Key takeaways on Americans’ views about privacy, surveillance and data-sharing

In key ways, today’s digitally networked society runs on quid pro quos: People exchange details about themselves and their activities for services and products on the web or apps. Many are willing to accept the deals they are offered in return for sharing insight about their purchases, behaviors and social lives. At times, their personal information is collected by government on the grounds that there are benefits to public safety and security.

A majority of Americans are concerned about this collection and use of their data, according to a new report from Pew Research Center.

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Edward Snowden Explains How Smartphones Spy On Us

How smartphones spy on us?

When Joe Rogan asks about how surveillance has changed since 2013, Edward notes that the biggest change is that “it’s mobile-first everything” acknowledging the massive increase in the number of smartphone users.

Ahead in the conversation, Snowden also tells how carriers are able to able to identify the movement of users using the IMEI and IMSI, identification numbers unique to a smartphone, and SIM cards.

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Top Travel Apps Fail Privacy and Security Standards

Mobile travel apps are among the most popular apps to download for smartphone users – especially those apps that enable them to snag the lowest prices on travel or secure the best possible deals. However, the ease and convenience of using these travel apps to line up great deals and save money comes with a very big price for privacy and security. According to a study conducted by mobile security solutions provider Zimperium, 100% of iOS-based apps and 45% of Android-based apps failed to receive a passing grade for privacy. Moreover, 100% of iOS-based apps and 97% of Android-based apps failed to receive a passing grade for security. In short, just about any travel app you download from the Google Play or Apple Store is not going to meet basic security and privacy standards.


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California legislature has made a decisive move to rein in the “surveillance state.”

A ban on facial recognition software used by law enforcement or government agencies that started in San Francisco and Oakland has, in part, gone statewide. The Body Camera Accountability Act passed the California Legislature and was just signed into law by Gov. Newsom. The law puts in place a three-year state-wide moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in body cams used by state and local law enforcement agencies. In this, the California legislature has made a decisive move to rein in the “surveillance state.”

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Adobe leak exposes user data for 7.5 million users. Have you gotten control of your customer’s personal data? If not, Privageo is here to help!

Talk about security blunders! Data of more than 7.5 million Adobe Creative users, including personal information, was exposed to anyone with a web browser.

According to the researcher behind the report, Bob Diachenko, the private information of users was estimated to be sitting in unprotected cache for about a week.


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Faulty multi-factor authorization causes Twitter Privacy Breach:

FBI says multifactor authentication might not be secure:

Within the cyber security community, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is generally considered to be one of the safest and most effective ways to secure user accounts and user profiles. But now a special security alert from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is alerting private industry partners that multi-factor authentication might not be nearly as effective as once thought. Quite simply, hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated. They are finding new ways to bypass multi-factor authentication using a mix of social engineering and technical hacks, and that should be a wakeup call for IT security leaders everywhere.

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Privacy implications of FBI use of surveillance data … Is the government invading your privacy?

According to a new declassified ruling from the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), FBI personnel systematically abused National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance data in both 2017 and 2018. The 138-page ruling, which dates back to October 2018, was only unsealed 12 months later in October 2019. It offers a rare look at how the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been abusing the constitutional privacy rights of U.S. citizens with alarming regularity. The court ruling is also a stinging rebuke to the FBI’s overreach of its ability to search surveillance intelligence databases.

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New FBI Plans for Social Media Surveillance Already Raising Significant Privacy Concerns

At a time when the general population in the U.S. is more aware than ever before of privacy issues raised by social media usage, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) appears ready and willing to ramp up its social media surveillance activities. According to a new request for proposal (RFP) that the FBI distributed in early July, the goal is to develop an “early alerting tool” that would enable the FBI to “proactively identify and reactively monitor” persons of interest or suspects in ongoing cases.

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Before Capital One breach, internal staff raised red flags

Employees at Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) had raised concerns about problems in the bank’s cybersecurity unit before a hacker broke into the company’s system and stole information of about 106 million individuals, the Wall Street Journal reports

Those concerns included those about high turnover and questions about why software meant to prevent hacks was not installed in a timely matter, according to the report. 

A Capital One spokeswoman told WSJ that protecting personal information is “essential to our mission” and that the company has “invested heavily in cybersecurity and will continue to do so,” the report notes. 

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