Bloomberg has reported that Facebook is again being sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users, this time through the unauthorized use of their mobile phone cameras.

The lawsuit springs from media reports in July that the photo-sharing app appeared to be accessing iPhone cameras even when they weren’t actively being used.

Facebook denied the reports and blamed a bug, which it said it was correcting, for triggering what it described as false notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras.

n the complaint filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco, New Jersey Instagram user Brittany Conditi contends the app’s use of the camera is intentional and done for the purpose of collecting “lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to.”

By “obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes,” Instagram and Facebook are able to collect “valuable insights and market research,” according to the complaint.

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, announced that August 2020 ended in over 2 billion total searches via its search platform.

While Google remains the most popular search engine, DuckDuckGo has gained a great deal of traction in recent months as more and more users have begun to value their privacy on the internet.

DuckDuckGo saw over 2 billion searches and 4 million app/extension installations, and the company also said that they have over 65 million active users. DuckDuckGo could shatter its old traffic record if the same growth trend continues.

Even though DuckDuckGo is growing rapidly, it still controls less than 2 percent of all search volume in the United States. However, DuckDuckGo’s growth trend has continued throughout the year, mainly due to Google and other companies’ privacy scandal.

A recently published study conducted by three Mozilla employees has looked at the privacy provided by browsing histories.

Their findings show that most users have unique web browsing habits that allow online advertisers to create accurate profiles.

These profiles can then be used to track and re-identify users across different sets of user data that contain even small samples of a user’s browsing history.

Effectively, the study comes to dispel an online myth that browsing history, even the anonymized one, isn’t useful for online advertisers. In reality, the study shows that even a small list of 50 to 150 of the user’s favorite and most accessed domains can let advertisers create a unique tracking profile.

The Mozilla research paper is named “Replication: Why We Still Can’t Browse in Peace: On the Uniqueness and Reidentifiability of Web Browsing Histories” [PDF].

Many people believe Apple is a privacy hero. It’s surprising that a lot of people believe Apple really respects their privacy. For years, Apple has advertised about how it respects users and cares about their privacy and many people fell for their lie.

Apple is simply one of the worst companies when it comes to respecting people and users privacy. Apple doesn’t encrypt your data and when it does, it has full control over encrypted data and decrypts whatever it wants, but that’s not even the case.

Apple tracks users, collects personal information, stores sensitive and personal data, shares every data it wants, targets people with advertisements and even uses human workers to listen to people’s conversations with Siri sound recordings.

Apple is no better than Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc. What Apple does, is the same as what Google does but Apple does it in a fancy way and falsely advertises about its fake privacy practices.

Every Apple device and service is a violation of people’s privacy. Don’t listen to those who are hardcore Apple fans and want to reduce Apple’s privacy violation to service providing. Apple and every other major company can deliver service without tracking and storing people’s data.

Yes, to get maps and routes working, the device needs to track your location but the service provider doesn’t need to store this location data. If Apple respects people’s privacy, then it should stop storing data, or at least, at least store data anonymously without any piece of data that can be used to identify an individual personally.

There are ways to avoid Apple and Google. We can still buy phones that has no Google or other trackers in it or we can simply install custom Android distributions ourselves. Some like Replicant and LineageOS are freedom-respecting and privacy-focused.

Remember, Apple is no better than Google or other companies. Respect yourself and avoid it.

Reuters reported that Apple announced on Thursday that it will delay until early next year changes to its privacy policy that could reduce ad sales by Facebook Inc and other companies targeting users on iPhones and iPads.

The delay could benefit Facebook, which last week said the changes to the iOS 14 operating system would render one of its mobile advertising tools “so ineffective on iOS 14 that it may not make sense to offer it.”

Apple announced new privacy rules in June that were slated to take effect with the launch of its iOS 14 operating system this fall. Among them is a new requirement that advertisers who employ an Apple-provided tracking identifier, or other tools that have a similar function, must now show a pop-up notification asking for tracking permission.

When I say that these companies don’t value privacy and userfreedom I exactly mean this. For them, benefit is always much more important than people. Apple always brags about its privacy policy and advertises about how it respects users but the truth is Apple is no better than Google or another corporations.

The Register has reported that Google’s Chromium developers team has proposed a way to establish web applications direct network connections.

The Raw Sockets API, which may end up being renamed the Direct Sockets API, represents an attempt to give browser apps networking capabilities that aren’t possible via data transport options like HTTP, WebSockets and WebRTC. It essentially allows the browser to talk directly to devices and other computers via the network.

This can put web at huge security risks and can be used to heavily violate users’ privacy. Nothing can go wrong except for everything related to users’ security and choices over privacy.

I highly encourage you to get away from Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers that follow Google’s path.

FBI and NSA both suggested Linux users to secure the kernel from the Russian malware called Drovorub. A while ago, the Russian hacking group, FancyBear, was recognized to be using a newly disclosed malware toolset to establish a command-and-control connection with infected Linux, the kernel, systems.

the toolset essentially creates a backdoor that enables file downloads and uploads, the execution of arbitrary commands as root, and the port forwarding of network traffic to additional hosts on the network, the FBI and National Security Agency warned last week in a cybersecurity advisory, news release and fact sheet.

Forbes has reported that the security research team at Comparitech have disclosed how an unsecured database left almost 235 million Instagram, TikTok and YouTube user profiles exposed online in what can only be described as a massive data leak.

Recently there has been a spate of reports concerning account data appearing on dark web cybercrime forums. From the dark web audit suggesting there are currently 15 billion stolen logins from 100000 breaches out there, to the hacker giving away 386 million stolen records for free.

Not all of this data will have been hacked, at least not in the usual sense of the word: some, as was likely the case in the Utah Gun Exchange incident, will have been exposed by an unsecured database.

There are crazy amount of people who believe there are microchips in vaccines (in this case, coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine) to track them and violate their privacy, freedom, and individuality.

It’s ridicules how some people can think about and believe in such theories while tweeting with an Apple iPhone. People use proprietary and privacy-violating platforms to tell their worries about privacy. I don’t understand, really.

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