The Department of Homeland Security also argues that using the information is perfectly legal and that the agency does not need a warrant to purchase it, according to a memo obtained exclusively by BuzzFeed News.
It also released a new Ring car alarm, a car cam to monitor break-ins, a new version of the Echo, and more.
A group of Democratic lawmakers is demanding answers about protester surveillance conducted by data broker Mobilewalla.
Data company Mobilewalla used cellphone information to estimate the demographics of protesters. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it’s “shady” and concerning.
Coronavirus contact tracing apps aren’t government-mandated. But they may be employer-mandated.
Citizens and residents will be required to download the Ehteraz app when “leaving the house for any reason.”
The judge said Instagram's terms of service are clear.
Aarogya Setu, which more than 75 million Indians have downloaded, might soon become more than a contact tracing app.
Without enough human contact tracers to identify infected people, the US is barreling toward a digital solution, and possible disaster.
A civil liberties group says the order violates the privacy of Ontarians.
UPDATE: The Company Running An Oregon Online Coronavirus Symptom Tracker Now Says It Won't Sell Your Data To Advertisers
Zoom has exploded in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic while also coming under fire over security issues.
The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Set Off A Massive Expansion Of Government Surveillance. Civil Libertarians Aren't Sure What To Do.
As nations around the world take on sweeping new powers to fight the disease, critics aren't sure what's necessary and what's too far.
Sensor Tower has owned at least 20 apps that track data passing through people’s phones.
Experts are concerned about what Amazon’s acquisition of Eero means for consumer privacy.
Spammers are targeting Venmo users who show up in the app’s public feed and flooding them with dozens of payment requests.
Investigative Genealogy Helped Police Catch Serial Killers And Rapists. Now Cases Are Going Unsolved.
Investigative genealogy has been celebrated as one of the biggest crime-fighting breakthroughs in decades, but privacy concerns have all but ground its use to a halt.
India Is Creating A National Facial Recognition System, And Critics Are Afraid Of What Will Happen Next
“Unless we all get plastic surgery at the same time, there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Instagram Won’t Say Whether It Will Protect The Identity Of An Anonymous Account Sharing #MeToo Allegations
Emails seen by BuzzFeed News show that Instagram offered support and reassurances to anonymous accounts naming sexual harassers — and then walked back when the courts got involved.
Boris Johnson Secretly Asked For A Massive Amount Of User Data To Be Tracked. Dominic Cummings Said It’s “TOP PRIORITY”.
Leaked documents show the prime minister’s chief adviser emailed senior officials instructing them: “We must get this stuff finalised ASAP.”
A shockingly simple work-around allows your followers to share private photos and videos posted to both Facebook and Instagram.
People posting a pseudo-legal declaration may believe they're in a two-way dialogue with the company. The opposite is true.
Users will now be able to see the reach of Facebook’s tracking outside of the social network through a new tool called “Off-Facebook Activity,” which Mark Zuckerberg announced as "Clear History" more than a year ago.
I set up the critically reviled device in the BuzzFeed office and every one was utterly, truly delighted with it.
Amazon Echo devices could one day capture, process, and record audio spoken before the wake word for commands like “Play some music, Alexa.”
People Are Worried About Singapore Airlines' Entertainment System Cameras. Turns Out, American Airlines Has Cameras, Too.
American Airlines told BuzzFeed News that the camera hardware “has never been activated.”
"It's easy to imagine how information like this could be used by people who might want to cause harm."
There’s no evidence that the app is uploading your whole camera roll to Russia. We ran the tests.
WhatsApp is “a space for private conversations online.” An Indian court could make it public.
Parents who choose not to post photos of their kids on social media struggle when Facebook-happy older relatives break the rules.