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Researchers found North Dakota's contact-tracing app covertly sending location and advertising data to third parties

Researchers found North Dakota's contact-tracing app covertly sending location and advertising data to third parties

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.One of the first US states to roll out a contact-tracing app has been caught sending user data to third parties without permission.North Dakota to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus inside the state. "Once the app is downloaded, individuals will be given a random ID number and the app will anonymously cache the individual's locations throughout the day," the state said in a statement when the app launched. by privacy research firm Jumbo has found...

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'It's a slap in the face': Amazon is handing out 'Thank you' t-shirts to warehouse workers as it cuts their hazard pay

'It's a slap in the face': Amazon is handing out 'Thank you' t-shirts to warehouse workers as it cuts their hazard pay

Amazon is handing out branded merchandise to say thanks to warehouse workers during the coronavirus pandemic, even as it phases out policies intended to help.Two Amazon employees told Business Insider the company has distributed "thank-you" t-shirts to its warehouse workers (or "fulfillment associates").One worker based in Indiana shared a picture of the shirt they received, the front reads "Thanks to you" and on the back: "Together, we'll deliver."The workers said the t-shirts were distributed last week, when they were placed in a room and workers had to go in to pick the size they...

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The UK accidentally left secret plans for its COVID-19 contact-tracing app on an open Google Drive

The UK accidentally left secret plans for its COVID-19 contact-tracing app on an open Google Drive

The UK government accidentally revealed some of its future plans for its COVID-19 contact-tracing app by leaving them on a publicly accessible Google Drive.The drive was spotted by , and contained documents including one entitled "Product Direction: Release One" and labelled "OFFICIAL – SENSITIVE."A link to the open drive was included in a batch of documents published intended to detail the data and privacy protections and risks of the contact-tracing app, known as a Data Privacy Impact Assessment (DPIA).The UK has yet to properly release its contact-tracing app, which is and is due for a...

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The UK is reportedly now building a second contact-tracing app to work with Apple and Google's framework

The UK is reportedly now building a second contact-tracing app to work with Apple and Google's framework

The UK appears to be hedging its bets by building two contact-tracing apps, the reports.Two sources familiar with the project told the FT that NHSX, the NHS' digital experimental division, is now building a second contact tracing app alongside the contact-tracing app .Unlike , the new app will be built using Apple and Google's specialized contact-tracing API.One source said this was because the government ran into significant technical difficulties getting its app to work without the new API. Specifically, the source said it had run into problems with iPhone compatibility and battery drain....

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Loyal Amazon employees are hitting back after a VP quit and called it 'chickensh--', saying outspoken colleagues are 'radicalized'

Loyal Amazon employees are hitting back after a VP quit and called it 'chickensh--', saying outspoken colleagues are 'radicalized'

The dramatic departure of a prominent and outspoken Amazon engineer has stirred up a very public and very unusual debate between Amazon employees current and former over how the company deals with dissenting voices.Amazon VP and distinguished engineer last week. He wrote a deeply critical blogpost explaining that he had resigned because Amazon fired workers who spoke out against the company's warehouse conditions during the coronavirus pandemic."I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of COVID-19," Bray wrote, also calling...

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'FREE AMERICA NOW': Elon Musk is now protesting US lockdowns

'FREE AMERICA NOW': Elon Musk is now protesting US lockdowns

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is protesting the various lockdowns meant to curb the novel coronavirus' spread in the US.Late on Tuesday, Musk tweeted that called into question how effective lockdown orders were for saving lives. "Give people their freedom back!" next to the article link.—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) The billionaire then hailed that said restaurants and retailers in Texas would be able to reopen this week under strict new rules. "Bravo Texas!" , adding in a follow-up tweet that places should "reopen with care & appropriate protection, but don't put everyone under de facto house arrest."Next,...

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The UK won't use Apple and Google's coronavirus contact-tracing technology for its app, sparking privacy worries about how people's data will be used

The UK won't use Apple and Google's coronavirus contact-tracing technology for its app, sparking privacy worries about how people's data will be used

The UK will not adopt Apple and Google's model for contact-tracing apps, alarming privacy activists who fear the UK will launch an app that risks people's privacy and security.NHSX, which is leading the app's development, confirmed to Business Insider on Monday that it was pressing ahead with an alternative model for its contact-tracing app, rather than integrating the system devised by Apple and Google.Similar to other contact-tracing apps which are being developed around the world, the NHS app will use Bluetooth signals to allow people's phones to determine who else they have been in...

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Amazon shut all its warehouses in France because a court ordered it to reassess worker safety

Amazon shut all its warehouses in France because a court ordered it to reassess worker safety

Amazon has taken the extraordinary decision to shut down its distribution centers in France after a court ruled Tuesday that the company had to reassess protective measures to keep workers safe from the coronavirus.The court in Nanterre on Tuesday ruled that in the meantime. The judge imposed a fine of 1 million euros ($1.1 million) for every day following the order that Amazon continued to ship non-essential goods.The court said in its order that Amazon had "failed to recognize its obligations regarding the security and health of its workers," according to AFP."Following the judgement...

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The UK will release an app to track people reporting COVID-19 symptoms and to alert people they had contact with

The UK will release an app to track people reporting COVID-19 symptoms and to alert people they had contact with

The UK government has confirmed it will release an app where people can self-report symptoms for COVID-19 and which will then alert other people who have been in contact with them.UK health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the NHS will be rolling out the contact-tracing app during a press briefing on Sunday, and said the NHS is "working closely with the world's leading tech companies" to build it. that they will build a joint API for governments to build contact-tracing apps.The BBC reports the NHS had not been aware of Google and Apple's joint project, but will now integrate it into its...

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Researchers found and bought more than 500,000 Zoom passwords on the dark web for less than a cent each

Researchers found and bought more than 500,000 Zoom passwords on the dark web for less than a cent each

Cybersecurity researchers found the credentials for more than 500,000 Zoom accounts either for sale or even being given away for free on the dark web, as reported by Bleeping Computer.Cybersecurity firm Cyble discovered the accounts, many of which were being sold for less than a penny per account. Some were being given away in bulk for free on hacker forums so that people could use them for — a form of trolling where malicious actors drop into Zoom calls and post graphic or offensive content.Recent reports of Zoombombing have included , screaming , and trolls dropping into .Cyble was able...

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Poland made an app that forces coronavirus patients to take regular selfies to prove they're indoors or face a police visit

Poland made an app that forces coronavirus patients to take regular selfies to prove they're indoors or face a police visit

The Polish government has introduced a new app that will require coronavirus patients to take selfies to prove they're quarantining properly., the "Home Quarantine" app is intended for people quarantining for 14 days after returning from abroad.People who've downloaded the app register a selfie with the app, then periodically receive requests for geo-located selfies. If they fail to comply, the police will be alerted."People in quarantine have a choice: either receive unexpected visits from the police, or download this app," a spokesman for Poland's Digital Ministry told the AFP. If a user...

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SoftBank billionaire Masayoshi Son broke a 3-year Twitter silence to promise 1 million coronavirus tests, then backpedalled

SoftBank billionaire Masayoshi Son broke a 3-year Twitter silence to promise 1 million coronavirus tests, then backpedalled

Japan's said he's getting involved in the fight against coronavirus, then did a U-turn.SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son on Tuesday to say that he is "worried" about the coronavirus."It's been a long time since I tweeted," he wrote on Tuesday. "I am worried about the situation of the new coronavirus."Son's last tweet had been in February 2017."Time for action," he said in a follow-up tweet, before promising to contribute to the public health effort by . Son didn't specify where, but the response of his Twitter followers suggests the intended rollout was for his home turf of Japan."To those who are...

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Twitter slapped its first 'manipulated media' label on an edited video of Joe Biden retweeted by Trump

Twitter slapped its first 'manipulated media' label on an edited video of Joe Biden retweeted by Trump

Twitter has applied its first "manipulated media" label to a video retweeted by President Donald Trump, as first reported by .The was originally shared by the White House's head of social media, Dan Scavino, and it contains a video that appears to show the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stumble during a speech and accidentally endorse President Donald Trump, saying, "We can only reelect Donald Trump."In reality, however, Biden went on to say: "We can only reelect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It's got to be a positive campaign."Per...

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Tesla was ordered to stop work on its $4 billion Berlin Gigafactory over environmental concerns

Tesla was ordered to stop work on its $4 billion Berlin Gigafactory over environmental concerns

Tesla's plans for a European Gigafactory hit a speedbump over the weekend. A German court ruled on Saturday that Tesla must temporarily halt the deforestation that was underway to make space for its new Gigafactory manufacturing plant while it considers objections from environmental group Grüne Liga (Green League). Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the plans for the 300-hectare site in November last year, and Tesla says on its website it aims to begin production in 2021. The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Tesla will invest up to €4 billion ($4.3 billion) into...

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Jeff Bezos says space travel is essential because we are 'in the process of destroying this planet'

Jeff Bezos says space travel is essential because we are 'in the process of destroying this planet'

Jeff Bezos says humans need space travel because they are "destroying this planet." He doesn't mean that humanity will have to evacuate a dying Earth, however, but rather that we could outsource our more destructive behaviors to space. Speaking with the CBS News anchor Norah O'Donnell, Bezos, whose space-exploration company, Blue Origin, hopes to put people back on the moon as soon as 2024 courtesy of its Blue Moon lunar lander, seemed pessimistic about the effect humans were having on Earth. "We humans have to go to space if we are going to continue to have a thriving civilization," he...

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3 Former Tesla Workers Claim They Were Fired After Becoming Pregnant, Taking Childcare Leave and Making a Phone Call

3 Former Tesla Workers Claim They Were Fired After Becoming Pregnant, Taking Childcare Leave and Making a Phone Call

Three former Tesla workers have told The Guardian in on the record interviews that they were unfairly dismissed for matters concerning pregnancy and time off for childcare. Devon Beccera worked for Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada for 11 months from February 2018. She found out she was pregnant in July of that year, and informed the company of her plans to take maternity leave in February 2019. However, she was fired in December 2018. "Nevada is a right-to-work state, so they didn't need any sort of reason for firing me, but it was very convenient to fire me two weeks before Christmas, and...

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Mark Zuckerberg Has Dumped $296 Million Worth of Facebook Shares So Far This Month

Mark Zuckerberg Has Dumped $296 Million Worth of Facebook Shares So Far This Month

Facebook's CEO has dumped hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Facebook shares this month. SEC filings show that so far this month Mark Zuckerberg has nearly 1.6 million Facebook shares, CNBC reports. This amounts to almost $296 million the tech mogul has cashed in. CNBC notes that Zuckerberg had not sold any shares since April prior to August's sales burst. In total this year, he has sold 2.9 million shares, worth $526 million. Read more: "I would question the ethical integrity of an editorial team that answers to Mark Zuckerberg": A former member of Facebook's Trending team weighs...

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Twitter Ran Paid Ads From China's State News Media Criticizing the Hong Kong Protests

Twitter Ran Paid Ads From China's State News Media Criticizing the Hong Kong Protests

Twitter has been distributing sponsored posts from Chinese state media criticizing the Hong Kong protests, as spotted by the account of run by the entrepreneur and developer Maciej Ceglowski. The posts were from China's state-run Xinhua news agency. "Two months on, the escalating violence in Hong Kong has taken a heavy toll on the social order," one tweet reads, adding that "all walks of life in Hong Kong called for a brake to be put on the blatant violence and for order to be restored." Read more: A second sponsored tweet portrayed the public sentiment in Hong Kong as at odds with the...

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Google dramatically severed ties with Huawei — here's what that means for you

Google dramatically severed ties with Huawei — here's what that means for you

that Google has severed ties with Huawei, essentially cutting it off from the Android operating system. Following an executive order from President Trump, which effectively banned Huawei telecoms equipment from being sold in the US, the company was placed on an "entity list" by the US Commerce Department, meaning US companies — Google included — must obtain government permission before dealing with Huawei. Read more: A Google spokeswoman told Business Insider that the company is "complying with the order and reviewing the implications." Here's a rundown of what that means for you if you own...

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