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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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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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