Modern Alternatives to PGP

Modern Alternatives to PGP

But the most widespread uses of PGP are machine-oriented, for needs like package signing and local file encryption. Original need: Linux distributions and many other software update mechanisms use PGP signatures to prevent malicious mirrors or network attackers from altering the contents of their packages.

Peso or Privacy? How a Money-Lending Company in the Philippines Uses Shame to Collect Past Dues

Peso or Privacy? How a Money-Lending Company in the Philippines Uses Shame to Collect Past Dues

Aside from the usual shenanigans that Filipino debt collectors do like incessant phone calls and text messages, and threatening to file lawsuits that aren’t even possible, this outfit also sends messages to everyone on the person’s contact list and discloses all the information of the loan to them.

French Data Protection Authority Takes on Google

French Data Protection Authority Takes on Google

The Complaints from Privacy Advocates Under the GDPR, processing of personal data is only allowed where there is a “legal basis.” such as the consent of the user, and users are granted extensive rights over their data.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

But a controversial inclusion was to update the offence of obtaining information "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism" so that it now covers viewing or streaming content online.

Privacy is a commons

Privacy is a commons

No less an authority than François Chollet has written “I’d like to raise awareness about what really worries me when it comes to AI: the highly effective, highly scalable manipulation of human behavior that AI enables, and its malicious use by corporations and governments.” We may conclude that while individually, our privacy may usually be mostly meaningless, collectively, it is a critically important commons.

Amazon’s Home Security Company Is Turning Everyone Into Cops

Amazon’s Home Security Company Is Turning Everyone Into Cops

When a crime such as a stolen package is depicted on Neighbors, a Ring employee will post a comment that says, “If you have filed a police report, please share the case number and officer’s contact information below.

Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code

Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code

Apple is telling app developers to remove or properly disclose their use of analytics code that allows them to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps — or face removal from the app store, TechCrunch can confirm.

Microsoft brings AI-powered background blurring to Skype

Microsoft brings AI-powered background blurring to Skype

Microsoft has not indicated when, or if, background blurring will come to the mobile version of Skype, but for now desktop users can activate the feature within Skype's settings, or from within individual video calls.

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

London cops' use of facial recognition tech last week resulted in only one person being charged, while another was handed a £90 on-the-spot fine after trying to avoid the cams.

UK police use of computer programs to predict crime sparks discrimination warning

UK police use of computer programs to predict crime sparks discrimination warning

The rapid growth in the use of computer programs to predict crime hotspots and people who are likely to reoffend risks locking discrimination into the criminal justice system, a report has warned.

The Nest in my son's room was acting weird. Here's what I did next

The Nest in my son's room was acting weird. Here's what I did next

Growing up with Alexa: A child's relationship with Amazon's voice assistant Read More "We're aware of an issue that caused a small amount of Nest cameras to incorrectly indicate they were being viewed even after the live stream was closed," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Canadian Privacy Laws: A Primer

Canadian Privacy Laws: A Primer

The Act also applies to the Government’s collection, use and disclosure of personal information in the course of providing services.”[1] Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (the “PIPEDA“) and Provincial Privacy Acts: The PIPEDA and Provincial Privacy Acts set out “the ground rules for how private-sector organizations collect, use, and disclose personal information in the course of for-profit, commercial activities across Canada.

How to Delete Your Data From 23andMe, Ancestry, and Other Sites

How to Delete Your Data From 23andMe, Ancestry, and Other Sites

Current laws like the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) prohibit employers or health insurance companies from discriminating against a person based on their genes, though that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.

Data Privacy Concerns with Google

Data Privacy Concerns with Google

Within Google’s range of products, there are seven with at least one billion users. The data collection extends to Google’s entire suite of products, meaning the amount of data the company stores is enormous.

Will talking to AI voice assistants re-engineer our human conversations?

Will talking to AI voice assistants re-engineer our human conversations?

We don’t need to put the same effort into making the conversation polite or interesting when we’re talking to a chatbot. It is possible that talking to machines all the time could re-engineer the way we have conversations.

Apple temporarily disables group FaceTime to fix a bug that lets you eavesdrop on your contacts

Apple temporarily disables group FaceTime to fix a bug that lets you eavesdrop on your contacts

CLICK IT Apple has now disabled the group FaceTime feature and said it’ll issue a fix later this week. Apple disables group facetime feature The issue was so serious that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and even Andrew Cuomo, governor of the state of New York, weighed in and urged their followers to disable FaceTime.

IPhone FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop on other people

IPhone FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop on other people

San Francisco (CNN Business)A newly discovered bug in Apple's FaceTime software lets Apple users listen in on the people they are calling, and even see through their front-facing camera, without them picking-up the call.

Apple FaceTime bug lets you listen even if someone doesn't answer

Apple FaceTime bug lets you listen even if someone doesn't answer

There's a FaceTime bug that lets you hear through someone else's iPhone, even if they haven't answered your phone call. I tried placing a video call to my editor from my iPhone using Apple's FaceTime app.

Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up

Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling … before they pick up

The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime, and immediately hear the audio coming from their phone — before the person on the other end has accepted or rejected the incoming call.

A major privacy flaw in Apple's FaceTime lets others listen in on you before you answer the call

A major privacy flaw in Apple's FaceTime lets others listen in on you before you answer the call

A major privacy flaw in Apple's FaceTime video chat product has been discovered allowing someone to secretly eavesdrop on another user before they answer the call.

Tor Browser at TPL: Defending Intellectual Freedom, and Winning Awards Doing So

Tor Browser at TPL: Defending Intellectual Freedom, and Winning Awards Doing So

Guest post by Jonathon Hodge, Digital Literacy Service Lead, Toronto Public Library Every public library worker will know that person: the one who is worried about being spied on.

Phone Swap: the dating show that swipes through your ex’s texts

Phone Swap: the dating show that swipes through your ex’s texts

Unlike Channel 4’s recent hit The Circle – in which contestants created their own potentially fake social media avatars, and questioned the nature of online connections – both the US and UK iterations of Phone Swap treat the content of peoples’ mobiles as an opportunity to gawp, flirt and jump to conclusions about everything from sexual preferences to drinking habits.

Why did the PGP Web of Trust fail?

Why did the PGP Web of Trust fail?

The PGP Web of Trust (WoT) Key Signing parties help grow the number of people each individual has verified personally.

Study: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account

Study: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account

The new study also shows that if a person leaves a social media platform--or never joined--the online posts and words of their friends still provide about 95% of the "potential predictive accuracy," the scientists write, of a person's future activities--even without any of that person's data.

China reportedly made an app to show people if they're standing near someone in debt — a new part of its intrusive 'social credit' policy

China reportedly made an app to show people if they're standing near someone in debt — a new part of its intrusive 'social credit' policy

The app, named the "map of deadbeat debtors," rolled out to people in Hebei, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported .

Social media can predict what you’ll say, even if you don’t participate

Social media can predict what you’ll say, even if you don’t participate

To see how these concepts worked in the world of social media, the researchers turned to a database of about 14,000 Twitter users who collectively produced more than 30 million tweets. So, the authors continued to add interacting users and found that each improved the predictability (or, put differently, lowered the entropy).

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Even if you're not a user of a social media platform, it's possible to create a 95% accurate profile of you from your friends' accounts, according to new research.

The CNIL’s restricted committee imposes a financial penalty of 50 Million euros against GOOGLE LLC

The CNIL’s restricted committee imposes a financial penalty of 50 Million euros against GOOGLE LLC 21 January 2019 On 21 January 2019, the CNIL’s restricted committee imposed a financial penalty of 50 Million euros against the company GOOGLE LLC, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), for lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalization.

Google fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog

Google fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog

The fine came about following complaints in May from two European pressure groups, None Of Your Business (Noyb) and La Quadrature du Net. Both groups accused Google, as well as a number of other large internet companies including Facebook, of not having a valid legal basis to process the personal data of users of its services, “particularly for ads personalisation purposes”.

La formation restreinte de la CNIL prononce une sanction de 50 millions d’euros à l’encontre de la société GOOGLE LLC

Le système dit du « guichet unique » n’étant pas applicable, la CNIL, au même titre que toutes les autres autorités de protection de l’Union, était dès lors compétente pour prendre des décisions concernant les traitements mis en œuvre par GOOGLE LLC.

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