Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients

Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients

Last year, several major U.S.-based health insurance companies were hit with data breaches that put millions of consumers’ private information at risk. The trend continued this week, with nearly a million health records going missing from Centene Corp. [More]

Report: Emails Show Takata Manipulated Data On Airbags

Report: Emails Show Takata Manipulated Data On Airbags

When a slew of automakers announced last fall that they would no longer use airbag inflators from Takata, at least one cited concerns that the company had “misrepresented or manipulated test data.” Recently unearthed emails from engineers and others within the Japanese auto parts maker suggest those alleged deceptions were blatant and widely known.  [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Flaw In Target’s Wish List App Feature Can Expose Phone Numbers, Emails, Other Personal Info

There’s just something about the holiday season and Target that leaves customers’ personal information open for the taking. Two years after the retailer suffered a massive data breach affecting more than 100 million customers, another – albeit smaller – security flaw in the company’s mobile app has left the emails and phone numbers for some users vulnerable.  [More]

Lending Startups Use Borrowers’ Smartphone Behavior To Decide If They Are Creditworthy

Lending Startups Use Borrowers’ Smartphone Behavior To Decide If They Are Creditworthy

The wallet-sized – or larger – smartphone constantly tethered to your hand may often be seen as your connection to the outside world. Each time you surf the web, connect with friends, make purchases and check your bank account, it’s collecting mountains of data about you. And that data could soon be analyzed to determine if you’re creditworthy.  [More]

VTech Hack Exposed Tens Of Thousands Of Photos & Chat Logs Of Parents, Kids

VTech Hack Exposed Tens Of Thousands Of Photos & Chat Logs Of Parents, Kids

The recent breach of popular children’s electric toy maker VTech compromised the personal information of nearly five million parents and children, but a new report claims the hack exposed even more sensitive information: photos and chat logs between children and their parents.  [More]

Hack Of Toy Maker VTech Exposes Data For Millions Of Parents, Kids

Hack Of Toy Maker VTech Exposes Data For Millions Of Parents, Kids

Let’s kick off the holiday shopping season with news of a data breach that may involve some toys you’ll be wrapping in the coming weeks. Popular children’s electric toy maker VTech has announced that customer information fell into the wrong hands earlier this month.  [More]

FCC Now Sharing Weekly Robocall Complaint Data For Use In Building Call-Blocking Tools

FCC Now Sharing Weekly Robocall Complaint Data For Use In Building Call-Blocking Tools

The FCC has been on a bit of a crusade this year to try and curb the scourge of robocalls, one of consumers’ biggest complaints. To that end, they’re now going to share a new tool to help build weapons for that fight: consumers’ complaints. [More]

Verizon Announces $20/Month Bill Increase For Few Remaining Unlimited Data Plan Customers

Verizon Announces $20/Month Bill Increase For Few Remaining Unlimited Data Plan Customers

If you’ve been bragging to everyone you know that you’re still part of Verizon’s $29.99/month unlimited data plan, you might want to quiet down just a bit. That’s because the wireless provider is increasing your monthly bill by $20. [More]

Coming Soon To An AOL Ad Network Near You: All That Data Verizon Collects On Mobile Users

Coming Soon To An AOL Ad Network Near You: All That Data Verizon Collects On Mobile Users

When Verizon first announced its plans to acquire AOL back in May, jokes abounded. The name “AOL” still conjures the sound of modems screeching and a friendly digital voice announcing haltingly, “You’ve got mail!” It does not, on the other hand, immediately inspire one to think of a $4 billion media and data empire. But the latter is exactly what it is — and in conjunction with Verizon’s more pernicious tools, it may be about to get a whole lot bigger. [More]

Federal Data Breach Included 5.6M Compromised Fingerprints, Five Times The Original Estimate

Federal Data Breach Included 5.6M Compromised Fingerprints, Five Times The Original Estimate

Federal investigators underestimated the number of fingerprints stolen in a massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year: the agency announced Wednesday that 5.6 million individuals’ finger prints were stolen, nearly five times the original estimate of 1.1 million compromised prints. [More]

Pharmaceutical companies and medical researchers are turning to fitness trackers - like the Fitbit - to gather more precise data on the effects of medications. 

(Kim Moyse)

Pharmaceutical Companies Using Fitness Trackers To Collect Data On Drug Trials, Other Research

Consumers looking to improve their health have turned to fitness trackers like Fitbit, Jawbone, Vivofit, and Fuse that record the user’s heart rate, calories burned, steps walked, and other pertinent data. These devices are also increasingly being used for another purpose: tracking the effectiveness of new medications in drug trials and other research for pharmaceutical companies. [More]

Over 10M Consumers’ Personal Info Stolen In Latest Health Insurer Data Breach

Over 10M Consumers’ Personal Info Stolen In Latest Health Insurer Data Breach

For at least the fourth time this year, millions of consumers are being faced with some bad news: health insurer Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced the discovery of a major data breach in their systems. Over 10 million subscribers to Excellus and their partner services now have their most personal information — including medical claims records and social security numbers — stolen. [More]

Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Crosses 900 Million User Mark

Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Crosses 900 Million User Mark

Facebook is having a good run this summer of taking over the world one app at a time. Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that the big blue network now has more than 1 billion daily users, the company is now crowing about a user milestone they’ve reached on one of their two big messaging platforms, WhatsApp. [More]

(Steven Depolo)

New Spotify Privacy Policy Aims To Provide “Plain Language” Explanation For Collected Data

Just weeks after Spotify ticked off many of its 75 million active users with an updated, potentially invasive privacy policy, the music streaming service has once again revamped the terms, this time including an introduction that provides clear reasoning and examples of data collected. [More]

Google Launches Tool That Tells You If Solar Panels Can Save You Money

Google Launches Tool That Tells You If Solar Panels Can Save You Money

Are you thinking of putting a solar panel on your home, but not sure if the investment would be worthwhile? Google’s latest unusual online tool aims to take the guesswork out of the alternative energy investment. [More]

Flaw In Android Device Sensor Leaves Users’ Fingerprints Vulnerable To Theft

Flaw In Android Device Sensor Leaves Users’ Fingerprints Vulnerable To Theft

Using your fingerprint to open your phone may be convenient but it could also pose a security risk. That’s according to security researchers who discovered a way to breach Android devices to steal the unique prints. [More]