Safety Advocates Getting Testy Over Automotive Apps, Consumer Data

Automakers began hunting for new revenue streams about two milliseconds after realizing they could put the internet into vehicles. While the earliest endeavors involved ride-sharing applications and new infotainment features, companies are now beginning to see new opportunities via automotive e-commerce, data acquisition, and in-car marketing. However, the delivery system used for these new sources […]

State Department email breach leaks employees’ personal data

The latest government data breach affected State Department employee emails. On September 7th, workers were notified that their personally identifiable information was obtained by an unnamed actor, according to a recent report from Politico. It apparently impacted “less than one percent” of employees and direct victims of the breach were alerted at the time. Apparently, […]

Google’s rumored ‘Dragonfly’ search prototype tied data to phone numbers

While Google employees push back against and lawmakers ask questions about a rumored version of its search engine for China — with censorship and blacklists for terms like human rights, democracy or protest built-in — The Intercept revealed more details about how it might actually work. According to its sources, a “Dragonfly” prototype was built […]

Dozens of iOS apps surreptitiously share user location data with tracking firms

Enlarge (credit: Mongkol Chuewong, GettyImages) During preparation for a workshop at DEF CON in August on locating privacy leaks in network traffic, we discovered a number of applications on both iOS and Android that were broadcasting precise location data back to the applications’ developers—in some cases in unencrypted formats. Research released late Friday by Sudo […]

A date with my Tinder data

I was on Tinder for almost four years. I’m no longer single, but Tinder and its parent company, Match, still have data on me. I didn’t delete my profile — I didn’t even think to — so using GDPR to request what information they had on me was more exciting, or at least more personal, […]

Launchmetrics raises $50 million to help luxury brands use big data to target influencers

Launchmetrics announced today that it has raised $ 50 million in venture capital as the company prepares to accelerate the international expansion of its data analytics service for luxury brands. The latest round was led by Bpifrance, the French state bank, and also included money from Seventure, Cipio Partners and Famillie C (Clarins Family). Launc…Read […]

Rocket Report: Exos flies, China sets launch record, new Falcon Heavy data

Enlarge (credit: Rocket Lab/Aurich Lawson) Welcome to Edition 1.15 of the Rocket Report! This week, we have news about both Virgin rocket companies, an astounding number of Chinese launches, and the military waiting for SpaceX. There is also the scoop that the Trump White House is relying on an upgraded SLS rocket to meet its […]

Verizon stops throttling more firefighters, plans unlimited data “with no caps”

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Spencer Platt) Verizon Wireless today said it has temporarily stopped throttling the data of firefighters and other first responders on the West Coast and in Hawaii and will soon introduce a new unlimited plan “with no caps” and with priority access for first responders. “As of yesterday, we removed all […]