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China's Former Internet Chief, a Censorship Hardliner, Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges China's Former Internet Chief, a Censorship Hardliner, Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges

Lu Wei, the former chief of the imposing Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and one of the primary architects of the mass censorship foisted on China’s estimated 700 million internet users, pleaded guilty this week in Chinese court to taking some 32 million yuan (about $4.6 million) in bribes, the Associated…

Apple Finally Lets You Download All Your Data Apple Finally Lets You Download All Your Data

When the European Union’s GDPR privacy protections went into effect in May, the pressure to give Americans the same tools to view their data was high. On Wednesday, Apple fulfilled its promise to offer a data download service for its users the U.S., and now you can find out what Apple’s got on you with a few simple…

Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You

It sounded a little slippery last week, when Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads. It was, in fact, very slippery. Facebook just admitted that Portal is completely capable of collecting…

Trump-Themed Dating App Reportedly Leaks Personal Data Hours After Launch Trump-Themed Dating App Reportedly Leaks Personal Data Hours After Launch

Mere hours after Fox News revealed the existence of a new Trump-centric dating app, a security researcher has apparently uncovered evidence that “Donald Daters” is leaking sensitive user information online.

How to Do Everything But Delete Your Facebook Profile  How to Do Everything But Delete Your Facebook Profile 

In the immediate aftermath of today’s news that hackers had access to the personal information of about 30 million Facebook users, I got a notification on the top of my own Facebook Timeline. “Update on Security Incident,” it read. Yeah, I was one of the unlucky 30-or-so million. This prompted some rage-deleting.

Don't Fall for This New Email Scam Threatening to Expose Your Porn Habits Don't Fall for This New Email Scam Threatening to Expose Your Porn Habits

If you received an email from “hackers” claiming they recorded you watching porn and will send all your data to your loved ones if you don’t promptly pay up, take a beat. It’s probably a scam.

MindBody Exposes Data Belonging to Millions of FitMetrix Users MindBody Exposes Data Belonging to Millions of FitMetrix Users

The fitness company behind FitMetrix, a popular performance-tracking app, reportedly left the personal data of more than 100 million users exposed.

Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data

Facebook already has a veritable treasure trove of data on anyone who uses the site, including stuff users do on the web outside of it. It still has an appetite for even more.

Democrats Drop 'Internet Bill of Rights' to Entice Voters Sick of Facebook's Crap Democrats Drop 'Internet Bill of Rights' to Entice Voters Sick of Facebook's Crap

Silicon Valley has pissed off a great number of people, particularly in 2018, so promising to grab Mark Zuckerberg by the short hairs and rein in his company’s misuse of personal data seems like a pretty good way to rally the troops. It’s not Facebook alone, of course, but every company trading in the intimate details…

Are You Kidding Me, Facebook Are You Kidding Me, Facebook

Facebook is currently dealing with the fallout of a massive attack that compromised site security and allowed hackers to seize the access tokens of roughly 50 million accounts, potentially giving them full control of both the accounts and linked apps. It is still sorting out what user data might have been stolen. Amid…

Capitol Police Arrest Intern Over Doxing of U.S. Senators Capitol Police Arrest Intern Over Doxing of U.S. Senators

The U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a suspect accused in the online doxing of “one or more” U.S. senators.

Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s September 30th, 2018, and the theme of the last week was memory. Not just at Gizmodo, where we wrapped up Memory Week, our series on nostalgia, neuroscience, and all that data tightly locked up in our brains. No, you should additionally be trying to remember everything you’ve put into the sprawling Facebook…

Is the FBI's Fitness App a Cop? Is the FBI's Fitness App a Cop?

Getting into the FBI is not easy, as the agency’s new “Do you have what it takes?” fitness app will happily tell you. The app, which was released in August 2018, walks users through the five legs of the fitness requirements former director James Comey re-implemented in 2015—daring them to achieve high scores on…

Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done. Okay, Facebook, You Win. I'm Done.

Facebook just reported a massive data breach. Nearly 50 million accounts were affected by the breach, though it remains unclear whether the accounts were misused or if personal data was accessed. My account might be one of those affected. I know this, because when I went to check, Facebook had logged me off. At which…

Google Faces Lawsuit in Belgium for Not Blurring Military Sites and Nuclear Power Plants on Maps Google Faces Lawsuit in Belgium for Not Blurring Military Sites and Nuclear Power Plants on Maps

Belgium plans to sue Google over the tech giant’s refusal to blur sensitive military sites and nuclear power plants on the company’s various mapping platforms. Military leaders in Belgium have not yet filed a formal complaint but confirmed to Reuters that they intend to sue.

Republican Senators Doxed While Interviewing Kavanaugh Republican Senators Doxed While Interviewing Kavanaugh

At least three U.S. senators were targeted by a troll (or trolls) on Thursday as they heard testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Facebook's Woes Grow as Instagram Co-Founders Bail Facebook's Woes Grow as Instagram Co-Founders Bail

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger plan to leave their jobs at the company in the coming weeks, according to a report in the New York Times on Monday. The co-founders later confirmed the news on Instagram’s blog.

Wendy's Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Collection of Staff Fingerprint Data Wendy's Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Collection of Staff Fingerprint Data

Fast-food chain Wendy’s is facing down a lawsuit in Illinois over its use of fingerprint scanners to track employees at work in retail locations, according to court documents obtained by ZDNet.

The Super-Private Tor Browser Gets a Huge Update, But Should You Switch From Chrome? The Super-Private Tor Browser Gets a Huge Update, But Should You Switch From Chrome?

Chrome wasn’t the only browser to get a visual overhaul this week, because the privacy-focused Tor Browser was also given a new lick of paint, as well as a host of under-the-hood upgrades, and refinements to make it easier to use for newcomers. There are now more reasons than ever to make Tor your daily browser of…

Why I Can't Quit Chrome Why I Can't Quit Chrome

Google Chrome was released to the world 10 years ago today. I’ve been using the browser since it launched on OS X in 2009, and let me tell you what, I feel trapped now. This power-hogging, data-gobbling piece of software is where I spend most of my days, although not necessarily because I want it this way. As hard as…

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