Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: privacy issue from Google, Uber data breach and more

The media has always abounded in online privacy news, especially in the recent months. This last week has been quite special and we had witnessed both good and bad (although more bad than good) news. Looking at all of them closely, you can’t help but become utterly confused about how you should look upon technology these days.

Apart from the big and worrisome news regarding the end of net neutrality, several other cyber security-related things have happened. Let’s start with the most recent ones that also happen to be stories.

Mozilla to warn users about dangerous websites

Mozilla Firefox has announced that it will release a new useful feature that will warn users if they visit a website that suffered a data breach. This is part of a collaboration with “Have I Been Pwned” website that helps you check if your data has been hacked based on your email credentials. Now, this is useful stuff! However, the option won’t stop you from accessing the website, it’s just an informational procedure.

Read more about this news.

Equal online shopping practices inside the EU

The EU came up with a new proposal that will put a stop to geo-blocking online issues. Don’t get too overexcited!

The draft simply refers to online shopping (with no streaming services included), but it’s still a positive step forward. The proposal basically says that all EU consumers can now buy a good or service sold online in any other EU country without being discriminated based on location. Up until now, online buyers were asked to pay with a debit or credit card issued in a certain country.

The new law will be approved early next year and will enter into force at the end of 2018.

More details about the EU proposal.

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Heads up Uber customers: your data may have been stolen!

These are recent good news for global online privacy and security. However, since not every day is a good day, Tuesday, Uber revealed they suffered a data breach at the beginning of the year: no less than 57 million driver and passenger accounts data have been stolen! Uber tried to cover it all up through the “bug bounty” method (paying hackers to attack software in the search for weak spots) and paid a ransom of 100, 000 USD.

Find out more about Uber hack.

Android owner and using Google? Your location was tracked

Google has admitted it tracks the location for Android users even if the setting is turned off. This is kind of a serious matter since apps either require the user’s permission or it is at least stated in the privacy policy. None of these two versions was proclaimed.

For about a year, Google recorded the location on all Android devices using information provided by cellular towers. Tough luck for Android users! Even if you don’t think it’s a big deal, in case your Android phone has been hacked, perpetrators got access to your location data and not even Google would have known about it.

Although Google didn’t give any clear explanations on the practice, it officially stated it has stopped the location tracking.

Read on the Google privacy issue.

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Dana Vioreanu
Dana Vioreanu

Even though her degree is in Sociology, which technically has nothing to do with writing, all her previous jobs implied working for websites, taking care of content and writing articles.
By the way, if you’re interested in studying abroad, feel free to ask her a few pointers, because for about two years and a half, she learned almost everything there is to know about international studies.

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