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  1. SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc announced ambitious plans on Tuesday to launch a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, part of an effort to expand into digital payments that immediately raised privacy concerns. The social networking giant has linked with 28 partners including Mastercard, PayPal and Uber to form Libra Association, a Geneva-based entity governing the new digital coin, according to marketing materials and interviews with executives. No banks are yet part of the group. To facilitate transactions, Facebook also created Calibra
  2. Over the weekend, privacy concern were raised regarding how Microsoft Edge is uploading the URLs to SmartScreen without hashing them first. After further testing by BleepingComputer, we learned that Windows 10 also transmits a great deal of potentially sensitive information about your applications to SmartScreen when you attempt to run them. Over the weekend, security researcher Matt Weeks spotted Microsoft Edge sending the URL of a site being visited to SmartScreen. When sent this, this URL was not obfuscated or hashed in any way. which raised concerns that Microsoft
  3. It will automatically erase video recordings after three or 18 months. As part of its hardware event, Amazon just unveiled a new Auto Delete feature for Alexa that will automatically erase video recordings after three or 18 months. Users will be able to manage their preferences in Amazon's Privacy Hub. This new capability is similar to a feature Google introduced this summer. In that case, Google allows users to auto-delete their location history. Like Amazon, Google gives users the option to erase that dat
  4. It was supposed to be an expanding “smart city” of tomorrow, with sensors that track the speed of people crossing the streets and robots that could function as garbage collectors. But the Toronto East Coast review planned by a sister company of Google, a plan that raised a chorus of privacy concerns, was severely reduced on Thursday. Waterfront Toronto, the government agency responsible for the area's development, voted unanimously to limit the company's ambitions, Sidewalk Labs, from its original plan of 190 acres to 12 acres.
  5. An Amazon software engineer named Max Eliaser said the home-security company Ring should be "shut down immediately." "The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation and there is no balance that can be struck," Eliaser said. Eliaser's comments were part of a post in which hundreds of Amazon employees shared their views on various company policies and products. An Amazon engineer criticized the home-security camera company Ring, saying it should be "shut down immediately." "The deployment of connected home security cameras that allow footage
  6. It's not a bug, it's a feature, explains the Chocolate Factory Google has implemented a browser capability in Chrome called ScrollToTextFragment that enables deep links to web documents, but it has done so despite unresolved privacy concerns and lack of support from other browser makers. Via Twitter on Tuesday, Peter Snyder, privacy researcher at privacy-focused browser maker Brave Software, observed that ScrollToTextFragment shipped earlier this month in Chrome 80 unflagged, meaning it's active, despite privacy issues that have been raised. "Im
  7. More problems for the popular system-cleaning tool What just happened? Ever since security giant Avast acquired Piriform, the makers of CCleaner, in July last year, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the system-cleaning tool. Now, the company has been forced to pull the latest update following an outcry over its privacy issues. It was discovered that in the newest version of CCleaner 5.45, the privacy settings had been removed from the free version. Even worse, the active monitoring feature, which can be disabled by users, turned itself back on whenever the program was shut
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