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Lenovo adware found to track user browsing activity Software on certain Lenovo PCs can compromise users’ online privacy, Lenovo has admitted. The software, called Superfish, intercepts internet traffic – nominally to insert targeted ads into web browsers. Because it issues its own security certificates, however, Superfish can theoretically spoof legitimate websites. No criminal activity related […]

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Search Privately With Google – Use Blur Private Search!

No matter what search engine you use, search providers know a whole lot about you. That’s the very foundation of their business. Even if you’re blocking trackers with Blur, there’s a good chance that Google has created an extensive demographic profile based on your search behavior. (If you are logged in to your Google Account, you can click […]

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Verizon Wireless to allow ‘supercookie’ opt-out The nation’s largest wireless carrier, stung by criticism about its use of “supercookie” trackers on customers’ mobile devices, will start allowing people to opt out of supercookie tracking. The move, announced at the end of January, marks a sharp reversal for Verizon, which until recently had only let customers opt out of marketing programs that […]

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The Future of Payments Is Tokenization

Do you read our weekly “Privacy Week in Review” series? Last week’s edition included an item on a group of researchers who recently demonstrated how to identify people by their anonymized credit card spending records. The upshot of the research: it took only four credit card purchases to identify 90 percent of people in a large dataset. The researchers […]

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Commercial facial-recognition software is here – should you be concerned? Who else but Facebook, with its 1.3 billion users and hundreds of millions of their photos, would have developed an advanced facial-recognition program? The software, called DeepFace, is already in use: If you upload a new picture with other people in it, Facebook will try to identify […]

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