The Verge: Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history

The Verge: Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history. “Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission. The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers’ permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.”

South China Morning Post: Laptops containing 3.7 million Hong Kong voters’ data stolen after chief executive election

South China Morning Post: Laptops containing 3.7 million Hong Kong voters’ data stolen after chief executive election. “In what could be one of Hong Kong’s most significant data breaches ever, the personal information of the city’s 3.7 million voters was possibly compromised after the Registration and Electoral Office reported two laptop computers went missing at its backup venue for the chief executive election.”

The Guardian: Facial recognition database used by FBI is out of control, House committee hears

The Guardian: Facial recognition database used by FBI is out of control, House committee hears. “Approximately half of adult Americans’ photographs are stored in facial recognition databases that can be accessed by the FBI, without their knowledge or consent, in the hunt for suspected criminals. About 80% of photos in the FBI’s network are non-criminal entries, including pictures from driver’s licenses and passports. The algorithms used to identify matches are inaccurate about 15% of the time, and are more likely to misidentify black people than white people.”

Digital Trends: More than 20 Students Suspended After Liking a Threatening Photo on Instagram

Digital Trends: More than 20 Students Suspended After Liking a Threatening Photo on Instagram. “Be careful what you like on social media. North Carolina high school students recently posted an Instagram photo with a caption threatening a shooting at their school and both the students behind the post and the users who hit that heart button are facing punishment, NBC Charlotte reports. The post resulted in more than 20 students suspended from Bradford Preparatory School in Charlotte last week.”

Naked Security: LastPass steps up quickly to fix vulnerabilities spotted by researchers

Naked Security: LastPass steps up quickly to fix vulnerabilities spotted by researchers. “LastPass suffers occasional software vulnerabilities, including the odd very serious one – nothing unusual in that perhaps – but then immediately sets to work fixing them. We mention this not to laud LastPass to the skies with a tear in our eye but because it’s what all software companies with millions of users should do in this situation. Serious flaws shouldn’t be there in the first place, but before a single line of code has been re-written it’s a question of attitude.”

TorrentFreak: Google Gets More WordPress.com Takedown Requests Than WordPress Itself

TorrentFreak: Google Gets More WordPress.com Takedown Requests Than WordPress Itself. “WordPress has published new data on the number of piracy takedown notices the company receives. Of all the DMCA requests copyright holders sent, roughly 40% were rejected due to inaccuracies or abuse. Most interesting, perhaps, is that Google processes more WordPress.com takedowns than WordPress itself.”