Emails are a widely used means for third parties to tie your email address to your activities across the web, Princeton University researchers have discovered. The extent of email tracking Email tracking was originally aimed at allowing senders to know whether the recipient has read the sent email. Unfortunately, many third parties also receive this…

Researchers from the University at Buffalo SUNY, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University have proposed a novel new continuous user authentication method using cardiac motion (a heart-based function determined by users’ unique heart geometry). Their paper, ‘Cardiac Scan: A Non-Contact and Continuous Heart-Based User Authentication System’ (PDF), will be…

Login credentials and other sensitive data from more than a half million vehicle tracking devices, which continually pinpoint vehicles’ locations, were left unprotected online. The exposed records belonging to SVR Tracking, headquartered in San Diego, were discovered by Kromtech security researchers. Thanks to a misconfigured Amazon AWS S3 bucket, 540,642 account IDs which included logins…

Apple on Wednesday announced the establishment of its first China-based data center in an effort to improve its services in the region and comply with recently implemented regulations, but the tech giant has promised not to build any backdoors into its systems. The new data center is located in China’s Guizhou province, which Apple selected…

The Automobile Association (AA) — the UK’s largest motoring organization with over 15 million members — is being heavily criticized over its public handling of a major data incident that occurred in April. A server misconfiguration exposed personal details of more than 100,000 AA Shop customers; but its importance has been consistently downplayed by the organization….

Windows 10 users who haven’t installed the Creators Update will soon be notified to review their privacy settings and to install the latest feature update to remain secure, Microsoft announced. Microsoft has been criticized for its Windows 10 data collection practices, and the French National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) recently served the company a formal notice to…