Digital Security Guides

Digital Security Guides

Reporters Without Borders provides information about digital security concepts for journalists. Social networks, email services, clouds: Journalists rely on many different services for their jobs – which may handle a lot of information that Journalists have to protect at every cost.

Don’t Let Encrypted Messaging Become a Hollow Promise

Don’t Let Encrypted Messaging Become a Hollow Promise

EFF considers the following signs that a messenger is not delivering end-to-end encryption: client-side scanning, law enforcement “ghosts,” and unencrypted backups. But because services like PhotoDNA run on company servers, they cannot be used with an end-to-end encrypted messaging service, leading to the proposal that providers of these services should do this scanning “client-side,” on the device itself.

Before Being Hacked, Border Surveillance Firm Lobbied to Downplay Security and Privacy Concerns About Its Technology

Before Being Hacked, Border Surveillance Firm Lobbied to Downplay Security and Privacy Concerns About Its Technology

Yet while photos of faces and license plates of some 100,000 U.S. drivers are now freely available online, the CEO of Perceptics, John Dalton, claimed in an email a few years ago that “CBP has none of the privacy concerns at the border that all agencies have inland.”.

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

In a report published this week, the House of Commons Science and Technology committee voiced serious concerns over the accuracy of the invasive technology and raised questions over bias – an issue which has been brought up repeatedly in discussions over the technology’s use.

Opinion | Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites

Opinion | Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites

Facebook and Google denied that potential information collected by their trackers on pornography websites was used for creating marketing profiles intended to advertise to individuals.

What Amazon Thinks You’re Worth

What Amazon Thinks You’re Worth

In a statement to The Atlantic, a spokesperson for Amazon said that the company values consumer privacy and that the assistant is completely optional. For Amazon, the assistant credit isn’t a purchase; it’s an investment.

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

As Russian “FaceApp” gobbles up user photos, Schumer asks FBI to investigate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for a federal investigation into FaceApp, saying the Russian-operated mobile application "could pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.". This has raised privacy concerns, as Americans are uploading photographs and device-related data to a service operated by a company based in Russia.

Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon Ring's Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local Police

Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon Ring's Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local Police

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has compiled a map that shows the breadth of Amazon Ring partnerships with local police for the first time. "Amazon is aggressively marketing surveillance products, including facial recognition, to government agencies with a proven track record of human rights abuses," Greer told BuzzFeed News.

Don't give it away, give it away, give it away now, bot busting biz tells reCAPTCHA data serfs

Don't give it away, give it away, give it away now, bot busting biz tells reCAPTCHA data serfs

A decade ago, the Chocolate Factory acquired reCAPTCHA from computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and began turning the clicks of people trying to prove they're not bots into data that improves text digitization, image annotation and machine learning projects.

Man finds own amputated leg on cigarette packets without consent

Man finds own amputated leg on cigarette packets without consent

Media captionFrance launches crackdown on smoking His son discovered the picture - which bore recognisable burns and scars - when he bought a packet of rolling tobacco last year in Luxembourg, French media report. The family's lawyer, Antoine Fittante, confirms it is the man's leg.

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public,” is the subsequent piece of text.

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

AT&T then falsely stated it had suspended Securus’ and other aggregators’ access to customer data, the plaintiffs say, but just a few days later, a Motherboard article reported the carrier was selling customers’ phone locations to car salesmen, bail bondsmen, landlords and bounty hunters for as little as $7.50.

Upgrade Readiness

Upgrade Readiness

Upgrade Readiness is a feature in Windows that according to [1], "collects system, application, and driver data for analysis. It can collect "detailed computer and application inventory" and "guidance and insights into application and driver compatibility issues, with suggested fixes".

The EU just launched a big antitrust probe into Amazon, and it could lead to a fine of up to $23 billion

The EU just launched a big antitrust probe into Amazon, and it could lead to a fine of up to $23 billion

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading the investigation, said in a statement on Wednesday that she would be taking a "very close look" at Amazon's "dual role." "The Commission will focus on whether and how the use of accumulated marketplace seller data by Amazon as a retailer affects competition," it added.

Amazon offers Prime Day shoppers $10 to track their web data

Amazon offers Prime Day shoppers $10 to track their web data

Amazon has an offer for customers who sign up for its Amazon Assistant shopping tool: Install the service, and we'll give you $10 -- for the right to your browsing data.

Why some houses on Google Street View are blurred out

Why some houses on Google Street View are blurred out

First launched in 2007 in the United States and later expanded to other countries, the feature delivers an almost virtual reality-experience through stitched-together panoramic images taken mainly by cameras mounted on the roofs of Google cars driving up and down streets.

Google executive refuses to commit to independent audit during Senate hearing

Google executive refuses to commit to independent audit during Senate hearing

Karan Bhatia , Google vice president of global government affairs and public policy, demurred when pressed by senators to undergo an independent audit of the company’s content management practices, as both Facebook and Twitter have done, saying his company is in a “very different situation.”.

There Are Google Alternatives: 5 Privacy-Focused Search Engines 2019 Edition

There Are Google Alternatives: 5 Privacy-Focused Search Engines 2019 Edition

The privacy-oriented search engine doesn’t track any identifying information about its users, including IP addresses, search history or click behavior.

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers leveled stinging criticism and sharp questions at Big Tech executives on Tuesday, attacking Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market power, their perceived bias as gatekeepers of communication and Facebook’s ambitions to reshape the financial industry.

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

This time around, the Hessian commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal.

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps for Enhanced Search With the Same Commitment to Privacy

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps for Enhanced Search With the Same Commitment to Privacy

Whereas previously each new map-related search required returning to a regular DuckDuckGo Search page, now it's possible to stay in our expanded map view where you can refine local searches instantly.

Amazon offers $10 to Prime Day shoppers who hand over their data

Amazon offers $10 to Prime Day shoppers who hand over their data

“Customer trust is paramount to Amazon, and we take customer privacy very seriously,” a company spokeswoman said, noting compliance with the assistant’s privacy policy, which says data collection is for websites that users visit “where we may have relevant product or service recommendations.”.

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch

Getty Images Congress on Tuesday will be tackling one of the biggest questions facing the tech industry in decades: Have companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon become so big that they need to be broken up ?Already, the battle lines have been drawn.

A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy

A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy

Started over a decade ago, DuckDuckGo offers a privacy-focused alternative to Google’s search engine. It has also made a profit in each of the last five years, Mr. Weinberg said.

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Its user terms confirm recordings may be used by the company, stating Assistant "records your voice and audio on Google services to improve speech recognition.". Google's terms don't explicitly say that people review the recordings, but do state that data could be analyzed as the company updates services or create new features.

Google and Amazon aren't the only companies taking heat for listening to your private conversations

Google and Amazon aren't the only companies taking heat for listening to your private conversations

ToyTalk, the company that powers the software in the doll, said in a statement to the Guardian the conversations recorded by the program were for improving the language-processing feature.

Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke

Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke

That, as The New York Times’ Mike Isaac points out, is the real story here: the United States government spent months coming up with a punishment for Facebook’s long list of privacy-related bad behavior, and the best it could do was so weak that Facebook’s stock price went up.

Attack by Chinese hacker group targeted high-profile individuals around the world

Attack by Chinese hacker group targeted high-profile individuals around the world

A hacker attack of impressive magnitude targeted specific individuals of interest to the Chinese government as they moved around the world, in what appears to be the first such operation in the history of cyberespionage.

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

The device is one of several spy tools manufactured by a Chinese company called Semptian, which has supplied the equipment to authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa, according to two sources with knowledge of the company’s operations.

Cambridge Analytica: 'US regulators approve $5bn Facebook fine'

Cambridge Analytica: 'US regulators approve $5bn Facebook fine'

Media captionHow the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal unfolded US regulators have approved a record $5bn (£4bn) fine on Facebook to settle an investigation into data privacy violations, reports in US media say. The FTC began investigating Facebook in March 2018, following reports that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the data of tens of millions of its users.

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