Stalkerware advertising ban by Google a welcome, if incomplete, step

Google will no longer allow advertising of stalkerware and spyware tools, but a written exception could allow some companies to skirt the rules.

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A week in security (June 22 – 28)

A roundup of cybersecurity news from June 22 – 28, inlcuding a zero day guide, tax season tips, and web skimmers using image files.

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The passwordless present: Will biometrics replace passwords forever?

The effectiveness of passwords to protect data has long been debated. Many have called for the death of passwords, instead pushing for biometrics to secure their most precious information. But is biometrics really a better, safer option?

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Mass surveillance alone will not save us from coronavirus

As governments roll out enormous data collection programs to limit coronavirus, we should remember that mass surveillance alone will not save us.

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GDPR: An impact around the world

Two years after GDPR became effective in the European Union, countries across the world have emulated its approach to data privacy. Here’s a look at a few.

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Google Maps: online interventions with offline ramifications

We look at some of the ways people have gamed online mapping systems over the years.

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A week in security (January 20 – 26)

A roundup of the previous week’s most notable security stories and events, including tech support scams, deepfakes, and the latest ransomware attack in Florida.

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A week in security (January 6 – 12)

A cybersecurity news roundup from January 6–12, with a look at Phobos ransomware and a discovery of pre-installed malware on government-funded phones.

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The little-known ways mobile device sensors can be exploited by cybercriminals

Mobile device sensors offer great utility to users—from taking pictures and commanding voice assistants to determining which direction to flip your screen. However, they harbor little-known vulnerabilities that could be exploited by crafty cybercriminals.

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ACCESS Act might improve data privacy through interoperability

Data privacy is back in Congressional lawmakers’ sights, as proposed legislation called the ACCESS Act focuses not on data collection, storage, and selling, but on the idea that Americans should be able to easily pack up their data and take it to a competing service. But will this actually protect privacy?

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