Opinion | I Used Google Ads for Social Engineering. It Worked.

Opinion | I Used Google Ads for Social Engineering. It Worked.

The goal of my first redirect campaign was to sway the ideology of suicidal people. The problem my campaign addressed: Suicidal people are underserved on Google. In 2010, Google started making the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline the top result of certain searches relating to suicide.

When You Listen, They Watch: Pre-Saving Albums Can Allow Labels to Track Users on Spotify

When You Listen, They Watch: Pre-Saving Albums Can Allow Labels to Track Users on Spotify

To pre-save music, which adds a release to a user’s library as soon as it comes out, Spotify users click through and approve permissions that give the label far more account access than the streaming giant normally grants them -- enough to track what they listen to, change what artists they follow and potentially even control their music streaming remotely.

Five Eyes

Five Eyes

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - In the dispute over boycotting the Chinese Huawei corporation, the German government is considering joining a campaign of the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing network, it was reported in Canada and Australia.

😬 About the word “book” in Openbook…

😬 About the word “book” in Openbook…

It’s all good, we’ve also started legal measures to ensure the situation can’t be repeated. We’ve already started on-boarding the first people to sign up for beta and we’ll continue to do so gradually.

New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology

New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology

Activist groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and CREDO on Wednesday unveiled a new website called , which shows users what airlines use facial recognition to verify the identity of passengers before boarding.

Internet Activists Launch Privacy Focused Flight Booking Site as 20,000+ People Call on Jetblue to End Facial Recognition Program

Internet Activists Launch Privacy Focused Flight Booking Site as 20,000+ People Call on Jetblue to End Facial Recognition Program

The campaign is growing after news that JetBlue expanded a biometric boarding program that scans passengers’ faces before letting them on to international flights.

Privacy activists launch campaign against airlines using facial recognition technology

Privacy activists launch campaign against airlines using facial recognition technology

A group of privacy activists on Wednesday launched a campaign calling out airlines that use facial recognition technology to scan passengers in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).Digital rights group Fight for the Future publicly unveiled a new website that encourages privacy-minded passengers to contact the airlines currently partnering with CBP to roll out facial recognition scanning — including top companies such as JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and British Airways.

Google Ads Introduces Three New Bidding Strategies

Google Ads Introduces Three New Bidding Strategies

Google has introduced three new bidding strategies for Google Ads advertisers that offer more flexibility than Smart Bidding. Advertisers will be able to set conversion goals at the campaign level. So Google Ads is introducing seasonality adjustments.

Political parties combine social media data with electoral roll information

Political parties combine social media data with electoral roll information

Australian political parties are using voter email addresses to find matching social media profiles then combining them with the country's compulsory electoral roll data, illustrating how privacy scandals have done little to slow the march of data-driven campaigning.

How the Australian election has invaded your inbox with email tracking tools

How the Australian election has invaded your inbox with email tracking tools

The ABC found various pixels in campaign emails sent by the Australian Greens, the Labor and the Liberal Party, as well as from lobby groups Advance Australia and GetUp. Open tracking is a standard technique used by marketers, as well as by newsletter services deployed by media organisations, including the ABC, but its use in electioneering has privacy experts concerned.

Librem One Campaign Wants to Help De-Google Your Life

Librem One Campaign Wants to Help De-Google Your Life

TweetShare 0 Purism, the privacy-orientated Linux device company, has launched a “bundle” of mobile apps and services for Android and iOS. Purism, perhaps best known for the Librem 5 Linux phone crowdfunding campaign , has launched a new initiative offering “privacy protecting, no-track, no-ads” apps and services for mobile users.

Bernie Sanders' BERN Will Search And Target Voters

Bernie Sanders' BERN Will Search And Target Voters

by Laurie Sullivan , Staff Writer @lauriesullivan, 8 hours ago Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders during a rally on Saturday announced an online tool that allows anyone to contribute to the campaign's voter database, apparently without the opt-in of the owner of the personally identifiable information.

Victory for Users: WhatsApp Fixes Privacy Problem in Group Messaging

Victory for Users: WhatsApp Fixes Privacy Problem in Group Messaging

San Francisco - In a victory for users, WhatsApp has fixed a long-standing privacy problem in group messaging, where users could be added to a group without their permission.

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

stored up to 600 million user account passwords without encryption and viewable as plain text to tens of thousands of company employees, according to a report Thursday by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs.

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

“It's about searching for the answers and triggering accountability.”— David Carroll Carroll’s team hope the High Court judge will fire the administrator and pass the case to government receivers who would then appoint a new administrator willing to investigate legal breaches at Cambridge Analytica and five other interrelated companies.

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify to grand jury in WikiLeaks case

‘I spent seven years fighting to survive’: Chelsea Manning on whistleblowing and WikiLeaks Read more US district judge Claude Hilton held Manning in contempt of court and ordered her jailed on Friday after a brief hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, where Manning confirmed she has no intention of testifying.

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Microsoft is one of the giants that can further improve how user security is handled, as the EFF says that Windows 10 should actually allow customers who install the Home version of the operating system to keep the disk encryption keys to themselves.

Neighbourhood Watched

Neighbourhood Watched

We are campaigning alongside Liberty for the public to have a greater say as to whether their local police force should be allowed to use such highly intrusive technologies.

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica – which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data – confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.

'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers

'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers

Initiative by not-for-profit Fight for the Future offers employees of Silicon Valley firms a way to organize and leak information 'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers Silicon Valley activists have launched a whistleblower campaign to help workers organize against “unethical tech”, including ads on social media platforms targeting the employees of those companies.

Exclusive: Facebook ex-security chief: How ‘hypertargeting’ threatens democracy

Exclusive: Facebook ex-security chief: How ‘hypertargeting’ threatens democracy

Over the past three months, Yahoo Finance has spoken with 19 people who have known him professionally over the course of his career—at Facebook; during his stormy tenure before that as Yahoo’s chief information security officer; and, still earlier, as an outside consultant for the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Tesla.

Now this Android spyware poses as a privacy tool to trick you into downloading

Now this Android spyware poses as a privacy tool to trick you into downloading

The campaign has been active since May last year, with users previously duped into downloading the malware with a fake version of an adult app — but now those behind Triout have altered their tactics, distributing the malware with a re-purposed version of a legitimate privacy tool that has been ripped from the Google Play store.

Are You a Woman Traveling Alone? Marriott Might Be Watching You.

Are You a Woman Traveling Alone? Marriott Might Be Watching You.

Marriott employees all over the world are being trained to help spot sex trafficking at our hotels." The brief Twitter exchange, which occurred in January, revealed some of the hidden presumptions behind Marriott's efforts to stop sexual exploitation.

Man behind 'Build the Wall' GoFundMe has reportedly made a potentially lucrative contact list thanks to a shadowy email-harvesting operation

Man behind 'Build the Wall' GoFundMe has reportedly made a potentially lucrative contact list thanks to a shadowy email-harvesting operation

Read more: GoFundMe is refunding all donations made to the 'Fund the Wall' campaign Those addresses, NBC News reported, have allegedly been used to encourage people to support Kolfage's websites, to buy a coffee brand he owns, or to be stored for future use by conservative campaigns.

New Release: Tor Browser 8.0.5

New Release: Tor Browser 8.0.5

This release features important security updates to Firefox. This new release updates Firefox to 60.5.0esr and Tor to the first stable release in the 0.3.5 series, 0.3.5.7. The full changelog since Tor Browser 8.0.4 is:

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You

Lies That WikiLeaks Tells You Last weekend, WikiLeaks sent an email to journalists with a list of 140 things not to say about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange because they are "false and defamatory." Reuters first broke the story, and the next day Emma Best published the complete list.

Sharing in the Age of Platforms and Machine Learning: Public Data vs.

Sharing in the Age of Platforms and Machine Learning: Public Data vs.

Here’s what I said: Hey gang — this post two photos of yourself thing feels like a way to gather a data set to train a machine learning classifier for facial recognition to be more accurate in ID’ing people based on an old photo.

Strength in Numbers: The Final Count Is In

Strength in Numbers: The Final Count Is In

Every donation--whether it is $2 or $1,000--supports us on the ground speaking with activists, journalists, and internet users in countries all over the world, teaching them about Tor and online security, and supports Tor’s development, helping us keep Tor the world’s strongest tool for privacy and freedom online.

Have companies deleted your data?

Have companies deleted your data?

The ad-tech companies Criteo, Quantcast, and Tapad responded to our requests with 1) long explanations about the benefits of digital tracking, 2) assurances that the companies do not collect data that can be used to identify us, and 3) that it was super easy to opt out.

Tails report for November, 2018

Tails report for November, 2018

Upcoming releases Code Infrastructure Funding Outreach Translation Metrics A lot has happened in the last month, but first of all, we want to point you to our ongoing donation campaign! If everyone using Tails today donated $6, our fundraiser would be done in just one day!

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