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Turn off #cameras and #tracking devices in children’s #Christmas #presents to prevent #hacking, Information #Commissioner tells #parents

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Parents should turn off the cameras and automatic tracking devices in their children’s Christmas presents because of the risk of hacking, the Information Commissioners’ Office has warned.

With a rise in the number of ‘smart’ toys and devices gracing the wish list this year, parents should consider the safety of them being connected directly to the internet before giving them as gifts, according to the data regulator.

When adults are not going  to personally use cameras in toys to view what is happening remotely then they should consider turning the function off all together, Deputy Commissioner Steve Wood said.

The warning comes amid growing concerns about the ability of criminals to hack into toys containing sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage and other multi-media capabilities.

In a blog on the regulators website Mr Wood wrote: “You wouldn’t knowingly give a child a dangerous toy, so why risk buying them something that could be easily hacked into by strangers?

“In the same way that safety standards are a primary consideration for shoppers buying toys, we want those buying connected items in the coming weeks to take a pause and think about both the child’s online safety, and also the potential threat to their own personal data such as bank details, if a toy, device or a supporting app is hacked into.

“Unlike Santa, those looking to hack into your devices don’t care whether you’ve been naughty or nice.”

Parents are advised that they should ensure that they are buying products from a reputable source, that all passwords and usernames are changed from the default option and to use two-step identification where available.

Mr Wood continued: “Some toys and devices are fitted with web cameras. The ability to view footage remotely is both their biggest selling point and, if not set up correctly, potentially their biggest weakness, as the baby monitor hacking issue of a few years ago demonstrated.

“If you have no intention of viewing footage over the internet, then turn the remote viewing option off in the device’s settings, or else use strong, non-default passwords.”

He added: “One of the main selling points of children’s smart watches is the ability for parents to know where their children are at all times. However, if this isn’t done securely, then others might have access to this data as well. Immediately get rid of default location tracking and GPS settings and set strong, unique passwords.”

Parents are also advised to turn off Bluetooth or set strong passwords to protect their child’s data from hackers.

The Deputy Commissioner concluded: “If you aren’t convinced a smart toy or connected/wearable device will keep your children or your personal information safe, then don’t buy it. If consumers reject products that won’t protect them, then developers and retailers should soon get the message.”

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Global GPS Vehicle Tracking System Device With Movement and Speed Alert

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Global GPS Vehicle Tracking System Device With Movement and Speed Alert

Specifications: Item: GPS / GPRS / SMS vehicle tracking system Parameter:– GPS chip: SIRF III chip– Network: GSM / GPRS– GSM frequency: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900mHz– GSM / GPRS module: Simcom Sim340– GPS sensitivity: -159 dBM– GPS …

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Car GPS Tracker GSM/GPRS Tracking Device Remote Control Auto Vehicle

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Third party tracking ‘still legal,’ according to FCC

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Third party tracking ‘still legal,’ according to FCC

Third-party web tracking is still legal, a new ruling has found. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has dismissed a petitionby Consumer Watchdog that would forbid Internet companies from tracking consumers. According to the FCC, the petition was inconsistent with its rules on Internet bias. The petition was part of an ongoing movement to protect consumers who don’t want to be tracked by third-party web trackers, and aimed to provide consumers with a “Do Not Track” setting in theirWEB BROWSERS. Some companies are already committed to honoring “Do Not Track” requests sent in by consumers. But others, like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn rely on third-party tracking to store data on consumers for data analytics, advertising networks and social networking platforms. For example, you click on a cat video, and soon yourFACEBOOK PAGE will be advertising cat products to you. How does third-party tracking work? It all begins with an innocent “cookie,” a small bit of data loaded onto aWEB BROWSER. Every time a user opens a new web page, a cookie is sent back to the browser to monitor any previous activity. For the most part, cookies are safe: they can’t contain viruses and help store data. But, […]

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ACLU pushesACLU pushes for state law restricting cellphone tracking by CMPD, other agencies

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads  RALEIGH The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina on Thursday called for new laws that would stop CMPD and other police departments from secretly tracking cellphones without a search warrant. About 20 people, including lawmakers, gathered in the North Carolina Legislative Building to hear speeches urging the General Assembly to put restrictions on high-tech surveillance critics contend violate privacy rights. “We’ve got to stand up for this,” said Thom Goolsby, a Wilmington defense attorney and former Republican state senator. “We’ve got to stop it now. If not, it gets worse and worse.” The push follows an Observer investigation last year that revealed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department investigators use a device called a StingRay that mimics a cellphone tower. It provides serial numbers, location and other information about nearby phones, laptop computers and tablets that connect to cellular networks. Privacy groups and some legal experts say the equipment violates the Constitution’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. The technology gathers cellphone data from criminal suspects and innocent bystanders in a given area. ACLU attorney Nathan Freed Wessler said revelations about CMPD surveillance exposes the need for law enforcement to seek a search warrant before deploying the […]

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