"CTM In Focus" is original reporting you'll see only on "CBS This Morning," exposing new information on issues that impact us all. Today: an inside look at the business of "location tracking." Thanks to an industry whistleblower, we are learning new details about how advertisers track our location through our phones – and how criminals could exploit that information. More than 1,000 apps reportedly collect location data, fueling an estimated $21 billion market. Location data typically comes from apps that log the movements of a person's phone. Often people aren't even aware the terms and conditions of these programs allow this information to be collected. The data is then sold to aggregators, who in turn sell it to advertisers looking for consumer trends. We wanted to know who else gets ahold of that information. Correspondent Tony Dokoupil spoke with a young tech worker whose job it was, he says, to buy daily location data on some 80 million Americans. But last year he quit the … [Read more...] about Whistleblower reveals info on companies buying and selling your location data
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Two former NSA officials, interviewed by the Insurge Intelligence journalism project, expressed their opinion that the National Security Agency (NSA) will never abandon its surveillance programme, which allows it to monitor the communications of all US citizens. This is despite the approaching expiry date of the Patriot Act and reports by The New York Times suggesting that the NSA has been putting the programme to rest "quietly". READ MORE: US Cuts Bush-era Phone Spying to Save Money, Not Privacy — Ex-NSA Tech Chief According to one of the former officials, Russ Tice, a former senior NSA intelligence analyst, pointed out that the agency was already caught red handed carrying out unlawful surveillance of US citizens in May 2005. He further stated that there is no reason to believe the NSA now. Tice suggested that the fact that the NSA is putting an end to its mass surveillance programme … [Read more...] about Whistleblowers Say NSA May Keep Spying on Americans Despite Ending Spy Programme
Chad Arnold Albany Bureau Published 1:17 PM EST Dec 21, 2018 ALBANY – Sprint has agreed to pay a $330 million settlement after the company skirted New York tax law for nearly a decade, New York's attorney general announced Friday. The record-breaking settlement came in the wake of a false claims lawsuit filed by Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleging the cellular provider failed to collect and remit over $100 million in state and local taxes on flat-rate calling plans. The $330 million settlement is the largest recovery by a single state in a false claims lawsuit, according to the attorney general's office. “Sprint knew exactly how New York sales tax law applied to its plans – yet for years the company flagrantly broke the law, cheating the state and its localities out of tax dollars that should have been invested in our communities,” Underwood said in a statement. More: Are you a small business Scrooge? Better mend your … [Read more...] about Sprint to pay record $330 million settlement in New York: Here’s why.
Press play to listen to this article By DAVID M. HERSZENHORNwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY BAYER Send tips here | Tweet @herszenhorn | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser GOOD MORNING AND MERRY THURSDAY! I’m David Herszenhorn, POLITICO’s chief Brussels correspondent, stepping in for Florian, who is taking a few days off and already enjoying the holiday spirit. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called it: Italy, it turns out, is Italy, just as France is France. And, once again, putting the credibility of the entire European project on the line, the Commission on Wednesday agreed to bend its budget rules for the benefit of a founding Western European member country. More on the Roman triumphus in a moment. First, a look at another rule-bending incident … FREEZE FRAMED SCORE ONE FOR THE (RUN)AWAY TEAM: The European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that Ukraine’s fugitive former prime minister, Mykola Azarov, was denied … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Bayer: Moral deficit — Sanctions setback — Don’t call her stupid
Facebook's woes mounted Wednesday as it faced a lawsuit alleging privacy violations related to data leaked to a consultancy working on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, and as a new report suggested it shared more data with partners than it had said. The suit filed by the District of Columbia attorney general is likely the first by an official US body that could impose consequences on the world's leading social network for data misuse. "Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used," said Attorney General Karl Racine in a statement. "Facebook put users at risk of manipulation by allowing companies like Cambridge Analytica and other third-party applications to collect personal data without users' permission. Today's lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users' privacy." The suit filed in the DC Superior Court seeks an injunction "to ensure Facebook puts in place protocols and … [Read more...] about Lawsuit adds to Facebook woes on data protection