Anti-social media updates

(1) Graham Cluley for ESET:  Woman says Alexa recorded and shared the private conversation she was having with her husband – “It’s every Amazon Alexa owner’s worst nightmare – your private conversations not just being listened to, but shared with random contacts without your knowledge.” Here’s Amazon’s curious explanation of how it happened:

“Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right’. As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”

(2) Also from ESET: Facebook refines 2FA setup, adds authenticator app support

(3) The Register: Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies – “Ultrasonic packets of data to and from your handheld killed

(4) The Register: New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy – “The horse is a speck on the horizon – but at least the barn door now has a bolt on it … Facebook has rolled out its promised disclosure regime for political and issue advertising, heralding a new age of transparency and civic responsibility. Or so Facebook folks suggest…”

(5) Sophos: Google in court over ‘clandestine tracking’ of 4.4m iPhone users

(6) Sophos (again): Facebook’s counterintuitive way to combat nonconsensual porn

(7) ‘Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don’t have an account!’ – “Reg reader finds mobile apps can’t be cut or quieted”

(8) Gizmodo: Facebook and Google Accused of Violating GDPR on First Day of the New European Privacy Law – “So what are Facebook and Google allegedly doing to violate the GDPR? Privacy advocates in Europe say that instead of adhering to the letter of the law, companies aren’t really giving consumers a choice; you can either agree to let Facebook and Google collect enormous amounts of data on you, or you can delete their services. There is no middle ground.”

David Harley


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