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  1. Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking Apple says Facebook is bad for privacy. Facebook says Apple is bad for competition. Enlarge / A man glowers at an iPhone, just as ad firms are worried iOS users will when they discover how they are being tracked and that they can opt out of it. Jaap Arriens | NurPhoto | Getty Images 117 with 96 posters participating Apple's plan to add a new privacy feature to iOS to limit "invasive, even creepy" tracking by third-party firms is nothing but an abuse o
  2. (Reuters) - Walmart Inc said on Monday it has dropped its plans to use roving robots to scan shelves and keep track of inventory, squashing the world’s largest retailer’s years-long efforts to automate the task. A robot rolled through aisles at a Natrona Heights, Pa., Walmart The company has worked with Bossa Nova Robotics Inc for five years to improve customer experience by using robots to assist shop staff and make their jobs easier. “This was one idea we tried in roughly 500 stores just as we are trying other ideas in additional stores,” Walmart said in a
  3. All the Ways Slack Tracks You—and How to Stop It From changing privacy settings to putting limits on those infuriating notifications, here’s how to take control of Slack. Illustration: Elena Lacey The global remote work experiment shows no sign of
  4. I IN NO WAY TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THIS IT WAS TAKEN FROM MDL FORUM AND SOME POSTS BY MEMBERS ON THIS FORUM! Manual: Tools: Microsoft Telemetry Tools Bundle v2.12 Windows 10 Lite v9 Private WinTen v0.84 Blackbird v6 v1.0.80.1 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] O&O ShutUp10 v1.8.1415.283 WPD - Windows Privacy Dashboard v1.3.1532
  5. The IRS used smartphone location data from a contractor to try and track Americans without a warrant. The body tasked with oversight of the IRS announced in a letter that it will investigate the agency's use of location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples' phones, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Motherboard. The move comes after Senators Ron Wyden and Elizabeth Warren demanded a formal investigation into how the IRS used the location data to track Americans without a warrant. "We
  6. The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking Ad trackers follow you everywhere online—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Illustration: Elena Lacey Almost every site you visit tracks you to try and link your browsing history to your interests and, in turn, show you targeted adverts. One minute you’re searching for a new desk, the next adverts for that furniture website you looked at are stalking you around the web
  7. Disclosed tracking, helicopter parenting programs are still kosher In an update to its Android Developer Program Policy, Google on Wednesday said stalkerware apps in its app store can no longer be used to stalk non-consenting adults. Stalkerware, which the web giant defines as "code that transmits personal information off the device without adequate notice or consent and doesn't display a persistent notification that this is happening," may still be used for keeping track of one's kids. But starting October 1, 2020, the ad biz says it's no longe
  8. How to enable Redirect Tracking Protection in Firefox Mozilla released Firefox 79.0 to the stable channel recently and one of the main changes of that release improved the browser's tracking protection feature. Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0 introduced support for preventing an advanced tracking technique called redirect tracking. Redirect Tracking is used to bypass a browser's mechanisms to block online tracking. While browser's may block third-party cookies, redirect tracking basically adds the tracker's site to the navigational event to make it first party in the
  9. How to prevent being tracked while reading your Gmail Keep from being followed online Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. All of those obnoxious marketing emails that crowd your inbox aren’t just pushing a product. They’re also tracking whether you’ve opened the email, when you opened it, and where you were at the time by embedding tracking software into the message. Just type “email tracking” in
  10. Verizon’s new tracking tool tells advertisers when you’re looking at your email inbox The company calls it ‘View Time Optimization’l sharing options Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Verizon quietly introduced a new email marketing feature yesterday that it ominously calls “View Time Optimization,” which is a fancy euphemism for a tracking tool that alerts advertisers to the moment you’re looking at your email inbox. Why? So they can send you an ad, of course. The service is part of Ver
  11. Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. Chrome routinely leads the pack in features for security and usability, most recently helping to drive the adoption of HTTPS. But when it comes to privacy, specifically protecting users from tracking, most of its rivals leave it in the dust. Users are more aware of, and concerned about, the harms of pervasive tracking than ever before. So why is Chrome so far behind? It’s because Google still makes most of its money from tracker-driven, behaviorally-targeted ads. The marginal benefit of each additional bit of infor
  12. 2019 may finally be the year for ‘The Search Engine That Doesn’t Track You’ In late November, hotel conglomerate Marriott International disclosed that the personal information of some 500 million customers — including home addresses, phone numbers, and credit card numbers — had been exposed as part of a data breach affecting its Starwood Hotels and Resorts network. One day earlier, the venerable breakfast chain Dunkin’ (née Donuts) announced that its rewards program had been compromised. Only two weeks before that, it was revealed that a major two-factor authentication prov
  13. Does Google meet its users’ expectations around consumer privacy? This news industry research says no A significant majority of consumers do not expect Google to track their activities across their lives, their locations, on other sites, and on other platforms. Numerous privacy scandals over the past couple of years have fueled the need for increased examination of tech companies’ data tracking practices. While the ethics around data collection and consumer privacy have been questioned for years, it wasn’t until Facebook’s Cambridge Analytics scandal that p
  14. What's in the latest Firefox update? Firefox 69 thwarts web tracking by default for everyone Firefox 69 switches on the browser's anti-tracking technology by default for all users. Magdalena Petrova/IDG Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 69 with the browser's anti-tracking technology switched on by default for all users. The organization's security engineers also patched 20 vulnerabilities, one tagged "Critical" and 11 marked "High," the organization's two top threat ratings. The single critical flaw only affected Windows,
  15. Microsoft details tracking prevention improvements in the new Edge browser A while back, Microsoft announced that the new Chromium-based Edge browser was getting built-in tracking prevention, a feature that helped users manage how their activity on the web is tracked. It's been some time since then, and the company has detailed some of the improvements made to the experience with Edge version 79. This is the version that's currently in the Beta channel and set to be the first generally available version of the new browser. Microsoft said its goal with the new impro
  16. The iPhone 11 Pro’s Location Data Puzzler One of the more curious behaviors of Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro is that it intermittently seeks the user’s location information even when all applications and system services on the phone are individually set to never request this data. Apple says this is by design, but that response seems at odds with the company’s own privacy policy. The privacy policy available from the iPhone’s Location Services screen says, “If Location Services is on, your iPhone will periodically send the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and
  17. California's new privacy law has spurred a torrent of online notices. But the law is also forcing changes offline, in traditional stores. To anyone with eyes in their kneecaps, the notice outside gadget retailer B8ta’s glossy store next to San Francisco’s new NBA arena is obvious. “We care about your privacy,” the small plaque proclaims, offering a web address and QR code. Anyone curious and limber enough to bend down and follow these pointers is taken to the retailer’s online privacy policy, which discloses that stepping inside the store puts you in range of technolog
  18. Facebook is unwittingly auto-generating content for terror-linked groups that its artificial intelligence systems do not recognize as extremist, according to a complaint made public on Thursday. The National Whistleblowers Center in Washington carried out a five-month study of the pages of 3,000 members who liked or connected to organizations proscribed as terrorist by the US government. Researchers found that the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda were "openly" active on the social network. More worryingly, the Facebook's own software was
  19. Apple patched a bug in May, but academics say the rest of the flaws require a redesign of some Apple services. Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL), a protocol installed on over 1.2 billion Apple devices, contains vulnerabilities that enable attackers to track users, crash devices, or intercept files transferred between devices via man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks. hese are the findings of a research project that started last year at the Technical University of Darmstadt, in Germany, and has recently concluded, and whose findings researchers will be presenting
  20. The Department of Homeland Security has been purchasing cellphone location data and using it to track activity near the US-Mexico border, according to The Wall Street Journal. The data has reportedly led to arrests after law enforcement saw where people were crossing the border and traced the data back to specific people. The location data comes from a commercial database composed of information compiled on users by marketing companies. Advertisers and app developers are often able to gather far more information than a user might realize, such as once they’ve granted a
  21. Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ activity, saying responsibility was on plaintiffs to keep browsing history private A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ web browsing activity even after they logged out of the social networking site. The plaintiffs alleged that Facebook used the “like” buttons found on other websites to track which sites they visited, meaning that the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company could build up detailed records of their browsing history. The plaintiffs argued that thi
  22. Microsoft’s Obscure ‘Self Service for Mobile’ Office Activation Microsoft requires a product activation after installing. Users of Microsoft Office currently are facing trouble during telephone activation. After dealing with this issue, I came across another obscure behavior, Microsoft’s ‘Self Service for Mobile’ solution to activate Microsoft Office via mobile devices. Microsoft describes how to activate Microsoft Office 2013, 2016 and Office 365 within this document. There are several possibilities to activate an installed product, via Internet or via Telephone for in
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