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privacy

iOS will soon disable USB connection if left locked for a week

By | Apple, Gadgets, iOS, iPhone, law enforcement, Mobile, privacy, Security

In a move seemingly designed specifically to frustrate law enforcement, Apple is adding a security feature to iOS that totally disables data being sent over USB if the device isn’t unlocked for a period of 7 days. This spoils many methods for exploiting that connection to coax information out of the device without the user’s consent.

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Inquiry finds FBI sued Apple to unlock phone without considering all options

By | Apple, Apple vs. FBI, encryption, FBI, Gadgets, Government, Mobile, privacy, Security, TC

The Office of the Inspector General has issued its report on the circumstances surrounding the FBI’s 2016 lawsuit attempting to force Apple to unlock an iPhone as part of a criminal investigation. While it stops short of saying the FBI was untruthful in its justification of going to court, the report is unsparing of the bureaucracy and clashing political motives that ultimately undermined that justification.

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Call to ban sale of IoT toys with proven security flaws

By | child safety, CloudPets, connected toys, consumer protection, Europe, Furby Connect, Gadgets, I-Que Intelligent Robot, IoT, privacy, Security, TC, Toy-fi Teddy

 Ahead of 2017’s present buying season, UK consumer rights group Which? has warned parents about the risks of giving connected toys to their children, and called for devices with known security and/or privacy risks to be banned from sale on kids safety grounds. Read More

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FTC relaxes COPPA rule so kids can issue voice searches and commands

By | coppa, FTC, Gadgets, Government, privacy, TC, voice recognition

 The COPPA rule prevents kids from having their personal information hoovered up and distributed online the way adults often consent to. Verifiable parental consent is required if that information is to be collected — but the FTC has just relaxed the rule just enough that common tasks like searches can be done for kids without risk to the operator. Read More

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A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7

By | Gadgets, Google, Google Home Mini, privacy, surveillance, TC

 The idea of inviting an always-on recording device into our bedrooms would have once seemed beyond creepy, but now most consumers hardly give it a second thought. As Android Police reports, a small number of Google Home Mini review units given to tech reviewers malfunctioned, persistently recording audio in the background without being activated by a hotword. Read More

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