial recognition already, but it requires extra work to include that feature. If Google supports it on the OS level, any phone with the correct sensors could implement the security system. It’s still early for this … [Read more...] about Android Q might ship with more privacy protections
European privacy advocates say the complex bidding process behind online behavioral advertising threatens consumers’ privacy. To place ads on webpages, companies widely broadcast what they know about a user visiting the page, including potentially sensitive data about the type of content that person watches, listens to, or reads. New documents filed Monday with regulators in Poland, the UK, and Ireland claim that the way personal data is handled during the process of matching advertisements to ad slots does not comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, a strict set of consumer privacy rules that went into effect in May. The documents focus on the categories that key players in the ad-tech industry have adopted to instantly match advertisers with appropriate users or content. Although most categories are benign, like “Tesla motors” or “gadgets,” some are highly sensitive. For instance, the list of labels agreed upon by the … [Read more...] about Privacy Groups Claim Online Ads Can Target Abuse Victims
Best answer: Absolutely. Privacy screens are definitely worth getting for your laptop since they effectively prevent other people from spying on your computer activities in public and can also double as a screen protector. Why use a privacy screen? Privacy screens are essentially polarized plastic filters that you put over your computer screen in order to make seeing the information on them impossible from any angle other than a 60-degree viewing angle from the front — in other words, where you are. Outside of that cone, nobody will be able to peep on your web browsing or work projects. This can be incredibly useful for pretty much anyone, but it's especially useful for traveling business managers or college students spending time on campus. While the 60-degree viewing angle still leaves sneaky spies an opening, you'll surely catch them in the act at that tight of a viewing cone. Additionally, the filter screen can double as protection against scratches as well, albeit a mediocre … [Read more...] about Should you buy a privacy screen for your laptop?
BIPA "does not contain" a definition of what it means to suffer injuries, the court said, and in "popularly understood" terms, you've faced those damages simply through the violation of the law. The court added that the whole point of the law was to give users greater control over when and how companies collect biometric data. If firms can escape liability so long as they don't cause tangible harm, your right to control your privacy "vanishes into thin air."The state's Chamber of Commerce objected to the ruling, claiming that it would "open the floodgates" to lawsuits that would hurt the Illinois economy.That's not necessarily the case. Still, there's little doubt the decision will have significant ramifications. Google, Facebook and others have faced lawsuits accusing them of violating BIPA by tagging faces in photos without asking users. Google recently had a Photos-related case tossed out because the plaintiffs couldn't show that they'd faced "concrete injuries," but that … [Read more...] about Illinois biometric privacy law passes a key court test
Privacy advocates won a crucial court victory on Friday, as the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a case that would have pared back a state law limiting the use of facial recognition and other biometrics. Passed in 2008, Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (or BIPA) requires affirmative consent for companies to collect biometric markers from their customers, including fingerprints and facial recognition models. The law has become a sticking point for a number of tech companies using facial recognition as a photo-sorting tool, and both Facebook and Google have faced lawsuits for alleged BIPA violations in their photo-tagging products. Facebook has pushed for legislative revisions to the law on several occasions, but so far unsuccessfully. The most recent case comes from Six Flags, which allegedly fingerprinted a 14-year-old visitor without parental approval. Contesting the case, Six Flags argued it couldn’t be held liable unless the plaintiff demonstrated a tangible … [Read more...] about Crucial biometric privacy law survives Illinois court fight