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Let’s Encrypt Is Spreading Encryption Across The Internet

Let’s Encrypt is a nonprofit, founded in 2014 by the Internet Security Research Group, that issues SSL/TLS certificates to the masses. It’s a free tool that has gained major support from companies like Mozilla, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Google and Facebook. What Are SSL/TLS Certificates? These certificates serve two functions: 1) They give permission to use…

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Popular Mac Apps Discreetly Collecting User Browsing Data

Apple has a positive reputation when it comes to privacy and security. However, multiple sources reported this week that numerous apps in the Mac app store are discretely collecting user browsing data in Safari. Patrick Wardle reported on security blog Objective-See, “a massively popular app, surreptitiously steals your browsing history.” Because of Apple’s good reputation, people…

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Facebook’s Latest Privacy Issue: Facial Recognition

Facebook has tried to use facial recognition on multiple occasions. In 2012, Facebook shut down the technology in Europe after lawmakers raised concerns with the legality of Facebook using facial recognition with its consent methods. The social network is making another run at using the technology, which is sparking criticism from privacy advocates. Facebook’s earlier…

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Amazon Facial Recognition Poses Threats to Privacy

In 2017 Amazon introduced Rekognition, its “deep learning-based image and video analysis” platform. Privacy advocates and other advocacy groups argue that Amazon Rekognition is a threat to people’s civil rights and liberties. Facial recognition is not a neutral technology. There are many applications for for facial recognition, but unfortunately many of them infringe on people’s…

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Facebook is Adding New Privacy Products, But Will They Actually Help?

After Facebook’s recent data scandal, the public and lawmakers have urged the company to improve its data practices and make privacy more of a priority. As a result, Facebook has undergone a major executive reorganization. Most notably it created a new team focused solely on building privacy products. Facebook’s New Privacy Team Facebook’s privacy product…

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How Much Do People Trust Social Media and Other Tech Companies?

People use websites like Google, Amazon and Facebook daily, but how much do they trust these platforms? Consumer trust of social media companies and other tech companies is shifting following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The recent Facebook data scandals have made people more skeptical of big tech companies. While public opinion of Facebook has taken…