ARTICLES RELATING TO PRIVACY

'How do I stop my iPhone from listening to me?': How to change your microphone settings so that your iPhone can't hear your voice

2019-10-18 17:18

You can stop your iPhone from listening to you by changing your microphone and Siri settings, which you can do from the Settings app.

Facebook CEO eases tensions but lawmakers press on privacy rules

2019-09-22 16:00

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's Washington charm offensive appeared to ease tensions between the social media giant and US lawmakers critical of its business practices.

YouTube will pay $150m to end FTC privacy probe

2019-08-30 20:57

The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission resolves a probe into whether the video service broke a law that makes it illegal to collect information on children under 13 and disclose it to others without parental permission.

A top EU privacy regulator is looking into how millions of Instagram users' personal data was harvested by one of the company's partners

2019-08-09 10:20

The Irish Data Protection Commission, a key EU data regulator, wants to know whether EU subjects were affected by the Instagram data scraping.

Apple contractors working on Siri 'regularly' hear recordings of sex, drug deals, and private medical information, a new report says

2019-07-26 21:46

Apple contractors in charge of quality control for Siri, the company's voice assistant, reportedly "regularly" hear private, sensitive information.

Condoms, wine and birthday cards: Are public figures entitled to privacy?

2019-07-09 15:44

It is important to distinguish between what interests the public and that which is in the public interest. There is a difference, and media outlets often confuse the two in their desperation to keep circulation numbers up, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

WATCH: iPhone apps use hidden trackers to share data without users' consent

2019-07-01 20:33

A privacy test conducted by Washington Post columnist Geoffrey Fowler has found that popular iPhone apps are using trackers and sharing user data, sometimes including sensitive information like email, phone number, location, and IP address.

'What is a Google verification code?': A guide to Google's verification codes, and when you'll need to use them

2019-06-21 16:47

A Google verification code provides security for your Google accounts. Here's what Google verification codes are, and when you'll need to use them.

Facebook internal emails appear to show that Mark Zuckerberg was aware of problematic privacy practices

2019-06-13 13:25

The internal emails appear to show that Zuckerberg knew some of its practices were questionable. This comes as Facebook faces regulatory scrutiny.

A scary new hack created by researchers can accurately guess your password by listening to the sound of your fingers tapping the phone screen

2019-06-07 12:11

A new research paper shows how the microphones in smartphones could be used to listen for the sound waves made when users type their passcodes.

 

A cybersecurity expert describes the underground hacker network where stolen usernames and passwords are 'traded like Pokémon cards'

2019-10-07 12:47

Hackers use secret networks to aggregate and trade millions of stolen login credentials and passwords, according to a cybersecurity expert.

Facebook just made a huge change to a fundamental feature after its R75 billion clash with the FTC

2019-09-04 12:38

For years, photos uploaded to Facebook would automatically suggest to tag people in the photo. Facebook just fundamentally changed how that works.

Facebook is finally going to let you control the information other websites are sharing about you – just not quite yet in South Africa, though

2019-08-20 21:00

Facebook collects huge amounts of information about you from other websites and apps. You're finally getting some control over that.

Apple suspends listening to Siri queries amid privacy outcry

2019-08-02 12:45

Apple said it is suspending its global internal program for “grading” a portion of user Siri commands after some consumers raised concerns about the program.

Facebook to Pay $100m to settle SEC charges

2019-07-24 18:22

Facebook will pay $100m to resolve US Securities and Exchange Commission claims that the social networking giant misled investors about the misuse of account holders’ data, adding to the litany of fines against the firm over privacy violations.

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak says most people should 'figure out a way to get off Facebook'

2019-07-08 20:41

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak advised that most people "figure out a way to get off Facebook," a move he said he made himself last year.

Instagram head denies widely-held belief that Instagram and Facebook listen in through smartphones

2019-06-26 11:11

Instagram denies the persistent belief that it's listening in on users. "Doing so would be super problematic for a lot of different reasons."

Apple CEO Tim Cook called out companies like Facebook, Theranos, and YouTube in a speech pushing for responsibility in Silicon Valley

2019-06-19 17:19

In his 2019 Stanford commencement speech, Apple CEO Tim Cook called for more accountability amongst powerful tech firms.

Apple targets privacy in upcoming iOS

2019-06-07 13:34

Apple is offering iPhone users a way to bypass Facebook's and Google's sign-in services when using new apps.

Apple just unveiled the next version of its iPhone software, iOS 13. Here are the biggest changes coming to your iPhone

2019-06-05 10:38

Some of the new features on iOS 13 include dark mode, a rebuilt Maps app, and a slew of new photo-editing and privacy features.

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