GAO To Congress: Revisit Privacy Concerns Over Facial Recognition Technology

17086044837_c7f38e4dc9_k Today, Sen. Al Franken announced a new report by the GAO on the use of facial recognition technology. Franken has been on the side of looking into the privacy implications on that type of tech and says today that the report shows that there needs to be a set of federal standards in place before widely adopted. Franken said in a release: Over the past several years, we’ve seen… Read More

Google Now Lets Developers Bring Their Own Security Keys To Compute Engine

5399162987_5d0402e809_o Starting today, developers who use Google’s Compute Engine infrastructure as a service platform will be able to bring their own security keys to the service. Google argues that using these customer-supplied encryption keys, which are now in public beta, give its users more control over their data security. By default, Google encrypts all of the data on its service with an AES-256 bit… Read More

Microsoft Targets Revenge Porn With Link Removal Form

Microsoft Falling in step with various recent industry moves, Microsoft has set up a formal process for removing links to so-called ‘revenge porn’ from its Bing search engine, allowing victims to notify it via a dedicated web form to have access to the content cut off. Read More

Google Knows What You Did Last Summer, Now Shows It To You In Google Maps

3955197105_21d2a70850_o Social apps like Foursquare / Swarm are more about places you’re at or where you’re going. Today, the Google Maps team launched a feature called “Your Timeline” that is about where you’ve already been. It’s not a social feature, as you’re the only one who sees the information… But… …It’s a reminder of how much freaking data… Read More

Chrome Will Soon Show More “Safe Browsing” Malware Warnings Than Ever Before

uws Depending on your surfing habits, chances are you’ve come across a warning in Chrome that tells you that it’s probably safer not to proceed to whatever site you wanted to look at. That’s Google’s Safe Browsing technology at work, and over the next few weeks, the company plans to roll out a number of improvements to this service. Read More

Google Launches Bug Bounty Program For Android With Rewards Up To $38,000

4651227194_3171368d50_o Google today announced the launch of a security rewards program for Android at Black Hat’s Mobile Security Summit in London. The Android program will only cover vulnerabilities that affect Nexus phone and tablets available for sale in the Google Play Store, though. Right now, that’s the Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet. Read More

Disconnect.Me Files Antitrust Case Against Google In Europe Over Banned Anti-Malware Android App

locks As the European Commission turns the heat up on Google over allegations that the company has abused its dominant market position in areas like search and mobile to create an anticompetitive environment for other online businesses, another small startup has joined the chorus of those crying foul. Disconnect Inc. — a B Corporation startup co-founded by ex-Googlers to build software to… Read More

Google Centralizes Privacy And Security Controls On New Web Dashboard

AC_Home_US (1) Google this morning announced an improved set of privacy controls for online users, as well as a dedicated website that attempts to answer people’s concerns regarding Google’s data collection practices across its online properties. Under a new Google settings page called My Account, users can now configure the their privacy and security settings for a number of Google services,… Read More

Google Launches Smart Lock Passwords Manager For Android To Make Signing Into Apps Easier

Screenshot 2015-05-28 at 12.46.00 Google is combining all of its login and identity solutions into a single platform today under the ‘Google Identity Platform’ moniker. What’s more interesting than that, though, is that Google is launching the Smart Lock Passwords Manager today, which will make it easier for users to sign in to third-party Android apps that implement this service. Read More

Google Study Shows Security Questions Aren’t All That Secure

500995147_6c97aab488_o What is your favorite food? What was your first teacher’s name? What’s the name of your first pet? Do those questions sound familiar to you? If they do, it’s probably because you either have really boring and repetitive conversations or you’ve answered them as security questions when you signed up for a new account somewhere. They’re meant to provide an extra layer… Read More
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