Your Privacy Round Up—November

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

23 November 2017

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.

The FCC unveils plans to rollback Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), this week unveiled his proposal to rollback the agency’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules and ease the legislation and consumer protections that kept ISPs from imposing a two-tier internet.

Huge data breach concealed by Uber

The ride-sharing app developers last week confirmed that they covered up a data breach that affected 57 million customers and drivers. The company paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data when the breach happened in 2016.

Tor users’ security compromised by browser vulnerability

A critical flaw, dubbed TorMoil, was found in the Mac and Linux versions of the Tor anonymity browser. Security firm We Are Segment reported the bug to Tor developers and then published a blog post detailing the issue, which was triggered when users clicked on file:// links specifically, rather than http:// or https:// addresses.

TSA plans to use facial recognition software in airports across the US

The program, known as PreCheck, claims to allow travelers to “speed through security” without the hassle of removing shoes, laptops, liquids and belts. However, the EFF reports that the Department of Homeland Security’s greater plan is to collect face images and iris scans from citizens across the country.

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

Until then, stay safe online.

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