Today’s Tech Sightings:
Thousands of documents, allegedly from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, have been dumped on the internet, purportedly exposing the agency’s massive trove of hacking tools. The documents were published by WikiLeaks, though it is unclear how the group gained access to them. The dump includes more than 8,700 documents and files pointing to discussions about ways to hack into smart televisions and mobile devices.
A Danish consumer group has reported Google to the Danish Data Protection Agency for allegedly breaking privacy laws by not capping the storage of personal data on its servers. The group revealed in a report that “Google today has 9-10 years of data on users with a Google account.” There has been no comment from Google yet.
More and more chat apps are using end-to-end encryption to secure your communications so that third parties are unable to intercept them. But not all apps are created equal. Writer Selena Larson has a few tips to help you read the fine print to privacy and encryption and pick the messaging app that’s right for you.
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- Google Can Now Translate Hindi Sentences Like a Pro
- 5 Hidden Instagram Tricks You Should Know