Archive | data privacy

HIPAA Doesn’t Stop Hospitals From Sending Your Data to Google

Any visit to a health system—which includes hospitals but also a lot of doctor’s offices—involves tons of data. You probably assume that your data just lives in that health system, but in fact they can share it with other companies, and there’s little to nothing you can do to stop it. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Check Out Apple’s Updated Privacy Site ASAP

I’m a stickler for good data security, so it warms my heart when a massive tech company like Apple takes steps to be even more transparent about how it treats our data. Specifically, I’m referring to Apple’s new landing page that makes reviewing the company’s privacy policies and changing security settings even easier.Read more… Continue […]

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Facebook Might Know When You Last Had Sex

Some period tracking apps have been sending data to Facebook, BuzzFeed reports, including when you had sex, if you logged that using the apps. They also share other information you’ve logged, from detailed medical data to your mood to the fact that you’re using a menstruation app.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Stop Facebook From Identifying Your Face

If you’ve been on Facebook lately, you might have noticed a new notification in your feed explaining how the company uses its facial recognition technology and manages the accompanying data. As part of this, Facebook has rebranded the setting you’ll need to know to turn off its ability to find your face in photos…Read more… […]

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Securely Transfer Files for Free With Black Hole’s Blockchain-Based Service

We’ve covered many file-transfer services previously, but we recently stumbled upon Black Hole, a relatively new service uses the blockchain-based Blockstack network for user logins, file storage, and delivery. (Best of all: It’s free.)Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Securely Transfer Files for Free With Black Hole’s Blockchain-Based Service

We’ve covered many file-transfer services previously, but we recently stumbled upon Black Hole, a relatively new service uses the blockchain-based Blockstack network for user logins, file storage, and delivery. (Best of all: It’s free.)Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Why You Should Delete Your (Ancient) Foursquare Data

Remember Foursquare? I used to use it (and the company’s other apps) to keep detailed, digital recordings of everywhere I went, which was the cool thing to do back in 2010. And while I don’t use Foursquare’s Android or iOS apps anymore, I’ve given the company a lot of information about me. Thankfully, it’s easy […]

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How to Delete Voice Recordings From Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and Siri

We can control so many devices through voice interactions with digital assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. This can be incredibly convenient, but it can also be nerve-wracking, knowing that technology companies now possess recordings of your voice and interactions.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Capital One’s Data Breach: Why You Need to Read the Fine Print

Capital One has already started the notification process for its most recent data breach—affecting approximately 100 million people in the U.S. and an additional six million in Canada (for now). If you happened to catch the company’s announcement about the issue, though, it sure sounded like everything is fine and…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How the Facebook-FTC Agreement Will Affect You and Your Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) have been taking Facebook to task regarding its recent privacy blunders, including the company’s failure to comply with a 2012 FTC ruling over how Facebook handles its users’ data.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How Your Facebook Posts Might Reveal Your Medical Status

Researchers were able to correctly guess some people’s medical conditions by analyzing their Facebook posts, according to a new study. The people involved had consented to the research, and the results are private, but let this be a warning: You’re potentially telling the world a lot more than you let on. Read more… Continue Reading […]

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What Happens to Your Stolen Medical Data

It’s pretty obvious why you’d want to keep personal information private, like passwords and credit card data. But medical data might not be as obvious: why would hackers care whether I have diabetes? Thanks to a new report, we now know a little more about what happens when healthcare systems’ data is breached. Read more…

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Your Fake Email Isn’t Keeping Your Health App Data Private

Apps that store sensitive health data aren’t rare anymore. Besides the apps from my actual health providers (which have to comply with HIPAA laws), I’ve used apps that track my weight, my fitness habits, my mental health, my periods, and more. In many cases, the apps are sharing or selling your data, and it’s linked…Read […]

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How to Find Websites That Won’t Give Out Your Private Information

These days, our private information is up for grabs and going to the highest bidders. Collectors are targeting us with advertisements in our inboxes and social media accounts. Worse, websites like Facebook clearly affect lives on and off our computers and phones (about that 2016 election..).Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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