Engadget: Senate bill proposes stricter privacy controls for children

Engadget: Senate bill proposes stricter privacy controls for children. “Some politicians don’t believe the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act does enough to protect kids in the modern era, and they’re hoping to update it accordingly. Senators Ed Markey and Josh Hawley have introduced a bill that would amend COPPA with stricter controls on kids’ data.”

Ars Technica: “Yelp, but for MAGA” turns red over security disclosure, threatens researcher

Ars Technica: “Yelp, but for MAGA” turns red over security disclosure, threatens researcher. “Because the application is build in React Native, a JavaScript- and JSX-based scripting language that basically turns Web apps into ‘native’ Apple iOS and Android applications, the entire architecture of the application is available to anyone who downloads and unpacks it. And in that code, [Elliot] Alderson discovered a few things.”

DuckDuckGo CEO testifies: Privacy legislation isn’t ‘anti-advertising’ (Search Engine Land)

Search Engine Land: DuckDuckGo CEO testifies: Privacy legislation isn’t ‘anti-advertising’. “DuckDuckGo Founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg testified Tuesday morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on online privacy. The committee was holding a hearing on GDPR, CCPA and potential U.S. privacy legislation.”

Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent (NBC News)

NBC News: Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent. “As the algorithms get more advanced — meaning they are better able to identify women and people of color, a task they have historically struggled with — legal experts and civil rights advocates are sounding the alarm on researchers’ use of photos of ordinary people. These people’s faces are being used without their consent, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them. That’s a particular concern for minorities who could be profiled and targeted, the experts and advocates say.”

The Guardian: China database lists ‘breedready’ status of 1.8 million women

The Guardian: China database lists ‘breedready’ status of 1.8 million women. “An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called ‘BreedReady’ status, according to a researcher.”

Techlicious: Number of Hacked Email Addresses Now Exceeds Earth’s Population

Techlicious: Number of Hacked Email Addresses Now Exceeds Earth’s Population. “With the addition of 763 million addresses for the latest data breach of Verification.io, an email address validation service, the haveibeenpwned.com database now has information on 7,695,066,389 hacked accounts – that’s more than the current world population of 7,558,032,870. Worse, those are just the leaked accounts we know about. There was another major leak of 773 million records discovered in January and there are undoubtedly millions upon millions more accounts in breaches that have not yet been discovered. “

The Verge: Facebook’s former chief of security says its privacy pivot is ‘punting’ on its hardest issues

The Verge: Facebook’s former chief of security says its privacy pivot is ‘punting’ on its hardest issues. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a bombshell announcement earlier this week that his company would pivot to a ‘privacy-focused communications platform’ that prioritizes encrypted private messaging and groups over public-facing posts and the algorithm-driven News Feed. According to the company’s former security chief, Alex Stamos, the move could mean that some of Facebook’s toughest issues around moderating speech and curbing bad behavior effectively disappear.”