Tech Regulator Introduces New Code for Child Accounts

The Information Commissioner's Office has launched a new online code today, designed to force the usual tracking, advertising and monitoring giants to be a bit more respectful when there's probably a child behind the clicks and taps. Read More >>

Superhuman, Silicon Valley’s Hottest Email App, Kills Location Tracking After Privacy Backlash

Email startup Superhuman ruffled some feathers this week thanks to a viral blog post by former Twitter vice president of design Mike Davidson detailing how one of the $30 a month service’s core features was actually a run-of-the-mill privacy-violating tracking pixel that transmits information about recipients, including geolocation, back to the sender every time an email containing it was opened. Read More >>

Google Starts Rolling Out Options to Auto-Delete Web & App, Location Histories Every Few Months

Google has begun rolling out features first announced in May that will allow users to set a time limit after which the giant will automatically delete location history rather than continue to hoard it forever, per TechCrunch. Another feature to do the same with web and app histories also appears to have launched. Read More >>

Transport for London Launches Bus Passenger Tracking Trial

Transport for London, the body which operates the capital's public transport, has today announced that from tomorrow, it will be starting a new automatic passenger counting trial on buses, which it says could lead to better bus journeys in the future. Read More >>

Facebook Says It’s Giving You a Tool to Kill Third-Party Tracking

Facebook is holding its F8 developer conference today. Given that it’s been going through a lot of trouble related to third-party developers it brought a surprise announcement to take your mind off of privacy concerns. It will soon give you control over the information that apps and websites are seeing about you, and let you opt out. Read More >>

How to Avoid Being Tracked on Your Laptop, Phone, or Fitness Tracker

Today we’re all being tracked by more gadgets than ever before, and in ways that might not be immediately obvious; but it is possible to put restrictions on the data that your laptop, your smartphone, and even your fitness tracker can collect about you—in particular, where you are and what you’re doing with your device. Read More >>

Study: Vast Majority of Google Play Apps Are Covertly Tracking Users

A new study by France’s Exodus Privacy and the Yale University Privacy lab has concluded that over three out of four of apps available on Google’s Play Store contain third-party tracking plugins, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. Apps sucking up personal information included some of the most popular ones on the platform, “including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid,” as well as innumerable others. Read More >>

Report: Uber Had Yet Another Secret Tracking Program Called ‘Hell’

Uber has made a lot of questionable decisions behind closed doors, and today, yet another one emerged. According to The Information, between 2014 and 2016, Uber used secret software called “Hell” in order to track drivers from its biggest rival, Lyft. Read More >>

EU Stands Down in Cookie Notification War

The modern day misery of having to sometimes click on an X to make a popup about cookies disappear could soon come to an end thanks to our former friends in the EU, as new guidelines on web cookie use could end the need for every site in the world to individually beg to be allowed permission to stalk us a bit. Read More >>

Future Tech Crime Division Locks Thief Inside Car He Stole

A car thief, after having enjoyed a little sleep in the BMW he'd just stolen, woke up to find he was locked in the vehicle -- thanks to the modern wonders of GPS tracking and remote locking and everyone coming together to punish a bad man. Read More >>

All of the Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You

Facebook knows more about your personal life than you probably realise. As part of the company’s increasingly aggressive advertising operation, Facebook goes to great lengths to track you across the web. The company compiles a list of personal details about every user that includes major life events and general interests. For years, details have been murky about how exactly the social network targets ads—but the company has finally given us a glimpse into how the secret sauce is made. Read More >>

Location Data is the Next Big Thing in Hacking, Says Doom and Gloom Report

People who want us to (a) care and (b) be worried about the implications of mobile location tracking say that we should be more protective when it comes to having our phones tell the networks where we are, as this data, if hacked and stolen, could lead to us being blackmailed, kidnapped, hit over the head with pipes and, in a worst case scenario only hinted at in the report, eaten by German sex cannibals. Read More >>

This Simple Plugin Will Stop Websites from Tracking You

Everywhere you go on the web, publishers and marketing agencies are trying to keep tabs on what your activity — primarily to fire targeted advertising in your direction. The Privacy Badger extension is a simple, effective way of taking control over the data you give away in your daily journeys across the internet. Read More >>

Wi-Fi Networks Can Now Identify Who You are Through Walls

Who needs a peep hole when a Wi-Fi network will do? Researchers from MIT have developed technology that uses wireless signals to see your silhouette through a wall, and it can even tell you apart from other people, too. Read More >>

In Case You Want To Prowl Around Japan From the Point of View of a Cat 

We have the technology, and the time is now: We can roam the myriad alleyways of Japan from a cat’s POV. Read More >>