This week in non-coronavirus news: easier access to health data, streaming piracy, and more



It's been a week full of nonstop coronavirus headlines, so here are a few unrelated tech news articles that held our attention.


Wall Street Journal: Sharing your digital health data: New rules ease access

By: Anna Wilde Mathews and Melanie Evans

Sharing your personal health data with apps, doctors and hospitals will get easier under new federal rules, announced Monday, that are likely to sharpen a debate over patient privacy.


The Register: Google: You know we said that Chrome tracker contained no personally identifiable info? Forget we ever said that

By: Thomas Claburn

Google has stopped claiming that an identifier it uses internally to track experimental features and variations in its Chrome browser contains no personally identifiable information.


The Verge: A new stunt perfectly demonstrates how a broken streaming system encourages piracy

By: Julia Alexander

We’ve all been there: you have a sudden itch to watch a specific movie, and, after a cursory search of Netflix, you realize it’s not there.


Buzzfeed: Popular VPN and ad-blocking apps are secretly harvesting user data

By: Craig Silverman

Sensor Tower has owned at least 20 apps that track data passing through people’s phones.


Cord Cutters News: 74% of video consumers worldwide will exclusively stream content by 2025

By: Jess Barnes

A new report from Grabyo shows that 74% of consumers worldwide who are paying for video will get their content exclusively through streaming within the next five years.


New Yorker: Dressing for the surveillance age

By: John Seabrook

As cities become ever more packed with cameras that always see, public anonymity could disappear. Can stealth streetwear evade electronic eyes?


The Verge: Tesla just made its one millionth car

By: Jon Porter

Tesla has produced one million electric cars, the company’s CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter.


TechCrunch: New flaw in Intel chips lets attackers slip their own data into secure enclave

By: Devin Coldewey

A new flaw in Intel chips threatens to allow attackers to not just view privileged information passing through the system but potentially also insert new data.


Ars Technica: Comcast accidentally published 200,000 “unlisted” phone numbers

By: Jon Brodkin

Comcast mistakenly published the names, phone numbers, and addresses of nearly 200,000 customers who paid monthly fees to make their numbers unlisted.


Wired: Most medical imaging devices run outdated operating systems

By: Lily Hay Newman

The end of Windows 7 support has hit health care extra hard, leaving several machines vulnerable.


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