Meant to provide significantly reduced power consumption and costs at communication ranges similar to those provided by Bluetooth, BLE is used for a broad range of applications in sectors such as automotive, healthcare, security, home entertainment, and more. BLE proximity authentication is typically to unlock or keep unlocked products such as cars, smart locks, access…

More than half of the world’s websites use Google Analytics to help their owners understand the behavior of users. The software, which deploys cookies to track user behavior, costs nothing in cash terms — though the vast trove of data helps to fuel Google’s massive profits. However, in 2020 the framework overseeing how personal data…

California-based engineer and entrepreneur Lou Montulli said the original “cookie” he created decades ago was intended to make life online easier by letting websites remember visitors. Yet the technology has become a lightning rod, attacked for helping tech companies collect data on consumers’ habits key to the targeted web ad business that makes many billions…

Of the newly patched security flaws, nine are rated high-severity while six carry a “medium-severity” rating. The most important of these issues is CVE-2022-22746, a race condition leading to the bypass of full-screen notification on Windows machines. Next in line is CVE-2022-22743, another fullscreen spoof, this time affecting the browser window. The bug could allow…

“[The] community is defined by those who show up and do the work. Companies that build open source into their products rarely participate in their continued maintenance,” the ASF said in a position paper published ahead of a high-level White House meeting on open-source software security. “Only a tiny percentage of downstream companies (reusing the…

The European Data Protection Supervisor said Monday that Europol was notified of the order on Jan. 3 following an inquiry that started in 2019. As part of the investigation, the EDPS said it reprimanded Europol two years ago “for the continued storage of large volumes” of such data, “which poses a risk to individuals’ fundamental…

Citizen Lab teamed up with the threat-intel team at Facebook parent company Meta to expose Cytrox alongside a handful of PSOAs (private sector offensive actors) in the murky surveillance-for-hire industry. In a detailed technical report published late Thursday, Citizen Lab said Cytrox is responsible for a piece of iPhone eavesdropping malware that was planted on…

Common Sense Media released a report examining kids’ privacy trends and practices of hundreds of popular technology companies and products over the last five years. The report is the culmination of evaluating privacy policy data from 200 of the most popular companies and products aimed at children and students. The report finds some improvements for…

“This change will represent one of the largest shifts in facial recognition usage in the technology’s history,” Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence for Facebook’s new parent company, Meta, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. “Its removal will result in the deletion of more than a billion people’s individual facial recognition templates.” He…