Your Privacy Round Up—August

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

29 August 2018

We all know that it’s important to stay informed, especially when it comes to things like online security. But with so much information to take in, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the privacy world.

That’s why we’re bringing you a monthly round-up of the biggest privacy news—the stuff you really shouldn’t miss.

Check out the privacy headlines this month—and stay informed.

Facebook privacy app pulled from App Store for allegedly violating people’s privacy

A Facebook app intended to protect people’s privacy has been pulled by Apple because it collected significant amounts of information about the people using it, effectively violating their privacy. The Onavo Protect app is still available for Android devices via the Play store.

Ajit Pai admits that the FCC lied about a DDoS attack on their website, but blames the Obama administration

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai acknowledged last week that the FCC lied about its public comment system being taken down by a DDoS attack during the net neutrality repeal proceeding. The fabricated attack was given as the reason many could not leave their comments on the proposed changes.

Hundreds locked out of Instagram accounts due to purported hack

Users report being logged out of their accounts, and finding when attempting to log back in that their accounts have been transferred to a .ru email address. The hack appears to be spreading, which more and more users reporting the same issue.

British-Australian developer has devices seized at border control at Sydney Airport

The software developer was detained for 90 minutes while border force officers took his password-protected devices into a back room. Officers refused to tell the man whether his digital data was being copied and stored, in what privacy advocates are calling a worrying development.

We’ll bring you another privacy round up at the end of next month.

Until then, stay safe online.

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