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China harvests masses of data on Western targets, documents show

Washington Post: “China is turning a major part of its internal Internet-data surveillance network outward, mining Western social media, including Facebook and Twitter, to equip its government agencies, military and police with information on foreign targets, according to a Washington Post review of hundreds of Chinese bidding documents, contracts and company filings. China maintains a… Continue Reading

Global Privacy Control Popularity Grows as Legal Status Up in Air

BloombergLaw: “Global Privacy Control, a way for consumers to signal privacy preferences to a host of websites without manually reaching out to each one, is gaining traction. A handful of internet browsers offer the tool, and California’s attorney general indicated the tool could be used to comply with the state’s privacy law. But its ability… Continue Reading

How Your Returns Are Used Against You at Best Buy, Other Retailers

WSJ [paywall – alternative free source] – “At Best Buy, returning too many items within a short time can hurt a person’s score, as can returning high-theft items such as digital cameras. Every time shoppers returns purchases to Best Buy, they are tracked by a company which has the power to override the store’s touted… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 26, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 26, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis  Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

DuckDuckGo Search Queries Grew 47% in 2021

Bleeping Computer: “The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo continues to grow rapidly, with the company now averaging over 100 million daily search queries and growing by almost 47% in 2021. Unlike other search engines, DuckDuckGo says they do not track your searches or your behavior on other sites. Instead of building user profiles used to display interest-based ads,… Continue Reading

Americans widely distrust Facebook, TikTok and Instagram with their data

Washington Post: “…It’s the rare thing that Americans of all ages and across the political spectrum largely seem to agree on: They don’t trust social media services with their information and they view targeted ads as annoying and invasive, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll. Many Americans use social media — and most use… Continue Reading

How to Know When Your iPhone Could Be Recording You

Lifehacker: “You’ve probably had the (legitimate) fear that your smartphone is listening or watching you. Your iPhone certainly isn’t without privacy risks, and you should absolutely audit your settings and all of your app permissions, but one helpful feature that Apple has built in is a visual warning when your device is queued up to… Continue Reading