- Customers of the website presumably believe that the site owner has a strong desire to keep their data private. The website still fails to fend off hackers.
- Users who presume they are anonymous because they use pseudonyms on their profiles learn that data analysts have uncovered their identities via credit cards, and even stored the information in the databases.
- When customers ask for data deletion, even after these users pay the website to remove their data, the data continue to reside on the servers.
- Technologists discover that the programmers have made certain mistakes that allow over 10 million scrambled passwords to be decoded.
- After the hackers release the stolen data to the public, a horde of investigators immediately obtain the data, with the intention of discovering embarrassing personal details. These analysts see it as a rare opportunity to lay their hands on a massive, real-world dataset that typically is guarded tightly by businesses.
Microsoft has published what can only be described as a privacy manifesto.
The unusual online screed comes complete with interactive graphics, including a recording of the FISA court’s voicemail, and appears geared at pitching Microsoft as the protector of people’s global data.
New research from Avast reveals just how easily compromised many so-called “smart” TVs actually are, as well as how little your consent to being tracked actually matters. This hack is unrelated to the investigation we discussed yesterday, concerning Vizio’s decision to sell identifiable user data to third-parties and advertisers, though many of these issues are interrelated.
Internet regulators in the Kremlin said this week that Twitter must begin storing the details of Russian users at facilities located within the country, walking back an earlier decision not to force the company into complying with a controversial, recently enacted data law.