The COVID Tracking Project will stop collecting data on March 7th

  • February 1, 2021
The COVID Tracking Project is coming to an end. On March 7th, the one-year anniversary of the initiative, it will publish its final daily update and stop collecting new data. Documentation and archival work will continue, but soon after the project w…

WhatsApp: Let us share your data with Facebook or else

  • January 7, 2021
In a surprise move, WhatsApp recently gave many of its users a difficult choice: they could either accept a revised privacy policy that explicit allowed the service to share information with parent company Facebook by February 8th, or decline and ris…

CERN is making the Large Hadron Collider’s data more accessible

  • December 11, 2020
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will open up access to more data from Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. Under an updated policy, data will be released around five years after it’s collected and CERN hopes to release the f…

Hotels.com, Expedia provider exposed data for millions of guests

  • November 8, 2020
The hotel industry now has a potentially serious security headache on its hands alongside the pandemic. Website Planet reports that Prestige Software, the company behind hotel reservation platforms for Hotels.com, Booking.com and Expedia, left data e…

Cloud leak exposed sensitive data from over 200,000 voicemails

  • October 17, 2020
Some data leaks contain more sensitive info than most. Security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech discovered (via Threatpost) that Broadvoice, a cloud VoIP provider for businesses, left over 350 million records exposed online in an unprotected…

Amazon’s data request portal for police is visible on the web

  • September 27, 2020
You might not have to wonder just what data police can request from Amazon — some of those details just became public. TechCrunch has discovered that parts of Amazon’s law enforcement request portal are visible to anyone on the web without requiring…

Secret Service bought location data pulled from common apps

  • August 17, 2020
The Secret Service paid a private company for access to location data generated by common smartphone apps, Motherboard reports. Internal documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the agency spent $35,844 for a o…

Capital One fined $80 million over 2019 data breach

  • August 9, 2020
Capital One is facing a penalty for its giant 2019 data breach, although it might not be as serious as you’d expect. The Wall Street Journal (via The Verge) reports that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has fined Capital One $80 million…