Archive | data privacy

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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How to Keep the FBI From Accessing Your FamilyTreeDNA Results

If you want to keep your DNA data out of the hands of law enforcement, avoiding GEDmatch isn’t enough. Family Tree DNA recently admitted it allows law enforcement to use their service, and is actively working with the FBI on at least a handful of cases.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Strengthen Your Online Security With C.O.A.C.H.

Do you have any idea whether you’re “safe” online? Online security and privacy are complicated, and risks vary by person: you might worry about getting harassed, hacked, or your boss finding your terrible old blog posts and using them as an excuse to fire you. Crash Override’s Automated Cybersecurity Helper helps you…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Most Important Privacy Settings to Change on Reddit

Ever since the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica bombshell, online privacy has been on all of our minds. But it isn’t just Facebook that’s tracking you. From other tech giants to most store rewards credit cards, countless companies deploy similar tactics—even your favorite (or hated) forum site, Reddit.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Mitsubishi Wants Your Driving Data, and It’s Willing to Throw in a Free Cup of Coffee to Get It

Automakers want in on the highly lucrative big data game and Mitsubishi is willing to pay for the privilege. In exchange for running the risk of jacking up its customers’ insurance premiums, the car manufacturer is offering drivers $10 off of an oil change and other rewards. Consumers will have to decide if a gift…Read […]

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Request Your Data From Over 100 Different Sites Using This Service

Almost every service you use on the web that involves a username and password is in some ways collecting information about you. In some cases, that info might just be your email and a few identifying data points like your age or gender. In others, (cough :: Facebook) you’re handing over information about your likes…Read […]

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Here’s How Internet Ads Follow You Around

Internet ads are so invasive that we can’t blame you for thinking that Facebook is listening to you talk. It’s probably not, but it is helping ad networks track you across the internet and across your apps. Tech public policy expert Chris Yiu recently tweeted 14 different ways that ads follow you around the internet,…Read […]

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Should You Sign Up for the Massive ‘All of Us’ Medical Research Study?

The National Institutes of Health are trying to recruit one million people to share their health data for a long-term, wide-ranging study. “The next great breakthrough will be found in each and every one of us,” gushes an ad aimed at potential participants, “and what we find there will unlock mysteries, heal the sick,…Read more… […]

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Stop Using WhatsApp If You Care About Your Privacy

Privacy has always been a key feature and popular selling point for the messaging app WhatsApp. Company co-founder Jan Koum grew up in the Soviet Union under heavy government surveillance, and he promised to keep user data protected after Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014. Now, with Koum on the way out, it may be…Read more… […]

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How to Watch the 2018 F8 Conference, Where Mark Zuckerberg Will Sweat Over Data Privacy

And you thought hoodies made Mark Zuckerberg sweat. Though Facebook’s overlord did a good job answering questions at two different congressional hearings last month, you can expect the Zuck to have a few things to say about data privacy at the opening keynote for this year’s F8 developer conference.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Un-Trust Computers After Connecting Your iPhone

iOS: Every time you plug your iPhone into a computer, you see the same pop-up on your phone asking if you should “Trust” it. This may seem like a harmless question, but by granting trust to computers, you’re essentially giving them access to everything on your iPhone, including photos, videos, contacts, and “other…Read more… Continue […]

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