The Federal Government Offers a Case Study in Bad Email Tracking

Bra beskrivning av ”pixel tracking” och ”link tracking”. Båda frekvent använda även av svenska aktörer såsom kommuner, banker och,,, bevakningsföretag. Mejlleverantörer såsom mailchimp och anpdm får stora mängder överskottsdata.

”We’ll break them down one at a time, using examples from the email itself to illustrate how those methods work in the common case. In addition, we’ve written guidelines for users, email clients, and email providers to protect against these techniques.”

Facebook’s latest privacy scandal: The private photos of millions of users were accidentally shared with 1,500 apps

  • Facebook said it found a bug that gave as many as 1,500 third-party apps access to the unposted Facebook photos of up to 6.8 million users.
  • The affected pictures include those posted on Facebook Stories and Facebook Marketplace, as well as those that were uploaded but never shared, Facebook said.
  • ”We’re sorry this happened,” Facebook said in a statement.

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3 Things You Need to be Doing Before You Recycle Your Electronics

For any business today computer data protection solutions are a concern. Therefore, it is common to hesitate when choosing what to do with your electronics once they become obsolete. Here are smart tips for recycling your e-waste in a manner that will protect your data as well as the environment.

Can DuckDuckGo Become the Anti-Google?

”Recently, a privacy-oriented search engine called DuckDuckGo raised $10 million from a Canadian pension fund,” reports, saying the privacy-focused search engine is ”trying to establish itself as the anti-Google.” An anonymous reader quotes their report:

”So it’s like Google, except when you search on it, you’re completely anonymous,” said Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of the company. The searches are encrypted. The site knows where you are, but only while you’re searching, and it doesn’t store your personal information. ”We serve you the search results and we throw away your personal information…so your IP address and things like that. And we don’t actually store any cookies by default. And so when you search on DuckDuckGo, it’s like every time you’re a new user and we know nothing about you…” Weinberg said about a quarter of Americans have taken some action to protect their privacy, and DuckDuckGo searches have been growing about 50 percent a year. Läs mer

Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR

Microsoft pledges to address issues; has already released a ”zero exhaust” Office telemetry setting.

The telemetry data collection mechanism used by Microsoft Office breaks the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Dutch authorities said yesterday in a report.

The report raises eight issues that investigators found in ProPlus subscriptions of Office 2016 and Office 365, but also with the web-based version of Office 365.

Expertgrupp varnar: Stora risker med känsliga data i molntjänster

<…> – Vi anser att det i juridisk mening måste (ses) som ett röjande om en molntjänst används för behandling av uppgifter som är sekretessreglerade, och om molntjänsten ägs av ett utländskt företag där detta lands rättsordning ålägger företaget att under vissa förhållanden överlämna viss information till det landets myndigheter, säger Johan Bålman.