privacy

Google will stop scanning your emails to sell targeted ads

Google said it will no longer scanning your emails to send you personalized ads. To help finance the free email service, Google has been scanning through your emails since 2004 to see what you were discussing and then showing ads connected to some topics. For instance, someone writing about running might see ads for Nike shoes. You’re still going to…

BEWARE of website that provides free access to your personal information

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WFXB) – A website called True People Search, which is designed to allow users to look up people they may know, has the power to reveal a lot of personal information. The site allows anyone free access to home address information, phone numbers, relatives and their contact information. It even reveals texting information. Luckily, there is something you…

Are your headphones spying on you?

A lawsuit claims some Bose wireless headphones are spying on users when they’re paired with the company’s smartphone app, which collects information about what they’re listening to and then shares it with third parties without users’ permission. Bose Connect does have a privacy policy, but users aren’t required to view or agree it. The suit claims that’s in violation of…

America, say goodbye to online privacy

The future of online privacy is now in the hands of President Trump. The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal internet privacy protections approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration. The rules – which had not yet gone into effect – would have required internet service providers to get your permission before…

Your child’s toy could be spying on your family

Are the toys you children play with spying on them? A set of consumer groups are warning parents about two internet-connected toys they say could pose a threat to children’s security. The two toys are a doll named ‘My Friend Cayla’ and ‘I-Que,’ which is targeted for boys. According to the consumer groups, the toys engage in simulated conversation with…