Facebook Patent Uses Your Family Photos For Targeted Advertising

Just like Google, Facebook uses target advertising to help deliver ads to users that it thinks might be relevant to them. However it seems that there is a potential that in the future, Facebook could come up with more types of targeted ads based on your family photos in which it tries to determine your demographic to come up with suited ads.


Facebook Denies Mark Zuckerberg Ordered Execs To Stop Using iPhones

Earlier this year following Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook made a statement which basically suggested that Apple would never make their customer their product, essentially saying that they would never sell their customer’s information the way Facebook did.


Judge Orders Amazon To Hand Over Echo Data In Homicide Case

While smart devices like the Amazon Echo are great for controlling your smart home objects, finding information online using your voice, and so on, there are some who might also be concerned regarding their privacy, where such smart speakers are typically always-listening which has led some to be worried about having their conversations recorded.


China Can Now Identify Citizens Based On How They Walk

Over in China, the country’s government has deployed certain hi-tech measures to track people in the country, such as by using facial recognition systems to identify wanted suspects who might still be at large. Now it looks like things will be getting harder for wanted criminals as authorities have recently begun to use a new method of surveillance: gait recognition.


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Apple Will Now Let You Download All The Data They Have On You

Apple loves to boast about what a privacy-minded company they are, and have taken jabs at others such as Facebook who have endured several privacy-related scandals over the years. In fact earlier this year to prove how transparent they are, Apple announced that they would be making your data available to you.


Data Collected From Facebook Portal Could Be Used For Targeted Ads

With all the backlash Facebook has faced with regards to how the company handles user data and also the privacy scandals, the company’s decision to launch the Portal home video device seemed really questionable. However Facebook attempted to playdown concerns by saying that the device doesn’t listen to, view, or keep the contents of your video calls.


SpyFinder Pro Is A Device That Helps You Spot Hidden Cameras

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spyassociates/spyfinder-pro-hidden-camera-detector-spying-preven/description In this day and age of Big Brother constantly monitoring us, it is understandable that some are worried about being spied on. For instance we have heard stories of how there are some who illegally install spy cameras in bathrooms, changing rooms, and hotel rooms, so that paranoia isn’t completely unfounded.


Police Told To Avoid Looking At iPhones With Face ID

Apple has gotten a lot of flak from governments over their decision to encrypt phones and giving users the key. This means that police in certain countries and under certain instances cannot compel suspects to unlock their phones. Apple has also built in certain safeguards which will prevent devices from unlocking should too many failed attempts be made.


Apple Issues Press Release Over China Spy Chips Report

The other day a report from Bloomberg revealed that China had apparently planted spy chips inside of Apple’s iCloud servers. Apple had initially denied the report with a short statement, but they have since followed up with a full press release in which they are maintaining their denial but have also offered up more information.


Instagram Testing Sharing Your Location History With Facebook

Several years ago, there was a fuss when Facebook announced that WhatsApp data would be shared between both platforms. Given that Facebook owns WhatsApp, it made sense, but at the same time it also seemed like a huge privacy concern as not everyone who uses WhatsApp necessarily uses Facebook.


India Also Looking To Install Facial Recognition Systems In Airports

Much to the chagrin of privacy advocates around the world, facial recognition systems are being installed everywhere, such as airports. We’ve seen them deployed in countries like the US and Singapore, and now it looks like India wants them installed as well. According to the Indian government, this move is done to decongest its airports.


Apple Denies China Slipped Spy Chips Into Its iCloud Servers

Countries like China have gotten a bad rep over the years as a country that likes to spy on others. For example we have seen instances where Chinese companies have been accused of making hardware that could allow them to spy on US citizens. Now a recent report has revealed that China might have planted “spy chips” inside of Apple’s iCloud server hardware.


Messenger Kids Accused Of Violating Children’s Privacy Law

Back in 2017, Facebook launched Messenger Kids which is basically Facebook Messenger designed for kids. Given that Facebook wants to be the biggest social network in the world, it’s not surprising that they’ve started to target a younger audience in hopes that they will eventually become Facebook users as well.


New Zealand Now Implementing ‘Digital Strip Searches’ Of Electronic Devices

Immigration and customs agents searching through luggages or patting people down when they arrive in a country isn’t new. However it seems that over in New Zealand, a law which has recently come into effect will make it legal for customs to be able to ask for access to your electronic devices.