Privacy in the News

A complete archive of previously showcased articles about privacy and security in the digital age

Google settles $5 billion consumer privacy lawsuit


Alphabet's Google has agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming it secretly tracked the internet use of millions of people who thought they were doing their browsing privately.

iPhones have been exposing your unique MAC despite Apple’s promises otherwise


Three years ago, Apple introduced a privacy-enhancing feature that hid the Wi-Fi address of iPhones and iPads when they joined a network. On Wednesday, the world learned that the feature has never worked as advertised. Despite promises that this never-changing address would be hidden and replaced with a private one that was unique to each SSID, Apple devices have continued to display the real one, which in turn got broadcast to every other connected device on the network.

If You’ve Got a New Car, It’s a Data Privacy Nightmare


Bad news: your car is a spy. Every major car brand's new internet-connected models flunked privacy and security tests conducted by Mozilla.



Anomaly Six, a secretive government contractor, claims to monitor the movements of billions of phones around the world and unmask spies with the press of a button.

New Brave Browser Feature Bypasses 'Harmful' Google AMP Pages


Privacy-focused browser Brave has announced a new feature that bypasses pages rendered with Google's AMP framework and automatically redirects users to the original website.

Data Brokers: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver


John Oliver discusses how much data brokers know about us, what they’re doing with our personal information, and one….unusual way to change privacy laws.

Bumble security flaw could have let anyone track you down


Security hole in dating app Bumble exposed user location data

CVS Accidentally Leaks 1 Billion Website Records—Including Covid-19 Vaccine Searches


CVS blamed an unnamed third-party for disclosure of the information and says no personal data was made public, despite email addresses appearing in the unsecured database.

What a Gambling App Knows About You


Sky Bet, the most popular one in Britain, compiled extensive records about a user, tracking him in ways he never imagined.

One company wants to sell the feds location data from every car on Earth


Federal agencies already buy tons of user data; one vendor is now being sued.

Stop This ‘Secret’ Location Tracking On Your iPhone—3 Critical Settings You Need To Change Today


So, you think that what happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone? Well, think again.

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet


It turns out Tim Cook blames Mark Zuckerberg for undermining democracy too.

TikTok faces fresh legal challenge in UK for violating children’s data privacy law


The popular video sharing app was sued a record $5.7 million by the FTC for violating U.S. children’s privacy law in 2019.

South Africa's plan to record all babies' biometrics raises privacy fears


Facebook ‘Secretly’ Tracks Your iPhone Location—This Is How To Stop It


Facebook has a data addiction—it can’t help itself. The social media giant’s entire business model is built around collecting, processing and then monetizing our personal information.

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case


The government wants to break up the world’s biggest social network. Internal company emails show why.

This ‘Magical Bug’ Exposed Any iPhone in a Hacker's Wi-Fi Range


A Google researcher found flaws in Apple's AWDL protocol that would have allowed for a complete device takeover.