YouTube ordered to cough up $170M settlement over COPPA infraction - Last week, the FTC announced its settlement with Google over YouTube’s COPPA violations, including requirements for better protecting children's data. But is it enough?
300 shades of gray: a look into free mobile VPN apps - Mobile VPN apps are one of the best tools for protecting user privacy. Unfortunately, a notable number of are deemed unsafe. Read on to find out how to assess the best mobile VPN for you.
Nextdoor neighborhood app sends letters on its users’ behalf - The Nextdoor neighborhood app sends out snail mail letters to neighbors on behalf of its users. Is this a scam—or an ill-conceived marketing plan?
How much personalization is too much? - Personalization is the new mantra of marketers—and most people are perfectly okay with that. But when does personalization cross the line into invasive? And what can uncomfortable consumers do about blocking it?
Data and device security for domestic abuse survivors - Many domestic abuse survivors need help before stalkerware strikes. Here, we give basic advice on device security and protecting sensitive data.
Facial recognition technology: force for good or privacy threat? - It seems facial recognition technology, as technology so often does, has raced far ahead of our ability to define its ethical use. We take a hard look at major concerns brewing in cities around the world.
Backdoors are a security vulnerability - Upset by their inability to access potentially vital evidence for criminal investigations, the federal government has, for years, pushed to convince tech companies to build backdoors that will, allegedly, only be used by law enforcement agencies. The problem, cybersecurity researchers say, is that those backdoors can easily be exploited by criminals.
Changing California’s privacy law: A snapshot at the support and opposition - Before the California Senate returns from its summer recess, we look at the authors, supporters, opponents, and donors involved in an extended fight to change California's privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act.
FaceApp scares point to larger data collection problems - The blowback against FaceApp—for which data the company can collect and how it can use that data—is a bit overblown. Countless American companies do the exact same thing today.

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